‘Ingraham Angle’ on Black Lives Matter, inflation – Fox News

This is a rush transcript of "Ingraham Angle" on November 11, 2021. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: And that's why we should all take a moment to always honor the heroism, the commitment that make this country safe and secure. Thank you to all of you who serve.

Let not your heart be troubled. Hey, Laura.

LAURA INGRAHAM, FOX NEWS HOST: Well said. Sacrifice and selflessness, we need more of that all the way around in the United States.


INGRAHAM: And the vets are the perfect example of that. I'll be talking to a Iwo Jima vet, Sean.

HANNITY: Oh, really? I will be watching for sure. By the way, you did a great interview with the family spokesperson last night. I was riveted to it.

INGRAHAM: Oh, now I saw Kyle's mom. I was like almost in tears. It was really moving. But we'll try to pick it up where you left off.

HANNITY: Well, you're a lawyer. You bring a lot to the table on this. I don't see a guilty verdict. I don't think they have made the case.

INGRAHAM: No way. Sean, awesome show. And we will see you tomorrow night.

HANNITY: I'll be watching.

INGRAHAM: All right. I'm Laura Ingraham. This is THE INGRAHAM ANGLE from Washington.

Now, when you look closely at where inflation is hurting Americans most, it might not come as a surprise that Joe Biden is initially brushing it off for a reason. Jim Jordan and J.D. Vance react.

And how the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and the January 6 aftermath outs the Democrats as the new authoritarians. Our own Tucker Carlson is here tonight to explain that.

But first, racial extortionist ride again. That's the focus of tonight's 'Angle'.


KAMALA HARRIS, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The brilliance and the impact of Black Lives Matter. History is going to show -- was an inflection point. Black Lives Matter has been the most significant agent for change within the criminal justice system.

BILL DE BLASIO, NEW YORK CITY MAYOR: The hopeful positive message of Black Lives Matter is a positive forward looking message of righting a wrong and creating a true respect for people's value.

BARACK OBAMA, 44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: To the young people who led us this summer, telling us we need to be better. You are this country's dreams fulfilled.


INGRAHAM: Now, at the time the 'Angle' warned that their alliance with the BLM radicals was bound to backfire given the agenda.


INGRAHAM: It has nothing to do with racial justice. This is about raw power. And politicians in blue states, they've decided that the riots are helping them politically. The unspoken offer that I think Democrats are making the voters this November is the following: Vote Trump out of office, and we'll put an end to this.

But I'm telling you, if you reward this, you're going to get a lot more not a lot less of it.


INGRAHAM: Well, of course, the Democrats didn't listen and the rioters, the looters, the criminals, all learned the wrong lesson that Democrats would fold to their demands to avoid more chaos and threats of violence. So, zero consequences for criminality in other words. So that's why it made perfect sense that BLM thugs in New York City have already tried to intimidate and threaten newly-elected mayor Eric Adams.

Now, public safety is one of his top priorities. He wants to reinstate plainclothes police officers to reduce gun violence. That's smart. And it would have the added benefit of saving black and brown lives. That's something you would think BLM cared about.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They think that they're going to go back to the old ways of policing, that we are going to take to the streets again. There will be riots, there will be fire, and there will be bloodshed. So there is no way that we are going to let some Gestapo come in here and haunt my people.


INGRAHAM: But this BLM radical wasn't done with his threats against Adams.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have people in city council who can create problems for him. We have people in the streets who can create problems for this administration by shutting it down. And make no mistake about it, I am not threatening anyone. I am just saying that as a natural response to aggressive oppression, people will react.


INGRAHAM: Well, the message is clear and the threats are pretty close to attempted extortion, which generally is defined as an attempt through coercion or threats to obtain a benefit or outcome often involving money.

Now, my question is, has a single prominent Democrat come out to denounce these BLM comments? Not that I've seen. Their silence speaks volumes. And now, we see the same threatening demand dynamic is at play in the Kyle Rittenhouse case. The press is really busy stoking racial anger by purposely misrepresenting the facts of the murder trial.

Now, the prosecution's case is collapsing. We all know that. And instead of honestly analyzing the record, the media just blame racism.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If you want to know why critical race theory exists, then look no further, in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: White privilege on steroids.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A biased racist judge.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What does justice even mean in a system that was established to strip black people of their humanity, and has never really held white people accountable for murdering black people.


INGRAHAM: These people are incredibly irresponsible and dishonest, effectively excusing any unrest that follows a mistrial or acquittal. That's what they're doing. And what will that mean? That means more pain and suffering for the people of Kenosha. So more problems, not fewer for the minority community there as well.

Now, again, BLM, the journalists who support them, they don't care. They never cared. The Kenosha rioting that Rittenhouse stepped into was largely driven by the media outlets that refused to report the truth about Jacob Blake, the black man shot by the police.


JAKE TAPPER, CNN HOST: Unarmed, a black man.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As of the government, what happened to Mr. Blake is not a crime, that someone can be shot in the back seven times in front of their children all unarmed.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Like unarmed individuals who come in contact with law enforcement.


INGRAHAM: Preserving the anti-police narrative was more important than the truth to politicians and pundits alike, who chimed in to defend Blake. And even after Blake himself admitted to having a knife, the press just quietly corrected the record like the "Washington Post".

Did any of these people apologize to the people of Kenosha, who lost everything in the riots? No. Did any of them apologize to Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson? No.

Remember, they destroyed his life in 2014, even after authorities found insufficient evidence to charge him with murder or manslaughter. That's because they lied about everything from hands up, don't shoot, to whether Michael Brown was the aggressor. So mobs rage, they looted across entire city blocks in Ferguson. Remember, the businesses, they were ruined. Some residents moved out, never returned.

And seven years after all that needless racial unrest, Ferguson has one of the highest crime rights -- rates in America. Who's that helping? According to the crime tracking website NeighborhoodScout, '"One's chances of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 17".

Congratulations, Democrats. Coddling criminals and demonizing Police has predictably made America less safe and thugs more brazen. Now, because liberal politicians didn't suffer politically for backing the destructive BLM movement back in 2020, they may think that they can get away with it again. But that was before voters saw what defunding the police did to crime rates, that was before voters saw how critical race theory infiltrated their kids' classrooms.

Now, look at the vote in Minneapolis, people are just tired of this garbage. They want it to end. There is no negotiating with terrorists. And there's no placating anti-American Marxists who believe that it's better for a city to burn than it -- to continue with traditional policing, or quit a white teenager wrongly accused.

Will Democrats learn these obvious lessons before the midterms? If they had a strong leader, perhaps they could. But they don't, so they won't. And that's the 'Angle'.

All right. Joining me now is Larry Elder, host of 'The Larry Elder Show' and former California gubernatorial candidate. Larry, the left made a deal with the devil last summer. And now, it looks like they're trapped. Your reaction to the 'Angle' tonight.

LARRY ELDER, "THE LARRY ELDER SHOW" HOST: Well, they are trapped. And, Laura, the whole Black Lives Matter movement is based upon a lie and the lie is that the police are engaging in systemic racism. The police are using deadly force against blacks just because they're black. It is not true.

There have been study after study after study showing, if anything, the police are more reluctant, more hesitant to pull the trigger on a black suspect than a white suspect. The police kill more unarmed whites every year than they kill unarmed blacks, except when they kill an unarmed white, nobody cares.

And here's the consequence, the police accused of being systemically racist, pull back. Fewer traffic stops, few arrests, crime goes up. And as you pointed out, a disproportionate number of the victims of the crimes are black and brown people themselves. In New York, the population of black and brown people are roughly half the city. However, 95 percent of the victims and of the perps are black and brown.

So when the police pull back, the very people that Black Lives Matter claims that they care about are hurt the most. There's a black Harvard economist named Roland Fryer, in July of 2016, front page story in 'The New York Times'. He did a study, he just assumed that the police were engaging in deadly force against blacks just because they were black. He said the findings were the most surprising thing of his career.

Again, the police were more hesitant, more reluctant to pull the trigger on a black suspect than a white suspect. He did find, the police were slightly more likely to use nine deadly force. But in my opinion, that's because they didn't want to get to using deadly force. So again, people that are hurt by this lie are the very people that the black and brown -- people who are loving on black and brown, people with the left, claim they care about.

INGRAHAM: Now, New York City mayor-elect Eric Adams, as I mentioned, is not backing down amid all of these threats from the BLM types. Watch.


ERIC ADAMS, MAYOR-ELECT NEW YORK CITY: There's very few things that intimidate me. There's very few things that frighten and scare me. New Yorkers are not going to live in fear. And we're not going to be intimidated by anyone. This city is not going to be a city of riots, it's not going to be the city of burning. This is going to be a city where we're going to be safe.


INGRAHAM: Larry, is he the right person to step up and take this on?

ELDER: I think so. But, Laura, it sort of doesn't matter. No matter what color you are, if you're black, and you're in a position of responsibility, and you do the right thing, somebody is going to accuse you of being a sellout.

I'm here in Los Angeles, and we elected a black female district attorney. And 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning, a Black Lives Matter activist showed up at her house, because they didn't like some positions she had taken. And now this woman has been replaced by George GascA3n, a George Soros soft on crime DA.

And out here in LA, crime has gone up, up 30 percent year-to-year. The city is 9 percent black, about 30 to 40 percent of the victims of the homicide are black people. Again, the very people that the people like that, who claim that they are backing black people, Black Lives Matter. These are the people that they claim that they care about. Those are the ones who are being disproportionately hurt.

By the way, virtually all of these shootings in depth, mostly all of them, Laura, could have been avoided if (inaudible) had the suspect comply. Comply, you won't die. And nobody wants to say that.

INGRAHAM: I mean, no one talks about the fact that the live from Ferguson, that destroyed Darren Wilson's life. I mean, I think he had to change his name and moves -- I mean, I don't know -- know what happened to him. But I mean, the lies just keep -- and the keep to this day being retold, the 'Hands up, don't shoot'.

