Speak up now before it’s too late. Who will be left to speak up for you? #Think #Speak #BeTheChange #EngageTheEnraged
I hope all of the people that were bucking hard for #BlueLivesMatter come to the defense of DC police officer, Robert Parker. A black man walking, wearing a hoodie and jeans. Flashback to Trayvon Martin. Since he matched the description of a suspect, he was slammed to the ground. Parker said even though he did not resist arrest and announced that he was a police officer, he was punched and brutalized. #BlackManWalking
Thank God he didn’t have some tea and Skittles, or Parker would have been another murder. Instead, Parker is just the latest victim of police brutality. Another victim of the systematic bias in policing. Another hashtag. If the people that say Blue Lives Matter do not support their brother in blue, then it is apparent what this movement really stands for. Until then… #BlackLivesMatter #RobertParker
You can read more about Officer Robert Parker’s brutal ordeal at FOX 5 DC.
I am constantly amazed about the police shootings that occur throughout this country–black, brown, yellow, green, orange, purple, and white. Every time, I think I have seen it all, another hashtag is created, and I am left sitting here shaking my head. My heart heavy. My soul just a bit more empty. Wondering what more can I say. Thinking how much more can I give. Saying what else can I do. Then, I stop my pity party and remember this is not about me. It’s about us, our community, and our next generations.
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Can somebody please tell me, what does a “bad dude” look like? In the video below, one of the helicopter police officer (yet to be identified) can obviously tell from way up in the clouds that Terence Crutcher is a bad dude. Really??? Get the heck out of here with the stupid ish. Was it because Mr. Crutcher was black? Was it because Mr. Crutcher was big? Was it because Mr. Crutcher was a man? Or was it the perfect trifecta, Mr. Crutcher was big, black man. If that is not some classic stereotypical profiling, I don’t know what is. I wish the bad officers out there would let me know what a bad dude is so that I can give a heads up to my brothers, my cousins, my father, my uncles, my nephews, and my godson. Better yet, let me know what a bad one, bad girl, etc. looks like so I know how to protect myself.
So now I know that I cannot:
- Have my car stall on the road #TerenceCrutcher
- Ask why I was pulled over #SandraBland
- Reach for my identification #PhilandoCastile
- Try to reach for a child in my house #AiyanaStanleyJones
- Be the victim of a botched raid #KathrynJohnston
- Walk to get some tea and Skittles #TrayvonMartin
- Leave from a party #RekiaBoyd
- Do my job #CharlesKinsey
- Worship in church #CharlestonNine
The list can go on and on. Did all of the people look bad? No. Were they all bad? No. So somebody please tell me. What does a bad dude look like?
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”—Nelson Mandela
This was an interesting post about the recent events, racial movements such as Black Lives Matter, and equality. I would love to hear your thoughts.
I’ve been having a hard time with the recent Dallas shooting of 12 police officers, almost entirely because the progressive people who I have on my Facebook friends list, who make a point of acknowledging that the terrorists attacks in Turkey or Sudan are just as worthy of sympathy as the ones in France or Belgium, are noticeably silent about it. My guess is because they interpret Martin Luther King’s quote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” as applicable only to the dominant group. Of course, there are far more victims of police shootings than officers being shot, but when violence is carried out in the name of a progressive movement, and to be clear that is exactly what happened, then a good, hard look is required.
Read the entire article at The Success of Malcolm: The Death of a Dream
- Enslave them for 245 years
- Rape their women and breed their men while enslaved
- Use them as free labor to create the world’s wealthiest and most powerful nation
- Set them “free” with no money or education and no means of protecting themselves from the lynch mob that we will send later (see #5)
- Use Jim Crow and its associated systems to keep them from acquiring property or accessing the American dream, lynching them when they assert themselves
- Burn down the communities they build for themselves
- Since redlining and community burning bars them from using property ownership to access the American dream, pile them into ghettos
- Make sure you blame them regularly along the way for the conditions you created for them (this is very important – it makes you feel better about their condition and could keep them confused about the historic truth as well.)
- Give them inferior schools with hand-me-down facilities, books and supplies
- Disproportionately label them as Special Ed so they can’t use education as a social or economic lift (we certainly don’t want them ever going to law school or becoming judges and infiltrating the criminal “justice” system to any significant degree!)
- Start their criminal record early using disproportionate numbers of discipline referrals creating the school to prison pipeline
- Write laws that disproportionately incarcerate them – especially their men, so that the family unit is severely compromised, and children are left fatherless
- Keep them off juries so that we can keep this whole incarceration thing going – our retired grandparents will throw the book at them!
- Maintain a steady flow of propaganda that makes the uneducated among us constantly afraid that their men want to rape our daughters and that they are all violent and lazy BUT that they simultaneously want our jobs (don’t worry about the apparent contradiction here – fear always short-circuits rationality)
- Gentrify the gifted among them and convince them they’re “not like the other Blacks”, thereby continuing the Willie Lynch divisions among them.
- Use racial profiling police tactics to invoke and perpetuate a general fear among them, and at regular intervals, kill one of them in cold blood during these unlawful encounters. Don’t worry – the criminal “justice” system will take care of you.
- And if all else fails, label the “WOKE” ones among them that get a clue about this handbook and make any noise about it – label them as race baiters and spewers of hate. That will distract everyone from the truth, muzzle them, and dissuade any White sympathizers from speaking up.
- Above all, hold on to the reigns of power, privilege and prestige at all costs – poor, frightened Whites will be your best resource followed closely by others who take refuge in the lie that we live in a “post racial America” (over our dead bodies!)
Her Own Beat appreciates this thought-provoking piece by Bishop Paul A. Hardin. You can find Bishop Hardin serving at his church, Dominion Church International, and throughout the Houston, TX community.
This is one of the most powerful videos that I have seen in a while. Ohio police officer, Nakia Jones, speaks out against the death of Alton Sterling, racist police officers, and to our community. I know that there are many good police officers, and I try my best to show their stories too. I pray for her wellness and safety on her job, at home, and throughout her community.
Unfortunately, Facebook has already pulled the live video of Philando Castile’s murder. While many people are still raw and emotional over the death of Alton Sterling, we now have to process the death of Philando Castile. Our men are more than hashtags. They were men with families. Both MURDERED in front of their children by people who have pledged to protect us.
I pray that all people will unite together like they did for Harambe. I cannot understand how a gorilla receives more love than a person. Although Alton and Philando were treated no better than a wild animal, let us remember them as fine Black men taken from their communities. Stolen from their families. Their full potential never realized.
Let us never become complacent. Let this never become the norm. Each day, fight for your community so that we will live in a nation where hashtags like #AltonSterling, #PhilandoCastile, and #BlackLivesMatter are no longer necessary.
Read the article for more information at CBS Minnesota.
People want to sign petitions against Jesse Williams for speaking the truth. Fans of Lecrae threaten to stop listening for posting the truth. Politicians threaten to walk away and not support a single bill because President Obama wants to uplift communities and speak their truth. Facebook shuts down pages because they write the truth. Well hear this truth…
Our people are continuing to be brutalized and killed by the police on a daily basis. For each Alton Sterling, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Alexia Christian, Michael Brown, Rekia Boyd, there are many others that you never hear about. People killed while handcuffed in police cruisers, people sitting in their homes, people having mental health issues, and kids playing with their toys. Many are captured on tape, but many Americans still do not believe that police brutality is a systemic problem. When will people wake up???