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: Jun 13, 2007, Source: New America Media

If Paris Hilton can turn some of her celebrity limelight on the thousands of poor, needy females in America's jails it will be a mild boost for the prison reform battle.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2007, Source: New America Media

Nancy Pelosi called the Jefferson indictment an unacceptable abuse of power. It is, and though he's one of the more blatant House offenders, he's hardly the only offender.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2007, Source: New America Media

A recent murder trial in Tennessee shows an aspect of violent crime in America that isn't much talked about -- whites are far more likely to be the victims and blacks their assailants in interracial crimes than the other way around.

Posted on: May 30, 2007, Source: New America Media

Given the spectacular leap in the national influence of the Mormons, an apology and a vigorous campaign to educate Mormon followers on racial tolerance would give a big boost to the ongoing battle against racial discrimination.

Posted on: May 24, 2007, Source: New America Media

The Mormon Church's past blatant racial bigotry is coming under closer and closer scrutiny as Romney nudges up the charts as a bona fide GOP presidential candidate.

Posted on: May 22, 2007, Source: New America Media

Mitt Romney says that he will preach and practice diversity. But his record as governor is anything but reassuring on diversity.

Posted on: May 21, 2007, Source: New America Media

Mitt Romney says that he will preach and practice diversity. But his record as governor is anything but reassuring on diversity.

Posted on: May 17, 2007, Source: New America Media

Dr. King's daughter, who died today, used her career as an actress to prod, cajole and implore audiences that the best way to keep her father's dream alive was to be active fighters for peace and justice.

Posted on: May 14, 2007, Source: New America Media

Too many liberals bash Bush policies, cheer Michael Moore, and swoon over Obama, yet see absolutely no harm in racial stereotypes, especially anti-black stereotypes.

Posted on: May 8, 2007, Source: New America Media

How Disney is still cashing in on a racist movie from 1946.

Posted on: May 4, 2007, Source: New America Media

Hillary's most passionate backers are betting that the woman's vote will smooth the path to the White House for her. But if history is any guide, female voters won't be enough.

Posted on: May 3, 2007, Source: New America Media

The top three Democratic presidential candidates recently uttered the two dirty words that have terrified Democratic contenders for more than a decade.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2007, Source: New America Media

Swapping, selling and collecting a huge array of racist furnishings and home decorative pieces is a brisk and lucrative business.

Posted on: Apr 24, 2007, Source: New America Media

A rapper recently told 60 Minutes that, if he knew the whereabouts of a mass killer, he wouldn't aid police. But blacks have more to lose than any other group when they turn a blind eye to crime.

Posted on: Apr 20, 2007, Source: New America Media

The demand that an entire group apologize for the malicious act, even a mass atrocity, committed by one individual rests on shaky legal ground and even shakier moral ground.

Posted on: Apr 18, 2007, Source: New America Media

Korean officials feared that many Americans might see the murderous assault as something more than the act of a lone deranged, individual. This was not a totally false fear.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2007, Source: New America Media

Civil rights leaders should protest Snoop Dogg's forthcoming album. Imus demeaned a basketball team but Snoop has demeaned a generation of young blacks.

Posted on: Apr 10, 2007, Source: New America Media

Why do so many blacks storm the barricades in fury against a Richards or an Imus but are stone silent, or utter only the feeblest of protests when blacks bash and trash?

Posted on: Apr 8, 2007, Source: New America Media

Why the Congressional Black Caucus's deal with Fox makes perfectly good sense -- business sense, that is.

Posted on: Apr 3, 2007, Source: New America Media

There are two reasons why Jesse Jackson's endorsement of Barack Obama won't help Obama's campaign.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2007, Source: New America Media

Even federal judges, many of them Reagan and Bush appointees, agree that it's time to scrap the minimum mandatory sentencing law for drug abusers.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2007, Source: New America Media

The attorney for the NYC police officer accused of killing Sean Bell believes his client will be acquitted. This is not typical attorney bluster; the odds are that he is right.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2007, Source: New America Media

The NAACP's embrace of showy, symbolic fights does little to solve the problems of drugs, crime, gangs and soaring joblessness among young blacks, or the astronomical rate of prison incarceration of blacks.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Apologizing is more than a matter of morals. It's a recognition that this country protected, nourished and profited off of slavery for a century.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2007, Source: New America Media

The violence stems from a combustible blend of cultural and racial baggage many blacks carry, and the implicit message that black lives are expendable.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2007, Source: New America Media

In the aftermath of the recent shooting there are signs of hope and a warning of peril for the thousands of Bosnian Muslims in America.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2007, Source: New America Media

Obama will have more to worry about than race, and getting knocked for his political inexperience and skimpy Senate track record.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2007, Source: New America Media

While race is a big X factor in Obama's bid for the top spot, it's hardly the only factor.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2007, Source: New America Media

Farrakhan has been both vilified as an anti-Semite and also deified for championing the interests of the black poor.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Massive public discontent with Bush's hopelessly flawed and failed Iraq war cost the Republicans big in November and has them scared stiff about their future.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The issues of racial hate and justice are pitted against each other in a Long Beach courtroom.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The Democrats need someone who can win. That someone is not Hillary.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Increasingly, prosecutors are trying to tag young black defendants with gang labels to help them win convictions. The Long Beach hate crimes trial is a stunning example.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The fight for civil rights was easier in the 1960s.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Believe it or not, in America, in 2007, there's a forbidden zone where blacks risk death if they enter.

Posted on: Dec 28, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Ford scored points by appointing the first black Secretary of Transportation, but then stumbled on civil rights during the rest of his time in office.

Posted on: Dec 21, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Civil rights leaders unfortunately know all too well the appropriate community response when whites are responsible for hate crimes against blacks, but what about when the tables are turned?

Posted on: Dec 13, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Why McKinney's bill is more about getting back at Democrats than nailing Bush.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Pelosi and the House Democrats have an obligation to refocus public debate on Bush's equally failed policies at home.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Black female inmates outnumber white female inmates three to one, and their punishments don't always fit their crimes.

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