All of that. They still have posters at various rallies, they still hold them up. So they are they are clinging to lies about facts, policing, specific events and specific shootings. And they just won't let them go, no matter what. I've never seen anything like this. This is true fanaticism, Larry.

ELDER: Yes. The lie, drive the narrative. They don't really care. Just like Donald Trump did not say, there are good Nazis and bad Nazis. He said. And I'm not talking about the white nationalists and the Neo Nazis, because they should be condemned totally. They don't care. The lie becomes the truth. It's pathetic.

INGRAHAM: Larry, it's great to see you tonight. Thanks so much for joining us.

And speaking of the Rittenhouse trial, things did not go well for the prosecution today.


BRUCE SCHROEDER, KENOSHA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE: I'm a little bit challenged when you say -- is there something that I'm saying that drives the face that you're making? Go ahead. Say what you have to say.

THOMAS BINGER, PROSECUTOR IN THE RITTENHOUSE CASE: I have to say, Your Honor, yesterday I was the target of your ire for disregarding your orders.

SCHROEDER: I was talking yesterday about the Constitution of the United States, and how the Supreme Court has interpreted it for 50 years.


INGRAHAM: Joining me now is David Hancock, spokesman for Kyle Rittenhouse. David, now that's kind of a unusual strategy, accusing the judge of being grossly unfair. It looks like that backfired.

DAVID HANCOCK, KYLE RITTENHOUSE SPOKESPERSON: Yes. And that's just what this prosecutor has been doing this entire trial. It's offensive. And truly a total miscarriage of due process for Kyle. It's just terrible.

INGRAHAM: I know you saw the tweet from LeBron James last night. We're going to put it up on the screen. A lot of people have seen this, but I wanted to get your reaction to this. He responded by saying that, Kyle broke down in tears on the witness stand and that was the tweet he's responding to. He said, '"What tears? I didn't see one. Knock it off. That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court." Had some laughing emojis there.

He's one of the most powerful richest athletes in the world. And he's attacking a teenager.

HANCOCK: Yes. I mean, he's attacking a 18-year-old boy, who was viciously attacked helping his community. I think LeBron James should focus a bit more on the Lakers and a little bit less on trying to get involved in these kinds of situations.

I talked to you about it before. That's just laughable. And I'm not going to be paying any attention to that anymore.

INGRAHAM: Now, Gaige Grosskreutz, who was shot by Rittenhouse after pointing his pistol at Kyle said this on CNN tonight about Kyle's testimony.


GAIGE GROSSKREUTZ, SURVIVED KENOSHA SHOOTING: I can't say that I was one particularly impressed, nor convinced. To me, it seemed like a child being upset because they were caught, not upset because of what they have done wrong.


INGRAHAM: David, your response to him?

HANCOCK: I'm impressed that he has the gall to go on a major news network and lie about what he said in court. Everybody saw the video and saw the images. That man pointed a loaded handgun at an 18-year-old kid who was in, quite possibly, the most vulnerable position ever on his butt. Come on. That's just discussing.

INGRAHAM: Now, Kyle's mom appeared with Sean Hannity earlier tonight. She's obviously incredibly emotional. I mean, one would expect nothing less about what's happened to her son. If you can, without violating any confidences, how are they getting through this? How have they gotten through this so far?

HANCOCK: They have a very strong support structure around them. They have the truth, they have the facts, they have the reality of what happened that night. And that's been coming out to America. So that's a pretty strong pillar they can lean on.

INGRAHAM: Would you, after watching what's happened at this trial, and what could happen still, I mean we don't know what ultimately will happen. Would you recommend that people get into these events, rallies, protests, to try to protect, or mix it up, or observe, or take video, given how things are distorted, and how situations can spiral out of control? Given what you've seen, would you recommend anyone you know to do what Kyle did?

HANCOCK: I would recommend from the sense of being an American that believes in the Constitution that anybody can protect their property. And if people want to be good, civic-minded individuals and go out into town and protect property and give first aid to people who might be injured, I would say go for it. Right? Go for it.

But I would also encourage the citizen, like journalists, to keep doing what they're doing. I mean, think about how this case would be if there wasn't hours of video from it.

INGRAHAM: You bet.

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Kyle Rittenhouse Gives Testimony on Deadly Shooting at Black Lives Matter Protest in Wisconsin – The Peoples Vanguard of Davis

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KENOSHA, WI Then 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, in August of 2020, drove from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he shot and killed two people and wounded another.

This week, now 18 and on trial for murder, he took the stand to give his testimony on the events leading up to the shooting.

Rittenhouse stated that his objectives were to offer medical assistance, provide water for the officers on scene and to protect a used car lot; he mentioned that he brought the AR-15 gun for his protection, and did not plan on using it.

Our job is to protect this business and part of my job is to also help people. If theres somebody hurt, Im running into harms way. Thats why I have my rifle because I can protect myself, obviously, Rittenhouse stated when describing the intentions of himself and other armed individuals at the scene.

Following the shooting, Rittenhouse was charged with five felonies: first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Joseph Rosenbaum, first-degree reckless homicide of Anthony Huber, attempted first-degree intentional homicide of Gaige Grosskreutz, and two counts of recklessly endangering safety, for shots fired at others.

He was also charged with possessing a firearm as a minor and for violating a curfew on the night of the Aug. 25, a misdemeanor and a civil citation, respectfully.

To all of these charges, Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense to his possession and use of the firearm.

When describing the altercation between himself and Rosenbaum, the defendant stated that Rosenbaum was the initial aggressor, yelling death threats at Rittenhouse and chasing him into a car lot, where the defendant turned around to face his pursuer.

Rittenhouse stated I pointed my gun at him, and that did not deter him. He could have run away instead of trying to take my gun from me, but he kept chasing me. It didnt stop him. According to the defense, Rosenbaum then lunged for the gun, I remember his hand was on the barrel of my gun, which is when Rittenhouse shot four times, killing Rosenbaum.

Following the altercation with Rosenbaum, the prosecution cited a video of Rittenhouse firing an AR-15 at the second and third people that he shot that night: Anthony Huber, the second homicide victim, and Gaige Grosskreutz, who was paralyzed from the waist down after Rittenhouse fired into a crowd.

Huber was swinging a skateboard at Rittenhouse, and Grosskreutz testified earlier this week that he had aimed a gun at Rittenhouse just before he was shot.

Lead prosecuting attorney, Thomas Binger, repeatedly accused Rittenhouse of using deadly force with the intent to kill during his questioning of the defendant, and charged Rittenhouse has not given his testimony until after ample opportunity to watch videos, read articles, and hear witness testimony regarding the case.

Judge Bruce Schroeder interrupted the examination and asked the jurors to leave the courtroom to admonish Binger for his line of questioning, stating This is a grave Constitutional violation for you to talk about the defendants silence. This is not allowed.

Judge Schroeder had to ask the jurors to leave the courtroom a second time during Bingers questioning to reprimand him once again for inappropriate tactics.

In regards to Bingers rather confrontational examination, Rittenhouses lawyers requested Judge Schroeder declare a mistrial with prejudice, eliminating any possibility of a retrial.

Judge Schroeder stated that he would consider their proposition, but he is not willing to officially rule on the matter just yet. As of currently, the trial is set to reconvene with Binger as the lead prosecutor with Rittenhouse taking the stand once more.

The trial will resume Friday.

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USC professor speaks out on refusal to remove pro-police flag from office: Campus is a ‘progressive bubble’ – Fox News

AUniversityof SouthernCaliforniaprofessor is defending his refusal to cave to student pressure to remove apro-policeBlue Lives Matter flag from his office.

James Moore, professor of engineering and policy, posted the flag at the start of the fallsemesteroutside of his office on campus. He has since faced repeated calls to remove the flag.

"I wanted to communicate to progressively-oriented students that there's a competing point of view,"Moore told "Fox & Friends" Friday."They live in something of a progressive bubble on a college campus I wanted to communicate to conservative students, of which there are many, that in fact they're entitled to their voice, that the messages they hear are really not representative of society at large."


Moore says he hung the flag to send a counter-message to the premise that Black lives are at particular risk of police violence.

"I think it's a lie," he said. "Black lives benefit rather strongly, disproportionately from the activities of police Black lives are at greatest risk from reduced police service."

(USC Professor James Moore)

"If all lives matter and Black lives in particular matter, then we need to make sure that they're secure."

The office of the dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering and USC's Office of Equity and Diversity told students there is no policy supporting the removal of the flag, according to the Daily Trojan.

"The university does not have a policy that limits the display of materials in spaces like this, though we are looking at whether it is needed," the university said in a statement to thestudent-rundailynewspaper. "As part of the universitys commitment to academic freedom, a faculty member can express his or her individual beliefs and viewpoints on a wide variety of topics even controversial issues but they do not speak on behalf of a school or the broader university."


Moore says he feels a responsibility to his students who are receiving "constant messaging" from the university that the world is a progressive place with a progressive point of view.

"They suspect otherwise, and I wanted to alert them to the fact that they're entitled to those suspicions," he said.

Fox News' Emma Colton contributed to this report.

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TikTok Influencer Of Color Faced `Frustrating Obstacle Trying To Add The Word Black To His Creator Marketplace Bio – Forbes

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As the Fourth of July drew to a close, Ziggi Tyler, 23, of Chicago, decided to use his holiday downtime to update his bio on TikToks Creator Marketplace, a new part of the app where influencers like Tyler connect with brands to strike sponsorship deals. Tyler is a Black influencer who uses TikTok and other platforms to post comedy vlogs, and he wanted to highlight his background to marketers who might want to launch racial justice campaigns or ads featuring more diverse talent. But when he went to include words and phrases like Black, Black Lives Matter and Black support, he made an uncomfortable discovery: The app wouldnt allow him to include them, flagging the words as inappropriate content and making it impossible for him to publish the new bio.

