Seeing Your Inner Beauty

For the entire week, I had been stuck in rush hour traffic so today I decided to go shopping. I grabbed a few things off the racks that I thought were pretty, made small conversation with the salesperson about retiring at 30 (a story for another time) then headed over to the fitting room. I … Continue reading Seeing Your Inner Beauty

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#Boycottforjustice

For the family of Eric Garner it must have felt like the day he was murdered all over again. The grand jury decided not to indict a police officer for the chokehold murder of a man despite the video evidence, the testimony of several witness and a confirmation of murder due to compression of the … Continue reading #Boycottforjustice

If It Wasn’t About Race Before, It Is Now

The Boeskool

Are they arresting a demonstrator? Or are the arresting a thug.... I guess that depends on who's doing the describing. (Photo by Joe Raedle/GETTY IMAGES) Are they arresting a demonstrator? Or are the arresting a thug…. I guess that depends on who’s doing the describing. (Photo by Joe Raedle/GETTY IMAGES)

Wow. Yesterday was rough. Monday night, after the Grand Jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson was announced, we watched as a couple of police cars and some stores burned, and we saw footage of looting…. though not surprisingly, there was almost no coverage of the members of the community and the protesters who stood guard outside of businesses in an attempt to protect them from looters and arsonists after it became clear the police were not going to. But the “News” channels are selling a product, and peaceful protesters and folks calling for calm and non-violence do not sell nearly as well as video of the same cop car on fire. Any way you look at what happened in Ferguson on Monday night, it was…

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A list of unarmed Blacks killed by police

I know that my parents who grew up in segregated Alabama never thought that they would have to worry about their children and grandchildren dealing with racism. It is 2014, why are Blacks still being hunted and shot down like animals by those who are sworn to uphold the “law” of the land.

Abagond

Police Shooting

Here is a list of unarmed Blacks killed by police in the US. It is extremely incomplete. A complete list for just 2005 to 2012 would have at least 760 killings. I have only 6% of those. This list is just the tip of the iceberg.

Those in bold are linked to posts of their own:

2014: Victor White III (Iberia Parish, LA)
2014: Dante Parker (San Bernardino County, CA)
2014: Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, CA)
2014: Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO)
2014: Tyree Woodson (Baltimore, MD)
2014: John Crawford III (Beavercreek, OH)
2014: Eric Garner (New York, NY)
2014: Yvette Smith (Bastrop, TX)
2014: Jordan Baker (Houston, TX)
2013: Barrington Williams (New York, NY)
2013: Carlos Alcis (New York, NY)
2013: Deion Fludd (New York, NY)
2013:Jonathan Ferrell (Bradfield Farms, NC)
2013: Kimani Gray (New York, NY)
2013: Kyam Livingstone (New York, NY)
2013: Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr…

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Racism Rears It’s Ugly Head 2014 Edition

Has anyone seen ABC’s newest show, “Black-ish”. Not sure who okayed this name, but it’s just one more example of American racism at its finest. I’m not a big TV watcher and happened to see this on a billboard on my way to work. I was driving rather quickly, so on first glance I thought it said Blackies. I was immediately angered but calmed down enough at work to look up the actual title. For me the actual title, Black-ish is just as bad as saying Blackie