NBA to move 2017 All Star Game out of Charlotte; WNBA Players vow to defy league sanctions   Leave a comment

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The decision was announced a  few hours ago by the NBA: The 2017 All Star Game will NOT be in Charlotte next year due to North Carolina’s new anti-LGBTQ law. The timing for this announcement–during the Republican National Convention–is no coincidence. The NBA coould’ve decided to wait until next week during the Democratic National Convention or the week after to announce this but they chose now. The NBA is looking at Indiana or New Orleans to host the All Star game instead while Charlotte could host the All Star Game in 2019–Assuming North Carolina gets rid of its new anti-LGBTBQ law.

For those who haven’t been keeping up with the news, North Carlina’s new HB2 law specifically states all (Transgender) Persons must use the public bathrooms of the gender they were born with. This invasive bill doesn’t just effect those who identify as the gender opposite the one they were born with but those who are either Binary (don’t Identify as male or female) and children/teens who had gender reassignment surgery after birth due to ambiguous genitalia. These are the ones who will suffer the most under HB2. While most states are enacting pro-LGBTQ legislation, some are moving to enact laws similar to North Carolina’s. I would be very surprised if today’s announcement from the NBA isn’t mentioned at the RNC today or tomorrow.

Anyways intended or not, the NBA’s decision to pull out of Charlotte has ramifications that could effect both the Hornets remaining in the city of Charlotte at least in the short term. This also puts pressure on the NFL and the NHL teams that are also in North Carolina–The NFL’s Carolina Panthers and the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes–to chime in as well. I think the latter should be expected sooner or later. No question the NBA has at least discussed the possability of the team being temporarily relocated with the team’s owner, Michael Jordan. Yes, THAT Michael Jordan.

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And now, the other big basketball-related news of the day: As I mentioned before, WNBA players have started to wear the above T-Shirt or a black jumpshoot during their pregame warmup routines. They were wearing the colors to show their support for the recent protests on police-involved shootings and bring attention to the need for dialogue on the subject. Earlier this week, the WNBA fined the Phoenix Mercury, New York Liberty and the Indiana Fever were fined $5,000 each. In addition, individual players from the three teams as well as the Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks were also fined $500 each for wearing the black t-shirts.

In response to the fines, WNBA players have started a media blackout in defiance of the fines. They are refusing to talk to the media at all unless it is about the recent shootings until the WNBA reverses its decision to punish players for using their platform for speaking out. Carmello Anthony released a statement yesterday condemning the WNBA’s decision to fine its players and teams.

It is worth noting no such action has ever been taken against him, Lebron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade or any other NBA players for doing the same and more. The WNBA will be pressured to reverse the fines real quick given today’s big announcement fromt the NBA and they will. It’s just a matter of time.

 

…If anything interesting happens with either situation, I will update this post to reflect the new info.

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The Republican National Convention begins today   Leave a comment

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…Already, there is controversy over the anti-Trump delegates being blocked from efforts to prevent his nomination. I just watched the spectacle a short time ago. Clearly the pro-Trump faction is consolidating power by drowning out dissenting voices. We already knew there would be anti-Trump protests inside and outside the convention as well so…yeah. CNN is reporting Bush 43, the previous two Republican Presidential nominees and even Ohio Governor John Kasich will NOT be at the RNC. Many other establishment GOP members have also said they will not be attending the RNC in protest of Trump becoming the Republican nominee.

To say the Republican Party is a divided party goes without saying.

The Republican Party collapsed during Bush 43’s second term due to a variety of factors, the biggest being blue-collar Republicans learned for the first time what everyone else already knew: Reaganomics was the biggest, most broken lie they ever bought into. Trickle-Down Economics–the idea that as long as the rich are kept happy, maybe the wealth will flow down to the middle class and poor–paved the way for the Recession in the second half of Bush 43’s second term and calls for a party rebrand. To say the GOP’s credability and reliability were shot to hell would be an understatement.

For the 2008 election, the GOP chose Arizona Senator and Vietnam Vet John McCain as their Republican candidate. Joined by Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, the Republican platform was crushed by the Democrats’ choice: Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden. The fallout from 2008 election followed the GOP in the 8 years since then. The rise of the National Tea Party Movement–an extreme Right political group within the Republican Party–divided the Republican Party even further. This cost the GOP in 2012 when the Tea Party’s hand-picked candidate–former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney with Paul Ryan as his VP–failed to deliver on his promise to make Obama a 1-term president.

