Abdul-Hakim Shabazz

Abdul-Hakim
Shabazz

Shabazz is a political commentator.

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Shabazz is a political commentator.

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July 17, 2017 5:10 PM

The Revolution Has Been Gentrified!!!

Normally when I write my annual blog post about the Second Saturday night of Indiana Black Expo, it’s about the interaction between law enforcement and the youth in downtown Indy.  Not this year.  Like the past four years, the kids and cops were fine.  There were a couple of minor issues, but no more or less than normal on a Saturday night in downtown Indianapolis.  No, this year the fun was earlier in the day at the Black activist Don’t…

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July 15, 2017 9:23 AM

A Few More Facts About Police Action Shootings

Last year I did a deep dive into the data regarding police action/officer related shootings as they were very prominent in the headlines. It looks like this will be an annual event.   Part of my motivation is today’s rally at the statehouse where, if their past statements are any indication, the 21st century equivalent of a lynch mob is going to call for criminal prosecution of the officers involved in the Aaron Bailey shooting…

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July 9, 2017 11:47 AM

Let’s Talk Taxes (And Fees While We’re At It)

When I drove to Chicago over the long holiday weekend with my brother, we were worried about how much the increase in the state gas tax was going to cost us. He drove, and I paid for gas, so I  carefully monitored how much gas we put in the car for the trip.   His car usually gets about 30 mpg on the Interstate, and a round trip to Chicago usually runs him about 11 gallons.…

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July 1, 2017 8:39 AM

Lets Get the Facts First

You all know by now when it comes to crime,  I have minimal sympathy for people who break the law and bad things happen to them in the process. With that said, my legal and journalistic training mandate getting the facts first before making a judgment call.  You can do some informed speculation based on what you know at the time, but getting the facts first and straight tend to resolve a multitude of issues.…

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June 28, 2017 9:53 PM

IPS Makes Right Move

Despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth on social media, Indianapolis Public Schools is making the right decision by closing Broad Ripple High School and turning Northwest and Arlington into middle schools.  It’s also continuing with its plans to close down John Marshall. I understand the emotions attached to these institutions, but there is a certain reality that needs to be faced here.   The district has been losing population at the high school and if…

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June 11, 2017 9:02 AM

The First Amendment is a Lot of Fun

This weekend in Indianapolis there were two events that could not be any more different from each other, the Indy Pride parade and a rally against Sharia Law. Although I have to say, the anti-Sharia law crowd was a lot more “colorful” than the Indy Pride folks. The point of Pride was to celebrate the members of the LGBT community (I apologize if I left out a letter) and the point of the anti-Sharia law…

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June 5, 2017 10:37 PM

Five Quick Fixes for Indiana’s Alcohol Laws

With a new poll out showing a majority of Hoosiers support Sunday sales and being able to buy cold beer at grocery and convenience stores, here are five quick things Indiana lawmakers can do to put some sanity back in the state’s alcohol laws. Let Hoosiers buy alcohol on Sundays at grocery and convenience stores. There is no reason that an activity that perfectly legal Monday through Saturday should be outright banned on Sunday.  It’s…

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May 28, 2017 7:50 AM

A Tale of Two Indys

It is the best of times. It was the best of times.  It is an age of wisdom and occasionally, some foolishness.  Yes, I am paraphrasing the famous line in a Tale of Two Cities, but in fact, I am talking about Indianapolis.  As I look around the city lately, it is pretty clear that two Indianapolis’ are taking shape. There is one Indianapolis where companies like Salesforce and Infosys are making tech job announcements…

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May 20, 2017 8:25 AM

Trump’s Turmoil

While I have never been a Donald Trump supporter, I do not want him to fail as President. If he failed, the country failed, and that’s not good for anyone. With that said, Donald Trump’s biggest enemy is not the media, the Democrats or the D.C. Swamp, aka, the Establishment; it’s Donald Trump. I base this conclusion on the last 25 years of my life as a reporter, spokesman for an elected official, attorney, and…

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May 13, 2017 11:58 AM

To the Class of 2017

It’s that time of year.  The time of year I dispense my advice to this year’s graduating class.   Feel free to add you own to the list.   Everything happens for a reason, sometimes we just can’t figure it out right away, but eventually, you do.  And you will be amazed at how the tragedy was necessary for you to triumph later. Fear is okay, being afraid is not.  A good healthy dose of…

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