Protests, bigotry, fear, hate fuel post-election acts

Dismayed protesters make their voices heard at Trump Tower in New York.

Dismayed protesters make their voices heard at Trump Tower, as they march, scream, cry and remain dazed at the shocking election results.

By Carmen and Charles Glover

As the streets of America continue to roil with protesters marching to voice their sense of disgust with the election results of Nov 8,, which saw a split outcome–former secretary of state Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote, meaning she had more votes cast for her–and President-elect Donald Trump winning the electoral college that ultimately determines the president, the psyche of the American populace continues to be exceedingly unsettled,

Protesters are consistent with their message.

Protesters are consistent with their message of concern for a broad swath of residents who were targeted by President-elect Donald Trump at various points during the election cycle.

The results of the election were shocking to many people in and out of the United States with millions of millennials who were angry that Senator Bernie Sanders lost to Clinton deciding to vote for Trump or to abstain from voting, only to have a change of heart the morning after, just like the British reaction after their Brexit vote. Regardless of your opinion of Donald Trump, he will be the 45th President of the United States. Reactions around the country to the election results are varied but passionate. The question many are asking is: What’s next?

Anti-Trump Protests have sprung up across the country with no signs of abating.

Anti-Trump Protests have sprung up across the country with no signs of abating as Americans give voice to their feelings of anger, despair, fear, hopelessness and disappointment.

In 2010, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was brutally frank as his summed up his plan for Republicans should they assume control of the Senate.

“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” he declared, staring intently into the television cameras as the media snapped away.

Clearly that was not a message calling for cooperation or understanding. In 2012 after President Obama was re-elected, current President-elect Donald Trump stated that President Obama’s re-election was a “total sham and a travesty…. We are not a democracy!”

Protester is not shy to express her feelings.

Protester is not shy to express her feelings, while others march, shout and take selfies.

The consistent tendency of Republicans when they do not get their way is to complain about the legitimacy of the results, threaten anarchy and collaborate among themselves to put the country on a path to peril, ruin, racism and volatility. Their approach is:The Republican way or vengeance, spite, suffering, racism, insults and pain.

However, now that a Republican candidate has won the election, the same hypocritical and two-faced Republicans are demanding that the rest of the electorate show understanding and accept the results, without giving voice to the collective trauma, shock and despair that the mere thought of a President Donald Trump holds for so many people.

Protesters give voice to their anguish.

Protesters give voice to their anguish, some waving their gay pride flags as they walk somberly.

Trump becoming President will not address the many ills that plague our society: Issues such as economic, healthcare, housing and educational disparity, systemic racism, judicial prejudice and the expanding school-to-prison pipeline that puts young black children on a path to prison through excessive and prejudicial suspensions that ultimately result in them dropping out of school and taking to lives in the streets.

Trump’s disdain for the poor and disenfranchised is legendary and was on full display throughout the election cycle. Nevertheless, both white men and women as well as a large Latino segment, voted overwhelmingly for the real estate businessman, reality star and serial insult generator.

Protesters at Trump Tower.

Protesters at Trump Tower, express their feelings of hurt, disappoint and fear due to the election results.

But while his supporters are quick to suggest that everyone else accept Trump, the protesters are very united in chanting “Not my president” and “We reject the president-elect,” as tears stream down their faces and the heartbreak they feel renders them hopeless, scared and inconsolable.

In dismissing Trump, retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Trump “fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate,” and described him as a “sexual predator who lost the popular vote.”

Anger, Anguish and Despair are etched across the faces of protesters as they voice their displeasure with the election results.

Anger, anguish and despair are etched across the faces of protesters as they voice their displeasure with the election results.

Not to be outdone, the usually reticent San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich did not mince words, and said the following:

“We live in a country that ignored all those values that we would hold our kids accountable for. I’m a rich white guy, and I’m sick to my stomach thinking about it. I can’t imagine being a Muslim right now, a woman, or an African-American, a Hispanic, a handicapped person. How disenfranchised they might feel. And for anyone in those groups that voted for him, it’s just beyond my comprehension how they ignore all that. My big fear is that we are Rome.”

Protesters show no signs of slowing down as they try to come to terms with the election results.

Protesters show no signs of slowing down as they try to come to terms with the election results.