In the four years since then, the Republican Party has only become more fractured. Like most Democrats, many Republicans don’t like or trust Washington. Their insistence on being on the wrong side of history in regards to Civil Rights, Foreign Policy and National Security has led most to call the GOP “the party of hate”.

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…This brings us to the Republican Nominee, Donald Trump.

Him being a DEMOCRAT aside, let’s review how we reached this point. In 2013, Donald Trump was speaking at a public event and said was talking about something he’d like to do if he was president. The media picked it up and as usual, decided to coerce him into running in the 2016 election. Being a businessman and reality TV star, it wasn’t hard for Trump to convince himself he needed to run for president. Mind you, no one actually thought he had a chance of becoming the nominee, let alone as a REPUBLICAN candidate.

We all laughed at the very idea. Then he started saying all the things the Republican Party didn’t dare say publicly. “There’s no way he’s serious about getting elected.” we thought to ourselves. “He’s getting bad advice.” we thought. Perhaps to his own surprise, racists and biggots who felt the same came out of their parents’ basements and out of the woodwork to voice their support of him. Much to the shagrin of  the at one point 17 other Republican Candidates, Trump’s popularity within the party continued to rise until he was the last man standing.

For those wondering who is to “blame”, the media first for pushing him to run and the GOP second for taking him seriously. Alot of the hate towards Donald Trump because of the things he’s said is unncessary. As I have said before, he’s the red herring.  Everything he’s said and reiterated is to help his “opponent” get the White House: Hillary Clinton. The term I heard alot this time last year is “Coronation”. That is the correct phrase for what will happen in November but I’ll speak more about HRC next week during the DNC.

I’ll say what the whole country already knows: Donald Trump will NOT win in November. He’s not scripted to. The only ones who don’t know yet are Donald Trump and his supporters. Everyone else knows it. My hope is this will bring the GOP around to overturning Citizens United, the lobby that opened the door to the practice of putting a price tag on elected officials and seats. Elections are now decided by who has the better personality and who has the most money. No longer is it a matter of who can unite the country and is the best person for the job.

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All that said, the GOP’s focus since the 80s has been hate, violence, xenophobia, death, regulating women’s bodies, revenge and war. And they wonder why terrorists want to kill us. What’s sad is I know not all Republicans feel this way. I have friends who are Republican or formerly were Republican and while we disagree on a few things, we agree on alot more things. The Republican party was once a respectible Party. It’s said and hard to believe the same party once led by Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt–both Republican Presidents–is no longer recognizable.

While it is obvious a reset is in order for the party, the TRUE values of the Republican Party–advocating self-reliance, maintaining core American traditions, championing civil liberties and whistleblowing divisive policies–have been replaced with their exact opposites. it is a party that’s all about isolationism, intolerance, violating rights and advocating divisive policies. The Republican Party is once again trying to make the already disproven arguement State and Local politics supercede federal politics. They say it’s a matter of “giving power back to the people” when in fact it’s about consolidating power into the hands of a few people. True Republicans have been trying to get the party to return to its roots in recent years. Believe it or not, the Tea Party was a misguided effort in that regard.

To those who are Democrats, Independents and otherwise it is EXTREMELY important that you follow the discussions at the RNC. The Republican Party is a divided and broken party and thats exactly why it needs to be watched very closely. On that note, the Democratic Party has its own set of issues which I will get to next week.

Black Lives Matter calls for a nationwide protest   Leave a comment

I learned a few days ago Black Lives Matter called on Americans to join them in a nationwide protest of retail chains for 30 days. I’ve been broke since March so this won’t be a problem for me. The call was first put out via social media but I have been hearing from several people BLM is asking folks to not spread the word via social media. The reason for this is so neither the media or corporate interests can run interference. Out of respect for that concern, I speak not speak to half of why BLM asked for the 30-day boycott.

I WILL say that this does tie in with something I think I hinted at in two related posts before: People need to support local businesses. It’s no secret Wal-Mart devastates the local economies of the regions they open up in. I remember there being talk of Wal-Mart being very interested in opening a location in Boston’a Mattapan neighborhood about 14 years ago. The late Mayor Menino made it clear Wal-Mart was not welcome in Boston when he was in office. It may be a matter of time with the current mayor based on what I’ve seen so far though.

