For many in the community, the missing plaques and name changes are emblematic of a deeper, more disturbing trend signifying the erasure of a pivotal piece of the nation’s past.
Philly lawyer and activist, Michael Coard rightly notes in the Philadelphia Tribune, “If you don’t believe that ruling [Dred Scott] still applies as recently as 2019, consider the cases involving the following unarmed Black people murdered during the past five years by white cops who were acquitted or never even charged: Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Terrence Crutcher, Samuel DuBose, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Tony Robinson, Alton Sterling, and many others.”
I argue that what is best for kids will never be a newer renovated building, not the latest curriculum craze, not the most up to date technology, but that we have high quality teachers in every single classroom who believe whole heartedly that our students at Gilcrease can achieve as much as any other student in this school district.
I still remember being told by my mother, two months prior to my departure to the US: “Son, if you really want to go I can’t stop you, all I ask is for you to come back home with the education you seek and alive! And you must do everything to stay alive. Don’t stay out late; don’t spend time with suspicious people and stay on your campus as much as possible.”
Understand that whiteness coupled with maleness, plus political influence equals ultimate privilege. The privileged must be self-recognized within the leader; if not, the leader could potentially make petty insensitive remarks that may cause the public to have a negative opinion about them.
“Mayor Bynum, you said: Thursday was simply a ‘PR stunt’. You think my brother being slaughtered by a killer cop is a PR stunt? You think my parents coming up here, every single week, is a PR stunt? Joshua’s family, Mrs. Harvey said, ‘You think that’s a PR stunt?’ The fact that I would fly back and forth every single month to fight for police reform — you think that was a PR stunt? I was shocked when I heard you say that.” No one could deny that the mayor seemingly felt the cut of Dr. Crutcher’s formidable, public comments.
In a stunning 59-41 vote, Senate Republicans sent a strong and embarrassing rebuke to President Trump this afternoon, terminating his declaration of a national emergency on the Southern border.
Loughlin and Huffman are just two of 33 affluent parents caught up in what has been described as “the nation’s largest-ever college admissions bribery case prosecuted by the Justice Department,” according to USA Today.