Say His Name

On Fridays, We Take a Knee

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Your DGB for today is to plan to participate in the Twitter protest of the treatment of Black americans by taking a knee at 1:00 pm EST tomorrow, the 29th.

After Trump’s comments calling for NFL owners to fire anyone that takes a knee for the National Anthem, more than 100 NFL players, coaches, and owners took a knee on Sunday and Monday. We applaud the NFL players for taking a stand against the rhetoric of Donald Trump.

The focus for Friday’s protest isn’t about Trump though, it is about the treatment of Black men and women in america, whether it’s from systemic racism, or violence and murder by police officers without impunity. So tomorrow we ask that you join Twitterdom and take a knee at 1:00 pm EST no matter where you are. Take a knee and say the names of the over 250 Black people killed by police officers in 2016. If you want, take a picture and post in on social media with #TakeAKnee and make sure to support others who are standing… or kneeling against racism.

 

One Bad Apple

Your DGB for today is to contact the Tulsa Police Department and demand they fire murderer Betty Shelby.

If you haven’t heard any backstory on Betty Shelby, here’s the brief breakdown. Basically, Officer Betty Shelby shot Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, because she feared he was reaching for a gun… through a rolled up window. Yeah, we know. Jurors believed that she was in fear for her life and she was found not guilty of felony manslaughter on May 17th. As if that verdict does not sting enough, Officer Betty Shelby is now back on active duty, earning a huge WTF from DGB.

What we want you to do today is contact the Tulsa PD and demand Officer Betty Shelby be fired from her job. You can contact them by phone and file an anonymous complaint with Internal Affairs at (918) 596-1355. Feel free to cite statistics like the 183 instances of deadly force in the past ten years (11 so far this year), in the state of Oklahoma and we need to set an example by firing Betty Shelby. You can also use their online form, email, or even send them a letter or postcard. All of the contact info can be found on their Internal Affairs contact page. If you want to go further, get in touch with the Oklahoma Division of Black Lives Matter and see what you can do to help. Whether it’s calling people, donating money to their organization, or attending an event, we need to support the people who are busting their asses to make a change in our communities.

Terence Crutcher deserves justice, as do all the other people of color whose lives are taken by officers, simply because their skin was scary. We understand that not all police are bad, and some of us even have family in the force, but you know the saying “One bad apple spoils the whole bunch?" It’s about time we start tossing out the bad apples.