Race

...hundreds of 17 year old girls at the Minnesota State Capitol. And...OK, we need to go. We need to get out of here... Everyone knew that the protests were coming. They kind of just hurried us on the bus and drove us back to camp. We were in this big auditorium and we just sat there and prayed. And to me, that was the first time I was like...Why is the system so against us? Then I started studying Criminal Justice. - Zoe Carrasco

Sister-writer duo Maika and Maritza Moulite tell us about their new novel "One of the Good Ones." It’s a story about a family grieving the loss of a sister in an incident of police brutality, and brings to light what it means to be deemed “worthy” when you’re Black.

  

Sun Yung Shin is an award winning Minnesota writer and poet, she’s also an educator and activist.

Iowa Public Radio

Trayvon Martin was a 17 year old boy, walking to the store to get skittles and a bottle of juice for his sister in the rain.  He put his hoodie up, and that signaled to George Zimmerman he might be armed.  Trayvon was not.  Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch patrolling the townhouse community when he came upon the unarmed young man.  He shot and killed Trayvon, who had no criminal record.  President Barack Obama said "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”

Photo: © David Goddard

Emira Tucker is a part-time babysitter, stuck in a bad apartment and a series of part-time jobs while her friends are settling into successful jobs with healthcare and nice apartments. Alix Chamberlin, Emira’s employer, a self-made woman who has recently moved away from the stress and excitement of New York City, is now bored and unsatisfied with where she’s ended up.  While babysitting Alix’s daughter late one night, Emira is faced with racially charged accusations and this triggers events that will make the two women confront their own fears and flaws and find their inner strengths.