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Tuesday, July 5, 2016:   Alton Sterling is murdered by police after selling CD’s outside a Baton Rouge, LA convenience store.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016:  Philando Castile is pulled over near St. Paul, MN for a busted tail light. When he informs the police officer he is carrying a gun and has a legal permit to do so, the officer asks for his ID then shoots and murders him — all while a 4-year-old child is sitting in the back seat.

Thursday, July 7, 2016:  An African-American man is found hanged to death inside Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, following a KKK distribution of recruitment flyers.

Thursday, July 7, 2016:  Micah Xavier Johnson opens fire on police officers during a Black Lives Matter march in downtown Dallas, injuring a dozen and killing 5 police officers.

Sadly, this is just another week in America.

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If there was ever any need for a movement to emphasize that black lives do indeed matter, the events of this past week prove it. Within the span of a mere 72 hours, America displayed its chronic and urgent problem of police brutality, gun control and racism — all at the same time. These are issues that have been brushed under the rug far too long and simply cannot be ignored any longer!

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ALTON STERLING

Black Lives ALTON STERLINGSelling CD’s outside a convenience store to make ends meet for your family is not a crime, particularly when the owner of the private store and property has given you permission to be there. However, it was enough to land Alton Sterling in the city morgue due to the actions of a trigger-happy police officer.

A homeless man was angry that Sterling wouldn’t give him money, so he called police to report that a man was in front of the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge brandishing a gun. When police arrived, video footage shows them completely overreacting, tackling Sterling to the ground, then shooting him dead at point-blank range — all because of an anonymous phone call from a homeless person.  Many Americans were quick to point out that the scenario had nothing to do with race.  However, if Alton Sterling were white, does anyone actually believe he would be dead today just because he was selling CD’s outside a convenience store?

Another dead black man at the hands of police.  Black lives DO matter!

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PHILANDO CASTILE

Black Lives PHILANDO CASTILLEPhilando Castile was riding with his girlfriend and 4-year-old daughter when he was pulled over by police for a busted tail light. With hands in the air, Castile informed the police officer he was carrying a gun, but made it clear that he had a license to LEGALLY carry the weapon. When Castile followed instructions and reached for his ID as the officer requested, he was shot and murdered on the spot. Quick thinking by Castile’s girlfriend captured the entire episode on Facebook live stream.

Records show that Castile had been stopped by police a whopping 52 times in recent years, as well as fined more than $6500 in fees for minor reasons.  In fact, out of 86 violations police levied against Castile, over half of them were dismissed by the courts.

Castile had a LEGAL permit to carry a firearm.  Castile followed instructions to the letter when the officer demanded to see his ID. However, Philando Castile is now in the city morgue due to the actions of a trigger-happy police officer.

Interestingly, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has been eerily quiet on the death of Philando Castile. Previously, the NRA has been up in arms whenever a citizen carrying a legal gun was even as much as questioned by police.  Now, the NRA has gone radio silent, despite the fact that a citizen carrying a legal gun is DEAD. Is race a factor here? Could their silence be related to the fact that this legal gun carrying citizen was a black man?  If not, how else can anyone explain their utter silence nearly a week after Castile’s death?

Another dead black man at the hands of police.  Black lives DO matter!

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DALLAS SHOOTING

Black Lives POLICEWhen Micah Xavier Johnson used a peaceful Black Lives Matter march to kill innocent police officers in Dallas, he was completely in the wrong and his actions likely set the BLM movement back unfairly. To use a popular platitude, “An eye for an eye” is just not the answer.

In fact, violence of ANY kind and on ANY level is not the answer.  Still, it’s not difficult to understand how humans often act out in unthinkable ways when they feel backed into a corner and at the end of their rope. Reportedly, that was Johnson’s mindset. In a country where it appears to be open season on black men, there are likely a thousand other “Micah Johnson’s” out there who are in survival mode and feeling helpless, targeted and only one more incident away from exploding themselves.  We have to address the very real issues of police brutality and race before another Dallas happens again.

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Black Lives WALSH TWEET

OBAMA IS TO BLAME

Former Republican Congressman and Tea Party member Joe Walsh of Illinois took to Twitter last week to blame President Obama for the killing of 5 Dallas police officers.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, Walsh said “3 Dallas Cops killed, 7 wounded. This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming for you.”

Since President Obama was in Poland and not on the streets of Dallas carrying a gun at the time of the shootings, how exactly is he to blame for any of it?  Is his black skin the only connection Walsh is making to Black Lives Matter, since the Commander-In-Chief had nothing to do with the police deaths?  What exactly does Walsh mean by telling a sitting President of the United States “this is war” and “real America is coming for you?” Is this a matter the Secret Service should be seriously investigating??

