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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. “relaxes” position of protesters wearing letters

It is no secret that Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. put out a statement telling protesters to not wear their letters while protesting (although wearing the colors were okay).

This directive was condemned by members and nonmembers alike, even with those who were on the front line in Ferguson speaking out against it. As a member, this was very sad for me to witness, and yes, I was disappointed.

It seems as if Alpha Kappa Alpha heard the outcry, and responded.

Today, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has revised their guidelines and changed their stance on wearing letters while protesting. In a letter to members, the sorority’s National President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson stated the following:

“We expect our members to be actively involved in solving the social justice issues raised by those cases. The immediate response throughout the country has been to protest, march, and/or rally. We strongly support and encourage our members’ peaceful and lawful participation in these activities and as such, we issued guidelines for participation in these events.

We do not want to be distracted from our mission of fighting for justice and equality for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Dontre Hamilton, and the countless other young black men across the country victimized by a criminal justice system that places little value in their lives. However, it appears the request to refrain from wearing the sorority’s letters has become a distraction and a distortion of the sorority’s position on these issues that is diverting attention and effort away from the broader fight to secure social justice and reform.

We are therefore relaxing our original position on the wearing of Alpha Kappa Alpha paraphernalia and attire.”

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Shoutout to my soror for pointing this out to me!

And let me say this. Before any of you accuse me of leaking some sorority email meant for private members’ eyes only, please know that this was published on a very public magazine website, Ebony.com.

Don’t come for me.

Anyway.

Sometimes, family disappoints/hurts you. But then they recognize and acknowledge said disappointment and hurt, and work to make things right.

That’s what happened here.

And now, we move forward, for there is more work to be done.

Derrick Rose’s statement on showing solidarity with protesters

In case you missed it, Derrick Rose wore a powerful message while warming up before the game this past Saturday evening.  However, at least one reporter wondered if he really understands what he’s doing.

Also, CBS Chicago noted that there were questions that (apparently) needed to be asked and answered:

There was no reasoning given for Rose not talking to the media Saturday. He was gone when reporters entered the locker room. His postgame availability is often hit or miss, and we’ve no idea whether he left without talking out of routine or consciously looked to avoid questions. For all we know, he could’ve had a personal matter to tend to.

To have worn the shirt, though, Rose had to have known there’d be questions that followed. We’re not owed anything, but we’re undoubtedly curious. This was the real Derrick Rose, and we want to know the real Derrick Rose.

What about this case moved Rose to take a stand?

Why now, when there have been past opportunities to share a stance?

How did the idea to wear the T-shirt come about and who had input?

How does Rose feel he can make a difference?

Is this a sign of a more independent Rose, a man who speaks for himself after years of voices whispering in his ear?

For now, all we know is that Rose told Bulls big man and team leader Joakim Noah prior to the game he was wearing the T-shirt and that Rose has the support of two important figures in the locker room – Noah and Taj Gibson.

“He has every right to express his beliefs … I respect Derrick a lot,” Noah said. “He’s definitely making a statement by wearing it. That’s my guy.”

Added Gibson: “I thought it was great. I thought it was him speaking him mind. It’s a good thing for a positive movement.”

Well fear not, everybody. Derrick Rose is very well aware of what he’s doing, and is able to articulate exactly the “why” behind him wearing the shirt.

Here’s his statement (via Twitter):

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While I feel some sort of way about the fact that there was a necessity for D-Rose to “explain” himself, I’m also very happy that he was able to.

In my opinion, however, the message on his shirt explains all.

{featured image via Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports}

John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, bought out food trucks to feed protesters + New Music: “Glory” – John Legend & Common

In case you missed it, New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton expects the protests to kind of just die out.  Apparently, he thinks marching around “aimlessly” is going to get boring.

The morning after 10,000 people descended on Manhattan for to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner, resulting in gridlock and more than 200 arrests, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the department’s strategy would remain the same.

“These things to tend to peter out on their own, people get tired of marching around aimlessly,” Mr. Bratton told the Observer when he stopped to talk with a group of reporters as he left City Hall. “And we’re gonna have a lot of rain tomorrow, and the history of these things is that they don’t go on forever, they tend to peter out on their own.”

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen apparently have a different idea. I absolutely love this.

Despite New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton’s prediction that public demonstrations over the Eric Garner and Ferguson Grand Jury decisions would “peter out,” the protests are still going strong thanks, in part, to a generous contribution from musician John Legend and his wife model and food bloggerChrissy Teigen. The couple purchased a fleet of food trucks to serve up free food to hungry protesters in New York’s Lincoln Square.

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WORD.

This is what we need. People with resources to help and assist in a major way? YES.

Also, check out this new music, “Glory” – by John Legend feat. Common

This is beautiful.

And….heartbreaking.

MUCH respect to Mr. and Mrs. John Legend!

