50th Anniversary of Medgar Evers’ Assassination Reminds Us of Civil Rights Work That Remains

By Barbara R. Arnwine Fighting for social and racial justice is the enduring component of the civil right movements. In the tumultuous 1960s many great leaders emerged, dedicating their lives to moving America toward justice. Iconic civil rights activist, Medgar Evers made tremendous efforts in fighting for positive change and social justice. June 12, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Evers. Though only 37 at the time of his death, he had become a key civil rights leader who worked diligently to secure equal rights in the state of Mississippi. It is vital to ensure that his work and legacy does not become blurred with other historical events. We must continue to teach younger generations of activists how we have been afforded certain rights, including voting rights, because of the bitter sacrifices of sheroes and heroes like Evers. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law extends its deepest appreciation for Mr. Evers’ […]

A letter to a friend by Jada Pinkett Smith

A letter to a friend:

Blended families are NEVER easy, but here’s why I don’t have a lot of sympathy for your situation because… we CHOOSE them. When I married Will, I knew Trey was part of the package…Period! If I didn’t want that…I needed to marry someone else. Then I learned if I am going to love Trey…I had to learn to love the most important person in the world to him…his mother. And the two of us may not have always LIKED each other… but we have learned to LOVE each other.

I can’t support any actions that keep a man from his children of a previous marriage. These are the situations that separate the women from the girls. Your behavior is that of an insecure child who needs to recognize her own weaknesses that MUST be strengthened to take on the task at hand. We can’t say we love our man and then come in between him and his children. THAT’S selfishness…NOT love. WOMAN UP… I’ve been there…I know. My blended family made me a giant… Taught me so much about love, commitment and it has been the biggest ego death to date. It’s time you let your blended family make you the giant you truly are.

Washington Post Writers Explain Why All Black Men are Scary and that It’s OK to Racially Profile

by Malcolm Morrow The Washington Post ran two opinion editorials this week that featured authors who were in favor of the manner in which George Zimmerman racially profiled and pursued Trayvon Martin which eventually ended with Trayvon losing his life. Authors Richard Cohen and Kathleen Parker wrote articles that showed that they both have a pathological fear of the Black male in America and can’t see past the stereotypes and “crime statistics” that have plagued this country for decades. Richard Cohen began his article with this statement, “I don’t like what George Zimmerman did, and I hate that Trayvon Martin is dead”. However, he quickly makes it quite clear that he supported everything that Zimmerman did and that he feels it wasn’t Zimmerman’s fault that Martin appeared like he was up to no good, he was dressed in a thug’s “uniform” after all. “But I also can understand why Zimmerman was suspicious and why he thought Martin was […]