Freedom First International
On Today July 17, 2016, many are aware of the current national news headlines detailing two cops who were killed in Baton Rouge, and multiple cops killed in Dallas, Texas last week.
In the wake of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Mike Brown in Ferguson, Freddy Gray in Baltimore, Eric Garner New York City, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and stolen lives-elsewhere, most of the time black people in city’s across America have known for some time that there is a deep rooted issue in our communities. Many of us are totally aware of the nature of police oppression and violence against the black community in urban cities. This has happened to such an extent that we as (blacks) expect from the police a regular “shake down, ” at least once in our life and for some-we’ve become immune to this treatment.
So maybe we should just start by saying a black man is three times more likely to be searched at a traffic stop, and seven times more likely to go jail than his white counterpart. Blacks make up nearly 40 percent of arrests for violent crimes, but over 60 percent of prosecutions. Everyday thousands of blacks have suffered subliminal forms of discrimination to harsh issues both inside and outside the criminal justice system. We don’t need social science research to show how striking are the racial disparities exist at nearly every level for blacks-just go into the hood and ask a black person! We have suffered from mass incarceration by ungodly arrest rates, to unheard of bail amounts for minimal crimes. One truly doesn’t need to shift through any vast body of research to find the clearest indicators of racial disparities at different phases of the American Justice
Another study, by The Sentencing Project, examines vastly disproportionate rates of incarceration for African-American Men. We should be asking ourselves why these disparities exist?
With institutional racism in Job, schools, and communities black have no choice but to push our way forward from here, and most will tell you they are long tired of being victims.
Gregg L.Greer-President, Freedom First International-S.C.L.C Member
I’ve said in the recent past- Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and others are not victims of the lopsided school systems that failed them. They are victims of a police force that overwhelmingly assumes first that most young black men are criminals followed by fear of them. They are a victims of bad legislation, like the Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, that gives anyone the unfettered right to kill if they feel threatened in any way.
With institutional racism in Job, schools, and communities have no choice but to push our way forward from here.
The Father of hate will forever be lies, the forested lie that hate tells is some races are better than others. Eric A Russell-Founder of Tree of Life Justice League of IL.
Yes it’s tragic that Police officers who responded to Sunday’s shootings killed Long in a gun battle after the other officers were ambushed, police sources told CNN.
It’s sad that two of those who died were Baton Rouge police officers, said Police Chief Carl Dabadie. The gunman also killed a sheriff’s deputy and critically wounded a deputy who is “fighting for his life,” said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.
Another wounded deputy and police officer have non-life-threatening wounds, law officers said.
It is with this thought in mind-that we embrace the pain-that other communities are feeling, because we know this pain-it’s a way too familiar pain. This pain has slowly given rise to Black Militant groups such as the one pictured above. (Armed Black Militants Prep for War-you tube)
The pain that black’s have endured for many years-which simply says-we are victims of a certain Moral blindness– Which means every single black person in the eyes of a racist is the sign of a terrible crime from their ugly past, a reminder that their life is a fraud, that they need to simply own up to their past and make it right. Instead of denying, shifting blame, or to lie, twisting the facts and make black people into these ungodly creatures that they look down on, laugh at and yet, oddly, fear. It is a failed attempt to be at “peace,” with themselves. Can someone consider apologizing to the Black community for the long hard years of systematic oppression. Maybe the killings of cops would stop.
It is my hope and most likely a dream- that the President and others who discuss the tragic circumstances of Dallas, and Baton Rouge will spend equal time discussing the level of frustration in the black community- I will caution all that-the time came yesterday- when the black community grew tired. Please know that we don’t want to blame anyone for senseless loss of life-but please-please tell me who’s to blame for the “Hate that Hate made.”
Peace and Love
Divided America: Please don’t compare the murder of Alton Sterling and others to the Police shootings in Dallas
As the headlines rage giving details to the recent Dallas Police shootings:
At least five police officers have been shot dead in the United States at protests over recent police killings of black men.’
Gunfire broke out late on this Thursday during an otherwise peaceful protest over two recent police killings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana . The sound of gunfire sent marchers running and police scrambling for cover.
The Dallas Police Department said on Twitter : “It has been a devastating night. We are sad to report a fifth officer has died.”
