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.
We’ve observed misinformation and fear mongering against the president’s Affordable Care Act, also referred to as ‘Obamacare’. But guess what, it’s going into effect tomorrow.
After a week which began with 12 killed at a Navy Yard shooting in Washington, and continued with 13 shot at a South Side park in Chicago, we still can’t get Congress to pass legislation on background checks.
Did we need to save the private sector? Absolutely. But we’re nowhere near done saving families who are still suffering from the effects of the financial crisis that they didn’t create.
People often think that activism is one-sided. That one must focus on a single issue and charge ahead. But true activism involves being able to tackle all the issues of the day — both inside and outside of our own communities.
Half a century after Dr. King’s momentous march, we must continue to push for justice and equality; anything less will be a disservice to the memory of this great leader and all those that paved the way 50 years ago.