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Yes, Black liberals commodify Black Lives Matter too and it’s a major problem

By Blake Simons

The present day Movement for Black Lives, which I argue was revived by the people of Oakland after the murder of Oscar Grant, and came into fruition because of the rebellion that working class Black folks started in Ferguson after the murder of Mike Brown, has been co-opted by Black capitalistic neo-liberals.

BLM activists work to free over 30 mothers from jail for ‘National Mama’s Bail Out Day’

Black Lives Matter activists have come together to free more than 30 mothers from jail in what will hopefully become a holiday tradition: National Mama’s Bail Out Day.

Black women represent a disproportionate 44% of women in jails across the United States. For many of them, the only reason they’re still in custody is because they couldn’t afford to pay the bond or fine necessary to get out. This is even the case for minor offenses including loitering. 

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Report: NYPD Had Undercover Officers Infiltrate Black Lives Matter Groups

Apparently, Black Lives Matter groups have even more to be concerned about when it comes to police authorties.

The Guardian reports that New York Police Department officers went undercover to infiltrate small groups of Black Lives Matter activists. The department was then able to gain access to private text messages and offer the locations of certain activists during 2014 and 2015. 

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Muslim Teen Ziad Ahmed Accepted To Stanford After After Writing #BlackLivesMatter 100 Times In Application

According to Mic, Muslim teen Ziad Ahmed had a very simple answer when the Stanford University application asked, “What matters to you, and why?” All he could think of was: Black Lives.

Ahmed’s story went viral after he shared the news that he was accepted to Stanford. His story is more special than most because he chose to write #BlackLivesMatter exactly 100 times on the college application essay. Doing so was a gamble, but it surely paid off for the New Jersey teen.

NYPD Officer Facing Disciplinary Action After Tweeting #BlackLivesMatter

While the tensions between Black people and police officers feels like they are at another peak, many have wondered how Black officers of the law feel. Outside of their uniforms, they can easily be mistreated by police just like the rest of us. But they can also perpetuate the same troublesome tactics once they’re on the clock.

Offering a rare glimpse into this unique perspective, a New York Police Officer was recently disciplined after responding to a tweet from the NYPD’s 76th Precinct with the hashtag “#BlackLivesMatter” from her personal Twitter account. 

Black Lives Matter Protesters Sing Christmas Carols At Trump’s Golf Course

The history of racism in golf clubs is a long and rich one – just watch The Legend of Bagger Vance to get an idea of how unwelcome people of color were. Many of the sports founding fathers were outwardly racist (and sexist) and the culture surrounding it didn’t transform for quite a while.

So it must have been quite a sight when a group of more than 60 Black Lives Matter protesters walked into Donald Trump’s Rancho Palos Verdes golf club on the morning of Christmas Eve to put on a performance of their own.

Fraternal Order Of Police Urges Amazon To Pull Black Lives Matter Shirts From Website

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest police union in the United States. As a result, when its president, Chuck Canterbury, writes an open letter to one of the biggest retailers in the world, it’s going to have results.

Knowing this, Canterbury wrote a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, urging him to remove any trace of Black Lives Matter-related apparel from its online website. He specifically asked for the removal of items with the slogans “BULLETPROOF,” “Black Lives Matter” and “the urban myth of ‘Hands up, don’t shoot'”. 

Black Lives Matter, Taiwan’s ‘228 Incident,’ and the Transnational Struggle For Liberation

By: Chanda Hsu Prescod-Weinstein

Someone was selling cigarettes illegally. The State didn’t need the money, but it did want to be in control of how everyday citizens made money. When the authorities showed up, the enforcers could have let the sale of contraband cigarettes go, but they didn’t. Instead, they used force and the cigarette seller ended up on the ground. Not long after, a man was dead.

On first thought, this sounds like it’s just the story of Eric Garner’s death on July 17, 2014 in New York City, USA.

But Eric Garner’s story resonates across the continents and the decades. The story above could have been describing not his death but instead an incident that occurred decades earlier in another hemisphere, with the death of an unnamed man in a crowd that gathered when the cigarette seller was attacked by police on February 27, 1947 in Taipei, Taiwan.