Building Our Black Twitter Community

Since April 2020, I’ve been scouring Black Twitter for “activists” to help build our online community. As of now, we over 6,000 followers. My goal is for us to come together and vote on things that we think are important to focus on. I’ve found hundreds of people and pages that desire to “support Black Businesses” but, unfortunately, we seem to be scattered.

When I first started the page many people suspected (and probably still do) that I was some White guy pretending to be Black. It was very frustrating but I realized that it pointed to a real issue that our community faces- we don’t know who to trust. Black is the new trend and the wrong people are making bank off of us.

The beauty of the Black Twitter Union is that you don’t have to trust me. I don’t want you to trust me because I don’t trust you either. When we fundraise for Black businesses/people, they will create their own GoFundMe campaigns so the money will go directly to them- no middle man, no funny business. The Black Twitter Union will only serve as a center of focus. The only way I could make money is if you shop at the store or donate.

Right now, I am raising awareness of the impeding vote. When we are ready, don’t hesitate to nominate a business by tagging their Twitter page in the post. After the nomination process is finished, the next step will be to vote on which business we will direct our funds to.

Thank you for reading and we appreciate your support.

– XOXO RW

The 3 Officers Involved in George Floyd Murder Arrested!

The 3 officers who assisted as Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd have all been arrested and charged with crimes. The officers (Tou ThaoJ. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Kieran Lane) have been charged with felony aiding and abetting second degree murder and aiding and abetting 2nd degree manslaughter.

Chauvin faces 40 years in prison (that’s the maximum penalty for 2nd degree murder.) The other 3 also face 40 years each, the same punishment for 2nd degree murder.

Floyd was arrested following a report that he used a counterfeit $20 bill at a store. In videos of the incident, you can see clearly that it was more than just Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s body. 3 other officers were on him at one time.

In the independent autopsy ordered by the Floyd family, it revealed that he died from asphyxia as a result of the neck and back compression.

The complaint calls the 2nd degree murder charge “unintentional while committing a felony.” So it appears they are attempting to get Chauvin on felony murder for the excessive force that led to George’s death. A representative for the Floyd family, Ben Crump, calls for Chauvin’s charge to be upgraded.

In regards to the arrest of the other officers, he says “This is a significant step forward on the road to justice” and is providing some peace for George’s family in this painful time.

Attorney Lee Merritt, also reps the Floyd family and tells us the reason he has been pushing so hard for the officers involved in Floyd’s death to be held accountable is to encourage cops everywhere to start becoming a part of the solution to police brutality.

He hopes it sends the message that good cops need to challenge bad cops in order to be good cops. He says this can be a positive step toward changing a system that’s enabled mistreatment of black people for so long.

George Floyd Dies After Being Pinned Down By Minneapolis Police

The video in question shows a white police officer with a man, later identified as George Floyd, pinned to the ground next to the back tire of his patrol car with his knee on the back of the man’s neck. “Please, please, please I can’t breathe,” he begs. “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please. I can’t breathe.”

Some people watching in the crowd told the officer to get off the man. “You’re stopping his breathing right now, you think that’s cool?” one man says. “His nose is bleeding, look at his nose!” says a woman but the officer did not stop. When the man stopped moving more people attempted to intervene, but the officer stayed on the man’s neck as the man laid there unresponsive. The officer had him pinned for about 8 minutes before the paramedics arrived.

Floyd died on Monday night and the four officers involved have been terminated Body camera video is available, but has not been made public yet.

“The man looked already dead before the ambulance even got there. He was clearly trying to tell them he couldn’t breathe and they ignored him,” Darnella Frazier said.

The officers were responding to a report of a forgery in progress. Once there, they found the suspect in his car. He stepped out of the car when he was ordered to but allegedly resisted.

Early Tuesday the Minneapolis Police Department released a statement. “Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress,” the statement said. “Officers called for an ambulance. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later.”

The department said that they called the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to do an independent investigation but later announced that the FBI would also be investigating too.

After reviewing the video, Mayor Jacob Frey said “What we saw was horrible, completely and utterly messed up… I believe what I saw, and what I saw was wrong at every level.” He continued, “Being black in America should not be a death sentence… When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help, and this officer failed in the most basic human sense.”

A protest is planned for Tuesday night at the site. Mayor Frey is encouraging protestors to express their anger safely and while social distancing.

Life Without Parole for $20 of Marijuana

In Louisiana, a homeless man named Fate Vincent Winslow helped sell $20 of weed and got life in prison with no chance for parole.

He was paid $5 to drop it off but did not know he was selling it to an undercover cop working on a prostitution operation in Shreveport. When asked why he agreed to deliver the weed, he said he wanted to use the money to buy food.

He was arrested in 2008 and is still behind bars. It wasn’t that single sale that got him with such a harsh sentence though. He had 3 prior felony convictions (none for violent crimes). 24 years earlier he was convicted for simple burglary, another simple burglary conviction 15 years before, and possession of cocaine in 2004.

Under Louisiana’s habitual offender law, prosecutors pushed for the maximum punishment. In the end, Fate Winslow was served a life sentence. When he appealed, judges did not believe he deserved leniency, “The defendant has failed to rebut the presumption by showing that he is exceptional,” they wrote in 2010. “The fact that his prior offenses were nonviolent is, by itself, insufficient.”

He would not have faced a life sentence were it not for the state’s three-strikes, law for repeat offenders. He remains behind bars and will die in the world’s prison capital for selling $20 worth of weed. Do you believe this justice?

Fate Vincent Winslow