“The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer.” James Baldwin. The Nation. July 11, 1966.
“As JRR Tolkien reminded us, the only people who inveigh against escape are jailers.” Neil Gaiman. October 15, 2013
“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” Malcolm X
In several ways, I have seen on social media: “Dear white people, listen” —coming in the wake of the failure to charge Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown.
Here, I want to catalogue those voices that speak to that need to listen.
Harlem, Lanston Hughes
Only Words, Roxane Gay
Week 13: Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See, Jose Vilson
Ferguson is not a special case, Tony N. Brown
Why We Won’t Wait, Robin D.G. Kelley
Telling My Son About Ferguson, Michelle Alexander
Barack Obama, Ferguson, and the Evidence of Things Unsaid, Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Gospel of Rudy Giuliani, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Urge to ask Ferguson protestors to “be like Martin Luther King,” ignores the how the State actually responded to Martin Luther King.
— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) November 25, 2014
In America, black children don’t get to be children, Stacey Patton
Fury After Ferguson, Charles M. Blow
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: White People Feel Targeted by the Ferguson Protests—Welcome to Our World
A Report from Occupied Territory, James Baldwin