3 thoughts on “Sheltering-in-place

  1. Old Jim Crow says:

    “George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What can black parents possibly tell their kids now about staying safe?” https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/29/us/black-parents-children-safety-talk-blake/index.html
    ‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts’: Behind the infamous phrase used by Trump https://nypost.com/2020/05/29/history-behind-when-the-looting-starts-the-shooting-starts/
    “Trump tells cops they should rough people up more during arrests : “Please, don’t be too nice,” he said, to laughter from the crowd.” (July 2017) https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/28/16059536/trump-cops-speech-gang-violence-long-island
    “The former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd’s neck had 18 prior complaints filed against him with the Minneapolis Police Department’s Internal Affairs, according to the police department.
    Chauvin was not the only officer on the scene that day with a history of complaints against him.
    Former officer Tou Thao had six complaints filed with internal affairs, one of which was still open, according to the public summary released Thursday. The other five complaints had been closed without discipline.
    Thao was also part of a 2017 excessive force lawsuit that was settled by the city of Minneapolis, according to a settlement obtained by CNN and an attorney for the plaintiff in the case. https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/28/us/minneapolis-officer-complaints-george-floyd/index.html
    (details in article)

  2. Past is prologue says:

    “In 1962, a confrontation with the LAPD outside a mosque resulted in the death of a Nation of Islam member. It was an event seized on by an outraged Malcolm X, who would condemn it in an impassioned speech.” (Smithsonian) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_uYWDyYNUg
    From the Series: The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X http://bit.ly/2Dun05T

    Self-proclaimed white nationalist Richard Spencer in Charlottesville, Va, Aug 11, 2017

  3. 4therecord says:

    I can’t breathe. (Eric Garner, New York City)
    I can get killed by police at a Walmart. (John Crawford III, Beavercreek, Ohio)
    Or when I’m playing at a park. (Tamir Rice, 12, Cleveland)
    I can die in a traffic stop. (Walter Scott, North Charleston, S.C.)
    I can die even if I’m already arrested. (Freddie Carlos Gray Jr., Baltimore)
    I can die when I’m praying. (Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney and eight people in his church, Charleston, S.C.)
    I can die because I failed to signal a turn. (Sandra Bland, Prairie View, Tex.)
    And if my car breaks down, I can die. (Corey Jones, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
    If the police approach me, I can die. (Alton Sterling, Baton Rouge, La.)
    When I’m driving with my girlfriend and her daughter, I can die. (Philando Castile, Falcon Heights, Minn.)
    When I’m getting away from trouble, I can die. (Jordan Edwards, 15, Balch Springs, Tex.)
    In front of my wife, I can die. (Keith Lamont Scott, Charlotte)
    Even when I don’t die, the most ordinary things, I can’t do in peace. (Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, Philadelphia)
    I can’t go to the gym. (Tshyrad Oates and a friend, Secaucus, N.J.)
    I can’t play golf. (Sandra Thompson and four friends, York County, Pa.)
    I can’t be in front of a house. (Donisha Prendergast and two friends, Rialto, Calif.)
    I can’t buy a house. (Michael Hayes, Memphis)
    I can’t go swimming. (DJ RocQuemore Simmons, 15, and a friend, Summerville, S.C.)
    I can’t eat lunch. (Oumou Kanoute, Northampton, Mass.)
    I can’t go to church with my grandma. (Akil Carter, Wauwatosa, Wis.)
    I can’t bird-watch. (Christian Cooper, New York City)
    I can’t be a child with a backpack. (Jeremiah Harvey, 9, New York City)
    I can’t even be a 6-year-old. (Kaia Rolle, 6, Orlando)
    And I can’t protest any of this. (Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco)
    But I can die from a pandemic. (African Americans account for a disproportionate number of covid-19 deaths)
    I can be killed in my grandma’s backyard. (Stephon Clark, Sacramento, Calif.)
    I can die eating ice cream in my living room. (Botham Jean, Dallas)
    I can die when I’m jogging. (Ahmaud Arbery, Brunswick, Ga.)
    I can die babysitting my nephew at home. (Atatiana Jefferson, Fort Worth)
    Really, I can die inside my own home. (Breonna Taylor, Louisville)
    Please, I can’t breathe. (George Floyd, Minneapolis)

    “Violence against African Americans often goes unreported. The list above is a brief compilation of some of the violence and discrimination against black citizens that made headlines from the last words of Eric Garner to those of George Floyd.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/05/ever-growing-list-what-black-people-cannot-do-without-risking-their-lives/?arc404=true [click the names in the article for an account of what took place]

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