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Across the nation, millions are celebrating Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in Texas. On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect ending slavery in the Union. However, Texas continued to practice slavery two years after passage of the Emancipation Proclamation. Major Gen. Gordon Granger and Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas,…

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Another Black person was found dead while hanging in a tree. On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, authorities in Texas said that a Black teenager, who has yet to be identified, was found hanging from a tree at a school. The teen was found in the parking lot of Ehrhardt Elementary School in Spring, Texas, a…

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The police officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks has been charged with felony 1 murder. On June 17, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced that former Atlanta Police Department Officer, Garrett Rolfe, faces 11 felony charges in the case surrounding the death of Brooks. On the evening of Friday, June 12, police were…

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Lecrae recently caught backlash after he appeared in a taped conversation with Chic-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy and Atlanta megachurch pastor Louie Giglio. During the discussion, Giglio claimed that slavery was a blessing. “We understand the curse that was slavery, white people do, and we say ‘that was bad,’ but we miss the blessing of slavery that…

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Black children may develop negative perceptions of law enforcement due to recent incidents of police brutality. On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Stacey Pierre-Louis posted a gut-wrenching video on social media of his 10-year-old son, Eliah. While dribbling a basketball on his family’s driveway, Eliah stopped dribbling and hid behind his family’s SUV. Moments later, a…

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Another incident of police using excessive force has gone viral. On Sunday, June 14, 2020, the Woodlynne Police Department released bodycam footage of cops harassing a group of Black teens. The incident occurred on Saturday, June 13, in Woodlynne, New Jersey after cops were called following claims that teens were trespassing at a property. When…

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An unarmed Black man has been shot and killed in Atlanta. On the evening of June 12, the incident occurred at a Wendy’s restaurant located at the intersection of University and Pryor Rd, according to WSB-TV. Police were called after Rayshard Brooks, 27, fell asleep at the drive-thru. When authorities arrived, they suspected that Brooks…

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Protest songs have always been an important aspect of the movement for social justice. Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power,” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” are a few protest songs that have inspired movements. Following the death of George Floyd, who died after former Minneapolis police officer…

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has reported that Black man in his 20s was found dead while hanging from a tree. During the early morning hours of June 10, someone called authorities after discovering a Black man hanging from a tree in Palmdale, California. The man was eventually identified as Robert Fuller. Following an…

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Another incident of police brutality has gone viral. On June 9, Tulsa Police Department released bodycam video of two Black teens being harassed by authorities for jaywalking on a residential street without car traffic. In the video, two White police officers, who have yet to be identified, followed two Black teens as they walked through…

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