Black Lives Matter is held to such a ridiculously high standard. If anyone who is REMOTELY associated with BLM commits an act of violence, white people use it as an excuse to smear the name of the entire movement.
Cops can murder unarmed Black people and many white folks still jump to defend the police force.
Rick Tyler, a local businessman running in the heavily Republican district, has drawn sharp criticism for a pair of inflammatory signs near Highway 411 in Polk County: One that says “Make America White Again,” and another that invokes Martin Luther King Jr. and reads “I Have a Dream” over an image of the Capitol surrounded by Confederate flags.
It was intended to elicit the idea in people’s minds of … what ‘Make America White Again’ could possibly mean. My quick response to that is the ‘Leave It to Beaver,’ ‘Ozzie and Harriet,’ ‘Mayberry’ America that I grew up in was a better America,
Tyler said, claiming that time had no “break-ins” or “Muslim sleeper cells,” had less immigration by people of color — and was so safe you could leave your doors unlocked.
“He wants to go back to the 1950s where whites are in control and blacks ‘know their place. He’s about as racist as you can get, from what I can tell.”
In Union County, Tennessee, a teacher and his colleagues believe he was fired for sponsoring the gay-straight alliance at the high school where he worked.
Chris Richeson’s contract with Union County High School was not renewed for the upcoming school year, and he wasn’t given a reason why. He has a perfect track record at his school and has consistently earned the highest performance rating for his job, yet the administration refused to tell him why he was let go.
However, he says that when he helped students start a GSA this year, they faced extreme hostility from administration and other students alike. One example: students reportedly hung posters up at the school that said “GAY IS NOT THE WAY” and “Stay Straight, God Is Coming Back Soon!”
Richeson said being asked by a student to sponsor the club was his proudest moment as an educator, but that afterward, there were more than a dozen instances where students were asked to change the club, or Richeson was questioned about it.
“I was called down to the principal’s office repeatedly and given lectures involving the GSA’s attempts to do different activities,” he said. “It was very difficult to get approval for basic things that other clubs do such as making announcements or hosting an event.” […]
Richeson feels like he lost his job because of his involvement with GSA and now he’s worried that his former students will be left without an adult to stand up for them and give them a safe space.
“I always told them they were completely safe in my classroom, that I would lose my job before I ever allowed anything to happen to them,” he said. “Unfortunately that did happen.”
Those last two quotes break my heart. Protect teachers who defend their LGBT+ students without apology, and raise hell for those who are mistreated.
16-year-old Chauncy Black had no money
for food, so the straight-A student took
the bus to a store in a wealthy part of
town and asked a stranger if he could
carry groceries to his car in exchange
for some donuts. Knowing he needed
much more than donuts, Matt White
bought a week’s worth of necessities for
Chauncy and his disabled mother,
started a GoFundMe campaign, and
raised over $260K in 12 days. Source
So this is Chauncy…
…our new favorite person. I’ve been reading about him and looking at the GoFundMe page that Matt Whiteso graciously set up for him, and in the time it took me to make this post (maybe 15 min), I watched the money raised go from $258k to over $262k. This happened in about 15 minutes…
The love is seriously flowing for Chauncy, which is awesome in light of everything else we’ve got going on in the world right now. It’s amazing what a positive attitude and strong work ethic can do for you. Honorable mention goes to the Internet…
You know it’s spring when baby bears 🐻 are out! This cute cub is lounging in a tree at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. Mother bears and their cubs usually emerge from their winter dens in late March to early April. Photo by Matt & Delia Hills (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Forced ourselves to wake up at 5 in the morning to watch the sunrise even after driving 10+ hours the day before and barely getting enough sleep. We drove up to Clingmans Dome which is the highest point in the Smoky’s at 6,600 feet. This was the sight that greeted us a few minutes after we walked up to the tower view deck. The clouds and the fog made the scene all the more dramatic and magnificent.
Police of Tennessy released graphic body-cam footage that shows an officer fatally shooting
Laronda Sweatt, 40, who police claim had already attacked a Sumner County sheriff’s deputy with an ax.
“In the video, which was captured from a camera on officer James Spray’s vest as well as other footage from another officer, Spray is seen telling a woman wielding an ax to stop approaching multiple times, then Spray is seen shooting the woman,” the newspaper reports.
Sweatt’s daughter, Alainna Sweatt, told The Tennessean that the police released “half of the story that the police wants you to see.”
“Before they start judging, people should see the entire, unedited video so they can make their own conclusions,” Alainna Sweatt, 22, told the newspaper. “This is not doing my mother any justice. She was not a person who was out there to attack police officers. She was provoked.”
This is shit!!! He shoots and then says ‘Get on the ground’. Of course she will, he just shot her!! I demand investigation on this brutal crime!
As of July 1, if a handgun carry permit holder in Tennessee is injured, suffers bodily injury or death, incurs economic loss or expense, property damage or any other compensable loss on a property posted as a gun-free zone, they can sue the person or entity who stripped them of their right to self defense.
[IMAGE: Three mine water retention ponds at the site of a pipeline leak in Shelby County, Alabama]
While the fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline has gained national attention in recent weeks, a pipeline break in Alabama has spilt over 250,000 gallons of gasoline and was declared a state emergency Thursday.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declared the state of emergency following a pipeline break from last week in Shelby County near the state’s biggest city, Birmingham. The Environmental Protection Agency believes that the spillage is contained within the original leak area and says that local residents are not at risk.
The spill site is close to the Cahaba River, where a number of endangered species live. The EPA said that it was unlikely that the spill would reach the river. Local residents however were concerned that the spill would affect their water supplies.
The operating company Colonial shut down the major line which carries gasoline from refineries in Houston to the east coast, terminating in new York. The pipeline carries around 1.3 million barrels per day.
The company has not yet given an explanation for the leak and Colonial Pipeline spokesman did not say how much gasoline was usually provided to Alabama service stations because it was confidential company information.