Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr., PhD, associate professor of women, gender and sexuality studies and of performing arts, both in Arts & Sciences
Monday, Aug. 11, marked the 39th anniversary of the beginning of the Watts Riots (Revolt), which took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1965. This uprising was incited by a set of events, one of them being police violence against a young black man and a young black pregnant woman.
Today, we see a similar revolt taking place in Ferguson, right outside of St. Louis, where young, unarmed Michael Brown was shot and killed by an officer on his way to his grandmother’s home. Michael Brown’s killing and the ensuing outrage, at the same time of this historic event, ironically pivots the question, “How can we best demonstrate our outrage about a historic violent tradition which leaves the blood of our children — young black men and women — repeatedly on the ground?” If America has not fixed its “problem with the negro,” what must African-Americans do to demand a cease-fire across the nation and a new lens through which to see black bodies as more than indicators of the propensity toward crime and violence? It requires that we do more than pray.
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