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

Tell Pres. Obama and Congress: Defund bad police departments


This month, we’ve witnessed the brutal murders of several Black people by police— including Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Delrawn Smalls, and Alva Braziel.[1] And guess what? The federal government has been bankrolling the police departments that killed all four of them.


Yes. Congress and the Obama administration are spending millions of dollars every year giving grants to the same police departments that are killing and over-incarcerating Black people–and it has to stop.


Politicians can’t keep promising the change we need in local police departments and quietly maintain the status quo by failing to take real action. Pres. Obama and Congress have real power to hold police departments accountable with their funding—if they are really about stopping police terror in Black communities, this is how they show it.


Tell Pres. Obama and Congress: Stop funding police departments that fail to make critical reforms for Black lives.


Baton Rouge PD, the very police department that killed Alton Sterling, has been under investigation by the Department of Justice for civil rights violations TWICE—including for its harassment of Black people following Hurricane Katrina.[2] Yet, federal officials continue to give them money. In fact, Baton Rouge PD has received 3 million dollars from the DOJ over the past five years.[3]


In the aftermath of his death, it was revealed that Philando Castile had been stopped by police 52 times in 14 years—and subject to the same profiling, criminalization, and extraction of wealth detailed in the Department of Justice’s report on Ferguson police and replicated everywhere in the US.[4,5]


The federal government knows exactly how police departments are terrorizing Black communities—it’s past time they do something about it and hold these police departments accountable.


After thousands of people spoke out against the Department of Defense giving police military equipment, following the highly militarized brutalization of Ferguson protesters, Pres. Obama signed an executive order banning the federal government from providing certain kinds of military gear to local and state police.[6] So we’re calling on President Obama and Congress to take action again and pull all grant funds from any police department that doesn’t make reforms to protect Black lives.


Sign the petition: Withhold all federal funds from police departments that don’t adhere to simple reforms.


The reforms we’re calling for are simple ones that President Obama himself has supported and funded research to create with the 21st Century Policing Task Force.[7] It’s time for Pres. Obama to step up and ensure these critical reforms actually happen—and he can do that by withholding funds from any police department that doesn’t do the following:


Embrace a culture of transparency

  • Make all department policies available for public review, and publish demographic data on all stops, frisks, summonses and arrests.
  • Collect, maintain, and analyze demographic data on all officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths.


Hold the police accountable

  • Adopt policies that require all officers to seek written consent before any search & provide their name, reason for stop or search, and contact information for the civilian complaint board.
  • Police cannot and should not police themselves. Require independent criminal investigations into all officer-involved fatalities and in-custody deaths.
  • Enforce policies prohibiting profiling and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, disability, housing status, occupation and/or language fluency.


With four Black deaths in a matter of days, we’re in—and have been in—a state of emergency. We can’t afford to spend millions of dollars on police departments that will continue killing, criminalizing, and incarcerating Black people.


Sign the petition.


Until justice is real, 


–Scott, Rashad, Arisha, Clarise, Enchanta and the rest of the ColorOfChange team.


References:
1. “Why Alton Sterling and Philando Castile Are Dead,” The Nation, 07-07-2016
https://www.thenation.com/article/why-alton-sterling-and-philando-castile-are-dead/
“Video surfaces of NYPD cop’s road rage shooting,” New York Post, 07-08-2016
http://nypost.com/2016/07/08/video-surfaces-of-nypd-cops-road-rage-shooting/
“Police Said They Shot A Man Because He Pointed A Gun At Them, Video Shows He Had His Hands Up,” ThinkProgress, 07-10-2016
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/07/10/3796941/alva-braziel/
2. “Feds: We’re Investigating Baton Rouge Police Too,” Pro Publica, 03-26-2010
https://www.propublica.org/nola/story/feds-were-investigating-baton-rouge-police-too
“Alton Sterling Shooting Exposes Racial Fractures in Baton Rouge,” NBC News, 07-07-2016
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/alton-sterling-shooting-exposes-racial-fractures-baton-rouge-n605126
3. “Audit of the Office of Justice Programs Justice Assistance Grants Awarded to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office,” Office of the Inspector General, 11-01-2014
https://www.oig.justice.gov/reports/2014/g4015004.pdf
4. “Philando Castile stopped by cops in Minnesota 52 times in past 14 years for a slew of misdemeanors,” NY Daily News, 07-09-2016
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/philando-castile-stopped-cops-52-times-14-years-article-1.2705348
5. “The 12 key highlights from the DOJ’s scathing Ferguson report,” The Washington Post, 03-04-2015
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/03/04/the-12-key-highlights-from-the-dojs-scathing-ferguson-report/
6. “Obama bans some military equipment sales to police,” USA Today, 05-18-2015
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/05/18/obama-police-military-equipment-sales-new-jersey/27521793/
7. “Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing,” U.S. Department of Justice, 05-01-2015
http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/taskforce_finalreport.pdf
 

#TweetBStorm FAQ: How?

