As I delved deeper into Paul Thomas' work, and directed energy to the urgent nature of his calls for action and attention to class and race inequity in America, I found that we share many commonalities.
While police brutality affects people of all races and backgrounds in the U.S., it's important to note that black citizens face a unique experience within America's criminal justice system, just as they've faced a unique state of affairs for centuries in the United States.
Everyday, dozens of Black men and women are being killed by other Black men and women and although the circumstances that have created these realities may not be our fault, the solvency must be. If not us, then who?
For Whites, saying we loved The Wire may earn us some social capital among more progressive-leaning friends, but unless that social capital is mobilized somehow--unless our attitudes, our voting rates, our actions change--little else happens.
How can we help often fractured and segregated communities come together? One way is to foster organic interactions through innocuous shared experiences. Public astronomy is one way of giving every type of person a chance to connect and better understand each other.
The flag came down in Charleston because former flag supporters changed their mind - powerful relational leaders can do that. Our growing Victim Class cries for relational leaders who work together to change minds and who bring the divided together.
Being that Atticus Finch doesn't require that we attend white supremacy meetings, support police brutality or poison our own children with hate. It merely requires that we maintain our innocence amidst the maw of institutionalized racism, and mask our complicity in that system via periodic outrages at current events that clash with the saintly pictures we have painted of ourselves.
The words "destination wedding" don't have to mean that all of your guests must fly someplace tropical in order for you to have a total getaway for your wedding weekend.
People finally seem willing to broach the topic of race. I don't want to talk. I want to cry. I want to fight back. I want to run away. I am a writer who has time and time and time again opened herself up to discuss race and the criticism that comes in response. I'm no longer done. I am undone.
Devin Allen refuses to let the momentum for social justice subside after the city of Baltimore erupted in protests following the death of Freddie Gray. The photographer is keeping awareness alive.
Until unaffected populations begin to acknowledge what lies beyond their purview, cops will continue to act with impunity. DeRay McKesson's goal is to show them an unacceptable reality: a black population living in fear of the very police force tasked with protecting them.
The killings in Charleston, South Carolina have produced a lot of talk about healing and forgiveness, some important discussion of racism in the United States, and not enough attention to gun control.
From the superbly classic to the brand spanking new, here are a few good reasons to fly in this spring.
While the governor drags his heels, Marylanders across the state struggle to survive during bad ozone days.
Verizon harmed America's East Coast; not just in one or two states, but from Massachusetts down through Virginia. After reading a number of Verizon's state summaries of how great the company is and how well they have been serving each state, I noticed a pattern.
As U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan put it, "I am increasingly worried that our teachers, our administrators don't reflect the great diversity of our nation's students, and that is a real problem."