Kalief Browder

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    Hello. I am back after a self imposed hiatus from computers. But I want and need to post this.

    Yesterday at church a young woman shared a story with us and urged us as Christians to put our faith into action. I borrowed most of the following from the Kalief Browder Foundation web page so the information would be accurate.



    In 2010, Kalief Browder was arrested at the age of 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack and its contents. Charged as an adult, Kalief could not afford the $3,000 bail set on his freedom. He was imprisoned for over 1,000 days on Rikers Island without trail, spending 400 of those days in solitary confinement. He was starved, beaten and abused by guards and inmates.

    Three years after his arrest, Kalief's charges were dismissed and he was released due to lack of evidence. He committed suicide two years later at the age of 22.

    This is one of the saddest stories I have ever heard. And what disturbs me greatly is that it happened in 2010 – this is not ancient history - this is not the distant past – this is not the sins of our forefathers - this is not something that took place during slavery days, the time we are all told to forget about and stop bringing up because it’s sooooooooo over. This was eight years ago. This was a teenage kid. This was a vicious system. This was modern slavery. This was unforgettable and unforgiveable.
     
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    Isn't NYC America's most progressive and diverse city?
     
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    That's New York for ya. The Democrats' paradise.
     
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    The broken windows approach that got this kid arrested was started by a republican. Giuliani

    But seriously, you guys have got to be insane. You are all republicans posting chapters of racism then claim democrats are the racists.
     
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    Progressive and diverse, yes, I suppose. But those things did not stop this atrocity from happening. And if something like this can happen in a progressive city, it makes me wonder what may be happening in small towns and rural places where some very backward thinking still exists and dominates folks behavior. I would not be surprised to find that there are black men imprisoned and forced into labor without fair trials or fair representation.
     
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    Such useful speculation and prejudice... ^^^^
     
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    No it's the truth. I've been to such places and she's right.
     
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    I’ve been in very small towns in rural places where people couldn’t have been nicer.

    Maybe sometimes things depend on the individuals rather than your categories.
     
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    I don't have any categories. I think that if you are in one of those places for a few hours or days your experience might be a little different than if you live there. I live in one of those towns right now. I grew up in this town. I represented this town honorably and well on the athletic field. My family has much respect and honor for the things my parents did and stood for as well as what we have accomplished as grown men. So your dumb ass assertions are just that. This is a small racist rural town with little to no crime where blacks are stopped 7 times more than whites by police. A place where there are very few social activities for blacks even with a unversity in town. A black hall of fame basketball player who played for this school was pulled over and harassed by police the very weekend his jersey was retired and since that time he has never returned. So understand that when I speak I am not like you. I know what I'm talking about.
     
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    What a load of crap. You have nothing but categories, into which you insist on placing all individuals in your sick world view. Anecdotes and racist insistence don’t shape reality for anyone but you and your counterparts like ptbw and brokeloser.
     

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