In the height of all our black men being killed by cops – a song that addresses these issue that has haunted our communities for centuries.
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.”
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.
In the height of so many unarmed young black men being murdered by police officers, I think it’s only right to play one of my fav hip hop artists chrisxness who recorded this song when Trayvon Martin was murdered.
It is an ugly truth that this country was built on racism and is still one of the major forces in law | politics | everyday life for so many. But we have a black President they say, this does not change anything. In order to fall in line w| the powers at be, you have to be a sell out – point blank period.
I just hope for all the black voices and names to be heard at the highest level we find capable for our own. The hatred human’s hold against each other will never cease, we see it across the globe. Let those who lived a righteous life – and what I mean by that is – those who were good to others and felt no need to hurt, kill, abuse (ect…) be given eternal life beyond what is seen by our human eyes.
My heart hurts for those killed and their families, for those who do not deserve to be treated as if they feel no pain.
George Zimmerman was taken into custody in Florida Monday following a panicked 911 call from his wife, Shellie, who told a dispatcher Zimmerman had assaulted her father and made threats with a gun.
Shellie Zimmerman: “He’s in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun and he keeps saying, ‘step closer.’ He’s just threatening all of us with his firearm.”
Dispatcher: “Step closer and what?”
Shellie Zimmerman: “And he’s going to shoot us.”
Shellie Zimmerman: “He punched my dad in the nose; he has a mark on his face. I saw his glasses were on the floor. He accosted my father and then took my iPad and smashed it and cut it with a pocketknife. I don’t know what he is capable of. I’m really scared.”
Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce last week. Police said she later denied seeing a firearm and opted not to press charges. The incident comes less than two months after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the fatal shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin last year.
We as a people, my black brothas and sistas that is, cannot rely on a system that was not built for us. We must make this so-called justice system work for us. Corrupt system ran by white devil’s who I hope to see their own judgment day after last breath is taken… The almighty God sure does make things to be one sided… This is the naked ugly truth about this country and lands beyond. Black lives mean nothing in the face of the white man & his tamed woman.
We must make a change!!!
July 20th, 2013 12:00 PM
Federal Court Buildings
“Justice for Trayvon” National Day of Action Vigils in 100 Cities outside of Federal Court Buildings Saturday, July 20th – 12 Noon
The vigils, taking place in 100 cities, will be a call to action pushing for federal charges against George Zimmerman leading up to the Saturday, August 24 March on Washington.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 877-626-4651
In the midst of the George Zimmerman case for the killing of Trayvon Martin, I being a Black Woman can’t help but feel a great amount of fury. If the circumstances were turned and Trayvon had been a white boy, there would be no pause in the prosecution.
Some think we are living in a post-racist society, the truth is racism, sexism and classism still fuels this country. We must never forget, the United States was created on the terrorism by white men against the natives, they stole, killed and raped the natives of their land and people.
Then we were brought here to work as slaves, our women to be raped and used as birthing vessels. To build this country we are so deprived of…
As long as man practices hate, greediness and counter intuitive laws, this country will never be right. The ellusion of a justice system for all is blinding to those miscued.
The second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman for killing unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin has opened in Florida. During opening statements Monday, attorneys on each side cast conflicting views of Zimmerman’s motives on the night of the shooting last February. Prosecutor John Guy said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, had profiled the 17 year-old as suspicious and chose to assume the role of a police officer and follow him. He quoted Zimmerman’s own expletive-laced words to a dispatcher.
John Guy: “Good Morning. ‘F—ing punks. These a—holes always get away.’ Those were the words in that grown man’s mouth as he followed, in the dark, a 17-year-old boy who he didn’t know. Excuse my language, but those were his words, not mine.”
These were prosecutor John Guy’s concluding remarks at the end of his opening statement Monday.
John Guy: “We are confident that at the end of this trial you will know in your head, in your heart and your stomach that George Zimmerman did not shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to. He shot him for the worst of all reasons: because he wanted to.”
Defense lawyer Don West argued that Zimmerman killed Martin because he feared for his life after the teenager smashed Zimmerman’s head on the sidewalk, which he suggested constituted a deadly weapon. West told a knock-knock joke toward the beginning of his remarks, a move for which he later apologized.
Don West: “Knock, knock, who’s there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? All right good, you’re on the jury. Nothing? (audience laughs) That’s funny.”