Attending the community vigil for Tiansheng Yu, the victim of a day-time attack in downtown Oakland on April 16th, was both highly emotional and extremely uplifting.
The Yu incident was tragic and awful for all involved. But what inspired me was what I saw at the memorial on the same corner where Yu was fatally struck. As I walked up to the corner down Telegraph I thought to myself, “Wow, I wonder who I will see? What type of crowd? Will there be tension with my presence there as a young black man with dreadlocks’?”