Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom reflects on Reframing the Narrative around Young People of Color

This past spring brought a rash of extrajudicial killings of unarmed black youth. The circumstances of these cases are often strikingly similar, as exemplified in three recent cases in Texas, California and Connecticut. The narrative in each case was initially one of a recalcitrant youth, disruptive and unyielding. Later evidence in each of these cases emerged, and the narratives were changed. There was no altercation, no aggressive threat. Just the judgments that too easily allow for an unhealthy and inaccurate narrative to emerge. A narrative that both countered and clouded the more accurate and life-affirming narratives that were closer to the truth: An honor student. An athlete. A beloved brother and friend. An aspiring artist. Well-liked. Vibrant. Loved.

 
 
Publishing Date: 
July 9, 2017