Colin Kaepernick: How Can I Be Proud Of A Country That Oppresses People Like Me?

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.  -Martin Luther King Jr.

 

If America wants respect, then it’s time for America to respect all its citizens.

Recently, Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers Quarterback, did not stand for the national anthem.

Why? To protest and call attention to dead Black people. The daily unnecessary and arbitrary killing of Black persons and other People of Color,  by police officers sworn to protect and serve all Americans.

Kaepernick said the murder and oppression of Black people were bigger  than football.

Kaepernick wished to call attention to a system of corruption, that not only affects Black sport players, but also their fans.

Murder is murder, right?  No, in the USA, it depends on the color of your skin, your religion,  and your wallet as well as your badge.

Football and other sports fans, and NFL executives, were up in arms. Many angrily protested how dare Colin Kaepernick exercise his constitutional rights? They called him a traitor. They said he insulted the men and women who fought for his freedom.

Yet those fans and NFL executives did not care about the message or the dead Black bodies. They were not interested in a dialogue about change in a system that elevates Whites by oppressing PoC.

For these so-called “patriots”, including news announcers, the message was unimportant because the system of structural racism (which is the foundation of America) is vital for the survival of white supremacy.

Some fans have called Kaepernick a hypocrite, as he has done very well by benefiting from the American Dream. Yet this includes freedom of expression, but fans and some NFL executives seem bent on denying and punishing Kaepernick for exercising his constitutional right.

Fortunately, many of those that really fought for our country’s freedom agree and support Kaepernick’s right and message.  #VeteransForKaepernick

U.S. Veterans Explain Why They’re Standing With Colin Kaepernick:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/veterans-colin-kaepernick_us_57c71aafe4b078581f10ba24

U.S. Veterans Are Coming To Colin Kaepernick’s Defense In Droves:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/veterans-for-kaepernick_us_57c6d704e4b0a22de09325f4

 

Hypocrisy And Double Standards

Then there was Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte who embarrassed his country by committing perjury, plus offending Brazilians. Yet once again, white Americans defended Mr Lochte’s right to conduct criminal activities, by saying he was only 30 years old, a kid who was drunk, to give him a break and make his extreme international embarrassment excusable.

Why? Because he has White privilege, the ultimate hypocrisy and double standard in America that is offensive to justice and getting stronger.

Contrast this with Gabby Douglas, the Black gold medalist Olympian gymnast, who was demonized for not smiling enough or placing her hand over her heart during the National Anthem. White Americans were more angry about her action than those of Ryan Lochte, whose motive was purely selfish and criminal.

There is a reason many Black athletes and other Americans may not want to acknowledge the national anthem. An anthem written by Francis Key Scott to celebrate the victory of Fort McHenry. An anthem that celebrates slavery and was written by a racist slave owner who believed blacks were sub-humans. Would you stand for a song that celebrates your oppression?

Where’s the debate on Francis Scott Key’s Slave-Holding Legacy? Smithsonian

http://buff.ly/2bVO7uj.

Slavery and the national anthem: The surprising history behind Colin Kaepernick’s protest. CNN

http://buff.ly/2bM1N7O

 

The American Dream For People Of Color

Black athletes are reminded they are products of the American dream because of their income, not their liberty,  their freedom or their protection under the American constitution.  A design that considers them second class citizens. One that respects their athletic skills and ability to entertain, but not them as human beings.

At any time, Colin Kaepernick, Gabby Douglas or any other Black celebrity athlete, entertainer or professional can be put in their places as second class citizens and terrorized into submission by police for no other reason but the color of their skin.

As NFL executives  support the Police to shoot first and ask questions later, the next hashtag could be one of their top Black NFL players who appeared to be threatening to a cop.  Why wouldn’t you too take sides and protect your team?

Disappointingly, the NFL executives short sightedness in not fighting for the rights and protection of their players, and Black fan base, make them part of the problem that stole millions of lives under false narratives. In 2015, at least 1,100 people were killed in police custody. As of September 2, 2016, 723 people were killed by police officers.

The Counted: people killed by police in the United States

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database#

Black athletes are unable to voice their concerns of the violence and discrimination that they, their family, friends and culture are subjected to on a daily basis.

Aren’t we all Americans with the same constitutional rights to the American Dream?  Or are we not as many White Americans and many brainwashed Blacks say?

