Nekima Levy-Pounds is a professor of law at the University of St. Thomas Law School and the founding director of the Community Justice Project, a civil rights legal clinic. She is an expert on issues at the intersection of race, law, criminal justice, public education and public policy. Follow her on Twitter at @nvlevy.
At a solidarity march in downtown Minneapolis, police pepper sprayed a ten year old boy, renewing calls for racial equity and police accountability. Last night's incident draws parallels to places like Ferguson, Missouri the site of uprisings and protests against police abuse and unequal treatment of African Americans.
Recent protests and demonstrations around the country should remind us of the true legacy of Dr. King and those who stood with him during the Civil Rights Movement.
A series of shootings by police of unarmed black men and boys have called into question the role that race and history plays in perpetuating systemic bias, racism, and oppression, and the justice system's seeming unwillingness to hold officers accountable for their actions.
Black man gets killed by police or vigilante. Nation mourns. Black man gets killed by police or vigilante. Nation mourns. Rewind. Repeat. Rewind.
A local news story falsely accused Mayor Betsy Hodges and a young black man of flashing a gang sign in a photo. Could this be retaliation for the Mayor's public stance on implementing police reforms in MPD?
If we are going to shift the paradigm in the district and improve outcomes for children of color, some immediate policy changes need to occur that take equity into account when making key decisions such as teacher placement.
The issue of police/community relations in the city of Minneapolis remains a major concern for metro area residents, and has taken on heightened significance in the wake of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. A broad-based coalition of community members is calling on Mayor Betsy Hodges, the chief of police, and city leaders to use their authority and resources to address long-standing challenges of police accountability as a matter of public safety, equity, and human rights.
The Mpls chief's absence from a community listening session is unacceptable in light of growing concerns about police misconduct and abuse.
Young African American men continue to suffer the harmful impacts of racial discrimination, marginalization, stereotyping, and social exclusion. Sadly, their plight is often ignored until a crisis happens such as the shooting death of Mike Brown by law enforcement, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Until we deal with our unreconciled racial history, we can expect these types of occurrences to continue.
African American boys are falling through the cracks. Solutions must involve input from parents, students, and community stakeholders.
Recent efforts to promote equity have been met by harsh responses and hostility. It's important that we focus on the real issues and not distractions.
In light of the shifting demographics in our state, there has never been a more important time to fight for equity. We must persevere and finish the work that Paul Wellstone began in uplifting communities.
When addressing matters of equity, it is important to critically examine the impacts of white privilege on systems, laws, and policies that affect poor communities of color.
With all of the talk surrounding equity in the Twin Cities, it is important that we put equity in practice by creating jobs that pay a living wage in our poorest communities.