*Racism shouldn’t be a topic of discussion after so many years of liberation and freedom in the world. Unfortunately, the state of things seems to be getting worse every year.
Currently, there are so many protesting rallies against unwarranted police brutality, especially against the black community in the United States Of America. These protests were triggered by the recent passing of George Floyd, a black American who died during an altercation leading to his arrest. What’s worse about the situation is that the police officers who did this were indifferent to his pleads that he could not breathe.
Well, this fight did not start with George Floyd, but many more names go unmentioned. It’s time the people are speaking out, even as they rest in their graves. We are speaking of legendary singer Prince, who as a dedicated social justice fighter, was against such prejudices.
His estate released a handwritten note the singer wrote back in 2015, showing he was fed up with the intolerance. The note stated;
“Nothing more ugly in the whole wide world that INTOLERANCE (between) Black, white, red, yellow, boy or girl. INTOLERANCE.”
The note had a heartfelt caption that read:
“Prince dedicated his life to speaking out against injustice, advocating for black excellence, and spreading the message of ‘Love 4 One Another.’ In this note that he kept in his personal archives, he wrote a message that still resonates today.”
This seems like a statement that pushed him to the edge and one that was coming from a place of hurt and concern.
Well, that was not all, the singer also made a song that the estate made a lyrical version of, and it was posted on YouTube to commemorate Prince’s 62nd birthday. Prince’s song is like guitar lessons of truth that speak volumes of the injustice taking over the world. He released this piece in 2015, responding to the untimely death of a citizen of Baltimore named Freddie Gray.
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Prince dedicated his life to speaking out against injustice, advocating for black excellence, and spreading the message of “Love 4 One Another.” In this note that he kept in his personal archives, he wrote a message that still resonates today. “Nothing more ugly in the whole wide world than INTOLERANCE (between) Black, white, red, yellow, boy or girl. INTOLERANCE.” #Love4OneAnother #Prince
Freddie Gray died due to abusive treatment during his arrest, and after that, he succumbed to a severe spinal injury gotten during his arrest. The officers in charge carried him in their van held him back with a seat belt only to reach the station to find him unresponsive. In less than a week, Freddie died. He was later charged with the unlawful possession of a switchblade! This incident occurred in April 2015, and the song was recorded and released in that same month.
He recorded the song supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and send out a message of enough is enough.
This incident also sparked massive demonstrations in Baltimore
African Americans have had enough of discrimination and police abuse. Prince also made a statement that he needed to let it out with everything that was going on that week. He performed the song at the Rally 4 peace that was shown live on Jay-Z’s Tidal digital network.
Prince, even though he’s no longer with us set an example of speaking out for social justice. In the recent George Floyd case, we have had President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Salma Hayek, Prince Harry, Megan Markle, and Lady Gaga, among several others, speaking out supporting the protestors seeking social change on behalf of the Black community.
YouTube also sees an increase in video postings on social change that Black Lives Matter. This is sure to be one of the new trends for guitar lessons videos on YouTube to pass on the message of equality.
The four law enforcers who aided the untimely demise of George Floyd have lost their jobs, are currently facing murder charges. The city council of Minneapolis is now pledging to fix the city’s police department and do a clean sweep from the grassroots up.
Shutting up has never solved anything; change requires volume. And that is precisely what the Americans are doing today. Black Lives Matter. Justice for all.
Man Hoses Neighbor For Berating Another Neighbor Over Her Black Lives Matter Flag (Watch)
*Video of a southwest Austin man spraying a woman with a hose after she berated another neighbor for having a Black Lives Matter flag in her yard has gone viral.
Ian Doherty told the local NBC affiliate that he was standing up to a bully during the Oct. 7 incident. He, along with multiple neighbors, heard the woman screaming about the flag and saying “white lives matter” during the altercation. The argument lasted about 30 minutes, Doherty said.
Doherty said he went outside and asked the woman to stop yelling at his neighbor. That’s when she started snapping at him. Ten minutes later, he said he got the hose and sprinkler out. Videos shot by neighbors show him first threatening to spray her, hoping she would leave. It only prompted her to walk on his lawn and try to grab it. That’s when he got to spraying.
As the video shows, the more she kept coming, the more he sprayed her – to the point where she kept slipping on the curb in her attempts to stop him.
The video originally posted on Facebook and Reddit has been viewed over 8 million times on TikTok, has more than 15,000 upvotes on Reddit and more than 72,000 views on Facebook.
Some Texas Longhorn Band Members Refuse to Play Alma Mater Song over Minstrel Ties (Watch)
*The University of Texas Longhorn Band will not play their traditional alma mater song “The Eyes of Texas” at Saturday’s football game against Baylor University after a survey of members revealed several students aren’t willing to play it.
The song has divided the university community in recent months over its ties to minstrel shows where performers wore blackface. According to ABC13, the Daily Texan reported that a message sent to band members by leader Scott Hanna said the survey results wouldn’t affect whether the band performs at future games. The band has yet to play at a football game this season, due to safety restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.t
Band members are “evenly divided” over playing the song, the student newspaper reported, but responses from certain instrument sections would prevent the band from playing this week. The message from Hanna said many band members wanted to have further discussions about the song, which he said he would facilitate.
Student athletes asked UT-Austin to drop the school song during this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, among other demands, threatening to forgo participation in recruiting and donor events. The university responded with plans to boost Black student enrollment and recruitment, but it kept the song and pledged to educate visitors and students on its history and context.
Below is a brief rundown of the song’s racist past.
Attorney Ben Crump Issues Statement About Police Violence Against Protestors in Lagos Nigeria
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump released the following statement in response to Nigerian security forces opening fire on peaceful protestors last night in Lagos, Nigeria:
“It is unacceptable for a government to brutalize and murder its own people. We are calling for transparency and accountability from the Lagos government on the cruel and unnecessary violence used against these peaceful protestors.
“The ability for citizens to demonstrate safely when they see injustice within their government should be a sacred right across the globe. When our brothers and sisters abroad cannot speak out without fearing for their lives, it is clear we are dealing with an international human rights violation that demands we raise our voices.”
ABOUT BEN CRUMP LAW
Through his work, nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump has spearheaded a legal movement to better protect the rights of marginalized citizens. He has led landscape-changing civil rights cases and represented clients in a wide range of areas including civil rights, personal injury, labor and employment, class actions, and more. Ben Crump Law is dedicated to holding the powerful accountable. For more information, visit www.bencrump.com.
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