It’s especially important for folks who live in the suburbs and outlying neighborhoods of major cities to shop local. When a chain of any kind moves in, it takes money from a local equivalent. When I moved to Hyde Park a few years ago, I found a chain restaurant and a local restaurant that have a similar menu right across from each other. I always eat at the local one to support the local economy plus the food is REALLY good. The name of the Restaurant is River Grille. Feel free to Google it. When I’m looking to buy Manga, I go to Comicopia. It’s a small business located in Kenmore Square but it’s known nationwide since the business owner attends conventions in the area.

Prettymuch this isn’t that hard of a “request” if you already shop local. Just keep doing it ^_^

…At this time I drafted this, the Baton Rouge police killings hadn’t happened yet. I will talk about that in a separate post.

 

 

American Atheletes add their voices to the conversation on Equitable Policing [UPDATE 7-14-2016]   Leave a comment

Update 7-14-2016: I have added more info at the bottom regarding the Banana Boat Club’s speech at the beginning of the 2016 ESPYS.

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In their (Much) younger days Jim Brown (Cleveland Brown), Bill Russell (Boston Celtics) and Muhammad Ali (Boxing) as well as many others wrote the book on how African American atheletes and public figures should use their status to speak out against racial inequality. Over the weekend, NBA superstars Carmello Anthony and Dwyane Wade called on their fellow atheletes to add their voices to the conversation.

American atheletes of all shades did not hesitate to answer the call to action:

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Members of the Minnesota Lynx made headlines for wearing these shirts. The move rubbed four members of the police detail present the wrong way given the Dallas Shooting, leading the four officers to walk off the job. The funny thing is members of the New York Liberty did the same thing:

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…Credit goes to 3-time NBA Champion LeBron James (Cleveland Cavs) and Tennis Superstar Serene Williams (Tennis) for sounding the call when they spoke out after the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The old guard was probably wondering who and when the athletes who came after them would step in. The thirty years of silence are clearly over.

I’ll put it like this: As much as I respect the Black NBA and NFL superstars of the 80s and 90s, their decision to stay silent was exactly what the establishment wanted. To paraphrase a tweet I saw last week, they don’t have a problem with you until you start using your position to bring attention to and promote social justice and other issues that are rampant in America. While it’s a shame we had to wait nearly half a century for a new generation of athletes to step up, they’re speaking up at the right time.

Even WWE superstars have joined the conversation. Pictured above are Bubba Ray Dudley (Left) and Devon Dudley (Right). Known collectively as The Dudley Boyz, the two are the epitome of racial equality in Pro Wrestling.

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Many people take issue with the fact athletes, musicians/artists, actors, celebrities and other public figures–black, white and otherwise–use their status to talk about the social issues of the times. While it is true sports can be a shining example of the how great a diverse America can look like, that is all the more reason for athletes to use their voice, not stay silent. That should always be the norm, not the exception. When it isn’t, they should be challenged to do so.

…The door has been kicked wide open, hopefully not to be closed ever again. America and the rest of the world will be watching the Summer Olympics in Rio next month. Of those crazy enough to go to Brazil, I hope some of our athletes do speak about recent events during the Summer Games.

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From the Left: NBA Superstars Carmello Anthony (Knicks), Chris Paul (Clippers), Dwyane Wade (Bulls) and LeBron James (Caveliers).

Those who watched the 2016 ESPYS have likely seen the speech delivered by the above four NBA Superstars, who are also very good friends off the court. In case you missed it, here it is below:

 

 

…As I said at the top, athletes of color have a moral obligation to use their platform to bring attention to the issues of their time. Last night’s address from the four was the exclaimation point to what Jesse Williams said at the BET Awards a few weeks ago. While it was more of a plea to their fellow athletes, it was also their way of telling those who’ve wanted them to do it “we hear you.”

Dubbed The Banana Boat Club, the four NBA players–LBJ, CP3, ‘Mello and D-Wade–are known more for their work off the court in their respective communities. I hear those who say “It’s easy to say what they said when the cameras are watching.” Well, they are not Michael Jordan. Considered the greatest player of his generation, MJ kept to himself off the court during the career. He elected to focus on his business ventures instead of using his status for the benefit for others.

