WHY #BLACKLIVESMATTER? DON’T #ALLIVESMATTER?

All lives do matter, that isn’t up for debate. If you are a person with a conscience, this feeling is in your heart. While this is the case, this event is here to shine a light on the disproportionate numbers of Black men and women, and other underrepresented groups, who are being physically harmed by the people they pay to protect them. Police are paid to act professionally, to treat the citizens they oversee in fair and just ways. Many of the incidents we’ve seen over the past 20 years have shown that an overuse of force has become the norm and is happening to people of color and especially black men and women at an alarming rate. We want to share those stories and say that this is unacceptable.
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WHAT ABOUT BLACK-ON-BLACK CRIME?

Most crime is about proximity, most crime is intra-racial. The 85% of white people murdered  by other white people last year isn’t called “White-on-White” crime. It’s just called crime. Unless you make all crime racially specific, “Black-on-Black” is a silly concept.

When you see movements like #BlackLivesMatter or #ICantBreathe or #HandsUpDontShoot, it’s because the larger black community has seen injustice. Bodies being left out to rot in the sun for 4 hours. Young men being profiled and chased, then killed. Being shot and killed while buying a toy in Wal-Mart. These “isolated” events are compounded when the police committing homicide are deemed not to be breaking any law — they walk away with no legal consequence for the taking of a life. Many lives. This creates an observable pattern that Black lives are expendable.

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WHY ARE YOU DONATING MONEY TO ERIC GARNER’s FAMILY?

There are countless deaths due to police brutality every year, we’ve seen numerous ones that have happened in 2014 alone. Cases like Mike Brown’s gave significant evidence that at least the assailants should have been arrested or put to trial. (That didn’t happen). Even with abundant evidence, these higher profile cases didn’t have the incidents on tape, so there was room for speculation. The Eric Garner case showed the entire incident, complete with excessive force by the police department, against department regulation, leading to his death. The police officers were not arrested, and were not indicted based on a grand jury’s decision.

To see a man’s life taken away from him reinforced the idea that no matter what, you as a person of color can have your life taken away and there may be no justice for you or your family. It was startling and tragic to see. This man was a father and a husband and deserved to be treated humanely EVEN if he had committed a petty crime.

We want to help this family, so that they know they are not alone.

WHY ARE YOU ONLY FOCUSING ON THE MEN THAT DIED?  

We aren’t, we are actively sharing the names of women of color that have lost their lives too. If you know of any funds/organizations that we can donate to, we will ABSOLUTELY add them to the pot and make sure the families of those victims are both remembered and donated to as well.

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HOW CAN I HELP?

You can donate to our stream here: tinyurl.com/spawn4good

You can help by sharing the stories of the people we’ve lost:

http://gawker.com/unarmed-people-of-color-killed-by-police-1999-2014-1666672349

You can amplify the discussion by using the tags #BlackLivesMatter, #ICantBreathe & #Spawn4Good