This week in Columbus, Ohio, police shot and killed a 13-year old boy. Tyre King was apparently involved in an armed robbery; the amount stolen is said to have been $10, but that has not been confirmed. Young Tyre had a BB gun that looks remarkably real, even having a laser light on it that… Read More How Do We Make People Care?
When the news report told the world that the family of Tamir Rice, the unarmed, 12-year-old African American boy who was shot to death by police officers, had been awarded $6 million by the city of Cleveland, I was sick. And angry. (http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/25/us/tamir-rice-settlement/) I was sick because once again, a family received money but not… Read More Tamar Rice’s Life Reduced to Money
Before Michael Brown, there were others. Trayvon Martin, Roger Owensby. Timothy Thomas. Emmett Till. There were so many others. The black community has been under assault by “law enforcement” for decades, and law enforcement has historically gotten away with it. The Rev. C.T. Vivian, of whom I am writing an authorized biography, when I asked… Read More Before
It is a notable fact that in our country, major racial strife and a subsequent movement followed the lynching of young, black men. That is not to say that black women have not been lynched. In fact, black women’s bodies have been brutalized by whites in this country in a way nobody likes to talk… Read More Emmett, Trayvon and Michael
This morning, I am mourning. It is the day after Sandra Bland has been buried, and the police department in Hempstead, Texas, and other authorities, have decreed that Sandra killed herself. This 28-year-old black woman, who was about to begin a new life in a new job, has been tossed aside as a reject by… Read More Sandra Bland and the Perpetual Absence of Justice for Black People