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New Jersey Police Chase 10-Year-Old Boy With Guns Drawn Due To Mistaken Identity

Police departments and their supporters can defend their actions all they want. They can even try and lean on the old and tired excuse that police shootings of unarmed people of color are a rarity. They’d be wrong, but they can still try. But one thing they can’t do, is tell people that they shouldn’t be afraid of police. Not after incidents like the one a young black boy in New Jersey experienced which could’ve easily escalated and resulted in his arrest or worse, death.

According to WABC-TV, Legend Preston, 10, was playing with a basketball by his house in Newark, New Jersey when the ball rolled out into the street. He went after it, only to see police officers running towards him with their guns drawn. Out of fear, he ran. 

US President Barack Obama speaks during an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.
President Barack Obama attended a somber memorial Tuesday to five police officers slain in a sniper ambush in Dallas, as he seeks to unify a country divided by race and politics. / AFP PHOTO

President Obama Will Visit Baton Rouge

President Barack Obama has fallen under criticism for not rushing to Baton Rouge, La. after the devastating floods that have caused a state of emergency. Some have even gone as far as to draw similarities between Obama being on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and President Bush not acting fast enough during Hurricane Katrina.

It has been announced that President Obama will be visiting Baton Rouge this Tuesday to witness the damage for himself and offer any assistance. While speaking with local officials, he’ll also aim to make sure that locals are aware that “American people will be with them as they rebuild their community and come back stronger than ever.”

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Couple Leaves Racist Message For A Latina Server Instead Of A Tip

Servers have some of the hardest jobs there are and they often don’t come with good pay. So, skipping out on a tip is one of the worst things you could do after a meal. Unfortunately, a couple at a restaurant in Harrisonburg, Va. did something even worse.

After serving a couple at Jess’ Lunch, Sadie Karina Elledge, 18, looked at her receipt looked down and saw that they had written, “We only tip citizens,” according to the Washington Post. Elledge is of Honduran and Mexican descent. 

COLUMBIA, SC - JULY 18:  A member of the Ku Klux Klan gives a Nazi salute as the Klan members fly the Confederate flag during a demonstration at the state capitol building on July 18, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Hundreds of people protested the demonstration as law enforcement  tried to prevent violence between the opposing groups.

‘White Lives Matter’ Protest Held Outside Of Houston NAACP

No matter how often it’s said, people still appear to believe that the Black Lives Matter is somehow racist. Despite multiple people giving explanation after explanation saying otherwise, a select population feels that the movement is actually anti-white.

A group of protestors in Houston took that inaccurate assumption and staged a demonstration in front of the Houston NAACP office with assault rifles and confederate flags, according to USA Today

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Why Black Men Still Need to Watch ‘The Birth of A Nation’

By: Ahmad Greene-Hayes

Last week, I saw the NYC pre-screening of “The Birth of A Nation.” I left feeling invigorated by the same Holy Spirit that called Nat Turner to lead a slave revolt in 1831. My excitement soon diminished, however, when I learned that Nate Parker, the film’s lead, is a rapist.

I’m a Black man like Nate, but I’m also a survivor in community with far more survivors than I can count on my ten fingers. And though many have run to Nate’s defense, I am left wondering who will cry for those who have been assaulted? Who will stand with the Black women whose DNA holds psychic scars of racial-sexual terror? Who will believe survivors, even when the rapist is a Black male athlete, actor, and humanitarian? Who will listen to the voices and the silences of survivors who are no longer with us, who took their lives because the pain was too much?

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CPD Superintendent Looks To Fire Officers Who Lied About Laquan McDonald’s Death

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson is currently in a position where he must command the trust of the public and the loyalty of the officers he presides over. In an effort to try and maintain that balance, Johnson wrote and sent a letter to the department’s rank-and-file officers stating that he is looking to fire eight of the ten officers who were on the scene for Laquan McDonald’s shooting death.