Loretta Lynch: Sandra Bland’s Death Highlights “Concern” That Law Enforcement Works Against Black Communities

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch Announces Federal Charges For Charleston Church Shooter Source: Mark Wilson / Getty

Noting the historically contentious relationship between Black communities and law enforcement, Attorney General Loretta Lynch discussed how Sandra Bland’s death is a prime example of the concern that police encounters will end fatally.

During interviews with MSNBC and ABC, set to air Monday, Lynch said that what she hopes will come from Bland’s arrest and death is a real conversation and reform of policing tactics.

“The one thing that has come out of this tragic, tragic situation — the loss of life of this young woman — has been a discussion about specific police techniques.” she told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “Many of the things that we see police departments doing across the country, frankly, is working on exactly the type of techniques that would have been helpful here. As part of my community policing tour, I’ve talked to officers who have said, one of things that they…

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Police pepper spray Black Lives Matter protesters near Cleveland State University

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Police officials in Cleveland say they were in process of removing a “drunk” 14-year-old from a bus to take him to a police station.

That’s when they say they were confronted by protesters, according to WKYC-TV.

A “Black Lives Matter” national conference in Cleveland had just finished and protesters were concerned about the officer’s handling of the young teen.

“Folks were asking what is going on? Why are you trying to arrest this young man? All of us just saw what happened to Sandra Bland in Texas so forgive us if we are a little concerned,” said Edward Little, criminal and juvenile justice consultant and member of the Cleveland Eight.

Protesters say they were offered no explanation and more officers were called to the scene.

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Black America: Open Your Eyes

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I have said many times that black people remain a nation of people living in a nation without a nationality. Some will say, now America has a black president – how could that be? Well, this speaks to the institutions within the context of the society that dictates the continuation of the system of white supremacy that exists within the governments in this country. It is because of this system, which has been in existence from the founding of America. It does not represent black America, so I say the system is designed to protect the system.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson reminded us when he wrote the powerful novel “The Mis-Education of the Negro” in 1933, or there about, challenged his readers to become empowered by doing for themselves.

He said: “Regardless of what we are taught history shows that it does not matter who is in power… those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they did in the beginning.” This speaks volumes.

I believe, if you can control a man is thinking you never have to worry about what he thinks. As a people, black people stolen from Africa have waited far too long and become much too dependent on those who are in charge of the system. I will speak for me, no matter how messed up the world is or the minds of man; there is little debate that are the original people. However, we must take responsibility for ourselves because life demands the survival of the fittest, just like in all other parts of the animal kingdom.

Therefore, I say it is time to remove the shackles of bondage that mentally remain in many communities and in the minds of too many of us. Malcolm X once said, “We spend too much time singing and not enough time swinging”. Let me be clear, I did not repeat this statement to advocate violence. Rather to suggest that we have spent centuries believing, following, and listening to the messages communicated to us by those who control our destiny – making us believe that there is a better place for us when we are dead. I say we have a right to live NOW!

We spend and give the system trillions of dollars each you. Boycotting is the only way to get Justice for black people! I want to propose an idea that could be the answer to our salvation. There is about 38 – 40 million African Americans living in America. If each person contributed one dollar per week; it would add up to forty million dollars. Multiply that time’s fifty-two weeks; that’s over two trillion dollars annually. We have people who run some of the world’s largest corporations who could manage that money – invest it and make more money and as such many of the problems we face would go away.

There is a war on black people and unless you fight back the only way the enemy understands – the black community loses. The way to fight back is to not spend your money! Over time, we’ve won many civil rights battles, which should never have had to be fought as human beings. Yet, we still don’t have the necessities we need to survive. So I say, as tenacious beings, it is time for survival and the time is now – if for no other reason than for our children. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


Bobbi Kristina Brown, Daughter Of Whitney Houston, Dead At 22

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Clive Davis and The Recording Acedemy Presents the Annual Pre-Grammy Gala Source: Gregg DeGuire / Getty

After a nearly seven-month hospitalization, Bobbi Kristina Brown — the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown — died Sunday at a hospice center in Atlanta.

