When someone offers me ice cream and then all they have is vanilla
J: It really doesn’t hurt that much!
Me: How can you tell me it doesn’t hurt that much!?
As it should be
Friendly guard with a charming personality greets me as I enter the visiting area
Guard: Hello how are you today?
Me: About as good as I can be visiting my father in prison.
Guard gestures in understanding, compassionate agreement.
I saw Fruitvale Station for the first time last night, it was an excellent film, the whole time I kept thinking to myself, “well if I stop watching now, I can pretend that he was never assassinated.” But the truth is that Oscar Grant was assassinated at point blank range, in the back, while in custody, by OPD. I felt I should make two points, in general but more for those who don’t already know:
1. It is much more difficult to succeed in this country if you are black.
I would also like to take this moment to point out a few other things that have been on my mind lately, and not because they are new, but because it seems that society can always use a refresher (or, rather, that it cannot be understated):
1. Racism is alive and well.
2. So is internalized racism.
3. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS REVERSE RACISM.
We are approaching the 5th anniversary of the Oscar Grant tragedy, things haven’t changed. Do something.
It was 12-12, which is fun to say.