But what happens on the day you don’t see a crime?
We all have different opinions on immigration reform. I want undocumented immigrants to stay, some of you might not. That’s OK — we’re allowed to disagree!
But if you’re pitching your vote for tighter border security, you’d at least better know what “tighter border security” will mean for you and your fellow American citizens.
Because if “tighter border security” means that we can be stopped and pulled over at random? I’m not sure I want to be part of that.
I don’t recall seeing national outrage when this happened. I feel like these cases are too often lost, forgotten, or ignored, and that’s why I am so glad J. Cole brought this little girl and her tragic story back into our consciousness.
Watch it, and then read the recap below.
This video is a dramatization. Here’s what happened:
At nearly 1 a.m. on May 16, 2010, on an unlit street in the East Side of Detroit, a Special Response Team (Detroit Police Department’s version of a SWAT team) raided a duplex in search of a murder suspect. A single shot was fired from an officer’s submachine gun. It struck and killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones. She was 7 years old.
You have to ask yourself whether the 25-year trend of outfitting our police forces with the tools and mentality of an invading army is really worth this type of casualty.
Special thanks to the unofficial poet laureate of Detroit, Charlie LeDuff, for crucial background. If you want to fall down the rabbit hole of the American police state, Radley Balko‘s report is essential reading.
I LOL’d when he suggests that equipping teachers (who, apparently, are all bestowed with ninja-style reflexes as part of their inherent genetic make-up) with guns is an actual, realistic, rational solution to gun violence.
What’s your favorite part?
Actor Anna Deavere Smith is fearless. She’s created one-woman performances around our toughest social issues, from health care to racial unrest, and here she talks about her work on how the educational system is failing children of color. Black students are three times as likely to be suspended as white ones, starting as early as preschool. And when you get suspended, your likelihood of graduating plummets. Her work reveals deep roots to the problem.
At 4:50, she talks about love and what people said to her when she asked them, “What would Jesus do?” She talks about the education system at 6:14 and how it’s changed in negative ways even for privileged people.
best part is at 10:36, when she shares a performance of Maxine Greene, who was a writer, teacher, and activist about the power of the arts in education. Deavere Smith quotes Greene as saying that schools “don’t know about darkness, ambiguity, they don’t know what children suffer.” That seems like a really important place to start.
The killers are guilty, but none of us is innocent.
A poignant look at the power of controlling your mind and body, regardless of circumstance.
If you had just one day left on earth, what would your last meal be?
Henry Hargreaves photographed what death row prisoners in America requested as their last meal in his “No Seconds” series, saying that his main goal was “to have the viewer identify with the prisoner though their meal request. I wanted the viewer to think of them as a person for a moment instead of them being anonymous.”
It’s interesting that Henry’s photography project doesn’t make a judgment of the prisoner’s crime, but rather humanizes the individual with a subtle glimpse of the prisoner’s character and personality.
Did you guess the death penalty? They say you can judge a person by his actions. If we condemn these other nations as barbaric and dangerous, what does that say about us?