Looking Back on the Obama Years

January 11, 2017

Professor Ellis Cashmore is the author of Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama’s America. In this video, he talks about the legacy President Obama leaves behind as the country takes a step into the unknown under President Trump.

A Long View of Policing in America



All Lives Matter

December 16, 2014

Recent spate of police-generated violence suggests that in America, some black lives seem to matter less to some white police officers. It is hard to watch police officers in Cleveland, Ohio, driving up to 12-year old Tamir Rice holding a replica toy gun and then shooting the kid to death. The...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

August 31, 2014

We invite you to comment, write an article or send us a video on any issue that matters to you. The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has led to large protests. He was an unarmed black man shot dead by a white police officer. The shooting brought to the forefront the...

From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression

August 27, 2014

Mass incarceration and militarized police forces are two of the most potent tools of repressive instruments of power. From the death and destruction in Israel’s latest war on Gaza to the dramatic arrival of the national guard on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, there have been plenty of...

Power, Race and Police: Deconstructing Ferguson

August 18, 2014

The US must urgently address the historical and ongoing problem of police violence against communities of color. On August 9, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American male, was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. To many, this may sound like a tragic accident....