Tag Archives: Oscar Grant

What if George Zimmerman had seen ‘Fruitvale Station’?

When I walked into the theater, I still wasn’t sure it was a good idea. Just days after the outrageous acquittal of George Zimmerman, and the subsequent protests here in Oakland, I didn’t know if I could handle watching the Bay Area’s version of Trayvon Martin killed on screen. Again.

Taking a Minute (or a Month)

It’s been a tough month. I tore my miniscus, had knee surgery, and watched daytime TV for three weeks straight. (Since when has Drew Carey hosted Price is Right?? For me, it’s Barker or Bust.) My man Russ Feingold lost his Senate seat in Wisconsin to a Tea Party millionaire….

After Mehserle’s Sentence: What is the Value of Black Life?

What is the value of a black man’s life? To Judge Robert Perry, the answer is two years. That’s the amount of jail time that Judge Perry sentenced former BART cop Johannes Mehserle for the murder of Oscar Grant. Granted  double credit for time served, Mehserle will end up serving…

After Mehserle's Sentence: What is the Value of Black Life?

What is the value of a black man’s life? To Judge Robert Perry, the answer is two years. That’s the amount of jail time that Judge Perry sentenced former BART cop Johannes Mehserle for the murder of Oscar Grant. Granted  double credit for time served, Mehserle will end up serving…

Let It Not Be in Vain (A White Boy’s Yom Kippur Poem)

  Let it not be in vain it’s new years day in Oakland sirens blasting like shofar year 5771 by my people’s count God knows how we made it this far the first time I was pulled over by the cops, I was 19. home in DC on summer break,…