 

Colin Kaepernick Protest

Kaepernick being biracial is deeply affected by police brutality, a violence without accountability or consequences.

Colin Kaepernick is a hero and role model. What he did was a simple gesture of brilliance. Whites may not have heard the message, but the overwhelming majority of People of Color heard and understood.

In his car, Colin Kaepernick knows he too could be stopped for not being White and subjected to demeaning, degrading and dehumanizing behaviors by police officers. Behaviors that could lead to  his imprisonment or even his death.

As Colin pointed out, this problem is bigger than football. I applaud him for risking his career, and life, to raise awareness and call attention to this growing epidemic crisis. Now other Black athletes need to join him and maybe America will finally listen. There are elephants in the room, and unless we stop ignoring them, this country will implode.

Colin Kaepernick is probably more patriotic than his critics because he expects more from this country. He believes this country can live up to its promises that all people are created equal and protected under the constitution.

Kaepernick protests the oppression and murder of people of color by police officers

What Happened To Darrius Stewart?

Our influence extends to three degrees. That means what you do affects you and your immediate friends, as well as your friends’ friends and your friends’ friends’ friends.  Studies show obesity follows those lines and tend to occur in clusters of friends.

Originally a study [ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_degrees_of_influence ] showed that if you wished to contact a person across the globe whom you did not know, it would take six degrees of separation  for the letter to reach that person. In other words, if I wanted to send the Queen of England a letter from me, it would take only 6 degrees of influence to get that letter to her. With that  said, let’s help Mrs. Stewart by sharing her story about her son Darrius Stewart, so it eventually reaches those with the authority to make a difference and help her get justice.

What happened to Darrius Stewart

Post by Reverant Revan on Tue Oct 06, 2015 12:44 pm

Source: @nook71715 (#DarriusStewartTruth), the Twitter account run by the mother of Darrius Stewart.  Link http://churchofequality.friendhood.net/t31-what-happened-to-darrius-stewart

 

What happened to Darrius Stewart

Post by Reverant Revan on Tue Oct 06, 2015 12:44 pm

Source: @nook71715 (#DarriusStewartTruth), the Twitter account run by the mother of Darrius Stewart.

This is what happened to my son that Memphis, TN doesn’t want the world to know.

An unarmed 19 year old Darrius Stewart was driven to a black church on the night of July 17, 2015 by Memphis Police Department (MPD) officer Connor Schilling & brutally murdered for no apparent reason…
Darrius was in the backseat of a friend’s car when MPD officer (Connor Schilling) & another officer pulled the friend over for a headlight violation.
Instead of just checking the drivers’ license & proof of insurance.
He looked inside the car and asked the passengers for their I.D also, unfortunately Darrius left his I.D at home.

After checking all three young men identification, he assumed Darrius wasn’t who he claimed to have been because he did not have any I.D on him.
The other two young men said that Schilling then, open the back door of the vehicle & snatched Darrius out and stated that he was detaining him.
They said Darrius looked at them & start saying, “I’m scared, and I’m scared.”

They tried to explain to officer Schilling that this happened once before in June of this year.
He was riding with a friend when the Sherriff pulled them over.
Darrius had mistakenly left his I.D at home but the sheriff allowed him to call home and I gave them the number off the I.D over the phone.
They said that it was a person with the same exact name Darrius Stewart with outstanding warrants in different states but his I.D cleared him & he was free to go…

Schilling continued to put him in the back of his squad car with no hand cuffs on.
Darrius’s friends asked Schilling, why was Darrius being detained & was he under arrest he didn’t answer them. They asked him could Darrius give them my number to call me he replied, no.
They also asked the officer what was taking so long, he replied “I’m waiting on the station to get back with me.”
So, they decided to drive around the corner to get me alone with his I.D.
By the time I made it there, all I saw was police cars & yellow tape outside a church not where they said Schilling & the other officer stopped them at.

The police were blocking incoming & outgoing traffic off so fast but I manage to ask one of the bystanders what was going on.
She said, “He shot him for nothing.”
One of the police standing by her started pushing her back & cursing me out.
I went back home and called the Ridgeway precinct.
I spoke to the captain/sergeant and asked him did he know if a Darrius Stewart had been shot.
He said, he did not know because they just called him not too long ago & he was about to go down there.
I called my son’s phone all night & prayed that it wasn’t him.
MPD did not have the decency to let me know that one of their officers had killed my son (Darrius Stewart).

