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Immigration advocates welcome Biden’s expansion of refugee admissions
02/16/2021
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Immigration advocates welcome Biden’s expansion of refugee admissions

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for more than 200 groups in New York State, has welcomed President Joseph Biden’s expansion of refugee admissions, noting that it is “a first step in undoing Trump’s legacy.” “We applaud President Biden...

Virgin Island delegate makes history at US impeachment trial
02/16/2021
Virgin Island delegate makes history at US impeachment trial - Caribbean Life News

Virgin Island delegate makes history at US impeachment trial

Rabid Republicans were forced to listen to Caribbean Delegate, Stacey Plaskett, a St. Croix native and a House impeachment manager tasked with prosecuting former President Donald J. Trump accused with inciting a raucous insurrection at the US Capitol that resulted in the death of five Americans; and...

Yo Mama! They rock the cradle, their sons changed the world
02/15/2021
Yo Mama! They rock the cradle, their sons changed the world - Caribbean Life News

Yo Mama! They rock the cradle, their sons changed the world

“The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation” by Anna Malaika Tubbs c.2021, Flatiron Books $28.99 / $38.50 Canada 272 pages Your mom was always on your side. She stuck up for you when nobody else would, through thick and through thi...

COVID-19 pandemic has shown humanity at its best – & at its worst
02/15/2021
COVID-19 pandemic has shown humanity at its best – & at its worst - Caribbean Life News

COVID-19 pandemic has shown humanity at its best – & at its worst

GENEVA, Feb 11 2021 (IPS) – WHO and UNICEF have a long, deep and very special relationship. Neither of us could do what we do without the other. UNICEF’s success is WHO’s success, and we are proud to be your partner on so many issues: Ebola, polio, maternal health, nutrition, infection prevent...

New soccer club finds ‘common connection’ in Antigua: Report
02/13/2021
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New soccer club finds ‘common connection’ in Antigua: Report

A newly-formed soccer club, which targets boys and girls in the Niagara Region is collaborating with a club in Antigua and Barbuda to provide opportunities for kids in both locations. Bert Lobo, executive director of Generation Next F.C. Rebels, told CBC News that there are exciting plans in the wor...

Brooklyn Dems want Senate to convict Trump
02/12/2021
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Brooklyn Dems want Senate to convict Trump

Brooklyn Democratic Party leader Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn wants the US Senate to convict former President Donald J. Trump and prevent him from ever holding office again. Bichotte, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, who represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn, on Wednesday...

James takes dozens of guns off streets at Brooklyn Gun Buyback
02/12/2021
James takes dozens of guns off streets at Brooklyn Gun Buyback - Caribbean Life News

James takes dozens of guns off streets at Brooklyn Gun Buyback

New York Attorney General, Letitia James said on Saturday that 48 firearms were turned in to law enforcement at a gun buyback event hosted by her office, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and the New York City Police Department. James said the gun buyback came as New York City has experienced...

Intellectual property cause of death, genocide
02/12/2021
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Intellectual property cause of death, genocide

KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Feb. 9, 2021 (IPS) – Refusal to temporarily suspend several World Trade Organization (WTO) intellectual property (IP) provisions to enable much faster and broader progress in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic should be grounds for International Criminal Court prosecution fo...

Queens Borough Prez appoints Guyanese American as deputy
02/11/2021
Queens Borough Prez appoints Guyanese American as deputy - Caribbean Life News

Queens Borough Prez appoints Guyanese American as deputy

Queens Borough President, Donovan Richards has appointed a Guyanese American as the borough’s deputy president. Richards, of Jamaican heritage, on Jan. 4, selected Rhonda Binda in his first round of appointments. Other first-round appointees were: Franck D. Joseph II, chief of staff and senior adv...

02/11/2021

Trini Kes The Band to host ‘IzWe’ concert series

Nature conservationist launches deforestation app
02/11/2021
Nature conservationist launches deforestation app - Caribbean Life News

Nature conservationist launches deforestation app

Gwendolyn Smith Ph.D., a nature conservationist and conflict resolution specialist in Suriname, founder and chairman of Green Growth Suriname has launched a mobile app on deforestation and forest degradation. “We soft launched this app last year in Suriname to engage citizens in gathering data on ...

