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The push against police brutality continues throughout the United States. Protests and demonstrations have occurred daily for months without any clear end in sight. And they should not, at least until some clear legislation is passed to address the continuing over-policing facing marginalized communities in the United States. Misinformation is one of the primary tactics used to push back against the efforts to drive police reform, with one of the main narratives focusing on the number of people killed by police officers. Unpacking those numbers show exactly why this tactic is yet another in the tired playbook use by racist...

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And it continues. As much of the United States is still dealing with a global pandemic, people are taking to the streets to demonstrate against police brutality and the needless killing of yet another African American. This time it was Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This situation has gravely escalated as 17-year old; Kyle Rittenhouse from Illinois traveled across state lines and has murdered two individuals and injured a third. Rittenhouse is a white male who in multiple videos has been shown talking and working with police officers in the area. This is a tragic situation and in no way...

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The unfortunate murder of George Floyd has sparked nationwide protest that is not new. Many of the cries of “No Justice, No Peace” come from the same place as when it was chanted other times such as the 1960s. One phrase aspect of the moment, defunding the police, has gained a lot of steam as well. As those with negative intentions attempt to twist the meaning and purpose of said call to defend law enforcement, there is a space needed to explain what exactly defunding the police means. There will still be those that feign a misunderstanding, but the push...

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“Keep politics out of my XYZ,” has become a popular cry by those that believe political and societal conversations can be removed from any topic. It is frequently the outcry when the relations between sports and politics become clear. The same has been said about martial arts as of late, when it is easy to understand just how politics, sports and martial arts bedfellows since inception have been and will continue to be throughout time. Max Schmeling and Adolf Hitler’s attempt to use the 1936 Olympics as a platform to promote Nazi Germany are two attempts that failed miserably when...

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Catch phrases and hashtags are the norm its today’s social media driven world. Everyone looks to go “viral” with a one-liner that captures the attention of the masses. However, it is important to know the history behind the phrases that have been popularized by social platforms. That is why it is troublesome when you see gyms, promotions and “well-respected” organizations use the phrase “Blue Lives Matter.” A term that may seem simple to understand, but when recognizing its etymology, this is a phrase meant to silence minorities and oppressed groups. The history to Blue Lives Matter messaging dates to 2014....

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