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Father of Black College Student Killed by Police Calls Out Dem Sen. Ed Markey Over Political Ad (Watch)

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*A new campaign ad from Sen. Ed Markey, a Democrat facing Rep. Joe Kennedy in the Massachusetts primary, includes props from his Green New Deal co-author, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. But the congresswoman’s assertion in the ad that Markey is “a stalwart champion for racial justice,” is being challenged by Dan Henry — the father of DJ Henry, a Black college student from Easton, Massachusetts, who was killed in New York State by police 10 years ago.

“If you are on the right side of social justice issues, act that way when the cameras aren’t on you,” Henry said in a video on Twitter, referring to what happened when the family contacted every member of the state delegation, including Markey, for help with reopening his son’s case.

“Not only did you not act, in any way, but we felt like you were just dismissing us, using even the term ‘colored’ in the conversation,” Henry said.

Watch below, or click here to watch on Henry’s Twitter page.


Markey released a statement saying he strongly supports the Henry family’s efforts to reopen the case, in which the officer involved was not charged. He said, “I have reached out to the Henry family to offer my sincerest apologies, and to pledge to them my complete support to take action on this case. I am fully at their disposal, and hope to work with them.”

The Henry family has endorsed Kennedy, but the Kennedy campaign says it had no idea Henry was sending the tweet. The family is pushing prosecutors to consider new evidence in their son’s case and whether racial bias played a role.

Watch a news report on the story below from WCVB, followed by Sen. Markey’s political ad featuring AOC that sparked Henry’s response

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Misty Copeland: Ballet is Listening after George Floyd

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*Ballerina Misty Copeland says her profession has to evolve along with the world’s racial reckoning or else it will cease to exist.

“As the world is changing, as it grows more diverse, if the ballet world doesn’t evolve with it, then it’s going to die,” Copeland told reporter Jenna Adae.

The first black woman to become the principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre said that after George Floyd’s death and the focus on Black Lives Matter, for the first time in her 20-year career, people are starting to believe her when she says the lack of diversity within the global ballet industry is a problem.

“There’s so many communities that are not going to support an art form that they feel doesn’t want them to be a part of it,” she says.

Watch her full interview below or HERE.

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Georgia Voter Removed From Poll Line for Wearing ‘Black Lives Matter’ Shirt (Watch)

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*It should be no surprise that in Forsyth County, Georgia, a man wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt to his local polling place was pulled out of the early voting line.

“When the poll worker stopped me in line, I was really kind of shocked, but I thought alright here we go, so I pulled out my phone and started recording,” explains Zach Arias.

The poll worker told Arias that his BLM attire violated a law that forbids candidate campaign material beyond a certain point.

“Black Lives Matter is not on the ballot, it’s not a party, it’s not a slogan of any person on the ballot so I was well within my rights to wear my shirt,” Arias said.

Watch below:

In 1987, Oprah Winfrey famously took her show to Forsythe County, where no Black person had lived for 75 years. She wanted to hear out the county’s white residents, some of whom argued they should be able to keep blacks from moving into their communities.

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BLM Co-Founder Alicia Garza is Target of Planned Attack by Idaho White Supremacist

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*Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza was the target of a hate-fueled attack planned by a white supremacist in Idaho. 

Garza’s name was reportedly on a long list of activists and political leaders that was found at the home of the man who the FBI apprehended earlier this month. 

“The FBI visited my house today. They arrested a man in Idaho on weapons charges who they believe was affiliated with white supremacist groups. They found my name on a list in his home, alongside others,” she tweeted.

“This is why this president is so dangerous. He is stoking fires he has no intention of controlling.”

READ MORE: Trump Tells Violent White Supremacist Group ‘Proud Boys’ to ‘Stand Back and Stand By’

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, President Donald Trump has been accused of encouraging racist attacks. He even made reference to the white supreacist group Proud Boys during a debate with Joe Biden. 

“Proud Boys? Stand back and stand by,” he said when asked to denounce white supremacy.

“I’m ok, y’all, but this shit is not ok. Vote this muthaf—– out. For real,” Garza tweeted. 

Meanwhile, Garza’s soon-to-be released book, “The Purpose of Power,” details her path to activism. During an interview with “Sunday Morning” contributor Mark Whitaker about her book, she was asked about criticism that Black Lives Matter is simply a social media movement. 

Garza responded, “The story of movements is not about how many people follow you on social media. It’s about how many people will step forward. And you can have a million followers on Twitter and not get one person to step forward and take action!”

“So, is the leader or the founder of one of the most famous social media movements of the modern era telling us that social media isn’t everything?” asked Whitaker.

“Well, I can tell you, as the founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, which is now considered to be the largest protest movement in history, that hashtags do not start movements. People do.”

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