HOW MANY TIMES DO COMMUNITIES OF COLOR NEED TO TELL THE PUBLIC THAT BLACKFACE IS WRONG? No matter which way you look at it, cultural appropriation is a sticky issue and when you are encouraging people everywhere to be a "black man for a day"-especially today, on 4/20, you are perpetuating a cycle of hate, criminalization, and overall, IGNORANCE.
Nobody of any age should be held in jail without a trial for three years. No child or adolescent should be held in an adult jail. Yet, a 16-year-old accused of stealing a backpack was kept in one of the most violent adult jails in the United States, Rikers Island in New York City, for three years without a trial. This was morally scandalous and inhumane. Even worse, he spent more than two years of that time in solitary confinement, locked up alone except to go to the shower, the recreation area, the visit room or the medical clinic. This was torture. The suicide of 22-year-old Kalief Browder on June 6, barely two years after his release and return home, was the final horror in his tragic and brutal journey into the depths of the adult criminal justice system in New York.