We Are More Than Hashtags: Death of Sterling and Castile 

  Black men are dying. Black men are dying at such an alarming rate it’s downright scary. They were our brothers, uncles, fathers and husbands. Now they are reduced to nothing but a mere hashtag. 

What has our country become when black men can’t even live without being in constant fear of their lives. Wives, mothers and sisters living in fear if they will return home at the end of the day. 

 

 
Simply selling CDs or exercising your right to bare arms is reason enough to kill?!? (Alton Sterling)

I think not! 

No one bats an eye until the murder of police officers are in question. Although the lives of innocent people is a devastation in an of itself. But just like police officers lives matters so does black lives. 

We are not saying other lives don’t matter but we need to get the same amount of sympathy for our slain black men just like those slain officers. 

Something needs to be done. But destroying innocent civilians isn’t the answer. We need love not hate. 

We need to come together and fight injustices. But until the ones with all the power and wealth change the way they think nothing will ever change in this crazy world. 

The girlfriend of Philando Castile live streams her boyfriend’s murder. Please be careful everyone you are worth more.  Don’t become the next hashtag. 

You Better Call Becky With The Good Hair, Boy Bye!

  Queen Bey has been having women putting down there tea and sipping on there Lemonade. 

The Lemonade album is making history because it is like no other album that has been done. It’s a visual production that expresses pain, agony and marital woes. 

  Recently, the Beehive has taken to social media to attack who they feel is ‘Becky with the good hair’. Rumored to be Rachel Roy, the      ex-wife of former Rocafella president Dame Dash. 

Many feel like the album was a marketing ploy concocted by both Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z. The album was first promoted after the HBO special on his streaming service Tidal. 

  Honestly, the album openly discusses their “marital troubles.” Why would such a talented power couple put their personal lives on blast? To entertain you of course. Simply because she knows the power of her brand and believes people will eat it up. 

I will commend Mrs. Carter for standing up for Black Lives Matter. I’m glad she’s using her fan base to uplift women and take pride in our black men. Now as far as, the theory that she was honestly cheated on. Ummm, I’m not too sure about that. Why don’t you take a look for yourself? 

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Beyoncé, Coldplay and Bruno Mars Make Statement at Half time Super Bowl Show

 Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Coldplay all performed during Sunday’s Super Bowl Halftime show. 

 These artists have the platform to make such a profound statement about topics affecting the world. The Black Lives Matter movement and the LGBT Community were represented that evening. 

Tamir, Sandra, Freddie, How Many More Do We Have To Lose?

Black-Men-Killed-By-PoliceYear after year an unforeseen tragedy happens in the black community that results in an uproar. The slain killing of an African American. Within these past couple years we have lost almost a dozen citizens due to police brutality. There are so many murders but yet these officers go without any punishment. It’s almost as if the justice system is sending out a message that it is okay to murder black men and women and get away with it. The killing of the nine individuals at the South Carolina church was hushed under the rug while the murderer can go on with his life as long as he pleads “insanity.” That in of itself is insane. Members of the “Black Lives Matter,” movement being murdered just for protesting their  rights to be seen as an equal human being in the world.

Tamir Rice, a young teen shot dead after seen playing with a toy gun, Sandra Bland murdered for what, we still don’t know. Freddie Gray, shot down just like Mike Brown, Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, and countless others. I don’t know what has to happen in this world before racism and violence ends. Gone, are the days when our children could play outside without fear of being killed. Everyday innocent men and women lives are being stolen away from them. Unsolved mysteries the media fails to uncover the truth about. No one will ever know what happen to young teen Kendrick Johnson who’s body was found rolled up in gym mats then later stuffed with newspapers. Somebody knows, no one is seeking to tell the truth.  NO one cares about the black community. It is far time that the black community come together to hold each other accountable. We must do something. We need to support each other. I pray that one day we can live in a world where gun violence and racism isn’t so rampant in our society. Where we don’t judge other cultures based over old stereotypes but we realize we are all one.  That we are all running one race; The Human Race.

