Freddie Gray: One Year Later

Many are asking what has changed one year after the senseless death of Freddie Gray. One year ago, the 21 year old man died after suffering a severed spinal cord after what has been described as “a wild ride” in the back of a police van.  The city of Baltimore burned before our eyes and today, […]

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Hung jury may lead to hanging heads

The first to be tried in the untimely and tragic death of Mr. Freddie Gray, Baltimore police officer William Porter, leaves the courtroom and dumfounds some.  The mistrial is being described as a miscarriage of justice, a missed opportunity and even a misunderstanding.  There are those who believe that while it is unfortunate, no crime […]

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“The Post- Racial America Alert System”

It comes from the Department of Post- Racial America and is used to assure us that “race is a thing of the past.”  It’s a clever video and certainly offers another way to look at the incidents of police- related deaths involving unarmed African American men and women against the hope of a post- racial […]

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“Of Lions and Men: Mourning Samuel Dubose and Cecil the Lion

This New York Times article really needs no introduction. Roxane Gay has thoughtfully and exceptionally written in response to the recent murders of both Mr. Samuel DuBose and Cecil the Lion.  The connections made are striking and leave no one untouched.  I hope that her words contribute to our ongoing conversations on the social construct […]

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Examining the Depraved Heart

Clearly, I am still thinking about the death of Freddie Gray and Officer Goodson, one of six officers charged with crimes that led to his untimely death.  Officer Goodson has been charged with second degree depraved heart murder.  Thanks to a twenty- four- hour news cycle and countless crime shows, I am too familiar with […]

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The Heart Fixer

“The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse– who can understand it?  I the Lord tests the mind and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings.” ~ Jeremiah 17.9-10, NRSV Officer Goodson has been charged with second degree depraved heart murder in […]

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“Depraved Heart Murder”

Baltimore City state’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby has read a detailed report of the last minutes of Mister Freddie Gray’s life and has charged all six police officers with crimes that range from second- degree assault to depraved heart murder, which means that Officer Caesar Goodson willfully chose not to prevent the injuries and the death […]

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