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An all out manhunt is underway for a white male who entered the historic and predominantly black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed 9 people last night. According to reports, the man actually attended the bible study that was taking place for almost an hour before opening fire on the other attendees.
Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath. -Proverbs 28:9
Depending on where you are in the world or what media outlets you frequent, you either think the city of Baltimore is full of fed up individuals seeking change or a bunch of savage animals taking advantage of a terrible situation. Unruly riots AND peaceful protests have ensued In the wake of the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray who died on April 19th as a result of injuries he sustained while in police custody. The citizens of Baltimore can now add their portrayal in mainstream media to their reasons to be outraged. It is very clear that there are people taking the opportunity to loot, destroy property and act out in violence. However, according to local media, those people are the minority.
#BlackLivesMatter isn’t just a hashtag as most recently evidenced by the murder of Walter Scott by police officer Michael Slager which was caught on tape. The apparent mistreatment and violation of blacks by law enforcement is no longer something that can be ignored by mass media. Time Magazine has addressed “Black Lives Matter” and the murder of Walter Scott on the cover of this week’s issue. In the article “In The Line of Fire” they describe the killing of blacks by those who are meant to protect as catalyptic.
I’m pretty sure that during the days and months immediately following the murder of her son, Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton would not have imagined that Trayvon’s killer would be a free man three years later. But that is indeed the case. Sybrina expressed her disappointment to the Associated Press that federal prosecutors recently decided not to charge George Zimmerman with a hate crime for the death of her son.
After being found face down and unconscious in her bathtub, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown remains in a medically induced coma and breathing only with the assistance of a ventilator. Relatives and fans are praying for the best, but it’s not looking good for Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown. A family source told People that the 21 year old has very little brain activity. According to a Massachusetts neurologist, Bobbi Kristina’s recovery depends on how much oxygen her brain was getting before she was found.
We knew that the Whitney biopic that was directed by Angela Bassett and aired last weekend on LifeTime would be centered around a certain part of Whitney Houston’s life and more specifically, her relationship with Bobby Brown, but sheesh. The film followed the lives of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown EQUALLY and probably should have been titled “Whitney and Bobby” instead.
After last week’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown, millions of people were left confused, angered and disappointed. Some of those people were disappointed yet again when the officer who caused the death of another black man was not indicted. Yesterday it was announced that the police officer who choked and killed Eric Garner would not be charged. During a press conference after the decision, Rev. Al Sharpton announced the plan for a march to protest police violence and excessive force in the . The march is scheduled to take place on December 13, 2014. “It’s time for a national march for a national crisis,” Sharpton said.
After months of waiting in angst, the decision of the grand jury on whether or not police officer Darren Wilson would be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown was rendered. Last night St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced that Wilson would not be indicted. During the press conference McCullough, who came off as being in defense of Wilson, inappropriately lashed out at media and the internet, blaming both for the unrest in Ferguson. He can’t think that his speech, the drawn out process and the delivery of the decision didn’t play a role in the unavoidable tension. It almost seems as though the choice to deliver the decision at night , hours after announcing that it would be made “soon”,
“We are not the sum of our worst moment” — Katy Parson
In the wee hours of the morning yesterday, the world lost one of its many heroes, Marion Barry, Jr. Barry came to national prominence as mayor of the nation’s capital. The first prominent civil rights activist to become chief executive of a major American city, Barry was a savvy politician. After moving from Mississippi to Washington, DC in 1965 to manage it’s local Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee office, he became heavily involved in coordinating peaceful street demonstrations as well as a boycott to protest bus fare increases. At the time, over half of the population of Washington D.C. was black, and they had no political representation. Barry wanted to change that. He made an immediate impact in the community organizing a “mancott” of the bus system when the owner decided to raise prices from 20 to 25 cents and serving as the leader of the Free D.C. Movement.