African American Issues Archives

Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela!

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Nelson Mandela.

He was and still is more than an iconic figure for so many hopeful and hopeless people in the world. Nelson was the light for African people who had no idea if they would ever see better days again including himself. He was active in making many social changes that are still in effect till this day in making the world a warmer place and today we honor the greatest of all time on his birthday!

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Nelson was influential during the time of apartheid in South Africa where many black people were being killed by their own people. The corruption was insane and the bloodshed was out of control at this time.

 

Hmmm, sound familiar…?

 

Yeah, exactly this is another example that proves beyond measure that we have not come so far as people love to portray. However, with that being said Nelson was a strong believer that knowledge and the power of love was a true conqueror over all.

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There is a famous quote that I love by him that basically says if people can be manipulated to hate out of fear than people can be taught to love because loving is more of a natural human instinct than hate is.

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Think about it!

 

Happy Birthday Legend!

Bloods and Crips Call It A Truce!

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The rapper, The Game has been making moves lately in regards to the big headlines and issues we have in the black communities. He was recently at the LA Police Department with Snoop Dogg discussing possible solutions to make sure that everyone is doing their part in being just and fair. And guess what else he did just now?

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The Game brought the two biggest black gang bangers around the world to make peace, Bloods and Crips. I know for a fact that the game sees the bigger picture in all of this turmoil.

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It will do us no good to march the streets yelling “BLACKLIVESMATTER” after tragedies happen with white and black people but disregard the reckless and careless actions we have toward one another in the black community.

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We are only not a force to be reckoned with when we come together and realize that the war is with the ignorant and uneducated people filled with fear and hate. We can not keep killing one another and make it easy for the oppressor.

The only way to win is to think smarter together!

 

Officers Killed In Louisiana!

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Today about a few hours ago there was another shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There were 7 cops injured and 3 cops dead. Apparently, the cops were mixed in race I believe but that shouldn’t even be relevant however it is. We all know that there is a war going on, but it is not a new one at all.

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One of the shooters was caught and he again claimed he was doing it under the movement of black lives matter. Again, another ignorant person using that as an excuse for taking that anger and killing innocent people.

 

How does killing officers who are there and protect you help anything? It might make you feel good for the moment but at the end of the day that was someone’s father or mother that you just murdered for doing their job as they were hired to do genuinely and honestly.

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We are so lost as a people and all I can do is pray every time I see news reports like these on my timeline. Think about all the black lives that have been taken by black lives! C’mon people wake up!!!!

We are so much better than this, so much better.

Alton Sterling Home Going

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Today marks the first day that the family and friends of Alton Sterling have gathered to acknowledge his great life all together. The family is mourning and mourning over this unnecessary tragedy that happened with no mercy or care in the world of racist cops. I believe the cops when they say that I they are scared of African Americans because we can run the world and that loss of control is something very precious to them as its been for years. However, none of this justifies them killing us day by day.

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Now although these white on black crimes are disgusting beyond measure can we talk about the real issue or not?

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Because I’m going to tell you right now that “black lives” never mattered the day we started killing ourselves ruthlessly. See, when we start to talk about what really needs to take places for us to be taken seriously as a people no one wants to say a word. I personally have a problem that.

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If we can’t address and try to fix the real issue then shut up about racial discrimination when the discrimination in our own race is outrageous.

 

Nonetheless, our sincere prayers are with Alton’s family and for all the fallen to racial discrimination and discrimination, fear and hate period within our race.

DL Hugley On Fox Network!

 

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Last night DL Hugley had th e chance to get on Fox News to talk about the recent deaths of African Americans at the hands of police officers. A lady named Megan who was supposed to be interviewing with him was clearly a rascist and it was clear she had little regard for black people herself.

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I must say that I am very happy about the strides we are taking as black people to put an end to racial tensions. There are many athletes such as Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James who have been calling attention to the African American issues as well.

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However even with all these inspirational people coming forward it still is not enough. The marching is still not enough even the petitions still aren’t enough. But one thing that will be effective is the hault on cash flow going into these businesses we support that could care less about us.

 

You know that half of these white owned businesses have the biggest clientele from the black communities. With that being said if we are as serious as we say we must be able to participate with actions that require a sacrifice.

 

I am more than willing to do that, are you?

 

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Three suspects are in police custody and one is dead after an attack on police during what was supposed to be a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas. Two shooters were snipers, who shot from “elevated positions” and another claimed that there were bombs planted downtown.

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Police Shooting: Philando Castile.

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Barely a day after two Louisiana police officers fatally shot and killed 37-year-old Alton Sterling for selling CD’s outside a convenience store, a Minnesota officer shot and killed Philando Castile Wednesday night. The aftermath of the shooting was live-streamed via Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend.

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The Imprint Of Jesse Williams’s Words!

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Let me just start by saying that the 4 minutes of spotlight that Jesse Williams was allotted had the potential to change someone’s life. While he was speaking last night I was speechless as I’m sure many others were. The truth was reiterated time and time again in Jesse’s speech at the BET Awards when he was presented with the Humanitarian Award.

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Jesse started his speech off strong and humble, saying that the award was not just for him but the struggling people all over the world. He gave special and much needed recognition to the African-American women and mothers of the world because he realizes that they are rarely appreciated daily for everything they go through. Beyond this he goes into talking about the racial dynamics of this country and the breakdown of where it all starts.

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Yes, African-Americans were oppressed (and still are) and our ancestors fought to get us out of oppression so why do we continue to do the dirty work for them by oppressing ourselves? His speech was honestly a s for everyone to wake up because it i so much bigger than making money and throwing a couple of name brands on your body.

Look at the bigger picture!

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I strongly urge everyone to take 4 valuable minutes of your life and analyze each bullet that Jesse hits in his speech, it is amazing.

Btw, Jesse graduated from Temple University which is my school! Great minds really do think alike, that gives me so much hope for the future!