Its very odd, its very strangeits very frustrating, says Tyler.

"If we take a step back and consider, it seems a little phony to me," says Ziggi Tyler, mulling over ... [+] TikTok's explanation for why "Black" was banned from bios on its Creator Marketplace.

TikTok doesnt deny that this happened to Tyler. It says the content moderation algorithm within the Creator Marketplace, launched in mid-2020, is a work in progress. The problem stretched into Wednesday afternoonat that time, TikTok placed a block on anyone updating their marketplace bios. The company says it has since corrected the faulty AI, though any changes to the bios still cannot go through.

TikTok says the algorithm flagged the phrases because Tyler had also written the word audience in his bio, and the AI had been taught to flag bios that included the word die, which is contained within the word audience, and words like Black and Black Lives Matter as possible hate speech. The algorithm wouldve drawn attention to any combination of the words die and black. For instance, if the phrase die blackberries had been there, the AI wouldve barred it.

Our TikTok Creator Marketplace protections, which flag phrases typically associated with hate speech, were erroneously set to flag phrases without respect to word order, a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement. We recognize and apologize for how frustrating this was to experience, and our team has fixed this significant error. To be clear, Black Lives Matter does not violate our policies and currently has over 27 billion views on our platform."

For his part, Tyler finds TikToks explanation specious. I could write out neo nazi and white supremacyno problem, and thats cool, he says. But I just went in 30 minutes ago and tried to add Black Lives Matter again, and it wasnt allowed. While TikTok had an explanation for why Tyler couldnt fill out his bio with those phrases, the company didnt offer one for something else: Tylers videos for now cant be as easily shared on TikTok as videos from most other influencers. The Stitch and Duet functions, two common features that allow users to republish another persons TikToks, have been disabled on Tylers account, making it harder for his videos to go viral. (TikTok denies turning off these features, saying only a user can do so. Tyler, in turn, says he didnt mute them either.) Nonetheless, his videos talking about his experience over the past few days have gotten nearly 2.5 million views.

Theres been a growing tension between TikTok and the Black community on its app. During last years Black Lives Matter protests, several Black creators alleged that TikTok was suppressing content about the protests and George Floyds murder, something the company has denied doing. TikTok did admit that a technical glitch affected the view counts around hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter and #GeorgeFloyd, making it seem that they had received zero or very few views when in fact theyd been watched millions of times. Most recently, some Black influencers staged what they called a virtual strike, going silent on the app to protest an unfair bias among advertisers on the app that favors white creators.

Moreover, TikTok has struggled at points to grow from an app featuring dances and stunts into a social network where politics and other weighty issues are discussedeven as its user base has ballooned to more than 700 million users worldwide, complicating that calculus. As recently as late 2019, the companys top executives were actively weighing whether they should find ways to tamp down content about politics, going as far as to consider turning off its key algorithmic feed during elections, including the 2020 presidential contest in America.

Tyler, bearded and habitually clad in a knit cap, joined TikTok back in February 2020 and established a niche for himself with humorous videos, talking about topics like his appearance, sex and white influencers. He has since accumulated 368,000 followers, and in October, he joined TikToks Creator Fund, which pays out to creators who create sufficiently popular videos. Tyler, a recent Southern Illinois University graduate, joined the Creator Marketplace the following January. He hasnt struck any brand deals yetrejecting a few overtures from companies he found less than reputablebut hopes to in the coming months.

Im genuinely just here to make people laugh, feel good about themselves, feel confident, feel sexy, Tyler says. I just want people to love themselves and have a good time. Because theres so much hate in the world.

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‘Person flying it is a racist,’ Utah Black Lives Matter says of those who fly American flag – Salt Lake Tribune

(John Minchillo | AP) Trump supporters participate in a rally in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021.

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Black Lives Matter Utah on the Fourth of July called the American flag a symbol of hate on social media, setting off a robust response.

When we Black Americans see this flag, the post read, we know the person flying it is not safe to be around. When we see this flag we know the person flying it is a racist.

Lex Scott, founder of Black Lives Matter Utah, says she knew the posts would cause a reaction.

The point of the post was to make everyone uncomfortable, Scott said. The American flag is taught to us from birth to represent freedom, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Scott says she was angered by photos of the far-right group Patriot Front marching through Philadelphia on Saturday carrying the American flag. The march was disrupted by counterprotesters, who chased them away.

Patriot Front is a white nationalist hate group that formed in the aftermath of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017.

Theyre flying American flags. The Ku Klux Klan is flying American flags. The Proud Boys are flying American flags. They climbed the Capitol for their failed insurrection and were beating police officers with American flags. I have not heard any outrage from Republicans or the right about the use of the American flag as a hate symbol, Scott said, adding, We are seeing that symbol used in every racist hate groups messaging across this nation. The problem that I have is no one is addressing the people who are using it for hate. I am telling you when I see an American flag, I begin to feel fear for the simple fact that every time I am faced with hatred, it is at the hands of someone carrying an American flag.

The Utah groups posts were widely circulated on social media over the holiday weekend.

Utah Republican Chairman Carson Jorgensen says hes no Pollyanna when it comes to American history, which he acknowledges is less than perfect. But he does not see the flag as a symbol of hate.

The American flag is a symbol of freedom and opportunity to the world, Jorgensen wrote in an email. We are the shining city on the hill. We are not perfect, but we will never cease to improve.

He says support for the flag is not a partisan issue, as both Republicans and Democrats are supportive. He also says Scotts broad-brush condemnation of the flag because fringe groups are using it is unfair.

This banner has been flown for the liberation of millions and millions who have given their lives in honor of what the flag represents, Jorgensen added. We are stalwart in our support and love for the American flag and all of the good that it stands for.

Sen. Todd Weiler says he disagrees with Scotts message, but its her right as an American to say it.

The vast majority of Utahns, regardless of their race or politics, continue to look to the U.S. flag as a symbol of unity and perseverance for our nations past and hope for our nations future, Weiler said. There have always been those who try to divide us. I am grateful to live in a county that allows dissenting voices to be expressed.

Scott says those who accuse her of being anti-American miss her point.

People are going to say that Black Lives Matter hates America. We dont hate America. We hate the system of white supremacy. Our ancestors built this country. We have every right to criticize, Scott said. Its not hatred to call out hatred.

Scott says its not all venom on the page and that theyve received dozens of messages of support, too.


'Person flying it is a racist,' Utah Black Lives Matter says of those who fly American flag - Salt Lake Tribune

Black Lives Matter and pandemic focus of this year’s ‘Art and Social Justice Exhibition’ – South Bend Tribune

I Cant Breathe (In Honor of Black Lives) unapologetically occupies most of one wall at the Colfax Cultural Center. George Floyd is murdered in one corner of the painting. Masked protesters march in the other. The broken and jagged word Justice drips blood over the whole piece.

I try to pay attention and make people realize how much injustice is in this world, artist Teresa Greve Wolf says aboutthe piece.

The Expressionist-style painting is part of the 32nd annual "Art and Social Justice Exhibition," which opened last Friday at the Colfax Gallery inSouth Bend. The exhibit features artwork depicting issues of social justice and continues through Aug.13.

The exhibit features work by local artists and highlights social justice concerns, such as racial inequality, poverty, gendered issues and environmental problems.

For example, one mixed-media piece by Melinda Sofia Bandera,"In memoriam of the trans women who have passed," features an ofrenda with paper flowers in front of a transgender flag. A sculptureby Marsha Heck titled "Wealth v. Poverty from the Cultural Chess Series," made with found objects, depicts an unfair chess game with the pieces made out of random objects.

Artwork centered around the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement are especially prominent and poignant in this years exhibition, which features more than50 pieces from 30 local and regional artists.

The annual event began in 1989 as an exhibition by local artists Jake Webster and Douglas Kinsey and focused on social justice issues of the time. The show then evolved to display the work of many artists and a spectrum of injustices in the United States and world.

Of the dozens of pieces on display this year, five were chosen by Mark Rospenda, curator of collections and exhibitions at the South Bend Museum of Art, as jurors picks.

Rospenda sayshe had to take many pictures of the art and spend extra time to make his final selections.

It was really hard for me to choose just five, he says. I really appreciate all of the artists for all they are doing and making.

One of the jurors pick awards went to Greve Wolf for her work. Created with acrylics, I Cant Breathe (In Honor of Black Lives) utilizes bold colors and stark imagery. Rospenda sayshe was struck by its visual message.

The colors and composition are so strong, he saysand likensits style to Mexican muralism.

Greve Wolf saysshe painted the piece in May 2021, after witnessing the effects of the pandemic and the lasting impact of the murder of Floyd.

I wanted to show how our justice system is broken and maybe create a feeling leading to action in the viewer of my art that will inspire positive change, she saysin an email correspondence.

Originally from Chile, Granger-based Greve Wolf saysshe often focuses on social justice in her artwork. For her, creating such pieces serves as not only a personaloutlet but as a call to action.

This piece is my expression of both desperation and hope, she says.

Anonymity by Shelby Ping seeks to invoke the same sense of urgency, anger and remembrance from its viewers. A winner of one of the jurors picks, Pings work also focuses on police brutality.

Superimposed in grease pencil on newspaper clips, two police officers with their faces hidden by gear, stand over a separate panel in the work. Within the panel, a figure lies prostrate on the ground.

A really big issue with our police force is that these police officers have the privilege of being anonymous, Ping says, referring to both riot gear and anonymity held by officers after incidents of police brutality.

In the smaller panel, Ping says,she made a conscious decision to compose the work in such a way as to invoke a sense that the victim is entrapped and caged in.

I wanted to do work that was different from a square canvas, she says.

Ping saysshe chose newspaper clippings from the summer of 2020 from articles about police brutality and Black Lives Matter protests but also from articles about sports and the stock market.

