- Eric Garner (killed Thursday, July 17, 2014 – 43 years old)
- Michael Brown (killed Saturday, (August 9, 2014 – 18 years old)
- Walter Scott (killed Saturday, April 4, 2015 – 50 years old)
- Freddie Gray (killed Tuesday April 12, 2015 – 25 years old)
- Freddie Gray’s Death Ruled a Homicide (today)
So: For the times are they a-changin’?
NOTE: A more exhaustive list of unarmed Black men killed by police can be found here.
One can barely take a breath without being bombarded with reminders that the United States is a country divided. Socioeconomically, institutionally, educationally, professionally, informationally, we are a populous that is unable (or unwilling) to reach across barriers. The American flag itself has become a symbol of division and not of unity.
The upcoming presidential election may well test the limits of this political experiment in representative democracy called the US. Democracy, by design, is dependent upon consensus.
Can we adapt to a way of life that minimizes greenhouse gas emissions even if we cannot agree on global warming? Can we compensate for the correlation between wealth and race even if we are at odds over its causation? Can we fix the fact that America is a first world superpower yet most American public school students live in poverty without letting these very kids get caught in partisan crossfire?
Is American ideology a zero sum game, or can Beyoncé and Taylor Swift peaceably coexist? Can the pickup and the Prius be friends?