For many of the NAACP's 2,200 local chapters and branches, this kind of harassment is a regular occurrence, simply because we stand up for civil rights.
During the Great Depression, unemployment hovered around 20 percent. Many neighborhoods now face levels twice that, six years into the supposed recovery.
A poll just released depicts a city that is losing faith in its basic public institutions, from the police to the mayor's office.
The white dominant culture is more interested in critiquing the rap music rather than critiquing the conditions to which the music bears witness.
Why is a mass murderer who kills in the name of white supremacy not considered a terrorist but a killer who, currently, has no known ideological motive is?
Only a sharp turn to peace and non-violence stands a ghost's chance of extricating humankind from this awful and seemingly intractable situation.
Almost 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, and asked "How long?" His words ring as true today as ever.
Think about it: before Goodell as well as Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh and Ravens officials saw this new tape, what did they think had transpired on that elevator?
We can barely turn in any direction without encountering violence of one kind or another. It is a pervasive presence in our lives and the lives of people worldwide.
War is a human disaster: Not only due to the victims, but also because it brings in plain view many evil and ugly phenomena: violence, racism, nationalist zeal.