Spelman College held commencement yesterday. Loretta Lynch gave the commencement address. Six years ago today, Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley killed 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones. Now, I fully understand that yesterday, we staged a protest.
“Either you read or you suffer.”
-Walter Dean Myers
“Technically, legally speaking, yes, Trayvon was a child. But most of us don’t think of a five-foot-eleven seventeen-year-old, especially one who clearly punched Zimmerman squarely in the face as a child. Floridians don’t–they send kids younger than that to prison for life without parole sentences in record numbers. Either way, the issue was a distraction, a desperate new last-ditch effort to gain sympathy for ‘the victim’ […]” –Lisa Bloom, Suspicion Nation
…and Lisa Bloom sympathizes with Trayvon Martin’s family and their supporters (smh)
“Each of Sylvia Maier’s] portraits is rendered against the outline of an American coin, the words “In God We Trust” and “Liberty” etched alongside the name of the child unlawfully killed. The juxtaposition of the nation’s identifiable ideals and the lived reality of discrimination and suffering so many Americans are forced to face is haunting.”
Title: Frank X Walker, “Sorority Meeting” in Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers