In this beautiful video, Prince Ea tells us to reject labels and be as one, chosing love over war and assessing people’s value from who we are, not what we look like.
Freddy Gray, a young African American from Baltimore, died last week from serious injuries that he got while being transported in a police van.
There have been protest marches in Baltimore, some turning violent as rioters broke shop windows, attacked the police and burnt cars. Other members of the Baltimore community have called for peace.
Marches have now been led in memory of Freddie Gray, demanding justice, in other American cities.
At the Grammy Awards ceremony, several artists paid tribute to the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which honours the memory of young Black men who were killed in the past months or year. Here is a short mashup of these tributes :
Pharrell Williams’s song “Happy”, which won three awards, was sung to a background of young Black men wearing hoodies, like 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who was killed as he was peacefully walking near his sister’s home after buying candy and soda. Trayvon’s killer was not convicted. A “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” demonstration was done during his performance. Williams thus payed homage to late 18-year old, unarmed Michael Brown who was shot by the police in August 2014.
Beyonce sang the gospel song “Precious Lord Take My Hand” to a backing choir of Black men in white suits, their hands up in the same homage gesture.
Prince made a statement, saying “albums matter, like books and Black lives matter”, refering to the Black Lives Matter movement.
An anti-Islam group in San Francisco had put up ads on city buses. Street artists have fought racism by covering them up with their art, using Marvel superhero Muslim girl’s image.
People in New York City and Washington DC have protested yesterday against police violence which recently killed several Black persons.
Those marches show young and old, Black and White, together in their demands for more equality and less violence by the police.
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Wednesday night, a grand jury in New York City refused to indict police officers in the killing of Eric Garner, a man who died after officers used an illegal chokehold on him. The decision set off protests across the country.Some in Congress have already expressed their solidarity with Garner.
Hank Johnson, the sponsor of legislation to curb police militarization, made a moving tribute to Garner, including the phrase, “I can’t breathe” between each statement—the phrase Eric Garner said as he was being strangled, and which has since become a rallying cry for protesters.
The word “redskins” is a racist word to call American Indians. Yet the Washington American football team uses it as its nickname. Many people think that they should change their name, or that it should be banned from TV.
The objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”
Individuals and organisations are free to participate in Internaitonal Mandela Day as they wish.
You can find your way to spend 67 minutes on Mandela Day (July 18th) to help others and make a better world!
You have over two weeks to prepare for Mandela Day…
Here is a link to the official website where you can register your personal action :
Affirmative action means giving an advantage to categories of people who have been underpriviledged for too long. See why this is fair :
This project asks young black kids to impersonate somebody who can inspire them because of what they achieved as African Americans.
Ms. Gibson describes her videos: “It’s about empowering these kids and injecting this new wave of self-esteem and self-worth by understanding what’s already been done, what’s being done, and what can be done.”
Other videos in this project :
There is an American football team which call themselves the “Redskins”. Many people think this is an offensive name for American Indians and they want this team to change their name. This ad was made to ask for a change to be made, but the NFL (American National Football League) refused to show it during the Superbowl.