How  To Goals  #TweetBStorm?

Use social media platforms to continue diverse dialogues in diverse formats forming diverse cultural interconnected networks of discourse.  Weekly #TweetBStorm allow organic sharing of ideas without reliance on the filtering used by government.

Censorship rooted in structural racism led to systematic targeting of black people to support the criminal justice system and private corporations under the myth of black criminality.  Black on Black crimes are high (if we belief tainted data) probably because vindictive police use bullies within communities to carry out personal vendetta executions under the guise of drug related crimes.

If so, how does that affect solutions and remedies?  Human Rights Abuses at the hands the USA government can serve as common ground to start discussions.

With support—talent and money— active, passionate and poetic participation, #TweetBStorm will be  one way for people like us to communicate and share information in  a transparent public  forum and government officials as well as police officers welcome.

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What is talent?  Talent is not scripted…like most interviews, it is passion combined with knowledge.  Both are requisites for talent.  Talent finds ways to fulfill passion.

#TweetBStorm offer opportunities for each of us to display talent to future employers and employees using imagination and valuing integrity.

KEEP the above in mind as we each do our part in making #TweetBStorm successes.

Start Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:00PM eastern @TweetBStorm   and use hashtag #TweetBStorm with tweets.

In addition, @TweetBStorm looks forward to growing organic networks of shared values to dismantle racism.

Planning Meeting For #TweetBStorm

announcements-edited

First Planning Committee Meeting  

For #TweetBStorm or Tweet Brainstorms Sessions

Today, Sunday September 14, 2014 at  1:00PM Central Time

Location:  Google+ Circle: tweetbstorm  (need gmail account)

Contact:  Email: tweetbstorm@gmail.com   

Twitter handle:    @tweetBStorm

#tweetBstorm


Agenda


A.  Greetings and Intro 

B.  Purpose ot  #TweetBStorm

C.  Vision and outcomes

D.   Rules of conduct

E.   Disclaimers

F.   Agreement

D.  Metrics 

E.  Planning – Roles

   Advisors

   Facilitators

   Moderators

   Graphics

   Communication

   Marketing

   Data Collection

   Writers


Communication  Channels on Social Media

  Communication on Twitter

  Communication on Google+

  Communication on LinkedIn

  Communication on FB and Reddit

  Communication on Radio, FBO (faith-based organizations)  and youtube

What is Probable Cause? | Fourth Amendment

The recent epidemic of police violence aroused my interest in the law. My interest peaked when I noted specific instances of police officers making medical decisions. In reviewing the law, in particular, probable cause, I found nothing granting law enforcement medical licensure or the right to practice medicine. Therefore, I went deeper into what probable cause is and the Fourth Amendment, which has been forgotten in the midst of justifications for multiple warrants, police violence, and murders, as well as unlawful detention of innocent people.

What is probable cause?

Probable cause is the the burden of proof police officers and courts must demonstrate to make an arrest. Judges sign arrest warrants before an arrest, but often do so within 48 hours after the arrest to prevent unreasonable delay and not be in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Probable cause is based on suspicion that an accused person is more likely to have committed a stated crime based on information gathered. Videos suggest there is no information gathering, and police officers have overstepped their bounds tremendously. Law Enforcement no longer abides by the rules of the law or the Constitution.

The following images around the web suggest police often have no probable cause for many arrests and also document their excessive use of force. More often than not, this force is violent, and it causes irreparable physical harm, mental disabilities, and even death.

Law enforcement professionals are violating Americans’ Constitutional rights. At minimum, they have opened themselves up to additional liability by making medical decisions. So, why is there not more outrage being expressed by our politicians? Where are the checks and balances of American government—the lifestyle that we arrogantly ram down the world’s throat?

There are many cases in which families seeking help for their loved ones who struggle with mental illness end up seeing those loved ones incarcerated or murdered by local police on arrival to the scene.

What probably cause existed  for this officer to repeatedly punch this middle age woman in the face?  Or taser a baby? Or murder Eric Garner? Or repeatedly shoot and murder an acutely suicidal unarmed teenager? Or shoot Mike Brown when his hands were in th air?


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References:

FOURTH AMENDMENT

Fourth Amendment

All the activities in this section are based on the Fourth Amendment.”The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Fourth Amendment, U.S. Constitution

FOURTH AMENDMENT

http://www.uscourts.gov/educational-resources/get-involved/constitution-activities/fourth-amendment.aspx



What is a probable cause hearing?

Justification for Arrest

The Fourth Amendment requires courts to confirm that an arrest is supported by probable cause either before or shortly after officers take a suspect into custody. A judge or magistrate’s signing an arrest warrant serves this purpose, but most arrests don’t involve warrants.

