opinion Ricky L. Jones Opinion contributor Published 2:20 PM EDT Sep 27, 2018 The recent stop of the Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby for supposedly making an “improper turn and having an improperly displayed license plate” has once again brought the issue of policing in black communities to the fore. While this controversial stop has elevated emotions on both sides, it is dangerously myopic to reduce the examination solely to Dr. Cosby, the pastor of St. Stephen Church and president of Simmons College. He is only a foil. In the grand scheme of things, his case is minor. He was not beaten. He was not killed. Many black people who have encountered police over the years have not been so lucky. Still, his case is instructive. When Metro Councilman Bill Hollander opined that Cosby’s stop smacked of racial profiling and deserved scrutiny, Louisville Metro Police Department District Commander Maj. Eric Johnson spanked his hand with a muscular missive that did not … [Read more...] about Racial profiling: Can Louisville police do no wrong?
Quotes about actions speaking louder than words
Dear Catholic Church: I’ve been your staunch defender for as long as I’ve been able to speak. Credit 17 years in your schools and a family that forced me to try to live the lessons I learned. When people would ask why I stuck it out with you when so many others had given up on you, I had a ready answer: Show me a religion founded on and dedicated to better principles than the ones you preach, to love one another, take care of the weakest among you, turn the other cheek and forgive your enemies. Even when you let me down, when you called homosexuality a sin, refused to consider allowing priests to marry and continued to push women away from leadership roles, I disagreed with you even as I stood by you and believed in you. You are my family and that’s what families do: Even when someone screws up, you stand by and defend the family. I won’t anymore. I can’t. Maybe this day should have come a lot sooner. I guess it did for a lot of people. All the former … [Read more...] about Bruce Andriatch: An open letter to my church that I never wanted to write
New Story Montego Bay, Jamaica recently hosted the 39th regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The occasion also marked the 45th anniversary of the founding of the regional body and that close-to half a century mark got us to reflecting on all that has been accomplished and questioning whether the body has lived up to, and achieved, its potential. CARICOM is the follow-up to the ill-fated West Indies Federation, which lasted just four short years, from 3 January 1958 to 31 May 1962. Its demise was triggered by Jamaica’s discontent with the arrangement and the countries’ colonial status, which eventually led to its departure. That triggered the famous “one from ten leaves nought” quote from then Trinidad and Tobago Premiere, Dr. Eric Williams. CARICOM was born nine years after the West Indies Federation failed. The prime ministers of Trinidad and Tobago (Eric Williams), Barbados (Errol … [Read more...] about Editorial: Forty-five years later
Last month, the media conglomerate Univision agreed to acquire Gizmodo and five other sites from Gawker Media for $135 million. On September 9, the day before the sale became final, two Univision executives, Jay Grant and Felipe Holguin, voted over the objections of Gawker Media’s executive editor to delete six posts—three at Deadspin, two at Gizmodo, and one at Jezebel—that are currently the subject of ongoing litigation. The reaction to this decision, among Gawker Media staffers and other members of the press, was almost universally negative. The deleted posts concerned the controversy surrounding V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, who has repeatedly claimed to be the original inventor of email despite voluminous evidence that the true inventor was Ray Tomlinson; the erratic behavior of M.L.B. analyst Mitch Williams at several youth baseball games*; the infamous conservative troll Charles C. Johnson; and a lawsuit filed by a man acquitted of sexual assault against the legal blog … [Read more...] about A Very Long Conversation With Univision’s Isaac Lee About Deleting Posts
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