Speaking of His Airness: According to former NBA Player Stephon Marbury (now plays for the Chinese Basketball Association), his sneaker line–Jordans, Air Jordans, etc.–is directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of African American males during the 1990s. Not gonna lie, I avoided designer sneakers growing up because I didn’t want to get jumped or shot. Seriously, it was THAT dangerous: You could have your kicks taken right off your feet if you weren’t careful.

There was a saying I heard alot in middle school: “If there’s a fight in the hallway or after school between two black kids, you could be sure it’s because someone’s kicks were dissed.” I am not exaggerating when I say human lives meant nothing to folks as long as they got your Jordans. Mind you, Jordans weren’t cheap either: You had poor black folks putting themselves in debt and starving themselves just so they could buy a new pair of Jordans. It’s the same as getting the newest iPhone if you need something to compare it to but I won’t digress further.

Although they didn’t outright say it, The Banana Boat Club hinted athletes consider doing something Muhammad Ali, Spike Lee, Malcom X and Farrah Khan have all separately suggested in the past: Walk out and refuse to work. The sports and entertainment industries might be able to absorb a week of lost profit from just Lebron James, Mike Epps, Nia Long and Serena Williams refusing to do their thing. Two or more whole sports teams? The lead cast of Black-ish and Uncle Buck? They’ll be begging the athletes and actors to return to work after a month.

The Million Dollar question–both literally and figuratively–is who will be the first to do it? It doesn’t even have to be a well-known name. Just someone. I think something that drastic should be one of the steps that follow. Then the establishment will find quickly find out they’re not as powerful as they think they are.

 

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Breaking News: Bernie Sanders officially concedes to and endorses Hillary Clinton   Leave a comment

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…No doubt the army of Sanders supporters online have split in two: Many will follow him to the DNC and beyond but I suspect just and many who haven’t already will switch their support to Green Party candidate Jill Stein. More on this blockbuster decision could mean for Sanders’ supporters in a bit.

Clinton and Sanders appeared together at a rally in Portsmouth, NH this afternoon. After thanking his campaign team and supporters across the country, Sanders officially concded his White House bid to Hillary Clinton. In the next sentence, he endorsed her as the Democratic Nominee, pledging to help her win the White House moving forward. Based on his candor with his remarks after giving his endorsement, it’s obvious the two have spoken privately since Clinton clinched the democratic nomination two months ago. If he said he will support her, he certainly will. Speaking to their combined supporters in NH is an important first step in that regard.

I’ve been watching Sanders for a long time. He is not the kind of person who will lie for someone even for politics. To those who supported Hillary Clinton from the beginning, this is the nightmare scenario many Sanders supporters feared since May: Sanders conceding to Clinton and endorsing her platform. Many supporters will see his endorsement of Clinton as a betrayal of their trust. In my viewpoint, what Sanders said in his remarks after the endorsement is why he will always have my respect: The race for the White House isn’t about any one candidate. It’s about the people.

While Clinton alone probably could have lost to Trump, Sanders joining her team prettymuch ensures she wins the White House. He will move her further to the left while also bringing in Independent and Republican voters who were backing him. Those who choose to follow his lead, anyway. On that note, I think it’s very likely Sanders will either be named her Vice President or have a position in her cabinet. We will hopefully find out for sure at the Democratic National Convention next week.

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…Now I want to speak directly to outraged Sanders supporters who either watched the announcement or have since heard about it: As Sanders HIMSELF said today, this election is not about any one candidate. It’s about the American people. Weather you choose to continue to support Sanders from here on out or not, don’t you DARE say he betrayed anyone. He went as far as he could on his own. He waited until he was absolutely certain he would not get the nomination to make this decision. His and Clinton’s remarks today were mainly directed at Sanders’ supporters on that note.

Now, many of you have and will continue to make the arguement “He could have run as a third party candidate” long before today. I looked into it when he was thinking of running for president last year: Once you decide to run as a Democratic/Republican Candidate, you’re locked in until you  drop out or get the nomination. In Sanders’ case, the path he chose to follow made it impossible for him to run as a third party candidate. Today’s move ensures the momentum and democratic electoral support he gained is not lost to Trump or anther third party candidate. THAT was the danger the DNC was wary of as we are all aware.

