The very evident systemic social and political problems in the United States are not likely to be solved using the systems of the United States. How can the very system, with built in tricks, traps, and dead-ends (reserved for certain types of people) resolve it’s own deficiencies? How can we even call them “deficiencies” with a straight face?
For some, words are not enough to signal a new direction. Several social media posts get reposted with screenshots of previous words, articles, or accusations accompanied by two simple words, phrased as a question: “This you?" It seems necessary to remind people of their worst when they were trying to be better—to be their best.
I have two sons and a third on the way. Aside from my inability to ensure my own safety, as a Black man, I fear for my boys. If I am not safe at the store, in the gym, in my car, at the park, outside exercising, or even in my own home, how can I keep my boys safe?