Sharon Kyle: Chi-Raq is yet another film that puts the life-shattering consequences of unaddressed social ills on display apparently for no other reason than to entertain.
Sharon Kyle, J.D. is the Publisher of the LA Progressive which she co-founded with her husband Dick Price. Before launching her career in the social justice arena, for more than 20 yrs, Ms. Kyle served as a resource manager for several large space flight projects at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. During her tenure at NASA/JPL she enrolled in and graduated from law school and now serves as adjunct professor of law at Peoples College of Law in Los Angeles. She also sits on the board of the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills Chapter. Ms. Kyle also serves on the editorial board of the BlackCommentator.com. Ms. Kyle is the proud mother of a teacher and an attorney and proud step-mom of a premed student.Follow @smkyle1
Sharon Kyle: It seems that hardly a week goes by without footage—usually captured by a bystander—going viral and revealing violent interactions between law enforcement and oftentimes unarmed black or brown people.
Sid went on, beaming with pride as he spoke, his grandson had landed a job at Cantor Fitzgerald – a brokerage firm in Manhattan. And to top it all off, he was in love with a very nice young lady. He and his fiancé Angie, who also worked at the firm, were living together and making plans to marry.
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.
Sharon Kyle: At least 37 states have legalized the contracting of prison labor by private corporations. Companies like Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, and Target are reaping major benefits from this captive labor pool.
Sharon Kyle: It’s easier to find out the amount of space debris orbiting Earth than it is for me to know how many unarmed black men have died at the hands of the police across the United States so far this year.
Sharon Kyle: Police Kill How Many Unarmed People? Seems like a question that should be easy enough to answer or at least I thought so until I searched.
Sharon Kyle: The story behind the creation of the Statue of Liberty was suppressed for more than 125 years. Finally, the National Park Service includes literature that explains the shackles and chains.
Sharon Kyle: The bottom line is that the American people don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of having their interests represented when their interests collide with big business or a small cadre of elites.
Sharon Kyle: So now I’m intrigued and confused. If he was mistaken for the murder suspect, why would he have to cop a plea and why is he behind bars, and why haven’t the bullets been removed and oh yeah – why was he shot in the first place?
Sharon Kyle: even in the face of the most blatant expressions of racism, those who have been caught with the proverbial smoking gun maintain that they are not racists.
Sharon Kyle: Whether we are talking about Liz Taylor playing “Cleopatra” or Russell Crowe standing in to represent every man, the outcome is the same – disproportionately high rates of unemployment for people of color.
Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow” will be speaking at the Justice on Trial Film Festival at Loyola Marymount University on Oct 20th.