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As the United States examines the ways in which existing criminal justice and policing policies at the local, state, and federal levels affect Black Americans and communities of color, many of us are left wondering about the role of our legislators. Following nearly a week of civil unrest following the death of George Floyd, Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Chairman William C. Smith, Jr. initiated legislation to address officer training, use of force, militarization, prosecutorial intervention, liability caps, the disclosure of personnel records, and The Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights. During this hour, engage with our panelists as they discuss Sen. Smith’s proposed legislation and the impact of George Floyd’s death as it relates to police, policy, and politics in Maryland and beyond.
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The Supreme Court has betrayed the promise of equal citizenship by allowing police to arrest and kill Americans at will.
Advocates suggest ways that white people can become allies for African Americans long after the street demonstrations end.
White supremacy is baked into science and academia, from racist language in textbooks to a culture that excludes Black scientists from innovating and advancing at the same pace as their colleagues. But rather than more milquetoast statements and diversity initiatives, researchers want action. Organizers are asking the scientific community to participate in a work stoppage on Wednesday, June 10 to bring attention to racism in the world of research.
Today, June 10th 2020, black academic scientists are holding a strike in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protests. I strike with them and for them. This is why: I began to understand the enormit…
Statues aren’t about history they are about adoration. This man was not great, he was a slave trader and a murderer.— Michael Walker (@michaeljswalker) June 7, 2020
Historian @DavidOlusoga brilliantly explains why BLM protestors were right to tear down the statue of Edward Colston. pic.twitter.com/F1Zn1G8LVn
The fence outside the White House has been converted to a crowd-sourced memorial wall — almost like an art gallery — to black men and women who lost their lives at the hands of police.— Hannah Natanson (@hannah_natanson) June 7, 2020
Hundreds are strolling, looking, adding names and paintings and posters. pic.twitter.com/mXlZpfMAeX
Black Lives Matter is a powerful and influential movement for justice and empathy. Because the movement is challenging systems of racial oppression in the United States, there are a lot of negative reactions and social media misinformation about it. This past week, with the deaths of #AltonSterling, #PhilandoCastile and the subsequent Dallas tragedy, people are feeling even more polarized and confused. Franchesca debunks some of these toxic myths and sheds light on the true goals of Black Lives Matter.
1/in my research on trials involving enslaved people as property in Southern courtrooms, I read chilling descriptions of violent deaths at a white man’s hands in which a doctor testified that the cause of death was “apoplexy” or heart attack...— Ariela Gross (@arielagross) May 29, 2020
2/...or even the anger of the enslaved man or woman leading to their death, by triggering a heart attack. These were cases of terrible bearings, vicious strangling — yet that was found not to be the cause of death.— Ariela Gross (@arielagross) May 29, 2020
3/ So when the coroner says George Floyd died of an underlying condition plus this and that, and not the full weight of a man on his neck, I know that story.— Ariela Gross (@arielagross) May 29, 2020
4/ The underlying condition is white supremacy.— Ariela Gross (@arielagross) May 29, 2020
A charity that honors the memory of the late school nutrition supervisor has erased the lunch debt of every student in public schools in the St. Paul, Minnesota, district where he worked before his death by a police officer in 2016.
I find it unconscionable that school districts would penalize the poor this way and prevent them from getting the services that the schools should be encouraging. This is simply morally wrong and is a prime example of a negative feedback mechanism that drags society in general down instead of improving it.