Abolish teaching history – until we get it right

Important parts of our history have not been told or taught because it hasn’t been believed it actually happened, writes state Rep. La Shawn Ford. Until they saw it on their TV screens, the dominant White culture didn’t believe that Blacks could be treated like John Lewis was treated – and many did not believe that so many Blacks are victimized by police until they saw the last 8 minutes and 46 seconds of George Floyd’s life.

Heal trauma from within

If white people are programmed to be racist, then my people are programmed to hate ourselves, writes Daryl Satcher. Systemic racism is the true virus that we need to defeat. You must first defeat this disease in your mind before you can defeat it in your world.

Black Lives Matter is not a monolith

Other black life experiences matter also, writes John W. Fountain III. While we argue about the broad spectrum of black life, we must also account for the nuances that exist within a hashtag or chant. Inclusion of all black lives and allies must coexist under the guise of liberty, justice and equality for all.

Being Black in America is tiring

All lives don’t matter until black lives matter. Columnist John W. Fountain III says he’s starting to sound like a voicemail recording because he’s advocated so long for justice and the responsibility of elected officials to remain accountable for our communities. When will things change?