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
I grabbed Jillian Kaye’s illustration from her website, http://jilliankayeart.com/illustrations/, showing a pen and ink drawing of Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr in the Hamilton musical. My print arrived yesterday in a beautiful hand lettered envelop that added an unexpected pleasure to purchasing “Wait For It.”
“Could Obama, with that first-class intellect to go with a first-class temperament, with that pitch-perfect sense of humor, have been a better schmoozer and deal maker? Certainly. He was never very good at hiding his condescension for Republican leaders. But that party was united in a single goal — to defeat him at every turn.” Timothy Egan, The New York Times
If you reason in the way that Timothy Egan does, you would never be free. The terms of Egan’s logic require a person to press against never on towards the hope of maybe. Why? Were Barack Obama to accept Egan’s advice, he would be writing his own bill of sale: To think that any (wo)man should “better schmooze” with those committed to their defeat is too broken to lead.
Whether President Obama or any other black man or black woman, no free person should sacrifice their dignity and decency for the sake of a “deal.” When confidence and competence disturbs a self-designated opponent, their frustrations are misplaced. Racial logic is the only form that equates capability with “condescension.” President Obama was being very gracious when he accepted responsibility for the rabid rancor that characterizes our national mood. Despite his grace, the national mood isn’t the President’s fault, that burden belongs to Congress.
One mother reflects on love, race, and home: http://www.matermea.com/blog/black-moms-abroad-racism-abroad
Marly Pierre-Louis with her son Sekani. (Photos Credit: Pierre-Louis)