By putting the images (of police brutality)up front, Im trying to bring these issues back to the forefront, she says.

Pings hope is viewers will be reminded police brutality still occurs even when its not the center of news cycles.

Laurie Rousseau's linoleum relief I Cant Breathe, COVID-19 also won a juror's award.

The relief depictsblood vessels in a set of lungs, made with marbled, red print paper.

I just felt like looking at that piece, I couldnt breathe either, Rospenda saysof the relief.

After the death of George Floyd and the pandemics tolls, I felt compelled to make lungs, Rousseau says.

Rousseau is based out of South Bend and works with a variety of medias including drawing and printmaking. The jurors award piece is coupled by its sibling piece, I Cant Breathe, Black Lives Matter, featuring a marbled set of black and blue lungs vessels.

Another piece in the gallery, Scott Andersons Buffoons and Bigotry at the Border, started as a demo for a class he taught on water colors. After reflecting on the political battleground of the border with Mexico, he painted the border fence on top.

Working then with greased pencil, ink and acrylics, the two-paneled piece was born. In it, three floppy hats, representing Ku Klux Klansmen, with googly eyes, slump near a border fence, an effigy labeled Trump behind them.

Anderson saysthe figures reflect the buffoonery of their own ideology.

My main premise of my artwork is a critique of ideology and dogma, and certainly social justice falls into that category, he says.

The KKK hoods hit you right in the face, Rospenda says. The hoods themselves are goofy and droopy.

The googly eyes and cartoon-like nature of the figures represent the ridiculousness of seeing other people as less than themselves, he explains.

As an artist himself, Rospenda says,art can serve three purposes in relation to social justice.

First, it acts as an outlet for the artists, he says. Second, its a record of the times, something that will outlive the artists themselves.

Finally, the art can be a catalyst for others.

People can see this artwork and talk about what they feel, he says. They are going to stick in people's minds and, hopefully, lead to action.

He sayshe never felt the need to create art about social justice until the events of 2020.

I felt like making artwork about anything else didnt feel important enough, Rospenda says.

I would encourage everyone to see the show, Rospendasays. And bring someone to talk about it.

What:"Art and Social Justice Exhibition"

Where: Colfax Cultural Center, 914 Lincoln Way W., South Bend

When:through Aug.13

Reception: 5 p.m. Friday

Hours:11 a.m. to5 p.m.Mondays throughFridays

For more information: visit sbheritage.org/Colfax-gallery


Black Lives Matter and pandemic focus of this year's 'Art and Social Justice Exhibition' - South Bend Tribune

Black Lives Matter Sudbury reflects on first year of local activism – CBC.ca

It's been just over a year since a group of activists in Greater Sudbury got together to rally for the rights of the BIPOCcommunity and join agrowing national and international movement.

Late last spring, the Black Lives Matter Sudbury chapter first formed. The group has since organized rallies and conferences, conducted educational campaigns, and advocated to the local government.

For presidentRa'anaa Brown, it was in May 2020 when she took part in a rally at the Sudbury courthouse, that she wanted to increase her involvement in local activism.

"I saw a lot of activists I had never seen before in town," she said.

Brown had been doing thesis-based research on Black people on the history of art and activism in the United States.

"I felt like it was so perfectly aligned, and I really wanted to get involved and learn more in the movement. And the rest is history."

Ruva Gwekwereresays she had been involved in activism since she was in high school, but it was whilewatching the Black Lives Matter movement grow during the summer of 2020, that led her to want to make sure that was happening locally.

"As a Black person living in the north I was able to see how these issues at home were really potent," she said.

"If I was going to be an activist I couldn't just engage with issues that were happening internationally, I had to engage with local issues as well."

"That's where Black Lives Matter came in and became a really compelling place where I could do that local activism work," Gwekwerere said.

She says there are several issues that are unique to the north, but there are others that are universal across North America, particularly issues with black communities and policing.

Gwekwerere gives examples of problems like police brutality, racial screening and over-policing in BIPOC communities.

"Those are issues that we really need to solve, even in Sudbury," she said.

"Sometimes as activists we feel like our words kind of fall on deaf ears," Brown said, referring to a September presentation the group made to Sudbury City Council. Issues included defunding the police, opportunities for BIPOC artists, and after-school programs for BIPOC youth.

"It's kind of unfortunate that we haven't been able to see the changes," she said.

However, membership within Black Lives Matter Sudbury, and the overall response from the Sudbury community has been positive.

Brown says when the group was first formed there were many folks who denied racism was a problem in Sudbury.

"With the work that Black Lives Matter has been doing pushing forward in this huge educational movement and making people understand that systemic racism is embedded within the foundations of our society and within our city people are starting to see that this does exist," Brown said.

"The community is showing up for us."

To mark its first anniversary, Black Lives Matter Sudbury is holding a rally at Tom Davies Square, starting at 4 p.m today.

"This is an opportunity for us to reflect on all that Black Lives Matter Sudbury has done in the past year, but also thinking about the changes that still need to come, and reflecting on what is still to come in our city," Brown said.

The group has also partnered with Public Health Sudbury and Districts to hold a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic. It's meant for people who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of colour.

"Statistics have found that Black and Indigenous people of colour have a higher rate of hospitalization and death in Canada," Gwekwerere said. "So we really wanted to make sure that we are addressing those systemic issues."

The vaccine clinic is being held at Tom Davies Square at the same time as the rally. Sixty doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be available.

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Philly cops brother charged with assaulting Black Lives Matter protester in Fishtown – The Philadelphia Inquirer

Richie Goodwin, the brother of a 26th District Philadelphia police officer, was arrested Wednesday and charged with repeatedly punching a man who showed solidarity with Black Lives Matter supporters near the police station last year.

Goodwin, 45, turned himself in to East Detectives division, where he was charged with assault and recklessly endangering another person.

The night of June 1, 2020, between 4 and 10 p.m., dozens of Fishtown residents called 911 or the 26th District to report they felt unsafe because they saw an agitated group of white men armed with baseball bats, wooden walking clubs, axes, and metal tools threatening, harassing, and, in some cases, assaulting peaceful protesters.

There were some 36 reports of a person with a weapon during that time, yet officers arrested no one on any charge within a half-mile of the district headquarters, according to department records provided by police, an Inquirer investigation found. Instead, Capt. William Fisher and other officers watched.

READ MORE: Why arent you arresting them? Philly officials investigate police after assaults against Fishtown protesters.

Goodwin is charged with assaulting Matt Williams, who was biking home with his girlfriend, Kara Khan, after police teargassed them at a Black Lives Matter protest on I-676. They were near Girard Avenue and Berks Street when someone threw a water bottle at Williams head. Khan got off her bike to walk toward the men, some of whom she could see wielded bats.

She said they accosted her with obscenities and racial slurs.

When she asked the officers who stood near them how they could let this happen, she said one of them told her:

Now you know how we feel.

Then a man, later identified as Goodwin, shoved Williams off his bike to the ground. Goodwin repeatedly punched Williams in the head until his ear and face bled, the District Attorneys Office said. Photos show Williams on his knees, with his hands over his head, in an effort to shield the blows. Blood dripped from his head and ear. At least two bystanders attempted to intervene as Williams was attacked.

Goodwin did not respond to a phone message Wednesday. Last year, he told The Inquirer that Williams started the fight by spitting on him. Williams said he didnt spit at anyone.

What apparently provoked Goodwin was when Williams threw up his fist in solidarity with Black Lives Matter supporters, District Attorney Larry Krasner said.

Just as our city and nation continue to reckon with systemic racism and injustice, the Philadelphia DAs office continues to investigate incidents of property destruction, burglary, harassment, and violence that occurred during the historic uprisings of 2020. We will not tolerate violence in the name of movement protest or in the name of protecting the police, Krasner said.

Goodwin had admitted to a reporter that he also shoved a male protester. I became something that Im not, he said, adding that hes not a racist.

Police are well-familiar with Goodwin. He served prison time for punching a man to death during a 2008 alcohol-fueled brawl. He was on probation when he was arrested in March 2012 for a DUI and a judge sentenced him to a maximum of four years, according to court records.

Goodwin is the second person to be charged in connection with the altercations that erupted in Fishtown on June 1 of last year. Last month, George Graf, 36, was charged with conspiracy, aggravated assault, and related charges for allegedly beating a WHYY producer and his girlfriend.

That night, there were roughly 20 officers on the street just outside the police station on Girard Avenue. Some chatted with the bat-wielding men who said they were there to protect the police and their neighborhood from would-be looters. Earlier, officers even shared pizza and sandwiches with them. As a result, the District Attorneys Office and the Police Departments Internal Affairs Division launched investigations.

READ MORE: Philly police stood by as men with baseball bats protected Fishtown. Some residents were assaulted and threatened.

I think police should do their jobs, which are to apply the law in a way that is evenhanded, Krasner was quoted in The Inquirer investigation. And I find it very problematic when you see law enforcement favoring one group over another and systematically refraining from reining in one group that is committing crimes.

On June 3, 2020, officers went to Goodwins house in Port Richmond. Goodwin had told a reporter he had called a crisis hotline that morning, saying he wanted to kill himself because he was being wrongfully labeled a white supremacist on social media.

Goodwin said his brother, Joseph Jr., an officer since 1996, came to help and drove him to the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Richie Goodwin served in the Navy from 1995 to 1998 where he said he suffered a brain injury after being attacked in the Persian Gulf.

Theres something wrong with me, he said. I dont want to hurt people.

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Florida man admits murder-for-hire plot that he tried to blame on Black Lives Matter – The Independent

A Florida man from Palm Beach County has admitted to trying to conduct a murder-for-hire plot that he attempted to blame on Black Lives Matter.

