Fulani 'deeply saddened and angry' over Bell verdict
By Lenora Fulani
There has been progress in this
city, under the firm leadership of Rev. Al Sharpton, with respect to
issues of racial justice. His voice has been passionate and consistent.
He has done more to take us out of extreme polarization and recurrent
racial violence than he is ever given credit for. But, as the verdict in
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Even as we give expression to our rage
through civil disobedience and other actions Rev. Sharpton calls for we must continue
all efforts for the fundamental cultural changes required to eliminate the
racialism that permeates our institutions.
No police department, no judge, no court of public opinion, will be fair until we can bring about the cultural and human development that takes us beyond race-based biases that are deeply rooted in them. This is a painful truth for the black community and for all who seek justice. But we must face it and act accordingly. Even as we follow Rev. Sharptons lead in protest, we must be sure to keep our eye on the long term prize.
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