All posts tagged: black lives matter

Keep Dallas in your thoughts.

Watching video of a mass shooting in your own city is strange and sad and difficult. Keep Dallas, and the DPD, and everyone who was at the protest in your thoughts. (The Dallas Morning News is providing fantastic coverage, with an understanding of the city often not found in national media, if you need an update.) Let’s also try to remember the protest before the shooting. It was peaceful and had the support of the police department. Demonstration in #Dallas @ Belo Garden Park — Dallas Police Depart (@DallasPD) July 8, 2016 And remember: This is from 2014, but is so incredibly relevant today. I miss Jon Stewart's Daily Show. This is how I feel. #Dallas — David Thomas (@NOTDavidThomas) July 8, 2016 I know there are police officers doing good work every day, including many in Dallas, where Chief Brown has turned the department toward community policing and deescalation over the past few years. And I appreciate them. But that doesn’t make those who aren’t doing the right thing less deserving of being held accountable. …

Two Favs

I’ve written about #BlackLivesMatter, and specifically @DeRay (see also: @deraysvest) a few times over the past year or so, and I love his visit to The Late Show this week. (Related: I don’t want to understand why Stephen Colbert isn’t killing it, ratings-wise, because he’s brilliant and so good at this, so I suspect it’ll make me sad.)

No Justice for Tamir Rice

A Grand Jury decided not to bring charges against the two police officers who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice last year. He was shot within a few seconds of the police car rushing up next to him, given no time to comply with an order if he was given one, and left to die without medical attention while his sister screamed as they kept her away from him. There’s a video showing all of this. Nothing about what happened to him is okay. And yet, here we are again. No consequences, not even when it’s a 12-year-old kid. In a statement, Tamir’s mom, Samaria Rice, said: “Prosecutor (Tim) McGinty deliberately sabotaged the case, never advocating for my son, and acting instead like the police officers’ defense attorney. In a time in which a non-indictment for two police officers who have killed an unarmed black child is business as usual, we mourn for Tamir, and for all of the black people who have been killed by the police without justice. In our view, this process demonstrates that race is …

Elizabeth Warren Knows Black Lives Matter

Did you catch Senator Warren’s speech on racial inequality Sunday? The Washington Post said it “was perhaps the most full-throated endorsement to date by a federal lawmaker for the ongoing protest movement” and I totally agree. She spoke the truth in a way that didn’t back down from inevitable criticism and didn’t downplay or ignore the issue even though she’s a white woman who has never personally experienced such racial discrimination. Here are a few quotes from her speech: “None of us can ignore what is happening in this country. Not when our black friends, family, neighbors literally fear dying in the streets. This is the reality all of us must confront, as uncomfortable and ugly as that reality may be. It comes to us to once again affirm that black lives matter, that black citizens matter, that black families matter.” “Economic justice is not — and has never been — sufficient to ensure racial justice. Owning a home won’t stop someone from burning a cross on the front lawn…” “We’ve seen sickening videos of unarmed, …

NYT Editorial Board on Black Lives Matter

In “The Truth of ‘Black Lives Matter’” the New York Times Editorial Board gets it right. Chanting “black lives matter” at a protest doesn’t mean black lives matter more than other lives, but that historically they have mattered less and that horrific truth requires attention and change. “The Black Lives Matter movement focuses on the fact that black citizens have long been far more likely than whites to die at the hands of the police, and is of a piece with this history… Demonstrators who chant the phrase are …an indisputable fact — that the lives of black citizens in this country historically have not mattered, and have been discounted and devalued.” When you hear the phrase, ignore the urge to reply with “all lives matter” and listen instead. OF COURSE ALL LIVES MATTER, but if that’s your response to this movement, you’re missing the point. Read the rest of the NYT Opinion here.

Reading Update, Shorter Edition

Yesterday I shared the books I’ve recently read/am currently reading/will read next, which you should totally check out if you like romance novels and/or non-fiction. Today, here are some shorter reads I recommend: Where Black Lives Matter Began: Hurricane Katrina exposed our nation’s amazing tolerance for black pain. Tech nerds are smart. But they can’t seem to get their heads around politics. Jeb Bush just lost three key advisers. Campaign staff don’t flee winning campaigns. How for-profit prisons have become the biggest lobby no one is talking about: Sen. Marco Rubio is one of the biggest beneficiaries. America Has a Rape Problem – and Kate Harding Wants to Fix It: ‘Asking for It’ author discusses how pop culture and politicians feed rape culture. Wheels of Change: How The Bicycle Empowered Women