KANSAS CITY, Mo.
- Dec. 27, 2020
-- Kansas City native Lanardo Myrick says being black is a struggle. With the presidency of Donald Trump extenuating subtle racism, Mr. Myrick struggles to stay focused for his family and himself. African - Americans must work to eradicate these hurdles. Organizations like Niot.org are uniting to provide information and avenues to overcome the work of racism. Victims like Lanardo Myrick who has been arrested numerous times from just being in places typical of white only areas of Kansas City. His list of charges appear aggravated and over charged. From dealing with ineffective counsel to unreasonable bond amounts, black males have been the target of charges and incarcerated at higher rates than any other race or ethnic group in America.
Lanardo Myrick was subject to a unreasonable federal; charge where he was charged with Illegal Access Device fraud when the case was before the creation of the charge. Sadly, he is not alone. Margaret Mitchell, President & CEO, YWCA Greater Cleveland writes "the scar tissue of hate and racism is everywhere. A 2005 study by the U.S. Department of Justice estimated there are about 191,000 hate crimes incidents per year. How many more times will mourners need to gather at candlelight vigils or march for justice as the result of racism and hate? When will it stop? Will the wounds of racism be healed in 2042, when, according to State of the Dream 2012: The Emerging Majority
report by United for Fair Economy, a major demographic shift will take place and the majority of the country will be non-white for the first time in our nation's history? 2042 will be a reality, but it won't be a magic wand. In fact, some data from the report suggests the economic divide between people of color and Whites may be cavernous. Will this vast economic divide aggravate generational wounds of bias into a frenzy not seen since the 1960s?"
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