Stories by Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, author of How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge, is a weekly co-host of the “Al Sharpton Show” on American Urban Radio Network. An associate editor of New America Media. He hosts the weekly “Hutchinson Report Newsmaker Hour” on the Hutchinson Newsmaker Network. subscribe to Earl Ofari Hutchinson's feed

Posted on: Apr 17, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The federal policy of putting thousands of black men behind bars for mostly non-violent drug offenses has wreaked massive social and political havoc on families and communities.

Posted on: Apr 10, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Black leaders and parents still operate under the notion that black youths just don't commit suicide. But new data show that isn't true, and the sooner black communities overcome their denial, the better.

Posted on: Apr 3, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The Supreme Court has agreed to review "three strikes" laws. It is unlikely to dump them, but if it does, it would bring some sanity back into the sentencing laws.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Some New Jersey state troopers were gleeful at the results of a study that purports to show that blacks are twice as likely as whites to speed down their state's highways.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The NAACP's appalling inattention to the big-ticket issues that sledgehammer the black poor is no surprise. Instead the group focuses on the old flag.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2002, Source: AlterNet

We must be vigilant that the murder conviction of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin -- better known as H. Rap Brown -- not be used to condemn all black radicals of the 1960s.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2002, Source: AlterNet

If past Justice Department actions in thorny police abuse cases are any indication, Abner Louima's case against three New York city cops may be dead in the water.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Despite Hollywood sensationalism and media-driven myths about rampaging youth, most experts insist that children are not natural-born killers.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Though the Catholic church has taken steps in the last 25 years to apologize for its role in past oppression. Silence continues on Pope Pius XII's ties to Nazi Germany.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Opponents of "three strikes" laws celebrated this week after a federal appeals court in California overturned a three strikes conviction. But their battle isn't over yet.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The corporate racial glass ceiling has barely been scratched. Black employees at many corporations say they are given the worst assignments, paid less, and have fewer chances for promotions than their white counterparts.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Many of those who now shout loudest for Mike Tyson's blood will be clamoring for tickets to see him in his next megabucks fight. Are they to blame for his thug behavior?

Posted on: Jan 20, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The new trial of four Symbionese Liberation Army members will be another sorry testament to a history of violence, delusions and terrorism.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Randall Kennedy, in his short, provocative but misguided new book, contends that "nigger" is hardly an offensive word anymore. Here's why he's wrong.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Since there is no statute of limitation on murder, state and federal prosecutions should prosecute many cases of racial murder that are still on the books.

Posted on: Dec 30, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The government's star treatment of Muhammad Ali today is in stark contrast to its treatment of him during much of his professional career.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Despite Black leaders' support in the wake of 9/11, Bush has spurned their latest request for a meeting. It was their fourth request since September.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Attorney General John Ashcroft has made a public pitch to dump the guidelines put in place in the 1970s that ban FBI spying on domestic organizations.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The seed for the government ethnic targeting of Arab-Americans was planted in the 1960s. The ghetto riots that rocked hundreds of American cities triggered the first major escalation in police power.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Since many hate groups have turned Sept. 11 into a rallying cry for racism and xenophobia, our police must prosecute hate crimes more forcefully than ever.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Thirteen deaths too late, St. Louis police are finally allowing FBI agents to assist in tracking down a serial killer.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Crying wolf once too often smacks of political opportunism, and risks jading the public to future warnings, even one that might be real. That's the ultimate danger in overplaying the terror card.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Bioterror attacks may be more likely to come from the makeshift labs of domestic extremists than from terror camps and bioterror chemical labs in Afghanistan, Libya, or Iraq.

Posted on: Oct 29, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Congresswoman Barbara Lee showed courage and conscience in taking her lone stand against the war. But she may suffer steep political fallout for her move.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

A recent Gallup and Zogby International poll found that more blacks than whites think Arabs should be profiled and required to carry a national identification card.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2001, Source: AlterNet

For the first time in nearly three decades, the number of people imprisoned has slowed down due to a gradual shift in drug policy. But one man could slam shut that window of policy enlightenment.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Bush's anti-terrorism war will cause collateral damage of another sort, a dangerous explosion of illegal drugs in American inner cities.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2001, Source: AlterNet

If the flag can be refashioned to stand for racial and ethnic tolerance, civil liberties and the right to dissent and peacefully protest, then it deserves to be waved.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2001, Source: AlterNet

On Wednesday, Cincinnati cop Stephen Roach was found innocent of all criminal charges after slaying an unarmed black teenager. Apparently, racial profiling is still alive and well.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2001, Source: AlterNet

California Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a black Democrat, cast the lone vote against giving President Bush carte blanche to unleash war against terrorists.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2001, Source: AlterNet

President Bush and the media's finger pointing at the Islamic world has stirred fresh tremors that a new wave of Arab-American bashing could be in the making.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The soaring black incarceration rate got no relief from a recent Justice Department report showing the first slowdown in nearly 30 years of the number of people being imprisoned.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The latest stay of execution for Napoleon Beazley, convicted of a murder he committed at the age of 17, shines a bright light on America's outrageous treatment of juveniles convicted of capital crimes.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2001, Source: Pacific News Service

While Bush should not boycott the upcoming World Racism Conference, organizers also must not permit the controversial issues of reparations and Zionism to sink the conference.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2001, Source: AlterNet

As absurd as it sounds, a case can be made for cracking down on young whites traveling on our highways, and streets, based on a standard drug user profile.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Most laughed when New York subway shooter Bernhard Goetz announced that he would run for mayor. But Goetz remains a symbol of racial tension in New York, and some don't think its very funny at all.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Contrary to conventional wisdom, blacks have repeatedly denounced the racially-warped policy of toxic waste or power plants being put it in blacks' backyard -- "PIBBY."

Posted on: Apr 30, 2001, Source: AlterNet

There's nothing wrong with Robert Downey, Jr.'s fans urging the courts to spare him a long prison sentence and give him the help that he desperately needs. But there are thousands of mostly poor, black and Latino drug offenders that need the same compassion and help as Downey.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Despite the wave of highly questionable police shootings of mostly young blacks and Latinos the past few years, the Justice Department has done almost nothing to nail the murderous cops. Cincinnati cops will be no exception.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Reparations for slavery -- the idea conservative pundit David Horowitz tried to place newspaper ads against -- merit a serious look. Here are ten compelling reasons why.