On 26 February 2012, Trayvon Martin was mercilessly gunned down in cold blood. Take a moment to remember the young man’s death that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and to renew your commitment to fighting for justice, equality, and democracy.
God, it’s been ten years. Ten years and so little has changed. The cops who let George Floyd be murdered were found guilty a few days ago, but only one cop is being charged in the death of Breonna Taylor, and that’s for endangerment. Not murder.
God, honestly, I’m suprised. But really pleased. Maybe this will make the next cop think twice before slowly murdering someone for nine minutes. I don’t know how the American legal system works in this regard but he’ll be behind bars for a long time, right? Good riddance.
Caron Nazario is a lieutenant in the U.S. Army medical corp, serving in Norfolk, Virginia. Lieutenant Nazario also happens to be Black and Hispanic. In December, Lt. Nazario purchased a new SUV and on December 5th, he was driving home from work in said SUV when he saw flashing lights behind him. Lt. Nazario drove […]
March 13th in Louisville, Kentucky. Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were sound asleep when they woke to the sound of their door being broken down and in the dark, they saw three men with guns pointed at them. Mr. Walker grabbed his own gun from the nightstand and fired a single shot, hitting […]
This 25 August 2020 video says about itself: Jacob Blake Shot by Police Sparks Protest Outrage across America today as video emerged showing police in Kenosha, Wisconsin shooting 29-year-old Jacob Blake in the back multiple times as he walked away from them. Blake was reportedly trying to break up a domestic dispute between two women […]
Right now on Twitter I can see a post saying that Blake was shot because he “reached for something in his car.” The victim blaming is relentless.
But also, nearly killing someone because they reached for something isn’t a normal reaction. It’s not even a human reaction. That’s what you’d expect from a bear or a lion or something, not a person. That’s what cops have become.
Dolly Parton came out swinging for the Black Lives Matter movement in a frank new interview with Billboard. America’s ongoing reckoning with race has had a particular impact in the notoriously white country music industry, forcing some artists to confront their privilege. Notably, both Lady A and The Chicks have renamed themselves to remove connotations…
WordPress doesn’t embed tweets very well so here’s the whole story Dr Choo tweeted:
I was taking care of a patient the other day who was very seriously injured. And I stepped out to talk to his family briefly and give them an update. For context, he was Black. I told them what was going on quickly and asked if they had any questions. And this is what they said.
They told me that he worked for [well known company] And that he was a [respected role] at that company That he was on his way to work That he is loved in the community A good brother and son That he was well dressed before the blood soaked his clothes
Nothing in recent memory has broken my heart as much as gradually realizing that a family of a shattered man
whose chief concerns should have been – when can i see him, when does he get out of surgery, do you know his meds and allergies, his mama gets to go in first…
…had to worry that the racism inherent in the system and in people everywhere meant they had to spend their few moments with me putting him in a favorable light, shifting any possible implicit negative frame I had (e.g., “hoodlum” or “criminal”) to get him the care he deserved.
What is the goal of all our anti-racist pledges over the past summer? It’s that this family can walk in with full confidence that their loved one is valued and cherished here and that we will fight for his life with everything we have, no questions asked.
I had one minute to the next trauma. I babbled stuff incoherently and am pretty sure I got it wrong. The words of one random disheveled Asian doctor don’t change much against a lifetime of experience to the contrary. But I will carry this with me. We have so much work to do.
And the response to that tweet thread, the one you see up there… completely and utterly soul-shattering.
This 1 August 2020 video says about itself: Prosecutor Will Not Charge The Police Officer Who Shot And Killed Michael Brown In Ferguson St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell announced that he will not charge former police officer Darren Wilson with the murder of Michael Brown. Wilson, a white officer, shot and killed Brown on […]
This 9 July 2020 video from the USA says about itself:
The Chase Key: Exclusive report on how US Black man died of dehydration in custody
Exclusive investigation into death of Terrill Thomas, a Black man, who died of “profound dehydration” inside a Milwaukee jail in 2016, exposes how inmates with mental illness fail to get adequate care.