The next question to be asked is “What does this mean for everyone who stood by Bernie to the end?” My personal opinion is for my fellow and presumably now former Sanders suporters to respect his judgement and remember that even though the odds were stacked against him from the beginning, he did not relent. His tenacity was not overlooked by the DNC and despite their best efforts, they failed to silence him. He moved Clinton’s platform back toward the left and strengthened her base just like Clinton did for Barack Obama 8 years ago.

On that note: The reactions to Sanders conceding is not that different from that of Clinton supporters 8 years ago. They were angry and bitter but they ultimately voted for the man she went on to endorse. They may not have liked the outcome but deep down, their respect for their candidate’s decision led to them voting for Obama in 2008. Now my Sanders supporters know what that felt like. This leads to his now former base to make one of three decisions: Continue to support him as he plans to support Clinton, try your luck with Jill Stein or don’t vote at all. The third “choice” is not a real option. That’s exactly what the GOP wants, for ex-Sanders supporters to stay home on Election Day.

Jill Stein’s supporters moved to siphon Sanders supporters and campaign employees as early as mid-April when the gap between Clinton and Sanders began to widen. Her supporters started to infiltrate pro-Sanders Facebook groups, urging his supporters to back Stein instead. My personal opinion on Jill Stein is she has no chance of winning in November. She’s clearly trying to run a counterfeit version of Sanders’ campaign and I can’t respect someone who is not only doing that but is riding on ex-Sanders supporters flocking to her en masse. Let’s not get it twisted, Sanders himself holds no “loyalty” to the Democratic Party. He’s simply backing the candidate who he knows he can work with. Let me reiterate, it was NEVER about him but the American people.

This brings me to supporting Sanders by supporting Hillary Clinton. I know the majority od my fellow progressives, if they’ve read this far are leaning towards one of the other two choices. That’s fine if you chose to do that. Me personally, I will continue to support Bernie Sanders. One of the things he said over and over against during his run was for fellow progressives to get involved in the democratic process. Mission accomplished from what I am hearing from friends all over the country. Young people are emerging to challenge establishment candidates for national, state and local elected seats across America. THAT was Sanders’ great hope and he accomplished it I dare say much faster than anticipated.

It’s on us to continue the mission. It is for this reason I have decided to continue to support Bernie Sanders and by extension, Hillary Clinton. He knows what he’s doing and I think he made a smart choice. The stakes are too high to leave to chance. We need make absolutely certain Trump does not win the White House in November. Listen to this: I visited a Transitional Assistence center yesterday to visit a friend who works there. While I was waiting to see him, there was a Trump supporter in the waiting room who started running his mouth. The young man was saying things like “everyone there is lazy” and “when Trump becomes president, places like this will be gone”.

A woman sitting next to the man man turned to him and asked him “Then why are you here?” to which he replied “This is only temporary”. The whole room erupted into laughter at that. Now, this young white man was clearly mentally ill. On my way out, one of the security guards said he observed the man muttering to himself on the way in. The irony about most Trump supporters is they are either mentally ill or racist. One or the other. The truth is Trump does not even represent true Republican values. Just the extreme aspects the GOP likes to keep private. Mind you, Trump himself is actually a Democrat, not a Republican but I will not digress further. LOL.

My point is this: The stakes are too high to leave to chance. I am unwilling to support Jill Stein for this reason. One thing about politics in America that seems to have been forgotten is compromise. Sanders and Clinton 8 years ago could’ve made it about them and refused to concede. All that would have done is ensured McCain then and Trump not get the White House. This is not a “picking the lesser of two evils” decision like too many of my fellow Sanders supporters have made it out to be for nearly a year. This is a “picking unity over division” decision as far as I’m concerned.

I made the conscientious decision to cut all ties with the Pro-Sanders Facebook groups two months ago because it was becoming more and more clear to me that the rhetoric was becoming too anti-Hillary for my liking. Am I happy with the way things turned out? No, but I respect Bernie Sanders for all the work he’s done up to now and will continue to do. I will also follow his lead and vote Democratic in November.

I’ll end with this: If you don’t want to support the candidate he’s backing, that’s fine but make sure you vote on Election Day anyway. Make your vote count for something. Don’t let your ego allow the Republicans to take the White House. That was our mistake as a country in 2000 and 2004: We assumed Gore would easily win in 2000 and didn’t do enough to support Kerry in 2004. The stakes are too high to leave 2016 to chance. We all know Trump, like Bush 43 will be a puppet president. We cannot allow that reality to happen for the third time in 16 years.