While Clinton licks her wounds and examines the entire scope of why she lost the electoral college and presidency–her deep-seated arrogance, her inability to appeal to the masses despite Herculean campaign efforts by an impressive cadre of supporters including President and First Lady Obama, her primary opponent Senator Bernie Sanders, VP Joe Biden and a host of celebrities, her lack of trustworthiness and most significantly, issues outside of her control such as the campaign waged by legislative Republicans with assistance from FBI Director James Comey, white women refusing to support her despite African-American women and African-American men enveloping her in love and support—Trump has been busy meeting with President Obama and the Republican leaders.

Now that all branches of the government–executive, legislative and judiciary—are in Republican hands, let us sit back and watch where they take the country that President Obama brought back from recession, the country that President Obama’s efforts resulted in universal healthcare, a country that is caught up in a cycle of racism and hatred, a country where intolerance and bigotry have been unleashed with abandon because the chief proponent of those divisive and ugly sentiments will now hold the top title in the land.

Yes, let us watch, let us support those who protest, let us have dialogue, let us learn to advocate for our issues, our agendas and our communities–OnPointPress-net– 

 

Vote Nov. 8 like your life depends on it, because it does!

voteIn this presidential election on Tuesday, November 8, I intend to cast my vote, confident that my action will be instrumental in making a difference. I will vote because not too long ago women did not have that very important right. I will vote because too many of my African-American ancestors were demeaned, disenfranchised, brutalized and murdered because they wanted to exercise a right that is as basic as eating, breathing and sleeping. I an unconcerned with polls or rhetoric, I am more interested in encouraging each registered voter to cast their vote as a true reflection of democracy, free will and choice.

Peaceful marchers were left beaten, bloody and killed on March 7, 1965 as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in their quest to gain the right to vote.

Peaceful marchers were left beaten, bloody and killed on March 7, 1965 as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in their quest to gain the right to vote.

Regardless of the party you choose to support, know this: unless you vote you do not have a voice. In the African-American community, it is especially common to hear the admonition “Our people bled and died to give us the right to vote.” That is a stark yet accurate assessment. It is impossible for you to influence the direction of the country, your state, city and judiciary if you sit on the sidelines complaining about what is dysfunctional, while choosing to refrain from participating to effect change.

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Whether your issue of interest is the economy, immigration, education, police brutality or the impasse created and cemented by a ‘combative, do nothing Congress’ make your voice heard, exercise your franchise and vote. The quality of life of the nation, which President Barack Obama has championed during his time in office, is at stake.

The polls are open on Tuesday, November 8, from 6:00 a..m. until 9:00 p.m. For those who took advantage of the chance to vote early:congratulations!.–OnPointPress.net–

Should domestic abuse get more attention?

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By Charles Glover, Jr.

I believe that the current US system in place for dealing with domestic violence is broken and needs to be fixed. It is a complex and at times difficult to address domestic violence, but our country goes overboard to address issues it deems serious. Can we honestly say our country is doing the best it can to combat domestic violence?

Unites States Attorney General Loretta Lynch has been vocal about putting an end to domestic violence.

Unites States Attorney General Loretta Lynch has been vocal about putting an end to domestic violence.

The United States Department of Justice defines domestic violence as “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.”

The expansive definition of domestic violence should help illustrate the complexity of coping with such a widespread issue. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the concerns regarding the system currently in place to deal with domestic violence seem to be rising.

New York Giants kicker Josh Brown, who was suspended 1 game to begin the season for domestic violence, is having his case reexamined by the NFL after more information surfaced regarding domestic violence against his now ex-wife.

New York Giants kicker Josh Brown, who was suspended 1 game to begin the season for domestic violence, is having his case reexamined by the NFL after more information surfaced regarding domestic violence against his now ex-wife.

Another NFL player, this time New York Giants kicker Josh Brown, is in the headlines following the release of reports of domestic violence claims from his now ex-wife. The NBA regular season will start in a few days, but Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison will not be available for the first 8 games as he serves his suspension for domestic violence against his girlfriend. And as excited as Chicago Cubs fans are to be in the World Series, it is possible the last outs of the series could be recorded by their closer Aroldis Chapman, who began this season serving a 30-game suspension for allegations of domestic violence against his girlfriend.

