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Lions Roar : March 2015
VECTORSTOCK/MALCHEV/ANDREWGLENCROSS there was no crime? How are the moth- ers of young black boys in this country to carry on? We cry out for justice. Wouldn’t it be better to see young black men as the community’s future rather than its problem? Wouldn’t it be better to build schools for young black men rather than to build only more pris- ons to warehouse them? Fifty years ago, I marched in non- violent protests with Dr. Martin Luther WE HAVE TOO OFTEN and for too long seen white men with guns take the lives of young, unarmed black men and do so with seeming impunity and with- out accountability. We cry out: Where is justice? When will human beings be reckoned as human beings only and not profiled and pre-judged as being “dan- gerous” or “criminal”? How can a young man’s death be ruled a “homicide,” and later it is determined FROM WHERE I SIT We Cry Out for Justice There will only be social justice in America, says JAN WILLIS, when we see all people as our equals. She offers an ancient Buddhist meditation to help us do that. King, Jr. in the streets of Birmingham, Alabama. We walked, in two’s, between police officers with dogs and firemen CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE JAN WILLIS is professor emerita of religion at Wesleyan University and is currently a visit- ing professor at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She has studied Buddhism with Tibet- an teachers for more than forty years and is the author of the memoir Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist. SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2015 13