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Big Kieb, Standing for Justice

Good morning family and friends! I would like to acknowledge a man who is doing great work in his community. Big Kieb is doing great things in the city of Wilmington, Delaware. He is a minister who is willing to reach into the lowest parts of the streets. People in the hood as well as other parts of the city; have a lot of questions about life, justice, and God. He goes into the hood and actually attempts to answer those questions as he seeks answers from God himself. He has led several marches and consoled families during their time of lost. Big Kieb is working to encourage our men to stand up and be fathers as well as positive role models in the community.

His name carries weight in his community. Many years ago, he wasn’t the gentle giant that we see today. While he was a teenager, he was known as a being fearless. He earned his reputation as a notorious physical  force to be reckoned with, as he fought anyone who disrespected him. Though he represented the North Side of town, he was also a part of a two man crew known as name “ax and smash.” He wasn’t known as a trouble maker but he was more than willing to defend himself and his friends against outsiders. After being faced with tragedy many years ago, things started to change in his life. His sister, Kayla, was shot during a shootout between two groups of individuals. This was a difficult lost for him to deal it. I can imagine that doubt, fear, and disappointment may have set in for a short period of time. Instead of giving up and holding his head down, Big Kieb decided  to seek God in order to find his purpose in life. I think that God may have used this tragedy in order to develop him into the man that we see today. He has grown into a man of courage, respect, integrity, and honor. God is now able to use him in order to make a difference in the lives of others. His work now extends well beyond the North Side of town. He is on the front lines of the Black Lives Matter movement in the city. He is there to speak against black on black crime as well as against police brutality. His main purpose is to bring others into the light of the Most High God as he ministers the truth. His work is appreciated and needed in the community.

I have the honor of writing this article about Big Kieb because I personally know where he came from. I now have more respect for him based on all the work that he is doing in his community. To learn more about Big Kieb go to his facebook pages:

http://www.facebook.com/Evangelist Team’Jesus Bigkieb

http://www.facebook.com/BLACK-LIVES-Matter-wilmington, delaware

http://www.facebook.com/Mahkieb N Booker (Black Lives Matter)

The Elephant In America

The United State of America, the land of the free and the home of the brave. This is the country were we all get alone and enjoy unlimited opportunities. Well, at least this is the picture that has been painted about america. The truth is that there is an Elephant in American that some are attempting to ignore even after bumping into it. This elephant is in representation of the systematic racism which continue to exist here. This is a nation with problems which can’t be overlooked. If not addressed this problem will continue to divide this great nation. This racism against african-americans must come to an end. I am not asking white america to love african-americans. What we must all demand is that systematic racism will not be allowed to operate without being called out.

I have heard some say that blacks are racist also. Let’s take a look at this. Black racism is in most cases a response to the treatment received here in America. Black racism doesn’t affect whites, as a whole, in the same way that white racism has the potential to affect blacks, as a whole. Systematic racism can affect blacks Americans through employment opportunity, education, healthcare, housing, media coverage, public opinion, and even police brutality. I included police brutality because it is rare that a black police officer kills an unarmed white male. On the other hand, there have been multiple cases of white officers who murdered unarmed black males. I can also include the denial of or unequal access to civil, political, as well as human rights.

In Florida, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch who pursued this young man after being told to stand down by a 911 dispatcher. In Ferguson, Micheal Brown’s body lay on the ground as he bleed to death after being shot and killed by law enforcement. In Texas, Sandra Bland was arrested for a simple traffic stop and later found dead in her cell. In New York City, Eric Garner can be seen being choked to death by an NYPD officer while telling them that “he can’t breath”. In Cleveland, 13-year-old Tamir Rice was shot down by law enforcement while holding a toy gun. In Baltimore, Freddie Grey died while police custody and was found to have a severed spine. In Wilmington, Delaware, a wheelchair bound man by the name of Jeremy McDole was shot multiple times, as he fell out of his chair to his death, by law enforcement. He was said to have a gun on the side of his wheelchair. In Minneapolis, 24-year-old Jamar Clark was shot and killed by law enforcement.

In some cases these individuals were unarmed. In other cases there was no serious or imminent threat to the officer at the time. Then on top of that these male victims are, in most instances, demonized while the officers are quickly portrayed as the victim. In Chicago Laquan McDonald was shot sixteen (16) times. The initial report claimed the McDonald lunged at the officer. Employees at the local Burger King told the press that police officers came and deleted video footage of the incident. When the dash-cam footage was released a year later, yet without audio, it clearly showed Mr. McDonald walking away from officers. In the South Carolina, Walter Scott was shot in the back multiple times as he ran away from the officer. The officer can be seen, on video footage, dropping something next to the lifeless body of Walter Scott. These are real people with real family and loved ones in the community. All African-Americans should be outraged with this pattern, All Americans as well as the entire world should be outraged about this pattern of police brutality on African-Americans.

I am proud to be a Black Man. Black lives do matter! No one should be offended with this statement. White lives have always mattered in this country. As a matter of fact, black lives have been devalued, humiliated, disrespected, beaten, murdered, lynched, and diabolically represented to the world as less than human. So let’s not get offended when African-Americans finally stand up with the words and movement of “Black Lives Matter!” This movement is as diverse as the civil rights movement. There are individuals of all races and nationalities who have peacefully protested against injustice and police brutality.