During an 8 July hearing in federal district court in Fort Lauderdale, Daniel Slater, 51, admitted that his plan was to kill a woman, who allegedly is his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend, as well as her sister and brother-in-law, who he thought had ruined the relationship, The Palm Beach Post reported.

The landscaper pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of murder for hire. His sentence is likely to be 10 years in prison.

Slater faced a maximum sentence of 90 years in prison if he was convicted of his six charges, but he instead accepted a plea deal during the hearing presided over by US District Judge James Cohn.

The person he thought was a hired killer turned to be an undercover FBI agent. For his cooperation, prosecutors agreed to drop two other murder-for-hire and three drug charges he was facing.

Richard Della Fera is the fourth lawyer to represent Slater. He said the evidence against the landscaper was quite voluminous. The proof included phone recordings of Slater speaking about how his ex should be treated.

Throw acid on her face, beat the [expletive] out of her, knock her teeth out, break her [expletive] nose, he said on the recordings, court documents state.

FBI agents were led to Slater following the arrest of 26-year-old Brianne Slabaugh in February 2020. She was found dead in Everglades National Park in Miami 18 days later after an overdose of heroin and cocaine, according to a medical examiner.

But before her death, she told Palm Beach County sheriffs deputies that Slater was training her to become an assassin.

Court documents say he wanted her to kidnap several people associated with his ex-girlfriend.

Slater and his associate drove by the victims home, during which Slater instructed his associate on how to carry out the murders when the time came, a press release from the US Attorneys Office in the Southern District of Florida said.

Slater pointed out which of the homes windows to shoot through to kill the couple. Slater also instructed his associate to spray-paint the house to make it appear as if members of the Black Lives Matter movement had committed the crime, the office added.

Slater offered twenty-five hundred dollars to do a drive-by shooting, at one point, but ended up paying only $400, but added that more would be coming later.

Slater is imprisoned at the Broward County Jail. His sentencing is scheduled for 16 September. He made one request during the court hearing to be allowed to call his wife and three children.

Judge Cohn asked jail staff to facilitate the call. I miss talking to my kid[s], he wrote to Judge Cohn in May. Please get a hearing as soon as possible.

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TikTok blocked creators from using ‘Black Lives Matter’ in bios | TheHill – The Hill

TikTok has reportedly blocked users of its Creator Marketplace from being able to use words and phrases including "Black" and "Black Lives Matter" in their bios, flagging the words as "inappropriate content."

Ziggi Tyler, 23, who is a user of the app, discovered the function while he was attempting to update his bio over the Fourth of July weekend. Tyler then posted several videos to the app detailing his findings.

In a screen recording, Tyler showed his followers how he repeatedly attempted to include Black, Black Lives Matter, Black people," Black success, Pro-Black, and I am a Black man in his bio only to receive an"inappropriate content" error, making him unable to update it.

#greenscreenvideo Im going live in 30 minutes to answer questions. Yall need to get this message out. Please. #fyp #fyp #wrong #justice

In the video, Tyler later attempts to add the wordspro-white and supporting white supremacy" to his bio. In those examples, he was able to save the content without receiving an error.

The TikTok Creator Marketplace feature, which is currently in beta testing, aims to help creators connect with brands to form sponsorship deals. Tyler explained to Forbes that he had hoped to use the platform to highlight his racial background to advertisers looking to diversify their talent or launch campaigns focusing on racial justice.

White people can get on here and call me the n-word and make videos about violent extremism but I cant do anything, Tyler said. We cant do anything.

The social media platform attributed Tyler's experience to a flaw within safeguards designed to filter out hate speech.

Our TikTok Creator Marketplace protections, which flag phrases typically associated with hate speech, were erroneously set to flag phrases without respect to word order, a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill. We recognize and apologize for how frustrating this was to experience, and our team has fixed this significant error. To be clear, Black Lives Matter does not violate our policies and currently has over 27B views on our platform."

Last month, Black TikTok users decided to go on an indefinite strike, choosing not tochoreograph dances to popular songs after white users of the platform were accused of taking moves from Black users without offering credit. Some of the messages that were then sent by the white users went viral on the platform.

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Fact check: Has Japan has banned all Black Lives Matter apparel from the Olympics? – WRAL.com

By Andy Nguyen, PolitiFact reporter

Protests by athletes during sporting events have long been a point of contention in the public eye; some detractors say athletes should stick to sports, while supporters say they should be able to use their platform to spread awareness of an issue.

Ahead of this years Olympics, scheduled to begin July 23, a Facebook post claims Japan has prohibited athletes from making any political expression during the Tokyo Summer Games, including wearing clothing that says "Black Lives Matter."

"Japan has banned all BLM apparel from the Olympics," the June 20 post reads. "No one can kneel or raise fists during the anthems either. I'm proud of Japan."

The post was flagged as part of Facebooks efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

The post is wrong in that it isnt up to the host country to set what rules athletes have to follow while participating in the games. Instead, thats the responsibility of the International Olympic Committee.

However, the IOC has a provision in its charter, called Rule 50, which prohibits athletes from making any sort of political expression, particularly on medal podiums, in the field of play, and at opening and closing ceremonies. The rule does not target a particular movement or ideology.

The rule states: "No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas." A version of Rule 50 has been in place in the IOC's charter since at least 1975.

Examples of prohibited expressions include displaying any form of political messaging on a persons attire and making any gesture that could be seen as political, such as kneeling or a raised fist.

The IOC did not respond to PolitiFacts request for comment regarding Black Lives Matter apparel at the Olympics.

The focus at the Olympic Games should be on athletes performances, sport and international unity, and "it is a fundamental principle that sport is neutral and must be separate from political, religious or any other type of interference," said Rule 50 guidelines developed by the IOC Athletes Commission.

Rule 50 has been under scrutiny for several years, and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee recently sought to have the rule amended amid a growing wave of American athletes publicly taking up social justice causes, the Washington Post reported. The IOC reviewed the rule and announced in April it would not be changed.

Olympics officials will allow athletes in Tokyo to wear clothing with more general messaging, like "inclusion," "peace," "equality" and "respect," according to the Associated Press.

The IOC also has said there will be opportunities for athletes "to express their views" during press conferences, interviews, team meetings, and on social media.

Acts of political expression by athletes at the Olympics is nothing new and happened as early as the 1906 Athens Games, when a track and field athlete named Peter OConnor waved a pro-Irish flag while representing Great Britain, according to the BBC.

The most well-known example of an Olympian using the global event to make a political statement may have been at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, when U.S. athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith bowed their heads and raised gloved fists during a medal ceremony at the height of the Black Power movement.

The IOC at the time called their display "a deliberate and violent breach of the fundamental principles of the Olympic spirit" and expelled Carlos and Smith from the games.

The Olympic committee on July 2 announced that it is extending "opportunities for athlete expression" during the Tokyo games. While athletes remain prohibited from demonstrating while on the medal podium, the committee said athletes can express their views:

Olympic rules still require the athletes to express their views in accordance with existing guidelines. For example, the rules still forbid athletes from expressing their views during another team's introduction, or during another country's national anthem. Also, the demonstration must not be "targeted, directly or indirectly, against people, countries, organisations and/or their dignity."

A Facebook post claims, "Japan has banned all (Black Lives Matter) apparel from the Olympics. No one can kneel or raise fists during the anthems either."

The post is partly accurate.

The IOC, not a host country, sets the rules athletes have to follow.

Apparel that says Black Lives Matter may be seen as a form of political expression, and Olympic officials for decades have had a rule prohibiting any form of political expression. Kneeling or raising a fist are forms of prohibited political expression. The IOCs rule does not specifically target Black Lives Matter, or any one ideology or movement.

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Do Black Lives Really Matter at Lululemon? – The Root

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It seems something in the spandex aint stretching to authentic diversity and inclusion at Lululemon. The activewear and lifestyle brandwhich boasts over 500 storefronts and over $4.4 billion in 2020 revenuewas one of many companies to proclaim their support for Black lives in the aftermath of George Floyds murder last year. But like many companies, the Vancouver, British Columbia-based brand struggles to keep that same energy in its culture and practices, according to corporate employees who spoke with Business Insider on the condition of anonymity.

From the outside, Lululemon exudes an aspirational lifestyle, with its high-tech activewear and brightly curated 500-plus retail stores designed to reflect the companys core values of personal responsibility, entrepreneurship, honesty, courage, connection, fun, and inclusion, according to its website...But according to 12 current and former Lululemon corporate employees who spoke with Insider, the companys image stands in stark contrast to their experiences behind the scenes at the companys corporate offices.

Regular readers of The Root may remember the infamous Bat Fried Rice incident which beleaguered the brand just after the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic in April 2020. To recap, the issue involved a post by a Lululemon art director who posted to Instagram a picture of a T-shirt featuring an illustration of a Chinese takeout box with bat wings and the words No Thank You on the back and right sleeve. That employee was fired as a result and has expressed regret for his insensitivity, but as Insider points out, it wasnt the only incident of bias that affected the brand last year.

In the days following Floyds death, as the company rushed to craft a response to the tragedy and resulting cries for racial justice, an internal task force of designers and copywriters was assembled to revise the companys website homepage. However, as reported to Insider, their intention to lead with Black Lives Matter was quickly kiboshed by a high-level Lululemon manager who demanded it be replaced with the phrase All Lives Matter.

The team of about 10 employees had spent hours mocking up a version of the homepage featuring Black Lives Matter as the headline.

Thats when they were interrupted by a manager, according to four former and current employees close to the matter.

These people said the manager, a director who they added had not been previously involved in the project, demanded that the group use new approved copy. Near the beginning of the proposed text, the phrase all lives matter appeared in capital letters.

We are not writing Black Lives Matter. Thats not where were at, the director told the group, according to two employees present in the room.

After significant debate, the employees several of whom are Black, Indigenous, and people of color agreed to create two designs to present to leadership: one with all lives matter and another with Black Lives Matter.

