...It's way past anger. It's way past sadness. It's way past disappointment
It's reached beyond madness...
Philando Castile was shot and killed in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, on July 6, 2016 by St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez... this happened during a traffic stop. Immediately following the multiple shots that struck Philando, with him bleeding in the car, His fiance Diamond Reynolds live streamed via "Facebook LIVE". Philando's 4 year old daughter was in the back seat all the while... witnessing the entire sequence.
It's way beyond sadness.
The officer approached the pulled over car. When asked for his identification Philando reached for his wallet and told the officer that he was licensed to carry a concealed weapon and had one in the car ". The officer then told Philando not to move and upon attempting to put his hands back up in the air he was shot... multiple times. Castile was 32 years old and worked at (and was considered a saint at) the Saint Paul Public School District since 2002. He worked in the Nutrition Service Department since he was 19 years old. A definite role model to HUNDREDS of kids, who called him "Mr. Phil", he memorized the names of these 500 children he served every day, along with their food allergies. Two years ago he was promoted to a supervisor position and was currently working at the school for the summer session. His co-workers all agreed that he was overqualified for his job but his heart and soul kept him happily taking his position very seriously. He fed these children... everyday... and these children looked up to him with utmost respect.
It is way past disappointment.
"Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based
national organization working for the validity of Black life.
We are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement.
This is Not a Moment, but a Movement."
#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society. Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.
On Thursday, July 14th, Thousands of mourners arrived at the Cathedral of St. Paul under the grand dome to pay their respects. While dozens of mourners lined the sidewalk Castile's casket arrived on a horse-drawn carriage and some people had even joined in the forty minute procession. The skies were dark... it looked like rain. There was a mixture of age, race and gender who attended the funeral but the message was one of solidarity. The ceremony swayed from uplifting and spirit raising Baptist preaching to the standing rituals of the Catholic Church. Local dignitaries including St. Paul's Mayor, a Congressman and two U.S. Senators. Rev John Ubel stated that the mourners have gathered "as people UNITED in the HOPE that God intends the FUTURE to be better than the present."...
~After the ceremony the casket was placed back on the hosre-drawn carriage and Philandro was taken away for a private burial. Just before the departure a black man and a white woman reached across the casket together and arranged an array of red and white roses.
~Upon leaving the cathedral the Paulbearers raised their fists to the skies~
...It is FAR beyond sadness.
Snoop Dogg, The Game, Bloods, Crips, Nation of Islam and hundreds of citizens silently marched to Los Angeles Police Department to begin a conversation, "have some dialogue" said Snoop, and "America is broken, we'd like to put it back together again" added Game, following another horrifying week in America, rife with senseless killings, Alton Sterling and Philander Castile, shot to death for doing nothing more than driving their car, and selling CD's. Then the next day five police officers in Dallas were gunned down by a sniper as a peaceful demonstration was winding down.
Coincidentally the LAPD was graduating cadets on the Police Department grounds at he same hour so the scene was a bit surreal. A request to meet was sent from Snoop and Game which was accepted by Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garrcetti. A closed door discussion took place and a press conference followed. The meeting lasted about an hour with much progress being made according to all who attended. "We all represent the same cause and we all want to go home to our families. Today was a first step of many steps. We are here to show love and support to the police force in Los Angeles and get some understanding and communication, and we feel like this is a great start.' 'Snoop Dogg said. The Game later added that "Before this day is done we will have saved some lives."
"A bridge to save lives" as Simmons dubbed it, has seemingly begun to be built on this day (source: youtube, PSiTV LA)
Watch as actor/comedian Kevin Hart takes to the camera with his message. Short. Sweet. ACCURATE. Hart has spoken on several platforms but this video shows the heart behind the meassage. While his words are powerful in delivery you can almost feel his "loss for words"...Hearts are breaking... something has to change.
It is way past anger...