Do You Know the History of Policing in America?

Have you ever seen the movie Crash starring—among others—Don Cheadle (my celebrity crush), Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Larenz Tate, Ryan Phillipe and Terrence Howard? ...more
Rita Arens Me, too.  It was hard to watch, but I find all of this hard to watch/live also.more

Silence and Kindness in the Wake of #Ferguson

The snow came on Wednesday and brought with it a bit of welcomed quiet on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Yet the very constant and often charged chatter in my newsfeeds remained as loud as ever.At times like these, social media seems anything but social....more

The Legacy of Slavery and Ferguson, Missouri

This piece originally appeared on Huffington Post after the initial shooting death of Michael Brown.I watched 12 Years a Slave over the weekend, and I've been depressed ever since. I'd avoided watching it ever since it arrived in the mail from Netflix. While I wanted to watch it, I didn't want to watch it. I was scared. But Sunday night after putting off my husband's requests for days, I finally relented....more

Ferguson: Verdict Aftermath. now you know the officer who shot Micheal Brown, Jr. was not indicted.How could he have been when the law is written in such a way that allows for the broadest interpretation of reasonable imminent threat? Meaning that officer Wilson was free to shoot to kill because he reasonably believed Michael Jr. posed a threat to his life even though the teen was unarmed....more

The Hopeless State of Today

Last night, I along with thousands across the country, watched as Prosecutor Robert McCulloch read that a grand jury chose not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, Jr. I knew in my heart what the conclusion would be, but I was hopeful....more

I'm tired of the ugly talk about Ferguson

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What's Behind My Tears Over Ferguson

No indictment against the man who caused the death of Michael Brown. No need to investigate further, it just happened.A crying lump in my throat threatened to push its way into tears. I swallowed it back and sat glued to the coverage.I'm still ferreting out from where the threatening tears were coming....more
ace1028 I'm just glad you read them. Thanks. xomore

I Disagree

I remember learning as a kid that listening to different ideas makes you grow. Schoolhouse Rock and Mr. Rogers sang me into a world of exploration in community and gifted me a profound appreciation for the power of language. The Neighborhood Trolley returned each day with a reminder that we are all unique individuals who may respectfully disagree and resolve conflicts in a thoughtful way....more

Dear White Friends and Family

I won’t have  much to say about #Ferguson today because so many are doing it much better. But I will ask you, my white friends and family to please consider–before you speak–about what it means to be black in America today. Before you say anything, please consider: our reality is not the same as that of black Americans, of black young men....more

Ferguson Grand Jury Decision. half an hour until the grand jury announces if officer Darren Wilson will be charged with murder for the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown. My heart goes out to Michael's family who continue to seek justice for their son....more