Tag Archives: #blacklivesmatter

Playing The Race Card

December 4, 2014 · 2:57 pm

Pulling The Race Card

I have nothing new to say about the deaths of Michael Brown or Eric Garner that hasn’t already cycled through your newsfeed a dozen times.  But I’ve seen a lot of push-back about “race-bating” and “playing the race card”.  Some people want to know why these two cases have garnered such a firestorm of media attention and popular protest when there are plenty of cases of unarmed white people being killed by police and of white people being killed by black people, and I think that deserves a response. Read More →

If A Tree Falls

November 25, 2014 · 12:45 am

If a tree falls in a forest
And no one hears it
Does it make a sound?

If a tree succumbs
To six sharp swings
From the lumberjack’s axe,

If it crashes to the ground
With such great force
That it shakes a whole nation,

If the earth beneath the tree
Buckles violently
From the impact of its fall,

If it groans and screams
Like broken branches
And torn limbs,

If the sound it makes
Isn’t beautiful
Like the songs of slaves,
Does it make a sound?

Take out your goddamn earplugs.

 

No Charges For Officer In Michael Brown’s Death