In this nation, there are left-overs from slavery, one of the biggest being the criminalization of black people, and especially of black males. Black people were objectified while they were slaves; the objectification morphed into criminalization after Reconstruction as blacks were arrested for the slightest offenses to justify them being imprisoned and made to… Read More Objectification Be Damned
It is beyond the pale of understanding, what happens sometimes in the name of justice. We are all still reeling from the Trayvon Martin case. Had it not been for the pushing of Sybrina Fulton that her son’s death be investigated and that there be a trial, young Martin would have just been another black… Read More No Justice for Black Men
OK. What is self-defense? In the George Zimmerman trial, the defense is that George shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense. One witness last week said that Trayvon was on top of George Zimmerman. Proof, they say, that the horrific outcome of their encounter was self-defense. But this is where I get stuck.… Read More George and Trayvon …and Justice
Ever since President Barack Obama became president of the United States, there has been an uneasy spirit, an uneasy peace that is brazenly obvious. Although in 2008 there were tears of joy and the cry of America being “post-racial,” many people, both black and white, knew differently. America has always refused to look her racism… Read More An Uneasy Peace in America
I keep thinking about the concept of “American exceptionalism” and the reality of the rampant bigotry, hatred and violence in this nation, and how a nation cannot be “exceptional” if such violence is part of the thumbprint of its existence. Somewhere, in spite of this nation being “the most religious” of all nations ( I… Read More A Nation in Denial Exceptional?