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The Black Woman Who Led the Fight Against Jim Crow – And Why No One Has Ever Heard of Her

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/07/26/black-l...

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Elizabeth Warren’s devastating Trump hit: She drew a straight line from Jim Crow to Donald Trump

http://www.salon.com/2016/07/26/elizabeth_warrens_devastating_trump_hit_...

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A look at recent police deaths involving black men

http://www.salon.com/2016/07/27/a_look_at_recent_police_deaths_involving...

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This is the kind of shit Fox News spews out 24/7.

Bill O’Reilly defends his slavery statements: Slaves had “meat, bread, and other staples”He still doesn't get that slavery is the problem.

http://www.vox.com/2016/7/27/12305704/bill-oreilly-slavery-fed-meat

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How Abigail Adams Proves Bill O'Reilly Wrong About Slavery

The Fox host’s insistence that black laborers building the White House were “well-fed and had decent lodgings” fits in a long history of insisting the “peculiar institution” wasn’t so bad.

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/bill-oreilly-and-the...

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America’s Mayors: ‘We’re Afraid For Our Police’

Two years after the unrest in Ferguson, America’s mayors have a newfound fear for their cities’ police officers.

Mayors appeared conflicted about their support for their police—emphatic that their departments were well-trained, yet still dissatisfied with the structural chasm that separates white officers from communities of color. When asked whether their departments accurately reflect the racial makeup of their communities—a measure that reformers say is crucial to building trust with police—65 percent said no. That critical self-assessment has increased since 2015 by 11 percent since 2015. Mayors are not imagining this problem. Alan Berube, a Brookings Institution fellow who recently authored a report on police department demographics, told Politico that, "On average people of color in major local law enforcement agencies are underrepresented by an average of 24 percent compared to their share of the local population." But on the positive side, an indication perhaps of the mayors’ clearer understanding of the situation in their cities and work they have undertaken to improve things, the number of mayors decreased who say their police demographics are an extremely inaccurate depiction of their cities’ makeup. Asked about whether race and policing is a concern in their city, an overwhelming 81 percent said yes, with nearly a quarter calling it a “deep” concern.

 

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/08/mayors-survey-police-shoo...

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America’s Mayors: ‘We’re Afraid For Our Police’

Two years after the unrest in Ferguson, America’s mayors have a newfound fear for their cities’ police officers.

Mayors appeared conflicted about their support for their police—emphatic that their departments were well-trained, yet still dissatisfied with the structural chasm that separates white officers from communities of color. When asked whether their departments accurately reflect the racial makeup of their communities—a measure that reformers say is crucial to building trust with police—65 percent said no. That critical self-assessment has increased since 2015 by 11 percent since 2015. Mayors are not imagining this problem. Alan Berube, a Brookings Institution fellow who recently authored a report on police department demographics, told Politico that, "On average people of color in major local law enforcement agencies are underrepresented by an average of 24 percent compared to their share of the local population." But on the positive side, an indication perhaps of the mayors’ clearer understanding of the situation in their cities and work they have undertaken to improve things, the number of mayors decreased who say their police demographics are an extremely inaccurate depiction of their cities’ makeup. Asked about whether race and policing is a concern in their city, an overwhelming 81 percent said yes, with nearly a quarter calling it a “deep” concern.

 

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/08/mayors-survey-police-shoo...

A very good summary: "We are afraid for our police." and of course it is true. Also true should be the statement "we are afraid OF our police." But of course not all people have the same answer to this question and the answer is largely defined by race. That is the state they are in. What a terrible position for any community that does not believe in anarchy.

It is not as if racism has been this invisible thing that we could not see eating away at the legitimacy and safety of the structure of society. But finally it has come to the point where there no longer is a peace authority with any common legitimacy. Co-existing fear FOR the police (which means fear BY the police) and fear OF the police represents a terrifying reality born out of structural racism.

In Canada things have not broken down to quite the same degree. But we are not in a safe zone. Black Lives Matter in Canada is trying to alert the non-black public to a situation that clearly exists that most people seem unaware of -- the difference between the relationship between white people and the police and black people and the police (and justice system). Aboriginal people also experience this difference. But in Canada perhaps even less than in the United States, white people don't see the problem and think we are immune, so much better as not to be concerned.

Progressive people in the United States may find it impossible to ignore the case being made by BLM whereas in Canada, I am not sure that progressive people are as clearly on-side. I say this based on conversation (and yes argument) among people I know who would normally be considered progressive. I hope Canada gets the message being sent by BLM here. When it comes to racism towards Black and Aboriginal people here, there is ground to be made up on the left as well as the right. We have to wipe off any smugness in discussing the US when it comes to this because our situtation, while different, is in the context of even less awareness among progressives than it is in the US.

