TOM JOYNER’S MORNING SHOW
Tom Joyner wants this information to reach his listeners.. You have probably heard of ‘NUD’ as a result of the Tom Joyner morning show related to Comp USA . NUD (Non Urban Dictate) is the acronym for a very subtle and little-known marketing term specifically directed…
Violence has many faces. Holtzclaw has been charged with 16 felonies, including two-counts of rape and multiple counts of sexual violence against women—all of them Black. These recent acts of alleged vile misconduct against Black women should be viewed as more than an isolated incident of alleged rogue police behavior. Indeed, Black men are not the only victims of routine and vicious police attacks on their humanity.
Marlene Pinnock was pummeled by a California Highway Patrol officer last month. Tyisha Miller was unconscious in her car when she was shot 12 times by police officers who had been called in to help her. Fifty-five year old Margaret LaVerne Mitchell, who was mentally ill, was fatally shot by a police officer for moving toward him with a screwdriver. We might also remember that the presence of law enforcement in our nation’s schools has put our girls at risk of excessive force in their places of learning. Remember Ashlynn Avery—a diabetic high school student who was allegedly shoved into a filing cabinet by school police when she fell asleep reading Huckleberry Finn during an in-school suspension study hall.
Do their names roll off our tongues as examples of police misconduct or as opportunities for us to revisit this nation’s structure (and practices) of law enforcement? Can we picture their faces the way we can see Michael Brown, Amadou Diallo or Oscar Grant?
Unfortunately, most of us cannot. But it’s time to understand that #blacklivesmatter is not a gendered statement.