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The Plight and the Fight of Black America


Jun 14, 2020

YTG Presents: The Plight and the Fight of Black America

A Quarantine Quill by Rick of BNY Podcast, LLC

The Atlantic slave trade. The 3 Fifths Compromise. The Naturalization Act of 1790. Slave patrols. 1831 Nat Turner Slave Revolt. The Underground Railroad. The 13th Amendment. The 1865 foundation of the kkk. The 1865 foundation of for profit private prisons. The Civil Rights Act of 1866. The “Black Codes”. The 14th Amendment. The Civil Rights Act of 1875. The 15th Amendment. The red shirts. The white league. Jim crow. 1896 Plessy vs Ferguson. Separate but equal. President Woodrow Wilson Authorizes Segregation Within Federal Government in 1913. The 1921 destruction of Black Wall Street. The Harlem Renaissance. Redlining. Negro League Baseball. Executive Order 9981, desegregation of the military. 1954 brown vs the board of education. 1955 Emmett Till. 1955 Rosa Parks. 1957 Central HS aka the Little Rock 9. The 1960 Sit ins. The 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing. The civil rights act of 1964. The 1965 Selma to Montgomery March. The 1965 voting rights act. 1968 fair housing act. 1978 affirmative action. The crack epidemic and the anti drug abuse act of 1986. The 1992 LA riots. 1995 million man march. Bring on the new millennium, there’s been 1 step forward, 2 steps back. Or as the saying goes, “twice as good to get half as much.”

The PTSD in black America has gone for centuries, handed down generation to generation.

Black people have overcame time and time again with the metaphorical knee weighing us down.

So let’s look at the Colin Kaepernick taking the sacrificial knee.

His refusal to stand for the national anthem came before the 2016 49ers’ preseason game to Green Bay Packers. Here is Kaep when asked about kneeling:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

“The media painted this as I’m anti-American, anti-men-and-women of the military and that’s not the case at all,’’ Kaepernick said. “I realize that men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put themselves in harm’s way for my freedom of speech and my freedoms in this country and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee so I have the utmost respect for them.”

“There are things we can do to hold them more accountable. Make those standards higher. You have people that practice law and are lawyers and go to school for eight years, but you can become a cop in six months and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist. That’s insane. Someone that’s holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people that have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us.”

Colin Kaepernick has had his name ran through the mud, his actual stance changed to that of an American traitor guilty of treason, and blackballed from the NFL. All from a peaceful protest.

On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd, 46, was arrested Monday after an employee at a grocery store called police to accuse him of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. This was later proved to be false.

Video from bystanders shows Floyd handcuffed and MPD Officer Chauvin with his knee pressed against the neck of the 46-year-old. Two officers handled the man on the ground while another stood nearby with his eyes on the bystanders as traffic passed.

“Please, I can’t breathe,” Floyd says. “… My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts.”

George Floyd was shortly pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

So who is officer Derek Chauvin? Allow me to bring you his record.

– Chauvin was put on leave in 2011 for an inappropriate police shooting of Alaskan Native American, Leroy Martinez

– Chauvin shot Ira Toles, an unarmed black man in 2008

– Chauvin was one of the officers who murdered Wayne Reyes, a Latino man with 16 bullets forced into him. A total of 42 rounds were shot off.

– Chauvin and another officer were chasing a car in 2005 causing the death of 3 people

– There are 12 police brutality complaints against Chauvin in the Minneapolis Office of Police Conduct complaint database. They are all listed as “closed”, “non public”, and “no discipline”.

Chauvin was protected by the very people who are meant to protect us. As of this posting, with a video clearly showing him killing George Floyd, he has not been arrested and no charges have been filed. (Update: Chauvin has finally been arrested and had been charged of 3rd degree murder).

For those caught up in the rioting and looting, I will now turn this over to words of Tupac Shakur and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Tupac: “If I know that in this hotel room they have food every day, and I’m knocking on the door every day to eat and they open the door, let me see the party, let me see them throwing salami all over; I mean, just throwing food around [and] they’re telling me there’s no food. Every day, I’m standing outside trying to sing my way in: “We are hungry, please let us in. We are hungry, please let us in.” After about a week that song is gonna change to, “We hungry, we need some food.” After two, three weeks, it’s like, “Give me the food or I’m breaking down the door.” After a year you’re just like, “I’m picking the lock, coming through the door blasting!” It’s like, you hungry, you reached your level. We asked ten years ago. We was asking with the Black Panthers. We was asking with the Civil Rights Movement. We was asking. Those people that asked are dead and in jail. So now what do you think we’re gonna do? Ask?”

Martin Luther King Jr: 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.

Both of these men have been dead for decades, but their words stay relevant.

MFs complained about peaceful protest for years. Hijacked the issues because they didn’t want to face the issues. Protected filth to feel comfortable in their own biases. Continue to call them out. Continue to record the videos. Continue to expose them for who they really are. It is our best weapon to stay alive while living life.

RIP to George Floyd.

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