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Man In the Mirror

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Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran LAPD cop, has a suggestion for victims of police violence searching for someone to blame: Look in the mirror.

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2014 in Civil Rights, violence, Youth

 

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Sad Irony

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One who created so much laughter could be in such pain.

Robin Williams
July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Fun, Health, Movies, Reflection

 

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RIP Michael Brown

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Details remain sketchy, but here’s what we know. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a police officer in St. Louis on Saturday afternoon. He was set to leave for college TODAY.

It has been reported that Michael and the officer struggled over a gun while in the police car. One shot was fired, then several more before the officer exited the vehicle. It is unclear why they wer in the car. The officer is on administrative leave and has not been identified. The city is tense; there has been rioting and looting.

I am so tired of this same story.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in Civil Rights, violence, women, Youth

 

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Art Imitates Life

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Netflix has hit paydirt with its wildly popular hit, Orange is the New Black. Based on the experience of Piper Kerman, the series chronicles the lives of women whom she encountered during her 15-month prison sentence.

I posted back when Kerman’s book (same title) first hit the shelves, then bestseller list. The memoir was on my to-do list, then fell off my radar. Then came the series. My significant other has fallen victim to all the Emmy nominee and promo hype for the show, chomping at the bit to watch. I made him promise to wait for me to watch with him AFTER I finished the book.

Eyebrows raised. “It was a book?”

Yes…

“And of course you read it.”

It sometimes seems that we have built revolving doors between our poorest communities and correctional facilities,  and created perverse financial incentives to keep those prisons full, at taxpayers’ expense. America has invested heavily in prisons,  while the public institutions that actually prevent crime and strengthen communities- schools,  hospitals, libraries, museums, community centers- go without.

Amen Piper.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2014 in Civil Rights, Family, Politics, Race, women

 

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The Washington Bears…Who Knew?

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Before baseball’s historic Nergo League and waaay before the NBA opened the opened the floor to African American players, here in the Nation’s Capital we had The Washington Bears.

Until last week, I’d never heard of them… Thanks WETA!

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2014 in Civil Rights, History, Race, Sports

 

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1-8-7

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New York’s Medical Examiner ruled Eric Gardner’s death – from an illegal chokehold – a homicide today. Let’s see if criminal charges follow.

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2014 in Civil Rights, violence

 

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