Black Lives Matter releases 10-Point Manifesto   Leave a comment

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I’m trying to find out when it was released but this list of reccommendations BLM wants implemented was released on social media sometime this morning. Go here to read the article that released this list. The actual list is below:
 
  1. End “broken windows” policing, which aggressively polices minor crimes in an attempt to stop larger ones.
  2. Use community oversight for misconduct rather than having the police department decide what consequences officers should face.
  3. Make standards for reporting police use of deadly force.
  4. Independently investigate and prosecute police misconduct.
  5. Have the racial makeup of police departments reflect the communities they serve.
  6. Require officers to wear body cameras.
  7. Provide more training for police officers.
  8. End for-profit policing practices.
  9. End the police use of military equipment.
  10. Implement police union contracts that hold officers accountable for misconduct.

 

…Most who’ve commented on BLM’s “demands” are those who don’t like the group. They have said they view the manifesto as fair points. Would it have helped to have released this three years ago? Yes though I can tell it was probably revised a few times. I will refer back to this blog post in future commentary on the subject. I hope the media picks it up but I will pass it on to FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting) just in case.

More voices voices must join the conversation on these National Demonstrations   Leave a comment

Truemaster Trimingham of Albany, left, and Melissa Fleck of Albany light candles as people gather in Dana Park to mourn the lives of five black and brown men killed by police this week on Friday, July 8, 2016 in Albany, N.Y. Also honored was the life of Goddess Diamond, the 14th Black trans woman killed this year. (Lori Van Buren / Times Union) Photo: Lori Van Buren / 20037276A

…Right.

I paused my self-imposed boycott of CNN last week to quickly get caught up on circumstances of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile at the hands of law enforcement. Thanks to the social media element, CNN has so far avoided straying for facts regarding how they died and more importantly, how they lived. I’m sure the tone will change once the results of the official investigations of their deaths are released but the video footage of what happened immediately after they were killed is impossible to ignore.

While I will always consider CNN along with Fox News and MSNBC to be part of the problem, they are treading lightly for now with how they frame protesters. I assume this picture has alot to do with that:

This is a picture of demonstrators who paid their headquarters in Atlanta a visit on Friday. Demonstrators were there to personally deliver a message to CNN: We’re watching you. Even though they briefly acknowleged their “uninvited guests” on the air, CNN never sent a team to meet with them from what I’ve been hearing. They know why they’re there so…yeah. Even though demonstrators were unable to speak to anyone inside, the message was clearly sent.

Alicia Clemente of Albany, 11, uses the microphone to speak to a crowd of people gathered in Dana Park to mourn the lives of five black and brown men killed by police this week on Friday, July 8, 2016 in Albany, N.Y. Also honored was the life of Goddess Diamond, the 14th Black trans woman killed this year. (Lori Van Buren / Times Union) Photo: Lori Van Buren / 20037276A

Efforts by racists and agitators on both sides to hijack the conversation need to be drowned out quickly. This picture and the first one at the top highlight an issue I think is much more important that the one they are there for: The right to protest and demonstrate. It is under attack and Corporate Media is leading the way in condoning a fundamental American right.

Look at the crowd in this picture and the first one. You see a mix of all races in this demonstration. CNN tried to call attention to Black Militant groups that have shifted their activities and propaganda online on Monday in a segment they ran. If you listen only to them, this picture shouldn’t exist.

Neither should this one:

People gather in Dana Park to mourn the lives of five black and brown men killed by police this week on Friday, July 8, 2016 in Albany, N.Y. Also honored was the life of Goddess Diamond, the 14th Black trans woman killed this year. (Lori Van Buren / Times Union) Photo: Lori Van Buren / 20037276A
You can clearly see the white guy openly holding the sign in the middle of this picture. This is a common theme at ALL the nationwide demonstrations on racism in Police Department. Rampant racism many cops have not only spoken out against but have been suspended or fired for trying to bring attention to it. The idea that “only black people” are at these demonstrations is a myth and a blatant lie. The idea that Black Lives Matter is a hate group is a lie. The idea that blacks “hate all cops” is a lie. The reverse of those last three statements is also true: The idea that “white people can’t understand the African American experience”, which former Republican Speaking of the House Newt Gingrich said this weekend is a lie. The idea that “most white cops are white supremacists: is a lie. The idea that “white cops go out of their way to kill black people” is a lie.

