The climate of tension and violence that has affected the city of Ferguson, Missouri is an opportunity to reflect on social wounds that are slow to heal. The problems in Ferguson began when a white policeman murdered a black 18-year-old named Michael Brown on August 9th. According to witnesses, the young man was [Read more]
The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has exposed the racial segregation that still exists in the U.S. The American city of Ferguson looks like a war zone. In pictures — which are spreading all over the world — we see heavily armed police with protective vests and masks and automatic weapons. Both tear gas and [Read more]
I associate my very first steps in the study of Latvian not with the poems of Janis Rainis, but with a little black girl. The memory is preserved to this day by a story from my textbook about a pug-nosed little girl who had come to a shoe store with her mother for new sandals. The sandals, which the woman had slaved [Read more]
For 150 years, America’s cities have been shaken over and over by serious race riots.
Racial wounds will remain open because it’s convenient for activists and the African-American community to keep them that way.
The majority must understand that it's every American's problem when the police gun down unarmed teenagers, and there's something rotten in America when the police aim their service weapons at demonstrators and journalists.
It seems Obama still hopes to use his own personal charisma and charm to solve issues, adopting a 'please both sides' approach to dealing with racial problems in America.
Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act and five and a half years after Barack Obama made history upon becoming the first African American president in his country, the U.S. has still not been able to overcome its racial problems of the past.
Slavery and racial segregation have [Read more]
The problem is not a society formed of whites and blacks, but a society that puts its white members to work in the police force and its black members to work in delinquency.
Finally, and for now, the waters have calmed down in the city of Ferguson, located in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri; I emphasize "for now" because, even though a calm comes after the storm, that does not mean the tempest has left the place. It has only subsided, although opportune conditions still prevail for it [Read more]