The Good, the Bad, the F*cked up – Weekly Roundup – 07/16
This is the GBF Weekly Roundup (the Good, the Bad, and the F*cked up) for the week of July 11. Life is random as hell and, every week, stories from all over show us how good, bad and fucked up things are going.
Young Boy Uses His Allowance to Buy Books for Local Jail
Tyler Fugett is a 9 year-old boy who wanted to help the inmates in his county by making them think good things and forget where they are for a few hours a day, so he gathered all his allowance money and bought as many books as he could to donate them to the Montgomery County Jail in Tennessee.
He showed up unannounced to the County Jail with over 100 books. The Sheriff’s office has no budget for a library, so they were incredibly happy with Tyler’s donation.
Tyler believes that “If they read, they don’t have time to think about doing bad things when they come out. Maybe they’ll find one thing in there that would make them click to be better people”.
He’s now working towards making hygiene packages to those same inmates.
With people becoming incredibly self-involved due to social media, I’m always amazed when people go out of their way to be kind to others. It’s especially amazing when they’re young.
I applaud his mother for teaching this kid the right things and I hope that his heart and generosity only gets bigger with time.
By the way, Tyler doesn’t come from a rich family. They live pay check to pay check, however, they manage to give to others regardless.
NBA Superstars Call for an End to Police Brutality and Gun Violence
After the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the Dallas police officers, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks called for athletes to join him in taking a stand against the police brutality and gun violence that has taken the lives of so many innocent americans this year alone.
At the ESPYs, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Lebron James took the stage to address the issue and gave a powerful speech by acknowledging the recent tragedies and trying to make everyone understand why this needs to stop.
This group of NBA players is probably the most influential group of players we've seen since the members of the '96 dream team, so them going on the biggest stage American sports has to offer to discuss social issues is admirable. Carmelo is trying to follow the example of Muhammad Ali and countless other athletes who were willing to sacrifice their popularity and status to stand for what's right.
I applaud them for it and I hope it's only the beginning of their push for social change.
Cops Kill Two Unarmed Black Men Last Week
THE CASE OF ALTON STERLING
There are too many deaths and cases to name to strengthen my point, so I’ll focus on the two that happened this week. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Alton Sterling was apparently selling CDs outside of a convenience store when someone called the police saying that a man with a gun was outside doing God knows what. The police show up, they confront Sterling – we don’t know if Sterling was the man the caller referred to – they wrestle him down to the ground, the cops draw their guns, one of them yells “Gun!” and they shoot a subdued Sterling seconds later. In the video, we watch him die as a police officer yells “Fuck!".
Sterling family held a press conference to call for justice for his death as the country discussed what they had just witnessed through the power of social media. If you’ve seen the video, you know in your gut that what happened was wrong and could’ve been avoided. What I don’t understand is how the media is trying to justify Sterling death by releasing his criminal record with charges dating back to the 1990s.
Sterlling's death ignited protests and outrage across the country.
THE CASE OF PHILANDO CASTILE
A day later, in Falcon Heights, Philando Castile was driving around with his girlfriend and her four year-old daughter. Since Castile had a busted tail light, he was pulled over by a police officer in a routine traffic stop. Castile had a concealed carry license and informed the officer that he had a weapon in the car. The cop asks him for ID, and when Castile reaches for it, the cop shoots him four time because he thought Castile was reaching for the gun.
The video shows Castile’s girlfriend recounting the event right after her boyfriend has been shot. The gut-wrenching part of the video is the four year-old daughter trying to console her mother while they’re in a cop car.
Castile was an innocent, law-abiding citizen who died for nothing.
If that doesn’t make you angry making you want to protest, march and peacefully implement change, I don’t know what will. This could have happened to anybody.
We’ve reached a point where we can no longer witness black people dying for being black. We’ve reached that point years ago with Trayvon Martin, then with Michael Brown, then with Tamir Rice, then Freddie Gray and the list goes on and on. This year alone, the police has killed 136 black people.
We can’t sit by and watch them normalize murdering black people. We just can’t.
Until the officers are brought to justice and face legal consequences for their actions, these protests will continue.
No justice. No Peace.
