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Hockey Wives - Season 1 Episode 1

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Arresting Officers Bought Dylann Roof Some Burger King
He said he was hungry.

Dylan Roof, Charleston, North Carolina- it must be nice to be white in police custody, you get a free meal paid for with tax dollars of the people you murdered mid-prayer. 

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Tamir Rice, Cleveland, Ohio- shot fatally and murdered by police on the PLAYGROUND for having a TOY gun. The victim was 12 years old.

Eric Garner, Staten Island, New York City- police put in violent chokehold resulting in death for suspicion of selling  cigarettes

Freddie Gray, Baltimore, Maryland- injured by police resulting in death via spinal cord injury while in police custody bc of  cop’s racist suspicions (that he was carrying a switchblade, WHICH HE WAS NOT) he was dragged paralyzed and denied CPR by police-negligence is an understatement here

Trayvon Martin, Miami Gardens, Florida- murdered for wearing a hoodie while a minor, Zimmerman (man with violent legal past) not charged

Michael Brown, Ferguson, Missouri- murdered by cop Darren Wilson for suspicion of petty theft, WHILE HIS HANDS WERE UP IN SUBMISSION

Anthony Hill Chamblee, Georgia- fatally shot by cop for being mentally ill in apartment complex and knocking on doors

Tony Robinson, Madison, Wisconsin- fatally shot by cop for obstructing traffic, the victim was an unarmed teenager

Charly Leundeu Keunang aka Africa, Los Angeles, California- fatally shot by police for being homeless and mentally ill. He was well-loved by the community despite being homeless.

Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Pasco, Washington- shot 17 times by two police officers for being mentally ill and throwing rocks at cars.

Jessica Hernandez, Denver, Colorado  -fatally shot for driving a stolen car. she was a teenager with four other passengers in the car.

Kevin Davis, Decatur, Georgia- called police because girlfriend had been stabbed. Instead of doing their job, the police broke into Davis’ home, then killed his dog, then fatally shot Mr. Davis. 

Dennis Grigsby Texarkana, Texas - murdered by fatal gunfire for approaching an officer with a spoon, victim was mentally ill.

Akai Gurley, Brooklyn, New York- killed in an unlit stairwell of his OWN home for no reason, other than being black.

Ezell Ford, Los Angeles California- shot fatally for walking down the street and being mentally ill.

John Crawford III, Beaver Creek, Ohio- shot fatally for shopping at Walmart.

Author’s note:

BLACK LIVES MATTER. MINORITY LIVES MATTER. THS COUNTRY IS BUILT OFF THE BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS, and BACKS OF THESE PEOPLE. POLICE BRUTALITY IS TARGETED AT MINORITIES AND PRIMARILY AT AFRICAN AMERICANS. WE MUST ADMIT AND RECOGNIZE THE PROBLEM BEFORE WE CAN REBUILD. 

YES IT IS ALSO ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS AND GUN CONTROL BUT THE FIRST THING WE HAVE TO CHANGE IS THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT EACHOTHER AND THEY WAY WE TREAT EACHOTHER.

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“We gotta make a change…
It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes.
Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live
and let’s change the way we treat each other.
You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do
what we gotta do, to survive.” -TUPAC, 1998

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Let us not be the inheritors of a cruel, racist, ignorant and violent future.

LET US BREAK FREE FROM THE CHAINS OF MEDIEVAL, ARCHAIC THINKING AND RISE UP. REGARDLESS OF YOUR PAST OR YOUR RACE OR YOUR INCOME, THIS IS ALSO YOUR FIGHT –SPEAK UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT.

Where In The Struggle Do You Stand

-Will you take up arms like a Panther

-Will you turn the other cheek and be hopeful like Martin

-Will you forget your people exist and side with your oppressors like ;Don Lemmon, Raven Symons

The Myth of a ‘Post-Racial’ America

Is America a ‘post-racial’ society ? One where racial prejudice and discrimination no longer exist ? Some people seem to think so.

Apparently at least 50 % of Americans believe the country has finally moved beyond its dark, racist past. Slavery ? Segregation ? Jim Crow laws ? Sure but that’s all ancient history, right ? Things have changed. What about the civil-rights movement and all that ‘we-shall-overcome’ good stuff in the 1960′s ? And don’t forget Martin Luther King Jr. He even got a day named after him, didn’t he ? That’s pretty post-racial. Here’s the clincher, though. America has a black President.  I mean come on, how much more post-racial can you get ?

Of course the thing about a society which thinks itself ‘post-racial’ is that there’s no need to talk about race because it’s ceased to be an issue. In some places, if you’re white, perhaps that’s how it seems. Society tends to self-segregate and research shows that a full 75% of whites have “entirely white social networks without any minority presence.” Putting that another way, they can’t even play the ‘’but I have a black friend’ card should race ever creep uncomfortably into their conversations. Not that it is likely to, of course, in a ‘post-racial’ society.

Realistically, those aren’t the people who are going to be able to provide an insight into the reality of race in the USA these days. For that we need, as James Baldwin advised, to listen to the stories of the unheard .. “If one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected .. those, precisely, who need the law’s protection most .. and listens to their testimony.“

What we get from them is a different picture showing an America where people of color, with a few notable exceptions, remain at the low end of the economic food-chain. A place of persistent inequality and lack of educational and employment opportunity if your skin is the ‘wrong’ color. A place where the justice system, and the police who enforce it, racially discriminate. A place where ‘white privilege’ means not even having to understand there is such a thing.

Americans live in different worlds and different realities. For a young black male America can be a dangerously hostile place. He is far more likely to be stopped and searched without reason by the police than a white man, more likely to be convicted of a drug offense, more likely to end up in jail, more likely to be shot and killed by the cops and, if he manages to negotiate his way through that mine-field and get a college degree, he is much less likely to get a job. Some would argue this is not a failed system but one working as intended. W.E.B. Dubois said .. “a system cannot fail those it was never designed to protect.”

What do we see if we really look at America ? A shameful and growing list of unarmed black men and women shot by white police (here). Brutal and bloody white on black riot and intimidation recurring repeatedly over the last century (here). Mass demonstrations against police brutality since 2000 in Cincinnati, Oakland, Ferguson, and Baltimore. Just recently a white supremacist shooting down 9 worshipers in a black church in Charleston (here). Six black churches in five states burned down in seven days after that massacre (here).

Michael Moore said .. In a country born of racial genocide, the issue of race is still an open wound on the American soul. We haven’t dealt with it.“  That is the reality and the continuing challenge for America.

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Finding Heel Position - A Game by Connie Cleveland

A variation on the call to heel game using Fenzi’s pocket hand and a place command (instead of a sit-stay). Martin always forgets about calling to heel from a distance beside him (near the end of the video clip).

Click here for the written instructions that accompany this video.