I for one pray that not one more person looses life, because the wicked act is no way an accepted course of action to remedy what many believe is huge governing failure on all parts of our society. This country (USA) has the highest incarceration rate in the world for blacks, and that’s failure.”
Not much time has been given to solving one of this country’s most diabolical challenges—the persistence of homicide in poor African-American communities “that’s a failure”.. The numbers are staggering. From 1980 to 2013, 262,000 black males were killed in America-“that’s a failure.” By contrast, roughly 58,000 Americans died in Vietnam “that’s a failure. For many years the killers of these men were, in the vast majority of cases, other African-American men.
I must say I disagree with the President this time-because I don’t believe that we should balance our remarks in this time by saying “Blue Lives Matter, or All Lives Matter”-this to me is an insult that supports a strategic cover up on some folks part-to dilute the issue. The issue is that it’s time to speak to the heart of the matter and address the change that is necessary to prevent more lives from being lost.
I was immediately disturbed when watching CNN coverage of the Dallas shootings, Anchor Brian Williams kept comparing the shootout in Dallas to the murders of young Black and Latino male attacks around the country and the world. This has to change, period
Justice can no longer be unbalanced and accepted because we will all lose, and no one wins this time. We all loose through blood sweat, and more tears.
Peace and Love,
Chicago! The Death of Chandra Foreman. The Chicago Killing Fields are thirsty for Blood! When will our Lives matter
Chandra Foreman was the last person murdered by gunfire in the Month of June in Chicago. Foreman had went to her job at Comcast early that day, where her co-workers had decorated her desk and held a party in honor of her 37th birthday on Thursday June 30, 2016.
Foreman was shot and killed and four others were wounded when a gold Buick with four people inside pulled up about 9:45 p.m. in the 9500 block of South Loomis Ave,when two gunmen opened fire from the back seat, according to Chicago Police.
According to Cathy Gerald, a friend who was immediately told about the shooting inside Foreman’s car, and also the three other people were shot on the front porch of Foreman’s aunt’s home. Gerald said her cousin, whose wife was also shot, called and informed her about the shooting. The cousin didn’t know if Foreman had been struck, but when Gerald arrived at the crime scene she was more then shocked, “I knew she was gone,” Gerald said. “She was gone.” in reference to Foreman.
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Foreman died while being transported to Holy Cross Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head, police said. She (Gerald) was told that two groups (possibly gangs) were shooting from either end of the block and believes Foreman was struck while she was waiting inside her car outside the house.
“I didn’t get to talk to her today,” Gerald said. “I sent her a text and wished her a happy birthday.” The unfortunate thing is Foreman died on her birthday.
Police said the shooting was gang-related. Even more unfortunate is the fact that no one is in custody at this time.
Despite the efforts of the Police to control the communities, 2016 is on pace to become one of the most violent and bloody periods in the past 20 years. We would ask for people to understand that Chicago has been in the spotlight with nearly 2,000 shooting victims, some of them among the 331 homicides, in the first half of the year, according to trusted data. In all of 2015, there were a total of 490 homicides.
Many groups including-The Midwest Coalition for Social Justice and Peace has been formed to research the global needs of the community and find ways to bridge this divide. For my part, I will say that public confidence in the job of the Chicago Police Department remains at a all time low-especially in communities of color. As long as the trust barrier exist and people are not motivated and do not believe in community policing-then people and communities will suffer.
PEACE AND LOVE
3 reasons why, we must fire Chicago PD Police Superintendent McCarthy as one measure toward preventing Chicago Violence
Yes, it is true that violence in American cities is troubling and perplexing. Even as homicide rates have declined across the country — in some places, like New York, by a remarkable amount — gunplay continues to plague economically struggling minority communities. In Chicago – disturbingly, For almost 25 years, murder has been the leading cause of death among African-American men between the ages of 15 and 34, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is equally true and disturbing, that in Chicago, the term “police brutality” was inextricably linked to former Cmdr. Jon Burge and his “Sadistic,” South Side homicide squad, which imposed extreme measures, including torture, to extract false confessions from dozens of suspects during the Eighties and Nineties. But even after the Burge era Chicago struggles to combat community violence that is currently experiencing.
So far this year, at least 2,300 people have been shot in Chicago, about 400 more than during the same period last year, according to a Tribune analysis. Through Sunday, homicides have risen to 359, up 21 percent from 296 a year earlier, according to preliminary data from Chicago Police.