One of Darrius’s friends called me the next morning to tell me it was him.
When we contacted them they were already performing an autopsy on his body.
Schilling intentionally kidnapped my only son (Darrius Stewart) against his own free will by putting him in the back of his squad car pretending to be detaining him without any probable cause.
When the driver & the other passenger drove away, Schilling drove off with Darrius to a different location where he claim he tried to handcuff him & arrest him outside of a black church (New Direction) on Winchester Rd in Memphis, TN…

At night this particular church can be used as a blind spot to commit all types of heinous acts.
Darrius was in the backseat of a car pulled over for a headlight violation when his life was stolen from him by a racist police (Connor Schilling) appointed to protect & serve.
Connor Schilling shot & killed an unarmed defenseless 19 year old teen because of his skin color…
He has been on a suspended leave with pay since he murdered my son.

Check Connor Schilling’s background, he should have never been an officer upholding no laws which you can clearly see.
MPD officer Connor Schilling should be held accountable for the crime that he committed; Murder.
He should not be on payroll, he should be fired & prosecuted for the Murder of unarmed 19 year old Darrius Stewart…
Thank you.

Mrs. Stewart agreed to have her son’s story posted here.   This story was brought to my attention by @PPete_En on Twitter.

Last edited by Reverant Revan on Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:26 am; edited 2 times in total

Re: What happened to Darrius Stewart

Post by Reverant Revan on Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:56 am

An unarmed 19 year old passenger dead after a routine traffic stop. His crime no ID. He was murdered by Connor Schilling.
An unarmed 19 year old passenger dead after a routine traffic stop. His crime no ID. Darrius Stewart killed by Cop Connor Schilling.

 When did it become mandatory to carry an ID?

I thought such requirements only occurred in the old Soviet Union.

Something is fundamentally wrong with a system that condones the murder of an unarmed innocent young man with no criminal history by a police officer.  Something is fundamentally wrong when routine traffic stops lead to cops shooting to kill American citizens because of a broken taillight, or because the driver was black.

Wasn’t Darrius Stewart innocent until proven guilty?  What did the now retired Connor Schilling do to ensure he had the right suspect?

Darrius and his friends asked the officer to make one call to prove Darrius was who he proclaimed to be. Why didn’t Connor Schilling oblige? Darrius had no gun, or other weapon, and cooperated with Connor Schilling.  Why did Connor Schilling shoot to kill an unarmed Darrius Stewart who he (Connor Schilling) had not proven committed a crime or posed any threat or was the correct suspect?

There was a time when essentially all cops were KKK members especially cops in the South.  After Michael Brown was murdered, Americans learned the KKK is still very much part of the police force. Could the KKK ideology be the code of conduct for America’s 18,000 police departments?

Let’s help put an end to these extrajudicial murders by the police. Officers should not prey on the community they serve.

Demand that the laws change, police officers should  be accountable and not  above the law.

Demand mandatory tamper proof body cameras to protect the constitutional rights of American citizens.

In 2015, over 1000 dead while in police custody.   Based on The Guardian, the Counted, in 2016 so far 550 people killed by police and 86 of those in the month of June.

Please reblog and share with friends so this post will reach those who can help Mrs Stewart and others get justice.

Thanking you…

 

For more information about this case please visit DarriusStewartTruth.com  or @nook71715 or #DarriusStewart

An Epidemic of Police Violence and Terror

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Man dies after being taken into custody in Phoenix

http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/man-dies-after-being-taken-into-custody-in-phoenix

Portland 9-year-old cuffed, taken to adult jail

DISE – SURRENDER – ferguson police diss – RIP MIKE BROWN

Police Violence: Use of Tasers For Walking


“A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the family, including the 7 month old son, of 24 year old Gregory Towns, who died after being tased 13 times in 29 minutes. Two officers repeatedly shocked this man’s body for a total of 47 seconds… while unarmed and handcuffed.”


“Police found Towns sitting down and out of breath after a short foot chase. He asked officers at least ten times to be allowed to rest before going with them, according to AJC. The cops then decided to use their weapons as a cattle prod to force the weak man to walk, instead of just letting him catch his breath.”


