2020 Riots

Under no circumstance do I ever condone violence, looting, burning or any kind of destruction whatsoever. My thoughts however wonder if those taking to the streets at night are so sick and tired of being walked over are asking the question ‘how many peaceful protests does it take’

In 1992 riots erupted after witnessing Rodney King being beaten by law enforcement. 28 years later we're witnessing the same violence escalate into killing at point blank range. Every day of every month for those 28 years stories of injustice have surfaced, whether verbally or via social media.

We all see the same images day after day yet nothing changes.

A black man being shot in his car because he told law enforcement he has a license to carry a firearm and has one on him. [Philando Castile]

A 15 year old girl cycling, being set upon by police K9's because they thought this tiny girl fits the description of a grown man who had supposedly robbed a store. [Tatyana Hargrove]

A young brother at his grandparents home sitting in the yard after midnight on his phone being shot 8 times (6 in the back) by law enforcement because they thought his phone was a gun. [Stephon Clark]

The man running from a police officer in a park who was cold blooded shot in the back by a police officer who then convincingly lied saying the dead man tried to grab his gun, not realizing it was all caught on video. [Walter Scott]

We cannot forget a 12 year old executed by police while playing with his toy gun. [Tamir Rice]

Remember a man in Walmart buying a toy gun for his son, shot dead because someone called the police and lied stating he was pointing the gun at people. [John Crawford 3rd]

Being told a man in New York placed into a police choke hold that this was not unnecessary force. [Eric Garnar]

Reminded of the 16 year old girl in a bikini who was pounced upon by police who broke up a pool party, watching helplessly as an officer twice the size of a child beating, punching and sitting on top of her. [Dajerria Becton]

Watching a school girl being dragged down flights of stairs and again listening to the lies that she attacked them while the school cameras show a completely different story. [Dnigna Howard]

Peaceful protests have taken place year after year and America says we understand yet nothing changes and the hatred continues.

Colin Kaepernick peacefully protested and was called every disgusting name that comes to mind, in fact the nations leader referred to anyone taking a knee as sons of bitches and told football managers to fire anyone else who takes a knee.

The nations leader has made it clear, law enforcement must push back even harder,

I could continue with the acts of brutality by Law Enforcement, but this would be unfair to the thousands of police officers who do not look at every black man as a criminal. This would be unfair to the majority of Law Enforcement officers who despise racism, The majority of the men and woman in blue do an excellent job of keeping our streets safe and protecting us from harm.

I am disappointed with the NFL who have partnered with Jay Z forming the Inspire Change Initiative focusing on three causes “education and economic advancement; police and community relations; and criminal justice reform.”

Jay Z said Colin kaepernic could only go so far, he will take it further. So Why doesn't Jay use the platform and talk.

So many young and old black people spend hard earned dollars on NFL tickets and merchandise yet again at a time when such giants could step forward with Jay and speak up, they choose to stay quiet.

I for one believe in protests, I believe nonviolent protests are the legal pathways for people of this country to show concern and to voice a dislike and to collectively raise hope for change.

I don't like riots.

[Riot: Official meaning an expression or declaration of objection, disapproval, or dissent, often in opposition to something a person is powerless to prevent or avoid]

There is no reason for breaking into the local stores, looting, burning, rioting or any kind of destruction but now you understand why I wonder if those taking to the streets at night are so sick and tired of being walked over and are now asking the question ‘how many peaceful protests does it take’

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