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
Freddie Gray is dead and nobody seems to know how it happened. His body has not yet been released to his family. There has been an autopsy – though the results have not been yet released – and another, independent autopsy has been requested by the family. But meanwhile, Freddie Gray lies dead and nobody… Read More What If It Were My Son?
Pardon me for saying this, but I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in hell that 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot and killed allegedly by police in Ferguson, Missouri Saturday evening, reached inside a police car and struggled with that officer for his gun. Everybody knows you don’t do that; everybody, especially black men,… Read More A Time to Stop Killing