People ask, "Where's Black Lives Matter?" That's an easy dig to make but one that completely ignores the fact that the BLM movement, which was founded in 2013 in response to the killing of Trayvon Martin, is a national one that largely focuses on issues of racial injustice.
These days, it’s the young people who are leading the way and also educating adults about social justice and things need to change. They are the ones getting tear gassed for standing up and saying, “No that’s unacceptable and we’re not taking it.”
I hope I never have to write another column about a child killed by gun violence. According to the Trace, more than 90% of all gun deaths among children take place in America. What will it take for something to change?
We teach our children by our actions and the choices we make about where we live, the people with whom we socialize, the movies and books we choose and where we send our kids to school. It’s not as simple that Mommy said the n-word and now junior thinks it’s okay to also disparage African Americans.
Come November, Amen Brown will face off against Republican challenger Wanda Logan. It shouldn’t be much of a contest since 87% of the district’s voters are registered Democrats. If things go as expected, Brown will be the third state rep from the 190th in four years, which is pretty much unheard of.
Over the years, various crusaders picked up the call for change almost like runners passing a baton during a relay race. Lori L. Tharps, a Philadelphia-based author, did her part in 2014 by publishing a widely cited op-ed in the New York Times calling for the "B" in Black to be capitalized.
I’m happy to report that the Pennsylvania Fund will now also help out small business owners hurt by looting. In addition to the forgivable loans, the Fund is also connecting owners with contractors and other possible funding sources.