THIRTEEN’s The Talk – Race in America Tackles the Issue of Young People of Color and Their Uneasy Encounters With Law Enforcement. It premieres Monday, February 20, 9 p.m. on PBS. In anticipation of that premiere Tumblr and THIRTEEN  have convened officers, advocates and policy experts to discuss the state of community policing in the United States. 

Dr. Bryant T. Marks is a National Trainer on Implicit Bias and Community Policing. He has trained over 1,000 police chiefs via a series of White House briefings, and several thousand patrol officers through small group workshops in police departments across the country. He is a professor of psychology at Morehouse College and also serves as a Senior Research Fellow with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

John Matthews is the Executive Director of the Community Safety Institute (CSI) and a former Chief of Police. John developed and implemented community policing for the Dallas Police Department in the 1990’s and has worked nationally on scores of COPS Office initiatives over the past twenty years developing over 100 community policing training programs. John also serves as the Director of Federal Partnerships for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and was a member of the White House 21st Century Policing team.

Bakari Kitwana is the executive director of Rap Sessions, which is currently touring the nation leading town hall discussions on the theme “Run Toward Fear: Millennial Activists and Social Justice in the Trump Era” He is the author of The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture the forthcoming Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era.

Trevena Garel is a retired New York City Police Sergeant. During her 21-year career Trevena served as both an undercover and an investigator in the NYPD’s Chief of Patrol’s Investigation and Evaluation Section, investigating allegations of misconduct involving both uniformed and/or civilian members of the NYPD. Trevena has had “The Talk” with her three children and her two oldest grandchildren.

Chief Michael Koval began his career with the Madison Police Department in 1983. Before becoming the Chief in 2014 he was the Sergeant of Recruitment and Training for 17 years. He has a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

The Ask Box is now open.  Ask our panelists a question!

Our panelists will start responding on Saturday, February 18. 

As a pro-life Christian, I believe outlawing abortion is a BIG mistake.

Not because I don’t believe it’s wrong, but because I’m scared for the women out there who will turn to other ways to get abortions.

My grandmother got pregnant with my mother in the 60s, and considered getting an abortion at an illegal clinic. Now, an illegal clinic does not have to be up to code (because it’s illegal and they have no one supervising them). Thankfully she decided against it, because what if she got an infection or the procedure was done wrong and she died?

That’s what will happen if we outlaw abortion NOW. There will be no happy-white-Jesus-angels-singing victory! There will be women finding dangerous ways to get an abortion or even commit suicide themselves!

The only way to stop abortions is to stop the demand for it. How do we do that? Birth control, pre-natal care (which Planned Parenthood claims to provide but at most facilities it does not), care after birth, lower college tuition, lower housing costs, lower food costs, and most of all: get rid of the shame and fear of unexpected pregnancy!

Us Christians have shamed women and made them fearful to have children, and to bring them into this world. We have called them whores, disgusting, terrible women when really they are scared and need out help.

Let us as Christians start there: being gentle and compassionate to women who have unexpected pregnancy.

Just like we say “outlawing guns won’t stop criminals from getting to them”, it’s the same thing. Outlawing abortion will only lead to unsafe abortions.

Sorry this is long but I believe this is the biggest issue in America today: that we think nonbelievers are the problem when really, it starts with us. Pro-life is supporting life through every stage, not just at birth!

Hetalia Characters as Even More Things I Say

America: “There’s an issue…I’m fAT!”

Canada: “That’s okay I forget my real name too.”

Germany: “True friendship is when they can spell your long confusing German last name.”

England: “Everyone is getting engaged or married and here I am rereading Harry Potter for the 27th time…”

Prussia: “Listen every song can be improved with an added flute solo.”

Ukraine: “My boobs are way too big for that! They need support…a lot of support.”

China: “I know I’m supposed to be an ‘adult’ and 'mature’ but I want no NEED that giant fluffy pink lama. I’m gonna name it Sprinkles.”

Liechtenstein: “Who wants to GO? Why are you laughing? I’m not joking! I might be small and wearing a dress but we will fight and I WILL WIN!”

An alternative for purchasing your spiritual supplies would be BOTANICAS also named ‘Religious Goods store’

Most are ran by seasoned practitioners whose families have practiced for generations, often using traditional methods for their products. If they do import its often from practitioners of Africa, The Caribbean and Latin America.

* My Biggest issue with Euro-American ran spiritual shops is the slapping together of various Deities and customs due to ignorance, picking out whatever looks/sounds good from various belief systems and slapping it together with Euro based spiritual beliefs.

I read something in the paper that really confused me the other day. It said that 80 percent of the people in New York are minorities… Shouldn’t you not call them minorities when they get to be 80 percent of the population? That’s a very white attitude, don’t you think? I mean, you could take a white guy to Africa and he’ll be like, ‘Look at all the minorities around here! I’m the only majority.’
—  Louis C.K.

anonymous asked:

i don't understand chris' tweet. i feel stupid but what does he mean? :\

he’s basically saying if you don’t speak up on certain issues that you feel are important because you’re scared of backlash, you’re shitty. this is coming from the SAME guy that hasn’t mentioned a single thing regarding racial issues in america like he needs to shut up because he’s doing the bare minimum and its only to do w/ things that relate to him. so either he’s scared about backlash or he doesnt care for anything to do w/ non white people lol

hello! i know the randl tumblr fandom is a quaint environment and doesn’t really delve into many issues, but i’ve something on my mind for a while now and i’d really love to share it w yall and get your opinions on it.

that being said, let’s talk about myth*nt and the lack of diversity within it!

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