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.
Before my recovery, I was all of those horrible, scary things that you hear about regarding mental illness and addiction. I was that in spades, not only on the outside, but on the inside as well.
Cecily's case is one of the most egregious of the more than 7,000 arrests that were documented during the crackdown on the Occupy movement.
Do you ever wonder why your child behaves the way she does? How many times in a single day do you ask yourself, "Why did she do that?"
Making naloxone available with an attached condition during a life and death emergency is not only irresponsible and stigmatizing but cruel.
In a TMFS sketch, the head of the pro-police group, Cops Are Always Right, praises the New York Times for promoting the Ferguson Effect, aka, the idea that #BlackLivesMatter protests against police violence lead to more violence.
New York City recently settled a wrongful-death claim with the family of Eric Garner for $5.9 million almost a year to the day after Garner died from the use of a chokehold by an NYPD police officer.
In recent years, street gangs have taken control of America's child sex trafficking. The risk of a child testifying against one or more of these criminals is now life threatening.
Black Lives Matter is far from a perfect organization, but contrary to what the conservative media would have you believe, the only special treatment BLM is asking for is to not be treated special.
Earlier this year, a federally-mandated homeless count revealed that Los Angeles' homeless population increased, even though the city and county housed 10,000 people who were homeless in the past three years.
The vast majority of police officers fall somewhere in the middle of the mix, neither villains nor heroes, but hard-working, dedicated people doing a tough job - sometimes doing that job well and sometimes making poor choices.
The Black Lives Matter Movement efforts and agenda are often misconstrued due to its name and structure. The name Black Lives Matter lends itself to an ideology of an all-encompassing crusade to save all black lives and speak out against every issue that negatively impacts black people.
What does our history as a nation show about our responses toward to racial injustice? How have we acted in the past toward these emotionally charged issues that speak to the true nature of the human condition? But, more importantly, how are we going to act now? What changes can we make? What solutions can we bring? How do we fix something that because of our past may be irreparably broken?
To initiate effective public dialogue, we must develop a willingness to listen openly instead of ranting too loudly to hear anything but our own voice. We must refuse to be diverted by those with violent, self-aggrandizing, political agendas.
Much of Baltimore will be waiting for the outcome while holding their collective breath---not wanting a repeat of the April riots. And yet, legal decisions cannot rest on what might happen in the City of Baltimore.
If Black Lives Matter is responsible for so much good, then why on Earth are they trying to link it to hate groups similar to the KKK? Because Black Lives Matter is working.