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#SayTheirNames: Papoose pays “Tribute” to Black Lives lost at the hands of Police and Racial Violence

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Brooklyn born rap artist Shamele “Papoose” Mackie released a tribute to the countless victims of Police and Racial Violence in the US. In this tribute he reminds us of their names.. in alphabetical order. See Lyrics “Tribute” by Papoose A Amadou Diallo was shot nineteen times The police fired forty-one shots combined Mistaken identity, they had to admit it When they went to trial, all four officers got acquitted Ahmaud Arbery, his skin made…

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Ben & Jerry's statement on White Supremacy: We Must Dismantle White Supremacy

Ben & Jerry’s releases a statement on White Supremacy

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Statement by Ben & Jerry’s — All of us at Ben & Jerry’s are outraged about the murder of another Black person by Minneapolis police officers last week and the continued violent response by police against protestors. We have to speak out. We have to stand together with the victims of murder, marginalization, and repression because of their skin color, and with those who seek justice through protests across our…

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It was a lynching in the 21st Century

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By Sen. Hank Sanders — It was a lynching. It was a lynching on February 23, 2020. It was a lynching in Brunswick, Georgia. It was a lynching in the United States of America. It was a lynching in the 21st Century. The video is so graphic. It makes my whole body draw up. It makes my mind shiver. It makes my spirit whither. It challenges my hopes for Black people in…

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President Donald Trump will travel to Mississippi to stump for a candidate who spoke favorably of lynching and voter disenfranchisement.

Trump’s Racism Doesn’t Have To Be A Political Strategy. Sometimes It’s Just Racism.

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By Ja’han Jones, Huff Post — In 1955, after the nation’s most infamous lynching ― of her son, Emmett ― Mamie Till-Mobley sent a telegram to President Dwight Eisenhower. In it, she pleaded with Eisenhower to “see that justice [was] meted out to all persons involved” in her son’s murder, which took place in Money, Mississippi. She received nothing in response — not correspondence from the White House and not…

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Why Emmett Till Won’t and Shouldn’t Die

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, The Hutchinson Report — The news that the Justice Department will take another look at the Emmett Till case stirred the never-ending memory I have of that September day in 1955. That was the day of Till’s funeral at Roberts Temple Church of God on Chicago’s Southside. Then I lived only a few blocks from the church. The elementary school I attended was also close to the…

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Mamie Till Mobley and her son, Emmett Till, whose lynching in 1955 became a catalyst for the civil rights movement. | Photo: Mamie Till Mobley Family

US Reopens 1955 Case on Black Teen Emmett Till’s Murder

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In August 1955, Till was beaten, shot and mutilated in Mississippi, four days after it was alleged that the Black 14-year-old from Chicago had flirted with a white woman. By teleSUR — The U.S. government has reopened an investigation into the 1955 killing of Black teenager Emmett Till in Mississippi, saying it had discovered new information in the case, which helped spark the nation’s civil rights movement. The report, sent…

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Diane Nash, right, represented the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the White House in 1963.

The Selfless Servant Leadership of the African-American Women of the Civil-Rights Movement

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These women didn’t stand on ceremony; they accepted the risks of activism and fought for worlds where others might have freedoms that they themselves would never enjoy. By Janet Dewart Bell — During the civil-rights movement, African Americans led the fight to free this country from the vestiges of slavery and Jim Crow. Though they all too often were—and remain—invisible to the public, African-American women played significant roles at all…

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Stop Killing Black People

Respectability Will Not Save Us

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The following article contains graphic images of lynching. By  Carol Anderson It was well after the Civil Rights Movement. Decades, even. Yet, the bodies of black people continued to pile up—the victims of police and vigilante violence. Their names read like a memorial to the fallen: Amadou Diallo, Tarika Wilson, Sean Bell, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Kathryn Johnston, Rekia Boyd, Trayvon Martin, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Timothy Russell, Malissa…

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