The KKK and BPP held protests outside of South Carolina State Capitol on Saturday, July 17, 2015. Both groups confronted each other and bringing their anger. For weeks now the KKK has been promising a march on the Capital. Each side was chanting “Black Power” or “White Power”. The KKK was shouting that this is their country and that the Blacks need to leave this country. There were five arrests on Saturday. Seven people were transported by ambulances for medical treatment per CNN news.
The KKK was protesting due to the confederate flag coming down last week. The KKK felt that it was an insult to take the flag down because they are saying that a lot of Americans died under that flag. The confederate flag has been flying over the State Capital for half a century. There were over 2,000 attendees at this rally.
During this protest there was a White supremacist that was an older man who needed help to get out the sun and a Black police officer by the name of Leroy Smith helped him to get shade and out of the sun per Yahoo news. The picture has gone viral and I am adding the picture of Leroy Smith helping the older gentlemen and the picture of the BPP confronting the KKK for your review. I feel that the confederate flag should have come down when the South agreed to join the union. I also feel that African-Americans in South Carolina are used to another way of life.
We see there is a huge Christian community that believes in forgiveness after the murder of 9 African-Americans in mid-July 2015 at the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina. I don’t think that these murders or forgiveness would have happen in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., or Detroit. I understand forgiveness is important but I would have liked to see more anger, protests for injustice, and not quick forgiveness. I have been to South Carolina and saw firsthand of the confederate flag hanging at the State Capital. After seeing it firsthand I tried to understand how African-Americans can live and work in a state that doesn’t appear to see them as their equals.
I was happy to see the BPP attending the protest because I have been wondering if African-Americans are just content with living in a racist state. I don’t think riots should happen but I would have loved to see people speak up against the government and speak out in the media about the real deal in South Carolina. I do believe that the rule in South Carolina after talking to some folks from that state is to not start any trouble, work hard, attend school, and attend church. South Carolina is a bible state and Christianity is huge in white and black churches.
I know for a fact that I could never live in that state because I would not turn the other cheek in this type of situation.I would love to hear other folk’s opinions and viewpoints on South Carolina. Do you believe that the African-Americans should be standing and demanding change in that state along with showing a little more anger? What is your feelings on the BPP and KKK protests on Saturday and Mr. Leroy Smith helping the older White supremacist? Also, what is you take on the limited coverage on Dylan Roof who killed the nine African-Americans last month?
There are several issues that President Obama could focus on when meeting with President Buhari from Monday,July 20th-Thursday,July 24th. Like attacking Boko Haram, finding the 200 missing girls that came up missing in spring 2014, building a strong foreign relationship, Ebola vaccines, and to fight against fraud and terrorism. I am hoping that President Obama doesn’t take this time to force his same sex marriage viewpoints onto President Buhari. This is not the time or place for this type of meeting! I am hoping that President Obama welcomes the new President of Nigeria with truly open arms. Gay marriage is now legal in the United States but President Obama needs to clean up all racial hatred and crimes that are happening to people of color in the United States before he goes and tells another country how to act!
Nigeria is a very religious country with over 50% of the country being Muslim and 50% being Christian. These kind of conversations are not acceptable in this country. I would say start slow in this country with any conversation regarding gay and lesbian relationships to be allowed in this country. Nigeria has one of the largest population of Muslims in West Africa. Nigeria is a beautiful country with several tribes and languages. This country has an estimated 175 million people in it’s country and it’s estimated to be over 200 million in 2020. Nigerians are very smart people and many hold Bachelor’s degrees, Masters’s degrees, and PhD’s. President Obama really needs to respect the new President of Nigeria because we need a positive relationship with Africa as a whole and Nigeria is one of the main countries with a lot of respect within the continent.
I am praying that this first sit down meeting between the two leaders go very well and that they can build a good relationship which would be good for both countries. People have to remember especially President Obama that Africa and the Middle East are very different in a lot of ways and that these countries are no longer under British rule anymore so stop trying to force them to do things that they don’t agree with! I doubt President Buhari could come to the United States and make us change, so why do it to Nigeria!
This is just my two cents on observing the upcoming meeting between the two leaders that will happen next week. I will be following this story because it’s interesting and I have great respect for both leaders. I would love to hear from people in Nigeria about this upcoming meeting.
There are many African-American women that are getting hurt and killed everyday yet no one is standing up on their behalf! This type of brutality needs to stop now! Where are all the so-called African-American leaders and community activists? America isn’t equal until everyone is treated fair!
I haven’t seen many African-American celebrities or athletes speak out against the injustice that is happening across the United States. It’s disappointing and it’s makes me wonder why the hell do I support these celebrities if they don’t support their own community! Let me know what your thoughts are on this topic.
What really happen to Sandy Bland? Sandy was a 28 year-old woman who had her whole life ahead of her. She was pulled over by a State Trooper on Friday, July 10th,2015 for improper signaling of a lane change. During the stop, she allegedly assaulted a police officer. A bystander’s video of the arrest was posted onto YouTube. It shows several police officers standing over Bland while she is on the ground, arguing with them about why they’re being so rough. At one point, she can be heard saying, “You just slammed my head into the ground. Do you not even care about that?” She also thanks the man recording the incident for filming as she is led to a police cruiser.The Waller County Sheriff’s Office says that Bland was found in her cell Monday morning, three days after her arrest. She was “not breathing from what appears to be self-inflicted asphyxiation,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.
Again, we are to believe that this woman who had a promising future and who showed no serious depression warnings to family and friends just decided to take her life? This whole situation looks very suspicious to me. Was she in the jail cell alone? You mean to tell me that she showed no signs of serious depression especially being locked up? I think there is more to this case! Where are all the black civil rights leaders, community activists, and black media? Why are people sitting on this? The only concerned people have been Sandy’s family, friends, and her sorority which is Sigma Gamma Rho. We need to start holding law enforcement and these so-called civil rights leaders accountable! Tell me your thoughts on this situation.
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