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How to change a system that wasn’t meant for us

The summer of 2016 was a wake-up call for many that justice for the African American community would be a long shot. And, it became pretty obvious from the police shootings that killed black men & women without any consequences. Though some may argue that justice was served, it is pretty clear that the consequences don’t equate the crime. A paid leave for a murder crime simply undermines the act, as well as the lives that were lost.

In order to understand the challenges that African-American’s experience, one has to picture themselves in our shoes.  And if they did, would they be content with a police officer killing one of their  unarmed family members? Let alone get away with it and still get paid?

Personally, I couldn’t imagine the pain and agony my family would have to go through if something were to happen to any of the men in my family due to police brutality. The victims’ families should not have to suffer because a system refuses to stand for our African American people. It affects many young men like me tremendously. We go around every day worried about being the next hashtag. The system was built to protect us, not shoot us.

It’s time for a change. I mean some real hands-on change. We have to do something and take a stand. There’s a quote that says, “Stand for something or fall for anything.” That is what we have been doing for so many years–just letting our race get dominated by another race. It’s even worse now because there are black men in positions being used as puppets about the crisis that is going on with our people.

If we look at history, and see what the civil rights leaders did in the 60s to bring change, we can do the same–if not even better. We are more powerful than we think! Coming together as one is the best thing we can do right now. But first, we need to start building ourselves to be economically independent, by delving into fields like law enforcement, entrepreneurship, criminal justice, etc., to be competitive and also to be able to take care and stand for our own. This will give us the power to alter and affect the economy more effectively in cases where justice is not served, like back in the day when the civil rights movement refused to utilize the buses and it affected the whole country financially.

Then, they decided it was time to change the laws. That is what we need to do for us to get their attention. The time is now, if we don’t start soon, we will continue to get oppressed and eventually get back to where we once were–and that is with no rights at all. If we were to do the same thing today, who knows what can happen, especially with the money we are generating as a black community.

We need real leaders to take initiative to make change and not be afraid of the backlash! Just like Martin Luther King, Tupac Shakur, and Malcolm X, three magnificent leaders who used their platform and died for a cause. Those guys were relentless in pursuing change in our world.

These are my thoughts as a young black man.

Black people, let’s rise!

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T.I. flips the script on police brutality in new song “War Zone”

In T.I.’s latest video, “War Zone,” he tackles head on the issue of police brutality and how race plays a huge factor in who is targeted, and who is not. The interesting thing about this video, is the unique perspective that it is captured from.  Instead of representing black people as the victims, it shows them  in a role of power, while white people are subjected to being targeted because of their skin tone.   It is a definite role reversal, from what we typically see covered by popular news site’s, and far from the reality of what most if not all black people experience on a consistent basis.

When you watch this video, I want you to take it for more than what it appears to be on the surface. From what I gather this is not a threat to white people, but it is a message saying “How would you feel if this happened to you constantly?”

In this video, T.I. reenacts the tragic fates of  Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and Philando Castile, with white men as the victims and black police officers as the aggressors to hopefully evoke a reaction of change for those who watch the video.

As the song comes to an end, listeners are able to hear a recording of the famous lecture hosted by Jane Elliott on the “Anti-Racism Experiment,” asking every white person in the room if they wanted to be treated like black person in our society, to stand up.

What are your thoughts on this video? What do you feel can be done to create affective change on this issue?

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#MovementArt Alexa Meade brings her painting to life in “Color of Reality” short film

When you think of famous artists, whom are the first to come to mind?

For me it is Pablo Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangleo, Vincent van Gogh, and more recently Jean- Michel Basquiat. Each of these artists create more than just “pretty pictures” for the culture, they create masterpieces that challenge the mind.

We live in a world that is fueled by innovation, and artistry is not exempt from that fact.  For years, we’ve gone to art galleries, museums, and even our friends’ rich parents’ house to witness some of these famous artworks in person. But, they have always for the most part had a similar feel.

(You know, nailed down to the wall, or incased in glass so that you can’t breathe, touch, or knock it over.)

Well, that was until now.

Alexa Meade is changing the art game, and we are here for it! Her claim to fame, is her unique ability to “optically transform the 3-dimensional world into a 2-dimensional painting.”

And, I’m telling y’all, it is cool as hell!

Her latest masterpiece, The Color of Reality, which was directed and choreographed by Jon Boogz, taps into the overwhelming racial issue of police brutality. After sitting on the couch being entranced by the back to back news coverage of police shootings of black people, Jon Boogz and Lil Buck act out their frustrations with the increasing violence that is haunting American society. 

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(Photo: tumblr.alexameade.com)

Check out the making of the video below, and tell me what you think!

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Michael Jordan breaks his silence in wake of recent police brutality incidents

As a TarHeel, this story makes me happy.

Basketball legend Michael Jordan has broke his silence on police brutality, and is offering his resources to help promote the much needed change that we all would like to see.

