“There was not a lot of choice in the altercation,” were words spoken by Baltimore County, police spokeswoman, Elise Armacost, to justify the events that led to police killing Korryn Shandawn Gaines, age 23 of Maryland. Not a lot of choices? Let’s consider some real choices outside the policing rulebook, a rulebook that when followed led to the death of a mother, jeopardized … [Read more...]
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Donald Trump spoke truth when he asked Blacks in Milwaukee, Friday, August 19, 2016, what has the Democratic Party done for Blacks, and then appealed to the Black vote by asking, “What the hell have you got to lose?” These are great questions offering a challenge to Black America. The answer to “lose” for both sides is the same: the decisions of the new nominees for the Supreme … [Read more...]
Our American exceptionalism allows us to shimmer too fully in our greatness. We are the biggest and the baddest. We are the best armed and the most influential. We win the most Olympic medals, and we have the most nuclear weapons. We are so great that we wave our flags and shout out, “U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” In some ways, it is an imperialist chant, a chant of dominance, a … [Read more...]
A biweekly column in which various contributors from both sides of prison walls explore common ground for effecting change. On a recent Sunday morning I was called down for an unexpected visit. It was my mom, truly the most amazing woman I’ve ever known. We caught up on the most recent happenings and shared some laughs. It had been a good visit. Then it happened. Some … [Read more...]
In one of the northernmost points of Kansas City, Kansas — nestled in between the Missouri River to the north and the bluffs that rise above it to the south — lay the historic ruins of Quindaro, Kansas. Founded by abolitionists in 1856, Quindaro originally served as a port-of-entry for emigrants dedicated to the cause of keeping Kansas a slave-free state. Shortly after it … [Read more...]