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Pediatrician here. The acquittal of #KyleRittenhouse exemplifies all the ways America is messing up teen boys & perpetuating gun culture, while meanwhile terrorizing youth of color. 🧵1/
I’m a doc for plenty of 17-year-olds and, like everyone else, can’t help but notice that Rittenhouse got a pass for murder while #TamirRice & #TrayvonMartin & countless other teen boys of color (often much younger) are killed (often by police) in the absence of a crime. 2/
Every last one of these kids is a son, brother, grandkid, who is violently robbed of a future and whose families will struggle with grief and trauma for the rest of their lives. 3/
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1/ Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, when he was commander of my district, always struck me as a decent, smart fellow and straight shooter. Somehow, he lost track of the true meaning of public service along the way.
2/ He was disrespectful to and disdainful of bona fide victims of police misconduct. He refused to freely provide information to victims, including Samaria Rice, mother of #TamirRice—we had to resort to public-records request.
3/ He was dilatory about holding officers accountable and let serious, even racist misconduct slide. Example. Officers Brian Kazimer and Dan Crisan. In Aug. 2010, the officers brutalized a 16-year-old Latino child with Down Syndrome. thefreethoughtproject.com/racist-cops-as…
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Non-comprehensive-list-of-wins-from-the-off-year-election-that-make-my-heart-flutter, a thread 🧵:
Abdullah Hammoud is going to be the new mayor of Dearborn, Michigan! First Arab-American & Muslim person to serve in this role 💪🏽
Danica Roem won her third consecutive term tonight in VA!
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No one asked for this, but I've been thinking a lot about #abolition and #abolishthepolice for some time now. And if I may, I'd like to share my novice perspective, albeit one rooted in my own (anti-)philosophical stance. So here goes.
I'm not convinced that the #abolitionist movement--which I wholly agree with--is an oppositional movement. Philosophically, a call for abolition is not a call to opposition. This distinction, in my mind anyway, is crucial. I'll elaborate.
Hegel told us long ago that oppositional realities (or what he calls dialectics) form a totality in themselves. Think about a fight: if one person chooses not to fight, there is no fight at all--only violence on the part of the aggressor.
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1. Dear Sistas, I’m sorry for all the hypocrisy & misogynoir you’re seeing from black men regarding #makhiabryant. It’s expected from white men, but to see it from brothas, I’m so sorry. You regularly fight for us & many of us throw you under bus at quickest opportunity. Shameful
2. It’s really not complicated, and don’t let folks, especially men, even black men, gaslight you. The faithful response of an officer who sees kids fighting, and one with a knife, is not to shoot her 4 times, it’s to seek to disarm & de-escalate. Body-can changes nothing.
3. That black men would share tears for #TamirRice & not #makhiabryant as if both aren’t children. Both were perceived to be armed & bullets were fired & questions asked later. One may have been truly armed, but prob is perception. Black children are perceived as black adults.
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I need to drive my son to daycare tomorrow. To ensure we arrive alive, we won't take public transit (#OscarGrant). I removed all air fresheners from the vehicle and double-checked my registration status (#DaunteWright), and ensured my license plates were visible (#CaronNazario).
I will be careful to follow all traffic rules (#PhilandoCastille), signal every turn (#SandraBland), keep the radio volume low (#JordanDavis), and won't stop at a fast food chain for a meal (#RayshardBrooks).
I'm too afraid to pray (#RevClementaCPickney) so I just hope the car won't break down (#CoreyJones).
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I don’t normally disagree with @FrankFigliuzzi1 but today, I must.

It has ALWAYS been about white supremacy.

None of the previous white, male, homegrown terrorists have been just troubled souls.

They are not little lost boys or lone wolves.

They are radicalized terrorists.
This narrative that being troubled or poor is an excuse for murder or criminality is only extended to white men.

Black boys playing on playgrounds like #TamirRice are gunned down at 12.

Double murderers like #KyleRittenhouse are called heroes at 17.

#Nope #NopittyNope
I am not coming for @FrankFigliuzzi1. He’s a good dude. I like him.

But this skewed narrative that white supremacy and the mayhem, chaos and sadly death it causes being something just a few misguided lone wolves live by is not true or fair to their MANY victims.
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Speaking at #AAP2020 Rev @CornellWBrooks starts by illustrating that #EmmettTill #TamirRice & #GeorgeFloyd are the recognized victims of police violence but that the trauma of over overpolicing is felt by whole communities & generations of children.
.@AmerAcadPeds section on Minority Health Equity & Inclusion Chair @DrHeardGarris has described this even more broadly as “vicarious racism”

Similar to secondhand smoke, vicarious racism has real impacts on child health

sciencedirect.com/science/articl…

#aap2020
#BlackLivesMatter
Pediatricians have a place to help frame the story around racism & police violence’s impact on child health. @CornellWBrooks cites the impact pediatric providers had on the Supreme Court’s Brown v Board of Education decision.

