A few years ago I read in horror of a youth in the Kinston, NC community being killed by what some believe was a rouge cop. Many called for justice for this young man. He could have been my son or any of many. In the time since the details have become lost, but the many incidents since then have remained the same. Another incident within the community evolved a high school student, who was not killed by a cop but someone in the community as his former High School band teacher employed all local organizations to keep our youth busy. He stated. “When he was with me, he was safe!”
The names have changed as well as the locations, but still another Black Man is dead!
About 1 in 1,000 black men and boys in America can expect to die at the hands of police, according to a new analysis of deaths involving law enforcement officers. That makes them 2.5 times more likely than white men and boys to die during an encounter with cops.
The analysis also showed that Latino men and boys, black women and girls and Native American men, women and children are also killed by police at higher rates than their white peers. But the vulnerability of black males was particularly striking
Police departments, especially in urban jurisdictions, are often called on to quell outbreaks of serious violence such as sudden increases in homicides, aggravated assaults and robberies. Inner-city residents and their children usually suffer the most serious harm when violent crime waves occur. Unfortunately, due to a long history of exclusion from important economic and social opportunities, residents of disadvantaged urban neighborhoods are primarily minorities and often black. Research has long documented that most violence occurs within racial groups and that black Americans, often victimized by black offenders, experience disproportionately high levels of violent crime. The term “black-on-black” violence, while statistically correct, is a simplistic and emotionally charged definition of urban violence that can be problematic when used by political commentators, politicians and police executives.
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Below are pictures of our initial meeting for the cast and part crew for Colored Girls!
The below poster was the Major cause of Mutiny of cast and Mr. Raines as he insisted that he have full control and this poster should be used for its color. ( unacceptable to myself and Charles Hanibal)
This was the poster we had designed by Darell Jorner!