I Can’t Breathe: The Killing of Eric Garner

I can’t breathe. Eleven times Eric Garner said those famous words through a compressed windpipe while police officers held him in a prohibited chokehold that ultimately ended his life. It was July 17, 2014 in Staten Island that officer Daniel Pantaleo attempted to arrest Mr. Garner for suspicion of selling single cigarettes. Mr. Garner did not know why he was … Read More

Just Comply: The Killing of Philando Castile

This is for all those “just comply” people. Philando Castile was doing everything right when he was pulled over by St. Anthony Police on July 6th, 2016. He was complying when asked for his license and registration. And he did the proper thing, informing officer Jeronimo Yanez “Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me.” Moments … Read More

Two Years Since George Floyd and Nothing Has Changed

It’s been 2 years since George Floyd was killed by police in my home city of Minneapolis. I think it’s a good time to ask ourselves an important question: what’s changed? Nothing, really. Despite numerous protests and efforts to defund police, things are unfortunately still the same for Black and brown people. I want to bring up George Floyd on … Read More

Behind The Wrong Door: The Killing of Aiyana Jones

How do you shoot a little girl through the head and still have a job as a police officer? Answer: you live in America. If you thought thephenomenon of police breaking down the doors to wrong addresses and shooting innocent people is a new thing, then maybe youforgot about Aiyana Jones in Detroit in 2010. 7 year old Aiyana Jones … Read More

An Unhealthy Trajectory: The Killing of Freddie Gray

The death of Freddie Gray was something that I don’t think a lot of people paid attention to.  And I want to take time to unravel what actually happened in between his arrest on April 12, 2015 and the day he succumbed to his injuries at the hands of police and died on April 19, 2015. According to police, Freddie … Read More

Proximity to Brutality: The Killing of Daunte Wright

Think about where you drive in a 10 minute radius of your home.  Think of the places you drive all the time not ever thinking you’d be in danger; the grocery store, the bank, your church.  Imagine your own child driving along in Brooklyn Center on the same street where Daunte Wright was killed by police.  I think about this … Read More

Raising a Black Son in 2022

Raising a black son has been one of the greatest joys of my life, but it’s also been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. The way that I grew up 36 years ago is completely different from today and will continue to be different as time continues to evolve. And I have to recognize that my son, no … Read More

No Justice for Breonna Taylor

A jury recently decided to acquit the officer who fired 10 rounds into Breonna Taylor’s apartment, ending her life in yet another case of a black or brown person in a fatal encounter with law enforcement. There are a lot of words that come to mind when I think about the lack of justice for Breonna Taylor: outrage, disgust, pain. … Read More

Women’s History Month: A Brief History and Why It Matters

Every March, we celebrate Women’s History Month in honor of the accomplishments and contributions of women throughout history. This year, we’re taking a look at some of the most important moments in women’s history and why it matters that we recognize and commemorate them. Women’s History Month began as Women’s History Week in 1978 as part of a school curriculum … Read More

The Reason for Black History Month

The Reason for Black History Month: A Look at the History and Significance of Black History Month Great morning, good people. It’s February. And that means Black History Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments and history of black Americans. It’s a time to consider our achievements in the face of adversity and discrimination, but also acknowledge that there’s still work left to do, a bunch of work if I’m paying attention to current events. Even though a single month is grossly inadequate to the task, why do we have a Black History Month? What is its significance? And what impact has it had on American society? In this post, we’ll take a look at the history and significance of Black History Month and at a couple things youcan do with your family to acknowledge and celebrate our history in this hemisphere. Black History month began as Negro History Week, and was started by … Read More