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These athletes garner extra scrutiny for their acts of domestic violence but the issue itself is unfortunately still viewed as a task too large to handle. While the question on many people’s minds is how do we put an end to domestic violence, the greater question is why don’t we treat domestic violence the way we treat child abuse and neglect?

Attorneys and law enforcement officials often assert that their greatest challenge in prosecuting alleged perpetrators of domestic violence is lack of evidence or cooperation from the alleged victims. This is an understandable roadblock, however what is incomprehensible is that the federal or state government has not found a way to circumvent this obstacle. We have countless examples in this country of people finding a way to address serious concerns.

Mary Ellen McCormack, showing visible scars of abuse at age 10 in this picture, was the nation's first widely recognized case of child abuse.

Mary Ellen McCormack, showing visible scars of abuse at age 10 in this picture, was the nation’s first widely recognized case of child abuse.

Take for example the case of Mary Ellen McCormack. Mary Ellen was born in 1864 in New York City, but due to her father’s death and mother’s inability to care for her, became a foster child at the age of two. Her foster-mother Mary Connolly, was eventually investigated and convicted for abuse of Mary Ellen which included daily beatings, malnutrition and numerous malicious and neglectful actions. This landmark case in 1874 for child abuse was largely made possible because of laws that existed against the inhumane treatment of animals. That’s correct.

Henry Bergh and Elbridge Thomas Gerry of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) helped ensure that Mary Ellen was removed from her foster home before the trial and handled her legal case as well. After having success with the case, and having formed the ASPCA in 1866, they helped form the first child abuse and neglect agency in the country, the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC).

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This story highlights the struggles America has had in providing systemic protection for those in need in our country. The formation of the NYSPCC in 1874 was a positive step for beginning to deal with child abuse but it would take another century for the federal government to enact legislation on the issue with the passing of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act in 1974.

There is no disputing the difficulties associated with trying to help people dealing with domestic violence but there needs to be greater urgency in the matter. For those brave enough to seek help, they are faced with limited options. A restraining order is not accompanied by around the clock police surveillance or protection. Shelters and hotlines are helpful but they require the victims to assume all of the initial risk in seeking assistance.

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There should be a statewide agency for domestic violence that is modeled after each state’s child protective services to allow the community to be better equipped to assist those in need. These agencies should investigate, monitor, and take action against allegations of domestic violence in the same manner they are supposed to for child abuse. It is clear the criminal justice system alone is ill-equipped to make the strides necessary to drastically reduce domestic violence. The time has come to move past creating awareness and start creating solutions.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a senior writer for OnPointPress.net and aspiring author. Follow me on Twitter @GloverIsGood.

Jamaica takes part in Pretoria’s GRULAC

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Children participate in the Film Festival.

The Jamaican High Commission in Pretoria participated in the 2016 Film Festival hosted by the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries with Diplomatic Representation in South Africa (GRULAC).  The Festival was held from Thursday,October  6 to Sunday, October 9 at the Open Window Institute for Arts and Digital Sciences in Centurion, South Africa.

Jamaica, the only English-speaking country of the 10 participants this year, screened 3 short films from the JAMPRO/JAFTAPropella Initiative.These films, “Origins”, written and directed by Kurt Wright, “Shoot the Girl”, written by Anthony Hendriks and directed by Natalie Thompson, and “Shock Value”, written and directed by Adrian Lopez, were shot on location in Jamaica with a 100 percent Jamaican crew, 100 percent Jamaican talent, and 100 percent Jamaican production service companies.

Children perform at the festival.

Children perform at the Film Festival.

High Commissioner, H.E. Cheryl Spencer, used the opportunity provided by the Festival to promote the work of the Jamaican Film Commission and highlight Jamaica’s award winning participation in International film festivals to date. She indicated that the High Commission would be working to facilitate the participation of the South African film industry in the 2017 Jamaica Film Festival.