Terrorist Attack in Nice, France
Thursday night, as citizens were celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, a man at the wheel of a truck opened fire on the crowd and ran over a sea of people in an attempt to kill all possible citizens. The culprit of this terrorist attack was shot down by police officers after killing 84 people and injuring dozens of others.
This attack is the second worst attack in France's history since the ISIS bombings last november.
The terrorist has yet to be linked to ISIS, but signs do point to the terrorist organization since they've been responsible for most of the attacks that have taken place in the world in recent weeks.
There aren't enough details to comment on this horrific attack, but same as with the attacks in Turkey and Iraq I'm left wondering "Why?". Why would anyone do this? What is there to gain by murdering innocent people.
The Young Turks spoke on the issue and explained how the United States helped rebuild the enemies they defeated in World War 2. Now Japan and Germany are their peaceful and strong allies. I'm paraphrasing Cenk Uygur's words a bit, so hear them for yourself, but I think that what he's saying is that trying to obliterate terrorism with bombs and drone strikes is not working. In fact, it's only fuelling the fire and creating more recruits available to terrorist groups like ISIS. Going over there trying to help, rebuild and rid them of ISIS through positive actions may be more fruitful.
I don't know what is needed to stop all these attacks, but we do have to try and give peace a chance because violence only created even more violence.
THE FUCKED UP
Couple Busted in Zoo for Playing Pokemon Go
Pokemon Go is the latest craze that has people doing ludicrous things in an effort to catch them all. In case you didn't know, Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game that uses your surroundings to add another facet to hunting for Pokemon. Essentially, as you play the game on a mobile device, your phone acts as a GPS tracking device for various Pokemon who appear to be feet away from you as you're looking at your surroundings through the screen.
It supposed to be fun and harmless, but many cases of reckless behaviour caused by people playing the game have already been reported. I've heard of people getting in car accidents, other falling off cliffs and other nonsense just because people wanted to catch a Pokemon. Most recently, a couple broke and entered into an Ohio zoo in to to get a Pokemon.
They were arrested for trespassing and could face up to 30 days in jail for the offence.
I never really got into Pokemon when I was a kid and I'm extremely surprised that it's still a thing today. Having said that, the way people are going crazy for this game is insane. Is real life that boring that people have to go through it looking through their phone hunting for fictional characters? I mean people go through life looking through their phone anyway, but this is kind of absurd isn't it?
What is there to gain from catching all these Pokemon? Money? Bragging rights? A unsubstantiated sense of accomplishment? Who the hell knows? What I do know is that people are going crazy for this new game and it looks like it's going to be dangerous, which will lead to some dumb ass restrictions that will affect all of us.
Woman Added to FBI List After Killing Pregnant Woman and Unborn Child
Most people have to deal with loud neighbours at some point in their lives. Everyone has their own ways of dealing with them, but more often than not, ignoring them is the easiest way to deal with the situation. Shanika Minor's mom decided to complain about her neighbour, Tamecca Perry, to her daughter, which prompted Minor to take matters into her hands and confront Perry over playing loud music at unreasonable hours.
Minor and a 9-months pregnant Perry exchanged words in a heated argument where Minor allegedly fired her gun in the air, but left after her mom pleaded with her not to harm the pregnant woman. The next day, Minor returned to Perry's home at 3 a.m. to confront her again. Despite Minor's mother getting involved to stop her daughter, Minor managed to fire her gun at Perry's chest who died a few moments later along with her unborn child – 5 days before her due date. Perry allegedly died in front of her two young children.
Minor has been on the run for the last three month and has just made the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list. Shanika Minor "… faces a slew of charges, including first-degree intentional homicide; first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, a federal offence."
A $100,000 reward will be offered for anyone who has information leading to Minor's capture.
Apparently, Minor shot Perry because she felt that Perry disrespected her and her mother with her loud music. Did Perry deserve to die for that? Of course not, but that doesn't change the fact that her and her unborn child died for no good reason.
I would like to blame gun control, but this situation is about a mentally unstable person who couldn't control her anger over something trifling. Gun or not, I have a feeling this would've ended in a tragedy. It's unfortunate to say, but that's what I believe.
I hope they catch her before she does any more damage.
written by Georje Wilden