This article is part of Abolition for the People, a series brought to you by a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a Medium publication for and about the lives of Black and Brown men. The series, which comprises 30 essays and conversations over four weeks, points to the crucial conclusion that policing and prisons are not solutions for the issues and people the state deems social problems — and calls for a future that puts justice and the needs of the community first.
In 1994, New York State convicted me of a murder I didn’t commit. Like countless others…
On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream in front of 250,000 people, and over the airwaves to millions. It still resonates through generations.
We all remember specific parts of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. We use it whenever we speak of equality and the need to treat everyone the same regardless of their skin color. But that’s not the part of the speech I want to address today.
King didn’t only call for the abolishment of segregation. He also called for justice.
Over the past few days, I’ve seen many people quote King and…
In the wake of the heinous murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, people are angry, and justifiably so. Police brutality continues to claim the lives of Black men, women, and children. The four officers involved have been fired, but that has done nothing to quell the growing resentment toward the police system. Many have taken to the streets to protest in the wake of Floyd’s death, while others express discontent on social media.
When I was nine years old, my teacher just didn’t like Black students. No, that’s not quite right — she had disdain for us. While she displayed overt favoritism for White and Asian students, she made it clear she expected the Black children in her class to fail. When I managed to do well on tests and write a compelling story, her reaction was to ask whether I was adopted or mixed.
But from a very young age, I couldn’t call her out. No one had ever told me this, but I somehow knew: Don’t bring up their own racism…
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