Folks in Baltimore want to talk. They want action, but they really want to talk too. Something traumatic has happened to them that has affected them spiritually and emotionally and they need to excise that trauma. And talking to a reporter like me isn’t enough to do it. I write about this in my post for The Root Wednesday. It’s about a recent town hall Roland Martin hosted for TV One in Baltimore, but the people attending the town hall regularly tried to show up the panelists with their passion, fears, anger and sadness. Continue reading
This week powerful black women, doing things, who are taking care of business (or not) have emerged during the media frenzy surrounding the horrific death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who sustained injuries that led to his death while in police custody. In this painful tragedy, it’s hard to find a positive strand to cling to, but thankfully in Baltimore, sisters (and their versatile hair) truly are doing it for themselves, and are front and center in the fight for justice and peace in this debacle.
Last night I went to a reception for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It was my first time attending the event in any form since I moved to D.C. in 2009. I don’t know what I expected. It was much louder, chaotic and crowded than I imagined (and I was already prepared for it to be a bit of a mess getting in and out of). But nothing like the idea of the President of the United States, the First Lady and a gaggle of celebrities to bring out thousands on a rainy, cold spring evening.
But while there was the usual cocktail sipping and chances for the brainiac set to ogle “Jamie Lannister” and Gabourey Sidibe while having thrilling stare-downs with a game-faced Chanel Iman, 55-miles away in Baltimore, Md. protests were erupting over yet another black man’s death in police custody. This time 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who suffered a traumatic spinal injury and eventually died after an interaction with police officers who denied him medical aid. Continue reading
Wrote a piece Thursday for ATTN on the Twitter hashtags that have evolved out of the Eric Garner case. When there were no indictments in Garner’s death the hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite emerged, featuring white people telling tales of crime without punishment. Black Twitter users responded with #AliveWhileBlack, telling stories of everyday discrimination. More evidence we still live in two separate Americas. Continue reading
For The Root Wednesday I wrote a response to the non-indictment of an NYPD officer on charges of killing Eric Garner. Garner was unarmed when Officer Daniel Pantaleo held him in an illegal chokehold. While I wasn’t surprised by the Grand Jury’s ruling I was really disappointed. Continue reading