Yolhuru Williams: Our nation can no longer afford to function as two societies, separate and unequal, deeply divided, and policed by the racially insensitive Thin Blue Line.
Randy Shaw: People need to “do something” after another racially charged police killing, and the killer’s exoneration. But it is hard to see how local protests absent a specific target or achievable goal advance the larger agenda of reducing police violence against blacks.
Cheryl Dorsey: There was no such indignation or outrage as uniformed police officers paraded around the streets of Missouri wearing those “I Am Darren Wilson” wristbands.
If we are to ever come to a place in this country where the nation agrees that this is a national problem that deserves national attention, we’ll first have to learn how to analyze it and get to its source. But we can’t do that without learning how to be honest with ourselves.
Daina Ramey Berry: People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 hundred years of slavery, but it wasn’t.
Rev. Irene Monroe: It is in the spirit of our connected struggles against discrimination that we can all stand on a solid rock that rests on a multicultural foundation for a true and honest Thanksgiving.
Tina Dupuy: There’s a tendency among those unwilling to accept the idea of institutionalized racism to err on the side of the law and believe police wouldn’t be stopping and arresting black people if they weren’t committing crimes. When you’re in handcuffs everyone looks guilty.
Karen Wolfe: As the world reacts to the decision not to have a trial about the killing of Michael Brown, we see pictures and video that range from peaceful protest to enraged destruction. Online exchanges are getting heated, and some activists think words are too tame for what is happening.
Larry Wines: In the 21st century, how long before we see marches to renew the call for the arc to bend towards justice? How long? Not long.
David Love: once again, as we face another case of an unarmed young black man gunned down by the law in cold blood without recourse, without justice, we have to decide what to make of this information, and what to take from it.
Yohuru Williams: As the shots fired from Officer Wilson’s gun last August echo into what may be a long winter of discontent, the assumption that a brutalized people will always resort to violence is plain wrong.
Jamala Rogers: The 2014 election was more than a Democratic shellacking; it was the consolidation of states’ rights around a white supremacist ideology and strategy.
Sikivu Hutchinson: While Jonestown as cultural “artifact” is perversely sexy—the object of near necrophilic projection and fantasy—Peoples Temple is a historical stepchild; its legacy an unwelcome reflection of the lingering race, gender and class divide in “New Jim Crow” America.