I have long held that black women in
America are under attack. We get harsher criminal prosecution than our
white counterparts; we are murdered by intimate partners at higher rates
than any other groups.
I wasn’t so sure about this, this coming back to CityBeat
when Editor Danny Cross first sent me an email in 2012 explaining his
plan to overhaul the paper I’d freelanced for from its first issue in
1994, then joined first as a part-time writer in 1999 (just enough hours
to qualify for health insurance to buy insulin and needles) then as a
full-time staffer with a column.
A woman was accidentally shot during a concealed carry
demonstration at a Pennsylvania gun show on June 28. The victim said she
feels bad for the gun owner, and she’ll still attend gun shows in the
future. WORLD -1
A Page 1 Enquirer story described
sometime violent misbehavior in Hamilton County courtrooms and
courthouse hallways. A headline said there was chaos in the judges’
“chambers.” Wrong. The story didn’t say that.
I thought I was done with pitbulls, with thinking about little Zanaibou Drame and all the Internet postulating about the two. But the Cincinnati police shooting last Friday of a stray pitbull in Bond Hill brought it all back to me.
It was the day after I retired from The Enquirer and Rick Pender, an editor at CityBeat, asked me to consider being this paper’s lead columnist.
“I don’t have an opinion every week worth 750 words,” I told him. We left it at that.
Three Al-Jazeera English journalists were convicted in
Egypt on terrorism charges in a trial that was politically motivated.
They have been detained for 177 days and will now serve seven years in
prison in a decision that has outraged human rights groups. WORLD -2
I run into my oldest brother going into
the new bookstore across from Fountain Square and he’s coming in off
Vine Street and we hug a good, long time; it’s one of those double hugs,
where you hug and, just before the release, you squeeze again.
Irresponsible pitbull owners fit a profile.
There is something inherently ominous,
mysterious, latently vicious and even irresponsibly deadly about
pitbulls and their owners that most people are either afraid of or
unable to name.