Tagged - black lives matter

Rochester residents and activists respond to the retirement of police Chief Singletary amid calls for change

Rochester residents and demonstrators met the news of Police Chief La'Ron Singletary’s retirement positively, and cited Singletary’s retirement and the convening of a grand Jury as two major victories of the movement.

My awakening to American racism

I never even considered that this disease which seemed so far in the past was still very prevalent. 

Surviving two pandemics

They refuse to accept that a system that shoots unarmed Jacob Blakes but protects armed Kyle Rittenhouses is a just one.

BLM protesters share message with UR at escalating Daniel Prude demonstrations

Black Panther Party member Asa Adams, who lost his voice shouting himself hoarse on Saturday night, encouraged students to take their activism one step further. “University of Rochester, if you really want to make change – come out here to the real classroom, you’ll learn a lot more,” he told the Campus Times on Thursday.
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It happened here. Will it change here?

The University’s expressions of support for Black lives are at the mercy of the news cycle. 

The racist policies that led to the July ‘64 uprisings

When Reuben Davis moved to Rochester in 1955, he was hopeful about the prospect of success in a city known for its economic prosperity. But it soon became apparent that as a Black man, he was not included in the comforts of the city’s industrial opportunities.

All Lives Matter excludes those who need it most

In the United States, uplifting “all” too often means prioritizing white uplift. 

Anti-racist petitions make rounds at UR

Two petitions demanding that UR permanently ban firearms for the Department of Public Safety (DPS) have been circling UR.

June 2020, July ’64: Rochester’s so-called ‘riots’

"When people’s needs are not met, they will respond. And rioting, mashing up, destruction, all of those things are part of it.”

Blue lives don’t exist

If you want to monopolize violence, then you should be willing to be its first victim. But most cops aren’t.