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Real Talk: The News Report We Would Have Read

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Very clever. Huffington Post article that is written as if there were no video evidence of the South Carolina man, Walter Scott, being killed by an officer. How many times have we read this type of article? Thank you to the authors, Ryan Grim and Nick Wing.

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Mother to Son

First published in 1922, it seems apropos for today…the regrettable conversations many mothers must have with sons about the police, debates about My Brother’s Keeper programming…

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
Bare.
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landins,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

-Langston Hughes

 

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WE Can’t Breathe

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Georgetown Hoyas make a statement.

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2014 in Civil Rights, Family, Politics, Race, Sports, violence, Youth

 

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100 Days

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency, activating the National Guard in anticipation of unrest in Ferguson. A grand jury decision is expected any day about whether Darren Wilson will be charged in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown last August. Nixon says that the National Guard will assist state and local police as needed… Protesters were out in force today despite the weather urging for an indictment.

Earlier today, I caught a clip of the Chief of Staff for the State Patrol speaking to Ferguson-area schools. He vowed that the police would not be confrontational and asked the same of the youth. I pray that’s true because I don’t think an indictment is coming. It makes me sick to my stomach, but history tells me that it won’t happen. Where do we go from there…

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Civil Rights, Politics, Race, Real Talk, violence, Youth

 

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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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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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