It is, in some ways, a staggering settlement by the city of Louisville. But settlements still largely let officers who commit these acts walk away.
Sophia A. Nelson is a CNN Legal & Political commentator, a USA Today opinion writer, and an award-winning journalist and the author of three non-fiction books.
Sophia was the first African American woman to serve as a US House of Representatives Republican Congressional Committee Investigative Counsel. After a stint in private practice at the International law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP Nelson went on to cover the Obama White House as a correspondent for the iconic JET Magazine 2010-2012, and after that, writing award winning columns for Essence Magazine. She is the author of Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama, The Woman Code:20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life, and, most recently, e Pluribus One: Reclaiming Our Founders' Vision for a United America.
In 2016, he asked African Americans “what do you have to lose?” Well, now we know. Our voting rights. Our civil rights. Our jobs. Our lives.
The party featured Nikki Haley and Tim Scott and, in the process, made clear that those two are about it when it comes to diversity at the top of the very white, very male GOP.
Wednesday night a Black woman accepted her party’s nomination for the second-highest office in the land. Our promissory note has come due.
I could not be prouder of what I have lived to see. I wept. My sorority sisters wept. Elderly black women in churches wept. Women from all walks wept and cheered for this moment.
She wasn’t killed by an enemy in some far-off land. She was killed by a fellow soldier after she complained of sexual harassment. This. Must. End.
There are just 22 Republican women—and not a single woman of color—in Congress.
Louisiana is getting pummeled by the virus. But without a comprehensive early testing program in Shreveport, it would have been worse still.
Let’s face it, racism is a chronic health stressor, and one with no cure. This is a public health emergency, and it’s time to treat it that way.
Our collective conscience has awoken, and the American people are rising up. Here’s what we need to do now.