It has been just over a year since I have last written. What started as an unintentional hiatus (new job, diminished time, increased stress, et cetera et cetera) became an intentional one in August 2014 — when eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down by policeman Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.
The injustice and horrific abuse of power that followed has been documented by activists and protestors— (extra)ordinary individuals that demanded a larger, national conversation about contemporary race relations in America and the violence that has been heaped upon black bodies since before this nation was even a nation.
Trayvon Martin. Jordan Davis. Michael Brown. Antonio Martin. Eric Garner. Ezell Ford. Ledarius Williams. Tamir Rice. The list extends far before and after these black young men, killed by police.
Because of the relentless work of Deray McKesson and Netta Elzie (Ferguson organizers) and Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi (creators of the hashtag #blacklivesmatter) and many, many more, this conversation on racism in America has been amplified during the past seven months. Read More