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BLACK LIVES MATTER

It’s time to address the erroneous and negative perception of Black Lives Matter once and for all.

Black Lives MatterIn the wake of the deaths of 5 police officers in Dallas, it seems as if many Americans have completely forgotten about the deaths of 2 black men at the hands of police only days earlier. When a white police officer kills a black man, many Americans shake their heads then simply go on with their daily lives. However, when a black man kills a white police officer, it becomes round the clock news coverage and an opportunity for many in white America to brand BLM as racist rabble-rousers.

Black Lives ALL LIVESIn recent days, the media and the Internet have been overloaded with comments denouncing the theory that black lives matter.  The common reply is that ALL lives matter. However, let’s be clear: saying black lives matter does not imply an invisible “Only” is in front of that statement.  No one said “ONLY Black Lives Matter.”  Of course ALL lives matter, but in a week when multiple black men are shot dead by police, it’s not a contest of who matters more or unnecessary to focus on black lives.

For example, if someone wore a T-Shirt that says “Fight Breast Cancer,” they are not implying that only breast cancer is worthy and all other cancers should be ignored.  No!  The same relates to the theory of black lives matter, particularly in light of the events of last week and in the history of this country.

When Harambee the gorilla was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo, nobody blamed animal rights activists for coming out against the shooting and calling for the immediate implementation of measures to prevent it from ever happening again. Well, isn’t the black life of a black man worth more than the life of a gorilla?

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The events of this past week were a deadly domino effect.  The deaths of Sterling and Castile all happened because police saw a black man, assumed the worst, then overreacted accordingly.  If the police had never shot Sterling or never shot Castile, Dallas almost certainly would have never happened.

Perhaps it’s time to stop blaming Black Lives Matter and admit that police brutality and racism are catastrophically out of control in this country.  Until we stop brushing it under the rug and pretending it doesn’t exist, sadly there will be more body bags for black men AND likely for police.

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Truthiz1
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…..during a speech delivered by Chief Brown of the Dallas PD yesterday….: We're asking cops to do too much in this country. We are. We just ask of us to do too much. Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve. Not enough mental-health funding. Let the cop handle it. Not enough drug-addiction funding. Let’s give it to the cops. Here in Dallas, we got a loose-dog problem. Let’s have the cops chase loose dogs. Schools fail, give it to the cops. Seventy percent of the African American community is being raised by single women. Let’s give it to the cops to solve that as well. That’s too much to ask. Policing was never meant to solve all those problems, and I just ask for other parts of our democracy, along with the free press, to help us. . . . Serve your communities. Don’t be… Read more »
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i have to give it to you BD, you're giving all you've got. And you know I have nothing but much respect for both you and DJ. You two are like my daily cup of coffee and i don't even drink coffee..lol But seriously. I get it. I understand the difference. And please know that I most certainly DO support the idea that "Black lives have value" and "Black lives do matter" too. In fact, I embrace that idea so much so that I am baffled by the fact that Blacks want to raise h*ll about black men being unjustly killed by bad (mostly white) cops, while Blacks are killed DAILY in America by other Blacks, totaling about 6,000 deaths last year alone. And what do I hear in response to Black-on-Black homicides? Crickets… Where is the Black outrage BD? Where are the large-scale protests demanding accountability within Black communities?… Read more »
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There are plenty of people trying to stop black men from killing each other in Chicago and a lot of places. I know because I am one of them. I volunteer in a mentor program and we do this kind of thing everyday. So I get a little mad when people say nobody is doing anything about black on black crime because we are. Alot of us are. I believe black lives matter and all lives matter. That has nothing to do with any organizationr. I don't want authority figures that should be trusted like cops killing black men. But I don't want black men killing black men either.

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You're a good man BD and Lord knows we need more Black men like You out there "fighting the good fight," if you will.

Heck, in light of all this country is going through right now I'm now looking around in my own community to see where I can help make a difference.

I think this is a rare moment in American history when We (Americans who truly care about Our families, Our communities and Our nation) get to choose (by Our words and actions) which direction America takes.

