No good result can come from any investigation which refuses to consider the facts. A conclusion that is based upon a presumption instead of the best evidence is unworthy of a moment”s consideration. The lynching record, as it is compiled from day to day by unbiased, reliable, and responsible public journals, should be the basis of every investigation which seeks to discover the cause and suggest the remedy for lynching. The excuses of lynchers and the specious pleas of their apologists should be considered in the light of the record, which they invariably misrepresent or ignore.
The Christian and moral forces of the nation should insist that misrepresentation should have no place in the discussion of this all important question, that the figures of the lynching record should be allowed to plead, trumpet-tongued, in defense of the slandered dead, that the silence of concession be broken, and that truth, swift-winged and courageous, summon this nation to do its duty to exalt justice and preserve inviolate the sacredness of human life.
Ida B. Wells Source: Independent, May 16, 1901.
113 years later, why is Ida B. Wells still painfully correct?
In the past two weeks, police officers have strangled, shot and killed four, unarmed Black men. We honor the lives of Eric Garner, John Crawford, Michael Brown and Ezell Ford; and mourn with those who love them.
As we grieve the loss of our brothers, we also mourn the life of Renisha McBride and grieve over the brutal beatings of Marlene Pinnock and Ersula Ore. Despite the lack of media attention, we know our sisters are also brutalized and murdered at the hands of police officers and vigilantes too.
Mo’Ne Davis isn’t your typical youth baseball player. The 13-year-old became the first girl to toss a complete game shutout in a Little League World Series-clinching contest Sunday thanks to a three-hit, six-strikeout effort for the Taney (Pa.) Dragons in an 8-0 victory over Newark (Del.) National. Davis hit 70 mph on the radar gun and fooled boys her own age.
Davis told The Today Show she tried softball when she was younger but eventually switched to baseball. The right-hander’s talent has earned her the respect of her male peers. “I end up striking them out and I look at my teammates and they’re laughing,” Davis said. “So I just laugh with them.” She added her baseball dreams won’t end at the LLWS. “I’ll probably either be the first female in the MLB or in the NBA,” said the pitcher.
She’ll be the 17th girl to play in the Little League World Series in 68 years. Taney’s first game in the LLWS is Friday at 3 p.m. against South Nashville, which is representing Tennessee.
Did y’all peep this flex though? Sorry Monica Wright McCall!!! Is there anything Black girls can’t do?!
Launching this Fall!
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"The decision by our City Council to select Ivy Taylor to become mayor of San Antonio for the next year underscores once again San Antonio’s place as one of the most inclusive and fair-minded cities in America. I believe we are now the largest city in the United States ever to have an African-American mayor." Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros
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Congrats Mayor Taylor!