Kiese Laymon: My Vassar College faculty ID does not make racism OK
I've been here my whole life. I ain't never have to go through nothing like this. Don't none of you know me. But I don't do nothing to nobody. Anybody say so, they're a liar. They're a damn liarMichael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, after the news came down last month that there would be no indictment of the white police officer who shot and killed her unarmed, black son.
Ferguson, Missouri was followed by Staten Island, New York, and Eric Garner's death -- another unarmed black man dead at the hands of another white officer... and another non-indictment.
The twin verdicts have reinforced a sense of outrage and exasperation with the state of race relations country-wide... and focused it on that often-fraught encounter between citizen and cop.
The cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have also inspired my next guest to put into words his own account of the institutional racism he's seen during his tenure at one of America's elite colleges.
"My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK was written by Kiese Laymon. He is an Associate Professor of English at Vassar College, an essayist and author. He joined us from Poughkeepsie, New York.
The Current requested a statement from Vassar College. The school declined to comment.
This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins.