We all know what societies like ours do to threats. We criminalize, prosecute and incarcerate them. We discredit and marginalize them. We invisibilize and forget them. That is why I will continue to say the names of those Black folks whose lives have been cut short by racism and brutality of all forms.
This Thanksgiving as we gather with family and loved ones to give thanks for the blessings of life, health, perseverance and hope, I personally want to express my resolute thankfulness for your (young black men's) unwavering resilience in this environment that fumes evil, hatred, and lack of compassion for you; still you remain ever strong, ever alive, and ever fighting.