I especially liked his spiel about the importance of the fourth amendment and how we so easily throw away rights in the name of safety. He brought a key issue to the light when he spoke about the laws allowing officers to racially stereotype and steal from the people they are charged to “protect and serve.” I enjoyed hearing his connectedness to prominent issues. As a young professional entering into the field of communications and public relations, it is my duty to pay attention to media and laws that may be pertinent to the client as well as my own self-interests.
Back to his charge of our easy aversion of our civil rights: I appreciated how he brought attention to the issues of our militant police force and how they have stepped on constitutional rights in the name of safety. This is an issue that I value as a black man that has been on the receiving end of racial profiling and over-bearing officers hiding behind badges and systemic prejudices. The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist was an awesome choice for this year’s lecture.