Retired Las Vegas Metro Police Lieutenant Randy Sutton says that the media is responsible for advocating "the war on cops by using race baiting and irresponsible journalism to paint an improper picture of the issues that law enforcement face in the line of duty everyday."
This #blacklivesmatter movement may not be our parent's or grandparent's political modus operandi. It is not far from it. It has benefited from it. No, the #blacklivesmatter movement may not be our momma's or daddy's movement, but it is on the same civil rights movement continuum.
If a 21-year-old Southern White man living in 21st Century America relied on age-old racist rhetoric to justify slaughtering innocent people, we should not be surprised that history continues to repeat itself along the agonizing road to full citizenship that contemporary Black people must traverse.
The one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO is an opportunity to reflect on the media coverage of the black men and women killed by police and others -- is it always as objective as it ought to be?
Maybe one day, we white people may escape from our self-imposed hermetically sealed worlds that cut us off from the realities of our neighbors of color, a day when we become fluent in the multiple languages of "race."
While Rich disparages Obama's EPA carbon regulation as trivial, Gara sees it as part of an urgent program (with CAFÉ, Green Energy) that'll make him THE Climate President. Is #BlackLivesMatter a child of the Civil Rights '60s? Then: Jeb redefines chutzpah by blaming Obama/Clinton for W's Iraq.
Police in our country need to be held accountable for their actions and actually show some sort of remorse when they feel it is necessary to take the life of another person for any reason. Celebrating what Darren Wilson did is just irresponsible, dangerous and just plain wrong. How many other officers will want their own day?
I am Darren Wilson. Which is to say I am guilty in the slaying of Michael Brown. Think of me as the guy who, with malice a forethought, plots to establish the means by which the crime can be committed. My complicity ends now. I choose to break the silence.
I may never be a victim of pointed racial violence like Sandra Bland, but if we as a country had risen to the occasion and recognized when other black women, men, and children were being murdered, perhaps she wouldn't have been either.
To be sure African-Canadians and African-Americans share a common history of racialized violence and resilience in the face of heartbreaking injustices.
The Black Lives Matter movement needs to continue nonviolent civil disobedience to evoke the change it seeks to fight for. Tying BLM to a potentially violent movement, however politically convenient this may be over the short-term, would delegitimize BLM.
I want the world to be inspired by the impact of Mike-Mike's death, which has awakened this country not only to the disparities in our justice system and communities, but also the need for us to pay attention to the younger generation.
A year after the 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the town is once again in turmoil. A lot has happened since Brown's killing last year.
"We must keep pushing toward tomorrow so that the world we leave in our children's hands is one of joy, not one of sorrow."
Excessive force puts white lives at risk, as well as those of blacks and Hispanics. But the silence of the white community and of the white church is deafening. We need people of conscience in the white community to join with the growing movement grounded in the African-American community to demand reform.
Wesley Lowery found himself inserted into the story of Ferguson during last year's protests when he was arrested by St. Louis Country Sheriffs' officers. The young reporter speaks on how the death of Mike Brown has impacted his work and how the moment changed things for him on the ground.