The collective voyeurism of dehumanizing images of black men has become a routine event, but experts debate whether our need to see the violence makes us complicit in minimizing the sacredness of black life.
The contradictory emotions that Selma, Ala., evokes—joy, anger, pride, pain, hope and resignation—were what made the #Selma50 weekend so necessary. But as inspiring as it was, the time has come to climb down from the shoulders of history and continue moving the country forward.
Malcolm galvanized activists—and met with Coretta Scott King—when MLK was jailed and Bloody Sunday was on the horizon. His life, his teachings and his assassination were also stirring on that bridge in Selma 50 years ago.
It’s good that she apologized for her remarks about “good girls” and “naughty” women. But the fact that she made those comments in the first place reminds us that misogyny is not the sole domain of men.