HISTORIC WIN
02/11/2021
HISTORIC WIN - Caribbean Life News

HISTORIC WIN

Barbadian left-hander Kyle Mayer wrote his name into Test cricket history books by becoming only the second West Indies batsman to hit a double century on debut as under-strength West Indies pulled off the highest-ever successful run chase against Bangladesh in the opening two-match Test series. The...

Sri Lanka tour of the Caribbean in limbo
02/11/2021
Sri Lanka tour of the Caribbean in limbo - Caribbean Life News

Sri Lanka tour of the Caribbean in limbo

The Sri Lanka tour of the West Indies hangs in the limbo after head coach, Mickey Arthur and batsman, Lahiru Thirimanne were tested positive for COVID-19. Arthur and opener Thirimanne are following government health protocols after discovering they had contracted COVID-19 in the latest round of test...

Audiomack aids Jamaican youth via Buju Banton Foundation
02/11/2021
Audiomack aids Jamaican youth via Buju Banton Foundation - Caribbean Life News

Audiomack aids Jamaican youth via Buju Banton Foundation

Streaming and distribution company Audiomack has linked up with the Buju Banton Foundation to offer hope to economically-challenged youth in Jamaica by donating US$5,000. “Giving back to artists and their communities is a cornerstone of the music sharing and discovery platform’s ideology,” sai...

SUPREMES SINGER DEAD
02/11/2021
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SUPREMES SINGER DEAD

The Supremes co-founder Diana Ross on Tuesday paid tribute to her friend and longtime bandmate, Mary Wilson, who died on Monday of undisclosed causes. She was 76. “I just woke up to this news,” Ross tweeted. “My condolences to you, Mary’s family. “I am reminded that each day is a gift,” ...

'One Year Off' – a comedy feature finds Nevis safe heaven for filming during COVID-19
02/10/2021
'One Year Off' – a comedy feature finds Nevis safe heaven for filming during COVID-19 - Caribbean Life News

'One Year Off' – a comedy feature finds Nevis safe heaven for filming during COVID-19

“One Year Off,” a comedy feature film, will be shot on the Island of Nevis, a safe heaven for filming during the coronavirus pandemic, according to producer Philippe Martinez, who is in the process of casting for the ensemble comedy. Matinez and Stewart Thomas wrote the film that will be directe...

Haitian community leader Gardy Brazela joins crowded 46th Council race
02/10/2021
Haitian community leader Gardy Brazela joins crowded 46th Council race - Caribbean Life News

Haitian community leader Gardy Brazela joins crowded 46th Council race

Haitian-born community leader, Gardy Brazela has joined the crowded field of candidates seeking election in the Democratic Party Primary in June to represent the 46th Council District in Brooklyn. Gardy is the founder of Friends United Block Association (FUBA), the largest social services provider i...

Jamaican national launches STEAM project at Alma Mater
02/10/2021
Jamaican national launches STEAM project at Alma Mater - Caribbean Life News

Jamaican national launches STEAM project at Alma Mater

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Fayval Williams has welcomed the launch of the Dr. Joseph Tait STEAM Infusion project at Jamaica College. Dr. Joseph Tait, a Jamaica College alumna and New York based retired veterinarian, recently, unveiled a pioneering Science Technology, Engineering,....

CARICOM GETS VACCINES
02/10/2021
CARICOM GETS VACCINES - Caribbean Life News

CARICOM GETS VACCINES

The Caribbean Community appears to be getting way more organized than a month ago in accessing reasonable quantities of the COVID-19 vaccine with India this week announcing a donation of half a million doses of the AstraZeneca/Covidsheild that would initially be shared among member nations. High Com...

02/10/2021
CWI pays tribute to Ezra Moseley
02/10/2021
CWI pays tribute to Ezra Moseley - Caribbean Life News

CWI pays tribute to Ezra Moseley

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has paid tribute to former Barbados and West Indies cricketer and former Women’s T20 World Cup winning assistant coach, Ezra Moseley, who died in a car accident on Saturday in his native Barbados. He was 63. CWI said that Moseley, an athletic fast bowler, played two Test ...

Test captain remains committed
02/09/2021
Test captain remains committed - Caribbean Life News

Test captain remains committed

Test captain Jason Holder has blamed “mental fatigue” as an added reason behind his decision not to tour Bangladesh but said his commitment to West Indies cricket remained steadfast, after being criticized for opting out of the ongoing international series. The world-rated all-rounder led West I...

