By Lee A. Daniels—No matter how much some commentators try to spin the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman as an example that the legal system worked properly, the freeing of Trayvon Martin’s killer actually underscores multiple bitter truths. One is that for black Americans, “the law” has more often been predator than protector.
Tag: civil rights
The tumultuous decade that followed the Civil War failed to enshrine Black voting and civil rights, and instead paved the way for more than a century of entrenched racial injustice. By Nicholas Lemann Children in elementary school often come home with the idea that the purpose of the Civil War was to end slavery-but […]
Zimmerman acquittal reveals lack of respect for basic, legal rights By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist I was told a story the other night. Apparently on the evening of the Zimmerman acquittal, in a bar in South Carolina, a group of white patrons were talking. Some of them, upon hearing the news, shouted “Free at […]
RALEIGH, N.C.—Progress requires progressive people involved in progressive action. That’s the message acclaimed Fort Wayne photographer and community activist James Redmond wants to bring back from the south.
A month before the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington, often viewed as the defining moment of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement for freedom, justice and equality, modern-day civil rights leaders are mobilizing again.
Eric Hackley: You have been consistently saying that blacks need to pull together, speak out and express themselves. Over the years have we made any progress in that capacity? James Redmond: No! Perhaps, very minute. Very few people will speak out and I don’t know why that is. Some are afraid of screwing up their jobs and livelihood. Even when you have a job, you should speak out when right is right and wrong is wrong.
Some blacks are afraid to speak out because of their mental enslavement and unwillingness to participate in community activities. I think it’s a shame that we have blacks like that here in Fort Wayne. I feel sorry for them for living in fear. I make it a point to attend everything about black people because I like to know what’s happening.
Professor andré douglas pond cummings presents “Peace, Liberty and Justice for All?: America’s War on Drugs and the Prison Industrial Complex” at Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fort Wayne on June 30.
Professor andré douglas pond cummings discusses perversity of Prison Industrial Complex—There’s a reason for the hugely disparate incarceration rates between Americans of European descent and Americans of African and Latin descent when it comes to drug crimes.
I often use the example of the Montgomery bus boycott to illustrate a very important lesson we could (and should) take from those strong, dedicated, and committed brothers and sisters who walked until their demands were met. Some 42,000 bus riders walked to work for 381 days. Not only was their action exemplary and admirable, it also offers a very important lesson in economic empowerment.