#AAP2020
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Criminal charges in U.S. police killings are rare. 110 nonfederal police officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter for shooting someone on duty since 2005, reports @washingtonpost.

Police have shot and killed at least 5,400 people since 2015.

A thread:👇 ImageImageImageImage
#BreonnaTaylor, a 26-year-old Black woman fatally shot by Louisville police during a "no-knock" raid at her home while she slept.

Criminal charges: 1 officer charged with wanton endangerment for shooting neighbor's apartment. Two officers not charged.

Settlement: $12 million ImageImage
#MichaelBrown, a Black teen killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.

Criminal charges: None

Settlement: $1.5 million Image
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Getting into a car is not a capital crime.

The police cannot continue to act as judge, jury, and executioner.

#BlackLivesMatter

#JacobBlake
Passing a counterfeit bill is not a capital crime.

The police cannot continue to act as judge, jury, and executioner.

#BlackLivesMatter

#GeorgeFloyd
Sleeping in your home is not a capital crime.

The police cannot continue to act as judge, jury, and executioner.

#BlackLivesMatter

#BreonnaTaylor
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Tamir Rice. Born on this day, June 25, 2002.

On November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was throwing snowballs and playing with a toy pellet gun in a Cleveland park when a police car rolled into the snowy field. Within two seconds of getting out of his squad car, white police officer
white police officer Timothy Loehmann shot and killed the 12-year-old. The officer claimed he thought the pellet gun was a real firearm.
America’s systemic marginalization, criminalization and subordination of black and brown bodies killed Tamir, the officer merely fired the gun.
#america #blacklivesmatter
#TamirRice #neverforget Murdered by a racist. Snatched from his mother, his father, his family and his friends. Catalyst for action. Sober reminder of our continuous struggle.
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In honor of #TamirRice's birthday on June 25th, I will be donating 100% of proceeds from streaming services for Silence Is Violence to the Tamir Rice Foundation. @AppleMusic @Spotify @spotifyartists @TIDAL @amazonmusic #blacklivesmatter #silenceisviolence youtube.com/watch?v=3u8enz…
Tamir Rice should be alive today, turning 18 years old, and graduating from high school. He was an innocent 12-year-old who was playing in a park near his home when he was shot by a Cleveland police officer.
The person who called the police told the dispatcher that Tamir was probably a juvenile and the gun was probably fake. The dispatcher did not relay this information to the responding officers.
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Do Not Keep Silent. POWERFUL from @iammelvinmyles @rabbispen @StephenSimmons5 #JuneteenthDay
on my blog. Please read & share ravjill.com/silence-2/
Correction: Video was created by Springdale Baptist Church @TheSpringBC #IWasNotSilenced ravjill.com/silence-2/
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Tamir Rice was playing with a toy gun in a park when Officer Timothy Loehmann, who’d previously been deemed emotionally unstable and unfit for duty, gunned him down. Tamir was 12.

#TamirRice
Philando Castile told Officer Jeronimo Yanez that he was licensed and carrying a registered handgun. He was shot seven times. The 4-year old girl in the backseat pleaded with her mother Diamond Reynolds to stop screaming. “Mama I don’t want you to get shooted.” Philando was 32.
Breonna Taylor was in her home when officers burst through her door on a no-knock warrant with a battering ram seeking two suspects already in police custody. She was shot eight times. Breonna was 26.

#BreonnaTaylor
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I'm tellin' you man, black folks, black Muslims, Arabs, Desis, Mexicans, etc., are out in the streets dancing to a tune so loud, they don't even know what key it's in. Because of this, many are unwilling and unable to acknowledge the main reason why
the death of #GeorgeFloyd has gone global, has gone viral, is because Chuck authorized it to go viral. The liberal wing of Chuck has authorized outrage over the death of a black man even though we've been dying at the hands of white cops and black hoodlums for decades!
The question I have is why did not white liberals authorize riots and protests when they killed #CliffordGlover, #ClaudeReese, #RandyEvans, #YvonneSmallwood, #AmadouDiallo, #SeanBell, #OscarGrant, #TrayvonMartin, #JordanDavis, #JonathanFerrell, #AiyanaJones,
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THREAD on #BLM

Tho I'm Latina, I know I have privilege as a white person because I can do all of these things without thinking twice:

I can go birding (#ChristianCooper)

I can go jogging (#AmaudArbery)

I can relax in my own home (#BothemSean & #AtatianaJefferson)
I can ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride)

I can have a cellphone (#StephonClark)

I can leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards)

I can play loud music (#JordanDavis)

I can sell CDs (#AltonSterling)

I can sleep (#AiyanaJones)
I can walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown)

I can play like a child (#TamirRice)

I can go to church (#Charleston9)

I can walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin)

I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (#SeanBell)

I can party on New Years (#OscarGrant)
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Say every one of their names—Then #SayTheirNames again.

