This post is written in blood red to represent all the African/Black people who’ve been murdered by law enforcement agents in the United States. For the love of God, Black people, and for the sake of our current and future … Continue reading How do we Stop Racist Police Brutality?
Two events in 2015 should attract the attention of Black social justice and anti-racist organizers/activists throughout the United States. Both involve Black women who used social media platforms to express their militant anger with rampant police brutality. Both ended with … Continue reading When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong: Militant Speech in the Age of “Domestic Terrorism”
As I mentioned in my previous article, Black people currently live in perilous times. Statistics detailing unemployment, education, mass imprisonment, police brutality, mental and physical health, and poverty all bear witness to this fact. As if these societal issues weren’t enough to contend with, some members of our own community take curious positions that enable our oppressors to continue their mischief in good conscience. For example, I’ve heard the following comments from some Black folk concerning police brutality: “Some Black police officers participate in police brutality and some whites are attacked by police, so police brutality is race-neutral (not based … Continue reading Black Suffering and White Reassurance
“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Two Towers” _________________________________________ Many moons ago – during my first two years as an undergraduate student at Syracuse University, I found myself in a dilemma. After stumbling around unfulfilled in the university’s famed school of public communications, I searched feverishly for a major and academic discipline that was a good fit for me. I wasn’t seeking status, material wealth, or to accumulate innumerable gadgets or trinkets. I simply wanted to … Continue reading Preparing for Black Survival in a Time of Peril
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?
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!
When crisis occurs, we can respond in several ways. We can crumble under the pressure and bury our heads in the sand. We can become bitter or self-pitying, or we can analyze the situation, learn from it and move forward. No … Continue reading Why Whites Justify and Defend Police Brutality
#WEFIGHT2BREATHE is not a formal or traditional organization, but a campaign against police brutality and the repeated murder of Black people by police all over the United States. Our supporters include political and social justice activists in Harlem, New York … Continue reading NATIONWIDE DAY OF PROTEST, JANUARY 19, 2015!
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
[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