Black Lives Matter
It's been tough viewing the footage from around the country these past few days. My goal with this page is to be a resource to send folks that may not be very tuned-into social media.
Let me say as I've always said, and I will always continue to say, that riots are socially destructive and self-defeating. ... But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity. And so in a real sense our nation's summers of riots are caused by our nation's winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again [–Martin Luther King Jr.]
Following, you'll find a collection of videos from the past few days. Please, take the time to listen to the unheard; see your fellow Americans protest against a system of oppression and injustice; witness the media, citizens, and even our representatives attacked while they excericse their right to protest. Understand that, although recently magnified, this is just a glimpse into a reality that has existed for hundreds of years in this country.
But first, learn that unarmed Black people are much more likely to be killed than unarmed whites; learn that cops rarely see any jail time for murdering unarmed Black people; and learn about the final moments of the men, women, and children whose lives were taken away by an overzealous, often racist, and at best incompetent cop.
Note: Please consider donating to a cause listed in this tweet (click to see). Check with your employer to see if they will match anything you give. I chose to donate $1000 to the NAACP, which my employer matched.
Peaceful Protest on Holman from r/houston
Journalists and recorders attacked
Note: John Cusack shares video of being attacked by cops for filming.
Note: Photojournalist Linda Tirado blinded in Minneapolis protests.
Note: Self-declared "southern journalist" Beau reaches out.
Police hiding badges
Note: @cmclymer compiles a list.
Outside the White House
Note: Milk and water are used to douse a victim of pepper spray. Cops stand by / actively allow for these supplies to be stolen.
Note: John Cusack shares a scene in NY that looks like The Joker
Note: Two men pull back 70 year old congresswoman Joyce Beatty as cops lose control of a crowd and begin pepper spraying.
Note: not a cop, private security for news reporters. Kid supposedly gnabbed an AR-15 from a cop vehicle.
Man Follows his car after the National Guard take it from him during the Minnesota Protests. from r/ActualPublicFreakouts