Jessie Daniels: Despite various indicators of so-called racial progress, psychological research shows that African American children, particularly boys, are “more likely to be mistaken as older, be perceived as guilty and face police violence if accused of a crime.”
David A. Love: We’ve been angry by the steady stream of injustice for so long that we often must find solace from the frustrations and disappointments that eat at the hope we had in America and for our children.
Sikivu Hutchinson: In the death scope of the Cleveland police and the Cuyahoga grand jury, the state’s second murder weapon of choice, Tamir Rice could only be a lawless criminal, junior thug, and public enemy, “older” than he appeared and hence culpable for his own murder.
Diane Lefer: The slogan goes “Nothing About Us Without Us” and over the past several years I’ve watched as grassroots community leaders take the lead in initiatives championed by St. John’s Well Child and Family Center and its CEO Jim Mangia.
Joe Mathews: Our state needs a hard and immediate U-turn, which starts with recognizing how the attacks connect California to the rest of the world.
John Peeler: How is it that the perpetrators in San Bernardino are terrorists, while the homegrown perpetrators are just wackos?
Carl A. Zimring: As President Barack Obama enters his final year in office, assertions of white identity as the organizing principle of domestic and foreign policy dominate the campaign to select his successor.
Frank Fear: The integration of Major League Baseball—with incredible courage shown by the Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson—is known across America. Not as familiar is the integration story in major college football.
Sikivu Hutchinson: One of my pet peeves is those who self-righteously claim that these fascist acts are “un-American”, when they are merely chickens coming home to roost.
James Loewen: I think BLM is elliptical for “Black Lives Matter, Too.” Thus the phrase intrinsically implies that white lives have always mattered; African Americans want the same regard for their humanity, dignity, and very existence that whites have always enjoyed.
Michael T. Hertz: There is a deep divide in our country between those who think that our gun laws must be strengthened in order to prevent tragedies like 3-year-olds killing themselves.
Herbert Dyer: At some level, black cops know that they labor in the primary institution purposely and specifically set up to contain, control and oppress, and when necessary, eliminate black people.
Bobbi Jo Chavarria: For too many in San Bernardino and the Inland Empire community, “normal” is a tense, unstable peace where the passive violence of poverty, prejudice, intolerance, disenfranchisement, and oppression is a daily and devastating assault on our collective humanity.