Everyone should see this.
A few months ago, most probably would have believed that Gaines' best course of action was to comply with the police in order to get herself and her children home safely. But "a few months ago" was before Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Get up. Dry your tiresome red eyes. Bow down on both knees. Say your prayer. Light your candle.
As a White person, I will never know the extent of this sort of pain. I can, however, offer some modest advice to other White folks who are trying to figure out how to be good allies on a day like today.
Dante Servin, who fatally shot the unarmed woman in the back of the head in 2012, had faced the possibility of being fired.
Aside from the similarities in the sheer volume of blacks killed by police and those lynched decades before, there remain other staggering parallels between police killings and lynchings.
The Emanuel administration agreed to pay $4.5 million to the family of a woman killed in 2012 by an off-duty Chicago cop
My daddy died in January 2013, and one of the last things we talked about was the Chicago police. He was an optimistic man with a fierce passion for social justice, but after a protracted debate with an ultra-idealistic me, he shouted, "Marilyn, don't you know that the police is the biggest gang in the city?"
#AllLivesMatter is a cousin to the knee-jerk reaction of "stop making everything about race" when someone points out clear, salient racial elements of an issue like police brutality. It's the cookie we want everyone to give us for not being a racist.
Sandra Bland's family has filed a wrongful death suit, but the Department of Justice should conduct an independent investigation into Bland's death and an independent prosecutor should handle the case