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This Is Why They Protest

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What separates the police from burglars, murderers, etc., who do innocent citizens harm? At this point, they are one and the same

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Violent actions by the police sent a Black protester to the hospital but the white protesters breaking curfew get pleaded with. Welcome to America

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For those saying “technically, it could happen.” Because you know, Black people are supermen and superwomen who can break our spines in two places, crush our larynx, break our leg, and cause a brain bleed all while handcuffed (arms behind our backs) and lying face down in a van. Miss me with that BS

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To protect and serve? Yeah, right

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A curfew can’t even be applied as intended…*Sigh*

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Chuck Todd is a scumbag

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Nancy LeTourneau: What Can We Do?

Leonard Pitts is going to start writing a series of columns to answer the question posed to him by a 55 year-old white woman from Austin, TX who said she was heartsick about the police violence against unarmed African Americans and wanted to know what she could do. Today he reports what Rev. Tony Lee said in response. “Protests,” Lee told me in a telephone interview, “are one way that pushes people’s feet to the fire. Whatever the issue is, it’s brought to the forefront. But…there’s still need for people to do legislative advocacy, dealing with policy, whether it’s from the national to the local, showing people how to be engaged and [affecting] the policies that have such direct impact.”

More here

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All over the world – police brutality against minorities stays consistent

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70 Responses to “This Is Why They Protest”


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    May 4, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Hi and greetings from up north!

  2. 8 JER
    May 4, 2015 at 12:58 pm

  3. 9 Judith Fardig
    May 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t mean to hijack this very important thread, but my OFA team and others are going to Salem today to watch the final vote in the Oregon House to close the background check loophole. We need help tweeting to a 3 Democrats (Evans, Boone, and Clem) to reject the NRA merchants of doubt that this bill will do any good. Universal background checks have been one of the President’s priorities since Sandy Hook.

  4. 10 Nena20409
    May 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Fantastic News Filled Tweets, NW. Thank you.
    VC, Congrats on your Au ⭐
    Partly Cloudy in MN. Cool Breeze and my kind of Weather when there is hardly any Sun……wishing for the Sun to Shine more.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners 3 posts back.

    • 11 0388jojothecat
      May 4, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      It’s a beautiful cool sun-less day in SoCal too after several days of over 90 degree weather and no cooling off until the next early morning. A good day to do a few load of laundry and cook to warm up the house.

    • 12 Nerdy Wonka
      May 4, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      You’re welcome.

  5. May 4, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Wow…Bravooooooooooo….NW…Bravoooooooo….you gathering of information is very important to the movement as well….

    I salute you…

    i did not know there were many people of African descent living in Israel….there has always been a focus on the Arab population…what a revelation for me…this explains a law that was being considered that was only giving citizenship to Jews…

    • May 4, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      PF, the truth is THEY are ALL brothers!
      The racism is the color of ones skin.

      Years ago I attended a Women’s Spiritual Conference. One of the facilitators taught a class “Color At The Cross”
      I cannot find my notes. But I was delivered and set free from that revelation.
      In the Bible God’s best friend Enoch was an Ethiopian whom he loved so much he did not have to die to be with with God. He walked right up there. The oldest man that ever lived Methuselah was a Black man.
      I have friends who have visited Israel and they come back saying it was like visiting apartheid South Africa.
      I have been disgusted for years by all the money the U.S. gives to this regime.
      It is time to stop! They need to be held accountable just as other countries who live, breath evil.

      • May 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm

        these events are earth shattering…there is always talk of the Arab Spring….but the truth is that people of African descent have continually fought to be Freee…It is a never ending battle….a never. ending. battle.

    • 16 Nerdy Wonka
      May 4, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks, PF.

  6. 22 Nena20409
    May 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    • 23 Vicki
      May 4, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Head of the NY State Senate.
      Head of the NY State Assembly, a D named Sheldon Silver has already relinquished his post.
      Only one left of the legenday NY “3 Men in a Room” who rule The City is Gov. Cuomo.
      PLUS
      After his partner in crime for the 2 state Port Authority—Chris Christie—goes down, what’s next? Who knows?

  7. 24 0388jojothecat
    May 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    I pray the President is safe while in NYC and returns home safe and sound. I just do not trust the cops anywhere.