RELATED: Rest In Peace: Twitter Reacts To Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Death

The 22-year-old, who was found unconscious in the bathtub of her Atlanta home in January, was surrounded by family members at the time of her death.

“She is finally at peace in the arms of God,” the Houston family said in a statement to E! News. “We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”

Brown’s death comes three years after her mother’s tragic passing. Houston was found in a similar manner — unconscious in a bathtub — hours before she was scheduled to appear at a Grammy Award’s party at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

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Rolling Stone Magazine: Sandra Bland Was Murdered

Rolling Stone Magazine: Sandra Bland Was Murdered.


The Watchers: Feds Have Been Monitoring Black Lives Matter Activists Since Ferguson

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SOUNDS A LOT LIKE COINTELPRO TO ME! The documents, released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Operations Coordination, indicate that the department frequently collects information, including location data, on Black Lives Matter activities from public social media accounts, including on Facebook, Twitter, and Vine, even for events expected to be peaceful. The reports confirm social media surveillance of the protest movement and ostensibly related events in the cities of Ferguson, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and New York.

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Black Lives Matter Source: Anadolu Agency/Contributor / Getty

The Department of Homeland Security has made it their business to keep tabs on Black Lives Matter activists since the uprising in Ferguson, Missouri following the state-sanctioned killing of Michael Brown, The Intercept reports.

The Intercept obtained “hundreds of documents” through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that detail intensive surveillance that could possibly be in violation protesters First Amendment rights. To seemingly circumvent that charge, the documents frame surveillance BLM protests and actions as “counterterrorism” measures.

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The documents, released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Operations Coordination, indicate that the department frequently collects information, including location data, on Black Lives Matter activities from public social media accounts, including on Facebook, Twitter, and Vine, even for events expected to be peaceful. The reports confirm social media surveillance of the protest movement and ostensibly related events in the cities…

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A Thought For Today

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A season is a time characterized by a particular circumstance, suitable to an indefinite period of time associated with a divine phenomenon that some call life and life as we know is a journey. It could also be called history. However, what is taught as history is really His-Story, and His-Story is a pack of lies played on the dead. Once this thing called time moves beyond the present, it is left up to others to define, which is usually done by the victory. Ask yourself, if someone were to tell the story of your life – is that the way you want your history remembered by others.

Dr. John Henrik Clarke said, “History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It is also a compass that people use to find themselves on the map of human geography. History tells a people where they have been and what they have been, where they are and what they are. Most important, history tells a people where they still must go, what they still must be. The relationship of history to the people is the same as the relationship of a mother to her child.”

I recall from time to time in a past life; I’ve been a teacher, professor, instructor, and father. What I learned from these experiences is that a good teacher, like a good entertainer, first must hold his audience’s attention, and then he can teach his lesson. I think of myself as a simple man, who believes education is the single most important ingredient necessary to neutralize those forces that breed poverty and despair. We can save the world but first we must change ourselves.

With that said, sometimes readers of Thought Provoking Perspectives send messages asking; “what are you trying to accomplish through your words?” My first thought was for the reader to realize that I want my words to be a potent source of empowering knowledge to broaden the information base with those who share my passion for the written word. I view myself as a history fanatic because if you don’t know where you’ve come from – you will never get to where you’re going. If you don’t know your past, you are just part of the lost tribe!

The great Dr. Clarke made this powerful statement that each of us must understand. He said:

“I think every person that calls themselves a leader, a preacher, a policy maker of any kind should ask and answer the question in his own lifetime, how will my people stay on this earth?  How will they be educated? How will they be schooled?  How will they be housed? And how will they be defended? The answer to these questions will create the concept of enduring nationhood because it creates the concept of enduring responsibility. I am saying whatever the solution is, either we are in charge of our own destiny, or we are not in charge.  On that point we got to be clear, you either free or you a slave.”

As a black man who lived in the Jim Crow Era. I learned very early that powerful people cannot afford to educate the people they oppress, because once you are truly educated; they will not ask for power. They will take it. Educate and empower your children, build your family, and live life to the fullest. Thank you for reading my words you’re support. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

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