A lot has happened over the last few weeks/months that have caused an uproar in the U.S. I could go in on a myriad of topics as to why, but I’ll just leave you with this video from writer/activist Kimberly Jones.
Those ignorant of history are bound to repeat it. So let’s learn why things are the way they are, why people are reacting in the ways that they are, and let’s start dismantling and rebuilding the systems that fly against the ever-quoted ideals of the “land of the free”, where all men are created equal.
It is painfully apparent that there is a subculture of law enforcement whose actions and character resemble the 21st Century Edition of the Klu Klux Klan. Thanks to social media, the world is becoming aware of cases where police officers are assaulting and arresting black and brown individuals for little other reason than asserting their power, “failure to comply” or because “they fit the description”. Meanwhile, there are citizens that support this bigotry through ignorance, bitterness, and/or blatant hatred. … New Klux Klan
Yvette Smith called the police with the hope that they could “serve and protect” her from a dispute between two men that she felt was getting out of hand. Yet, within two seconds of her opening the door to the officers answering the call, the unarmed mother is shot and killed by one of them.
The officers say she was armed and ignored their commands. These claims were corroborated by their supervising officer. Yet, dash-cam footage disproved them all.
It would be easy to call “racism” in this case, as the victim was black and the officer is white. However, as we saw with the Zachary Hammond case, there is a larger issue at hand: the overall lack of accountability in police departments that allow officers to avoid the consequences of their actions. … Who Is Policing The Police?
Here we go again. It never surprises me, and yet it always hurts.
Freddie Gray died by the hands of law enforcement. It hasn’t been revealed why he was even arrested, but we do that he was taken into police custody and within hours suffered spinal injuries that would turn fatal. … Freddie Gray: Different Name, Same Narrative
He was 18.
He was unarmed.
He was with his mother and girlfriend when he was shot @ 11:30pm on December 23, 2014 by police.
He was shot for fitting the description of a suspect.
He was alive for 30 mins after he was shot.
Police left his body there for 2 hours. … What happened to Antonio Martin?