The nickname of Fruitland Park, Florida, might be "The Friendly City," but something sinister is lurking behind the Lake County city's façade of Southern hospitality. Deputy Police Chief and Fire Chief David Borst stepped down last Thursday after the FBI confronted him with evidence that he was in ... More >>
Seat belts -- click it, or ticket, right? But when a police officer is pulling you over for not putting safety first in the driver's seat, is it a race-based call? Recently, the Broward Public Defender launched a complaint at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Howard Finkelstein is alleging Af ... More >>
Remember when Charlie Crist hugged President Obama and all the GOPers lost their damned minds over it? It happened back in May of 2009 right here in Florida and pretty much signaled the end of Crist's relationship with his fellow Republicans forevermore. Well, Crist appeared on The Colbert Report ... More >>
Just a month or so back, Fort Lauderdale's black community was good and mad about what's in a name. The moniker in question was "Sistrunk Boulevard," the strip that runs through the city's historically black neighborhood. The debate pitted white yuppies in a neighboring gentrifying area against an o ... More >>
It's taking longer than it should, but a bill that forbids discrimination against gays and lesbians in the workplace is closer to being a reality. On Tuesdays, a bipartisan group of legislators, movers, and shakers got together to say that it's bad for employers to discriminate against someone just ... More >>
On a sunny morning in 2011, Ellsworth Knowles Jr. was pedaling his bike through Fort Lauderdale, steering for the Midway Food Market at NW 11th and NW 1st Street. Before the outspoken African-American commercial painter hit his destination, plainclothes cops in an unmarked car rolled up, he says. Th ... More >>
Listen up, America! Rush Limbaugh is here to finally solve this race rift that we all pretended didn't exist when we elected a black president that a very large portion of the country literally believes was actually born in Africa and is really a secret terrorist. Things were going so well until th ... More >>
When a video of Mittington Mittbot saying rich douchey things about the majority of Americans to other rich people surfaced a couple of weeks back, Matt Drudge released a 14-year-old video of President Obama saying "redistribution" a lot of times. When that failed to anger America and force an impea ... More >>
Everybody's trying to ride the Trayvon Martin case's publicity coattails -- politicians are making statements about it left and right, a column in the Huffington Post tried to connect an FAU student's freakout to racial anger, and now, the University of Missouri is trying to tie a psychology s ... More >>
The Palm Beach County School District is all atwitter today over a racist video posted to YouTube by two girls from Santaluces High School. We'll never know what made them think it was a good idea to post a public video on the internet saying, "I don't like black people. They're annoying. They st ... More >>
Last Wednesday, Congressman Allen West took to the House floor to commemorate Black History Month. As the first black congressman from Florida since Reconstruction, he was in a unique position to do so. West had hundreds of years of history he could have talked about, including 51 years of his ow ... More >>
Racism? Not here.To: U.S. District Court From: Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning We're having a small problem with voting down here in Florida. In May, our Legislature passed some brilliant new requirements designed to crack down on unnecessary voters -- specifically, people who are poor, ... More >>
West doesn't want the clinics in black neighborhoods.At a town hall meeting this week, U.S. Rep. Allen West said he found it "offensive" that many Planned Parenthood programs are located in black neighborhoods.Judith Selzer, vice president of public policy for South Florida's chapter of Planned P ... More >>
Russell Pearce and other illegal-immigration populists rely on misleading, right-wing reports to scapegoat immigrants and terrify penny-pinched Americans.
West and Cousar, bosom buddies.Congressional candidate Allen West has received $5,000 from a group called Black Republican PAC. Sounds official enough, doesn't it? Donors around the country have given about $769,000 to the group, presumably because they want to elect more GOP candidates who look ... More >>
Calvin Williams was allegedly killed by his lover.This spring's murder of L.C. Swain Middle School teacher Calvin Williams brought to light a harsh truth about AIDS among African-American men. For many in South Florida, sex on the down-low is a deadly gamble.According to Riviera Beach police repo ... More >>
In remarks made during an appearance this weekend on MSNBC, congressional candidate Allen West had sharp criticism for the chairman of his party, Michael Steele, over Steele's response to a question about the Republicans' appeal to black voters.After hearing a quote from Steele about the party havi ... More >>
Most weekends, at the corner of Oakland Park and US-1, there are some colorful protests. This is a regular spot for self-proclaimed "tea partiers" to tell the world (and the luxury cars going to and from Galt Ocean Mile) about their conservative beliefs (like Obama is a socialist Muslim terrorist w ... More >>
The children of DCF.DCF Managers Use Racial Slurs That You'll Need to Look UpEmployees at the Department of Children and Families office in Tallahassee apparently like to throw around racial insults. An internal DCF audit found that six employees, even supervisors, were throwing around words, like " ... More >>
The Riviera Beach Municipal Marina is a happening place. Houseboat resident and political activist extraordinaire Fane Lozman beat the city in stirring First Amendment case last week after a jury decided that the city's attempt to evict him from Slip 452 was a violation of Lozman's freedom of speech ... More >>
In Saturday's Sun-Sentinel, there were two 1B stories regarding a "commissioner." Each was about Carlton Moore, who has been in the news a little bit too much lately. In one the articles, Brittany Wallman (I don't have to do a disclaimer anymore, do I?) and Brian Haas detail how the police failed to ... More >>
Lucius Gantt is a black columnist and politico whose stock-in-trade has been old-school polemics and an abiding distrust of the white-dominated power structure. For more than 30 years, he's been writing his often vitriolic and sometimes outrageous opinion, and it has won him praise from fellow journ ... More >>
Ray Golden's hanging was a national curiosity. Maybe his legacy will be social justice.
Blackie´s Welding next door to All-White Manufacturing
Jim Crow flies over this central Broward town
A Virginia company expropriates a chunk of civil rights history with South Florida roots
Hallandale Beach's black community, ignored for years, loses another round
The Broward Times delivers unconventional, often shrill journalism to an unsuspecting town
Blast from the Past
Spike Lee's new racial satire starts out strong but ends up wasting ammunition
"The Changing Face of Hate" symposium
A program run by 100 Black Men of Broward County promised new houses for families but has produced only complaints
Gangsta rap isn't just back. It's back on top.
Districting in Hollywood was supposed to ensure at least one minority candidate on the commission. Think again.
Out of the Box
After a decade in office, Carlton Moore hasn't done much for Fort Lauderdale's poorest residents. But he has helped himself.
For 24 years toxic soot from the Wingate dump rained down on Leola McCoy and her neighbors. She calls it environmental racism.