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Brothers of the Black List

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Published in the St. Louis American, October 5, 2017

 

“We’re all equal under the law. I was completely duped by that. I thought that was the deal. Then all of a sudden, I look around and it ain’t. It is not the deal. It is you and it’s us.”

Those were the words of disillusionment spoken by Edward “Bo” Whaley, an African-American professor and counselor at a meeting in 1992 with university officials at State University of New York at Oneonta. Whaley, who worked tirelessly to support his “kids,” had seen the line drawn in the upstate New York town with a racist dragnet of the black, male students on campus after an attempted rape off campus. The incident on September 4, 1992 spurred the longest litigated civil rights case in U.S. history. Read more

SOS: Taking the Response to Police Acquittals to Another Level

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A View from the Battlefield

Published at BlackCommentator,com on September 21, 2017

SOS. Save our Ship. Save our Souls. Save our Society. Save our Sons. Same Ole Shit. However we define the acronym, it is a distress call. This country is in crises on so many levels–judicially, politically, spiritually, economically, etc. This can be witnessed in the stressed lives of the working class and acutely experienced in Black and Brown communities. With another racist acquittal of a killer cop, the haunting question is what we have learned about justice and injustice since the 2014 Ferguson Uprising. The “we” is both public decision-makers and our racial justice movement.  Read more

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