Caribbean RoundUp
02/09/2021
Caribbean RoundUp - Caribbean Life News

Caribbean RoundUp

Antigua Regional heads of government have been asked to help cover the cost of severance entitlements of more than EC$70 million of former employees of regional airline LIAT. In a letter dated Jan. 22, the court-appointed administrator, Clevland Seaforth, said that as April 2020, the total unpaid en...

Colorblind designers err in branding 'Jamaica Stripe' sweater
02/09/2021
Colorblind designers err in branding 'Jamaica Stripe' sweater - Caribbean Life News

Colorblind designers err in branding 'Jamaica Stripe' sweater

French, fashion luxury designers of Louis Vuitton merchandising erred in replicating the Pan-African colors to sell a tri-colored, $1340 sweater they branded “Jamaica Stripe.” That the LV pullover associates the red, gold and green fashion item with Jamaica — whose colors of black, green and g...

Vincy centenarian Mitchinson ‘Mitchie’ James celebrates 103rd birthday
02/08/2021
Vincy centenarian Mitchinson ‘Mitchie’ James celebrates 103rd birthday - Caribbean Life News

Vincy centenarian Mitchinson ‘Mitchie’ James celebrates 103rd birthday

While the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic significantly restricted Vincentian centenarian Michinson “Mitchie” James from having an elaborate 103rd birthday celebration last Tuesday night, it, clearly, did not stop him from hosting a bash on Zoom. “It was good. It was well spent,” James told ...

Haiti government denounces plot to oust president, arrests over 20
02/08/2021
Haiti government denounces plot to oust president, arrests over 20 - Caribbean Life News

Haiti government denounces plot to oust president, arrests over 20

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitian authorities on Sunday arrested nearly two dozen people, including a Supreme Court judge, for their role in an alleged plot to oust President Jovenel Moise that has exacerbated political tensions in the troubled Caribbean country. Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe told...

Strength and beauty... and she shall be missed
02/08/2021
Strength and beauty... and she shall be missed - Caribbean Life News

Strength and beauty... and she shall be missed

“Just As I Am” by Cicely Tyson with Michelle Burford c.2021, Harper Collins $28.99 / $35.99 Canada 416 pages   Man, you’re picky. That’s not always a bad thing, either. You know what you want so you choose deliberately, carefully, with plenty of thought behind it. What’s right for you is ...

NAN honors Sir Hilary with Peace and Freedom Award
02/08/2021
NAN honors Sir Hilary with Peace and Freedom Award - Caribbean Life News

NAN honors Sir Hilary with Peace and Freedom Award

The Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network (NAN) on Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Day, Jan. 18, honored Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI) with the Peace and Freedom Award. UWI News said that Sir Hilary, who is also chairman of the Caribbean...

Dimple Willabus campaigns for CD 46 in Brooklyn
02/07/2021
Dimple Willabus campaigns for CD 46 in Brooklyn - Caribbean Life News

Dimple Willabus campaigns for CD 46 in Brooklyn

Dimple Willabus, Power Woman of New York 2020, and Caribbean Life Impact Award 2019 recipient, is ramping up her campaign for the New York City Council District 46 seat up for grabs at a special election on June 22. The 46th District encompasses the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bergen Beach Canarsie, F...

Bichotte Hermelyn celebrates Black History Month
02/06/2021
Bichotte Hermelyn celebrates Black History Month - Caribbean Life News

Bichotte Hermelyn celebrates Black History Month

Brooklyn Democratic Party chair Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn has joined her political colleagues in celebrating Black History Month, noting that the commemoration started since 1976. “We use this time to honor the brave activists who fought against racial discrimination and oppression, as well as th...

Caught in tangled web of vaccine nationalism
02/05/2021
Caught in tangled web of vaccine nationalism - Caribbean Life News

Caught in tangled web of vaccine nationalism

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb 2 2021 (IPS) – “Oh what a tangled web we weave When first we practice to deceive”. Walter Scott’s lines, already over two centuries old, nicely sum up how pursuit of national advantage and private gain have undermined the public interest and the common good. As kn...