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@ BD – continuing with my 2nd main thought on BLM………. I took the time to visit the main website of BLM and read a few facts about the group via their "Herstory" which confirmed for me what I had already known. For example: 1. BLM was founded by 3 Black females – Alicia n Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi. 2. BLM was created "after the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin" at the hands of George Zimmerman who "was not held accountable for the crime he committed." Additional "Herstory" information includes……………………….. BLM: Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. [….] Yes. And thousands of Black lives are lost every year as a direct result of Black-on-Black crime but for some reason THAT didn't prompt the creation of BLM and its "call to action." BLM:… Read more »
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See a lot of people confuse the movement and the idea. The movement and the organization called Black Lives matter is one thing. Saying you believe that "black lives matter' is another thing. That's what Guliani and a lot of Repubs are getting wrong. They don't like the black lives organization so they have a problem talking about the worth of black lives. Borrowing one of DJ's examples I don't have to support the American Cancer society, but I can still support fighting cancer. Same thing here. You don't have to support the group "Black Lives Matter" but you can still support the idea that "black lives have value and black lives do matter." Those are two different things. I hope this makes sense.

Tye
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This issue regarding Black lives matter is very interesting. When groups like women rights, gay and lesbian rights, workers right and any other group that is holding our government accountable for fair treat under the law are birthed from the feelings of some absence of human rights. Each group feels that in their perspective places that a part of their humanity is being ignored. When women stand up and say they want to be treated fairly in areas that have been proven they are not, is that being anti-male or is it an articulation of how they are being marginalized in their humanity as women. Are gays and lesbians anti-heterosexual when they say , I just want to participate in society in my human reality without persecution, etc. So it is difficult for me to understand why is there such unclarity when African Americans say, hey I am black and… Read more »
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I'm half Asian myself and I find this absolutely ridiculous. There is no discrimination against blacks….at least not where I'm at. I've been passed over for promotions at jobs and have been fired or had hours cut when I've reported my fellow employees for wrong-doing at the workplace. I'm so sick of hearing about how they're held back or down or whatever other nonsense. And my biggest question, that has yet to still be answered is……why is there not news coverage and obama targeting black on black killings that happen almost on a daily basis?!?! When that issue can be brought up, confronted and dealt with, then we can listen to discrimination claims against blacks. And out of all the black people I know that are friends (and family), not one has ever been mistreated by cops. Huh…..they MUST be mistaken, right? Oh, wait….they have the sense to show respect… Read more »
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Such a sad state of affairs….and the BLM COULD be a good thing, but it also brings out the ugly in certain people who make the movement pointless. Such as shown here, http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/duty-offic

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I'm new to this site, but I'm going to be honest. The BLM movement is ridiculous, and is the root of all the problems. If they were such a peaceful movement and just trying to protest police violence, how can violence solve the problem. I was down in TN this past weekend, and there was a "rally" going on…..chants were along the lines of "Kill the popo" and that sort. I have buddies that are cops and they had to deal with this over the weekend. Can anyone tell me exactly what is supposed to be accomplished with these "rallies"? I'm not getting it at all. And with all the black friends I do have, not one of them have EVER been harassed, or wrongly accused of by the police. So, it seems to me a small percentage in podunk towns are being bothered and are unhappy. But if I'm… Read more »
Del
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It's more than the name of a group. It's an expression of the angst we feel. Sadly, however, it will fall short, because it fails to address the second side of the Great Commandment – "You shall live your neighbor as yourself." I say that, not as a criticism, but as an observation. It may be that those who carry this message do not see their ability to address that one. The power of the 60s Civil Rights Movement was that it put THAT question into the national conscience. To that extent, the presented choices do not do the issue justice, because this is not just a police problem, but a societal one. Do the lives of black people have the same value as the lives of other people, or does the history of blacks in America mark us out for separation for all time?

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Um…Wow. Just. Wow. Newt Gingrich On The ‘Everyday Danger’ Of Being Black In America Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), a former House Speaker whom presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is reportedly vetting for vice president, said Friday that black people in the U.S. “are substantially more likely to be in a situation where the police don’t respect you, and where you could easily get killed.” “Sometimes, for white people, it’s difficult to appreciate how real that is,” Gingrich said during a Facebook Live conversation with former Obama administration official Van Jones. “It’s an everyday danger.” “If you’re an African-American, then you’re raising your teenage boys to be very careful in obeying the police,” Gingrich said to Jones, who is black and the father of teenagers. “Literally, their lives are at risk [if they interact with police], and they can see that on television.” The former House Speaker’s comments came as the… Read more »
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Stephen Carter- Chicago Tribune Commentary: Excerpt: It has become leaden and disheartening, the series of tragic slayings of young black men by police. One can accept the statistics suggesting that the problem is not as bad as we think. One can buy entirely the existence of a "Ferguson effect" — the idea that increased scrutiny of police actions has led to increases of violent crime in cities. One can concede that the far greater problem facing black America is the way our young men are killing one another. And yet, somehow, the incidents of police shootings weigh heavily upon the soul. [….] Okay so WHY is that? Why do Blacks tend to be more bothered by White cops who kill Black men here and there..than are bothered by the many Black lives taken every day (Thousands a year) in this country as a direct result of Black-on-Black crime? I have… Read more »
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Truth I always heard you say you don't like Black lives matter and I always wondered why? Been meaning to ask you about this.

