hy is #BlackLivesMatter going after Hillary Clinton, and what must she do? The goal is to make sure that she incorporates racial justice, criminal justice and the agenda of black people into their policy platforms. Being a Democrat simply is not enough, as Hillary—like Bernie Sanders or Martin O’Malley—must prove she believes black lives matter. […]
Sikivu Hutchinson: These days, unarmed black children rank higher than mass murderers with semi-automatic weapons as public enemy number one on American school campuses.
Rosemary Jenkins: In all my years of study in high school and college and throughout my research thereafter, I never read anything that explained how actions (or inactions) of another country kept ours from falling apart!
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David A. Love: The show’s visual symbolism was a not so subtle acknowledgement of #BlackLivesMatter, its impact on the black community and popular culture, and the ways in which it has altered the political discourse.
Randy Shaw: Cities have known since the 1990’s that a combination of affordable housing and support services—known now as “supportive housing”—dramatically reduces homelessness.
Robert Reich: Planned Parenthood is under attack and it’s up to all of us to fight back. Any society that respects women must respect their right to control their own bodies.
Eddie Rivera: Criminalizing the homeless through laws and policies is only creating more criminals, and is a poor use of resources that results in more costs to cities.
Steven Singer: We act as if only European and Anglicized names are reasonable. But I don’t have to go far down my rosters to find white kids with names like Braelyn, Declyn, Jaydon, Jaxon, Gunner or Hunter. I’ve never heard white folks yucking it up over those names.
Kathleen Wallace: His very appearance, dressed like a little guy cleaned up in his nice clothes for a visit to a relative’s didn’t help maintain that cognitive distancing. He looks too much like a child that we would see playing in the park, with his little velcro shoes.
David Love: How condescending it is for a politician to tell suffering, oppressed people how to respond to their victimization, that they should engage in their activism in a docile, peaceful, and non-threatening manner — to white folks, that is.
Scot Nakagawa: Those who say activists for racial justice ought not preach to the choir are too personally invested in the people doing the singing to hear what they sound like to those for whom they are strangers or even the “other.”
Hector Villagra: WWill we allow the needless killing and abuse of our brothers and sisters to continue? Or will we rewrite the rules for policing and hold individual officers and law enforcement agencies accountable for treating everyone fairly?