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Sean you are right that in Canada we tend to just turn a blind eye to the incarceration of First Nations people. The figures are outrageous especially when it comes to aboriginal women and youth. It also is apparent that the more aboriginal people in your community the higher the rates of incarceration which highlights that this is systemic racism.

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High and Growing Incarceration Rates for Aboriginal Peoples

While Aboriginal people make up about 4% of the Canadian population, as of February 2013, 23.2% of the federal inmate population is Aboriginal (First Nation, Métis or Inuit).

There are approximately 3,400 Aboriginal offenders in federal penitentiaries, approximately 71% are First Nation, 24% Métis and 5% Inuit. In 2010-11, Canada’s overall incarceration rate was 140 per 100,000 adults. The incarceration rate for Aboriginal adults in Canada is estimated to be 10 times higher than the incarceration rate of non-Aboriginal adults. The over-representation of Aboriginal people in Canada’s correctional system continued to grow in the last decade. Since 2000-01, the federal Aboriginal inmate population has increased by 56.2%. Their overall representation rate in the inmate population has increased from 17.0% in 2000-01 to 23.2% today. Since 2005-06, there has been a 43.5% increase in the federal Aboriginal inmate population, compared to a 9.6% increase in non-Aboriginal inmates.

Aboriginal Women: Aboriginal women are even more overrepresented than Aboriginal men in the federal correctional system, representing 33.6% of all federally sentenced women in Canada. According to Statistics Canada, “the disproportionate number of Aboriginal people in custody (is) consistent across all provinces and territories and particularly true among female offenders. In 2010/2011, 41% of females (and 25% of males) in sentenced custody (provincially, territorially and federally) were Aboriginal.” (Juristat, October 2012)

Aboriginal Youth: Aboriginal offenders tend to be younger than their counterparts. In 2013, 21.3% of all federally incarcerated Aboriginal offenders were 25 years of age or younger as compared to 13.6% of non-Aboriginals. The Aboriginal population in Canada is young. According to the 2006 Census data, nearly one-third (32%) of the 698,025 people who identified themselves as North American Indians (status and non-status Indians) were aged 0 – 14. Population projections released by Statistics Canada in 2005 show that Aboriginal people could account for a growing share of the young adult population over the next decade. By 2017, Aboriginal people aged 20 to 29 could make up 30% of that age cohort in Saskatchewan; 24% in Manitoba; 40% in the Yukon Territory; and 58% in the NWT.

http://www.oci-bec.gc.ca/cnt/rpt/oth-aut/oth-aut20121022info-eng.aspx

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Sean you are right that in Canada we tend to just turn a blind eye to the incarceration of First Nations people. The figures are outrageous especially when it comes to aboriginal women and youth. It also is apparent that the more aboriginal people in your community the higher the rates of incarceration which highlights that this is systemic racism.

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High and Growing Incarceration Rates for Aboriginal Peoples

While Aboriginal people make up about 4% of the Canadian population, as of February 2013, 23.2% of the federal inmate population is Aboriginal (First Nation, Métis or Inuit).

There are approximately 3,400 Aboriginal offenders in federal penitentiaries, approximately 71% are First Nation, 24% Métis and 5% Inuit. In 2010-11, Canada’s overall incarceration rate was 140 per 100,000 adults. The incarceration rate for Aboriginal adults in Canada is estimated to be 10 times higher than the incarceration rate of non-Aboriginal adults. The over-representation of Aboriginal people in Canada’s correctional system continued to grow in the last decade. Since 2000-01, the federal Aboriginal inmate population has increased by 56.2%. Their overall representation rate in the inmate population has increased from 17.0% in 2000-01 to 23.2% today. Since 2005-06, there has been a 43.5% increase in the federal Aboriginal inmate population, compared to a 9.6% increase in non-Aboriginal inmates.

