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White House Press Secretary Sarah “Huckachin” Sanders Says Police Shootings Are A Local Matter

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White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, responded to questions about Stephon Clark -a black man who was shot by police 20 times with just a cellphone in his pocket. The White House, under the Trump presidency, has constantly made a point that police officers should be respected. Sad to think that the many killings of unarmed black men are a “local matter” as she added. One can clearly see it’s happening everywhere and nearly every day, so how is it local?

“Certainly a terrible incident, this is something that is a local matter and that’s something we feel should be left up to the local authorities.”

Another unarmed black man is killed at the hands of police because they felt threatened or had mistaken him for having a weapon…and the White House thinks it’s a local matter. Stephon Clark was shot 20 times and it isn’t a story that’s new. We know how it goes, the police officers involved will not be charged, paid investigation that yields no information and no results. The white circle of life.

This administration doesn’t value the lives of black men and women and definitely not people of color. This is the same administration that is interested in building a wall to so call “protect” us from terrorists and rapist when white men are walking in public spaces and shooting random people. These white men are considered mentally insane because of the color of their skin. We’ve seen it recently with the Parkland shooter.

Check out the video of White House Press Secretary response and tell me if you can hear “I don’t see color.” coming from her thin lips.

 

Did the White House’s comments come off as dismissive? 

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After a chance meeting with a New York legend, Chaédria LaBouvier, the Guggenheim Museum’s first black female curator, promised herself if she experienced another special encounter on New York’s MTA bus service, she would live-tweet it for the world. Probably sooner than she expected, she found herself giving her followers a play-by-play of a man and woman discussing their relationship, its problems, and how they can solve them.

According to LaBouvier, everything began with the man telling his girlfriend, “I love you and I want to make this work but you’re mean AS FUCK and it’s wearing me down.” Her tweets then went on to describe the man explaining that she doesn’t know how to communicate her concerns in a healthy and productive way with him and pleading with her to seek help from a mental health professional. 

The woman acknowledges not only his concerns but also her own frustration with her actions and her reservations about therapy. “’I know I don’t communicate my feelings…I didn’t grow up with that and I had to teach myself… what if therapy doesn’t work for me? What if I’m just angry?’”

To some, LaBouvier’s tweets hearkened back to the problematic “#PlaneBae” incident in which a comedian’s live-tweets of flirtatious meet-cute between two fellow passengers on her flight from New York to Dallas included photos of the unsuspecting pair. Many, though, are hailing the unidentified MTA man’s devotion to his relationship and LaBouvier’s (@chaedria on Twitter) account as a beautiful example of love, commitment, patience, and compromise. 

In the exchange, the man affirms his girlfriend’s feelings about her anger and recognizes how difficult it can be to change learned behaviors, especially when the raw emotion of a lover’s quarrel come into play. Often times, couples fail to acknowledge the impact of their actions while focusing on the recipient, but both participants here succeed in validating the other and showing empathy for one another at the same time. “’I want a better YOU not someone else… would it help you if I went with you [to therapy]? I’ll ask my mom if she has any recommendations,’” the man offers 

However, what he likely doesn’t understand is that just any old “therapy” isn’t always the answer. Our MTA heroine arguably needs a trauma therapist specializing in PTSD – post-traumatic stress disorder – as evidenced by her brief detail of her childhood experience and the shame she feels every night. By her own admission she continually tries to correct her behavior yet fails, and a trauma specialist could not only better understand her situation, but also potentially reduce the pain she feels, slow the frequency of her “blackouts,” and address any other side effects. 

When thinking of the traumas that can affect any of us, it’s important to remember that what scars us individually may not scar us collectively. Whatever she experienced may not be immediately understandable or accessible to us (or her boyfriend whose race remains a mystery while LaBouvier identifies her as a woman of color), but it still grieves her daily. Imagine breaking a limb – you may get a cast and lollipop at the hospital, but that pain still remains until the injury is fully healed. Equally, that pain still affects our interactions with other others. All human interaction is dependent on our relationships and when our feelings are hurt, those relationships are thrown into chaos until the injury is healed or at least back in a working state.

This couple’s relationship may not be perfect, but their willingness to work together through their weaknesses is a sign all love is not lost. While therapy is not a cure-all, the right therapy can heal a lot of injuries. 

Check out the full thread on the flip and let us know what you think. Can therapy help their relationship? Do you have a personal experience you’d like to share?

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