Throughout the festival, and prior to the screening of the Jamaican films, patrons were able to view a short promotional video highlighting the country as a venue for film production and showcasing the many popular films which have been shot on location in Jamaica over the years. The Jamaican contribution to the Film Festival was very warmly received as evidenced by the enthusiastic response at the end of the film presentation and the many questions which High Commission staff received  from patrons before and after the screening.--OnPointPress.net

Jamaica’s AG inspires, guests shine, at Manning’s Ball in New York City

Here is the press release and two pictures of the Manning's Ball where Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte was honored. Thanks for your support. Carmen Glover, Acting PR Officer MPSA-NY Captions: 1. L-R: MPSA Immediate Past President Mr. Kevin K.O. Sangster, Esq., joins MPSA New President Dr. Paulette Porteous-Cole in presenting an award to Jamaica's Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte at the MPSA's 28th Anniversary Reunion Ball, held at Eastwood Manor, on Saturday, October 15, 2016. 2. Jamaica's Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte poses with some of the members of the MPSA past and current Board.

L-R: MPSA Immediate Past President Mr. Kevin K.O. Sangster, Esq., joins MPSA New President Dr. Paulette Porteous-Cole in presenting an award to Jamaica’s Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte at the MPSA’s 28th Anniversary Reunion Ball, held at Eastwood Manor, on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

10/17/16, NY:  Jamaica’s Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, M.P. Q.C., J.P., delivered a searing, inspiring speech on Saturday, October 15 as guest of honor at the 28th annual anniversary reunion ball organized by the New York chapter of Manning’s Past Students Association (MPSA).

“Give back to your country and your school,” she urged the attendees at the event, while providing a road map of her journey from the small town of Paul Island, Westmoreland to her current position as the nation’s chief attorney. “Growing up in Jamaica, going to America was never my goal, even though I ended up studying at two prestigious universities in America,” she said.

Media Professional/MPSA-NY Acting PR Officer/Editorial Director of OnPointPress.net Carmen Glover, who chaired the Ball, poses with her daughter, Ms. Samara Brown, Teacher's Assistant/Marketing Coordinator at OnPointPress.net.

Media Professional/MPSA-NY Acting PR Officer/Editorial Director of OnPointPress.net Carmen Glover, who chaired the Ball, poses with her daughter, Ms. Samara Brown, Teacher’s Assistant/Marketing Coordinator at OnPointPress.net.

She spoke about the fulfillment she derives from living a life of service. She also spoke glowingly about her experiences at her alma mater, where she was named head girl due to her exemplary conduct and impressive academic credentials. “I remember getting the highest score on a test but my teacher, Mr. Revel, was not impressed,” she stated, explaining that he admonished her to strive for better since she was capable of producing at a higher level than her test reflected.

Educator/MPSA-NY Acting Secretary Ms. Elaine Jarrett, takes time out from ushering guests to their seats, to pose for a picture at the Manning's Reunion Ball.

Dedicated Educator/MPSA-NY Acting Secretary Ms. Elaine Jarrett, takes time out from ushering guests to their seats, to pose for a picture at the Manning’s Reunion Ball.

Peppering her remarks with humorous anecdotes, including a dramatic rendering of Miss Lou’s poems that detailed Jamaicans’ penchant for inheriting American accents even if they only visit for a brief time, the attorney general was charming, comfortable and smooth in her delivery. Meanwhile, the guests listened raptly, joining her on the journey as she extolled the virtues of kindness, humility, determination, striving for excellence and demonstrating commitment to helping those who are less fortunate.

In his welcoming remarks, immediate past president Kevin K.O. Sangster, Esq. described the ball as “our signature calendar event, the proceeds of which will go toward supporting ongoing projects at our own dear Manning’s School. As an alumni association, our work over the years has largely been to support our alma mater.” Sangster provided an overview of the achievements that defined his tenure.

2. Jamaica's Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte poses with some of the members of the MPSA past and current Board.

Jamaica’s Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte poses with some of the members of the MPSA past and current Board.

“Under my presidency, the New York Chapter took on, for instance, the renovation of the school’s Home Economics Center as a key project. We completed phase one last December, improving the Food and Nutrition department into a room befitting a school of Manning’s caliber, and we are now getting ready to complete phase two, the Clothing and Textiles, department, having successfully raised funds to do so.”

Incoming president, Dr. Paulette Porteous-Cole acknowledged the hard work and commitment of the board members and the importance of guests making a sustained effort to support the chapter’s events. At the same time, Dr. Porteous-Cole indicated that one of her main priorities during her tenure was to make a more cohesive outreach to more recent alumni.