Jeffries reflects on Black History
02/05/2021
Jeffries reflects on Black History - Caribbean Life News

Jeffries reflects on Black History

Brooklyn Democratic Congressman, Hakeem Jeffries on Monday reflected on Black History, saying “African Americans have been here since before there was a country.” “We arrived on these shores in 1619 in shackles and as a result of our blood, our sweat, our tears, our intellect, our ingenuity, o...

Yvette D. Clarke appointed to top post
02/04/2021
Yvette D. Clarke appointed to top post - Caribbean Life News

Yvette D. Clarke appointed to top post

Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman, Yvette D. Clarke announced on Monday her appointment to chair of the Homeland Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation Subcommittee, under the jurisdiction of the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security. The Cybersecur...

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Remembering Grenada's Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus
02/04/2021
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Remembering Grenada's Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus

In June 2019, a street in Brooklyn was co-named in honor the late Grenada Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus. In a grand celebration, New York City Councilman Dr. Mathieu Eugene, the Haitian-born representative for the predominantly Caribbean 40th Council District in Brooklyn, h...

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Our Lives Matter: Vaccinate. Mask Up. Wash Hands. Dr. Kizzmekia Shanta Corbett: Safety and Effectiveness of Coronavirus Vaccines https://youtube.com/watch?v=8JJu_lvP09k&t=750s Listen. Learn. Share.
New Normal XVIII: Iceberg Joe By John Burl Smith Boston Globe columnist Renée Graham tells Ali Velshi “Donald Trump’s recent attacks on Black Lives Matter protesters are a move of desperation because ‘he has nothing else to hang this campaign on.’” Also Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, added, “Donald Trump’s return to racist attacks may indicate he, ‘is starting to acknowledge that he might lose’ in November.” Such statements from the press, has conservative media pundits creating scenarios that reflect panic not only among the Trump campaign but donors and surrogates. A great example is reflected in a fear filled and panicky article by Andrew Stein for The Hill. Stein’s rambling piece reminded me of Trump’s dash to the White House “panic room” before gasing peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square. Stein begins, “Democrats’ silence on our summer of violence is a tactical blunder.” He opined. “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” ‘So asked Joseph Welch, the attorney who stood up to the bullying by Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-Wis.) during a “1954 Senate hearing.” And once he said it, the nightmare that was McCarthyism was over.’” Too bad Donald Trump will not disappear from the “Oval Office” as easily. Stein asked, “Who will be the Joseph Welch who wakes us up from this new wave of reverse McCarthyism? Today, you are blacklisted if you don’t support a far-left agenda.” His rant made it seem Americans are living in an alternate reality. For readers to understand my confusion I had to provide at least Stein’s first paragraph to highlight his preposterous supposition. So, I needed to stop here and do a double take on Stein’s Grand Canyon leap from “tail gunner” Joe McCarthy, the architect of the “Second Red Scare,” to former Vice President Joe Biden. Stein’s reach, for most Americans today, is a bridge too far. Republicans like Stein are desperately trying chill Mr. Biden’s momentum by using metaphors that requires readers, who did not live through situations like McCarthyism or have not read about it, to somehow help him complete his stretch. So, like a reenactment of “tail gunner” Joe’s theatrics, with Stein in the lead role, opened up on Democrats in a machine gun blast of accusations that shot holds in his argument. He railed, “It’s time that a Democrat crossed the invisible picket line to condemn both the ‘cancel culture’ and the ‘mindless violence’ in our cities. It’s time that a Democrat stood up for the First Amendment in this country and the need for an open political debate. And it is time that a Democrat exploded the nonsense that what is going on in Portland and Seattle is just protest and not destructive anti-police, anti-American violence that needs to be stopped, not coddled. Unfortunately, today’s Joe Biden is not that Democrat.” Stein left out the fact that, unlike Republicans, Democrats are thanking their “lucky stars” that former Vice President Joe Biden is “not” that kind of Democrat. First, for example, Stein did not need to travel all the way back to the 1950s and dig up Joe McCarthy to find an outrageous and ridiculous politician, when America presently has Donald Trump in the White House!! Next in their desperation Republicans are raising the issue of age, but “Trump has fail to resemble Michelangelo, trying to paint Mr. Biden, as ‘mentally unfit’ in his efforts to make the case that, “if the 77-year-old Biden leaves the post before the end