Race matters. It shapes our stories -- innocuous ones that unfold on front porches, harrowing ones that end in funerals and protests. Prejudice runs in all directions. But power, in the US, in 2014, notwithstanding a twice-elected African-American president, is held disproportionately in hands that look like mine.
Since white Americans haven't experienced this long history of living in continuous fear of having their sons and daughters felled by police bullets, this ever-present pain may indeed be difficult to grasp. It is time for white Americans to stop shaming and to speak out against the killing of black children.
Recently, Piers Morgan penned an incendiary piece titled "If black Americans want the N-word to die, they will have to kill it themselves." I held my breath the entire time I read this misguided piece. I saw all the markings of a privileged white male telling me and my community how to behave ourselves.