Media veterans/Manning's Alums Ms. Virginia Turner, former editor of the Jamaica Gleaner-NA and Ms. Carmen Glover, Former Press Attache, Consulate General of Jamaica-NY/Acting PR Officer,MPSA-NY pose at the Ball.

Media veterans/Manning’s Alums Ms. Virginia Turner, former editor of the Jamaica Gleaner-NA and Ms. Carmen Glover, Former Press Attache, Consulate General of Jamaica-NY/Acting PR Officer,MPSA-NY pose at the Ball.

“As your new president one of my goals is to motivate and encourage our recent graduates to participate in ongoing and future projects affiliated with Manning’s,” she said. “I am also looking forward to re-engage different year groups to participate in our newly revised activities in whatever way they choose to adapt.”

Dr. Cole thanked the members of the media who dedicated print, digital and broadcast time and space to “promote our event so that it is successful.” She also announced the door prize winner and, with assistance from the immediate past president Sangster, presented the attorney general with a beautiful plaque in honor of her distinguished career achievements and service to Jamaica and her alma mater.

Ms. Samara Brown, Teacher's Assistant/Marketing Coordinator at OnPointPress.net, assists MPSA-NY President in choosing the winning ticket for the door prize.

Ms. Samara Brown, Teacher’s Assistant/Marketing Coordinator at OnPointPress.net, assists MPSA-NY President in choosing the winning ticket for the door prize.

The ball was held at Eastwood Manor, in the Bronx, with tickets sold for a modest price. The event was well-attended with an almost capacity crowd. Media professional and acting public relations officer for the chapter, Ms. Carmen Brown Glover, chaired the program. Current and former board members including co-founder of the organization Mr. Anton Tomlinson, Mr. Rupert Thompson, treasurer; Ms. Elaine Jarrett, acting secretary; Ms. Wilma Wynter, Mrs. Jackie Josephs-Haughton and Mrs. Marjorie Foster-Amos attended the event.

The gate prize of a two-person vacation was provided by Fun Holiday Beach Hotel, located in Negril, Jamaica. Arielle Clarke, the daughter of an alumna, performed two songs, while Jugglaz International with DJ Andrew provided the music.–OnPointPress.net–

 

 

                                                                                                                     

 

 

Brooklyn BP donates $500,000 to Southside United H.D.F.C for senior housing

 

(L-R): Southside United HDFC-Los Sures Executive Director Mr. Ramon Peguero accepts a donation of $5000,000 on behalf of the organization from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, on Thursday, October 13. The presentation was made at a press conference convened by the Borough President as part of his office's One Brooklyn initiative. the donation will be used to develop Rheingold Senior Housing units in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. "Every New Yorker deserves a safe place to raise healthy children and families, and the unlawful over-charging of rent cannot, and will not, be permitted to be an obstacle to that aim," the Borough President said in making the donation. Southside United HDFC-Los Sures isa 44-year-old nonprofit with a long history of providing affordable housing to residents of north Brooklyn.

(L-R): Southside United HDFC-Los Sures Executive Director Mr. Ramon Peguero accepts a donation of $500,000 on behalf of the organization from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, on Thursday, October 13. The presentation was made at a press conference convened by the Borough President as part of his office’s One Brooklyn initiative. the donation will be used to develop Rheingold Senior Housing units in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. “Every New Yorker deserves a safe place to raise healthy children and families, and the unlawful over-charging of rent cannot, and will not, be permitted to be an obstacle to that aim,” the Borough President said in making the donation. Southside United HDFC-Los Sures is a 44-year-old nonprofit with a long history of providing affordable housing to residents of north Brooklyn.-Photo by Montserrat Diaz.

Brooklyn, NY:  On Thursday, October 13, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams convened a press conference at a neighborhood church in Crown Heights, where he donated $500,000 to Southside United HDFC-Los Sures, a 44-year-old nonprofit with a long history of providing affordable housing to the residents of north Brooklyn.

