Who are the Real Thugs in Baltimore?

The brutal beating of 25-year old Freddie Gray by Baltimore police on April 12th, and his subsequent death from spinal injuries on April 19th, has created a whirlwind of discussion, protest, and rebellion in the port city known for it delicious seafood and sports franchises. Sadly, Gray’s death is the most recent in a decades’-long line of Black murder by the hands of racist police. In fact, such treatment has occurred for centuries, if we include the horrors of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, enslavement of our ancestors, brutal treatment by organized Southern slave patrols, and lynching by racist white vigilante groups like the … Continue reading Who are the Real Thugs in Baltimore?

Calling the Black Church: Take a Stand Against Police Brutality!

My appreciation for the Black church is well-documented, as are my critiques. Among other things, sound scholarship requires a balanced and nuanced approach, the ability and willingness to appreciate one side of a debate even while taking a valid opposing position. Discussing the … Continue reading Calling the Black Church: Take a Stand Against Police Brutality!

Caution: Lessons Ahead! Thoughts on Black Rage and Protest

Here we are again. That familiar yet uncomfortable place between paradox and irony. Ongoing acts of unbridled state-sanctioned murder of Black people have stirred a storm of Black rage and protest. In a society where too many Black folk became a little too comfortable and bourgeois, we activists and organizers welcome the recent flood of Black rage and protest around the murder of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and others….right? Well that’s where things get tricky. As righteous indignation and irreconcilable discontent give way to bitterness and rage, little things like wisdom, long-range thinking and responsible leadership get kicked to the curb. This is an unfortunate … Continue reading Caution: Lessons Ahead! Thoughts on Black Rage and Protest

Lessons From the Ferguson Decision and Repeated Police Brutality

As Thanksgiving approaches in three days, it would be sacrilegious for me to suggest that Black people in the U.S. have little for which we are thankful. Yet, when it comes to our experience under racist and irresponsible policing in our communities, this sentiment is valid. This is one of those posts that really disturbs me. It disturbs me to write this post simply because I shouldn’t have to write it. It disturbs me that many fellow Black people will call me a “fanatic” or “irresponsible militant” for drawing conclusions and making suggestions that are logical,  effective, and drawn from a … Continue reading Lessons From the Ferguson Decision and Repeated Police Brutality

Racist Police Brutality Part I: History of The American Police State

[Because I want to give important elements of this issue the attention they deserve, this will be a two-part series on racist police brutality in the United States. This article will address the history, role and sociopolitical function of American police as they relate to Black people. The second article will explore traditional methods we’ve used to confront police brutality, and offer new or alternative  ideas. ] With the escalation and reemergence of racist police brutality in the United States, the media, civil rights groups, and concerned Black citizens find themselves discussing and organizing to confront the American terrorist police state. … Continue reading Racist Police Brutality Part I: History of The American Police State