Born by The River
Dear Governor Walz,
I am writing this letter as a personal introduction. My hope is to open a direct dialogue between us. I wish to discuss, encourage and appeal to the authority of your governorship in the state of Minnesota. I intended for this correspondence to happen much sooner, unfortunately over the past several months I have been consumed by other community matters. This letter is regarding those community matters but also the future of our country as a whole. As we have seen in recent times, what is local can quickly become global. Minnesota is one of many states in our nation and you are but one of many governors. However, it is now clear officials at the state level will have to take a heroic stand against the federal government to ensure that the integrity of this republic is upheld. The spirit of the people is ripe for revolution. The stench of tyranny is rancid in the streets. I was there when peaceful protest turned into violence outside the 3rd precinct. Violence that erupted into flames and eventually engulfed the 3rd precinct in days to come. I had never seen anything like it. What I saw that day reminded me of riot footage in the Middle East from the 90s and 2000s. It moved me in a way that I have not since really found the words for; just the action. But before I go deeper into that, it’s only fair that I give you some background about myself to help familiarize you with who I am.
I am a Black man. I am a Minnesotan. I was born and raised in the historic Rondo community of Saint Paul. My family is deeply rooted in the Twin Cities. These roots are not just roots of living, but roots of community building and change. For example, my great uncle Alfred Owre gave revolutionary contributions to the world of dentistry in the early 1900s, as the dean of the dentistry school at the University of Minnesota. Those contributions came at great personal cost to him and his career, as is common with revolutionary contributions. Alfred’s work shifted the entire field of dentistry from the previous model to the current model we use today around the world. He was an immigrant from Norway; and a Quaker. I was passed down my ability to challenge the status quo from Uncle Alfred as well as my liking for a long walk. Alfred’s biographical works all detail his love for long on foot journeys. “Having developed a taste for tramping as a child in Norway, Owre was a “walker”. He walked across the United States, as well as taking extensive walking tours in Europe, Russia, Siberia, China, and Japan. He always carried a walking stick and, in his travels, purchased a large variety of canes. The extent of his walking is a matter of conjecture, but it was reported in 1924 that he had walked 120,000 miles.” – (David A. Nash) Uncle Alfred was also an early advocate of proper nutrition, an integrative health model and universal healthcare.
Uncle Alfred wasn’t the only one in my bloodline with a heart for the humanitarian. My great grandparents Francisco and Crescencia Rangel helped build the historic Mexican community on Saint Paul’s West-Side. They were immigrants from Mexico. They assisted other Mexican immigrant families in settling and adjusting to life in America. My grandfather Don Francisco Rangel was the honorary consulate to Mexico. When my grandmother Crescencia passed away, thousands gathered outside Our Lady of Guadalupe church to pay their respects. The Rangel’s were a testament of the hardworking Mexican peoples that helped fortify the sturdy fabric of America.
My great grandfather Milton Pryor was one of Saint Paul’s first Black police officers. My great grandfather Louis White was one of Saint Paul’s all-time great baseball players and athletes. He attended the historic institution of Mechanic Arts High School. He was a father to 7 kids. One of them being my mother’s father Frank White, his oldest. Grandpa Louie was an incredible home gardener with an especially good recipe for jarred pickles. A garden he maintained in the backyard of a modest blue-collar house that his grandfather Firston White built. The house was located on Thomas Avenue in the heart of Saint Paul. Firston moved to Minnesota in 1896. He was an orator, poet and playwright that entertained people at the Hallie Q. Brown community center. Our family was one of the first few Black families to live on that side of University Avenue. Later on in my formative years, Thomas Avenue had become a crack block. The significance of that; when other people had turned to drugs to eat, my grandfather Louis White was still growing his own food in the garden. He lived out his days in that house. He showed me the meaning of patience. A person is not their family and a person’s family are not them, but history is a huge part of what makes us human. I believe the choices we make live on in the blood and spirit of our children. It’s up to the next generation to tap into that goodness. I am proud of my family and the rich legacy of leadership they left behind for me to model. Detailing some of my family history hopefully helps paint a picture of the multicultural blood running through my veins and the spirit of different peoples in my voice. My deep love for Minnesota. That said, I am still a Black man. I am proud to be a Black man. I understand the American system views me as a Black man and that my life, in that way, is not simple at all. So, I write to you as a such.
My childhood took me across the Twin Cities, touching different communities, interacting and building relationships with people from all walks of life. So much that I consider myself to be born and raised in the Twin Cities as much as Saint Paul. West Saint Paul, South Saint Paul, The Westside, The Eastside, North and South Minneapolis, Hopkins, Richfield, Bloomington, Edina, Roseville, etc… I am a Twin Cities kid through and through. I’m thankful for that and will always consider the Twin Cities to be my home. I was raised not to see color, but growing up I was never naive to the racism that existed in the world around me. I was fortunate to have a sound historical knowledge of the racial context here in America, through the books I read and the oral stories told to me by people who lived through darker times. As I became older and my status grew as an athlete I began to travel more. On these travels I found myself in many rooms where people had come together from all over the country. It was convenient to promote the “diversity” of Minnesota in these rooms. A diversity that mapped onto my own personal upbringing in a multi-cultural family. A younger me fully embraced the brand of diversity Minnesota is still touted for today. Looking back, I feel as though I was bearing false witness in this regard. I now understand there is a stark difference between diversity on paper and diversity in spirit. Minnesota is undoubtedly the place of diversity that it is regarded as. That isn’t really the problem though. The idea that diversity is a natural antidote to racism is the problem. Minnesota is diverse, but so is America, yet racism still thrives.
