The Ferguson grand jury decision not to criminally prosecute a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed young black man has reached the Geneva HQ of the UN Office of Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid, but the consequences will be felt globally and probably with indefinite impact.
Here is something I have learned while fighting for equality: It is not something that can be portioned out to one population and withheld from another. The definition of equality is that all populations and the individuals within them (not just a few) are equal. That does not exist in America today. If you are not equal, then neither am I.
Nearly thirty years ago, could someone have predicted the searing racial tension in the St. Louis area in 2014? Perhaps, Tom Wolfe could have.
Fellow millennials, I have much hope for us in spite of a seemingly dim future. We have the potential to do great things and push society forward into an era of equality. Let us work together in mutual understanding to eradicate racism.
This issue is complex, touching on interpretations of the letter of the law, a too-long history of racial injustice and violence, a widening opportunity gap and fundamentally, a lack of unity across people who are only different from each other on a superficial level.
As a dad raising two young daughters under the age of 4, I'm concerned about where we're heading. What happened to the powerful conversations I used to take part in during my college years?
As a generation defined by technology, we must use the media we have at our disposal as a platform to broadcast the stories of racial prejudice and to build meaningful connections across our various communities. Creating these social bonds will help destroy the notion of an "other" and will unite us as a nation against hate.
If other black boys become used to grand jury decisions like this one, how can they -- or their families and friends -- ever hope to rekindle trust in American justice or democracy? If teenagers know only cynicism of the system that is supposed to protect them, both they and the greater society lose.
I am thankful for the Browns, for their courage to respond to this decision with dignity and grace, calling for people to focus their energy on fighting injustice instead of fighting each other.
We are in a state of emergency, a time of challenge and controversy, but not because of the protestors. That state of emergency will continue until we stand, become uncomfortable, and demand a justice system that addresses the manifestation of pain in protest, the further chipping away of respect, and the real state of emergency our country faces.
The gradual ground we have gained regarding our civil rights should not be confused with the literal stalemate we have had with the U.S. justice system regarding our human rights for more than 200 years.
Back in September, Peter Creticos of the Institute for Work and the Economy wrote a thoughtful and provocative piece in the aftermath of the first spate of rioting in Ferguson, Mo.
Dear America, we greet you as Christians who believe that freedom in Christ means that all persons deserve respect and equality before God and the law.
The convenient spectacle of "violence in the streets" obscures the perpetuation of "structural violence" everywhere.
As a white woman, I am not constantly required to evaluate what an interaction with a police officer could mean for me. I am not required to consider that it could be a potentially life-threatening situation. In fact, I am taught that they are here to protect me. Michael Brown did not have that same luxury.