by Katherine Wolf and Holly Fetter, Members of the New York City RG Chapter’s Giving and Campaign Committees
Thank you to Maurice Mitchell for attending our chapter event on Tuesday, December 9th and for sharing all your insight and passion. This blog post has been heavily influenced by your analysis and your call to action.
There’s a lot to mourn these days. From the non-indictments of Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo for the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, to the murder of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who carried a toy gun, there’s a lot of justified grief and outrage. But the regularity of these incidents is not new — a Black person is murdered by a police officer, security guard, or vigilante every 28 hours, often without recourse or retribution. There hasn’t been a sudden surge in this number. The difference now is that people are paying attention.