Diane Bell-McKoy, President, Associated Black Charities of Maryland
THE DEATH OF TRAYVON MARTIN AND MANY OTHER INDIGNITIES FACED BY BLACK MALES (REGARDLESS OF INCOME AND EDUCATION) RELATED TO THE POLICIES IN THIS COUNTRY
By Diane Bell-McKoy, President, www.ABC-MD.org
(BALTIMORE - April 6, 2012) - The death of Trayvon Martin is an absolute tragedy; our condolences and heartfelt concern goes out to his family and friends.
It is also the time for us to understand the significant impact that structural racism makes in our lives each and every day as people of color. It is the very core that limits the collective economic vitality and the physical health for people of color which then impacts all citizens. It is also the challenge that can cripple America in the future as this country grows increasingly brown.
Structural racism is a significant part of our challenge as a city and state - it is not necessarily about "bad people" but about bad policies and policies that have huge "unintended consequences" based on racialized behavior. I believe Trayvon Martin's death is an example of a "perfect storm" - existence of a law that provides distinct advantages to non people of color and negative unintended consequences to people of color.
Structural racism - a system of societal structures that work interactively to distribute generational and historic advantages to groups of people based on race and that produces cumulative, race-based inequalities. This includes laws and policies with "unintended consequences based on racialized behavior."
A stand-your-ground law is a law that allows a person to use deadly force when threatened without attempting to retreat. In some cases, a person may use deadly force in public areas without a duty to retreat.
A local question to ponder: Have you ever been stopped by the police for a traffic violation and then handcuffed so they could "search the car" or asked if you were doing or had any drugs in your car?
If your answer is no: Then ask any African American males you know if this has been their experience, or if they know of any African American males who have had this experience, regardless of income or educational background. (We acknowledge that there are people who are not of color who have also been profiled and stopped by the police. However, disportionately we know this happens to African American males).
How does structural racism play out in these situations? Unintended consequences of existing laws - that allow one group of people to feel safe and another group of people to feel "targeted".
The Glover Report: Sharon Baptist Church Celebrates 130th Anniversary: Lt. Gov. Rutherford and Congressman Cummings, former Chief Judge Robert Bell on the Scene as Baltimore City Heads for April 2016 Primary Election
I, for one, cannot stomach that. I insist on seeing black people get educated and employed and open increasingly more businesses and I don’t care if the politician is Democrat or Republican, I just want to know that they are doing their best to represent the needs of the community moreso than their own political career. Actually, the more you serve the people, the more people want to push you higher. So, push your career by pushing black progress. When black politicians fail the people, a Freddie Gray Uprising occurs.
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The Glover Report: HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW: Vestiges of Slavery Evoke Disdain of Cheatham, Amin: Wyman Park Statue of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson
Cheatham said that since Baltimore City and Baltimore County are discussing the topic of remaining vestiges of slavery, let’s put this one on the table as well.
Cheatham and Amin wonder the message this sends to a majority black city – right in plain sight of thousands of passersby daily, including Johns Hopkins University students.
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Black Wall Street HARBOR BANK ft Joe Manns Black Wall Street Awards :: Thurs., June 25, 2015 at 6 pm, 25 W. Fayette Street, BALTIMORE (Doors open at 5:30 pm)
: Tonight's Joe Manns Black Wall Street Honorees:
Joanna Sullivan (Editor, Baltimore Business Journal)
Brandi Hunter (Executive member of Because We Care, Inc. an organization that supplies food, clothes and care to those in need (including the elderly) in Maryland, DC & Virginia)
Debra Keller-Greene (CEO of Keller Professional Services)
Nikiea Redmond (Graphic Artist, Entrepreneur)
April Divah Styles, (Stylist, Salon Owner, Entreprenuer)
Akio Evans (Film Maker)
Kathleen Setzer (Edible Arrangements, *Brenbrook & *Govans) Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: Vanguard Justice Society Welcomes Commissioner’s Challenge to Stand Up for Reforms & Stand Against Police Misconduct to Rebuild Community Trust
Although Commissioner Batts claims credit for reforms in “ethics, training, discipline, equipment, efficiencies, and policies,” we anticipate that the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the force’s practices and procedures—which Vanguard has repeatedly welcomed--will show that the department still has a very long way to go. In addition, we anxiously await the results of the pending Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) that may reveal a clearer picture of the deployment of public safety resources prior to, during, and immediately after the civil disturbance on April 27—actions that we fear may have, and continue to put both police officers and the public at risk. Read in Full >>
The Glover Report: Baltimore’s Mayor’s Race in 2016: We Want Sheila Back!
Instead of investing something meaningful in Baltimore’s black community, Mayor Rawlings cut money for recs while putting ten million on a hoax plan to turn Baltimore into the Grand Prix destination of the world.
For the record, it didn’t work. If anything, it showed a lack of understanding of Baltimore.
Today, Rawlings finds herself trying to rebound from the worst public relations scenario any mayor can face – one resulting from her own neglect of places … like Sandtown. Read in Full >>