Black America’s response to heightening racial tensions has been the same one that persons of African descent have always used; that being, a heartfelt search aimed at throwing up a path that increases their chances of surviving. For many non-Blacks, this latest cycle of physical, cultural, and psychological violence has been shocking. The vast majority of non-elite Blacks consider it par for the course.
At least 27 people have been arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since the El Paso and Dayton shootings. When authorities arrived Friday to arrest a 15-year-old in Florida after threats to commit a school shooting showed up on a video game platform, he told them he was joking, they said. "I Dalton Barnhart vow to bring my fathers m15 to school and kill 7 people at a minimum," the boy wrote using a fake name, according to a Volusia County Sheriff's Office report. The teen is one of more than two dozen people who have been arrested over threats to commit mass shootings since 31 people were killed in one weekend this month in shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
Jay-Z seems way too smart not to recognize the NFL’s “Inspire Change” program for what it is. And what it is, undoubtedly, is a deeply cynical public-relations effort to save face for a league that recently spent years ignoring and covering up evidence it was killing its players and blackballed Kaepernick for protesting injustice. You think Roger Goodell greenlit the “Inspire Change” program out of the goodness in his heart? C’mon. C’mon. It seems so transparently an effort to save the league’s bottom line.