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Unreasonable fear of black bodies

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Published by St.Louis American, July 20, 2017

Redditt Hudson

People who don’t know me might think I’m a cop-hatin’, law-breakin’ sistah. I been working on police-community issues for more years than I care to say. I observe how police interact with citizens based upon their age, race and perceived economic status. I pay serious attention to what they say and do as individuals and as a department. I listen to their own words. I read their own words.

I heard Gary Wiegert, then prez of the St. Louis Police Officers Association, call me a “terrorist” on his WGNU radio program some years ago. I couldn’t judge his true state of mind since Wiegert was a lobbyist for legalizing marijuana at the time.

I listened when Heather Taylor, current prez of the Ethical Society of Police (advocating for black police officers) made a passionate case for why the police need raises. She cited her special-needs child as an example of the kind of expenses families incur outside of the realm of regular living expenses that can bring financial stress. This was particularly moving coming from a mother and because I’m on record opposing raises for police to keep brutalizing and terrorizing my community. Read more

The Drop in Teen Pregnancy is No Mystery

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Published by BlackCommentator.com, July 20, 2017

The Drop in Teen Pregnancy is No Mystery: Our communities made plans to prevent unplanned pregnancies

 

You may have missed this good news in the middle of the white noise coming from the White House. Their antics seem to eclipse the real news as well as any victories that we should be celebrating and building on. The recent reports of the historic low in U.S. teen pregnancy rates is one such example.

U.S. pregnancy rates are still higher than our counterparts in the industrialize world, and has been for a while. As much as North Korea is demonized (with sound reasons), it has one of the lowest teen pregnancy rates in the world.

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More cops is not the answer

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This is my great-niece that I refer to in the article. Her name is Genevieve but I call her Zawadi, KiSwahili for gift. Watching her fight for her life, to be a part of this universe became a metaphor for what’s happening right now in the Black community: We are in the fight of our lives. Baby G aka Zawadi fought to survive and now she’s on her way to claiming her space, her voice in a world that wants to pre-determine her destiny as a Black warrior-child. It ain’t gonna happen. Not. on. my. watch.

 

 

 

Published in St. Louis American, June 23, 2017

After my fellowship in Madison, Wisconsin, I headed to Kansas City to check on family including the premature arrival of my great-niece. I don’t know why she was so anxious to come into this world. During my time there, there were seven deaths including that of a 3-year old child.

Then I came to St. Louis where violence took the lives of 11 people in a week – five homicides happened in a 24-hour period. In that count were the deaths of a seven-year-old and a 13-year old. The combined magnitude of the human carnage was enough to temporarily bring down my high spirits. Read more