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  • erinschrode


If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention.

Executing a human during a routine traffic stop is never okay; having a gun is no reason to be shot at point blank range. One should to have to defend those facts.

The indiscriminate deaths of black men and women in our country is a national disgrace. Police killed 346 black people in the United States in 2015. And now, two have rightfully caught the attention of the world. I'll forever know exactly where I was when I saw the horrific videos of ‪#‎AltonSterling‬ and ‪#‎PhilandoCastile‬ being murdered on camera, horrors seared into my mind.

Respect life; end injustice; restore broken trust; demand accountability; affect social change; reform criminal justice; turn anger into ACTION.

This is NOT about political correctness; this is about being an American, a human being. President Obama’s words could not ring more true: "To admit we've got a serious problem in no way contradicts our respect and appreciation for the vast majority of police officers who put their lives on the line to protect us every single day. It is to say that, as a nation, we can and must do better to institute the best practices that reduce the appearance or reality of racial bias in law enforcement."

Also, a probing question: where is the NRA on this? Philando Castile – a legal gun owner with a concealed carry permit – was shot for doing precisely what one is supposed to do in that given situation.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. And America, we've quite a few things that matter — one being the fact that ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬.


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