Videos of police brutality have galvanized astonishingly productive action in the space of less than a year. We can hope that the legislation from New York will serve as a model everywhere. Absent gruesome live video, is there anything that can prevent the NRA from grinding its boot-heel against our necks?
As more people speak up, more will take note of the prevalence of these issues. This is why NCLR is launching "And Justice for All," a blog series profiling Latino relations with local police. By lifting Latino experiences to the national level, otherwise untold stories can contribute to these long-overdue conversations.
Last month I headed to my local cinema to see "The Stanford Prison Experiment," based, of course, on Prof. Phlilp Zimbardo's 1971 psychology investigation of the effects of a simulated carceral setting on average college students.
On a Saturday last April, a group of pastors and other faith leaders brought together a broad cross-section of the downtown community to talk about a rash of officer-involved shootings in Los Angeles and the rest of the country.
With reforms like these who'll be surprised by the next high-profile incident of police abuse? Not me.
When I first met Black activist and writer, Leroy Moore, Jr., I was working on a documentary. I soon came to realize he was not a man who engaged in small talk - he was too busy trying to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
For all of the advocacy and organizing done around the Eric Garner death, there simply wasn't enough done to support the man who filmed it all.
"Step out of the car nice and slow" "Don't make any sudden moves" "Put your hands in the air" "Resist and you will loose"
As you're no doubt aware, Regina, the Bureau of Justice Statistics confirms that blacks not only get stopped and ticketed by police more than whites, but are three times as likely to get searched during a traffic stop.
Finally, after six weeks we got the right instruction that we had been asking for, which was permission for the Embassy to give him back to the Nicaraguan authorities. We had considered every option. Could we fly him out? How could he get to the airport? He couldn't leave legally.
I speak critically about policing with my young children not because I'm worried about them being singled out as black boys. I am free from not living with that particular terror, but terror is still there.
The men and women of the world are once again disheartened to read yet another story about a black person being brutalized by the NYPD. We are also disheartened by the knee-jerk reaction from ivory tower police union bosses.
Extensive public opinion research has shown stark differences in how blacks and whites perceive the police -- differences documented in survey research going back to polling conducted in response to the Kerner Commission report on the 1967 race riots.
It would be easy to characterize Ahmed Mohamed's arrest as a "bizarre aberration." One could imagine chalking it up to "crazy Texas," or worse, victim blaming. We should avoid such decontexualizations that disregard the importance of Ahmed's arrest. It didn't happen in a vacuum.
There's a reason why racism and discrimination is called systemic. It means it happens everywhere with everything. So yes, I have an issue with injustice everywhere. Not just the injustice that I think affects me.
Sherman's comments evoke very broad misconceptions about the Black Lives Matter movement. They place burdens on an monolithic Black community for respectability and self-agency in country that does not live up to the creed "All Lives Matter".