Tamir Rice Still Speaks. Are We Listening?

This summer, I looked square in the eyes at the pain caused by Tamir Rice’s death. While working as an intern for Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (the congressional representative for the Cleveland area), I talked to constituents who were absolutely heartbroken for their community and frustrated by government leaders’ lack of action. Of course, the police brutality and violence they faced was nothing new. While the rest of the city was just waking up to instances of police brutality, it had been their reality for years. The death of Tamir, though, reopened old wounds in an unexpectedly visceral way.

Tamir Rice: ¡Presente!

As I reflected on the results of the grand jury, I could not help but think about two speeches offered at this year's Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. The Teach-In's main stage has always been a space for prophetic voices to offer challenging reflections on key justice issues. This year did not disappoint, especially when it came to engaging a key topic facing our nation, including Jesuit universities, high schools, and parishes across the country.

PODCAST: Jesuit Universities Continue to Respond to Issues of Race

ISN welcomes administrators from three Jesuit universities to offer perspectives on how their campuses responded to the tragedies and how they are continuing to work with campus community members to respond moving forward.