The Police Camera Shows Us #BlackBoyJoy Can’t Exist, Not When Guns Are Drawn

A few days ago the Grand Rapids Police department released a body camera video from an incident involving two officers, and five black boys. The police were looking for an armed robbery suspect, and apparently these boys fit the description. The description apparently being black male. None of these boys turned out to be who they were looking for. The police officers later visited these … Continue reading The Police Camera Shows Us #BlackBoyJoy Can’t Exist, Not When Guns Are Drawn

Black People Dying Ain’t New, It’s the Status Quo of American History

 Last month, a man was shot six times while being restrained at a gas station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His name was Alton Sterling. He was black, and the cop who chose to kill him was white. Many people would argue that racial identity doesn’t matter in a case like this, but for black people, Alton Sterling wasn’t an exception, he was the rule. For … Continue reading Black People Dying Ain’t New, It’s the Status Quo of American History

In The Case For Alton Sterling, Excuses Are For White Supremacy

Around 12 A.M. Tuesday, Alton Sterling was selling CDs outside of a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was around the same time that the Baton Rouge Police Department received a call that an African-American male in a red shirt was seen pointing a gun at someone outside of the same convenience store. Police showed up, and found Alton Sterling, in a red shirt, … Continue reading In The Case For Alton Sterling, Excuses Are For White Supremacy

A White 6th Grader’s Letter on #BlackLivesMatter and Being an Ally

Recently, four 6th graders at the school I work at wrote a letter to President Barack Obama on the #BlackLivesMatter movement. It’s a powerful letter, and you can read it here. So powerful is the letter, in fact, it received thousands of shares, tv stations ran the story, and just a few weeks ago, President Barack Obama even wrote back. What’s more inspiring is while … Continue reading A White 6th Grader’s Letter on #BlackLivesMatter and Being an Ally

Barack Obama Responds to the Four African American 6th Graders’ Letter on #BlackLivesMatter

It’s been almost 3 months since I first shared the letter from the four African American 6th graders–Zayd, Phoenix, Keidy, and Bryson–addressed to President Barack Obama. In the letter, they point to the depressing statistics facing African American youth today, and inform Obama that as an African American in the highest elected office, he has a duty to helping find solutions to institutional racism. The … Continue reading Barack Obama Responds to the Four African American 6th Graders’ Letter on #BlackLivesMatter

‘Ali Bomaye!’: Thank You For Being Unapologetically Black

I was 12 years old when my father took me to see ‘Ali’ in theaters. A 12-year-old black boy, staring at who I wanted to become. what black boy wouldn’t want to be the champ? I got chills with his speech on why he wouldn’t go fight in Vietnam: “I ain’t going no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people. If I want … Continue reading ‘Ali Bomaye!’: Thank You For Being Unapologetically Black

Black Youth [Interrupted]: Reflections on the Four African American 6th Graders’ Letter

Once the letter went up, the internet did the rest. It has been nearly 3 weeks since Chris Eggemeier approached me to look over a letter written by four of his African-American students–Pheonix, Zayd, Bryson, and Keidy –addressed to president Obama. Since then, it has received over 1000 shares on Facebook, they have been approached by television news stations, news sites, and have even had … Continue reading Black Youth [Interrupted]: Reflections on the Four African American 6th Graders’ Letter