of his term, America will end up with a Black Lives Matter cheerleader in the White House.” However, in that particular case, “the pot cannot call the kettle black.” I will admit Mr. Biden has tripped over his tongue and made what for Republicans consider major political blunders. But I say, it is not how many times Mr. Biden trips over his tongue misspeaking that matters, his gaffes and lip-de-flops are minuscule in terms of impacts, of Trump’s horrendous COVID-19 response and what he has put forth as cures. Coupled with his caustic racial and divisive rhetoric and appeals, as well as his support for confederate monuments and flag waving white nationalists, represent far graver threats to all true Americans, especially those veterans, who actually faced America’s enemies on battlefields. Let’s we forget I remind, Trump has yet to make any statement, lip-de-flop or otherwise, regarding “Russia’s bounties” on US troops, as well as currently melting in US elections. So, while Mr. Biden may be apt to misspeak, his flubs are far less costly and harmful to America’s interest, than Trump not speaking, even if he uses the same phrase several times without coming to a conclusion. Mr. Biden simply needs to cease trying to explain or characterize black people and simply talk about what he is going to do, when he speaks. There are several other points in Stein’s rant I now address, but before that I want to speak to the efforts by Republicans to define the former Vice President as ‘Unfit Joe,” “Sleep Joe,” or “Slow Joe,” and now “No show Joe,” regarding the debates, but all they are getting from Mr. Biden is “Mojo.” Unable to break through, after being hot on his trail, trying to lure “no show” Biden out of his basement since February, but Republicans have been complete frozen out by Mr. Biden’s torrid media basement campaign. Republicans should be calling Mr. Biden “Iceberg Joe.” Next, the so-called “cancel culture” Trump and Republicans continue bringing up “is their new hoax.” For those that lived through McCarthyism or have read about it, know Donald Trump is a “tail gunner” Joe clone. But, brings up McCarthy, whether Stein knows it or not, McCarthy would feel right at home in today’s Republicans Party, given their complete disregard for the US Constitution and First Amendment Rights. Trump, like McCarthy and Stein, when 1st Amendment Rights are mentioned, see anyone who doesn’t agree with them, especially law bidding American peaceful protesters, as dangerous radicals associated with “antifa,” which is another “new hoax” and fictitious comparison to intimates protests are a dangerous threat. Stein’s attacking salvo against the “radical left,” raising “tail gunner Joe” from the dead, as he did, was to insinuate young progressive are communists, but there is no Communist Party-USA, Trump’s buddy Putin is the closer to that insinuation. Today, after almost 20 years of being reshaped in the image of “tail gunner” Joe’s Republicans, “the Grand Old Party,” seems to be singing its swan song of “cancel culture,” trying to “beg the issue” hoping to issue and recreate an environment where American cities believe their stability is threaten’ by “Black Lives Matter” and peaceful protest like in places like Portland and Seattle. Conjuring up ghosts from the past, like Joe McCarthy, is to scare old white folks, so they will cling to Donald Trump, as his last gasp strategy for hanging on to the White House. Then there is Trump’s buddy from the impeachment trial Rudy Giuliani, who sent letters from the Trump campaign requesting a fourth presidential debate in early September. With Giuliani trying to call balls and strikes, I see Stein’s whole game as trying to draw Vice President Biden out, so every losing Republican can use him for target practice. Demanding an additional debate, they hope to use Mr. Biden as a foil during the debates, praying Donald Trump will eviscerate Mr. Biden. However, any intelligent American knows one cannot debate a man that has not spoken a word of truth since before entering the White House. Lying is how Donald Trump built his business and made it to the White House. Lying is Trump’s only consistent characteristic and strategy. Debates are about establishing facts upon which listeners can decide truth. American voters will receive from such debates, the same types of lies they witnessed from Trump’s “dog and pony show,” during the early stages of the coronavirus taskforce briefings in the “rose garden.” The whole debate charade will be an effort to make the former Vice President look ridiculous before voters, but will not establish truth. However, just to show he is not afraid to debate Donald Trump, I would agree to 3 debates spaced out over the last 10 days before November 3—Election day!!! But, the shot in the back Stein hoped would cover his torus with his scurrilous attack, if it had been on target, was to use the First Amendment to excuse and justify Trump’s crackdown on peaceful protesters. Over the last 3 months however, news reports have established clearly that white supremacists and other Nazi and Confederate flag waving far right extremists, like “the umbrella man, “The American Wolf” and the “ Compton California “Executioners” LA