The slaying of nine innocents at the Emmanuel AME church almost certainly will be classified as and prosecuted as a racially motivated hate crime. It is simply too shocking not to treat it as such. However, this will still be the rare exception.
Sometimes at night I still hear those screams. I still hear her begging for help, for someone to make it stop. I still feel guilty.
In an era in which the hypothetical "typical voter" in many states is likely to be a person of color, the candidates and the media need to do better. At the risk of beating my head against the proverbial wall, here are some questions I'd like the candidates to answer and the media to pursue.
I want to be held accountable and I must hold you to the same level of accountability. I want to be in relationship with you based on truth telling, based on kindness, based on a desire to understand and to be understood.
In a culture literally built on denying black people full humanity, in a society where the gains of the past are under constant attack, at a time when Stand Your Ground laws make fear and bias evidence to exonerate, it is important that we say clearly that Black Lives Matter.
The troubling incident in McKinney reminded me of the need to prepare myself for the racial dynamics in outdoor spaces as summer kicks into high gear.
In the past months, I've seriously considered how and when my attitude toward the police changed so dramatically. I left for college with the belief that police are there to protect me.
What is at the root of our police brutality problem is virtually the same with the rest of society, but which neither police nor the rest of society is willing to accept--the power and influence of implicit bias.
If we all are supposed to feel safer -- if crime rates are lower and people of all colors are supposed to be equal -- how can the force that's supposed to protect Americans be damaging such a large segment of our population?
McKinney Police Officer Eric Casebolt and several others eventually responded and what happened next was jaw-dropping. Casebolt was captured on cellphone recordings chasing and swearing at the black teens in an attempt to corral them up like cattle.
There is one area in which Apple and Cook are being coy and its time for Americans to call the tech giant out on that.
Racial tension is a term that's used as a substitute for "Racism Lives Here." There are systematic and learned behaviors at play that allow for the abuse of authority under the guise of maintaining order.
This is always a tricky situation, and just something you have to work out with both pragmatism and diplomacy.
In December I participated in a forum at Uniondale High School in Uniondale, New York on "Policing in America: Should Uniondale Care about Ferguson?" It was organized by social studies teacher Adeola Tella-Williams and students in her Participation in Government class.
For all that we want police officers to do in our communities, we need to pay our police accordingly. It is a dangerous job and no amount of money can truly compensate for the risks police officers like Kerrie Orozco take.
While I'm encouraged that my recommendations are a part of President Obama's recent executive order on this issue, including banning the free transfer of certain military-grade equipment and imposing strict oversight and transparency measures, we cannot stop advocating for comprehensive reform.