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Protecting and Serving or Profiling and Shooting?

Let’s talk murder. Yes, I said murder. That’s what’s happening today in America to black people. And before you get to talking about criminal records and black on black crime, police officers have sworn duty to protect and serve. So, let’s define protect and serve before you get yourself in an uproar. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines protect as “to keep (someone or something) from being harmed, lost, etc.” and serve as ” to be of use; to be worthy of reliance or trust; to hold an office.” In neither of those definitions does it state “kill unarmed citizens.” These police officers have made an oath to every individual within the states no matter their ethnicity or beliefs, but are they protecting and serving or profiling and shooting?

Executing citizens out of fear is not what police officers have been hired to do. What happened to de-escalate and disarm? I always hear “blacks should just be quiet, heed their commands, and everything will go smoothly.” Well, this was not the case for Phillando Castille. Even while doing what Officer Geronimo Yanez requested, he was still shot four times and died from his wounds. We are told to be as complicit as possible with the police, but even when this is done some blacks are still mistreated like in the case of James Blake, and there are cases in which the force used did not match the situation like in the Eric Garner case. Far too often these officers are being pampered, and if they are indicted, the charges are dropped, sentences suspended, and they are sent back out into work to continue with their hatred and violence. If Pookie kills Darnell, he is charged and punished to the fullest extent of the law. When officer Bob kills DeJuan, he is put on administrative leave with pay, allowed to resign with full benefits, or placed right back on the job once everything has “cooled” down.

The media is also to blame by releasing the criminal history of those who have been murdered by the police. This desensitizes the public and makes people feel as if they victim deserved to be murdered. Upon approaching individuals, these officers don’t know the name of the victim, let alone their criminal history. Therefore that is no excuse for the victims to be gunned down by officers. And, as long as the victim has served their time for any criminal activity that they have been involved in, there is no reason to release information about them. A white male can rape women, and their school photos will be published with a smile and innocent look, but a black victim of a police shooting will be shown with a mugshot. How is that fair? Nothing seems to fair for those who are of color in America when it comes down to the justice system. Social injustice appears to be something that some whites refuse to understand. Try doing your research and know the history of race relations in America and how it has disproportionately affected black people. No matter how you feel that these officers are “just doing their jobs,” accept that these killings are tied to race, and not just another criminal getting what they deserved.

Officers misuse their authority far too often. It is time for a change. We cannot continue to allow officers to get away with what they’re doing. One of the biggest problems I find is that once an officer kills someone and is found not guilty, there is a civil trial where the families of the victims then win millions and have a gag order placed on them to prevent speaking about the situation any further. There is not any amount of money that would shut me up if my child was murdered. Every time one of you looked at the news my face would be there. I would not stop at the state level. I would be lobbying Congress for a change. I would be trying to determine whether the issue is caused by a statute, regulation, case law or action/decision. I would also be identifying decision makers, Congressional Members of the home state delegation where the client is headquartered or has an office, regulators and key staff of relevant federal agencies, and congressional staff focused on your particular issue or industry. Whenever something happens to a white person or child in America, their families don’t stop until some changes are made. Look at Megan’s Law; it requires law enforcement authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders. This is of benefit to all! Look at the Amber Alert that was named after a 9-year-old named Amber Hagerman that was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas. Her parents fought and fought, now this law has saved children all across the United States. There needs to be laws put in place to protect not just blacks, but the American people from law enforcement officers that misuse their power.

How many more unarmed African-Americans are going to lose their lives before something is done to control this issue? We see video after video where people say “the camera doesn’t tell the whole story.” This is true; however, I’m not sure many of you are ready to see what the complete picture is, that these people are called all sorts of disturbing names, treated like scum on the bottom of the officers shoe, and then shot to death. The picture shown is, no matter whether or not a black person complies; they may lose their lives in an interaction with a white police officer. When a person of color is killed, they become a hashtag, we protest, get up go to work or whatever we are going to do the next day, repeat! Something has to change!

-DJ Sunflower

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“Myths Exposed” David Banner and the Media [VIDEO]

David Banner, Mississippi native, and undoubtedly one of the most “underappreciated” hip hop artists and producers of this age, and for years has been speaking out on the injustices that black people face in America. As his Facebook page states DB is “A complex man who is both street-wise and book-smart, Banner has carried many burdens over the last few years.” Today “Myths Exposed” dropped a video where Banner speaks about the media propaganda and how it has evolved over time. He takes on CNN, media bloggers, white supremacy, and even Don Lemon.

