While the investigation continues, subpoenas get issued and details hashed out, one thing has become abundantly clear: the residents of Fort Lee and the people of New Jersey were treated as some sort of an afterthought.
hen issues like women’s reproductive rights, unemployment benefits, marriage equality, economic fairness, education, immigration reform, a minimum wage increase and affordable health care are on the line, how can anyone think that making promises or a new year’s resolution is enough?
Do we really believe that a young teenager from an inner city or from a rural area who had a rough upbringing would receive time at a treatment facility if he/she killed four people after driving drunk? I don’t think so, and neither do the majority of us.
Diversity is one of the greatest strengths of this nation, and we must respect one another in a way that preserves and further develops this diversity. Therefore, when an injustice happens to anyone, it is the duty of all to speak up. Silence is akin to tacit acceptance.
Is it okay to highlight website problems? Yes. Is it okay to push the president to get these tech issues resolved quickly? Absolutely. But when did having website problems become the same thing as not sending enough help to those dying and suffering in the midst of a devastating hurricane?
Renisha McBride’s death is a tragedy that simply didn’t have to take place. It raises many questions about preconceptions, bias, profiling, motive and more — all of which need to be thoroughly examined and investigated.
Many of us were excited last night, and that’s a normal sentiment when such tremendous progress took place. But in order to continue on that path of advancement for all, we cannot allow ourselves to become complacent.
Companies are quick to take our dollars, but slow or non-existent to invest in our business ventures, in our ideas and in our communities. It’s time for a drastic change, and as the old adage goes, money talks.
Yes, a man waved a Confederate flag in front of the home of an African-American family. And the elected officials who organized, spoke, marched or promoted this rally are just as responsible as that man for this ugly display of bigotry.
Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, women, gays and other marginalized groups have fought long and hard to level the playing field and bring about change. While we have many more challenges ahead of us, we have made tremendous gains.