There is plenty of reason to be angry right now. Black men and women (See Rekia Boyd case) are being gunned down in the streets. As long as vigilante's and rouge police officers use the often used term, "I feared for my life", it seems to be open season on people of color. There are countless videos of the killings of unarmed people and the killers who get away with it, and the media is happy to sensationalize it. Think about how quickly they redirected their attention from Walter Scott, to Freddie Gray once the rocks started flying and a match was set to the CVS. To them this is great TV, right in the middle of "sweeps".
The question is...what is our role? How can we assist in instituting change. Our facebook timelines and Instagram streams are full of graduation photos right now. There are kids poised to join the workforce and adults who have accomplished long standing goals of finishing something they started years ago. All this to improve their personal situations through education and what should result in better jobs.
We'll discuss how academics, business ownership & parenting needs to work in lock step with civic engagement. There is definitely a place for protest, but the work doesn't stop there. Join us for this dialogue.