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Do Black Lives Matter Anymore?

Recently, the nation united for the Justice or Else, Million Man March in Washington, D.C., to discuss racial injustices within our society for all of the police brutality that has taken place with our men and women. This was such a historical event but yet it failed to receive nationwide television coverage. Especially, from major predominantly African American television stations.

So this lives me to wonder if black lives important? Do we matter in this world?

I have created a poem that honors our lost ones in society due to injustices.

It is entitled Do Black Lives Matter Anymore?

 

#SayHerName- Bringing To Light The Police Brutality Against Black Women

By  Payton Pruitt

CGSZTzSWQAAJUDjOn May 21, 2015 multiple protesters gathered together in seventeen different locations nationwide to protest the acts of police brutality against black women that had occurred in recent years. This action was done with work from the groups of BlackOUT Collective, and Black Lives Matter. Using the ever progressive approach of social media by spreading #SayHerName, as well as bearing their breasts and using body paint to send messages of their own, these groups brought attention to many of the women that had suffered at the hands of police brutality that had been overlooked by mainstream media, as well as protesting body shaming of black women, infant mortality, and the stigma of female masculinity.

Many of the names that were shown and spread in this protest were names such as Michelle Cusseaux, a 50 year old woman who was shot to death in what was supposed to be a trip to a mental facility in 2014; Rekia Boyd, a 22 year old woman shot to death by police in an alleyway in April of 2015; Yuvette Henderson, a 38 year old woman who was also shot to death by police in February of 2015; Yazmin Payne, a 33 year old trans woman who was stabbed to death by her boyfriend in February of 2015; and Aiyana Jones, a 7 year old girl who was shot to death by police in a raid in 2010.

This protest was nationwide to show support for the families who had lost their loved ones and to remind the media of the violence that had been taken against these black women in recent years that had been overlooked or pushed aside. The protest took place during the National Day of Action, as made by the Black Lives Matter group.

The protest was called in response to a report called “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality against Black Women” that was released by the African American Policy Forum and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies by Columbia University. Dr. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Director of the African American Policy Forum and co-author of the report wanted to publish the names of the women who have suffered at the hands of police in recent years and show what they have experienced in the same ways as their male counterparts, and ways that they have also not experienced.

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What we know less about is how black women have experienced police brutality.” Crenshaw explained in an interview with Democracy Now! “And all during this time that we have been marching around police brutality there have been a steady number of women who have also been killed and we haven’t really known their names, we haven’t really understood their circumstances. So the report was basically an effort to literally lift up the names of people like Michelle Cusseaux, Rekia Boyd to recognize that black women experience police brutality in many of the same ways that black men do, and also in some ways that are different.”

She goes on to explain in the interview that while black men are killed more often than black women, it is important to understand that the stories of police brutality extend to women as well and that their names and experiences need to be added into consideration when making the demands to help stop police brutality against people of color.

The collective protesters got their wish, as their acts went viral across social media such as Twitter and Tumblr. BlackOUT gave near constant updates and tweets to their followers to show how the protest was progressing, mainly in San Francisco where their Oakland, California branch had blocked off the San Francisco financial district where women bared their breasts and wrote their own messages of protest against society and its racial bias against black women’s bodies, saying that they are not commodities and are not lesser for the color of their skin. They protested the shaming of darker skin and natural hair in modern beauty media, saying that there are women who struggle with their appearance because they are taught that white women are gorgeous.

With protests such as #SayHerName coming alongside the Ferguson and Boston riots, and the newly received information and attention about police brutality against the black community, it is clear that this generation is the generation of fighting for human rights. People are stepping forward to speak about the abuse of power that is held by white men over those of color, calling them out on their racism and wanting justice for the innocent lives that were lost. It seems that a human rights revolution is on the horizon for the new generation, and will hopefully succeed in turning the world on its head and bringing about true race equality in all aspects of life.

