Editor’s note: Dr. Terry F. Buss is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration. He wrote this article exclusively for Tuoi Tre News. Editor’s note: Dr. Terry F. Buss is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration. He wrote this article exclusively for Tuoi Tre News. Not a day passes in the U.S. without a fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer or the murder of a police officer while on duty. Without fail, politicians, both conservative and liberal, are competing to capture the narrative that would explain the violence and help one side or the other politically. America is in a deep, dark culture war from which it might not escape. Competing views of reality Conservative critics place the blame for white police officer fatal shootings, particularly of black men, on President Barack Obama and his supporters among liberals, all aided by the mainstream and social media popularized in the 2016 election campaign for … [Read more...] about American culture wars and police gun violence against the blacks
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U.S. President Barack Obama has warned that attacks on police over racial bias would hurt the anti-racism Black Lives Matter movement, days after a sniper killed five police officers in Dallas in apparent revenge for police shootings of black people. Obama said although most activists from the Black Lives Matter movement wanted to see better relations between communities and law enforcement, violence and overly broad criticism against police undermined the protest movement. "I want to say to say to everyone concerned about ... racial bias in the criminal justice system that maintaining a truthful, serious and respectful tone is going to help mobilize American society to bring about real change," Obama said. "Whenever those of us who are concerned about failures of the criminal justice system attack police, you are doing a disservice to the cause," he told a news conference in Madrid where he is on a one-day visit. Micah Johnson, a black U.S. military veteran of the Afghan war, opened … [Read more...] about Obama says attacks on police hurt Black Lives Matter cause
“Black Lives Matter” has become a mantra for people protesting police violence against African Americans. It’s a hash tag, a popular t-shirt slogan and a movement that is loosely organized – by design. Black Lives Matter was founded by three women who popularized the slogan during protests over the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen who was shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida. It has a website (BlackLivesMatter.com) and a network of chapters. But the idea is bigger than the organization. Although the march where five Dallas police officers were fatally shot Thursday was organized by another group, news reports described it as a Black Lives Matters event. “The convenient narrative has been for people, for the media to say, ‘Well, this was organized by Black Lives Matter',” said Tezlyn Figaro, a publicist for Next Generation Action Network, the group that organized the event. The … [Read more...] about ‘Black Lives Matter’: a movement that defies definition
ST PAUL, Minn., July 7 - Protesters in Chicago, New York and St. Paul, Minnesota, took to the streets on Thursday to express outrage after the second fatal police shooting of a black man in the United States in two days. ST PAUL, Minn., July 7 - Protesters in Chicago, New York and St. Paul, Minnesota, took to the streets on Thursday to express outrage after the second fatal police shooting of a black man in the United States in two days. The protests were peaceful but tension was evident after the shooting of Philando Castile, 32, by police near St. Paul late on Wednesday. His girlfriend posted live video on the internet of the bloody scene minutes afterward, which was widely viewed. Castile's death occurred within a day of the shooting of 37-year-old Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sterling was killed during an altercation with two white police officers. Graphic video of that incident caused an outcry on social media. In Chicago, protesters shut down a stretch of the … [Read more...] about Protesters mass after another police shooting of black man in U.S.
A white man suspected of shooting nine people dead during Bible study at a historic African-American church in South Carolina was arrested on Thursday, a day after a massacre that authorities say was motivated by racial hatred. The mass shooting set off an intense 14-hour manhunt that ended when 21-year-old Dylann Roof was arrested in a traffic stop in a small North Carolina town, 220 miles (350 km) north of Charleston, South Carolina, where the shooting occurred, officials said. Roof, whose social media profile suggests a fascination with white supremacy, waived his right to extradition and was flown back to South Carolina hours after his arrest. Wednesday's gun violence at the nearly 200-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church caps a year of turmoil and protests over race relations, law enforcement and criminal justice in the United States. A series of police killings of unarmed black men has sparked a renewed civil rights movement under the "Black Lives Matter" … [Read more...] about White suspect arrested in killing of nine at black U.S. church