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Stand Up

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Hearing the sounds
Of crying mothers
As you smother our sons
With your hand of injustice
Its just “us”
In these streets
It then repeats
Rapid gun shots
Of glocks and automatics
Its systematic
How problematic
These times are
Raise the bar of
Education and responsibility
Have the ability to
Want better and do better
The letter of the law wasn’t addressed to us
In GOD we trust
We must no longer slain
Our fellow man
Then demand “the MAN” to respect us
And accept us
When no one kills their own
Except US
Of course that’s an exaggeration
But you get my point
This joint effort of unity
Is what we need
Plant the seed
Of acting and taking a stand
Rise out the sinking sad
Begin the resurrection of LIFE

 

Written by Jane

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Peace In The Murderland

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Slain in the streets
News got stories on repeat
About our people dying one by one
The sun not even down yet
The ground ain’t dry from the last time
Petty crime this is far from
How come every time we takes steps forward
We knock ourselves 10 steps back
Way back to a time where we had no choice but fight
No choice cause we had no rights
But today it’s done differently
Certainly there is a war going on
So strong it’s tearing lives apart
The art of conversation is dead
Only hands being thrown
Displaced from the throne
We took ourselves from the shelves of greatness and royalty
Loyalty is nothing to some
Only bullets and guns are connected as one
We have to do better
As Kings and Queens
There more to receive
In the scheme of things

~Janae~

MANI HENDRIXX “BEING BLACK AT THE WRONG TIME”

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                                                                       As if it wasn’t hard enough to be black already, day to day we face challenges; lynching, slavery, rape, murder, the list is definitely endless. Just recently a white male, Dylann Roof, opened fire in one of the most historic African-American churches in America. Times are depressing, but we must continue to strive for a better nation. From generation to generation the most important thing we must pass down is knowledge. We’re all fully aware of the media coverage on police brutality and how they’re getting away with murder. This isn’t an issue that’s just starting to happen; it’s BEEN happening. As a people, we have to be fully aware of laws and changes in the system in order to protect ourselves.
I started writing this thinking of all the people I, and others, have lost due to the corrupt system we call the government. I wanted to not only display my view, but others as well. After being given this topic, I knew it wouldn’t be hard to execute. People love to give their opinions and views, especially when it’s a hot topic. A conversation that started between two people flowed into a full blown discussion. We Bleed Ink’s artist definitely had a lot to say.
“I don’t have respect for police officers; I respect them more outside uniform. I’m not afraid of the badge,” artist PJ stated. “I’ve heard stories. I have family members who tell stories of how they mess over people and inmates.”
Police are known for pulling people over and harassing them, but are black people the targets? Some feel as though they’re just doing their job, and some are, but there’s an abuse of authority that hides behind a badge. “Why use your authority to f&@$ over people,” Vee stated, “I’ve been harassed by the police. I know my rights! I won’t escalate the situation if I know I’m wrong. When they are racially profiling is when the problem comes in.”
” A police officer thinks everybody is suspicious,” Joe said.
“It’s their job to randomly pull people over,” Tommy added.
Would you be surprised if I said people don’t know their basic rights when being detained? I’ve been in positions with the police, were it depends on the officer, and how you’re treated and detained. Not all police are bad; they just want to do their jobs without hassle. My step father has served on the police force for 15+ years, and like many, let people go. But what about those who abuse the law and use it to an advantage?
“The police abuse their authority, on the streets & jail. I don’t respect the badge because they don’t. They think they’re above the law.” YO exclaimed. “Police use the badge to protect them because their racist. You could’ve been a racist tattoo artist & not tattoo black people. You chose to be an officer.”                     bb1
Whether we want to ignore it or not race IS an issue! Not just white officers, black ones too. “It’s not always your fault, you were just being black at the wrong time,” Yo said. In cases like Treyvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner, their lives were taken because of ignorance. As Black Americans we are not equal. We have the tools to further ourselves, “You have to educate yourself. Lack of knowledge is our own fault,” Tommy expressed. How can we obey a system that isn’t designed to protect us?  “They know who to pick & choose. It’s really them Vs us.” Joe agreed. People live in fear every day of the police and why should they? Police are placed on the street to “protect and serve” not “kill and destroy.” Families and communities have been torn by the actions of law enforcement, and it takes a toll on everyone.
How are we supposed to prosper as a community when we don’t feel protected? How are we to express ourselves when we are suspects because of our looks and attire? I have a father, brothers, cousins and friends that I fear for daily. “I tell my little brothers to be safe every time they leave the house,” a close friend, Joy Thomas, told me. “I try not to freak them out; I just try to give knowledge as much as possible.”  bb3
Peaceful protest, rallies, and marches seen on television today make America look like we’ve stepped back into the civil rights movement. Ignorance is the lack of knowledge and now is the time to WAKE UP. Not just black people, ALL people. All races, creeds, genders, and religions; Wake up and see that we are greater than they treat us. We are not thugs. We are not animals. We are people! A badge and uniform doesn’t put them higher than us in the grave. The true power that we have as a nation is prayer. By coming together we cannot be stopped.

