Bill Clinton strikes me as the kind of guy who goes wherever the polls lead him, rather than leading the polls.
It is up to us to change laws on the books like ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws and push elected officials to enact regulations that hold police officers to the same standards as the rest of society. This is why we vote.
I grew up in the 1950s and ’60s, when it was almost a holiday when a black act would go on Ed Sullivan.
Either we need to redefine what probable cause means and say that police are not subject to it, or we arrest officers right away just as we would with any other person accused of committing a crime. Either we write new laws or enforce existing ones; we cannot have it both ways.
Dr. King’s general principles are universal. But the things he confronted took place in another era.
Following Michael Brown’s death, I went to Ferguson and met with his parents. I stood with them as they tried to hold their heads high and deal with both their immense loss and the larger issues of police-community relations.
Like myself, President Obama is the father of two daughters. He understands the obstacles that they face as women, but he also understands the emergency of the state of young black men in America.
We cannot reform institutional racism or systemic policies if we are not actively engaged. It’s not enough to simply complain about injustice; the only way to prevent future injustice is to create the society we would like to see, one where we are all equal under the law.
I’m a patriot in the truest sense of the word.
Dr. King used Gandhi’s commitment to non-violence and to passive resistance.