Tag Archives: Black lives matter

Mothers of the Movement Make their Statement at the DNC


This group of mothers all share the loss of a child to senseless violence. Three of them shared their testimony last night, but the criticism started before they left the stage. They did not attack law enforcement, but they did say Black Lives Matter, and they do and they have a right to share their story on a big stage, and Hillary Clinton gave them that stage. Share your thoughts.

Rudy Giuliani’s Face the Nation Black Lives Matters rant


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Black Lives Matter and America’s Long History of Resisting Civil Rights

Interesting article from Washington Post. Please read and share your thoughts.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/04/19/black-lives-matters-and-americas-long-history-of-resisting-civil-rights-protesters/

Ray Lewis, slavery was never about togetherness

A few days ago I  posted Ray Lewis’ passionate rant. He addressed black on black crime and the role of Black Lives Matter. Last night I listened to Rev. Jamal Bryant’s response to him which prompted me to take another listen to it. I was struck by Lewis’ reference to how together we were when we were slaves and I must say I was taken aback. Slavery was not about togetherness or unity. We as a people were not. My pastor often uses this analogy, “you can tie two cats tails together and they will be unified, but they are not in unity”. Yes we were often chained together as slaves, but make no mistake we were not in unity. We were in bondage. Two very different concepts. Slavery was about business and we were chattel (property). We had no rights and the master did all he could to make sure we had no opinions and they tried their best to keep us from forming any unifying bonds. So let’s stop looking back through a whimsical lens. Slavery was brutal, but is was legal. We were not together we were just a collection of human beings owned by another human being  and there is nothing in that that is worthy of celebration.

Bill Clinton spars with Black Lives Matter Protesters in Philly…is anybody listening?


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Ray Lewis goes off on Black Lives Matter…does he have a point or does he miss the point?


Ray Lewis is a passionate guy. He has Black Lives Matters in his crosshairs, but is he missing the point of their mission? Watch the clip and share your thoughts.

Eilsabeth Hasselbeck asks why is Black Lives Matter not classified as a hate group


Do you think Black Lives matter is a hate group? Share your thoughts.

NOW finally speaks out on McKinney Texas Police Incident

NOW finally spoke about the police incident in McKinney Texas. Many in the black community wondered if they would speak out on this issue.

NOW President Terry O’Neill Calls for Immediate Dismissal of the Police Officer and Full Investigation by U.S. Department of Justice
06.09.2015

Washington, D.C. – We can only look with revulsion on the images from McKinney, Tex., of a white police officer pushing a 15-year old Black girl in a bathing suit face-down on the ground and placing a knee on her back. Today, we are shocked, angered, and deeply worried for the well being of this young woman. Tomorrow, we need answers, and action. If the girl had been white, would she have received the same treatment from the white police officers on the scene?
Would the white police officer involved have even considered pulling a white teenage girl by the hair while screaming “ON YOUR FACE!” and then sitting on top of her while she cries, “call my mother”? Would the white police officers have responded to a similar incident involving unarmed white teenagers at a community pool by an outrageous use of violence and intimidation: brandishing weapons, placing the teens in handcuffs, and verbally and physically abusing them?
Placing the officer on administrative leave is an insufficient response, particularly in light of the fact that this police department has a history of racial tension. NOW calls for the immediate firing of the police officer who committed the abuse, and immediate leave without pay for the officers who abetted him. In addition, NOW calls on the U.S. Department of Justice to immediately launch a full-scale investigation into the conduct of the McKinney, Texas police department. We can no longer tolerate the racial injustice that seems to have become a hallmark of too many police departments across our nation. Black girls’ lives matter.

Contact
Elise Coletta , elise@now.org , (951) 547-1241
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Black Lives Matter and We Need the Police

Today I attended a forum, Saving Our Sons. I walked in the venue and there were all men except for the wife of the event host. I started to leave but she encouraged me to stay. I did and I am glad I did. What I heard was a lively discussion which included law enforcement, clergy, ex-offenders, young men and their fathers. The beauty of the discussion is that all parties were transparent. The police shared how they do their job and that at the end of the day their goal is to make it home to their families. No they are not looking for young black men to use for target practice. They told the young men best practices when interacting with the police. This was not a one way conversation. The young men shared their need for respect and the police acknowledged their concerns. One of the members of the clergy touched the third rail when he talked about black on black crime and the lack of parenting that is a very real problem within the community. The Freddie Gray death is a tragedy but how many families in that same community lost loved ones at the hands of someone who also lived in the community. The media have weaved together a narrative that brings in ratings: Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Eric Harris and Freddie Gray. They all are black and they died at the hands of law enforcement and that’s what they share. Very different circumstances that have to be looked at individually. Black Lives Do Matter, but we need the police. Just let them take a day off and we will see just how much they matter too.