Police brutality is an ugly term we don't want to hear. Unfortunately, it's part of the necessary and sometimes nasty business called policing. Fortunately, it rarely occurs. But when it does -- it's big news.
This #BlackLivesMatter movement was not the result of a mandate by Congress or laws set forth by State governments. It is merely a fierce grassroots movement that has created enormous awareness to a series of incidents that have involved police shootings and unarmed black males.
The rapid explosion of cell phones, YouTube and Twitter has increased public awareness of police misconduct toward black citizens. As a result, white attitudes are changing and protests led by black activists are accelerating. This may be a moment in our history when real reform is possible.
The process of change begins with us and ends with us. Through social media and grassroots movement we can unite our colors as we did on June 26, 2015. We can inspire American Dreams for generations to come before the riots begin, before the violence turns viral.
Sponsored by Arts for Amnesty and California Endowment, there are over 30 events over the 10 days -- discussions, music, stage, film, workshops. It was an ambitious undertaking that I hope folks will get to check out accidentally or purposely.
Last year's jury decisions in racially-charged investigations were only the most recent to reveal the schism in the country's perceptions of how race intersects with justice. From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archives, here is a look back over more than twenty years of data on race and the jury system.
It is easy to become a cynic when reading those comments and seeing how closely they resemble the words of President Obama.
Ferguson, Missouri was only another lit match on the drought of an honest societal wide discussion about race and social class in America.
1992. It was a tough time to be a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney in the period after the Rodney King beating and the riots that followed the acq...
As the history of the battle against racist police violence so pointedly teaches, the public outcry and agitation must continue not only in Ferguson but across the nation.
Amidst all the hell breaking loose in Ferguson, here was one more old scab to pick at -- immigrant-black tensions in small towns and inner cities.
For at least the last two decades, the Democratic Party has been defined both by being the party of African-Americans and by an extraordinary timidity when it comes to speaking out about racism. In this regard, the relative silence is not surprising and is unfortunately exactly what is expected.
I have many nephews and godsons who are growing up Black in cities that are notorious for the abuse of Black boys. I promise them that I will support them with anything that they dare to dream. But what I cannot promise them is safety from the police.
Today, anyone and everyone has the capacity to be a journalist and to record with their smartphones potential abuses of government authority.
"When we lost Rodney King last year during Father's day, I was tremendously moved -- and I wanted to know why."
Black president or not, juries will continue to set white perpetrators free while wrongfully convicting African Americans so long as a "jury of your peers" means an exclusively or predominately white jury.