A community already known for its poverty
and rampant drug use and its less-than-stellar track
record of public education and housing doesn’t need the stench of
rapists added to its long list of ills and
Ebola is the sad repeat of what happened with
the outbreak of AIDS nearly 30 years ago: The Western world watched
while poor, untreated black Africans died, usually alone and shamed by
the social stigmas associated with the trifling nature of the disease.
The mounting evidence of the NFL’s
epidemic scourge of employing women and children batterers as highly
paid professional football players has been a perfect storm resulting in
my decision to boycott professional football.
On Sept. 8, Hamilton County Juvenile
Court Judge Tracie Marie Hunter will finally walk from the court of
public opinion into the Hamilton County Common Pleas courtroom of Judge
Norbert A. Nadel to defend herself, her reputation, her seat on the
bench and, she’d tell us, her life’s work against nine felony charges.
As the days turn a way from Michael
Brown’s funeral, thus finally laying to rest his thrice-autopsied young
body, Ferguson, Missouri, is now — more than ever — ripe and ready for
the change that can carry this predominantly black and woefully
underemployed community forever forward.
You wouldn’t know it now to look at the
so-fresh-and-so-clean-clean landscape where Timothy Thomas died and potentially
thousands rioted, faced down cops in riot gear and incurred bean bag
spray, rubber bullets, mace and mayhem, but we were once a bigger, more
metropolitan version of Ferguson, Missouri, and our nighttime streets
ran thick with anger, too.
On July 11, my high school classmate, Randy Wolf, dropped dead unexpectedly of a heart attack.
This is not about the shock of a 49-year-old man dying unexpectedly; we are born to die.
This is not about my own mortality; I feel my body’s anarchy everyday. My time may also be nigh.
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.