I fit the description. I was a black man.
Could it be that, in a nation that has legalized racial profiling through such policies as "stop-and-frisk," the persecution of pigmentation makes African Americans indistinguishable from each other in the eyes of the law -- so much so that all are feared as imminent threats?
The shock is not only that a police officer killed an unarmed black teenager. That, tragically, has happened too many times before, and when the details remain murky, many people withhold judgment. The shock was that the police response to the protests was so hugely disproportionate, "like an invading army."
Hogwarts is run by white people, and let's not touch racism and Tolkien. Where are the South Asian superheroes? The Black people in Dr. Seuss? Make sure your kids know the world they see has missing pieces, missing people and missing stories.
If a black person can be gunned down and left in the street for over four hours with no disciplinary action taken against the government representative responsible, what does "equal protection" mean?
When I started writing about the gender disparity I saw in Silicon Valley, I took intense fire from the boys club. They could get away with this because such frat-boy behavior was considered acceptable in Silicon Valley. But things are changing for the better.
The profound division of American society along racial lines is part of a vicious circle exacerbating a host of social problems, from excessive use of force by the police to mass incarceration and wealth inequality.
I believe that having hard conversations is hard because we haven't put ignorance in its proper place. Ignorance has become synonymous with choice and that's not always true. If I can't ask an ignorant question, how will I become enlightened to the truth?
No matter where you are in life, finances can be a big pain in the you-know-what. It doesn't get easier, no matter how much older you get. So to help, we've devised a little roadmap of goals that everyone can follow to make sure they are meeting the right financial goals for their age.
Reloadable prepaid cards have evolved over the past few years, but many Americans are not informed on how to compare and benefit from this financial product. These cards can be very beneficial for a variety of consumers, as long as they devote the time to finding the card that's best for them.
Only by participating in the political process, building trust and cooperation with people unlike us, and using our smartphone cameras to expose official misconduct can we make America -- to borrow Dr. King's words -- be true to what we said on paper.
The words "college life" and "savings" are typically not used in the same sentence today. However, for college students preparing to move onto campus this fall, finding ways to save money may very well be as important as their academic major.
The election of Barack Obama was the Lexington and Concord in the latest great battle of race in America. We are a nation at war with itself. For all of our desire to move beyond the narrow confines of many of the events of our tragic history, we cannot. The president's election gave new life to what had been lying dangerously dormant for the better part of 50 years.
Black people have been dehumanized and disregarded in America since its inception; and it is thus time for us to truly realize that this country is not "one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
The expedient historical analogy alleviates any pressure to understand the moment at hand. One is free to return to the caldron and pull out the example that support one's preconceived notion.
As a lawyer in that system, I know that the American criminal justice system is institutionally racist, even though the vast majority of people that work within it are people of good will. We can change the system, but that requires us to recognize the problem and commit to making the necessary changes.
Just look at the facts, and it becomes clear that America's egregious rates of incarceration of blacks and Latinos stem from the enforcement of unfair sentencing laws -- laws that are grounded in racist policy, and that are desperately in need of reform.
While the ratings haven't been stellar nor dismal to the point where cancellation is imminent, changes are in order for NBC's 'Law & Order: Los Angeles,' starting with the replacements of key actors, including Skeet Ulrich, Megan Boone and Regina Hall.
According to Deadline.com, Ulrich was the first actor to be cast on the show, playing detective Rex Winters, while Hall plays ADA Evelyn Price, who works for ADA Morales (played by Alfred Molina); Boone plays DDA Lauren Stanton, who works under Joe Dekker (played by Terrence Howard).
Boone is exiting completely, while Hall may return for a couple of episodes. Before the series premiered, Wanda de Jesus left the show and was replaced by Rachel Ticotin.
Dick Wolfe, who runs the spinoff show as well as the other series, the now-canceled 'Law & Order,' 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' and 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent,' has tweaked the other shows during the first seasons, and just like those shows, the changes won't stop production on any 'LOLA' episodes. Right now, the series is on episode 12.
During the early seasons of 'SVU,' Michelle Hurd and Dean Winters were replaced and many actresses came in as the new Assistant District Attorney, including Paula Patton, who lasted one episode in 2010 before leaving the series to take on a role in the new 'Mission: Impossible' film with Tom Cruise.
On 'Criminal Intent,' Theresa Randle played Assistant District Attorney Patricia Kent, replacing Courtney B. Vance (after season 5) as the A.D.A. assigned to the Major Case Squad, but only appeared in two episodes. Over the years, the show had gone thru several leads, with Saffron Burrows, Jeff Goldblum, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio starring in last season's show. With the final season set for this year on USA Network, original cast members Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe will return to the series as Detectives Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames, respectively.