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We know how to decrease police violence like what we’ve seen after the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson: civil oversight, body cameras, and redefining use of force. | #OYRchallenge

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Courtesy of Slate.com

Before they even don their uniforms, police officers receive hours and hours of training about the appropriate use of force. At the nation’s police academies, they learn how to evaluate situations where force could be an option and when it’s illegal. By the time officers are patrol-ready, they know how to use their firearms, batons, and stun guns. Yet, in response to the chokehold killing of Erin Garner, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton has called for the “retraining” of his officers. Training is, of course, essential to law enforcement. But it would be a serious and dangerous error to shrug off these deaths and beatings by cops and simply attribute them to inadequate training.

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via We know how to decrease police violence like what we’ve seen after the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson: civil oversight, body cameras, and redefining use of force..

Black Twitter: A virtual community ready to hashtag out a response to cultural issues – The Washington Post

If you haven’t yet experienced the glory of Black Twitter, you are late to the party. But that’s okay. You’re here now.Sip your tea, mind the shade.

Black Twitter is part cultural force, cudgel, entertainment and refuge. It is its own society within Twitter, replete with inside jokes, slang and rules, centered on the interests of young blacks online — almost a quarter of all black Internet users are on Twitter.

via Black Twitter: A virtual community ready to hashtag out a response to cultural issues – The Washington Post.

70 Percent of Americans ‘Emotionally Disconnected’ at Work: Shocking Poll Reveals Workforce Zombieland | Alternet

Gallup’s ongoing “State of the American Workforce” survey reveals that America is largely a nation of working automatons, with most people not feeling emotional ties to what they do and sizeable numbers actively seeking to sabotage their colleagues and managers.  

via 70 Percent of Americans ‘Emotionally Disconnected’ at Work: Shocking Poll Reveals Workforce Zombieland | Alternet.

 

In Texas, Police in Schools Criminalize 300.000 Each Year | ChildreninPrison

In Texas, hundreds of thousands of students are winding up in court for committing very serious offenses such as cursing or farting in class. Some of these so-called dangerous criminals (also known as teenagers) will face arrest and even incarceration, like the honors student who spent a night in jail [3] for skipping class, or the 12-year-old who was arrested for spraying perfume on her neck [4]. These cases have at least one thing in common in that they were carried out by special police officers walking a controversial beat: the hallways and classrooms of public schools.

via In Texas, Police in Schools Criminalize 300.000 Each Year | ChildreninPrison.

 

14-YEAR-OLD African American youth, Tony Hansberry Creates New Surgical Technique

PLEASE SHARE … THE MEDIA DOES NOT MENTION THIS YOUNG BLACK 14 YEAR OLD MAN !!!

 

Meet Your Future Boss: The Female Immigrant | Techyville

Currently, in the US, there are over one million women who are immigrants that own their own small business, as of 2007. This tells us that 13% of all women-owned small businesses are run by women who were born in a different county. These women are running businesses that range from housekeeping, to high-tech businesses, to legal services and engineering.

via Meet Your Future Boss: The Female Immigrant | Techyville.

 

Sherri Shepherd Diabetes | BlackDoctor

The View’s Sherri Shepherd’s is one of the 10 percent of U.S. women living with diabetes. As she and countless others have learned, dealing with the disease is about making healthy lifestyle choices…and sticking with them.

via Sherri Shepherd Diabetes | BlackDoctor.

 

Group Helps Black Girls Confront Bullying: Most Adults Aren’t Taking Them Seriously | Naturally Moi

Empowerment Resources Inc has established a program called “Journey Into WomanHood,” that confronts the bullying problem in school.  William Jackson provides an interactive presentation to discuss bullying, harassment and other issues that kids might face in life and in the classroom.  Mr. Jackson, a presenter on Social Media, Internet Safety, Youth and Technology, and Guest Host on BlogTalkRadio “Courageous Conversations Ask A Teacher,” designed an interactive presentation called, “I Will Survive Bullying” focusing on self esteem, bullying prevention, nonviolent strategies, empathy, local laws and self confidence when dealing with bullying and other forms of harassment.

via Group Helps Black Girls Confront Bullying: Most Adults Aren’t Taking Them Seriously | Naturally Moi.

 

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.: The Responsibility to End Racism

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.White racism is a systemic phenomenon that is deeply woven in the fabric of our society and has a corrosive effect on the minds, bodies and souls of all Americans, including white people. Dealing justly with American racism means that white Americans must come to terms with the historical legacy of inequality inherited from their forbears. This means partaking in a thorough review of the United States as a nation founded (in part) on racist principles. We tend to underestimate the impact of systemic white racism, rationalizing it as an individual affair rather than a system of oppression involving 246 years of slavery and 90 years of Jim Crow for roughly 85 percent of our existence as a nation.

via Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.: The Responsibility to End Racism.

Dateline Finding’s Booker’s Place Part 3

Frank De Fellita’s NBC news documentary drastically changes Booker’s life, and brings Yvette Johnson and Raymond together 40 years later to find out what happened to him.