All this exposure to police misconduct has caused me to be more compliant, hoping to avoid all police officers. I fear that I might encounter that out of control officer who is triggered just by the fact that I am a black woman with a sense of my own dignity.
Saturday was another somber day for the country. I preached at the funeral for 31-year-old Corey Jones, who was waiting for a tow truck in the early hours of October 18 when he was shot and killed by a plainclothes officer with no badge, in an unmarked car.
This week, FBI Director James B. Comey became the latest public figure to claim that national scrutiny of police has contributed to a "spike" in violent crime in America. This nefarious theory, dubbed the "Ferguson Effect" has become a regular talking point on conservative media.
The insistence that Black lives matter accordingly is necessary only because, unlike "all lives," in this society, black lives are too often taken not to matter. Black lives are presumed too readily in the U.S. not to inhabit the universal.
How does the country change the narrative so that black people are not always receiving the "worst of the worst:" the worst schools, the worst jobs, the worst opportunities -- all a part of black life because of the color of their skin?