Southside United HDFC Executive Director Mr. Ramon Peguero accepted the donation on behalf of the organization. The donation was made as part of the Borough President’s One Brooklyn Initiative and the funds will be used to develop Rheingold Senior Housing units in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

“I am humbled and grateful for this donation to Southside United HDFC-Los Sures. We take great pride in creating affordable housing for the residents of North Brooklyn and it is encouraging to have the work of the organization recognized and supported by the Borough President,” said Mr. Peguero. “I look forward to continuing the work to ensure that more housing units are available to residents who need them.”

“Every New Yorker deserves a safe place to raise healthy children and families, and the unlawful over-charging of rent cannot, and will, not be permitted to be an obstacle to that aim,” the Borough President said. “I will continue to pursue all avenues to advance the welfare of tenants in our borough, particularly those being abused or harassed by unscrupulous landlords.”

During the press conference, donations were made to other faith-based organizations with a goal of building a total of 154 housing units throughout Crown Heights in 2017, thereby creating the largest energy-efficient housing development in Brooklyn while ensuring enhanced affordability.

“As this community changes and Brooklyn becomes popular, the popularity must turn into prosperity for every Brooklynite who was here during the difficult years. I’d like to say we were here before Starbucks. We should stay and buy Starbucks,” Borough President Adams said.–OnPointPress.net—

 

Will social, sports activism lead to systemic change?

By kneeling during a celebrated custom in America's favorite sport, Colin Kaepernick has spear-headed a modern message of social activism.

By kneeling during the singing of the National Anthem, a routine custom to tip-off sports games in America, San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has spear-headed a modern method of social activism.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

One month after NFL reporter Steve Wyche brought San Francisco 49ers’ Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest to light, the conversation surrounding the motive and method of his actions continue to surge. While some are still debating whether the protest is offensive or not, many have joined the cause to highlight the disparity in the treatment of people of color, particularly unarmed black men, by the police.

After making his intentions clear, Kaepernick's profile increased enough to land him on the cover of October's Time magazine. His popularity has also grown as his soaring jersey sales clearly prove.

After making his intentions clear, Colin Kaepernick’s profile increased enough to land him on the cover of the Time magazine for the first week in October. His popularity has also grown and his g jersey sales continue to soar.

Kaepernick has been clear that the motive for his actions is to create dialogue and bring awareness to the issue of police brutality and misconduct, especially towards people of color. He also stated, “There’s a lot of people who don’t want to have this conversation. You know they’re scared they might lose their job or they might not get endorsements, they might not be treated the same way. And those are things I’m prepared to handle.”

There was no way to predict the reaction to Kaepernick’s stance, yet the amount of support he has received has to be encouraging to people who are tired of seeing people of color die at the hands of the police, who are paid to protect them. When police murder unarmed black and Latino civilians without facing any consequence they send a message that the lives that they take lack value due to their skin color.

Countless others have joined the cause to bring awareness to the unjust treatment of people of color.

Countless others have joined the cause to bring awareness to the unjust treatment of people of color.

Kaepernick has done what many who support the BlackLivesMatter movement have been trying to do for months, simplify the message with a simple, non-violent gesture of protest. His jersey has become a symbol, no longer celebrating the San Francisco 49ers and their rich NFL history, but of a person willing to face adversity to make a stand for the greater good. To date, over 50 NFL players have joined the protest by kneeling or raising a fist during the anthem. Countless athletes across other sports have also made the same gesture and the statement has been made in classrooms as well as political forums.

While the protest receives the headlines, there seems to be positive action resulting from the heightened attention. According to statistics revealed by reporters Ken Klippenstein and Paul Gottinger, “A Gallup poll conducted in July showed confidence in police is at a 22-year low.” The same publication highlights that the rate of police indictments have increased by 5 times over the last 5 plus months.

Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby (left) was indicted within a week of the shooting death of Terrence Crutcher (right).

Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby (left) was indicted within a week of the shooting death of Terrence Crutcher (right).

The swift indictment of Tulsa police officer Betty Jo Shelby after she killed Terrence Crutcher, an unarmed black man whose vehicle broke down in the middle of the street last week, instead of helping him get his vehicle towed so that he could go home to his family, shows an ebbing tide away from the days of simply taking the police’s word in these tragic events.

As Kaepernick and other social activists continue to shine the light on injustice in this area, it’s possible that sustained activism will result in enough positive change that will, in turn, help to address other major social issues that plague the nation.–OnPointPress.net