We remember Trayvon on this day because his death should serve as a daily reminder of the very real work left undone. His memory serves as our invitation to help fix a broken system. It will become better when we all become involved
Race is more than just a demographic descriptor. For many black children, race is a determinant of poorer outcomes.
Continued police brutality in an age of social media and video sharing has awakened a racially charged fire in America we know now as Black Lives Matter. The flames have primarily been fuelled by the headline-grabbing deaths of black men including Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray. But what about the women?
Throughout my pregnancy, I became much more radicalized and unapologetic in the life that I wanted for my child. I watched Michael Dunn's trial that summer as well. A few days before I went into labor, I wrote the following letter to my son, Grandon
We cannot elect people into office and be so satisfied to have them there that we are afraid to constructively criticize those office holders in any way. That approach results in communities being neglected and ignored, as has happened to African Americans.
The Black Lives Matter movement is a relatively recent movement, but the problem that it seeks to address is one that is as old as America's history. This is something that really does not get addressed as often as it should be, which is one of the reasons why I appreciated my brief discussion with Gordon about the fate of Mario Abraham.
#BlackLivesMatter leaders are advocates. In light of the incessant number of shootings of black women, men, girls and boys, they are acting out. T...
It's pretty easy to understand. Unless you're trying not to.
Tamir Rice's death wasn't a "tragedy." Nor was Michael Brown's, Eric Garner's, Trayvon Martin's, and the countless others'. Their deaths are all perfectly explicable as the product of a racialized criminal justice system prone to use excessive force. That means their deaths were also all unnecessary and avoidable.
Just days after returning to the U.S. a story broke an hour south of where I was living in Florida, involving a naked man eating the face off another in a shocking attack of cannibalism like The Walking Dead come to life. Toto, I don't think I'm in Europe anymore.
It has been a tumultuous time on college campuses nationwide when it comes to issues of race and diversity. Students in my "Race in America" class hav...
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.
Whether it is Black Lives Matter who demand to be heard or others, Fox News will attempt to shout down the movement to protect their cherished vision of a monochrome America, instead of the messy, rigidly stratified America that so many face.
If a 21-year-old Southern White man living in 21st Century America relied on age-old racist rhetoric to justify slaughtering innocent people, we should not be surprised that history continues to repeat itself along the agonizing road to full citizenship that contemporary Black people must traverse.
The one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO is an opportunity to reflect on the media coverage of the black men and women killed by police and others -- is it always as objective as it ought to be?
"We must keep pushing toward tomorrow so that the world we leave in our children's hands is one of joy, not one of sorrow."