Black Lives Matter

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Black Lives Matter Protests Continue Around Detroit
Protests Continue At Capitol In Denver In Aftermath To Death Of George Floyd
Protests Continue At Capitol In Denver In Aftermath To Death Of George Floyd
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Black Lives Matter Protests Continue Around Detroit

While we don’t typically weigh in on the state of America, what has transpired since the completely avoidable and inexcusable death of George Floyd, we cannot NOT bring light to the events that have unfolded since then. Black lives do matter.

98 percent of the protesters that have taken place in protests around the country over the last four days have been peaceful. It is the 2 percent that has been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The majority of the 2 percent of protesters who have been inciting violence, looting, and destroying property have been white.

Members of the various police forces and the National Guard around the country have played a large part in the escalation of violence. While the mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio actually and unbelievably said, he didn’t “blame” police for driving into protestors. I mean, seriously, what the fuck?

There is no reason why police officers and the national guard have to:

plow into a group of protestors with their vehicles
push an elderly man walking with a cane to the ground
pull down the face mask of a protestor and spray them with mace shooting paint gun pellets at people’s homes to make them go inside
to shove protestors from behind who are just walking down the street spraying someone identifying themselves as a medic with mace
pelting peaceful protestors and the press with rubber bullets and mace

The list goes on and on.

These cities had curfews in place last night due to the violence of the 2%:

CALIFORNIA
Beverly Hills
Los Angeles

COLORADO
Denver

FLORIDA
Miami

GEORGIA
Atlanta

ILLINOIS
Chicago

KENTUCKY
Louisville

MINNESOTA
Minneapolis
St. Paul

NEW YORK
Rochester

OHIO
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus
Dayton
Toledo

OREGON
Eugene
Portland

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh

SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston
Columbia

TENNESSEE
Nashville
UTAH

Salt Lake City
WASHINGTON
Seattle

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee

Listen to these voices. This is what the protests are about. Not looting a Nordstroms. Not burning down an AutoZone. No spraying graffiti at The Grove. These words our powerful.

Listen

These are some of the incidents that were mentioned above (and others not mentioned) involving the police and national guard stoking the flames and inciting violence.

These videos clearly show that it is not the actual protestors who are doing the looting and destruction. Those who are using the protest to make the protestors look bad.

America is broken. We need healing. We need empathy. We need justice. We need leadership.

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