{featured image Michael Gobo/BFAnyc.com}

Pediatric dentist, Dr. Misee Harris, forced to resign after showing support for Michael Brown

This story is as ridiculous as the title of it suggests.

On Thursday, September 4th, Dr. Misee Harris (the Black Bachelorette) was called into an unannounced meeting at the dental practice where she has worked as a Pediatric Dentist and was recently offered a partnership in the practice. Dr. Harris, the sole African American dentist in the practice, has worked tirelessly with underprivileged young patients on Medicaid to ensure their smiles remain healthy, and the quality of Dr. Harris’s work has never been called into question. Once in the meeting, Dr. Harris was ambushed and presented with screenshots from her private Facebook page. Being that Misee had blocked work colleagues from accessing her account, it was explained to Misee that a doctor who is a partner at the office, and who led the meeting, had been having a friend spy on Misee’s Facebook page. Screenshots were taken of Misee’s Facebook posts and were sent to the doctor who led the meeting. Misee was then told that some of her Facebook posts about recent racial issues in America were “unprofessional.” The biggest bone of contention to the partners was a cartoon (see graphic below) related to the recent police murders of several innocent African-Americans across the nation. The partner held up the picture and asked Misee “Do you think we (meaning Misee’s white colleagues) are all like this?”

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Dr. Misee Harris composed herself and asked the partner if she had any idea what was going on in black America, namely regarding the murder of Michael Brown. The partner did not know the name Mike Brown, nor did she seem to understand Misee’s outrage at being attacked for her personal views. Dr. Harris’s racial discrimination concerns voiced on her personal and private Facebook page was meant solely for the eyes of her friends and family whom Misee thought she could trust. Misee was then told flat out that she would have to choose between her “style of social media communication” and her job as a pediatric dentist in their practice.

Obviously, Dr. Harris chose to resign. And GOOD. FOR. HER.

Look, FIRST of all, having a “friend” spy on my page to purposely look for something that you can use against me? THAT is what’s unprofessional.  And they did it for that specific intention because they were blocked!

This disgusts me.

To think that (some) blacks’ reactions to racists events then causes (some) whites to feel threatened (EVEN THOUGH THEY AREN’T AWARE OF THE EVENTS THAT LED TO SAID POSTS) to the point of demanding you to not have that view? The entitlement and ignorance is running rampant.

“It is as though the partners at my former dental practice believe that a black person who has made it to success in a white-dominated field like dentistry is expected to show gratitude and humility, and to ‘act white.’” – Dr. Harris.

Oh. But check this out…

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BOOM.

Look. When you stand up for what’s right, God will have your back, okay?

Sorry, but you don’t get to tell me what I can and can’t write on my PERSONAL social media sites (of course there are exceptions, but y’all get it (I hope)).

NOPE.

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Adding insult to a whole lot of injury, St. Louis police department tweets “warning” referencing Tamir Rice

Yes, this really happened:

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I mean, how cruel can you be? Not only that, but extremely irresponsible and in poor taste.  This is how this police department acts on SOCIAL MEDIA. Can you imagine what the people they are supposed to serve are going through?

Well, yes, actually.  We CAN imagine that. We’ve seen a glimpse of it.

That was the tweet (which has since been deleted), but here is the full Facebook post (via MSNBC).

A Facebook post from the St. Louis County Police Dept., that has since been deleted.

 

 

Ohhhh but…

Welp.  Looks like Aaron Dilks is about to have a bad day.

 Updated: December 4, 2014, 3:55pm

This is a message that is posted on St. Louis County Police Department’s Facebook page from Chief Jon Belmar:

A message from Chief Jon Belmar regarding this morning’s Facebook post:

“On Thursday, December 4, 2014, an officer assigned to the St. Louis County City of Fenton Precinct made a post on the precinct Facebook site that spoke about the death of 12 year-old, Tamir Rice of Cleveland, Ohio. The intention of the post was to inform citizens about the potential danger of airsoft or pellet guns resembling real guns. However, the post was a misguided communication strategy and was offensive to many people.

As Chief of Police, I apologize to Tamir’s family and anyone who was offended by the post. While the post did not originate from the Chief’s Office and I was unaware of its presence prior to its release, I realize the message was insensitive to Tamir’s family and the sorrow they are currently experiencing.

The post conveyed the message that my officers respond to calls involving a child with a gun with indiscretion and little regard for life. I want to emphasize that my officers respond to calls with discernment, and have the highest regard for human life. We train officers to take all facts and circumstances into consideration when making decisions about using force.

The Facebook post has been removed and because of this incident, the social media policy has been altered in order to prevent future occurrences. I know social media is an effective way to provide the public with information, and I will make every effort to ensure that we do it in a responsible manner. Our continued thoughts and prayers go out to Tamir’s family in this trying time.”