In the Bay State Banner’s March 22 edition, there is an element of the emperor with no clothes about this story, “Melnea Cass Blvd. redesign plan inches forward.”
According to a proposed plan, the roadway is to be substantially widened for rapid transit buses. However, the MBTA has announced the reduction of service on the CT3 route, the only crosstown line servicing the entire stretch of the Melnea Cass Blvd. corridor. If built, these new lanes would serve very few public buses.
If the MBTA isn’t going to use these lanes then what are they for? It seems like a fundamental question but I haven’t seen the answer.
I gave very serious thought as to whether or not I should weigh in on the Trayvon Martin murder. After all, what could I say that has not already been said? But, as a black man in America, I would be remiss if I failed to express my rage about what amounted to this beautiful young man being hunted down in the street.
Moreover, my anger extends to lawmakers and a law enforcement community who were at best indifferent and at worst complicit. Mr. Zimmerman’s disregard for the police dispatcher’s command not to follow Mr. Martin suggests to me that he had absolutely no fear of being arrested.
This “stand your ground” law is nothing more than permission for those with a predisposition for profiling black males to consider them “fair game.”