Philando Castile, the victim of Wednesday evening’s shooting.
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I sit here trying to figure out how to respond to the recent incidents of police violence against black boys and men and I’m finding it challenging. I find it challenging because of my feelings of anger, as well as feelings of hopelessness for change. However, I have been doing social justice work all my adult life and I have seen change and I need to believe, that we, as a people, can do better if we understand how we got here. So this is my attempt as well as my pledge to do my part to make a difference.
By Justin Kilian - NCCJ Intern
The Oscars – A pinnacle in America’s Hollywood culture. It’s a fine night! The best of the best, our living definitions of success and beauty are sculpted perfectly for the evening, hair just right, swathed in coveted designer couture, socially and cosmetically putting their best face forward. We love it. More than half the country tunes in for the Oscars every year in hopes of their favorite actor going home with the gold, usually over hors d’oeuvres and cocktail parties.
By Christopher Peck - NCCJ Contributor
As you may have noticed due to all the self-congratulatory speeches and smugness in the air, it is awards season! The Academy Award nominations were announced on January 16 by Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and there weren’t many surprises, except for a few regretful snubs. One film that confronted racism in an unflinching and emotionally resonant way, 12 Years a Slave, earned nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture. Another such film, Fruitvale Station, despite memorable performances by Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer and the amazing directorial/screenwriting debut by Ryan Coogler, was shut out completely.
Minutes after Richard Sherman made the amazing final play during the 2014 NFL’s NFC Championship game, he was immediately questioned about it. Though his response—as everyone now has heard over and over—was less than “professional,” the response from the public and the zeal with which the media has gone after Sherman is appalling. One could hear the excitement, pride and adrenaline in Sherman’s response. And for the public to respond with mostly race and class stereotypes directed at him is disturbing and dehumanizing.