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 3, 2004, Source: AlterNet

As the case of Donovan Jackson proves, prosecuting cops in racially charged cases is always a tough task.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Sex and race are volatile issues that can still prick a nerve particularly when a black man is accused of a crime against a white woman.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Starting with Barry Goldwater in 1964, Republicans have artfully stoked white male rage with racially charged slogans like 'law and order,' 'crime in the streets,' 'welfare cheats' and 'absentee fathers.'

Posted on: Jan 19, 2004, Source: AlterNet

In the past decade, Jackson has had a penchant for drawing into his circle anyone that he takes a momentary liking too, and believes can be useful.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Hundreds of demonstrators booed and jeered President Bush when he paid tribute at the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If King were alive he'd have joined their protest.

Posted on: Jan 11, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Hollywood continues to ignore blacks' pivotal role in the Civil War.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Bush and Ashcroft's bait and switch with the terrorist prosecution numbers demands a firm challenge, and action.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Few remember Nixon as a bigot who cynically fanned racism, manipulated white voters and prepared the ground for the conservative assault on civil rights, affirmative action and social programs.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2003, Source: AlterNet

If Essie Mae Washington-Williams is indeed Strom Thurmond's daughter, then my two granddaughters are his great-great granddaughters.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Blacks insist that there's absolutely no way you can compare a state barring same-sex marriage to the centuries of slavery and relentless racial violence they've suffered. But this is a terribly lopsided and self-serving read of history.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Some claim that Jackson is under fire not because of any hanky panky with underage boys, but because he's black.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2003, Source: AlterNet

All it took was the as yet unsubstantiated word of another teen that Mike is a child molester and sex abuser, for former fans and a once fawning public to believe that a bleached black man who for years made his living grabbing his crotch before millions could do terrible things to children. This is hardly a surprise.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

The release of a confidential FBI memo detailing FBI surveillance of antiwar protesters shows that the FBI is once again in position to quell dissent and disrupt political organizing.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2003, Source: AlterNet

An astronomically high number of young black males are not just jobless, they are also in mortal danger of becoming job untouchables.

Posted on: Nov 9, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Hip-hop fashion kings need to take a hard look at the labor conditions that prevail in the factories where their clothes are made.

Posted on: Nov 9, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Al Sharpton's shoot-from the lip quip that Howard Dean is anti-black and his strong implication that Jesse Jackson, Jr. and other black leaders that endorse a white Democrat are Uncle Toms is ridiculous even by his loose standard.

Posted on: Nov 2, 2003, Source: AlterNet

There's no pass from blacks for non-blacks that trade in racial stereotypes. The pity is that black leaders won't jerk that pass from other blacks that do the same.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Virginia's anti-terror law, under which John Allen Muhammad is being prosecuted, has been criticized as vague, unnecessary and unconstitutional.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Despite Kobe Bryant's superstar status, race often lurks just beneath the surface of his case and in other criminal cases involving black defendants and white victims.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Bashing or ignoring Governor Arnold will guarantee a repeat of the racial freeze out of the Reagan years.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2003, Source: AlterNet

In the short span of a few weeks, the slender hope of a Republican racial epiphany has been blown to bits.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2003, Source: AlterNet

When a state tells a couple they can't marry because of their race, or because they are of the same sex, then it's still discrimination. But blacks don't see it that way.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2003, Source: AlterNet

In her righteous fear and loathing of Arnie, Huffington has apparently forgotten who and what Davis is and the things he did that riled so many voters.

Posted on: Sep 28, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Justices Breyer, Kennedy and Rehnquist have made it publicly clear that mandatory sentencing is wasteful, harmful, and threatens the legal independence of judges. But will they dump the law?

Posted on: Sep 22, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Though the white Democratic candidates make occasional references to civil rights, they have virtually ignored racial issues in their debates and stump speeches.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The big four gubernatorial opponents ignore or take the black vote for granted because there is absolutely no pressure put on them by black political or advocacy groups.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Failure to campaign against Proposition 54 typifies the infuriating refusal of top Democrats to speak out on the issues that directly affect blacks.

Posted on: Sep 1, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Arnold Schwarzenegger's flip, off-color jokes, cracks and jibes about gang sex (maybe rape), smoking dope, profanity and boasts about his lewd, even bizarre, conduct won't sink him.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Today's civil rights movement must confront the indifference, even outright hostility, of many Americans to affirmative action, the further expansion of social programs, and the threat of further erosion of civil liberties protections.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2003, Source: AlterNet

If Schwarzenegger backs affirmative action, civil liberties protections, and greater public spending, he will also pose a grave threat to the Democrats.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Whether Gray Davis' policies have done more good than harm is an awfully close call.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Without the black and Latino votes, Davis' paper-thin victory over Simon could easily have been a paper-thin defeat. The same will be true in the recall election.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2003, Source: AlterNet

That Bush repeatedly snubs civil rights leaders is no surprise.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Why do young men with so much to lose commit dumb, reckless acts that reinforce the ancient stereotypes of young black males as drugged, sex-crazed, violence-prone predators?

Posted on: Jul 21, 2003, Source: AlterNet

When it comes to prosecuting police officers, videotapes, public outrage, and official condemnation don't automatically mean convictions.

Posted on: Jul 13, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

Bush had an opportunity to propose real ways to help Africa solve some of its problems. But on issues from foreign aid to debt relief to an African arms race, the president missed his chance.

Posted on: Jul 13, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The Democrats have done nothing to motivate blacks to vote in 2004, leading many to believe that far fewer will turn out than in the past.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2003, Source: AlterNet

During Bush's visit to the old slave fort on Goree Island, he called slavery "one of the greatest crimes in history." But we already knew that.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Thirty-seven states slashed their budgets by nearly $15 billion this year; the biggest spending cut in 27 years.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Despite justice being served in Tulia, blacks remain the scapegoat for America's drug problem and the target of a racist drug war.