It matters.

Beloved children, spouses, mothers, fathers, friends, co-workers, neighbors.

Denial of racism IS racism
Silence IS compliance
#BlackLivesMatter
#GeorgeFloyd

#BlackOutTuesday, no commentary needed—A Thread
#GEORGEFLOYD, 46 —911 call from a grocery worker claiming an attempted forgery.

Responding LEO w/17 previous infractions held him down for 9 minutes by the neck as 2 LEOs assisted & 1 did nothing.

His life drained out of him as he said #ICantBreathe

4 Officers fired—1 charged.
#AHMAUDARBERY, 25—Jogging, hunted down & shot by 2 men while a 3rd videotaped the murder. They claimed they suspected him of a burglary. Homeowner of house being built states nothing was taken.

2 men charged with murder & aggravated assault. Videotaper claims bystander—Pending.
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You want to know why Black people are angry...
We can’t be handcuffed and put in the police car unless we are dead (#GeorgeFloyd)
We can’t go bird watching in Central Park (#ChristianCooper)
We can’t go jogging (#AmaudArbery).
We can’t relax in the comfort of our own homes (#BothemSean and #AtatianaJefferson).
We can't ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride).
We can't have a cellphone (#StephonClark).
We can't leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards).
We can't play loud music (#JordanDavis)
We can’t sell CD's (#AltonSterling).
We can’t sleep (#AiyanaJones)
We can’t walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown).
We can’t play cops and robbers (#TamirRice).
We can’t go to church (#Charleston9).
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I have privilege as a white person because I can do all of these things without pausing, & without thinking twice:
I can go birding (#ChristianCooper)
I can go jogging (#AmaudArbery)
I can relax in the comfort of my own home (#BothemSean & #AtatianaJefferson)

#BlackLivesMatter
I can walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown)
I can play cops and robbers (#TamirRice)
I can go to church (#Charleston9)
I can walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin)
I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (#SeanBell)

#BlackLivesMatter
I can party on New Years (#OscarGrant)
I can get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland)
I can lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile)
I can break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones)
I can shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford)

#BlackLivesMatter
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I have privilege as a white person because I can do all of these things without thinking twice:
I can go birding #ChristianCooper
I can go jogging #AmaudArbery
I can relax in the comfort of my own home #BothemSean and #AtatianaJefferson

#BlackLivesMatter
I can ask for help after being in a car crash #JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride
I can have a cellphone #StephonClark
I can leave a party to get to safety #JordanEdwards
I can play loud music #JordanDavis
I can sell CDs #AltonSterling
I can sleep #AiyanaJones
I can walk from the corner store #MikeBrown
I can play cops and robbers #TamirRice
I can go to church #Charleston9
I can walk home with Skittles #TrayvonMartin
I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party #SeanBell
I can party on New Years #OscarGrant
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#BlackLivesMatter. #GeorgeFloyd's life mattered. #AhmaudAubrey's life mattered. #TamirRice's life mattered. #MichaelBrown's life mattered.

White people, we need to stop turning blind eyes to this, stop pretending that it's "bad apples" in the police.
We need to stand with our black friends, neighbours, colleagues, coworkers, classmates, and yes, even strangers.

But we also need to make a conscious decision to not make this about us. It's not about us. This about the countless black lives that have been cut short.
It's about acknowledging that we owe black people the dignity to control their movement. That we, as a privileged people, owe it to them to amplify their voices without distorting them. And that we show up for them, every time.
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On May 25, #GeorgeFloyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was murdered by Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer. Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for seven minutes, suffocating him as Floyd pleaded repeatedly that he couldn’t breathe. Justice has not yet been achieved.
We have a national crisis of white supremacist violence against Black people in the USA. In the past decade alone, we witnessed the deaths of thousands of Black people at the hands of police. #BreonnaTaylor #EricGarner #SandraBland #TamirRice are just some of those we’ve lost.
At Indivisible, we believe Black Lives Matter without qualifications, asterisks, or add-ons. We also believe in the right for communities to protest and protect themselves against state-sanctioned violence. Period.
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