September 4, 2009
As the contretemps surrounding Dr. Henry Louis Gates and the Cambridge Police Department recedes into the roiling news flood to become fodder for the late night comedians, we learn, if anything, that even a president has limits when it comes to a “teachable moment.” For, as any schoolteacher could have taught him, learning is a two-way street. When the student is closed to the lesson, ain’t nothing getting in. (And America ain’t trying to hear nothing about its racist present!)
August 4, 2009
Los Angeles – In the tradition of the Black Press working as an opponent of racial injustice, we as chairmen of the California Black Media, West Coast Black Publishers Association and National Newspaper Publishers Association stand with President Obama in his original assessment of the arrest of Dr. Henry Louis Gates.
May 26, 2009
On New Year’s morning BART police officer Johannes Mehserle fired his gun at point blank range into Oscar Grant’s back, killing him as he lay face down on the train platform, hands behind him. A preliminary hearing is now underway to determine whether Mehserle will be charged with murder or whether the charges against him will be lowered.
May 22, 2009
“Our success here to secure justice for Oscar Grant will no doubt be that line in the sand that will say to all police officers, ‘If you kill or break the law, you will go to jail,’” wrote Oscar Grant’s Uncle Bobby, Cephus Johnson, in a message of thanks to supporters. Watch Davey D’s video on the week’s events. Oscar Grant’s family asks supporters to return to the courthouse next week.
January 8, 2009
Grant pleaded with officers not to harm him: “Oscar yelled, ‘You shot me. I got a 4-year-old daughter,’” said Fernando Anicete. “Oscar was telling us to calm down, and we did. We weren’t looking for any trouble.”