Month: September 2016

By: Malika Shirk-Rogers
There is a major problem in this country when a peaceful protest, like Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem sparks outrage and not the reason why he is doing it. Racial injustice, police brutality, and other forms of discrimination against African Americans are the reasons why we stage protest. Instead of people acknowledging the truth about race in America, they choose to ignore it or water it down. However, people are not standing for the status quo anymore; we want change, real change.
Colin Kaepernick’s protest was vindicated when the murder of two more black men by police happened this week. The murders of Terrence Crutcher and Keith Scott validated the point that black lives don’t seem to matter as much as the lives of white people. As a matter of fact, even terrorist lives seem to matter more than black lives. The NYC bomber injured people and had a shootout with the police and was still somehow taken into custody alive. I know the critics will say that the information he can provide could save lives, but they also forget that he now has an opportunity to defend himself, something Terrence and Keith will never get. Instead, the media and racist will smear the names of Terrence and Keith, creating the he was a “big bad dude” narrative, like that justifies their deaths. Don’t tell me the police have seconds to react when we’ve all seen them go out of their way to bring people like, Dylan Roof out alive.

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America is in critical shape right now. It is imperative that something is done about racial injustice, police brutality, and other forms of discrimination or I fear it will get worse before it gets better. It’s time for our current President and our future Presidents to take this matter seriously. Having only the backs of the police just creates further distrust in our government. Instead of pandering to the black community show them you actually have a plan of action. Don’t go on an African American radio station or T.V show and tell them you are going to lecture white people on the matters of racism. Also, having a town hall to reach out to black voters doesn’t mean telling them you want to implement more stop-and-frisk policies within their communities. Get it together America, because as of right now there is no liberty and justice for all.

9/22/2016

 

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By Malika Shirk-Rogers

Obama made a very forceful plea to African Americans, in particular, to get out and vote. According to The Guardian, Obama wants African Americans to get behind Hillary Clinton because her platform focuses on issues that affect the African American community.
“I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election.” “You want to give me a good send-off, go vote.”
However, I disagree with President Obama on who African Americans should vote for. I think African American people should be looking at all the candidates in this race. All Americans should be voting for the person that aligns with the issues they most care about. In spite of there being more than two options, most Americans feel obligated to vote for the two major parties, but there are millions of people who opt out of voting all together. These are the voters who feel disengaged or just don’t participate in elections.
Millennials, according to some recent polls, will not be coming out in big numbers for Hillary Clinton, like in 2008 to elect President Obama. Instead, more and more millennials are supporting third party candidates like Jill Stein. Millennials are rejecting the two major party system, which is causing nervousness among the Democrats. Seeing that, probably prompted President Obama’s stern message to the Congressional Black Caucus.

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With this in mind, there is stigma with the Clintons as a whole, where people just don’t trust them. Just about all the recent polls show Hillary with a very high unfavorable/untrustworthy rating. The reasons why people don’t trust Hillary Clinton stem from her use of an unauthorized private server, Benghazi, lobbying for the 1994 crime bill, her “super predators” comment about African Americans, and more. It’s important to realize, that for these reasons alone people will not be casting their ballot for her. Hillary Clinton, like all presidential candidates need to earn the African American vote. President Obama’s disappointment needs to come from Hillary Clinton’s incapability to do as such. So, if you want to vote for Jill Stein or the down ballot don’t let President Obama guilt trip you into four years of lies and corruption. The Democrats had an opportunity with Bernie Sanders but their favorable actions towards Hillary Clinton may ultimately cost them this election.
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By Tim Black

Here we go again. That’s what I was thinking as I read the story of 13-year old Tyre King. Tyre King was a 13-year-old kid living in East Columbus, OH. Tyre lost his life after what appeared to be “fake robbery” attempt using a BB gun. Sad indeed.

According to Chief Kim Jacobs, the gun used “It turns out to not be a firearm in the sense that it fires real bullet, but as you can see it looks like a firearm that could kill you,”  Based on that information and a picture of the type of BB gun Tyre allegedly possessed, I’m sure it appeared to be real enough to thoroughly scare the victim of that robbery.

Based on reportsofficers were investigating an attempted robbery where the victim described “a group of people approached him and demanded money. One of them, he told officers, had a gun.”

Officers saw a group of people matching the victim’s description. When the officers approached the group two men fled into an alley. During the pursuit, officers said one of the suspects pulled what looked like a gun from his waistband. An officer fired several shots into the suspect who we now know is Tyree King. Tyre died late at the hospital.

tyrekingI can’t help, but recall 12-year-old Tamir Rice gunned down in less than three seconds just two years ago in the very same state of Ohio.Tamir  was young, black and in  possession of a non deadly weapon, but the similarities end there.

  • Tyre King was allegedly committing a crime: robbery.
  • Tamir was playing at an almost empty park.
  • Tyre King fled from police.
  • Tamir barely had time to blink let alone run.

I’m not here to defend the indefensible. Tyre’s actions are heart-wrenching  and criminal. Robbery is a serious issue; I know I’ve been robbed at gun point before. Trust me, it’s no fun. I can tell you nothing makes you get in touch with your own sense of mortality more than staring down the barrel of a gun.

My beef is with the Columbus Ohio Police Chief and their lack of body cameras. I’m tired of the Country being torn apart by assumptions. In America today any Police Department that doesn’t outfit all its officers with body cameras is choosing to risk creating only more division between citizens and police.

I’m sure many others would argue this is an open and shut case: Thug robs citizen. Thug flees. Cops Chase. Thug pulls gun. Cops shoot Thug. The End. Sorry. I can’t fall in line with you. My video on the Tyre King shooting is  here.

Maybe it’s just me. Perhaps I’ve been reporting on stories of death by cop too often, but I need proof. I need proof this young man pulled out his BB gun to engage officers knowing it shoots BB’s not bullets. I’ve heard of bringing a knife to a gunfight, but a BB gun to a shoot-out? I can’t easily believe even at 13 Tyre was that delusional. I also need proof the officers were in fear of their lives. Let me remind you Ohio is an Open Carry State and any citizen with a gun should be given the opportunity to lay that gun down before being fired upon. Tyre deserved the same merciful courtesy extended to some old white guy in the middle of the street angry about his social security payments.

Many online critics, of which there are many when such instances arise, say Tyre’s parents are to blame. I hesitate to blame Tyre’s parents, at least not yet. I can’t in good conscience flippantly assume Tyre’s parents knew their son was out with friends sticking up people with a BB gun. That’s just me. I’m also stumped at just what type of economic situation does a 13 year old live with where he’s out robbing and stealing instead of playing Pokémon, or better yet, doing his homework? Questions. More questions and sadly, not nearly enough answers. Then again, we had footage of the death of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Philando Castille and Alton Sterling still not so much as an indictment let alone a conviction, so what do I know?