While Black Lives Matter was ultimately selected, an employee who was involved in the homepage project said they felt triggered and traumatized and described it as one of the most disgusting moments in their time at Lululemon.

After all of these Black employees, all these people of color, said we cannot go forward with this and please dont make us have to mock this up for you, and her saying we have to do itit was a very traumatic experience, the employee told Insider.

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Ultimately, an Instagram post published by Lululemon on June 1, 2020 would include the caption:

Thank you for all of your thoughts as we continue this important conversation about the systemic inequity, racism and oppression faced by the Black community. Black lives matter.

Our words have power. And we know they are not enough. We need to take action. Youll find our first three commitments above. And youll see more from us over the coming weeks and months.

We also know that our community cares about justice, equity, safety, and holds each other to the highest standards. Were asking you to join us on this journey.

Weve included some actions you can take. Please add to these lists. This is just the start of what we need to do.


Additionally, after several members of that team reported her, the aforementioned exec was compelled to issue a tearful apology via conference call to about 200 employees, many of whom were entirely uninvolved and unaffected by the incident. She left the company soon after.

Thats one example of one problematic executive, but as described to Insider, the issues run far deeper. Take, for instance, Lululemons innovation division, which goes by the name White Space. The name itself is intended to evoke this blank space, the white space of ideas, as one exec stated. But when employees expressed discomfort with both the name and demographics of team and asked leadership to consider a name changeeven adopting the more race-neutral Lululemon Labs, as one of the teams subsections is named, they were met with opposition.

We have a team called White Space, and there are no Black people on the team, one former White Space employee said.

Another former White Space employee said that after the issue was initially raised, a senior leader on the team encouraged employees to reach out to have a one-on-one discussion. But the employee said his request to meet with the executive went unanswered.

We brought it up, like, Hey, its kind of offensive. We get what you meant by it, but dude, theres literally white in the name and you guys are all white, so maybe reconsider, you know? the employee told Insider.

In place of the one-on-one, that exec held a forum and asked staffers to voice their concerns publiclya format one employee said put very sensitive racial issues on display. By putting staffers on the spot, many were reluctant to speak up, despite their discomfort. As such, the name remains unchanged.

There were more incidents cited by Insider, but most telling might be its recollection of the inspiration for Lululemons ideal customer when the company launched 23 years ago.

When Lululemon founder Wilson launched the company in 1998, he created two muses, Duke and Ocean, that were meant to inspire the companys merchandise and brand strategy, he told The New York Times Magazine in 2015.

Wilson described Ocean as a fashionable and single 32-year-old woman who makes $100,000 a year, owns her own condo, and works out for an hour and a half every day. Duke, the muse for Lululemons menswear, is a 35-year-old man who makes more money than Ocean and loves surfing in the summer and snowboarding in the winter... But before Lululemon stopped using them, Duke and Ocean came to be known as Lululemons ideal customers and some employees felt they were its ideal employees, too, the former Lululemon executive told Insider.

Duke and Ocean were reportedly retired in 2017 and play no role whatsoever in the hiring process, according to Stacia Jones, Lululemons global head of inclusion, diversity, equity, and action, since last October. Nevertheless, at least one former employee told BI that Lululemon was a bastion of the privileged white wellness that typified the entire industryin fact, the company reportedly didnt even have a budget for diversity and inclusion prior to 2020. (It now has a budget of $5 million with a team of 20 international employees.)

We are proud of the progress we are making to become more diverse, inclusive and equitable across all aspects of the employee experience, from recruiting and hiring to leadership and development, Jones told BI. While we are still early in our journey, we are fully committed to the tangible steps were taking that will help create systemic change so that we truly reflect the communities that we serve.

But the employees who spoke with Insider arent buying it, saying the efforts are performative and compelled from external pressure rather than internal response.

I would like to see a better executive leadership team that actually has people of color, one former employee told Inside. You can say that youre doing this work and itll take time for it to trickle down. I still dont think that they are. It just seems like performance activism.

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Black Lives Matter marks one year in Sudbury – CTV Toronto

SUDBURY -- It's a major milestone for Black Lives Matter Sudbury that marked it's one year anniversary with a rally at Tom Davies Square.

A smaller but powerful group joined the organization as they heard speeches of empowerment. Organizers spoke of the accomplishments they have to celebrate but how there's still more work to be done.

They also spoke of how Greater Sudbury has yet to accept their demands or to defund the police budget by 10 per cent.

"I'm so ecstatic to be here, it's been a long road of us getting here, from originally being a Facebook chat of like-minded individuals and now we're a registered not-for-profit group," said president Ra'anaa Brown.

Brown says they've seen a lot of growth over the past year where their membership has doubled, even tripled and she's proud of how they've become a recognizable organization.

"We still have a lot of work to do but a lot of change has started to happen, you know already we're starting to educate the community. People are starting to understand the need for groups like our organization. They're starting to see the systemic racism that does exist within our institutions," she told CTVNews.

Ruva Gwekwerere, their communications liaison was also on hand and ready to help lead a march around the square.

"It feels great to have grown so much over the past year. We've really been able to garner support to get people who haven't understood the issues to come on board and understand the issues," said Gwekwerere.

She tells CTVNews they're very proud of what they've been able to accomplish with the rallies as well as their conference. She didn't even know if it was possible in Sudbury but now they have a movement.

"One of our biggest campaigns has been for the police budget, we're asking for a 10 per cent reduction to the police budget and for that money to go toward social services in Sudbury. We have a big problem with homelessness in Sudbury - we have addictions and mental health issues," she said.

Following their land acknowledgement and opening speeches. Black Lives Matter protested around the city block containing Tom Davies Square, first moving down Paris Street before stopping on Brady Street in front of the Greater Sudbury Police Service Headquarters.

Traffic was stopped and members laid down on the hot black pavement as someone read out names on a bullhorn.

The group then again recited their demands to the city while waving black and red coloured smoke.

After a brief demonstrations they've continued moving again and returned to the plaza, all while being escorted by members of the police traffic unit.

Black Lives Matter Sudbury says the police budget increased this past year. They're going to continue to push and call for change from city leaders.

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Reparations: Can Money Absolve the Sins of the Past? – Voice of America

The issue of reparations making amends for historical wrongs perpetrated against a group or population has always been highly controversial. But to the victims of atrocities such as genocide and slavery, offering such compensation should be a no-brainer.

Slavery officially ended in the U.S. in 1865, with the adoption of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. But its effects have persisted, contributing to disparities between white and Black populations. Because of this, many say that amends should be made for the wrong that was done and that they are long overdue.

In a video provided by his office, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and mayors of 10 other cities recently announced they were taking the first step by pledging to pay reparations for slavery to small groups of Black residents in their cities.

"Today we launch Mayors Organized for Reparations and Equity so each of us does something, makes more of a commitment to justice, more of a commitment to wealth building, more of a commitment to a society that includes everybody, more of a commitment to a country that faces its past because we know our prosperity in the future depends on it," Garcetti said.

This followed recent celebrations of Juneteenth, the nation's newest federal holiday. It's a day African Americans have celebrated every June 19 since 1865, when the last enslaved Blacks learned of their freedom, 2 years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

"When I hear about mayors taking a proactive step to provide reparations to people who are injured, it's an acknowledgment that municipalities also participated in the horrific act that has injured Black communities and Black people over the course of history," Andre Perry, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told VOA.

"We did not arrive at the wealth gap where white families have about 10 times the amount of wealth of Black families simply because of federal policy. Not just because of slavery but because of Jim Crow racism also and historic discrimination in criminal justice and housing," he said.

Jim Crow laws are defined as a series of laws and measures introduced after the Civil War that discriminated against African Americans, relegating them to the status of second-class citizens.

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Yet discussing the issue of reparations at the federal level has always been politically divisive.

In an impromptu press conference recorded on C-SPAN in 2019, then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said he didnt think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea.

David Freund, history professor at the University of Maryland, told VOA, The classic argument against [reparations is] that this happened a long time ago, to which historians like me say: No, this started a long time ago and continues to this day. We can document systems, policies, also private practices that are constantly reproducing racial inequalities, so its not a long time ago. And no one has been able to convince me otherwise.

Perry said there have been many examples of reparation efforts, both in the U.S. and in other countries, noting that "when it comes to African Americans, we say, 'No, no, no who will pay for it? I didn't own any slaves' all those lame excuses. Remember, the federal government will pay. We provided reparations for the Japanese interns. We provided reparations for Native Americans. Internationally, there were reparations for those injured because of the Holocaust, so we've seen it internationally. We've even seen reparations given to 9/11 victims. The only time we don't agree with reparations is when it's talking about Black folks."

McConnell argued that we tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a Civil War, by passing landmark civil rights legislation; weve elected an African American president. I think were always a work in progress in this country, but no one currently alive was responsible for that, and I dont think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, itd be pretty hard to figure out who to compensate.

Freund noted that many people say its terrible there was slavery in the past but we are glad we abolished it. Its really terrible that we had Jim Crow in the past and its great that we passed the civil rights acts of 1964 and 1965. But, he said, there isnt much recognition that this history has a lasting impact on access to opportunities, resources, health, education and other benefits.

The most significant reparations bill to date, known as H.R. 40, emerged from a House committee only three months ago after three decades of discussion. It would establish a commission to study the treatment of African Americans from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies.

However, all 190 of the bills co-sponsors are Democrats and it faces an uphill struggle in the Senate, where it would need at least 10 votes from Republicans to overcome a filibuster.

Japanese internment camps

Two months after Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, prompting the U.S. entry into World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order providing for the internment of Americans of Japanese descent.

"Many rightfully called it one of the darkest times in American history, when close to 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed on the West Coast and placed into concentration camps scattered throughout the country, said David Inoue, the executive director of the Japanese American Citizens League. A "lot of this was rooted into the wartime hysteria on false claims by the government that Japanese Americans were a security threat to this country."

