Alice Walker Laments the Cruelty of America’s Continued Persecution of Assata Shakur

In a recent blog posted on her website, Alice Walker ruminates on the continued harassment and persecution of Assata Shakur.

From drone strikes, to Guantanamo, to the ever-increasing gap between the rich and the poor; Walker laments our society’s  “ever accelerating tolerance  for cruelty.”

But for Walker, nothing is more senselessly cruel than the fact that “our big, muscular, macho country would go after so tiny a woman as Assata who is given sanctuary in a country smaller than many of our states.”

Mother of Unjustly Incarcerated Son Pens Letter Describing a Mother’s Day Without Him

Last year, Brandon Jackson was sentenced to 12 years in prison by an all-white jury after defending himself against a group of white males who’d attacked him.

His story has made headlines throughout the country; but none have been more affected by this travesty than his mother, Gloria Fisher.

In a passionate, inspiring letter, Fisher discusses what it feels like to spend another Mother’s Day without her son.

Does America Care About Murders in Black Communities?

In a recent op-ed, Tamika Mallory asserts that America is desensitized to the murders in black communities.

She reflects on the recent murder of 17 year-old Alphonza Bryant; a young man gunned down in the Bronx, in a case of mistaken identity.

According to Mallory, if white children were being killed at the rate of our youth, there would be national outcry.

Principal Fires Security Guards and Invests in Arts Programs; Transforms School!

Like many schools around the country, Roxbury, MA’s Orchard Gardens was plagued by violence, lack of organization, and falling test scores.

Then school principal Andrew Bott (the 6th in seven years) came along and changed everything.

He immediately fired the school’s many security guards, and invested that money into art teachers, programs, and facilities.

LZ Granderson: Treat Chicago Gangs as Terrorists

A powerful editorial by LZ Granderson calls for a new way of framing the rising tide of violence in Chicago.

According to Granderson, there is very little difference between the impact of an act of terror like the Boston Marathon bombing, and the terror experienced by young people in communities carved up into gang territories.

Our youth are unsafe, afraid to go to school, and afraid to walk the streets of their own neighborhoods.

Why doesn’t America fight gang violence with the same sense of urgency with which it combats terrorism?

George Bush Says “There’s No Need to Defend Myself” Regarding Legacy

As the unveiling of his presidential library approaches, former President George W. Bush is doubling down on his legacy.

In an interview with USA Today, Bush asserted that he has no reason to apologize for or defend any of his actions (or inaction) during his controversial presidency.

Friends and relatives say Bush is “totally at peace” with his time in office.

Muslim Woman Attacked After Boston Bombings

Heba Abolaban – a Muslim woman living in Boston – was attacked by a crazed man two days after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Abolaban was walking with a friend when a man punched her in the shoulder, and began yelling at her.

From NewsOne:

“He was screaming, ‘F*** you Muslims! You are terrorists! I hate you! You are involved in the Boston explosions! F*** you!’” Abolaban said. “Oh my lord, I was extremely shocked.”

Editorial Asks “Where Are Ordinary Black Youth in Popular Culture?”

Media depictions of black youth are more often than not deeply problematic.

Young black people are often presented as either the exceptional overachiever or the “lazy, dangerous thug.” The media seemingly has no interest in the spectrum of experiences and perspectives of young black people.

A recent editorial asks the question, “Where Are Ordinary Black Youth in Popular Culture?”