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It's weird how Trump and Barr don't realize that sending these Federal troops into cities makes them even more hated. This is not a winning message for suburban voters.

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6 hours ago, marceline said:

It's weird how Trump and Barr don't realize that sending these Federal troops into cities makes them even more hated. This is not a winning message for suburban voters.

 

He knows he won't win the minority vote, so I guess he doesn't care. Still, he's clueless that white voters are watching all this and don't like what they see.

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It's just the beginning. We're going to find out so many terrible things about this guy. You know it will probably be something like kiddie porn.

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While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.



That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on.

Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars.

Though I was surrounded by two loving parents, plenty of brothers, sisters and cousins, their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog down a lonesome country road into a nightmare. If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain.

Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.

You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, through decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.

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CNN is reporting that NBA players have decided to boycott all three playoff games tonight in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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I want to change the name of the thread, but I'm not sure what it should be.  I was thinking of "African Americans Being Killed By Cops".........if anyone has a better title idea, please let me know. 

 

Unfortunately, the latest incident that's getting national/international headlines is white a cop shooting Jacob Blake in the back SEVEN times and he's now paralyzed.

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20 minutes ago, Faulkner said:

CNN is reporting that NBA players have decided to boycott all three playoff games tonight in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

They are boycotting yet now it's being reported that games will be rescheduled. So what's the point of boycotting if the games will still be played??

21 minutes ago, Toups said:

I want to change the name of the thread, but I'm not sure what it should be.  I was thinking of "African Americans Being Killed By Cops".........if anyone has a better title idea, please let me know. 

 

Unfortunately, the latest incident that's getting national/international headlines is white a cop shooting Jacob Blake in the back SEVEN times and he's now paralyzed.

It was reported he was shot at eight times with one missing him.

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47 minutes ago, Soapsuds said:

They are boycotting yet now it's being reported that games will be rescheduled. So what's the point of boycotting if the games will still be played??


Seeing this:

 

 

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3 hours ago, Toups said:

I want to change the name of the thread, but I'm not sure what it should be.  I was thinking of "African Americans Being Killed By Cops".........if anyone has a better title idea, please let me know. 

 

Unfortunately, the latest incident that's getting national/international headlines is white a cop shooting Jacob Blake in the back SEVEN times and he's now paralyzed.

 

The Black Lives Matter Thread would suffice, no?

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All the NBA playoff teams are inside a "bubble" at Walt Disney World, Florida.

Today, the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team chose to boycott their scheduled playoff game today.
They felt that they represent Wisconsin and ... in light of what happened in Kenosha Wisconsin ... they could not go on.

Their statement:
 

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The NBA later announced that because the Bucks weren't playing, then the other two playoff games could not proceed today.

 

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1 hour ago, Bright Eyes said:

 

The Black Lives Matter Thread would suffice, no?

 

Sometimes you just can't think of the easiest answer.  Thank you! :)

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