The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony.
To be frank, it was the first reality check I received as student color, and the first time I’d be academically disfranchised. Moreover, for fear of being reprimanded and having my participation grade tampered, I dug deep; I seemingly tried burying my emotions, and so, I smiled. I pretended to be proud. I danced with cognitive dissonance. After all, I was still an American; right? But beneath my surface, bewilderment drowned my virgin spirit.
The Sheriff is running his jail without much oversight. The Tulsa County Jail Authority does nothing. The Sheriff recently tried to impose additional sanctions on interpreters that didn’t apply to other visitors such as clergy. This was seen as an effort to make legal representation more difficult.
after one year of teaching 6th and 7th graders that represent diverse racial backgrounds, it has become starkly clear to me that simply stating that we have made progress in terms of racial equality ignores the reality that many Tulsans face every day.
The future of Oklahoma will quite literally be in the hands of those who choose to pick up and fill out a ballot on Tuesday.
Oklahoma imprisons more of its citizens per capita than any other governing body in the world. This isn’t by accident, this is by design.
Recently, the editorial board met to build out a fair and effective system for making political endorsements.