It was a cool February afternoon in an upper-middle-class suburb of Houston. My friend, Aaron, was having a difficult time gathering his composure. Aaron was 19 years old. He had been diagnosed with a form of autism, as well as mental illness. Aaron's parents, who gave their neuroatypical son vast support and courageous care, were at a loss for how to help him in this vulnerable moment. ...more
I have a ton of friends and family members who are teachers. I respect this profession. I think this is an IMPORTANT profession. Teachers wear many hats and are not only responsible for educating our youth, but setting an example for them. Teaching them not only the required subjects like math, English and science, but also about discipline and respecting authority. Teachers have the ability to change and positively affect lives, and there are so many good ones out there who have done just that....more
Once I saw Sandra Bland's smiling face in the news reports, I didn't want to watch the video of her arrest. It was going to be a level of wrongdoing and injustice that would be intolerable to watch, burn my eyes.What had to have happened between her joyful look in the photographs probably supplied by her loving family and the reports of her alleged suicide in jail would be outrageous, assault everything I keep wanting to think is true about America. We are mostly good and fair. Do I still believe this? I don't know....more
Late last night I came across an article with the headline "Cleveland woman with mental illness died after police used takedown measure, brother says." My heart sank as I clicked on it and read about the death of Tanesha Anderson, a 37-year-old African-American woman who reportedly suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia....more
While my 8th grade students are learning about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the American Revolution, history is being made right in front of us.
Colonists, in the form of UC Davis students, are rebelling against the Redcoats, in the form of the administration and the government. And just like in the Revolution, it all started with a shot heard round the world....more
In Oakland, California, where frustration over police brutality fueled the rise of the Black Panther Party nearly fifty years ago, anger and grief spilled into the streets when a former city transit officer drew an involuntary manslaughter conviction yesterday for gunning down an unarmed black man today as he laid on the ground in compliance with police orders. As Blogher Contributing Editor Melissa Ford reported, the verdict returned by a Los Angeles jury against Johannes Mehserle, 28 in the killing of 22-year-old Oscar Grant III normally carries a sentence of 2-4 years, but could be as long as 15 years because the crime was committed with a gun.
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