Stephon Clark, a human being, who loved and was loved, has been reduced to another grisly statistic of gun crime, for no reason at all.
Family, friends, and legions of supporters flocked to Bayside of South Sacramento Church to pay their last respects in a nationwide ritual that has become all too familiar.
Monique Judge of Root Magazine wrote that “It was like watching crowds flocking to a concert.”
This is a massive and despicable state of unjust affairs. Andy Warhol wrote that in the future, everyone would get to have their fifteen minutes of fame, and in many ways that prediction proved prescient.
But you ought to be alive for it!
Dr. Monica Williams wrote the following perspective for PBS.
“In Baton Rouge, cops straddle a guy pinned on the ground, put a gun to his back and pump bullets into him. His life ends. That one still haunts me. In Charlotte, a man lies bleeding as his wife screams for help. She asks if anyone has called an ambulance. The police do nothing. How is this affecting the black community? “How do you think,” I want to say. We are sad, angry, and traumatized. We’re living in terror.”
Many believe that the problem is not even getting worse, but rather has been going on all along. They say the only real difference is that now we’re capturing more of it on video.
There is such a thing as racial trauma. Black people and other persons of color are telling us their stories. It’s not like they’re all just getting together and making it up. The time has come to recognize fully that the American experience is not the same for everyone. Racism is still real, and murderously powerful.
This Millennial Democrats contributor remembers watching Fruitvale Station and having to shut it off, and it’s good that for me, that was an option. For many, it isn’t, and until that changes, we have still got a lot of work to do.
In related news, the #Neveragain movement is working on converting momentum into something more tangible. The walkout is over, but the protest has just begun.
We are here, seven months before the midterm elections, two years before the 2020 election.
It is our duty to make it stick, and we are more than able.
Half a million and more descended on D.C. and other MarchForOurLives rallies all across the country to demand that politicians support additional restrictions on gun ownership.
Those who attended the march say they’re determined to see this through.
Alex Bihari, one young man who attended the Washington march said that when he goes to the polls for the first time this year, he said, he″ll vote on three issues: Guns, immigrants and refugees, and how candidates stand on Donald Trump.
“If someone is on the payroll of the NRA and gun lobby, that’s a deal breaker for me,” he said. “If someone is not willing help refugees and immigrants, that’s a deal breaker for me. If someone supports Donald Trump, that’s a deal breaker for me.”
Hillary Clinton, unlike Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump, earned a solid F rating from the NRA. They paid untold millions to have untold numbers of pages written, to warn all their followers about it. A significant part of the Wikileaks dumps was focused on it.
And less than a week after that, the head of Project Veritas Action, James O’Keefe, released an undercover video including footage of one of the hosts of the fundraiser, Integrated Archive Systems CEO Amy Rao, expressing how she thinks Clinton would pursue control.
In regards to guns, Rao told O’Keefe, “Hillary wants to shut it down,” adding, “If we can get guns away from everyone in this country, she’ll close loopholes, she’ll get rid of assault weapons, she will get rid of being able to buy unlimited bullets, she will make all that stop.”
That is why they hated Hillary Clinton.
The chief strategist behind the 1994 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and the 1994 ban on assault weapons was a man named Richard Aborn. He said the Parkland students have succeeded in raising this kind of energy because they are doing something that past survivors of mass shootings have not- threatening to throw out of office those who won’t consider their point of view. And that is what we have to do.
We’re tired of our people getting shot to pieces for nothing. We’re tired of our so-called representatives doing nothing about it. And we’re ready to make a change. Going forward, we’ve got a simple and effective strategy. We vote Democratic in every single election. Bring on the #BlueWave.
Days after this was written, it had to be updated, to reflect the newest name on the roster. In New York City, earlier this evening, four officers (three in street clothes and one uniformed officer) fired 10 bullets in all. The man, identified by his father as Saheed Vassell, 34, was known to be mentally ill, and completely harmless.
The man had been walking around the streets for years, living his life and harming no one.
Nicole Williams, said she had given him $2 earlier on Wednesday afternoon. His last words to her, she said, were “Thank you, God.”