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Chicago Police Officers Will Be Reprimanded For Kneeling

Two Chicago police officers took a knee today in protesting police brutality and racism, as many professional athletes and others have done and will continue to do until there is equality for all. 

The two officers silently took a knee with a local activist and it has yet to be determined what the consequences will be for these local officers supporting equality and joining the fight against racism. 

The reasoning for being reprimanded is because the officers were in uniform and making a “political statement,”. No, it is not.

This is not a political statement and seems to be an excuse in an attempt to shut down protests for equality and police brutality. The definition of a political statement is an act or nonverbal form of communication that’s purpose is to influence a decision by a political party. 

This has nothing to do with influencing a decision on a political party. There shouldn’t be an act of influencing one side or another when we are protesting against racism, equality for those of color or police brutality. 

Equality and acting just toward all regardless of race is a human right and should not be misunderstood as a political statement. We are not trying to influence people. Politicians should know and be experts in what a political statement is. 

We are demanding equal rights for everyone regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation and all groups and individuals that have been deprived basic human rights and equal justice for far too long. 

There is absolutely no just reason to reprimand these Chicago police officers and claiming it’s because of they were in uniform, protesting equality and police brutality is yet another example of using loopholes in policy to execute racism.

As the hours and days go by, we only strengthen our unity and close the gap on the divide that so many people want to exist. Instead, we are coming together regardless of color and demonstrating unity and cohesion. 

We are peacefully sending the message that we will not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind. Freedom of speech encourages collective unity and common understanding. 

We, as Americans, have the right to protest in an appropriate and nonviolent manner as a means of filtering out those who are corrupt in hopes of bringing stability and equality among those who have been denied their human rights. 

In a 1974 case, Procunier v. Martinez, Justice Thurgood Marshall stated that the first amendment right serves not only those in politics or an organized society but also the human spirit. He further states that the human spirit is one that needs selfexpression. 

In regards to the two Chicago police officers, they did nothing wrong and stood up for what they believed in. It is my hope that this is a step in the right direction and I will continue to reach out to more and more people. 

We will continue to fight against racial injustice and inequality until we are all treated as equals. Personally, I find it courageous and admirable that these officers protested against police brutality and racism. 

We are breaking the cycle of repeated history that divided us. Those who deny racism and unjust practices against those of color in many institutions will not separate us into “us” and “them,”. We are in this fight together.

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12 Beautiful Signs Men Show Love Without Saying It

We all have our own way of defining love and how we perceive love.

The ways on how men show love without saying it are evident in their everyday actions towards the woman they love.

For me, these 12 things that a guy does shows me he loves me without having to say the actual words. It shows he cares about me in different ways.

1. He sends random sweet texts.

I don’t know about everyone reading, but this is one of my favorite things a guy does. It just goes to show you that they’re thinking about you at random times of the day, not just in the morning or at night.

2. He goes out of his way for you.

Although we should do this for those we love, guys are different when it comes to this. If he drops what he’s doing with his friends or coworkers for me, I know he truly cares and loves me.

It also shows a great deal of respect on his part.

3. He communicates with you.

Communication seems to be one of the biggest challenges in relationships. I don’t know why seeing as our way to get basic needs as a child is by communicating with our caregivers.

Maybe it’s because people are afraid of coming off mean or wanting to avoid confrontation. But lack of communication only makes the relationship worse gradually.

So when he communicates with me for things such as how he’s feeling about something or that he’s going to be running late, it shows respect and dedication to making the relationship work.

4. He brings his friends around you.

When he hangs out with me with his friends around, it tells me to a certain extent that he’s proud to be with me and isn’t embarrassed or ashamed to be with me.

This is huge for me as it shows he is committed, in my opinion.

5. He helps you — within his control.

No one can make life’s problems or challenges disappear so I’m not holding that expectation of anyone. But if he is able to help me with something such as proofreading a paper for me, he is at least trying to help in a way he knows how.

6. He offers support.

Emotional support is key. If he’s willing to be there through challenging times and doesn’t run away the first chance he gets, that’s proof to me that he cares and loves me.

Not everyone is capable of emotionally supporting a person and it tells a lot about a person when they are able to do that.

7. He shows no judgment.

When he knows about my past and mistakes I have made, I don’t feel judged or criticized. I feel warmth and love.

Accepting me means accepting the good and the bad with no judgments.

8. He compliments you when you’ve put effort into how you look that day. (Or no effort!)

When he calls me gorgeous and I feel like I look scummy or my hair isn’t done shows me it doesn’t matter what I look like and that he’ll think I’m gorgeous regardless. It helps me realize that I don’t always have to get dolled up to impress him or make him think I’m pretty.

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.

9. He doesn’t criticize your decisions.

I have parents that criticize my decisions and choices in life. I don’t need another person in my life trying to tell me right from wrong.

If he inquires about my decisions and is genuinely interested and offers his perspective rather than telling me if it’s wrong or right, I know he loves me and respects me enough to not tell me what to do and offer his insight into the matter.

10. He hugs you — and means it.

A hug can tell you a lot. When a guy hugs me, I can tell whether or not it’s genuine or forced. I can tell whether he’s missed me or not.

If a guy hugs me tightly with both arms and doesn’t immediately let go, I know he loves and cares about me. This is just my opinion and how I feel love from another.

11. He asks how your day is going.

I have been in relationships where it becomes routine to ask “How was your day?” and the other person wasn’t particularly interested.

If he shows interest in my day at work and if anything happened, he is showing his love by making sure everything is okay with the day.

12. He asks about current things you’re working on.

If he asks me what I’m writing about this week or what type of papers I’m proofreading or editing, it shows he is interested in what I’m doing. It shows he cares about what I am doing and wants to be a part of it with no hidden agenda.

This is an important gesture for me to feel loved and cared for.

These are the things that a guy does that shows me whether he genuinely cares about me and the relationship or not.

Everyone is different. I want to be appreciative of the small things and not take them for granted.