I remember what life was like before the World Wide Web took off, when people like Howard H. Smith and David J. Wright struggled to reach an audience — a marginalized audience that had no major media platforms at the time.
As Black communities emerge from the shadows of criminalization, hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter have jumped off the computer screen and into the street. Beyond sparking a long-awaited new civil rights movement, they are also catalyzing an amazing 21st-century model for civil rights activism.
Last Monday night, I was struck by the fear that washed over me after the announcement in the Michael Brown case. Fear because I live in a country that blatantly disregards the value of some people simply because of the color of their skin. People who look like me.