Something to Think About …. “✊🏽 #TakeAKnee …. Don’t Forget Why the Protest Began ✊🏽 …. “!!

Trump took two knees in Helsinki.

It Is What It Is

~Eric Reid: Why Colin Kaepernick and I Decided to Take a Knee~

RESPECTFUL GESTURE

Sept. 25, 2017

In early 2016, I began paying attention to reports about the incredible number of unarmed black people being killed by the police. The posts on social media deeply disturbed me, but one in particular brought me to tears: the killing of Alton Sterling in my hometown Baton Rouge, La. This could have happened to any of my family members who still live in the area. I felt furious, hurt and hopeless. I wanted to do something, but didn’t know what or how to do it. All I knew for sure is that I wanted it to be as respectful as possible.

A few weeks later, during preseason, my teammate Colin Kaepernick chose to sit on the bench during the national anthem to protest police brutality. To be honest, I didn’t notice at the…

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No Money. No Civil Rights. It’s Easy!


There are more African-American men in prison, jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850
“There are more African-American men in prison, jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850,”

I saw this quote in a post on All Things Chronic and remembered I had taken a shot of the quote shortly after it had been painted on a wall in Clarion Alley.

It’s source is Michelle Alexander.  She uses it in her book, The New Jim Crow

“Today there are more African-Americans under correctional control — in prison or jail, on probation or parole — than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. There are millions of African-Americans now cycling in and out of prisons and jails or under correctional control. In major American cities today, more than half of working-age African-American men are either under correctional control or branded felons and are thus subject to legalized discrimination for the rest of their lives.”

No Money. No Civil Rights. It’s Easy!