"We mourn for Tamir, and for all of the black people who have been killed by the police without justice.”
It has become the social norm to steer clear of pessimism as the new year rolls around. One may see focusing on the deaths of black youth instead of the future of black youth as pessimistic. Nevertheless, we must not confuse being pessimistic with being realistic.
As we wrestle with two Grand Jury decisions not to indict police officers for murder, I am reminded of anti-lynching advocate Ida B. Wells. Wells, an African American journalist who often sent detectives to investigate individual lynchings and published their reports.