Truthiz1
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BD I wish i could support them but I can't.

It's just as I expressed in my initial response….

Regardless of any organization's stated purpose, if, IMO, their actions tend to do more to disrupt and further separate us as a society than seeking ways to brings us together….I cannot relate.

As I have watched the BLM movement I believe their actions tend to do more to disrupt and separate us as a society rather than seeking ways to bring us together.

Whether they mean to or not…I feel they do more harm than good.

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Ok I respect that. The only problem is, Black lives matter is not a unified movement. It started out as a peaceful group and some others broke off and started a few more militant side groups. It's not like theres one person running all of black lives matter and planning everything. The peaceful members are who organized the Dallas march and kept everything as just a protest. Black lives matter gets a bad rap because a lot of people don't understand it's not just one group. Like if somebody said they don't agree with black people because of the Black panthers, that wouldn't be fair. I hope this at least makes you reconsider and not put them all in one.

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Yes. I know they aren't a "unified" movement …and I believe therein lies their biggest problem. You have different groups with very different agendas protesting under the guise of BLM and no question about it, the original BLM is being negatively impacted by it.

But the truth is, I was never a fan of the original BLM group because my introduction to them was watching them disrupting rallies…first, Bernie Sanders and and then Hillary's.

And then that nonsense that went on in Chicago when Trump baited them into disrupting his rally…and they took the bait…that was enough of BLM for me.

But I absolutely agree with you BD – BLM is NOT responsible for what happened in Dallas and I expressed that in my initial response. That protest was indeed Peaceful.

Mr. BD
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Once again I can respect that. But I'm curious what did you think of the Dem congressmen sitting in at the House or Representatives led by John Lewis about gun control?

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@BD- Fair question my dear friend. I have two main thoughts on it….and please bare with me. First: I have the highest respect for John Lewis and anyone else who literally put their lives on the line (some even lost their lives) in the Non-violent struggle for Civil Rights/ and Equal Rights for ALL Americans, including Blacks who, at the time, were subjected to all manner of institutionalized White racism and discrimination. Men and women, Black and White (but mostly Black) rolled up their sleeves and got busy working in some of the most dangerous communities, cities and states across America…particularly in the South, during that tumultuous time of struggle for Civil and Equal justice. For example: in 1964, John Lewis, a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) coordinated SNCC's efforts for "Mississippi Freedom Summer," a campaign to register black voters across the South. The Freedom Summer… Read more »
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Hey Truthiz1. I never thought I'd see the day, but for once I agree with you. Black Lives Matter is a hate group plain and simple. Don't legitimize them.

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"Black Lives Matter is inherently racist because, number one, it divides us. … All lives matter: White lives, black lives, all lives. Number two: Black Lives Matter never protests when every 14 hours somebody is killed in Chicago, probably 70-80% of the time (by) a black person. Where are they then? Where are they when a young black child is killed?"

These are Rudy Giuliani's words and I agree with him.

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Cassidy I read that same article. Here is the part you left out. Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza said Monday that she disagreed with Giuliani's comments and suggested he spend time with ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who told CNN political commentator Van Jones on Friday that "normal white Americans" do not understand "being black in America." "I've seen the former mayor give those kinds of interviews before," Garza told MSNBC Monday. "It's disappointing. It shows that he's out of touch with the current pulse of where our country's at. And it also shows a real lack of understanding about how systemic racism actually works." Then Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said this. "I'm a mother of an African-American son and I teach my son at all times to respect authority. Mayor Giuliani, I want you to understand the predicament that African-American families are in where there is the very thought… Read more »
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Wow you really hit it on the head on all points DJ. Very good break down of the whole discussion. I think when it comes to Black lives matter they have become a scapegoat. The man that shot all the cops in Dallas was not in Black lives matter and had nothing to do with the march, but still people tried to blame Black lives matter for the whole thing. That's why that Repub is blaming Obama because they need to point the finger at somebody other than where the real problem is. Not all cops are bad people. Hell my cousin is a cop. But for the cops that are bad we need to stand up and admit the way they are killing and treating black men is a problem. Stop blaming Black lives and stop blaming Obama and point the finger at all the bad cops who are… Read more »
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