Because nothing is more important this week than the continued conversation about Black lives and racism. Let’s do better next week America.
The New York Times Condemns The Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision (The New York Times)
“I can’t breathe.”
Eric Garner’s Children Speak to Katie Couric (Yahoo! News)
on the lack of the indictment: “You’ve seen him die on national T.V….Why?” This is an excellent view. This humanizes this man, this father. It also has commentary from writers, LaToya Peterson and Franchesca Ramsey with Raymond Kelly, the problematic former chief of NYPD.
As Akai Gurley Lay Dying, The Cop That Shot Him Text His Union Rep (New York Daily News)
Because when you do not see Black people as being human, it makes perfect sense to focus on your own. In that meantime, the cop, Peter Liang couldn’t reach his rep. He also was not supposed to be on that beat either. This is why we have to teach the very basic truth: Black people are human too. Black lives matter.
Tamir Rice’s Killer Was Deemed Unfit for Police Work Two Years Ago (The Guardian)
A supervisor wrote in an evaluation of Timothy Loehmann that he lacked “the maturity needed for our employment,” and stated, “I do not believe time, nor training, will be able to change our correct these defencies.” He was unfit for employment in a White suburb in November 2012. He was employed by the Cleveland police March 2014, patrolling the mostly Black city. Tamir was buried yesterday.
Chokeholds, The Police and Thurgood Marshall (Mother Jones)
There still remains to be a lot of work done in examining the history for the American and largely White public that’s unaware of the brutal and violent history of Black communities and the police. Which is why it’s important to remember that Thurgood Marshall blasted the LAPD in the case Los Angeles v Lyons for chokeholds. Back in 1983. Chokeholds were made illegal in use by NYPD in 1993.
Mayor De Blasio Announces a Police Re-Training Program (Time Magazine)
What significant changes that will be had out of a 3 day training program I’m not sure, but one supposes that it’s a start. It also doesn’t address the more insidious and dangerous issue: the inability to connect with Black humanity.
Mayor De Blasio Had To Warn His Own Son About His Police Force (Gawker)
Because despite Dante De Blasio’s White father who is mayor over their city and police force, he’s still a Black man. That’s actually kind of crazy right- one of the most powerful kids in the nation still is not safe from the police force that his father presides over. That’s how deep the power of racism is in Black lives.
“#Criming While White” Explodes on Twitter, Revealing The Abundance of White Privilege (The Huffington Post)
Interesting that the story really also misses a lot of Black Twitter’s sentiments that this was gloating. And it did become that, later as the hashtag grew. Initially, it was a hashtag to open the doors of dialogue about the two difference justice systems that exist for White people and Black people in this country.
The Dream That Never Was: Black Millennials and Obama (Gawker)
The profound disappointment that Black Millennials feel about Obama and Obama’s America. I co-sign all of this. And more.
Chris Rock Brings Brilliance on Racism in Hollywood, L.A. and American in General (The Hollywood Reporter)
Chris Rock has been on a roll these past few weeks with blistering and genius commentary on race and the myth of race relations in America. While not directly related to Eric Garner, he offers really real insight into White racism and how the lack of White progress with regards to racial tolerance affects what we see on the screen and in media.
Making History With ‘Selma’ (The New York Times)
A long and in-depth read about Ava DuVernay, the director of the Oscar contender “Selma” and the making of this amazing, necessary and timely movie. Her journey and the journey of this movie is so worth the read. Given the place that we’re in in America right now, I suspect that we all need to go see this film when it opens December 25th.