David Love: As the nation participates in the MLK Day of Service, which is important, we should also resist the temptation to dilute his message or believe that our job is done once we have volunteered a few hours of our time.
Robert Polner: Sokol’s larger point centers on the irony that some of the Northeast’s most significant breakthroughs in racial relations have only sought to obscure the racial partitions and disparities across the region.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Black Lives Matter Los Angeles has a particular frame around the value of all black lives mattering; showing that black trans lives matter, black women’s lives matter, black disabled lives matter and black immigrant lives matter.
Herbert Dyer, Jr.: Indeed, if he had his druthers, Gingrich would apply the Giuliani-Bloomberg-Bratton policing model applied nationwide. He specifically pointed to Chicago, Obama’s (and my) beleaguered hometown.
Sincere T. Kirabo: #BlackLivesMatter is more than a hashtag – it’s a movement. I don’t think it’s right to put it on par with the African American Civil Rights Movement of yesteryear, but there are obvious similarities.
Herbert Dyer, Jr: This movement must not rest and must not retreat. It must not take even the slightest respite. It may acknowledge the two cops’ deaths – but within the context and during the continuing protests.
David Love: The truth is that the anti-brutality protests are not about death, but about life and the right to live that life without feeling it is threatened by those who vowed to serve and protect us.
Tina Dupuy: Now we have a legally immune, self-policing, occupying army with a widely acknowledged racial bias loose in our cities. And your personal experience with them is largely based on your income level, age and race.
Sikivu Hutchinson: For humanist feminists of color, it’s not just sufficient to recognize that “Black Lives Matter” but that they also matter intersectionally—as female, queer, trans, poor and disproportionately segregated.
Carole Bartolotto: The problem with concluding that GMOs are safe is that the argument for their safety rests solely on animal studies. These studies are offered as evidence that the debate over GMOs is over. Nothing could be further from the truth.