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Can the police build trust, respect, and communication with the black community in Cincinnati? Or, will the black community continue to fear the police as the face of an unjust and oppressive system?

The three government panelists and the three civil rights panelists were poles apart at The Enquirer’s community forum, “Police and the Black Community, One Year After Sam Dubose’s Death,” July 14 at the New Prospect Baptist Church in Roselawn. Some in the audience of several hundred were angry, sometimes jeering or shouting over panelists to express their views.

On July 17, 1944, when the war in the Pacific was raging, 320 sailors and civilians died instantly and 390 were injured at a naval base north of San Francisco when 5,000 tons of munitions–including 1,000-pound aerial bombs, 40 mm artillery shells, incendiary and fragmentation bombs, and anti-submarine depth charges–exploded while being loaded onto transport ships.

The blast registered 3.4 on the Richter scale and could be felt 450 miles away. The explosion was the worst stateside disaster of World War II.

Most of the dead and wounded sailors were African-American enlisted men. They accounted for 15 percent of all African-American naval casualties during the war.

Fear of slave revolts and the Declaration of Independence. Ohio nearly last in public transportation funding. Anti-transit conservatives funded by the Koch brothers are a growing threat to public transit. Teachers union and hedge funds at war. Minimum wage: battles, birth weight, and the greed of Major League Baseball.

Profiting from poverty.  The slave history of Jack Daniels whiskey.  Blacks and whites view race and inequality very differently, according to a Pew survey.   SCOTUS decision keeps 5 million immigrant workers in the shadows.  A retrial of the challenge to public union “fair share” fees was denied.

Each year since 2010, a delegation of farmworkers and their allies has asked The Kroger Co. to use the company’s substantial purchasing power to help protect workers from abuse in the tomato fields of Florida. Every year the world’s third largest retailer has refused.

On June 23, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their supporters will ask again, when Kroger convenes its annual stockholder meeting at Music Hall.