Queen Brown is a freelance writer, a motivational speaker and a trained crime victim’s advocate.
Mothers of children who were tragically killed from around the country and from all walks of life gathered last weekend for the inaugural Circle of Mothers empowerment and transformational weekend workshops sponsored by the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Mothers included parents of the Sandy Hook massacre, a mother whose only two children were murdered within the span of two-weeks and mothers who are freshly grieving and are still asking the question “why,”
As a Mother who raised two Black sons I now understand the importance of discussing racism in America with our children, especially with our sons. The discussion of racism can never begin too early. Ideally, it should began during early childhood and continue even during their adult life if we are to have hope and intend for our children to have a positive future in the United States of A
During President Barack Obama’s first run for the Whitehouse, his opponents called him inexperienced and unprepared to run the country. However, after serving six years in office and half way through his second term in office we know just how politically savvy and astute our President really is. Never before have we had a president whose experience is as broad as that of President Obama. President Obama’s experience is
The civil right movement was successful in reducing racial disparities in systems, policies and services that used to promote white supremacy in America. However, by no means has racism been eradicated; it just became subtle and camouflaged. Racism is alive and well in America and we must make sure our children are aware of this fact. Although racial discrimination is illegal in America and punishable by law it is usually disguised as an organizational policy, state mandate or law such as the infamous “Stand Your Ground.”
Michael Dunn a white software developer claims that it was out of fear that he shot and murdered 17-year-old Black teenager, Jordan Davis. According to the shooter, the teenager pointed a gun at him and threatened his life after he asked him to turn down the loud music that was coming from
Black History is officially recognized during the month of February. Schools, businesses and communities throughout the United States will celebrate the lives of well-known African American leaders such as the late Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Mary McCloud Bethune, Malcolm X. and a host of others who carved out a path for all people of African descent. African American leaders
The shooting death of 10-year old Aaron Vu during the robbery of his parents’ nail salon was brutal and senseless. Aaron’s father was also shot during the robbery — thankfully he survived. The community was in shocked by this brutal crime and anxiously awaited the arrest of this cold blooded killer. When news
Miami-Dade County is no different from any other urban city in this country when it comes to gun violence plaguing the streets of our communities. No city or community in this country goes unscathed by the escalating incidents of gun violence. Whether the violence is stemming from domestic abuse
The City Miami Gardens leadership must make a united stand against violence in the community and stop treating the residents as though they are the problem. At a recent anti-violence rally, Miami Gardens Police Chief, Matthew Boyd, called on the residents to stand up, say something and fight back. He went on to say that the people are afraid, are not speaking up and are leaving it to the police to solve the community’s problems associated with crime. Maybe I misunderstood, but I thought it was the job of law enforcement to solve crime. The responsibility of the department is to protect and serve the community. When elderly residents and their grandchildren are gunned down inside of their homes, residents naturally become fearful. Instead of criticizing the residents, it would be more helpful if the Chief’s next move would be to implement strategies that build trust between the police and the residents of Miami Gardens. Boyd must understand that the residents in Miami Gardens want to live in a city free from drive-by shootings. He should be asking himself why residents, the very people he has a duty to serve and protect, are so afraid to come forward when their lives are at risk. The Chief is right. Residents are afraid. However, a follow-up question might be what is his department doing to make a difference?
Last week, people from all across America gathered in Washington D.C., to march for equal rights and opportunities. The marchers demonstrated against the social injustices, disparities and lack of opportunities that black and brown people in the U.S. face every day. The march and the protests were reminiscent of events that took place during the 1960s.