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
We are near the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, and the image above is one I have not been able to get out of my mind. Mike Brown was demonized and characterized as a “thug” who deserved what he got by many following that fateful day last August. Even as… Read More Black Fathers, Wailing
I have been trying to figure out what to write, what to say, and how to say it. I have been to Ferguson three times since Mike Brown was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, the last time being just this week. Each time I have gone, I have been, my spirit has been …jostled,… Read More A Young Black Man Weeps
From the beginning there was something very wrong with this case in Ferguson. Immediately after Mike Brown was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police department showed video of Brown stealing cigars from a convenience store. Even as his body lay on the hot pavement, dead, the police showed more interest in protecting… Read More Ferguson, Our Ferguson
On this day, the nation and perhaps the world is waiting to see if Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in August of this year, will be indicted. The media has concentrated most on its fear that if there is no indictment, that Ferguson will erupt in violence. In… Read More Can America Be Saved?