race in america
The former Lakers star is "happy" to see Jordan speak out publicly.
I can never ever understand what it is like to be black in America, can never know what it's like to be discriminated against or abused or pulled over and hassled, maybe even killed, just because of the color of my skin.
I am married to an amazing man. Although I know him to be the wonderful husband and father that he is, that he has so many accomplishments both from the football field and now in law school, I also know he is "just" a black man to the police.
Thousands of protesters from Los Angeles to New York to Phoenix to Atlanta have elevated the fears of white America. As
I was taught, by my parents, that the "N" word is an ignorant person -- male or female, and of any race. And I accept that to be its definition. Even though I don't believe the word is interchangeably related to all Black people, I know I would not like someone calling me that word in a negative way.
It's unfortunate that the law protects cops who escalate tense situations instead of de-escalating them and using non-lethal force. But this is not only 1 percent of police officers or just a few bad apples -- it's systematic and routine.
As a gay man, I used to think that I knew. I had experienced discrimination from people on the streets and in my family. I had to march in the streets for the right to get married and for equal protection under the law -- I thought that being a part of a minority gave me some insight into what other minorities felt. Turns out I was wrong. Dead wrong.
"How many movements began when an aesthetic encounter indelibly changed our past perceptions of the world?"
Racial tension in the United States is at a high point not seen in decades. Increased outrage at incidents of police violence
A Conversation with Freeway Ricky Ross on His Latest Run-in with Police and Race Relations in America
When I read that Freeway Ricky Ross, a former Los Angeles crack kingpin, was arrested late last month with $100,000 cash, my heart skipped a beat.