No Unreasonable Delay

As a general rule, a probable cause determination within 48 hours of arrest satisfies the Fourth Amendment. (County of Riverside v. McLaughlin, 500 U.S. 44 (1991).)

of an arrests, if not the fourth amendment was violated.

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/what-probable-cause-hearing.html



Investigating rape crimes, Part 2: Evidence collection and analysis

http://www.policeone.com/police-products/investigation/evidence-management/articles/139768-Investigating-rape-crimes-Part-2-Evidence-collection-and-analysis/

However, even if investigators know the victim’s assailant and make an arrest shortly after the crime based on probable cause, it’s still critical all evidence protocols described in this article be followed. Arrest only requires probable cause. Conviction in court requires a much higher standard: proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Experienced investigators know the variables under which an arrest is initially made can change for various reasons: the evidence does not support the initial claims of the victim or witnesses, people change their versions of what they initially say occurred, the perpetrator claims sex was consensual and so on. Our system of justice relies heavily on tangible evidence, because emotion or perception does not affect it and logical conclusions can be drawn from the science supporting what the evidence represents.

For Full Article:    Investigating rape crimes, Part 2: Evidence collection and analysis

http://www.policeone.com/police-products/investigation/evidence-management/articles/139768-Investigating-rape-crimes-Part-2-Evidence-collection-and-analysis/



The Evidence Needed Before a “‘True
Bill” May Be Voted
It is the responsibility of the grand jury to
weigh the evidence presented to it. This
is usually done without any explanation
offered by the person being investigated
by the government, in order to determine
whether this evidence persuades that
there is probable cause to believe that
a crime has been committed and that
the person being investigated was the
person who committed it. Remember
that the grand jury is not responsible for
determining whether the person being
investigated is guilty beyond a reasonable
doubt, but only whether there is sufficient
evidence of probable cause to justify
bringing the that person to trial. Only the
evidence presented to the grand jury in
the grand jury room may be considered in
determining whether to vote an indictment.

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#TweetBStorm Meeting | Thursday, Sept 18 at 7:00PM

Attention:

Time for Us to organize and solve our problems. Let us retake our government and communities from injustices and lack of accountability.


#TweetBStorms will be  Digital brainstorming sessions where ALL ideas welcomed from Communities of Color.


Generator of diverse and creative ideas, brainstorms induce critical thinking around issues.
One method used to accomplish  critical thinking is to ask, “Why,” three to five times with each response going deeper.

So Get Ready To Dialogue!


Time: 7:00PM- 9:00PM


Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014


Topic: Solutions to violence within the black community


Hashtag: #TweetBStorm


Contact: @astronglady and @AleahRN


How can you find solutions without understanding the problems?….. by working backwards

White on White Crime : Keep Focused

 PROFESSOR GRIFF IS A GIMMICK HE IS FAKE pt.1


A recent conversation came to mind as I watched and listened to the video.  All day could be spent pointing out different communication styles, cultural differences, the lack guns or violent threats, but that is off-topic.

 

More white people kill white people, and more black people kill black people. You are more likely to be killed by someone you know, and that is a fact. Most white people know white people and live among white people  and most black people know black people and live among black people. Naturally, there are black on black crimes, as there  are white and white crimes (domestic abuse, serial murderers, homicides and  suicides) . Crimes are violent in any complexion.

In addition, data require understanding context to provide reliable interpretations that are meaningful as well as accurate. Pointing out black on black crime for the purpose of feeding stereotypes, detracts  from focusing on  police violence against black and brown folks as well as solutions.

 

Furthermore,  when anglo-values are the contexts used to interpret data (findings), data validity and integrity become suspect.  Black people and all non-white cultures are  judged by anglo-values and not their unique values. Why is that? And why does that make a difference?

 

I believe Golden Lady’s anger colored her perspectives and in a discussion she might also accuse me of being white. Similar to anger, anglo-values color interpretations.

 

Golden Lady voiced feelings of darker pigmented black people who  are the very bottom of the barrel  based on anglo-values of society,  including black communities.   Remember,  what other people think about you is NONE of your business!  

 

Resentment builds over time when the focus is on what others think,  instead of your own thoughts, gratitudes and future.   Pigmented debates lead to further resentment and isolation, creating fragmentation and division within the black community.   The end-result is STRESS with NO RELIEF, leaving us bitter or abandoning our cultures.  


There is a world full of diverse people….In choosing opportunities, remember some like it hot; some like it cold and some like in the middle. Find people who like it YOUR way; stop worrying about the others who don’t.

 

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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein

 

 

I understand this man...It is a sad reflection of America.
I understand this man…It is a sad reflection of America.