Nearly five decades later, Congress passed and then-President Ronald Reagan signed legislation in 1988 that recognized and apologized for the mistake and provided a cash payment to the former internees.

Inoue told VOA that payment was ultimately $20,000 per person. They did have to be surviving. If someone had been incarcerated and passed away, they would not then be eligible for payments, or their survivors would not be eligible for payment."

But for some, he said, there was no way monetary reparations were going to truly compensate the internees for what they had lost financially and psychologically. "People who lost family members, people who died in the camps, money was not going to bring those people back.

Other countries have also acknowledged and paid for their past sins, including Germany and the United Kingdom.

Germany and the Holocaust

As of 2020, the German government had paid more than $80 billion in Holocaust reparations as a result of negotiations with the Claims Conference, an umbrella organization established in New York in 1951 by 23 national and international Jewish organizations.

The Holocaust was the state-sponsored persecution and murder of about 6 million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators, according to Washington's Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Britain, Kenya's Mau Mau community

In 2013, Britain apologized and agreed to pay compensation to thousands of veterans of the Mau Mau nationalist uprising in Kenya, which was brutally suppressed by the British colonial government in the 1950s.

The Kenya Human Rights Commission estimated that 90,000 Kenyans were killed or maimed and 160,000 detained.

In Kenya, Mau Mau veterans and campaigners welcomed the apology at the time but said the compensation of 300,000 shillings or about U.S. $3,500 per victim was not enough for the pain, suffering and long-term effects the community had endured a feeling shared by many victims of atrocities in general.

While reparations can come in many forms, some people oppose cash compensation, arguing that any money paid is blood money.

Henry Ridgwell contributed to this report, which also contains information from The Associated Press.

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Hear Ministry’s Seething New Song "Good Trouble," Inspired by Black Lives Matter – Revolver Magazine

Revolver has teamed with Ministry for an exclusive "bone" vinyl variant of their new album, Moral Hygiene. It's limited to 300 order your copy now!

Industrial-metal trailblazers Ministry have just announced that their new and 15th album, Moral Hygiene, will drop on October 1st via Nuclear Blast. The news came with the debut of the album's first single "Good Trouble."

The menacing, crushingsong is classic Ministry fare: propelled by driving riffs, mechanical drums, mainman Al Jourgensen's signature seething vocals (and wailing harmonica) and some choice cut-n-paste samples. "Good Trouble," which wasinspired by the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests and the activism of late Congressman John Lewis, arrives with a new video featuring footage of last year's demonstrations in Los Angeles shot by Jourgensen and his partner Liz Walton.

"I was watching the coverage last July around Lewis' death and was in awe the next day when this entire letter from him was published in the New York Times," Jourgensen says about the inspiration behind the new single. "How suss was that to want to keep making progress after his death by thinking about the legacy he left. I was struck by the reflectiveness of his speech, knowing he was dying and making sure it was released because he saw trouble ahead. That is the moral hygiene of this album we have to do something to change and I really hope we continue to act and live up to the idea of getting into good trouble for the benefit of society."

The 10-track Moral Hygiene is the follow-up to Ministry's last full-length, 2018's Amerikkkant.

"The good thing about literally taking a year off from any social activity or touring is that you really get to sit back and get an overview of things as they are happening, as opposed to being caught up in the moment," said Jorgensen in a statement about the album. "And what I saw with how we handled several public crises from the pandemic to racial injustice to who we vote in to lead our country is that times are changing, and society needed to change to get away from the idea that has permeated us of take care of yourself, fuck everything else. Now more than ever we need moral hygiene. It consumed me as I wrote this album. It's not some pious term. It's what we have to return to in order to function as the human species on this planet. And I'm proud to have had such great guests on this album to help cement that message like Billy Morrison, Jello Biafra and Arabian Prince."

Moral Hygiene was recorded with engineer Michael Rozon at Scheisse Dog Studio, Jourgensen's self-built home studio. Jourgensen wrote and performed all songs with additional contributions from Billy Morrison (Billy Idol, Royal Machines), Cesar Soto (Man The Mute), John Bechdel (Killing Joke, Fear Factory), Roy Mayorga (Stonesour, Soulfly, Nausea), Paul D'Amour (Tool, Feersum Ennjin), Arabian Prince (N.W.A.), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) and sitar player Flash.

Moral Hygiene will be available in multiple digital and physical formats, including the Revolver-exclusive "bone" vinyl variant, limited to 300 worldwide. Pre-orders are available now.

Moral Hygiene track listing:1. Alert Level2. Good Trouble3. Sabotage Is Sex4. Disinformation5. Search and Destroy6. Believe Me7. Broken System8. We Shall Resist9. Death Toll10. TV Song #6 (Right Around the Corner Mix)

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How Black Lives Matter put slave reparations back on the agenda – FRANCE 24 English

The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to advance a bill that would create a commission to study the idea of reparations for slavery,an idea that has also been gaining ground in Europe since Black Lives Matter protests went global last summer.

Legislation to create acommission to study slavery reparations for Black Americans cleared aHouse committee in a historic vote this week,sending it on its way to a full House vote for the first time more than three decades after it was introduced.If the legislation, HR 40,is passed by the Democrat-controlled House, it would go to the evenly divided Senate, with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.

Reparations are ultimately about respect and reconciliation and the hope that,one day, all Americans can walk together toward a more just future,saidDemocratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Leeof Texas, a sponsor of the bill.

Some Republicans voiced opposition to the bill, arguing that the suffering wrought by slavery happened too long ago.

No one should be forced to pay compensation for what they have not done,said Republican Congressman Steve Chabot of Ohio. Paying reparations would amount to taking money from people who never owned slaves to compensate those who were never enslaved.

Historical precedents

The idea of compensating the descendants of the estimated 4 million Africans forcibly brought to theUnited Statesbetween 1619 and 1865 was revived by the wave ofprotests that followedthe death of George Floyd in May 2020. But the first version of the legislative text advanced onWednesday was draftedmore than three decades ago.

Compensation to freed slaves was promised towards the end of the American Civil War in 1865, when Union GeneralWilliam TecumsehShermanfamously promised them forty acres and a mule. But this vow was never kept. It took until the 1970s and the creation of the Reparations Coordinating Committee by Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree for the issue to re-emerge.

Proponents ofreparations, however, remaindivided about what form they should take. Some argue for more welfare programmes and an expansion of existing measures such asaffirmative action.Others argue for direct financial compensation citingfact that there is still severe economic inequality between Black and White Americans,andmaintainingthat the long-term effects of slavery and segregation areresponsible. In 2019, the median annual income for an African-American household was $43,771 (36,000) compared to $71,664 (60,000) for White families.

Advocates of compensation havealso citedhistorical precedents.In 1988,Republicanpresident Ronald Reagansigned a 1988 lawto pay $20,000 (17,000) each to all survivingJapanese-Americans detained during the World War Two.In 2012,Barack Obamas White House agreedto pay more than $1 billion to 41 Native American tribes over the federal governments mismanagement of money and natural resources held in trust.

Partly inspiredby theBlack Lives Mattermovement, demonstrators in Bristol in southern England toppled a statue of18th-centuryslave trader Edward Colston and tipped it into the nearbyharbour last June.

Thatsame month, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bacheletcalled on former colonialistcountries tomake amends for centuries of violence and discrimination, including through formal apologies, truth-telling processes and reparations in various forms.

In 2013, the Caribbean Community (or CARICOM), an intergovernmental organisation of 15 states in the region, believes that France, the Netherlands, the UK, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Denmark should pay compensation for their role in the transatlantic slave tradebetween the 16th and 19th centuries.

Senior politicians inthe Democratic Republic of Congo demandedreparations from the countrys former colonial ruler Belgium after the2020 publicationof a letter of regret from Belgian King Philippe for atrocities committed duringthat era. They also called for the removal of statuesof King Leopold II, known for his brutal rule of what was then Belgian Congo. DR Congos neighbour Burundihas been calling for yearsfor 36 billion in compensation for atrocities committed by German and Belgian settlers from 1896 to 1962.

In 1999,a Truth CommissionConference held in Ghana estimatedthe total amount of reparations owedto African countriesbyformer colonial powers at $777 trillion (650 trillion).

An association of descendants of slaves filed a requestwiththe French state for 200 billion in compensationin 2005 on the groundsthat Frances historical participation in slavery was recognised as a crime against humanity in a 2001 law(known as the Taubira law).But a court ruled that this request was inadmissible because it was impossible to discern the amount due for events that happened so long ago.Thejudgement was confirmed by Frances two highest courts of appeal.

The Afro-Caribbean groupsbehind the demandsrejected thecourt rulings on the grounds that Francehadcompensated slave owners when it abolished slavery in 1848. The following year,the French state disbursed the equivalentof7.1 percent of public spending to compensate the owners of slaves in Senegal, Madagascar, Reunion Island, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Guyana.

In 1825, France imposed a considerable debt on Haiti which had won independence in 1804 as compensation for the French former owners of slaves there. The young Haitian republic was also forced to pay colossal interest on loans from bankers in Paris.

A French research initiative known asthe Repairs project is building a database to log the names of those who received compensation as former slave owners and the amount paid to them.

The British Empire also compensated slave owners when it abolished slavery in 1833.

Some historiansnote that a significant number of these former slave owners were free people of colour former slaves who themselves became owners of slaves.

We tend to see the history of slavery exclusively through the lens of White on Black racial oppression, but this is problematic because race is not the only criterion to be taken into account when thinking about the history of slavery, said Myriam Cottias, director of the Paris-based International Slavery and Post-Slavery Research Centre (Centre international de recherches sur les esclavages et post-esclavages).

In light of this, it seems to me that it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to identify the right people to receive compensation, Cottias continued.

In 2015, then FrenchpresidentFranois Hollande ruled outpayingany compensationto thedescendants of slaves.It would be impossible to calculate because it was so long ago, he said.

