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: Feb 23, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The whitewash of the issues and even mystery that often surround the murder of a popular, but controversial, leader always raises questions and doubts, no matter how many years pass.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The denial of voting rights to hundreds of thousands of blacks is a travesty of justice, and a blot on the democratic process.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2005, 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 cops who blatantly kill unarmed citizens.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2005, Source: AlterNet

In the past, Bush's flashy, new initiatives have fizzled out due to lack of money, lack of political will to push them through or lack of practicality. Bush's gang initiative may suffer the same fate.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2005, Source: AlterNet

AIDS activists blame loose and irresponsible talk about AIDS as a reason many blacks resist pleas to get tested and treated.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The jury that will convict or acquit the world's highest profile black celebrity defendant of multiple child molestation charges is likely to be all or predominantly white.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2005, Source: Pacific News Service

George Bush and Karl Rove hope to bypass black civil rights leadership to make deals with black evangelicals and assure future electoral victory in battleground states.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Despite the Rampart scandal, and the long history of police abuse cases in L.A., it's still virtually impossible to convince many jurors that some police lie, beat, maim and even kill unarmed suspects.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2005, Source: AlterNet

It will take much more than music mogul Russell Simmons' dynamism and purported youth savvy to revive the flagging fortunes of the NAACP.

Posted on: Jan 18, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, paid a heavy price for defying interracial sex and marriage laws.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Though Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an officially declared public holiday, many local government agencies still refuse to shut their doors, while opposition is most persistent among businesses.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Though the African nations suffer less death and damage than the worst hit Asian nations, their chaotic governments, and empty treasuries, render them even less able to deal with the tsunami crisis.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Clinton's buck-passing covered up the hideous truth that he knew about the genocide from the start, and could have done something about it.

Posted on: Jan 2, 2005, Source: Pacific News Service

Though their response to the tsunami disaster has been admirable, wealthy nations have fallen behind in efforts to help fight poverty in the developing world.

Posted on: Dec 23, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Bush's partial privatizing plan supposedly would help close the age-old racial gap.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2004, Source: AlterNet

While the new anti-terrorism measures further hammer constitutional protections, top Democrats have again barely uttered a peep over the potential for abuse.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2004, Source: AlterNet

While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. may have praised his daughter for having the courage and conviction to march for her anti-gay beliefs, bigotry is still bigotry.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Unlike the Peterson trial, death penalty defendants generally don't have a team of high-powered, high profile attorneys to argue for their life.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2004, Source: AlterNet

With the flush of election victory, Bush no longer needs to use end around maneuvers to get a controversial nominee into office.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2004, Source: AlterNet

NAACP leaders are sandwiched in the middle by the twisting political trends and shifting upward fortunes of the black middle-class, and downward of the black poor.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a public advocacy group which tracks hate crimes, puts the actual number of hate crimes at more than 50,000 yearly.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2004, Source: AlterNet

It's simply much easier, more fun and certainly more attention-getting to hack up Powell and Rice for allegedly selling out black interests.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Chalking Bush's triumph up to fraud and conspiracies may be a comforting salve for bruised political egos, but it won't change that fact.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2004, Source: AlterNet

While Senate Republicans are prepared to bend and twist the rules to get their way, and Bush will go on the attack, Democrats shouldn't bend and twist with them.

Posted on: Nov 5, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The majority of Bush voters in the so-called red states were not the stereotypical religious crackpots and racists that progressives delight in painting them.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Black conservative evangelicals and Kerry's support for gay rights can potentially tip the scales for Bush.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2004, Source: AlterNet

But do the good outweigh the bad and ugly?

Posted on: Oct 13, 2004, Source: Pacific News Service

There's been hardly a hint that racial problems are serious public policy issues during this election – that's a terrible blind spot.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2004, Source: AlterNet

History has amply shown Bush's fate hinges on whether Americans buy Kerry's claim that they are worse off than they were four years ago.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Bush's African-American team is a blatant effort to bypass mainstream civil rights leaders and cultivate a new brand of black leadership.

Posted on: Sep 28, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Political and personal beliefs, party affiliation, and values still make a longer lasting impression.

Posted on: Sep 13, 2004, Source: AlterNet

U.N. resolutions, a visit by Colin Powell and tough talk by Bush won't cripple Sudan's military. An oil embargo will. And Bush has refused to take that step.

Posted on: Sep 7, 2004, Source: AlterNet

King banks that he can kill a boxing reform bill that he doesn't like, and that the GOP will help him do it.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Bush's political assets equal his liabilities, and those assets are daunting for the Democrats.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Religious talk show host Pat Robertson predicts that Bush's reelection is divinely ordained, but much of the facts behind the presidential race ensure a hard fight to the end.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Bush has his work cut out for him in trying to convince the American public that a second term would be beneficial.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2004, Source: AlterNet

In trying to make sense of Thomas' doctrinaire, contrarian court votes and opinions, the simple answer is that they are payback to civil rights and civil liberties groups for trying to wreck his confirmation to the high court.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2004, Source: Pacific News Service

Keyes' Illinois run is the earnest comeback of a hard-line conservative – Dems should take that seriously.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Even as an increasing number of Latino, Asian voters and trade unionists defected to the Republicans, blacks stood pat with the Democrats. But in recent years they haven't got much in return.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Barack Obama is hailed as the shining knight who will energize black voters – a group quick to express disappointment in the Democrats.