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Wake up people, please
Mani Hendrixx

Justice For Freddie Gray….Baltimore Riot 2015: DEATH RULED A HOMICIDE

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UPDATE:

Looks like Freddie Gray death has been ruled a homicide. 6 Police officers have been charged with charges. According to

CNN “One officer — the driver of the police van — has been charged with several counts, including second-degree depraved-heart murder. Another officer has been charged with several counts, including manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. Two other officers have been charged with several counts, including involuntary manslaughter. An additional two officers are charged with several counts, including second-degree assault.”

They still are awaiting certain findings. We will keep you up to day as information becomes available. 

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Is violent protest and rallies really the right move to make? Baltimore is in a major disarray over the death of Freddie grant who died in police custody on April 19, 2015. Its unclear how the 25 year old sustained injuries to his spine  but its believed it was due to police brutality allegedly. Yet and still, is violence the correct action? Is destroying a city, throwing rocks and loitering going to save the community?  I know some may mean well but all we are seeing is the same violence being continued and nothing being fixed. There has to be another way to get a point across……. or maybe there isn’t.

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It is crazy how after a sporting event riots are created by fans of loosing or winning teams but it doesn’t get this much media attention at all. Why do you think that is? They also are not showing where parts of the city have positive protesters in the community. Its not all violent in Baltimore.

I want to hear what people have to say.

HOW DO YOU THINK WE CAN SPREAD THE WORD IN A POSITIVE MANNER?

DO YOU FEEL VIOLENCE IS THE WAY?

WHAT ARE YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT THE RIOT?

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Mommies Rage: Taraji P. Henson son pulled over in Glendale, California

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Taraji P. Henson 20 year old son Marcell Johnson was pulled over for not yielding at a cross walk. He also disclosed to officers that he was in possession of Marijuana and Ritalin. Taraji took to instagram stating she was upset and that her son was racially profiled and that the officer was wrong.

Well, a video of the actually encounter showed otherwise. Mr. Johnson didn’t yield and the officer was pretty nice to him. He also didn’t give Mr. Johnson a ticket for not yielding, he only cited him for the marijuana. He didn’t want the young man to have anything on his license because it would have stuck with him.

This discovery results in Taraji making a public apology to the police officer of Glendale, CA.

She stated

“”A mothers job is not easy and neither is a police officer’s,” she said in a post on Instagram. “Sometimes as humans we overreact without gathering all of the facts. As a mother in this case I overreacted and for that I apologize. Thank you to that officer for being kind to my son.”

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Well done Taraji!!!! we as a people need to understand that all officers are not bad and racist. You have those that are just doing there jobs. They go out everyday putting their life on the line to protect us as a people. Its sad that those that are horrible give the good ones a bad name. She did overreact, but she did as most mothers would. Whats  important is she recognized her wrong and she corrected it by apologizing.

What are your takes on this situation? leave your questions and comments below.

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