Wednesday, April 29, 2015

“The Western District Way: Race, Class, Corruption, Incompetence and Police Brutality in Baltimore and the Warning of “The Wire”

By David Mathew Walton aka Kalonji 

A. Butholenkosi Dual Doctoral CandidateHistory/African American Studies

Michigan State University

Something that surprises me about too many people is the glaring obviousness of the shallow analysis and glaring disconnect that far too many of us have. We all loved “The Wire”, and watched it religiously. Critics applauded the HBO series “The Wire” for its grittiness, truths, realness, elucidation, and powerfulness in the representation of the political, economic and social conditions of Baltimore. Yet, despite it being repeated dozens of times that the show was written based upon a former police officer’s memoirs and the work of a Baltimore Sun reporter, meaning that it was a fictional depiction of actual events; we have not even made the connections yet.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Michael Brown, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, and Walter Scott's Chances of Outrunning Bullets


None.

That was the chance that Michael Brown, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, and Walter Scott had of outrunning bullets from police officer's guns.

In the wake of another police killing of an unarmed Black man, we the people find ourselves in a similar position yet again. And you shouldn't have to be concerned with racial issues or police relations for this to strike a chord with you; this effects everyone. It appears we're not only repeating the cycle of police officers killing unarmed people of color, but we're also asking for the same outcomes (for it to stop). Should we wait patiently for change like good little boys & girls or take what we want? Should we encourage the people of our community to arm themselves by weaponry to fight back? If #BlackLivesMatter, one more death is one too many. And if you're questioning my methods, you're thinking inside the box. I want to abolish the box, because this is another method used to constrain creative/innovative ideas for change. The system is broken and if we're really about change, we need transformative visions. Law enforcement and municipal leaders that are looking for alternative measures in policing rarely accept outside analytical minds on their committees. And it's because of this, Walter Scott never had a chance.