"I guarantee you if that was a Black Lives Matter protest in D.C., there would already be people shackled, arrested or dead." ~ Joy Reid
Congress convened yesterday to certify the election results for President-elect Joe Biden, and they were bombarded by a mob of angry Trump supporters who still believe that the election was rigged. For safety reasons, Congress vacated the U.S. Capitol building.
Afterward, the Trump-supporting mob entered the Capitol building and began causing chaos. As a result, nearly one hundred Democratic Congress members are calling for Trump’s impeachment, according to NBC News.
Despite President Trump challenging the results, the presidential race has been called by the Associated Press and other official sources. Now, the focus has shifted to Georgia, where a contentious runoff election may determine who controls the Senate.
Today, Georgians will vote in two important run-off elections: Jon Ossoff (D) faces incumbent Senator David Perdue (R), and Reverend Dr. Raphael Warnock (D) faces Kelly Loeffler (R), who was appointed to the Senate last year after Senator Johnny Isakson (R) retired due to health issues.
If the Democrats secure these two seats, that would mean a Democratic controlled Senate for President-elect Joe Biden.
We don’t just need Black leadership. We need pro-Black leadership.
Lori Lightfoot made history in Chicago.
She was the first Black, openly gay woman to be elected mayor, which people celebrated. Yet, this past summer, she also made history in another, more daunting way. During protests following the death of George Floyd, Lightfoot made a controversial move to raise the bridges in the downtown area.
This would be the first of several times she raised the bridges over the summer. Given Chicago’s status as one of the most segregated cities in the U.S., according to a 2019 analysis, the implications of her raising the bridges was that she wanted to protect one side of the city from the other.
Working class Americans seem to be victimized thrice over by COVID-19. From states reopening prematurely to unsafe working conditions that have led essential workers to strike, the damage is almost tangible.
Concussion wasn't enough. The labor lawsuits weren't enough. Anthem Rules weren't enough. When will enough be enough?
Superbowl 53 just ended and millions tuned in, lacing the NFL's pockets and further perpetuating the NFL's disregard for social issues. Seemingly, there is a willful segregation of sports and social justice and therein lies the problem.
There are copious examples of social injustices in Sports and activism in the face of these injustices. Yet, major athletes, like LeBron James, are told they should "stick to sports." The problem with that is, he is sticking to sports by being vocal about social issues.
In some ways, sports are social justice.
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