Michael will be donating $1 million dollars to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and $1 million dollars to the International Association of Chief’s of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations.

Here is his full statement on the matter via undefeated.com:

As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

“I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.

“Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family. I have the greatest respect for their sacrifice and service. I also recognize that for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine. I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change.

“To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The Institute for Community-Police Relations’ policy and oversight work is focused on building trust and promoting best practices in community policing. My donation to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s oldest civil rights law organization, will support its ongoing work in support of reforms that will build trust and respect between communities and law enforcement. Although I know these contributions alone are not enough to solve the problem, I hope the resources will help both organizations make a positive difference.

“We are privileged to live in the world’s greatest country – a country that has provided my family and me the greatest of opportunities. The problems we face didn’t happen overnight and they won’t be solved tomorrow, but if we all work together, we can foster greater understanding, positive change and create a more peaceful world for ourselves, our children, our families and our communities.”

 

What are your thoughts on this?

Xoxo

Malia

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#SayHerName: Black Women Face Police Brutality Too!

Trayvon Martin. Mike Brown. Eric Garner.  Tamir Rice. Freddie Gray.  and countless other African -American men who have gained the media’s attention, and those who haven’t, are the force behind the “Black Lives Matter” movement.  

For years, black voices have been silenced and overlooked when it came to the injustice experienced by the hands of police officers, but with the help of social media, and citizen journalists, the world is now able to see the brutality for themselves.

Recently, there has been a lot of coverage in the media on the black men who have been killed by police officers, which also inspired the Save Our Boys movement, but this coverage has overshadowed another group that has also been affected by police brutality.

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The #SayHerName movement brings awareness to all of the African-American women that have been killed by police officers. AAPF/ Mia Fermindoza

 

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#SayHerName is a campaign/movement  that works to promote and bring attention to African-American women who have been killed by police officers.  We talk about saving our black men all the time, but what about our women? Why isn’t it publicized that they experience injustice as well?

Rachel Gilmer, associate director of the African American Policy Forum, says the reason black women’s stories are excluded from the discussion is simple.

“Across the board, all the way up from the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative down to the grassroots movements that we’ve seen rise in this country in response to state violence, men and boys are seen as the primary target of racial injustice,” she says. “This has led to the idea that women and girls of color are not doing as bad, or that we’re not at risk at all.”

According to an article written by Yahoo News, African-American women are three times more likely to be imprisoned than Caucasian women, and young black girls are six times more likely to be suspended from school than white girls.  From an early age the deck is already stacked against black girls with the risk of poverty, sexual assault and incarceration, making them a target as well.

What are your thoughts on the #SayHerName movement? TalkToMe

 

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Race & Riots: The Baltimore Uprising

Where there is hopelessness, people will revolt- Tupac Shakur

 

It seems like every day, there is a new report in the media on how another unarmed African-American was killed by the hands of armed officers. We’ve heard the  names of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Sean Bell and now Freddie Gray. But, there are countless other victims that have experienced this injustice that just didn’t make the news.

These killing’s are happening so frequently that it appears as if our lives, black lives, don’t really matter in the eyes of the justice system.  It seems like some sort sick game is being played, and we are at a disadvantage.  Now, I realize that this is something that has been happening for years on end, but to actually witness through the power of social media and recordings, being senselessly beaten, shot, and harassed, all the while screaming for their life, is something that I just cannot bear.

For years, there has been a constant picture painted to depict the anger and aggression of the African-American male. And, ultimately that has lead to this one-sided view that they are never the victims of this destruction, and that they deserve to be killed or locked down.

Let me tell you this. Nobody deserves to be treated the way that these six men were treated, and also the countless others that have not gained attention.  It makes no sense to me that an unarmed man can be shot, while running away from his aggressor (i.e.police officer). To my understanding, and after speaking to a police officer, officers are not supposed to draw their weapon unless they feel as if their life is in danger, and if there is an equal amount of force used against them from the other party.

So, how can a person feel that their life is in danger, if the perpetrator is running away? (Don’t worry I’ll wait.)

I believe that the biggest slap in the face, is that no matter how much visual evidence is presented against the conduct of these officers, it is still not enough to convict them and hold them accountable for their actions.

With that reality in mind, there will continue to be riots, and widespread outrage because as a community we are in a period of hopelessness.

On Monday evening, after a period of peaceful protesting, Baltimore went up in flames, as people demonstrated their outrage for the recent death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died two weeks ago while in the custody of police officers. According to reports, it is said that Gray suffered from injuries to his spine, as well as a crushed voice-box.

Fed up with the injustice, local gang members and people of the community gathered together to go up against the police force.

Officers were witnessed throwing rocks, shooting rubber bullets and administering tear gas, while some members of the community were seen looting local businesses, setting things on fire and destroying police cars.

The riots have gotten so bad that the governor has issued a state of emergency, and has called on the National Guard to alleviate the problem.

 

What are your thoughts on the current happenings in Baltimore? Catch the video below