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In the video Banner states,

“This is what I learned, racism…

Just look at racism, the root word of racism is race the ‘ism’ and the ‘ist’ is the act of the race.

For the most part, media is set up to support white supremacy.

Whether the people will admit it or not, and it is their job to perpetuate these lies.

So for me to think that they’re going to cover me any different is a fault on my part.

I believe that if we really want to change the way that we are being perceived as artists or as a hip-hop nation or culture, hip hop has to stop following conventional media, ‘cause now hip hop blogs and hip hop media, for the most part, has become the tentacles for regular media.

They just basically, copy and paste. If we want to change, like, these hip hop blogs and people who say that they’re hip hop, they’re gonna have to start getting out there and being in Ferguson, being in Baltimore, being in the places that all of these things are happening so they can be the voice for us.”

 

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A WINNER WANTS CHECKS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS

My condolences to all of the OKC fans. I am one myself; however I am more a fan of Durant and Westbrook than I am the establishment. I know most of you will say “that’s how women think,” but you wouldn’t be mad about KD leaving if you weren’t a fan. What would you say to someone mad about you quitting one job to start another that may be more rewarding to you? Exactly what I thought! You would congratulate them and keep it moving.

One thing we all know, but some refuse to admit is that the NBA‬ is big business and for those that think otherwise, you are sadly mistaken. It’s probable that ‪#‎KOBE‬ and ‪#‎DUNCAN‬ are the last two players that we will ride with  a team for the entirety of their career.

Kevin Durant made a decision to chase his dreams, and no one can fault him for that! It’s both personal and business. Get ready for a hellova Golden State year!

-DJ Sunflower

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LHHATL GUEST STAR SAS, TAKES ONE TO THE HEAD!

Lyndon Akil Smith, an Atlanta rapper and LHHATL guest star by the name of Sas was shot in the back of the head last night.

Sas, the son of “Love & Hip-Hop” regular Karen King, on Season 5 of “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta, was shot in the back of the head last night. He is expected to survive the wound. Doctors say that he has a “thick skull,” and that is what saved his life. Yikes!

Sas didn’t speak on how the incident occurred, but he did share a video of himself in the hospital.

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BHZdADEAPy8/?taken-by=sas_nbl&hl=en

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Dying On Your Birthday

Actress, model, director, Jokisha Dynasty Brown, was found shot and killed in her car on Cheshire Bridge Road in northeast Atlanta Friday night.

She is most recognized for her lead role in the movie “Queen Pin.”

Police said Jokisha Dynasty Brown was found inside a car in the parking lot near the Red Snapper restaurant. Found dead, this morning, the story hit the internet, and many people have begun to pay their respects. Among the individuals who have paid their respects is Miami rapper, Trick Daddy.

This situation appears to be domestic, as news reports say she had a crazy ex-boyfriend, and he is the leading suspect.

There was a question posed in one of my Facebook groups.

“Got a serious question…….. why do you think so many women get killed in Atlanta???? Lived in a few cities and I always watch the news……. and I never seen this many women get shot in my life…it’s like every day or every other day on the news here….can’t think of no other place on the planet where this happens……..”

I’ve DJ’d , and was once an entertainer aka stripper, in strip clubs for over a decade. What I have noticed about the females in Atlanta is that they are not as cautious as women from other cities. They are more willing to treat club goers as “boyfriends” and “friends” instead of customers for the check. I know that it makes them more money, but they also put their lives at risk going on “dates” or “dating” these individuals. One thing that they fail to realize is just because a person has money doesn’t make them any less crazy than a someone without as much. They see the men as harmless or “cool” when in reality they have a weird sort of obsession with these women. I have also seen exes and boyfriends lose their muthaf**kin mind as well. Women have to be more cautious about the ppl that they associate themselves. Money is an attraction that can also cause death. Some men, just like some women, won’t just let you leave them. Fatal attraction is real as a muthaf**ka! It’s not just Atlanta though, in my home city of Houston, I’ve seen a lot of women killed by boyfriends and exes.

Be careful out there ladies, not just “strippers,” but every woman. In recent news, we’ve watched rapists receive little to no time in jail. Our lives do not seem to matter, but it is up us to make sure that we do matter!

-DJ Sunflower

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