A Second Pandemic: Racism 2020
Featured A Second Pandemic: Racism 2020
Recents events ignited by the murder of George Floyd at the hand of a Minneapolis police officer and an explosion in outrage has brought tens of thousands of Americans to protest the racism and white supremacy underlying numerous killings of Black Americans in recent years.* Some historians and commentators compare the present state of race relations in this land of “liberty and justice for all" to the widespread mid-19th to early 20th century horrific practice of lynching. During that period, more than 4,000 blacks were terrorized and then asphyxiated by the hangman’s noose.
My visit last year to the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama led to my writing "Unforgettable Montgomery," a reflection on that two-day trek. The trip as a whole took me through an immersive and visceral retelling of profound injustice, from black enslavement to Jim Crow, from lynchings to mass incarcerations, to where we find ourselves today.. I offer it to you.
*An incomplete roll of innocent unarmed Black Americans killed by police since 2014 — Dontre Hamilton (Milwaukee, WI - 2014), Eric Garner (New York, NY - 2014), John Crawford (Dayton, 2014), Michael Brown, Jr. (Ferguson, MO. - 2014), Ezell Ford (Florence CA. - 2104), Dante Parker (Victorville, CA, 2014), Tanisha Anderson (Cleveland, OH - 2014), Akai Gurley (Brooklyn, NY - 2014), Tamir Rice (Cleveland, OH - 2014), Rumain Brisbon (Phoenix, AZ), Jermaine Reid (Bridgeton, NJ - 2014), Tony Robinson (Madison, WI), Phillip White (Vineland, NJ - 2015), Eric Harris (Tulsa, OK), Walter Scott (N. Charleston, SC - 2015), Freddie Gray (Baltimore, MD - 2015), Terrence Crutcher (Tulsa, OK - 2016), Philando Castile (Falcon Hts. MN, 2016), Alton Sterling (Baton Rouge, LA - 2016),Alfred Olango (El Cajon, CA - 2016), Jordan Edwards (Balch Springs, CA - 2017), Patrick Harmon (Salt Lake City UT - 2017), Stephon C;ark (Sacramento CA - 2018), Shaheed Vassell (New Yory, NY - 2018), Antwon Rose (Pittsburgh, PA - 2018), Botham Jean (Dallas TX - 2018), Atatiana Jefferson (Fort Wort TX -2019), Breanno Taylor ( Louisville KY - 2020), Ahmaud Arbery (Brunswick, GA - 2020), George Floyd (Minneapolis MN - 2020).
Lord have mercy!