On that last one, I can think of four occaisions–all of them very personal–in which cops did not use deadly force to resolve a situation. I can’t spreak to three of them but the one I can and will has to do with when I was suffering from a psychotic episode around this time two years ago. In short, I was in mentally ill at the time and a threat to myself. I was also sitting in front of a police precinct and had a switchblade in my pocket. That could have ended VERY differently from how it actually did, especially given my state of mind at the time. I went from there straight to the hospital and the rest, as they say is history.

I shared that personal story to drive home the point BLM demonstrators are trying to make: Police need to change their approach in how they deal with African Americans compared to whites. Cops should also not feel threatened into silence when there is racism in their department. A black cop who spoke out against last week’s killings and condoned the actions of the officers involved via social media was suspended for doing so. That is a problem and while she knew it was probably going to happen, it shouldn’t have.

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THIS is what The Establishment, White Surpremacists, Fox News and former New York Mayor Rudy Gulianni want the ignorant to believe BLM is about: Causing chaos and meyhem. Why? Because they want to define what BLM is for the ignorant and BLM won’t let them. Unable to do that, they’ve turned to slander. Of couse, BLM has proven itself more than ready and willing to take that on: Repeated efforts by CNN to try to get BLM leaders to accept or deny responsability in the last week for bad elements using the protests as a cover to cause trouble have been blocked at every attempt the network’s made to do so. BLM has no need to take responsability for the actions of the fringe few, nor are they obligated to.

One of the common lies Corporate Media has been spewing since Ferguson is BLM only comes up when a black unarmed men who are killed makes the evening news. Not true. They organize and lead protests weather the cameras are watching or not. They’re using the same tactics and MLK when you really think about it.

I want to stresss again BLM leads peaceful protests. They are not “a disorganized mob” like some politicians are trying to frame them. They do not encourage violence against police. In fact, the REAL targets of their protests aren’t actually cops but lawmakers and policymakers. I have come to this conclusion after doing extensive research on several protests in recent years on my own. I like to draw my own conclusions.

Now let’s address the bad elements I referenced before:

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This is one of the most fascinating pictures I have EVER seen. CNN took it a step further and shot video of Black and White Supremicists who ran into each other and decided to march together on Monday. Corporate Media likes to focus on the bad elements because there’s money in that for them. It’s part of how they do business and that’s fine. The problem is because of this fixation, it takes away from the actual message demonstrators are trying to convey. Then they turn around and say BLM is disorganized.

Racists and rogue elements blending in with peaceful protesters is nothing new. That’s how the Dallas Shooter was able to do what he did last week and how the riots in Baltimore and Ferguson happened. Folks used the peaceful protests as a cover to cause chaos and destruction. Just like most blacks do not blame all cops for the actions of the corrupt few, BLM should not be held responsible for those who chose to cause harm or destruction. It’s that simple.

 

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Instead of looking for reasons to ignore the truth right in front of you, you should first be willing to admit to yourself you DON’T know what the movement is about. As this picture says, you don’t need to be black to add your voice to the conversation. If you are an educator or a former/retired educator, I feel you have a moral responsability to join what’s becoming a national conversation. If former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich can come out and say “Most whites can’t understand the African American experience”, that speaks volumes for everyone else in my book.

There is the much larger issue of black on black crimes of course. I have been given the assurance by BLM organizers I have spoken to that this is next on their list of things to target. Right now, the focus is on changing policies around how policing is done in this country. Not against cops but those who write the laws.

I’ll close with this: To reiterate a previous point, those who advocate the murder of cops are dillusional and misguided fools. They should also be investigated by the FBI as well. Killing cops does nothing but ensure the only change is they become even more militarized. The media was smart to drive home this point they overlooked. The Dallas Shooter said he rejected BLM and what they are about. His only interest was killing white cops and talking to people online who felt the same way.

BLM has the correct approach: The only way to force change is to take your voice to policy-makers and the public. Some lawmakers use the “excuse” BLM “doesn’t present any proposals that we can use”. They know how to write laws and were elected to do just that. They need to quit looking for excuses to not do their jobs.

 

 

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