    • May 4, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      JoJo,
      I live here and I do not trust them either.
      I am praying that ALL the good cops will speak up , say something, do something.
      I am sick and tired of their silence. Especially the “retired”ones who are collecting their precious pensions.
      How can they continue to work with these racists and say nothing just bothers me just as much or more.
      #Speakthefuckup!

  8. 28 Nena20409
    May 4, 2015 at 1:13 pm

  9. 29 arapaho415
    May 4, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    GM TODville.

    Today is the birthday of my childhood woman-hero (and who Lovely Plains has to look up on Wikipedia, 😉 ).

    It’s also the BD of our CarolMaeWY, who lurks but doesn’t comment much because it’s hard on her eyes — but she tells me she’s doing well.

    Article was published during the global financial meltdown (Oct 2008, just before a truly momentous event) but anything about Audrey is timely, IMHO.

  10. 41 0388jojothecat
    May 4, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAROLMAEWY!

  11. 43 Judith Fardig
    May 4, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Nerdy – I’m in moderation for too many tweets in one post. Thanks, Judith

  12. 44 Nena20409
    May 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Happy Birthday, CarolMae.

  13. 46 Vicki
    May 4, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Nerdy. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. A thousand thank yous for this important post.
    I also appreciate specifically that you have tied the racism in Israel to the racism in the US.
    Same, obviously, in Europe where it is sometimes hiding behind being called anti-immigrant.

  14. May 4, 2015 at 1:29 pm

  15. 52 JER
    May 4, 2015 at 1:33 pm

  16. May 4, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Superb, moving, powerful, essential. RT RT RT RT all through the post. Thankful for Nerdy Wonka, Chips, BT’s, TOD family. Heavy, hard, heartbreaking images and stories. Reminding myself that the truth is overflowing, the sheer number and similarity and stunning cynical lying by Explainers and Justifiers, all make it harder to close your eyes, deny, defend, and excuse. Some will never get it, some don’t WANT to get it because they create it and benefit from it; but many more see the truth every single day. I cling to this. It is not enough and it is too slow but I cling to it and spread the word and pray and light the lamps and believe that we are moving toward truth and light.

  17. May 4, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Superb, moving, powerful, essential. RT RT RT RT all through the post. Thankful for Nerdy Wonka, Chips, BT’s, TOD family. Heavy, hard, heartbreaking images and stories. Reminding myself that the truth is overflowing, the sheer number and similarity and stunning cynical lying by Explainers and Justifiers, all make it harder to close your eyes, deny, defend, and excuse. Some will never get it, some don’t WANT to get it because they create it and benefit from it; but many more see the truth every single day. I cling to this. It is not enough and it is too slow but I cling to it and spread the word and pray and light the lamps and believe that we are moving toward truth and light.

  18. May 4, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Happy Birthday CarolMae. Hope you have a wonderful day!

    Excellent post NW!

  19. 59 0388jojothecat
    May 4, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I am sorry that this police officer was shot and killed. I wonder if the events are what they said they were “suspect tugged at his waist band” because once you cry wolf (aka “he went for his waist band”) it is hard to believe what really happened except there is now a police officer who is dead and a suspect that will be tried. I wonder if NY District Attorney will drag their feet on taking this to the Grand Jury? I suppose there will be no calls to “rush to judgment” if it’s done in two weeks.

  20. 60 JER
    May 4, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Happy Birthday Carol Mae!

  21. May 4, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    A few minutes later, four of the OGs — Goldie included — from each gang gathered in the middle of the intersection, blocking traffic. They tied their black, blue, and red bandanas together and lifted them as a swarm of cameras engulfed.

    “From now on, Bloods, Crips, BGF we gonna control our own neighborhood we don’t need the police,” said an OG named Bigg Wolfe, “it’s our job from the beginning. We gonna sleep or own patrols it’s our own movement and if you ain’t with it that’s your issue. Bloods, Crips, BGF,man.”…

    • 63 EricFive
      May 4, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      Black Panthers were formed in response to police brutality in Cali. The cops and FBI killed and infultrated the Panthers into extinction. Then arose the nihlistic gangs that have plagued the inner city for decades. Positive sign that some of these gangs are deciding to stop killing each other.

  22. 65 laraofzhivago
    May 4, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Happy birthday CarolMae.

  23. 68 JER
    May 4, 2015 at 2:36 pm

  24. May 4, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Happy birthday to you, Carol Mae! Here’s to your best year ever! You are a good egg!


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