The HRC should be just as vocal in its dissent about racial injustice as it is in celebrating the coming out of celebrities. If we are ever going to overcome the artificial divide between the African-American community and the LGBTQ community now is the time to fortify and publicly announce that solidarity.
As Chris Taylor points out in his terrific new book, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise, there has always been a political component to these motion pictures.
The manner in which law enforcement protects this country is a reflection of the values within our society, and everything from "stop-and-frisk" to racial profiling speak volumes of who we are as a nation.
The Tree Lighting will be fun and festive. I am looking forward to it. However, the texts from Isaiah, the Psalms, 2 Peter, and Mark push me to recall that casting Advent light in the darkness is not to be reduced to the fun and festive -- it is subversive. It is dangerous. It is protest.
I have come to the understanding that in many ways, looking up has been a convenient distraction from looking around. It allows me to opt out of facing the darkness here on Earth.
Skittles & Tea, Hands Up, I Can't Breathe, This sore's been festering so long its just about burst.
The efforts to deny the innocence of Brown and other black victims, in the name of preserving the innocence of the likes of Darren Wilson, of white America, and the nation as a whole is commonplace.
Over the past two years, names like Trayvon Martin and Ferguson, Missouri have grabbed headlines, while an emailer keeps sending me news clips where a...
Amongst African Americans there is an argument that Blacks protest louder when White police officers (or Whites with pseudo police authority) kill or otherwise commit violence against Blacks than they do when young Black males kill or otherwise commit violence against other young Black males. I affectionately call the proponents of this argument the "Black on Blackers."
As my daughter and I cut and chopped apples and pureed pumpkin I got to pretend -- for a millisecond -- that my Currier and Ives, Norman Rockwell-esqe existence was true ... and that others get to share it, as well. But I know the truth.
These reasons explain how the benefits of black men openly carrying a gun have little to do with advocating the use of such weapons, and everything to do with what displaying the gun will entail and how open-carry laws can help put an end to racial profiling and unarmed deaths.
Let's not reduce our causes to verdicts and small victories of justice, but an actual overhaul of how we collectively function and sustain in America. That's how we really make black lives matter - socially and institutionally.
Through daily moral consciousness we must all counter the proliferating voices of racial and ethnic and religious division that are regaining too much respectability over the land.
Black lives matter. Despite what we're seeing in media headlines, the actions of our courts and legal system and police departments everywhere -- black lives matter and black stories help shed light on history of race in America and beyond.
How many names do you remember? How many have you even heard of? How many more do you need to read before you believe that a pattern exists?
The Ferguson grand jury decision not to criminally prosecute a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed young black man has reached the Geneva HQ of the UN Office of Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid, but the consequences will be felt globally and probably with indefinite impact.