Don’t white people march around Walmarts with firearms like all the time?

This guy wasn’t even holding a real weapon, it was a BB gun SOLD at Walmart. He was walking around with merchandise from the store…and got killed.



The Brooklyn Book Festival is this weekend!



Be sure to come out on Sunday to check out some panels and stop by the Strand booth (#901). The Brooklyn Book Festival is free, and takes place outside (and the weather forecast looks great).

Paul Auster, Zadie Smith, Roxane Gay, Jenny Offil, Catherine Lacey, Waldo (yes, that Waldo), and just a few of the featured speakers and guests! Check out the line-up here.

And yes, R.L. Stine will be reading from a cemetery on Saturday, which is making my ten-year-old self squeal with joy. See you there?


Not terribly long ago in a country that many people misremember, if they knew it at all, a black person was killed in public every four days for often the most mundane of infractions, or rather accusation of infractions – for taking a hog, making boastful remarks, for stealing 75 cents. For the most banal of missteps, the penalty could be an hours-long spectacle of torture and lynching. No trial, no jury, no judge, no appeal. Now, well into a new century, as a family in Ferguson, Missouri, buries yet another American teenager killed at the hands of authorities, the rate of police killings of black Americans is nearly the same as the rate of lynchings in the early decades of the 20th century.



This is what one of the attorney’s I was working with told me after the Zimmerman trial, roughly.

He said that the prosecution made the mistake of highlighting Martin’s innocence and childhood. Historically, conservative white juries struggle to see Black youth as innocent or free of blame. White…