Special prosecutors often have blinders on when pursuing their hunt. And while blinders may help them be better sharpshooters, it may make them impervious to other legitimate considerations that may be at play.
In the wake of a guilty plea on felony tax charges, New York GOP Rep. Michael Grimm resigned from Congress the day before the 114th Congress began. Though it is somewhat rare for a member to resign before his or her term even begins, resignations are not uncommon.
My parents were terrified that the same racism that they had endured would cause me the same tremendous pain and frustrating limitations as it had caused them. They wanted to protect me from the experiences of hate that they had lived.
Comparing how quickly activists came together to form the Civil Rights and Anti-War movements in the '60s, to current sprouting social movements fueled by hashtags like #ICantBreathe, one can observe the exponential amplification value that social media serves in activism today.
If all is lost, then there's no reason to try and win. But all is not lost. We have won tremendous victories on civil rights and equality for everyone. We've also suffered setbacks. But we cannot give up. We will not give up. In fact, we shall overcome.
All. Black. Lives. Matter. Not just the ones who make White America comfortable.
Ferguson. Staten Island. Cleveland. Won't anyone stand up for those poor cops? Maybe this guy...
The disquieting truth is that there was never to be an indictment in this case, which on simple legal grounds should have moved to trial, because the US justice system knows no justice when it comes to African-Americans.
The early Jesus movement was almost broken by an ancient, distant parallel to Ferguson or Staten Island. From the vantage point of the Roman Empire, Jesus was seen as a member of a notoriously troublesome and rebellious group. In this way, the historical Jesus was an ancient counterpart to a black man in white America.
Reports from the North Pole indicate that Santa Claus, his elves and his reindeer will begin to wear body cameras in the remaining days leading up to Christmas.
Maybe not your life. But somebody's. ...
The issue is still larger than Mr. Eric Garner and Mr. Michael Brown. What we saw in New York City and Ferguson are just symptoms of a cancer that has metastasized all over humanity.
The danger, in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, is that we will define the problem too narrowly. We will convene panels and commissions to fix the law enforcement and legal system but ignore the broader demands of justice.
For an inside perspective, I turned to Rick Smith, the CEO and co-founder of Taser International - the leading provider of Tasers, cameras and evidence archival software for police departments.
We cannot allow Eric Garner's sadly prophetic next words, "It stops today," to refer only to his life. It is past time that we admit what so many have known for too long: That all too often, our justice system simply is not just.
There's no feigned shock. No forced surprise or mild disappointment. Just thick air. Deafening silence. And the weight of generations of false hope of equality sitting on my chest, on my shoulders, preventing me from breathing.