What the hell happened?


It is funny that despite how things change they still stay the same. Eight years ago I sat at home on Inauguration day and thought to myself “holy $#!÷, this is really going to happen”. Now eight years later I am sitting here thinking the exact same thing but for entirely different reasons.

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This one was on film

The word just came down that the officer, it should be officers, involved in the death of Eric Garner will not have to face justice. I would like to say that I am surprised by this ruling, but I am not. This story has been played out too many times. The recent decision in Ferguson not to indict Officer Wilson, the death of 12 year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, the murder of Akai Gurley in a Brooklyn stairwell while coming home with his family is a clear indication that police in the United States are out of control. It is also an indication that large sections of the public does not care about these injustices if it does not impact their own communities.

President Obama has called for police throughout the nation to wear body cameras in the hopes of restoring public trust. I am not Continue reading “This one was on film”

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No Justice, No Peace

This song is over twenty years old, and sadly in light of grand jury decision in Ferguson, it is even more relevant today. The way Michael Brown was killed is one thing, but the way the entire case has been handled from the beginning is like having the system stick a gigantic thumb in the eye of the black community:

1. Police and paramedics let Michael Brown’s body lay in the street for hours.
2. Officer Darren Wilson was not arrested, or even forced to give a public statement on the incident.
3. The prosecutor Continue reading “No Justice, No Peace”

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This is why I vote!

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I know that neither party really cares about the people. I know that the political process is severely, and maybe permanently broken. I know that in many political races candidates are running totally unopposed, so who I “vote” for is totally irrelevant. I don’t believe that my vote will make one bit of difference.

Despite all of those things, I vote because many of my brothers and sisters fought, bled and died so that I can voice my complaints. I vote because they couldn’t. I vote to honor their sacrifice and hope for the future.

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The Joy of it all

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Yesterday I was interviewed by Joy-Ann Reid, the managing editor of TheGrio.com and an on-air contributor on MSNBC. Ms. Reid is also a political columnist for the Miami Herald and editor of the political blog, The Reid Report. She is currently writing a book on the Clinton and Obama administrations and wanted to talk to me about critiques and observations of the Obama presidency that I posted on my website (www.JamesRichardson.net).  It appears she was intrigued by my comments on the impact of the Obama presidency and how he is viewed in the Black Community. Since I don’t consider myself  overly political I wasn’t sure of what I was going to add to the conversation. In truth I am far more comfortable talking about mobile apps and multimedia than about government policies. With that said, I agreed to an interview. I think it went okay. I guess I’ll see.

 

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