Though I had adopted the title of "African" American like most of my relations in the Diaspora, I was never more aware of how little I really knew about Africa and this African hero than I was on that day in 1990 he was freed from prison as the whole world watched.
It's good to rally and march; coming together for a common cause can be mentally and emotionally healing. But right now, I do not want to be approached by anyone who does not look like me to discuss the verdict.
It's simple: people work better together than alone. To believe that you can stand alone and navigate the world by yourself might be a liberating experience, but at the end of the day it usually adds up to a poor day at the races.
For the first time in our history, more than half the babies being born in the United States are non-white. This milestone signals a new chapter in the centuries-long struggle over who is included in what we call "the American people."
In Ernie Paniccioli's mind, what originated as a "voice for the voiceless" has become just one more way for Wall Street to extract money from people's pockets. Essentially, he feels the black community is being subjected to the tyrannical equivalent of the musical 1 percent.
The surgery is a more simple procedure than one would think. It merely entails slicing an opening in the patient's back, and placing a spine where normal, politically-sane, and spined-humans have a spine
After reading this, the next time you talk to a Black person you can feel comfortable in now knowing with every fiber of your being that you have no clue what they think or feel based on their skin color.