Aboriginal Women: Aboriginal women are even more overrepresented than Aboriginal men in the federal correctional system, representing 33.6% of all federally sentenced women in Canada. According to Statistics Canada, “the disproportionate number of Aboriginal people in custody (is) consistent across all provinces and territories and particularly true among female offenders. In 2010/2011, 41% of females (and 25% of males) in sentenced custody (provincially, territorially and federally) were Aboriginal.” (Juristat, October 2012)

Aboriginal Youth: Aboriginal offenders tend to be younger than their counterparts. In 2013, 21.3% of all federally incarcerated Aboriginal offenders were 25 years of age or younger as compared to 13.6% of non-Aboriginals. The Aboriginal population in Canada is young. According to the 2006 Census data, nearly one-third (32%) of the 698,025 people who identified themselves as North American Indians (status and non-status Indians) were aged 0 – 14. Population projections released by Statistics Canada in 2005 show that Aboriginal people could account for a growing share of the young adult population over the next decade. By 2017, Aboriginal people aged 20 to 29 could make up 30% of that age cohort in Saskatchewan; 24% in Manitoba; 40% in the Yukon Territory; and 58% in the NWT.

http://www.oci-bec.gc.ca/cnt/rpt/oth-aut/oth-aut20121022info-eng.aspx

You are quite right -- and it is what some might call the perfect storm: public racism; systemic racism; poverty (in many cases extreme poverty); a lack of basic public services that are human rights (including fundamental health and mental health services, housing, water, education); and sexism.

I think that Aboriginal people in Canada may well be the most deliberately disadvantaged group of people in the world who have not yet turned to organized violent resistance.

I am not a Liberal supporter but if this current government can improve the lives of Aboriginal peoples in Canada and make substantial progress in terms of systemic racism, there honestly is an awful lot I would forgive them for. Unfortunately, there still seems to be a substantial gap between rhetoric and action.

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Baltimore police have racial bias, Justice Department reports

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/09/us/baltimore-justice-department-report/ind...

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American Opportunity

Blacks will take hundreds of years to catch up to white wealth

http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/09/news/economy/blacks-white-wealth-gap/ind...

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Can Hillary Clinton end the Southern Strategy forever?

https://www.thenation.com/article/can-hillary-clinton-end-the-southern-s...

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American Opportunity

Blacks will take hundreds of years to catch up to white wealth

http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/09/news/economy/blacks-white-wealth-gap/ind...

What a misleading headline -- really to the point of dishonesty. Below it there is the statement "if ever." But the text goes on to say how things have actually been worsening over the last three decades. This is a part of a trend towards wealth concentration. You can only ask how long the gap will take to close if you are actually reporting that it has stopped widening and the truth is it hasn't. Policies that favour the wealth penalize those who are racialized.

To say it will take hundreds of years to catch up suggests that progress is being made but too slowly. The facts are much worse as the article text says:

"Over the past 30 years, the average household wealth of white families has grown 85% to $656,000, while that of blacks has climbed just 27% to $85,000 and Latinos 69% to $98,000.

"We're seeing wealth concentrating in fewer and fewer hands and those hands are overwhelmingly white," said Josh Hoxie, who leads the project on opportunity and taxation at the Institute for Policy Studies."

So you see it is actually getting worse. There is no slow multi-century track to improvment there is a decline that is increasing -- and the reason for this is clear. Money attracts money.

It may sound like a quibble but this headline in as much as it suggests an injustice actually minimizes it. The text is balanced but the writers of headlines are not the authors of the text. So in this case -- even when you have an important story, that headline still damages the message.

Now this article is about the US. I have seen statistics in the past about Canada. They are not pretty here either and it is the same trend -- the trend to reward wealth with more wealth, that has increased in both countries, is having an effect on racial inequality.

As well, when it comes to employment connections mean everything so racism affects employment connections. This has also been discussed in the context of immegration -- they can be qualified but that does not beat nepotism.

If it were not for some efforts at affirmative action, things would be worse. I know that most people here, if not all, support affirmative action so I am preaching to the choir but this is an essential tool second only to letting everyone go and rehiring on the level without nepotism and racism. It is essential that poeple understand that affirmative action is a compromise meant to maintain stability and not cause job loss in circumstances where decades of unfair advantage has produced a field so tilted that fairness is elusive, even where overt racism may not exist.

To a country, like Canada, whose leaders have said our people are our greatest resource, overturning years of injustice that has led to a failure to get the most out of our human resources, is essential. In Canada we are talking about Aboriginal as well as Black people.

Sorry but it makes me angry to see headlines that are covering a story as important as this crafted in a way to minimize the impact of the story. The truth is that neither the US or Canada have even started a trajectory to catch up.

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As Black Canadian lawyer Anthony Morgan writes in the article The suffocating experience of being black in Canada : "Being Black in Canada can sometimes be suffocating. This feeling does not only come from being subject to anti-black racism in multiple domains of social, economic, cultural and civic life in Canada. It is overwhelmingly the result of carrying the exhausting burden of having to convince others of the truth of your lived experience…Blacks in Canada cannot speak about their lived experience and the ongoing injustices they face without being met with silencing indifference, dismissal and sometimes hostility."