“While we often ask “why didn’t that cop use a taser instead of his gun?”, it is important to remember that while a person is less likely to die from a taser shock than a gun shot, they are still a weapon, and still often unnecessary and lethal.”

Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/man-dies-taser-13-times-cattle-prod/#Qk5v1TKX1JTpDtdM.99


Using tasers to hasten the arrest process for injured citizens who have difficulty breathing has no place in American medicine. I doubt the manufacturer of tasers would make such recommendations to any law enforcement official. There are no medical indications for tasers.

Someone who is having difficulty breathing needs an ambulance. Any fool knows that.

This is wrongful death due to the off-label use of tasers. The police did not act in accordance with standard practice or protocols for tasers.

Personnel should consider that exposure to the ECW [Taser]  for longer than 15 seconds (whether due to multiple applications or continuous cycling) may increase the risk of death or serious injury.”  (3)  

Police are not allowed to make medical decisions, yet they are (with uniformly poor outcomes) increasing fatalities and disability cases.

Systemic violence within law enforcement serves to compound the burgeoning unlawful, unethical, and inhumane actions that lead to physical and mental disorders. When a disorder is exploited by law enforcement for profit or abuse, it can only be described as an act of terrorism.

A public health emergency exists for people with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and Asperger syndrome. People with mental and developmental disorders may not understand commands screamed at them by an irate officer pointing a gun, and the wrong reaction could be fatal.

The medical community cannot stand by and watch patients slaughtered, knowing that they are at very high risk for police violence and its associated morbidity and mortality.

Gregory Town tasered to death

Related Stories:

1.  Aspergers Teens and Driving a Car

http://www.myaspergerschild.com/2011/07/aspergers-teens-and-driving-car.html

2.  How should police handle people with autism?

http://autism.voirici.net/?p=375

3.  TASER guidelines updated for first time since 2005

 http://www.policeone.com/police-products/less-lethal/TASER/articles/3590368-TASER-guidelines-updated-for-first-time-since-2005/

Images : Oppression and Persecution in the USA

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DISE – SURRENDER – ferguson police diss – RIP MIKE BROWN

 

 

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Are Accusations Enough For Arrests and Imprisonment?

Are accusations enough for an arrest and imprisonment?

Are accusations enough for an arrest and imprisonment?  This question plagued me since earlier this year. Another question that plagued me is: Can  judges sign  knowingly false arrest warrants?

In NH, I am told the answer is yes to both questions. The police can accuse  and imprison anyone for anything without any evidence. And our courts nod in approval. Some amoral Judges enjoy the travesty and do knowingly sign false arrest warrants.  The police can be creative story tellers, one has to wonder about self-projections by police officers.

The epidemic of human rights abuses and violations by the United States govt (criminal justice system)  confirms  the right of police officers  to  murder American citizens with impunity and no accountability– All in the line of duty.

In other words, murder is not a crime if carried out by police officers, correctional officers, prosecutors or judges.

Michael Brown was about to start college when his life was cut short.  An officer (identity protected so he can  murder in peace)  of the law murdered him in Ferguson.  The officer was armed, Michael Brown  was not. The officer was trained, Michael Brown was not.   The officer swore to protect and serve Michael Brown  instead he murdered Michael in cold blood and then lied.

Eric Garner, husband and father of six children, was harassed by the NYPD (31 arrests is a sign of harassment not criminality).   On video for everyone to see, Officer Daniel Pantaleo  choked  Eric Garner to DEATH.  Officer Pantaleo is on paid vacation,  planning his next targets while Police Commissioner Bratton and Major De Blasio defend his actions.

Officer Pantaleo has a history of complaints.  He likes to grope  at men’s genitals.   NYPD settled a suit where Officer Pantaleo and other NYPD  officers performed a strip search in public on the sidewalk.   They found nothing but enjoyed the view so took the boys back to their NYPD  precinct where there stripped them naked and  had them perform.   That is the culture of the NYPD and that is the culture that the Major of NYC defends.

Isn’t this reminiscent of Pedophile Priests, the Catholic Church and their haven the Holy See?

Potential murderers should plan ahead…..become officers of the law, just in case they need to accidentally murder.

I Can’t Breathe

I Can’t Breathe