While watching CNN Live other day; I saw several different individuals attempt to justify the officer’s murder of Laquan McDonald. I guess that the threat was when Mr. McDonald’s body moved too much as he was being shot multiple times while laying there lifeless. The elephant was in the courtroom when an all white jury acquitted the four white Los Angeles police officers in the Rodney King case. The video footage showed the four white officer beating Rodney King with billy clubs for several minutes. In such cases I guess that black lives didn’t matter to a system who has a dark history when it comes to treatment of African-Americans and the black community.

Why are law enforcement officers not using the de-escalation training when it comes to African-Americans? With all that is going on in our society, there are some people who continue to believe that we either don’t have a problem or everyone is making things up. Maybe even recent video footage must be lying to our eyes!

During the 1960’s, African-Americans were blamed for the vicious attacked on them by law enforcement. Law enforcement released K-9 Dogs and sprayed them with fire hydrants. On Bloody Sunday while attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama, law enforcement officers teargas and beat peaceful protesters with billy clubs. Black leaders were demonized by the media whenever they spoke against police violence and injustice. During nonviolent marches blacks were blamed for the violence done by whites and law enforcement.

After the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and brother Malcolm X, the focus was on the character assassination of Reverend Jesse Jackson. Later there was an attack on the Reverend Al Sharpton for speaking against injustice. There has been a rash of attacks against the Minister Luis Farrakhan for continuing to speak against the treatment of African-Americans in this country. African-American leaders are attacked on a regular basis. Now there is an attack on the Black Lives Matter movement for standing against police brutality.

In mentioning a few other problems that exist. The rich will continue to get rich and the poor will have to figure it out. Economics is one of the main elements which contribute to criminal behavior. Poverty is a main factor in criminal activity. Minimum wages is a concern in the African-American and other minority communities. During the Republican debate, several of the candidates openly admitted that they would oppose raising the minimum wages. Their reasoning was that raising the minimum wage would hurt the market and that we would lose jobs.

There appears to be a current attack on blacks, other minorities, and the poor constitutional right to vote. In Alabama they now have a voter ID law. Individuals are required to have an ID in order to vote. To add insult to injury the Governor of Alabama (Governor Robert Bently) has ordered the closing of a number of driver license offices, where those ID’s are sold. He claimed that this is done due to a lack of funding. In the very same counties where he closed driver license offices he allowed state-run liquor stores to remain open.

There has been a number of individuals who have come out and declared that the shooting of Laquan McDonald was a justified. While watching CNN Live I saw the interview done by anchor Chris Cuomo with the attorney of the officer who shot Laquan McDonald. Attorney Daniel Q Herbert who represents Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke said that his client’s actions were justified. Cornell William brooks, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) addressed the issue of police brutality and the continual disregard in which even some law enforcement officers have for the lives of black males. This is not an attack on law enforcement but the truth must be spoken.

We must wake up and stop ignoring this elephant in American. Lets stop pretending that we don’t see racial inequalities.Then there are the disproportion of African-Americans and other minorities who receive longer prison sentences than whites with similar charges. There are issues with employment, advancement opportunities, and equality. This elephant in america is brewing into something dangerous. Let’s deal with it before it explodes into something disastrous.

Freelance Journalist Brandon Smith, a white male, filed a law suit in order to get the video released of Laquan McDonald being shot by officers. On behalf of the entire African-American Community, I would like to thank you for having the courage to take a stand. Leave feedback below. Watch the video below.

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Arizona Man’s Police Encounter

There has been a lot on the news about police brutality against unarmed civilians in this Great Nation. There have been countless video footage of law enforcement use of excessive force. On the other end of these cases usually were an African-American male. This causes a concerning in urban America for young black males. As a result the Black Live Matter Movement was born. Yes, I am in agreement, being a black male myself, that black lives do matter. While searching the internet, I came across a story that went against all that we have come to expect when encountered by law enforcement.

While on his way to his office to turn in his weekly paperwork, an African-American male was pulled over by Tuscon Arizona police officers (Roger 2015). The purpose of the stop was due to a broken tail light. There were two officers in the vehicle. He was wearing a hoodie and he was “strapped,” another term for being in possession of a firearm. The male explains how he was respectful to the officer and complied with all orders. The officers disarmed this gentleman, as a precautionary step in this process. After the officer ran a check on the gentleman’s name, registration, and insurance he returned with a surprise. The officer informed the gentleman that due to the way that he conducted himself, they were returning his firearm to him and only gave him a warning.

As we know, this situation could have gone a lot different. This gentleman which I could have been another incident of a justified homicide. The gentleman who I am referencing is Steven Hildreth Jr who serves our country as a member of the National Guard. After his experience, Mr. Hildreth went public to speak about how he appreciated this experience. The gentleman also pointed out that even when suspects are disrespectful, that it should not lead to death. He credits this successful outcome to being respectful with and cooperating with law enforcement. Mr Hildreth has a message that all police are “Not out to get us.”

I appreciate this story and hope that others can use this as an example of how to respond when confronted by law enforcement. I thank Mr. Hildreth for his courage and how well he conducted himself. I also thank the Tuscon, Arizona Police Officers for their professionalism. #BlackLivesMatter #AllLiveMatter

(Roger 2015) Jazmine Denise Roger, Armed motorist’s FB Post About Traffic Stop Goes Viral: “I’m a Black Man Wearing a Hoodie and Strapped.” October 30, 2015 Madame Noire, Retrieved from http://madamenoire.com/595891/armed-motorists-fb-post-about-traffic-stop-goes-viral-im-a-black-man-wearing-a-hoodie-and-strapped/

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