Private initiatives

While nocountry involvedin the transatlantic slave trade hasestablished reparationsfor the descendants of slaves,other initiativeshave been set up.In the US, the local council of the prosperous town of Evanston in the Chicago suburbs voted in March to hand out $10 million (8m) in compensation to its Black residents over the following decade.

In 2019, Georgetown University in Washington,D.C.,approved the creation of a fund to compensate the descendants of slaves sold to balance the universitys books in the19th century.Thatsame year, Glasgow University in Scotland announced that it would pay 20 million(23m)to fund a joint venture with the University of the West Indies as a way ofrefunding the descendants of slaves for donationsit had received centuries ago from slave owners.

In the private sector,Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Bank and brewer Greene King have acknowledged responsibility for their involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. So far,no French companyhas acknowledged involvement in slaveryor offered compensation.

This article was translated from the original in French.

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Albany Black Lives Matter protest takes to the streets – Times Union

ALBANY - They gathered Saturday at Townsend Park, just as they had three days before.

Are we ready? Legacy Casanova asked the crowd of protesters, most wearing black, many carrying signs that professed the grief and anger that has enveloped so many across the city and nation.

They walked down Lark Street, where business employees peered outside and saw raised fists, raised signs and heard raised voices that screamed, Matter! each time the words Black lives were spoken.

When is this going to stop? Nahshon McLaughlin asked as he walked past the giant yellow Black Lives Matter mural painted last summer, a marker that reminded him of the last time he was here protesting, chanting different names of Black Americans killed by police: Breonna Taylor, George Floyd.

And now here he was again, over half a year later, chanting new names Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo walking atop a mural that was fading away.

Its sadness. This is just anger and sadness, he said.

The scores of activists and supporters eventually converged at the South Station on Arch Street, the scene of a confrontation Wednesday evening.

Casanova told the protesters not to climb or even touch the rail at the South Station an action that police said escalated tensions at the last protest.

As evening settled the scene was calm outside the station, with protesters singing and marching. No police were seen stepping outside, though at least two could be seen on the roof. The rails leading to the entrance were empty of people.

Three days ago the similar demonstration culminated in the brief clash between police officers and demonstrators, where officers deployed pepper spray and a window was broken by some protesters. City officials held a news conference about Wednesday's protest on Friday, describing the gathering as a "riot."

Protesters were peacefully chanting as night fell, with leaders reminding people to pick up their trash. Many criticized Mayor Kathy Sheehanfor her comments equating the clash Wednesday in Albany to the deadly Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

What she said made me sick, one protester said.

Lukee Forbes, a community leader, said officers not being outside dramatically helped with deescalating tensions.

Police not being here is whats going to keep this from escalating, he said. Thats what gets tensions high: when police are here.

Many protesters promised to return to the station and continue protesting until the officer who pushed at a womans megaphone on Wednesday is fired.

Kat Reyefico, 29, was at the station on Wednesday. She wasnt hit with pepper spray, she said, but her friends were, and as she tried to help them, she inhaled the residue from the chemicals. She was beginning to have an asthma attack, she said. She borrowed he friends inhaler, and promised herself she would return again on Saturday.

This is where Im supposed to be, she said, playing a drum she had borrowed from the heavy metal band shes in. She was giving rhythm to the chants, providing a beat for the people who yelled again and again: No justice, no peace.

Troy protest

The Albany march came a few hours after another gathering in Troy.

Under different circumstances, the gathering under the Collar City Bridge Saturday afternoon could have been mistaken for a family reunion. Music played, kids drew with chalk on the asphalt, and people passed out snacks and water. A large table loaded with flowers below a large banner reading "Black Lives Matter" taped to bridge supports and signs in the crowd with messages like, "Abolish Racism in Troy PD or Abolish the Troy PD" revealed the event as both a memorial and a call to action. There were no uniformed police present.

Saturday was the fifth anniversary of the day Edson Thevenin, 37, was killed by a Troy police officer during a traffic stop on the road above the crowd of roughly 150. The police officer who shot Thevenin, Sgt. Randall French, was cleared of wrongdoing.

The case roiled Troy, and people who spoke at the Spring into Action: Rally 4 Black Life gathering Saturday said the pain they feel over what they see is a lack of justice in the Thevenin case has only been worsened by the subsequent deaths of people of color at the hands of police, both locally and nationally.

Luz Marquez, a founder of Troy4BlackLives and a cosponsor of the event, spoke passionately, urging the crowd to keep raising their voices for Black lives and keep up pressure on the city's elected leaders.

"If you want to stop gun violence, stop white supremacy," Marquez said, adding her voice to others Saturday to defund the police.

Angela Beallor, a founder of Reimagine Troy, said as a white person, she has had interactions with police, but lived to tell the tale. Black and brown people often do not. Jessica Ashley read a statement from Gertha Depas, Thevenin's mother.

"Five years have not eased the pain, they have intensified the struggle," Ashley read. "The power is always in the hands of the people and change comes when we speak up."

Other speakers included Messiah Cooper, whose nephew, Dahmeek McDonald, was shot by police in 2017. Cooper said what he sees as his failure to act in the past is what motivates him to do so now. It's important, he said, not only to stand up for people because they are a friend or a relative, but simply because it's the right thing to do.

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Miss Grand International wins the crown in Black Lives Matter-inspired dress: ‘I’m proud to be Black’ – Yahoo Sports

Abena Appiah became the first Black woman to be crowned Miss Grand International and she served Black excellence throughout the whole competition.

The 27-year-old pageant veteran and Ghanian American earned her spot in the competition while representing the U.S., after being dubbed Miss Grand USA. Appiah seized her moment on the global stage to bring light to social justice issues.

In the National Costume segment she sported a long black overcoat featuring the faces of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Akai Garley all victims of police brutality. The coat read Im proud to be Black. When she took it off it revealed an opulent white gown with the American flag embedded in the skirt.

I am basically trying to tell people that even though theres so much corruption and hate crimes in our society if we come together as one we can all be equal, Appiah told Yahoo Life.

The multifaceted pageant queen, who is a musical therapist and anti-bullying advocate, is using her experience to inspire other young women.

I want you to know your hair is beautiful, your skin is flawless, and that you should wear all of it with pride and grace, Appiah wrote in an Instagram post celebrating her win.

We are enough; we are beautiful, we do not have to fit any beauty standards because we set our own. The first Black MGI Queen, the first to bring the golden crown home to the USA, and finally, a dream as a young three-year-old is now a reality, she said.

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Breonna Taylors mother blasts Black Lives Matter movement – The Independent

Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, blasted the Black Lives Matter movement in Louisville, Kentucky in a since-removed Facebook post.

I have never personally dealt with BLM Louisville and personally have found them to be fraud [sic], Ms Palmer wrote on Wednesday. A screenshot of the post was later published by a local media show.

A screenshot captured by WAVE 3 News shows a since-removed Facebook post by Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor

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She called Kentucky statehouse representative Attica Scott another fraud.

Ms Palmer gave credit to family, friends and local activists for supporting her family after the death of her daughter. Ms Taylor, who was 26, died following a police shooting in her home during the execution of a no-knock warrant.

Ms Scott has pushed for a ban on no-knock warrants since Ms Taylors death.

Ms Palmer said local activist Christopher 2x and other supporters had never needed recognition.

I could walk in a room full of people who claim to be here for Breonnas family who don't even know who I am, she added.

She criticised people who have raised money for Ms Taylor's family without knowing them, writing: Ive watched yall raise money on behalf of Breonnas family who has never done a damn thing for us nor have we needed it or asked so Talk about fraud.

Its amazing how many people have lost focus Smdh. Im a say this before I go Im so sick of some of yall and I was last anybody who needs it Im with this enough is enough!!

Ms Taylor died after being shot six times as police returned fire after her boyfriend Kenneth Walker discharged his weapon, hitting one of the officers, as they used a battering ram to enter the apartment.

Two of the three officers who used their guns have been fired, with one remaining on the job. None of the officers have been charged in the death of Ms Taylor, but one of them is facing charges for wanton endangerment in respect of bullets that entered another apartment.

Sgt Jonathan Mattingly, who remains on the police force, is writing a book about the event and its aftermath to be published by Post Hill Press.

The Independent has reached out to BLM Louisville and Representative Attica Scott for comment.

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"Enough is Enough": Black Lives Matter Twin Ports marches through Duluth to spread their message – KBJR 6

DULUTH, MN -- On Wednesday, Black Lives Matter Twin Ports and its supporters, took to the streets of Duluth to demand justice for Daunte Wright.

"The only thing I can say is I'm tired. When is it enough? Because it's a year later and it's still going on," said Lamarquita Leach, an organizer with Black Lives Matter Twin Ports.

Leach helped organize the Black Lives Matter march in Duluth on Wednesday.

A community now hurt by the death of another black man, Daunte Wright. Wright was shot and killed by Officer Kim Potter in Brooklyn Center. She is now facing a 2nd-degree manslaughter charge.

"The second degree is not what she did. She innocently murdered somebody and there was no accident. A taser weighs much less than a handgun. A handgun weighs two pounds compared to a taser like c'mon now," said Leach.

Others in attendance Wednesday said it's time to change the policing system.

"Complete reform. Just complete. They just got to abolish it and build from the bottom. I'm sorry. It starts from within," said Kenneth Fair an activist.

Fair traveled from Minneapolis to take part in the march. He said politicians need to stop talking about change and instead take action.

"They have to speak with their actions and not their words. I'm sorry, Jacob Frey, the governor. They need to step up," said Fair.

Calls to step up and make a change as a community mourns once again.

"I can't even say I thought a change would have been made by now. We've had centuries to change racism, and we didn't do it," said Leach.

Leach said they will march again Tuesday and Wednesday next week to continue to make their voices and messages heard.

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