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.
The reality is, until things reach a critical point, the world tends to pay no attention to hostilities or challenges in Africa. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at modern history.
Until we have a full-proof justice system that treats everyone equally under the law, we cannot falsely believe that everyone executed is in fact guilty. The process itself is cruel and in one of the most modern countries on the planet, there is simply no place for it.
We might not be in the back of the bus, and we might not drink from separate water fountains, but racial discrimination is very much alive in 2014. Anyone who ever doubted that reality can look at the events of the past week.