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7 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said:

People truly are fed up. The deaths keep happening, over and over and over and over and all people did was criticize peaceful protesting because protesters 'took a knee' and it made some folks uncomfortable. Well, now a man has died after 'taking a knee' to his throat.

Trump is exactly the worst possible person to sit up in the White House in this type of combustible situation. The. Worst.

 

I have 6 brothers and I'm worried all the time.  A few years ago, on Christmas day, my brother was in a car accident.  Elderly lady, who should not have been driving, hit is car.  It was a jag.  Thank goodness he wasn't hurt but the car was totaled.  His replacement car was a 2009 xxx.  Can't remember the make.  I asked why he downgraded.  He said he had been pulled over about 4 times for no reason.  He didn't want to deal with the degradation any longer.  I was pissed for him.  Not sure many of you know what's it feels like to be in constant worry every day.  Trust me, you don't want to!

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2 hours ago, ChitHappens said:

 

I have 6 brothers and I'm worried all the time.  A few years ago, on Christmas day, my brother was in a car accident.  Elderly lady, who should not have been driving, hit is car.  It was a jag.  Thank goodness he wasn't hurt but the car was totaled.  His replacement car was a 2009 xxx.  Can't remember the make.  I asked why he downgraded.  He said he had been pulled over about 4 times for no reason.  He didn't want to deal with the degradation any longer.  I was pissed for him.  Not sure many of you know what's it feels like to be in constant worry every day.  Trust me, you don't want to!

 

I worry about both my brothers too, one has dreadlocks.  The other brother was once arrested for driving a "stolen vehicle" that, it turns out legally belonged to our eldest brother (the one with the dreadlocks) who had loaned him to drive. The charges were dropped after my brother spent the night in jail. So, yes, I very much understand that sense of worry, which I also feel for my nephews.

Lately though, I also worry for my nieces and whenever I next go out because black women are gunned down and assaulted by the police too, although those reports tend not to get as much media attention.

2 hours ago, Soapsuds said:

I went to college with him. One of his best friends from college can't believe that such a sweet guy was killed.

 

Man, this must hit differently for you right now. I hope you have some emotional support right now.

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2 hours ago, Khan said:

 

I'm so sorry to hear that, @Soapsuds.  I hope you are taking care of yourself right now.  #Hugs 

Thanks Khan. 

1 hour ago, DramatistDreamer said:

 

 

Man, this must hit differently for you right now. I hope you have some emotional support right now.

I'm still in shock. I was watching coverage on him but couldn't anymore because it's still very raw. I hope our university does something special in his name. 

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5 hours ago, ChitHappens said:

 

I have 6 brothers and I'm worried all the time.  A few years ago, on Christmas day, my brother was in a car accident.  Elderly lady, who should not have been driving, hit is car.  It was a jag.  Thank goodness he wasn't hurt but the car was totaled.  His replacement car was a 2009 xxx.  Can't remember the make.  I asked why he downgraded.  He said he had been pulled over about 4 times for no reason.  He didn't want to deal with the degradation any longer.  I was pissed for him.  Not sure many of you know what's it feels like to be in constant worry every day.  Trust me, you don't want to!

Cops target sports cars in general for pull overs. I've had it done to me many times when I had my 1974 Javelin. I'm sure it's doubly worse when you put racial profiling on top of it. 

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I feel like these protests are already being infiltrated by people who have no real interest in the message - either by white anarchists who just want to bring about their beloved revolution, or by operatives on the right. I've been seeing images of American flags set on fire and I know those will be playing all through to November.

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I wish Twitter did a better job with misinformation outside of the posturing with Trump. One of the trends on there is "Hitler Youth" because of third hand photos and videos that have come from nothing (and in some cases are likely a short woman, not a child) yet have convinced many that the government is deploying child soldiers. Embarrassingly enough, one of those bird-brained socialists, an alderman from Chicago no less, is pushing this nonsense. 

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Some said those were Quakers, as the Amish don't protest and they didn't dress like the Amish. (it also led me to read some sad details about Amish people and puppy mills)...

 

It's been apparent from early on just how many white people, on the left and the right, have jumped into this tragedy to make it all about their own goals, but it's been pretty much confirmed now as the mayor of St. Paul said all of the people who were arrested yesterday for violating curfew were from out of state. 

 

Here are some horrible videos of black protesters begging white protesters to stop destroying property, only to be ignored, or to have these "allies" try to use the police against them.

 

 

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