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Black Lives Matter: Walter Scott Gunned Down by Police

walter scottBy Chris Rivera

 

On Saturday April 4, an unarmed Walter Lamer Scott, 50, was shot eight times in the back by Patrolman Michael Slager during a routine traffic stop in North Charleston, S.C. It has been reported by the Associated Press that Walter Scott owed at least $7,500 in child support, but there was no warrant for his arrest.

It was during this traffic stop that Scott decided to jump out of his car and flee. Not knowing that moments later he would be murdered. Officer Slager would argue that he feared for his life because Walter Scott had taken his taser and he shot Scott during the struggle over his weapon. The statement that the police released would also support Slager’s story.

In a video from Michael Slager’s dash cam he could be heard asking a senior officer, “What happens next?”

The senior officer replies by saying, “Once they get here, it’ll be real quick. They’re gonna tell you, you’re gonna be off for a couple days and we’ll come back and interview you then. They’re not gonna ask you any type of questions right now. They’re gonna take your weapon,” the officer says. “It’d probably be a good idea to jot down your thoughts about whatever happened … once the adrenaline stops pumping.”

Slager responds, “It’s pumping,” and then laughs.

If it wasn’t for a video taken by a bystander, Feidin Santana, that caught the incident on his phone, Slager’s statement would have been the official story. The video starts in the middle of confrontation and Walter Scott is seeing running away from Michael Slager. It is during confrontation that an object, may be a taser but not certain, falls behind the two men, and Officer Slager takes out his gun and begins to fire eight rounds from his service revolver. Scott was hit four times in the back and once in the ear.

The officer then walks towards Scott and yells, “Put your hand behind your back.” He then begins to handcuff him. After he handcuffs Scott, Slager is seen walking back to where the object fell, he picks it up and walks back to where Scott is and drops it.

During the Tennessee V. Garner case, in 1985, the Supreme Court found that the “police can’t employ deadly force on a suspect who is running away.” The case involved a 15 year old Edward Garner, who broke into a house where he stole a purse with $10 in it. The police officer shot the child in the back of the head so he wouldn’t escape. It takes three days for Michael Slager to be fired and arrested for the murder of Walter Scott. If it wasn’t for the gruesome video that surfaced it may have taken longer, or may not have happened at all.

Black Lives Matter-Police Brutality In America

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On Monday, November 24, 2014, the world awaited the outcome of a grand jury hearing on the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot down by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson. The verdict of this hearing, which was held to determine whether Wilson would be indicted for the shooting, was that Wilson would not be prosecuted. It could not have come at a worse time.

The people in the town of Ferguson are crying out in pain and anger because yet another unarmed black male was shot down due to a racial injustice. The pain may never go away but the memory will forever go on.

It is a sad state in America when men and women cannot walk down the streets anymore without fear of being harassed by a cop who has yet again abused his power and authority. The ones truly affected by this travesty are the parents of Michael Brown. They have to live every day without their son.

This is not just a racial issue, but a humanitarian issue. Until society comes together as one we will continue to have these injustices. We have to get past the pain and unite together, but rioting and looting will not change how we are viewed in this world. We cannot burn down our towns and businesses to eradicate the unfairness we’ve faced.

It is true, Darren Wilson not being indicted was not fair, but what has happened in Ferguson will not change anything. This shows us at an all-time low. It shows ignorance and calamity in the black community. This is not the way to remember our fallen victims.

We need to band together and rationalize how we can come together as people. We need to educate ourselves and run our own businesses, and create our own police force if the ones sent to protect us are doing us more harm than good. The moment mothers and fathers worry about sending their children off to school or to the store and wonder if they will come back home, we know there is something seriously wrong in the justice system and in America, period.

Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Emmett Till, Oscar Grant and countless others will never be forgotten; but until we come together to try and change our justice system which has failed, things will stay the same. We must learn to become the change that we want.

Although it appears that black lives are not a matter of importance in America, we must learn to love and value ourselves and want to do better in this world. We need to know that we are important, we matter and we can make things happen in our society

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