- Published: Monday, November 30, 2015 09:11 AM
Like so many people, I've spent much of the past week trying to process the horrifying circumstances around the killing of Laquan McDonald.
We have to grapple not only with the chilling video of the sixteen shots, or with the obvious systemic racism of which this incident provides yet another in a seemingly endless stream of examples, but also with the intolerable fact that this all came to light well over a year after the killing took place.
It is important though, for me to be honest about the fact that I experience this tragedy from a position of some remove. I know that many parents of young sons live in terror that their child will be the next Laquan McDonald. I do not.
On the other hand, while the fight for racial justice must be led by those who are most harmed by the status quo, it must be waged by all of us. This is true because a large, diverse coalition is a winning coalition, and it is true because the status quo is an assault on the value system that everyone ought to hold dear.
It may be the case that my sons will never risk being the next Laquan McDonald, but my job is to do whatever I can to allow them to grow up in a world where nobody's child has to be the next Laquan McDonald. That's my assignment and yours — and the fabric of our entire society is counting on our success.
Please, let's not waste any more time.