Melissa Tandiwe Myambo is an author, academic

and aerobics instructor.

Essay of the Month

Some lives are more valuable...

Homo sum: humani nil
a me alienum puto

But to whom should I be responsible,

and why should I be, when you refuse to see me?…  

~ Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man    

  I read this headline this morning: “African Union sends troops to Missouri to defend black

  residents.”  The article continues to explain that US police forces have a long history of

  shooting unarmed black men.  The African Union (AU) advises President Obama to address the

  endemic racism, racial profiling and racial strife that plague relationships between local

  police forces and African Americans, a minority population which has seen some thousands of

  unarmed black men gunned down, assaulted and beaten by the police.  Long-simmering

  tensions have boiled over in Ferguson, Missouri, where black residents have taken to the

  streets to protest what they describe as the outright murder of unarmed black teenager,

  Michael Brown.