“Song for a Dark Girl” – Leyla McCalla

In dedication to Mike Brown of Ferguson, MO

Today’s racial tension in the United States shows that we have not broken the deep rooted bigoted society which feeds oppression and violence against Black and Brown people.

BLACKLIVESMATTER

The Root is Racism in America: Ferguson Activist Speaks Out of Police Abuses After Meeting Obama –

One week after the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case, President Obama has given his first major policy response to the protests from Ferguson and beyond over racial profiling and police brutality. At a meeting with activists and officials from around the country, Obama unveiled a process to address what he called “simmering distrust.” The administration’s response comes as protests continue nationwide over the non-indictment of former officer Darren Wilson over killing Brown. On Monday, demonstrators walked out of workplaces and classrooms in some 30 cities with their hands raised, the symbol of Brown’s death and the movement that has emerged since. As the “Hands Up Walk Out” took place, some of the movement’s key leaders were not out in the streets but inside the White House. Obama’s guests included seven young activists who have helped organize the protests in Ferguson and in other communities of color. DemocracyNow was joined by one of those activists: Ashley Yates, an activist, poet and artist who is co-creator of Millennial Activists United. “While that is a step towards ending this real problem,” Yates says of Obama’s reforms, “the real root of it has to be addressed. And the real root of it is racism in America, the anti-black sentiments that exist. Until we begin to address that, we really can’t have any real change — all we have are these small steps towards justice. We need leaps and bounds.”

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/2/the_root_is_racism_in_america

Police officers, security guards, or self-appointed vigilantes extrajudicially killed at least 313 African-Americans in 2012, according to a recent study https://mxgm.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Operation-Ghetto-Storm.pdf

This means a black person was killed by a security officer every 28 hours. The report notes that it’s possible that the real number could be much higher.

They | the government | racist people mission to demonize Black People in order to justify in their own minds mass arrests, prison sentences, brutality & murder of my people. The United States is being seen in its true colors, the ugly roots – racism | bigotry | hate.

They’re killing our brothers & sisters, all in the name of so-called justice & law. Seems our black president is publicly acknowledging the state of emergency we’ve been in just a little late – $263 million requested by our president for police cameras. The program, which would need congressional approval, would offer a total of $75 million over three years to match state funding for the cameras by 50 percent, helping to pay for more than 50,000 of the devices.

The announcement came as Obama held a series of meetings with law enforcement personnel, civil rights leaders and Cabinet officials to discuss possible reforms to ease mistrust towards police, particularly in minority communities.

“This is not a problem just of Ferguson, Missouri. This is a national problem,” Obama said.

We’ll see if there are any significant changes in this system which has only known to serve oppression and little hope for centuries.

ACLU Petition Against Police Brutality|Killings

act14-nottheenemy-500x280-rel1With enough widespread public pressure, we can push our leaders to implement effective structural changes and transform policing across the country. It’s about time.

The Department of Justice (DOJ):

1.  Release the Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies including updates that would:

  • Make the Guidance enforceable
  • Apply the Guidance to state and local law enforcement who work in partnership with the federal government or receive federal funding
  • Close the loophole for the border and national security
  • Cover surveillance activities
  • Prohibit profiling based on religion, national origin, and sexual orientation

2.  Require racial bias training against the use of force for state and local law enforcement that receive grants

Sign the petition at: https://www.aclu.org/secure/DOJ-racial-profiling?ms=web_141124_racialjustice_taf

Q-Tip Leads Ferguson Protesters in Times Square

Q-Tip was vocal on his discontent with the grand jury’s decision stating on his Twitter:

No value for black life. But they extrapolate our magic, sweat, our voice our fire… And leave us stripped of our right to exist.

#blacklivesmatter

Also, seen out protesting and taking to social media was Macklemore.

http://www.vibe.com/article/q-tip-macklemore-ferguson-protests