You know their names – Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice – because these African American men were unarmed and killed by “law enforcement” officers. Their names have been part of a litany invoked when police shootings are discussed. Their deaths have been part of the impetus for the Black Lives Matter movement, especially because the police officers that killed these men (and a little boy) have paid no price for their murders.
How much unrest will our country experience before we substantively address the injustices acutely impacting Black people? For months, across the nation and even the world, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand police accountability, transparency and justice for the families that have fallen victims to state violence.
Yawn. That was the collective reaction of immigration-reform advocates on Tuesday morning, when Hillary Clinton’s campaign was quoted in a bunch of news stories previewing her call for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. “At this point, it’s not that big a deal,” said Frank Sharry, the executive director of America’s Voice, a group that supports comprehensive immigration reform.
Like her or hate her, Hillary Clinton has made it clear she is going to fight again like Ali to be the first female President of the United States. And despite the critics, who think the Peter Schweitzer book: “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” will tank her candidacy, I say not. That will soon fade and anyway like email gate. After all, how many real voters are going to run out and buy this book to soak up the sordid details before deciding how to vote?