Next time you are about to "Canadiansplain" to me or another lack person, imagine you are putting your hand over my mouth and nose and stopping me from breathing…imagine you are putting me in a chokehold.

Because this is what you are doing with your words.

Maybe that image will help you stop "Canadiansplaining"

 

 

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2016/09/unlearning-anti-...

 

 

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Empowering Black Youth To Change the World

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2020/06/08/spend-money-on-c...

"...There's an old political cliche that I have found time and time again to be very true. 'If you're not at the table, then you're on the menu.' If we're going to get off the menu for good, then we have to ensure that the systemic change we are marching for in the streets is executed by Black folks sitting around the tables as both elected officials and support staff.

That is why I'm incredibly excited to anounce the inaugural Black Youth Fellowship at Toronto City Hall. In 2021, we will provide 10 to 15 highly motivated, passionate and hard-working Black youth with the chance to get hands-on experience working with an elected government representative. The goal is to put these young people on a fast-track to success...If we do this right, we will create a platform to empower the next generation of Black public servants - not just here in Toronto, but in City Halls, legislatures and public institutions all over Canada."

 

'Silence is Not An Option': Meghan Adds Her Voice...

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/royal-fascinator-meghan-protests-racism-pr...

"...Meghan's message was retweeted by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, of which she is vice president and Harry is president. 'We are going to rebuild and rebuild...until it is rebuilt."

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Syria in Seattle: Commune Defies the US Regime

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Syria-in-Seattle-Commune-by-Pepe-Escob...

"So what really is the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone cum People's Republic all about?"

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On Class in Black Politics (podcast)

https://blackagendareport.com/class-black-politics

"Political scientist Cedric Johnson examines the realities of class in Black political life - from the limits of electoralism and a solely race-driven analysis in challenging the slow decline of a people (and nation) under de-industrialization and neoliberal austerity, to the power of a Marxist, materialist lens in understanding the power dynamics in capitalist society..."

 

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UN Rapporteur on Black Lives Matter Protests...(and vid)

https://www.rt.com/shows/going-underground/491267-blm-protests-usa-georg...

"We firstly speak to Malia Bouattia, the first female black Muslim president of the National Union of Students (NUS). She discusses the Black Lives Matter protests that have spread across the world. Finally we speak to UN Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association Clement Voule about police brutality against Black Lives Matter protests."

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"This is what the Black Trans Lives Matter Protest Looks Like in Brooklyn..."

https://twitter.com/apbenven/status/1272228388506406913

WOW! Numerous other rallies/marches/demos with equally impressive numbers.

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Canadian Cultural Institutions Have Silenced Black Voices For Years. Can We Write A New Chapter?

https://www.cbc.ca/arts/canadian-cultural-institutions-have-silenced-bla...

"Days after the premiers of both Quebec and Ontario denied and downplayed the existence of systemic racism in Canada, social media platforms were flooded with narratives that painted a very different picture..."

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The End of Black Politics

Young black people have exploded in rebellion over the grotesque killing of George Floyd. We are now witnessing the broadest protest movement in American history. And yet the response of black elected officials has been cautious and uninspired.

The Congressional Black Caucus offered a familiar list of the kind of police reforms that have failed for decades to end police violence. After protesters vandalized CNN’s headquarters and set a police car on fire in Atlanta, the mayor, Keisha Bottoms, told them to “go home” because registering to vote “is the change we need.” President Barack Obama also argued in an essay that “real change” comes from both protest and voting.

Instead, organizers on the ground have provided leadership. Women like Mary Hooks from Southerners on New Ground in Atlanta and Miski Noor and Kandace Montgomery of the Black Vision Collective in Minneapolis have been at the center of articulating new demands for redistributing resources away from policing, prisons and billionaires, and back into public programs. We can also find this leadership among the ranks of black low-wage “essential workers” who have challenged Amazon and other big corporations since the beginning of the pandemic. These organizers and workers are channeling the confrontational black politics of a previous period.

Because of them, we are at the end of one era of black politics and the start of a new one.....

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Dr Cornel West on Useful Idiots

https://youtu.be/UrKwTVW4iS0

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US vs UN Human Rights Council in the Wake of Killing of George Floyd

https://youtu.be/hIxc5Zqc8_g

"The US Secretary of State has accused the UN Human Rights Council of hypocrisy, after it released a resolution drawn up in the wake of the killing of George Floyd almost a month ago. Mike Pompeo pointed his finger at Cuba, China and Iran - where he thinks racial disparaties are truly systemic. However, the UN document itself has also been criticised by activist groups as being too mild..."