County deputies, have been identified by federal authorities as currently targets. These individuals and groups are accused of being provocateurs that smashed windows and starting fires, during early BLM protests, which conservatives blamed on BLM protesters. Trying to hide behind the First Amendment, in this particular case, Stein left his butt hanging out, for anyone that supports “Black Lives Matter” to put their foot in it, just for fun. Now, this rebuttal turns to what Republicans term “anti-police and anti-American violence that needs to be stopped, not coddled,” according to Stein. Whether it is called “anti-police” by Trumpty-dumpties or de-fund the police by BLM, what black people are talking about and trying to stop are insults and degradation, like the story by Teo Armus, “Colorado police apologize over viral video of cops handcuffing Black girls.” Calling such outrages “mistakes or overzealous unthinking cops” are after the fact alibis intended to turn the page or change the subject from what really happened in order to focus on something a black person said, did or had. Again however, an apology can never erase the pain, humiliation, degradation and psychological damage descendants of American slavery suffered and endured, since being kidnapped and shanghaied off to North America, beginning in the 1450s. Continuing incidents, after 4 months, it is clear to African Americans that white people are happy with white men, police or civilian, killing black men and women, whether on the street like George Floyd or in their beds like Brennan Taylor, even out for a jog like Ahmad Arbery, because they and their children are not dying at the hands of police with impunity. This will stop and young black children, moms and dads will be in the streets until it STOPS!!!!! It does not matter what people like Stein says, slavery’s descendants, support and want to see more protest like “What is Black August and how is it different than Black History Month?”, which Harmeet Kaur covered for CNN. She explores why the “new normal” mindset and narrative “Black Lives Matter” and other young blacks reflect as they fill streets all over America to make this point. We are not going to stop. Trump can send troops, tanks, bullets, gas whatever; we will continue to stand, as we have, since becoming kidnapped victims in the 1400s. For example, Monifa Bandele of the “Movement for Black Lives” told (CNN), “During Black August, we honor Black freedom fighters, many of whom were killed by the state or imprisoned “like H. “Rap” Brown, now known as, Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, who is currently serving a life sentence for murder, because he defended himself when he was ambushed by two Fulton County Sheriff’s deputies in 2000. The attack on “H” Rap Brown was similar to the reign of terror from the “Executioners” currently against black people in Compton California. Black people are still fighting to free Jamil, “Rap” Brown, Abdullah Al-Amin, as a true freedom fighter. Let us be clear, policing in America evolved from slave catchers even before the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which made catching “runaway slaves” a national policy. This policy gave poor whites men jobs and slaves catchers could kidnap and shanghai any black person off to the South that did not have on their person manumission paper when accused of being a running away slave, (Twelve Years A Slave the Story of Solomon Northup). Today, as back in the 1850s, police do not have to recognize the Constitutional rights of black people, as they do white people. Without cause or on any assumption a white man has in his head about a black person, no matter how ridiculous it sounds, after the fact and a black person lies dead, the white cops are not held responsible for their erroneous judgement or conjecture. If the victim is white an entirely different scenario develops. The slave catcher scenario is the only mindset operating for police, judges and juries presiding over the death of a black person. Justice is not the goal, rather justifying police actions is the goal of any investigation, if police even bother to investigate, like Sandra Bland, who police say hung herself in a Texas jail. No black man or woman’s life is worth destroying a white person’s career is how white people view “qualified immunity.” Make no mistake about it, police unions’ underhanded rapid fire assaults on descendants of American slavery is not simply blind hatred, it is a very thinly vailed deception Republicans have devised which aims to drive Vice President Joe Biden into the desperate arms of Donald Trump. Republicans have no place to go and those that recognize this fact are like passengers aboard the Titanic, fighting for space in lifeboats or just lifejackets, as the Titanic took on water. Most that were able to escape the sinking ship, fell victim to the icy water and most died for lack of rescue, like victims of COVID-19. This is the fate Republicans have left America, as their sinking party has left them to fin for themselves, as Trump’s sinking reelection hopes go down like the Titanic, which is why I said earlier Republicans should call the former Vice President “Iceberg Joe.”