The Nixon Administration admits its policies were meant to attack Blacks and anti-war people, so they did what was necessary including arresting their leaders, raiding their homes and more. [From the film “13th”]
The clock has been turned back on racial progress in America, though scarcely anyone seems to notice. All eyes are fixed on people like Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey, who have defied the odds and risen to power, fame, and fortune. For those left behind, especially those within prison walls, the celebration of racial triumph in America must seem a tad premature. More black men are imprisoned today than at any other moment in our nation’s history. More are disenfranchised today than in 1870, the year the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified prohibiting laws that explicitly deny the right to vote on the basis of race. Young black men today may be just as likely to suffer discrimination in employment, housing, public benefits, and jury service as a black man in the Jim Crow era–discrimination that is perfectly legal, because it is based on one’s criminal record.
A border story from Nogales, Arizona: I spotted 12-year-old Alexander Figueroa bringing his pug, Michelle, back home across the border from Nogales, Mexico. The dog’s lip had been torn in a fight with a bigger dog. The vet in Tucson quoted them $675 to stitch Michelle up. So instead, Alexander and his mom, Liliana, drove south. Total cost in Mexico: 600 pesos, or about $30. “And they gave her a free shower!” Alexander told me, happily.
*ATTENTION: The show returns this week so we will be trending THE FULL ONE HOUR BEFORE THE EPISODE AIRS.
We’ll keep trending now that the show is back, don’t give up Blindspotters, please! We can do this together! Join us for Renew Blindspot but more importantly TWEET LIVE with the episode!
First of all, we trend Wednesday, March 22nd, one full hour before the Blindspot time slot.
Check your time zones. (also, please let me know if Daylight Savings is going into effect anywhere in the world this week so I take that into account).
General rules and guidelines to remember:
1- START YOUR TWEET with our slogan “Renew Blindspot” in EVERY tweet. It’s important that you capitalize first letters of our slogan and NEVER hashtag it.
2- Add a brief message to your tweets along with a graphic or gif too
3- Add the #Blindspot hashtag too, if you like.
4- Create NEW TWEETS as they count more toward trending than RT or QTs.
5- Tweet @nbc directly and keep sending them messages requesting they Renew Blindspot. (Either during the trend or whenever you feel like it). Remember, let’s keep it with a good and positive vibe. It’s all about how much we love the show.
6- DO interact with other trend tweets. Even if it’s just to say, “I love how badass Patterson is” or “That’s my favorite Jeller moment ever”. Seems to help Twitter detect trends. So if you see another fan tweet something you like? RT it & reply to it.
7- We will be tweeting the full hour before the show time slot. We need to get Renew Blindspot into Twitter’s Top 10 Trending Topics. When, if, happens we have to continue trending to maximum exposure, and in as many countries as possible.
8- If the time does not work for you, please know that there are apps that allow you to prepare tweets and schedule them before hand to air during the hour we are trending. So please, even if you cannot actually be there, at least set up some tweets to go out and it will definitely help in the trend (I personally use tweetdeck but there are others I believe).
9- Don’t forget to also watch live and tweet during the episode (along with the crew/cast/creator/writers) to get the #Blindspot hashtag trending in the top ten (like we do every week!)
“History is not just stuff that happens by accident. We are the products of history that our ancestors choose, if we’re white. If we are black, we are the products of the history that our ancestors mostly likely did not choose. Yet here we are all together, the products of that set of choices. And we have to understand that in order to escape from it. -Kevin Gannon; Professor of History at Grandview University [From the film "13th” on Netflix]
The 13th, a new documentary by Selma directorAva DuVernay, is now streaming on Netflix. It’s about the loophole in the 13th amendment, which outlawed slavery and involuntary servitude, "except as a punishment for crime.” In the film we hear from activist Angela Davis, Sen. Cory Booker, TheNew Jim Crow author Michelle Alexander and Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson, on the subject of mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex.
“The new statistic from the Justice [Department] is really disheartening: The Justice Department is now reporting that 1 in 3 black male babies born in the 21st century is expected to go to jail or prison. The statistic for Latino boys is 1 in 6. That statistic was not true in the 20th century. It was not true in the 19th century. It didn’t become true until the 21st century. That means we have enormous work to do to improve our commitment to [a] society that is not haunted and undermined and corrupted by our legacy of racial inequality.
The same is true for poverty. We’ve got a bigger population of poor people in this country than we’ve had in a generation, and we’ve got to take on the challenges of poverty. … For me, that means taking it on in a different way. I’m not persuaded that the opposite of poverty is wealth — I’ve come to believe … that the opposite of poverty is justice.”