It is a scene that is being described as “legal lynching” after a 2 minute video clip surfaced on social media of a black Louisiana man being harassed and killed by white policemen.
Tuesday night a call was made to Baton Rouge police about a black male selling CD’s outside a local food mart being disorderly and making threats. Alton Sterling, 37, was later approached by two police officers that man handled him, placed a gun to his head, and pulled the trigger multiple times. Witnesses say the initial interaction between Sterling and the officers didn’t call for such a reaction. That Sterling didn’t pose an immediate threat to the officers. Both cops are now on administrative leave while further investigation is taken place and the city of Baton Rouge is protesting.
This tragedy occurs just about a week after Jesse Williams moved mountains with his powerful-politically charged speech at the BET Awards. It’s so easy to chant “black lives matter”, or print it on a T-shirt, or post it on social media, but what are we doing to execute our stance. Reality is, for majority of us, black lives really only matter when it hits close to home. We bandwagon until the hype dies, and then we repeat. How many speeches will Jesse Williams have to make for us to really take action and revamp our nation??
Rochester reacts to Alton Sterling below:
Mass Shooting In Florida Nightclub
Police are calling it a mass casualty shooting: after 50 people were found dead and 53 injured at a Florida night club. Pulse, a gay night club in downtown Orlando, was like a scene out of a movie according to witnesses. Early Sunday morning an unknown gunman held club goers hostage while firing 20 to 30 rounds into the crowd.
When police arrived gunfire was exchanged between them and the assailant leaving him dead at the scene. Motives and word on whether or not the killer had an assistant is still in question. The possibility of this tragedy being a terrorist attack is still under investigation.
16 year old girl dies after bathroom brawl turns fatal
Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, DE is mourning the loss of one of its students after a bathroom brawl turned fatal. Early Thursday morning 16-year-old Amy Joyner was involved in a fist fight with a classmate. What began as a one on one scuffle escalated into Joyner being jumped by a group of girls. In the midst of the chaos Joyner’s head banged against the bathroom sink, which placed her in a critical state. She was later airlifted to a nearby children’s hospital where she died of her injuries. Witnesses admitted that the altercation was over a boy, and Amy entered the bathroom with intent to reason with the other girl. A vigil was held Thursday evening for the sophomore. Her peers remember her as a confidant who didn’t believe in fighting, which makes the cause of death even more tragic.
This is the 2nd time in Elmont Memorial High School recent history that an African-American student has been accepted to all 8 Ivy League Universities. Last year’s salutatorian, Harold Ekeh, was accepted to all Ivy leagues, and chose to attend Yale. This year, the prestigious Long Island high school is recognizing Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna as the 2nd student to accomplish a clean Ivy League sweep.
What make this even more news worthy is both students are of Nigerian descent. Ekeh was born in Nigeria, but moved to the U.S. when he 8 years old; Uwamanzu-Nna was born in the US, but her parents are Nigerian immigrants. Uwamanzu-Nna, who is also class valedictorian, has yet to make a decision on where she will pursue her interest in biochemistry and environmental studies, but she can’t go wrong either way.