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The Bad boys of Baltimore. 
With each passing day it’s becoming harder and harder to sustain the “few bad apples” theory of what is wrong with policing in the United States—which is truly a wonderful thing. Yet just ...
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Kate Riffle Roper
July 19 at 4:20pm ·
As a white mother of two black children, three white children, who all have a white father, I have something to say.
Racism exists. It is real and tangible. And it is everywhere, all the time.
When I brought my boys home they were the cutest, sweetest babies ever. Wherever we went, people greeted us with charm and enthusiasm. Well, not all people and not everywhere. But, to me, they were the “wacko” exceptions. I thought to myself, “Get over it.”
Now my boys look like teenagers. Black teenagers. They are 13. Let me ask you these questions. Do store personnel follow your children when they are picking out their Gatorade flavors? They didn’t follow my white kids. Do coffee shop employees interrogate your children about the credit card they are using to pay while you are in the bathroom? They didn’t interrogate my white kids. When your kids trick-or-treat in, dressed as a Ninja and a Clown, do they get asked who they are with and where they live, door after door? My white kids didn’t get asked. Do your kids get pulled out of the TSA line time and again for additional screening? My white kids didn’t. Do your kids get treated one way when they are standing alone but get treated a completely different way when you walk up? I mean a completely different way. My white kids didn’t. Do shoe sales people ask if your kids’ feet are clean before sizing them for shoes? No one asked me that with my white kids. Do complete strangers ask to touch your child’s hair? Or ask about their penis size? Or ask if they are “from druggies”? No one did this with my white kids.
Did you tell your kids not to fight back because they will seen as aggressive if they stand up for themselves? Have you had to honestly discuss with your husband whether you should take your children to the police station to introduce them to the officers so they would know your children are legitimate members of your community? Have you had to talk to your children about EXACTLY what to say and not to say to an officer? Have you had to tell your children that the objective of any encounter with police, or security in any form, is to stay alive? It never occurred to me to have these conversations with my white children. In fact, it never occurred to me for myself either.
There is no question that my boys have been cloaked in my protection when they were small. What I did not realize until now is that the cloak I was offering them was identification with my whiteness. As they grow independent, they step out from my cloak and lose that protection. The world sees “them” differently. It is sweet when they are adopted little black boys so graciously taken in by this nice white family. But when they are real people? Well, it is not the same. And they still look like little boys. What happens to them when they look like the strong, proud black men I am raising?
The reason why the phrase All Lives Matter is offensive to black people is because it isn’t true. Right now, in America, my black children are treated differently than my white children. So when you say All Lives Matter as a response to the phrase Black Lives Matter you are completely dismissing the near daily experience of racism for those with pigment in their skin, curl in their hair and broadness of their nose.
I am posting this so you can see the reality I have witnessed and experienced, because, frankly, I didn’t believe it was true until I saw it up close, directed at two souls I love, over and over again. So, please, use this post as a pair of glasses to see the racism that surrounds you. Then we can actually make progress toward all lives being valued and cherished.
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Hillary Clinton should be locked up for the countless crimes she has already committed throughout her carrier. There's nothing new she will bring to the world, but wars, invasions, death and destruction for profit. Just look at her past, the lies, deceipts, the corruption, the contradictions all on record.
 
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+A Howden​ Totally agree with you. It hasn't been easy for Sanders not getting as much media coverage. But, Who knows, maybe the past will finally get caught up with Hillary and turn the tide in favour of Sanders.
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If, like Liz Lemon, you’re afraid of choking when you’re home alone, knowing this procedure might give you some peace of mind—and maybe save your life.
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mintCast + subsonic + letsecrypt = broken

Greetings minCast community,

I have been a listener and subscribed to the podcast for a long time using the Subsonic media server + the DSub Android app and all worked fine seamlessly picking up my daily dose of podcasts while on the go. But since mintCast has gone https, I have had problems with the mintCast feed out of some 20 or so podcasts that I subscribe to. Subsonic throws up an error saying "0 episodes – Error hostname in certificate didn't match: != <*.wordpress.com> OR <*.wordpress.com> OR"

I have checked the subsonic forums for this error and nothing seems to come up so i wonder if anyone that has this weird combination of mintCast + Subsonic that maybe has encountered this weird error. I have removed and re-added the feed multiple times trying both the mp3 and the ogg feeds to no avail. It won't have it. Subsonic just doesn't like the nice and secure certificate of mintCast lol :-)
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#Brexit and how sections of the society in Britain have interpreted the vote in their own way. #ThisIsSadAndHasToStop
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Obama and Jimmy Fallon "Slow Jam the news". People have different opions about Obama. Personally, I think he's done more than what people want to give him credit for being a president in a very difficult period of time. But no doubt he is THE funniest president ever. 
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R. I. P Ali. One of the greatest sportsmen ever. 
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Well done to TYT. This is a very good interview with Senator +Bernie Sanders​​. The man knows how to get his points across unlike some other candidates.
 
Outstanding 2nd interview by +Cenk Uygur on TYT with +Bernie Sanders.

Some really excellent questions and focused, substantive answers.

#berniesanders   #bernie2016   #bernieorbust   #feelthebern  
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