The historic participation of blacks and other minorities helped elect the first black president of the United States. But while we greatly exercised our right to vote in 2008, many failed to do the same two years later during the 2010 midterms. What we got were a slew of politicians who are more concerned with their own self-aggrandizement than with serving people.
After watching continuous acts of police abuse and brutality from coast-to-coast, perhaps the real question is, have we reached a point where federal authorities need to step in?
The next time you hear about migrant children near the border, just picture them as your own. Then think what you would want our government to do.
Just when we thought the rights of women, workers and minorities faced enough setbacks, it appears the nation’s highest court has done it once again. The Supreme Court’s majority has very clearly shown where its interests are — and they are not with the people.
As we welcome a settlement for the Central Park Five, we must address the issues that landed them in jail without sufficient evidence: police and prosecutorial misconduct, coerced confessions and media messaging that often depicts minorities as thugs or troublemakers.
After so many marched, organized, petitioned, registered voters, and risked their lives and livelihoods — and some even died — how do we as a country allow their victories to be stripped away before our very eyes? If there was ever a time to have a renewed Freedom Summer, that time is now, in 2014.
Basketball is more than just a game; it is representative of what goes on in our nation on a larger scale. In so many areas we see businesses and corporations making tremendous profits from black buying power — which is projected to reach $1.1 trillion in 2015. But how often do we see those same entities recruiting, hiring, and promoting from this same constituency?
Today, as the father of two young women, I can tell you firsthand that while I continue to push for a society that doesn’t disenfranchise them, I cannot ignore the reality that our young black men are facing unique and jarring challenges.
We cannot continue to deceive ourselves that we are somehow ‘post-racial’. It’s going to take courage to be honest about our challenges and create resolutions that can truly move us towards greater equality.
Educational inequality isn’t a notion from the past; it is happening right now all across this nation. And the facts simply don’t lie.