Freddie Gray, 25, was racially profiled and then chased down by the Baltimore police officers. He subsequently died as result of police action taken after what the mayor called an unjust arrest. But the Gray tragedy is not an isolated case. It is symptomatic of a criminal justice system gone mad with racism and bigotry.
Glenn Ford, 64, convicted of murder in 1984, spent a quarter-century on the death row of Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison before his conviction was overturned and he was freed last year. Anthony Ray Hinton, 58, convicted of murder in 1983, spent 30 years on Alabama’s death row before his murder conviction was overturned earlier this month and he was freed.
You know their names – Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice – because these African American men were unarmed and killed by “law enforcement” officers. Their names have been part of a litany invoked when police shootings are discussed. Their deaths have been part of the impetus for the Black Lives Matter movement, especially because the police officers that killed these men (and a little boy) have paid no price for their murders.
[caption id="attachment_24205" align="alignleft"]minnpost.com[/caption]Nobody asked me, but, Jeffrey Hassan’s opinion piece on the Star Tribune’s questionable opinions is well written and on point.
[caption id="attachment_24100" align="alignleft"]Harry Colbert, Jr.[/caption]Mr. President, where are you?
I know that must seem like a silly question because I can turn on any cable news channel and I can see you and know your whereabouts as you’re talking about the issue of the moment. I’ve seen you talking about the Israeli/Palestine conflict. I’ve seen you talking about your transportation bill. I’ve seen you talking about affordable college funding programs. I saw you joking around with The Ohio State University football team. Just this past weekend I saw you yucking it up at the White House Correspondents Dinner. I even got to see your angry alter-ego, Luther.
Twins, Major League Baseball, continue to honor Jackie Robinson while struggling to attract Black fans
[caption id="attachment_24072" align="alignleft"]Members of the Twins coaching staff all wearing jersey number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, the first to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Photos Harry Colbert, Jr. [/caption]In what has now become an annual tradition, the Minnesota Twins along with every team in Major League Baseball (MLB) honored the legacy of baseball Hall of Famer and civil rights icon, Jackie Robinson.
Despite ill-intended efforts to do it for us, Black Americans have a responsibility to define our own reality. It is a fundamental human right recognized and respected by the United Nations. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to define, without apology, the deadly and debilitating manifestation of racial discrimination and injustice as “economic racism.”
Mass incarceration in the United States is counterproductive and disproportionately causes a long-term injury to Black Americans and others who remain trapped in poverty and disillusionment. How is it that the richest nation on earth and the most technologically advanced society now has the largest prison population in the world?