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Truth is Our Weapon and Shield - An Interview With Black Panther Party Veteran Billy X Jennings (and vid)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/06/26/truth-is-our-weapon-and-shield-a...

"...When I first joined the BPP I read a book called Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse Tung. Mao said at some point 'a single spark can start a prairie fire'. We are seeing the spark in the streets since Floyd's murder. It could be the beginning of a prairie fire or not. Out in the streets I see Native Americans, Asians, White, Brown and Black people. I se young and old. This moment has enormous potential...

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Counterinsurgency Against Black Liberation Movement and Weaponization of Anti-Semitism Allegations

https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/1287165305094057985

"In this Moderate Rebels ep with Jared Ball I got to vent about how corporate media and Jewish establishment outrage over petty incidents of Black anti-Semitism invariably omits critical social class context and winds up reinforcing racist power dynamics..."

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What Should We Do With Racist Sports Team Owners? Call Them Out Relentlessly *

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jul/24/racist-sports-team-owners-...

"In the sports world, many teams spoke out eloquently in support of Black Lives Matter and launched programs to prove their sincerity. But, as many long-time activists like myself have warned, we have to be careful of those owners who seem to be biding their time for all this social consciousness to be gone with the wind..."

 

"*Larry Tanenbaum, co-owner of Toronto Raptors and a founder of fanatically pro-Israel Centre for Israel & Jewish Affairs, says Raptors will visit Israel if they win NBA championship. Do the Raptors' players want to legitimize an apartheid regime?"

https://twitter.com/dimitrilascaris/status/1138932463995109378

Racist Zionist Apartheid is White Supremacy Too! What About Tanenbaum Raptors?/BLM Toronto?

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WATCH: Kwame Ture Speaks to White People...

https://twitter.com/Louis_Allday/status/1282766761910206466

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the really important part of this article is where it illustrates  white people taking over protests and actions against supremacy. 

 

happens all the time here too. Stop.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/31/portland-protests-latest-peaceful-night-federal-troops-withdrawal

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17-Year-Old Arrested and Charged After Two Killed During Rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin

https://on.rt.com/ap50

"An Illinois teen has been charged with first-degree murder over the shooting of three protesters - two fatal - amid the ongoing riots in Kenosha Wisconsin. Alleged militia member Kyle Ritterhouse was arrested in his home state. Some witnesses insisted Rittenhouse was a white supremacist supporter of the pro-police 'Blue Lives Matter' movement, while others claimed he was simply there to protect property from looting..."

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Black Lives Matter: Race, Policy and Protest

https://libguides.wellesley.edu/blacklivesmatter/statistics

Mapping police violence...

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Trump Sending National Guard to Wisconsin at Kenosha County Board's Request, After Clashes There Result in Deaths

https://on.rt.com/ap4y

"US President Donald Trump has sent National Guard troops to Kenosha after county officials begged for assistance with ongoing riots following Sunday's shooting..."

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Black Lives Matter: NBA walkout sparks historic sport boycott in US; Osaka withdraws, tennis halted

The Milwaukee Bucks staged an unprecedented boycott on Wednesday over the police shooting of a black man, forcing the NBA to halt its playoff schedule and prompting a wave of walkouts by teams and players across other sports.

The NBA postponed its entire slate of Wednesday fixtures after the Bucks refused to play game five of their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Orlando Magic in protest at the shooting of African-American man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday.

Blake was seriously injured after being shot point blank in the back seven times by police officers in a confrontation captured in video footage.

“Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin, we’ve seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, and the additional shooting of protestors,” the Bucks players said in a statement explaining their boycott.

“Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.”

The Bucks’ no-show prompted the NBA to scrap two other games scheduled for Wednesday: Houston’s clash with Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers’ matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Games scheduled for Thursday were also in doubt as NBA players held an emergency meeting in Florida late Wednesday.

The boycotts spread to other sports, with the Milwaukee Brewers’ game against the Cincinnati Reds becoming one of several Major League Baseball games to be postponed.

In tennis, two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka abruptly announced her withdrawal from the Western & Southern Open semi-finals, where she was due to play on Thursday.

“Before I am an athlete, I am a black woman. And as a black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis,” Osaka posted in a statement on Twitter.

“I don’t expect anything drastic to happen with me not playing, but if I can get a conversation started in a majority white sport I consider that a step in the right direction.”....

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