Op-Eds & Short Essays








“Some might argue that prisoners deserve to be at the mercy of hard-hearted jailers, but this kind of thinking goes against the very founding principles of the nation. The Eighth Amendment makes it plain: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” Being arrested and incarcerated does not negate one’s humanity or one’s civil rights.”— “True Price of the Bland Settlement and Black Women’s Custodial Deaths in Texas ,” The Huffington Post, September 30, 2016.
















“As Jannie Liggons, a grandmother, and brave survivor of Holtzclaw told reporters, after she begged him to stop and feared for her life, in the end it was that the now convicted serial rapist ‘picked the wrong lady to stop.’

Those words are so powerfully true and charged with so many historical legacies that make it nearly impossible for black women to get justice in America. The fact is an earlier victim had come forward. But because she was probably an impoverished, black woman with a criminal record or substance abuse problem, his favored demographic, it was not until Ms. Liggons, an older middle-class black woman with no criminal record, came forward that the case gained legs.”—" “#DanielHoltclaw Split Verdict is a Travesty and Dangerous,” The Huffington Post, December 11, 2015.















“2014 has been marked by massive protests decrying the failure of the justice system to charge officers for killing unarmed black men. And there have been urgent calls for the recognition of black humanity as well as an outpouring of profound sympathy for the mothers and families of those slain men. One wonders whether this amounts to an added layer of trauma for the mothers of murdered black daughters whose deaths don’t rate high enough for the nation’s outrage or the black community’s collective mourning.”— “How Do the Mothers of Slain, Unarmed Black Daughters Grieve?,” The Huffington Post, December 30, 2014.