August 19, 2016
I RECENTLY browsed through my favorite convenience store, only to notice Mahaj Brown's unscathed image on the cover of the Daily News. The very first thing that came to my mind was "This could be my son. " Moreover, the story line read, "Will it ever stop!" Within the past year, I broke off friendship with a lifelong buddy of mine primarily because of our views on guns. He became upset with me because I refused to fill out the necessary, police-required paperwork that ultimately would lead to him getting a firearm.
August 3, 2016 |
THE TEEN CHOICE Awards took on a somber tone Sunday when Jessica Alba , Ne-Yo and teenagers related to shooting victims in San Bernardino, Newtown and Orlando, called for an end to gun violence. Good luck with that. Alba and singer Ne-Yo, who performed Marvin Gaye 's "What's Going On," asked the audience to stand and for everyone to post on social media using the hashtag #StopTheViolence. Apologies. We hadn't realized they hashtagged it. Justin Timberlake also brought seriousness to the otherwise silly ceremony when Kobe Bryant gave JT the show's version of a lifetime achievement award.
July 29, 2016 |
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey endorsed Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, saying he believes Clinton is the candidate most likely to push for an assault weapons ban and comprehensive background checks for would-be gun purchasers. "Now more than ever, we need a strong steady leader to stop the bloodshed," said Ramsey, who retired from the Philadelphia Police Department in January. "A leader that will protect our officers from being outgunned by weapons of war, and to rebuild the bonds between police and communities.
July 24, 2016 |
Thoughts, prayers, TV postponements. When violence strikes, as it does with almost numbing regularity, calls for the first two often are quickly followed by the third, as network executives scan their lineups for fictional shows that might remind viewers uncomfortably of the all-too-real dramas playing out on the news. USA's new drama Shooter on Monday had its premiere postponed to the fall in response to the fatal attacks on police in Baton Rouge, La., becoming the latest show considered a little too evocative of current events.
July 20, 2016
Four violent July days have pushed the country deeper into a state of what the French sociologist Émile Durkheim called anomie - turmoil born of a breakdown of societal standards. On July 5, Baton Rouge, La., police fatally shot Alton Sterling after tackling him in a convenience store parking lot where he was selling CDs. On July 6, a St. Anthony, Minn., police officer stopped Philando Castile for a busted taillight and ended up killing him in front of his girlfriend and her daughter.
July 19, 2016
CLEVELAND - I was standing in the shade of the gazebo where Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy with an Airsoft gun, was gunned down by a Cleveland police officer on a cold November day in 2014, when another journalist walked over and muttered the news that three lawmen had just been gunned down in Baton Rouge. The nation's downward spiral of violence and rage had just taken another shocking spin, as the nation's social and TV networks began to crackle with fresh anxiety. And yet here at Cudell Rec Center playground on Cleveland's west side - a landmark in the twisting road from Ferguson to Dallas and Baton Rouge - there was an almost surreal calm.
July 15, 2016 |
TYHIR BARNES died on Monday. He was 15. Cause of death: a bullet to his face, police say, after some coward pumped bullets into a crowd after a neighborhood basketball game in Southwest Philly. Why shoot into a crowd? Maybe it was retaliation over trash talk after a basketball win, or something equally trivial. But let's call the cause of death what it is. A disease. Tyhir Barnes, a kid with promise, a kid who gave his family hope, died of our national disease, gun violence.
July 14, 2016
ISSUE | SHOOTINGS It is who we are - like it or not I disagree with President Obama's statement, and Sunday's headline, "Not who we are. " It's exactly who we are. We live in a country that is becoming more racially divided, where black men are killed at a Minnesota traffic stop for a broken taillight or selling CDs in front of a Louisiana convenience store. That is who we are because it is happening. It is who we are when the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is a misogynous, narcissistic bully who draws big crowds.
July 11, 2016 |
ECHOING SIMILAR Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Atlanta, Washington, and New York, activists in Philadelphia marched Friday night to protest police violence despite Thursday night's deadly sniper attack at a similar protest in Dallas. The first of several demonstrations in the Philadelphia area started small, with a couple dozen people heading south on Broad Street from Erie Avenue toward Center City. They expressed outrage over the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile near St. Paul., Minn.
July 11, 2016
The metamorphosis of the peaceful civil rights movement led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. into the fiery "black power" revolution promoted by Stokely Carmichael and Huey P. Newton didn't just happen. Violence grew out of frustration with this nation's inadequate attention to intolerable conditions that continued to plague African American communities. Given Thursday night's damnable assassination of five Dallas police officers in apparent retaliation for the fatal shootings of two black men by police in Baton Rouge., La., and St. Paul, Minn., one must hope this nation won't repeat history.