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The system isn’t failing us because it isn’t ours

One of the earliest lessons I learned as child was “you can’t win if you don’t try.” The logic showed me that the critical ingredient to success was actually doing something to be successful. Now, as I look at the repeated miscarriages of justice where it concerns slain and oppressed Black people in the United States, I don’t see the system as failing. It just isn’t trying and was never meant to address the grievances and harms committed against Black people.

I hate having to write that, just like I hate having to write about a 32-year-old Black man having his life taken because of anti-Blackness and systemic racism only to have his killer walk free.

Yet, here we are.

Minnesota Cop Who Shot Philando Castile Charged With Manslaughter

Philando Castille’s death was live streamed for millions as his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, sat next to him in a car after he was shot by a police officer in Minnesota. It was easily one of the most visible instances of police violence to date.

St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who shot Castille on July 6, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge.

Prince’s Paisley Park Residence To Become Museum

At some point in the future, fans of the late, great Prince will all be able to go to one place to relish in the celebration of the Purple One. According to Huffington Post, his $10 million Minnesota estate, Paisley Park, will become “the next Graceland” and be turned into a museum in his honor.

“It would be for the fans. He was all about the fans — this would remember his music, which is his legacy,” Phillips said Maurice Phillips, Prince’s brother-in-law. “Prince was always private but would have wanted his music remembered.”

Joe’s Crab Shack Called Out For Decorating Table With Lynching Photo

To maintain a feeling of novelty, restaurants are often decorated with news clippings and photos from the past. Most of the time, patrons don’t give them a second thought as they have their meal. But a Joe’s Crab Shack in Roseville, Minnesota wasn’t so lucky and had to make a public apology after guests found a seriously troubling photo on their table.

According to USA Today, Tyrone Williams and Chauntyll Allen were sitting at a table when they looked at their table and saw a picture of a black man being lynched. The bottom of the picture read “Hanging at Groesbeck, Texas, on April 12th, 1895” and a caption at the top read “All I said was that I didn’t like the gumbo.”

Clinton Tells Young Black Woman “Well, why don’t you go run for something, then?”

It’s safe to say that Hillary Clinton is in a close enough race for the presidency that she can’t really afford to dismiss potential voters – unless her aim is to steal some away from the sideshow taking place on the other side of party lines. But that’s not what you’d think her goal was after video surfaced of her recent confrontation with a voter.

Clinton was in Minnesota on Tuesday when a young black woman approached her with questions about past racially insensitive remarks (read: referring to young black people as “super predators”) and about the lack of diversity among elected officials.