At the historic March on Washington, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired us to “make real the promises of democracy,” sharing his dream that his children “will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Fifty years later, the unfinished business of realizing racial equality stands starkly illuminated in the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.
Last Sunday I sat in the back room of Tea in Sahara with a group of largely African American people, sharing our feelings about the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida a month ago. The community forum was hosted by the Africana Reading Collective - and lots of people turned out. It is something we needed to talk about . We needed to talk about the reality of racial profiling and the racism that is in evey fiber of our society; about being a Black parent of Black children, especially boys; about the experiences of people in the room; about the fact that had the kille
PrYSM skit on racial profiling at the RI State House
The killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida and the fact that his killer remains free one month later has focused attention on the reality of racial profiling. It is a legacy of the racism that is in the fibers of our culture. It has many faces, from crossing the street to avoid a bunch of teens to police stopping and frisking youth of color on a regular basis.
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