Baton Rouge/Dallas vigilantism is endemic to our culture Yet another instance of “despicable” violence in the U.S. and yet another round of handwringing, but if we are honest, this can’t really be a surprise to anyone. We live in a violent nation, violent in every sense of the word. While preaching nonviolence to the masses, the U.S. government and its armed bodies of men and … [Read more...]
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They too have long been victims of police violence I am always worried to the point of nail-biting when my spouse leaves in the morning for Boston Medical Center if she’ll return home to me, because she’s always stopped by the Cambridge or Boston police. They don’t see Dr. Thea James. Her gender nonconforming appearance and driving a brand new BMW, which many cops derisively … [Read more...]
Continued denial of underlying causes will keep violence predictable Shooting events during this bloody summer of 2016, here and across the country, have long been predictable. So why haven’t plans been devised and implemented to stop, hinder, or slow it? And why, given a half century and more of studies showing the link between violence and poor education, poor jobs, poor … [Read more...]
Dear Governor Dayton, My name is Andrew Brundidge. I am an African American boy. Also I’m 9 ½ years old. I think there should be a law saying that officers must have a true and good reason to shoot someone. Plus, they must look at the required license if they pull someone over who is driving. I myself, on behalf of Black people everywhere, don’t think that it’s … [Read more...]
A biweekly column in which various contributors from both sides of prison walls explore common ground for effecting change. Art doesn't happen by itself. It comes from work and drive and soul. Beauty comes from toil and the nicks and scrapes of the unforgiving world. People work to make their lives meaningful. My best friends are artists. They write and draw … [Read more...]