I feel very fortunate to be included in an anthology that addresses police oppression in the United States. Under the Thumb is now on sale, and you should pick up a copy. Not only because there are a ton of fantastic stories in it (including my own, “Trap House,” which is set on the west side of Birmingham, Alabama), but also because this an important societal issue.
I woke up this morning thinking about how people often excuse police oppression/brutality/corruption by saying that it’s “just one bad apple” and how that allows us to blame the individual without examining the organizational underpinnings that excuse and encourage those bad apples to rot on the tree.
Lo and behold, guest editor Shawn Cosby has written of that exact same saying in the foreword of Under the Thumb.
I want to thank Shawn, as well as the gang at Rock & A Hard Place Press for having the vision and strength to pull this anthology together.
Proceeds from this anthology go to benefit Black Lives Matter – New Jersey. Get your copy TODAY! Don’t wait!