The Power of the Hashtag–
“You don’t do shit but TWEET,” one angry social media user wrote, accusing Deray McKesson of being all bark and no bite. By now, most of us know Deray as a young, passionate activist who shares his experiences on the front lines of the movement via Twitter, daily. Over the course of a year, Deray has managed to become somewhat of a Twitter (and real life) celebrity, acquiring over 200,000 followers and counting (Beyonce’s one of them).
If you don’t know Deray, you may not be following the news close enough. He basically lives on CNN. The young activist, a former school administrator, quit his job and set out to stand up against injustice at the hands of the state nationwide. Named one of Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders”, Deray McKesson has made an indelible mark on history and continues to do so through his tireless work. But today, when I opened my eyes and logged on to Twitter, I was surprised to find that Montel Williams, of all people was up in the middle of the night, sending nasty tweets to Deray for no damn reason.
Over the weekend, video footage of a ridiculously abusive police officer surfaced online. Officer Eric Casebolt arrived on the scene of a pool party in McKinney, Texas on Friday evening, and acted like a complete jackass. After pinning a young girl to the ground and pulling her by her hair, the officer then pulled his gun on unarmed teens who were in the vicinity.
I was going to stay silent on this issue, because frankly, it is going to drain me to write this. But after I heard that three of the shooters involved in the deadly Twin Peaks Shooting were “accidentally” released from jail, I just had to give my three cents.
Weeks after the death of Freddie Gray, the city of Baltimore is still recovering from protests. Many people have been critical of the way some Baltimore residents have reacted to Gray’s death, however, Prince decided that he didn’t want to be one of those people. He wanted to help.
John Legend has gained much respect over the years for his artistry. The award winning singer/song writer never disappoints when it comes to his music. Recently, Legend has used his platform to speak out against police brutality, and has been very vocal about racial tensions in America. Now, stepping in to an Executive Producer role, Johnny boy is taking things a step further with a new film that will be airing on HBO on May 18th.
Usually, I just do a “Tweet of the Week.” But given everything that’s going on in the world, I thought it would be better to feature tweets from people all around the country, highlighting their thoughts on the death of Freddie Gray and the protests/riots in Baltimore. The responses have been pretty interesting. I didn’t think it would be appropriate to cover anything else on my blog today, so instead of doing typical coverage, I wanted you guys to see real opinions/thoughts/commentary on the matter.
And now Maryland has a state of emergency. Because you ignored the actual state of emergency of brutality and poverty and called it "life".
There’s still unrest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray’s death. If you haven’t been following the news, or simply just need a break form being inundated with images of Black lives lost at the hands of the police, I completely understand.
When unarmed teen Mike Brown was gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., there was an international outcry demanding justice for Mike, and people like him. After the unjustified fatal shootings of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, etc etc, people everywhere were looking for a way to express their hurt, to express their pain, and to show their solidarity. Ray Mills and his good friend Londrelle Hall found a particularly unique and admirable way to channel their feelings about the death of Mike Brown. These two Atlanta natives and founders of “Run For Justice” made the decision to run from Atlanta, GA to Ferguson, Mo., until they reached the destination where Mike Brown had been slain.
In light of the recent findings by the Department of Justice, deeming the Ferguson Police Department corrupt, as well as the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday”, which many know as the March on Selma, I thought it appropriate to talk to one of our generation’s Freedom Fighters. Though, during our interview, he didn’t give me the impression that he thought of himself in that way, in my mind, and in the minds of many others, he has certainly made a major contribution to our nation’s history, and our continued struggle for equality and social justice.
“This decision is limited strictly to the department’s inability to meet the high legal standard required to prosecute the case under the federal civil rights statutes; it does not reflect an assessment of any other aspect of the shooting,” the Justice Department said in a news release announcing the decision Tuesday.
Surprise. Surprise. George Zimmerman was once again found guilty of…nothing. We got duped. These proceedings were a pacifier for the Black community and all those seeking justice for the brutal murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin.