It has been interesting to watch the attempt by some to demonize the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
What is it about those three words that cause such vitriol and rancor among some of those in the majority population? Why is it such a problem for black folks to affirm that black lives matter? "Hate group"? You can't be serious.
Over at FOX VIEWS Roger Ailes has already sent out the memo to his various hosts that the #BlackLivesMatter movement is the new bogeyman. It is the topic of the moment to guarantee ratings and rally like minded individuals to a cause of fear and ignorance.
Two of their biggest stars have already started. Megyn (Santa is white) Kelly was crying double standard, and Bill O"Reilly has vowed to put the #BlackLivesMatter folks out of business, because in his mind they are responsible for all the cop killings of late. (BTW, police killings have actually been down since President Obama took office.)
This hysteria from the fear the black bogeyman movement is all quite laughable.
We have had 240 years of being reminded that white lives matter and that without white lives there would be no America. There is nothing hateful or radical about reminding us all the black lives matter as well. It's not like black folks are saying black lives matter more than any other lives. They are simply saying that black lives matter along with all the other lives. And yes, we get it, black folks are taking black lives as well, and we as black folks should also be made aware of the importance of black lives.
But if you don't see why black folks have to remind everyone that black lives matter with all that has been happening of late, well then you should hurry over to your television set and turn on FOX VIEWS. Bill O'Reilly will be on soon.
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NBC's "Meet The Press" host Chuck Todd asked Walker on the Sunday program if he would consider building a wall along the country's northern border.
Walker said that some people along the campaign trail have raised the issue.
"They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at," Walker told Todd." [Source]
Sorry Scott, this issue is a loser for you. Did you forget that "Mexican is the new black?" Please take a closer look at the racial makeup of the folks up in Canada. They don't look anything like the Mexicans.
And then there is Chris Christie. His idea is just as outrageous. (Man Trump has these guys tripping over themselves to out crazy him.)
"Christie said Saturday that if elected president, he will track undocumented immigrants like FedEx packages.
"I'm going to have Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, come work for the government for three months. Just come for three months to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and show these people," the New Jersey governor said at a town hall event here.
Christie added that while FedEx can track boxes, the U.S. can't track undocumented immigrants.
"You go online and at any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is," he said. "Yet we let people come into this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them."
Christie added, "We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in and then when your time is up," he said. "However long your visa is, then we go get you and tap you on the shoulder and say, 'Excuse me, it's time to go.'" [Source]
Chris, I am going to use your own words on you: "Excuse me, it's time to go."
**Finally, if you were wondering why all the hue and cry about "black lives matter", this story might help you to better understand.
"A young black man arrested by police in Portsmouth, Virginia, has been found dead in his jail cell after spending almost four months behind bars – without bail – for stealing $5 worth of groceries.
Early Wednesday, Jamycheal Mitchell, who had mental health problems, was discovered lying on the floor of his cell by guards. Prison officials say his death is not being treated as suspicious.
“As of right now it is deemed ‘natural causes’,” said Natasha Perry, the master jail officer at the Hampton Roads regional jail in Portsmouth. Yet Portsmouth police are looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of the 24-year-old.
On April 22nd, Mitchell was accused of stealing a bottle of Mountain Dew, a Snickers bar and a Zebra Cake worth a total of $5 from a 7-Eleven. His family reportedly believes he starved to death after refusing meals and medication at the jail, where he was being held on misdemeanor charges of petty larceny and trespassing.
“His body failed,” said Roxanne Adams, Mitchell’s. “It is extraordinary. The person I saw deceased was not even the same person.” Adams, who is a registered nurse, said Mitchell had practically no muscle mass left and had lost about 65lbs by the time of his death. [Source]
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