Showing posts from August, 2014

White Privilege, White Denial: Racialized Differences in Perception of Justice

Campbell Robertson (08/21/2014), writing in the New York Times about reactions from Whites in Clayton, MO regarding the Ferguson protests, makes this observation:

"Even among those [in Clayton] who are more sympathetic to the concerns of the protesters, there is a striking language gap, with whites asking why demonstrators are not letting the justice system simply do its work and blacks saying the way the system works is exactly the problem."

This glaring gap in the concept and perception of justice is problematic for Blacks seeking justice from a system that has long promised, but failed to produce said justice.  And when Blacks exercise their Constitutional right to lawfully assemble and protest the injustices and abuse, there is a drop off in support from their White counterparts.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once remarked that the worst threat to the freedom movement was not the direct opposition of outright racists and segregationists, but from the apathy of Whites …

300+ Sociologists Issue Statement on Events in Ferguson (reblog)

Sociologists Issue Statement on Ferguson 300+ Sociologists Demand Justice and Change in Policing of Communities of Color
The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, emerge from deeply ingrained racial, political, social and economic inequities, amongst which include a broad-based problem with the administration of policing in the U.S., particularly within black communities. As citizens and a collective of more than 300sociologists, we are troubled by the killing of Michael Brown. We are troubled by the excessive show of force and militarized response to protesters who rightfully seek justice and demand a change in the treatment of people of color by law enforcement. We urge law enforcement, policymakers, media and the nation to consider decades of sociological analysis and research that can inform the necessary conversations and solutions required to address the systemic issues that the events in Ferguson have raised.
The relationship between African Americans and law enforc…

The Elephant in the Church Pew - Why Are Not More Christian Leaders Standing in Solidarity with Ferguson?

"But let justice run down like waters and righteousness as a mighty and ever-flowing stream."  Amos 5:24, Amplified Bible

I've been following the events that have unfolded since Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson, MO PD fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, on August 9, 2014.  The people of Ferguson, MO have taken to the streets and to social media to peacefully protest against the obvious excessive use of force in yet another instance of police lynching of a black suspect.  They are also marching to express their perpetual frustration with a police department, city and county governments which have historically and systematically marginalized, disenfranchised and discriminated against minorities for a very long time and have yet to held accountable for their overt and covert racism.  Their largely peaceful protests (despite efforts by criminal elements and law enforcement to incite violence) have had a tremendous positive impact worldwide, with inter…

Don't Forget to Remember (Donald Lawrence & Lalah Hathaway)