Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.
David J. Harris
December 17, 2014
Reflecting on student protests about the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police, the leaders of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice call for action.
As veterans of civil rights struggles spanning nearly a half century, we felt heartened by the reemergence of young people as a force for change. Indeed, we experienced the collective refrain of “Enough is enough” as sweet music. But even as we nodded in agreement, we found ourselves asking a few follow-up questions: When is enough not enough? When are rage and protest necessary, but not sufficient? How do we transform “enough is enough” into “we demand more?” There can be more protest, for as long as necessary, but there also needs to be more concrete action to advocate for fundamental shifts in the design and delivery of public services, here in Massachusetts and nationally.