Monday, August 11, 2014

A Bronx View of the Killing of Michael Brown

The Bronx is full of young people who take what happened to Michael Brown very personally. They go through metal detectors in schools. Get stopped and frisked in the streets. Are looked at with suspicion and contempt when they head into Manhattan. They see themselves in Michael Brown, as they did in Ramarley Graham who suffered a similar fate in the Bronx two years ago. They are in pain right now and their pain will enter our classrooms, count on it. We owe it to them to hear their voice, stand with them in solidarity, and address the underlying conditions which allow these deaths to occur over and over again. No Justice. No peace.