Editor's note: McFarlane Media and Insight News salute Dr. Irma McClaurin, Insight's Culture and Education Editor. McClaurin's column entitled "A Black mother weeps for America: Stop killing our Black sons!" won highest honors for Insight News, 1st Place – Best in Nation for Column Writing – at last week's Black Press of America annual convention in Detroit. National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) celebrated its 75th Anniversary, and presented awards in 16 categories to member publications for stellar, exemplary work in newspaper journalism. More on other winners and the convention next week. Here we reprint McClaurin's award winning column.

No Domestic Tranquility for our Black sons
They are not insurgents. They are not enemy combatants. They are not hostile enemy forces. They are not terrorists. They are our Black sons. And I beg you America to stop killing them in their own backyards, in the streets outside of nightclubs, on the phone talking to their girlfriend, and a few blocks from convenience stores from which they may or may not have stolen cigars. They do not deserve to die for such trivial incidents. Stop it.
Stop killing our Black sons.

They are the babies whom we carried in our wombs for nine months and birthed them into a world we thought was filled with hopes and dreams, and promises of a better future, and a better life.
Stop killing our Black sons.

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