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Here We Go Again: Black Life Doesn’t Matter

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The Naked Truth

Published in the Capital City Hues newspaper – September 24, 2017

Anthony Lamar Smith and daughter, Autumn.

Once again, the St. Louis metro region has erupted into righteous outage with the acquittal of Jason Stockley. Stockley is a disgraced former St. Louis cop who killed an unarmed Black man in 2011. It’s been three years since the Ferguson Rebellion after the shooting of yet another unarmed Black man. That was Michael Brown, this time it was Anthony Lamar Smith. The haunting question is what we have learned about justice and injustice since 2014.

I won’t spend time going into all the details about this case. Just trust me when I say that of any officer-involved shooting, this was the case that should’ve resulted in a conviction of some degree. If not first-degree murder, then second degree or manslaughter. But nothing!     Read more

Resistance is not a spectator sport

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Published in the St. Louis American, August 15, 2017

 

Looking at the tsunami of the recent hate-motivated, mean-spirited, anti-black racist incidents going on in St. Louis, in Missouri and in the U.S., reminds me of a favorite saying of my mother: This country is going to hell in a hand-basket!

To that I reply, we’re already in hell. The NAACP’s travel advisory for African Americans coming to or through Missouri could’ve easily been expanded to a cautionary reminder for black folks living in the U.S. Read more

The White Elephant in the Courtroom

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PROSECUTORIAL CRIMES AND CORRUPTION: THE (WHITE) ELEPHANT IN THE COURTROOM

This article is from the Childress Lecture Series and part of the St. Louis University Law Journal publication (Summer 2017). Also included are articles from Stephen B. Bright, Stephen Hanlon, Brandon Buskey, Michael Barrett, Norman Lefstein, Sean D. O’Brien, Mark E. Olive, Cynthia Short, Alexander L. Ledbetter and Mary K. Mullen.

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