Besides a healthy view on race and race issues, Minnesota’s diversity did one other critical thing for my development — it primed me for the biggest calling of my athletic career and probably my life — mental health advocacy. With diversity I was able to see mental health across the spectrum of age, race, gender, wealth, etc. Which has continued to anchor my message about mental health.
As I excelled in athletics and reached the level of professional playing basketball, I quickly became known for raising an alarm about the mental health epidemic that was on the rise. I did this by challenging the attitude and policy toward mental health in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Diagnosed at 16 years old with anxiety disorder, drafted at 21 years old to the NBA, I pushed for mental health reform where and when it could cost me the most. My advocacy started with asking for mental health to be properly recognized. What began as a genuine attempt to collaborate with the NBA quickly turned into a dirty political fight. This fight was pigeonholed by the media. In the sports world the media presents themselves as an objective source of information (stats & storylines) under the rubric of journalism. But in reality, they’re partners with these pro sports institutions. They report the nuance of the business in a way that protects the status quo and subsequently themselves. (Which begs a very important question about a conflict of interest for media institutions with corporate interests.) In this particular instance the media did well to constrain the parameters of my advocacy to professional basketball in an attempt to diminish and detach it from the broader mental health crisis altogether. This also helped take the focus off their own role in that broader mental health crisis.
How did they accomplish this? Well, they posed a question: Should mental health have considerations in the illustrious and elite world of NBA Basketball? The question was ridiculous in its premise. Is there anywhere mental health considerations shouldn’t have a place? To question the priority of mental health wasn’t an objective starting point between two opposing sides (myself and the establishment). Facts should be the linchpin of objectivity. Especially when it comes to media and information. Especially when it concerns matters of human welfare. The necessary priority of mental health is an unequivocal fact. And the question wasn’t asked to create a reasonable cultural consensus about mental health — The question was asked by a corporate predator, preying on free people looking in another direction. Free People that are usually looking in another direction. It was asked as a device to send a subtle yet clear message: Mental health, like all other issues, will only have a priority in certain venues; which will be selected by us.
I wasn’t challenging the attitudes and policies of professional sports alone. I was challenging something much bigger — that categorically included them — and they knew it. The pro sports world represents a global corporate community and together with their tangential partners (including the media) make up a global corporatocracy. We live underneath this corporatocracy, not alongside it. America itself is a corporation and so are her United States. In that regard, corporate and state attitudes around mental health are fruit from the same poisonous tree. They both lack a fundamental humanity. The attitude of the corporatocracy toward mental health is paramount. Healthy minds are the necessary cornerstone to building a healthy society. The failure to do so will continue to plummet us all into decadence. I have continued to stress that mental health (The Human Condition) is the greatest social issue humanity faces. The consequences of neglecting it will span far and wide across the social landscape. For saying this I was mocked by the media, fans, other athletes and the establishment. The question I had to step back and ask myself was — What forces stand against this basic idea and where else do they upend necessary progress? Their attempt to discredit me and my character was no different than what they will attempt to do during the legal process of a man that was lying face down in street, handcuffed, with a knee on his neck. His name was George Floyd. SAY HIS NAME!
My fight with the NBA for mental health parity is where I, at 21 years of age, encountered the most brutal form of racism in my life up until that point; the racism of condescension. This type of condescension towards Blacks in America permeates throughout the western ethos. The racism where people say in public “Blacks can be anything they put their minds to…” but privately they despise the very idea of Black people having a mind at all. They despise any action towards Black advancement. They despise any spirit of Black excellence. They despise any resemblance of Black sovereignty. My advocacy for mental health was never what garnered the contempt of the sports world; how could it be? Everyone in the sports world agreed on the fundamental importance of mental health before my arrival. Isn’t that why sports psychology was such a huge fad? Or maybe they only liked it when it was a fad, because it was a fad. Sure, mental health conversations force all institutions to look at ethics and morals with a broader stroke. Of course, mental health conversations force people to look in the mirror. Those types of pushes for change would be met with resistance no matter who the catalyst was. But I wasn’t just any catalyst — I was a young Black man, which carried a different weight. What truly stoked a flame of anger in those who control the NBA was that I, a young Black man, had shunned the morality for money swap that so many Black men have been systematically coerced into. A swap that ironically contributes to the mental health crisis in first order. I did it publicly. I did it in front of my other Black colleagues. I hadn’t spoken out against a single master; I had spoken out against the current state of mastery as a whole. I had set a standard of morality for myself, independent of their system and they were afraid that with too much spotlight, it could become contagious.
For the simple act of reading my own contract in the year 2012, where I found the absence of mental health policy, I was treated like the negroes who were caught reading on certain plantations in early America. The only difference is that in 2012 they were expected to hide their disdain for it. The logic was clear and concise; we needed mental health policy. We needed to embrace a comprehensive health model; mind, body and spirit. We needed to acknowledge that mental health and physical health are equally important — and as a bonus this knowledge and application can even increase productivity and profit in the workplace. This was my crime and that is what America is truly afraid of… Black men who are intellectually competent and unmoved by hierarchical tyranny — unwilling to sell out. They hated that I was right. They hate it when we’re right.
The contempt for me from The Corporatocracy is truly ironic. The issue I was advocating for (Mental Health) plagues white men disproportionately on the most extreme end of the spectrum. White men account for approximately 70 percent of the suicides in America per year. A total of approximately 32,000 people. Which is close to double the total number of homicides in America regardless of (age, race, gender, wealth, etc.) White men are killing themselves in America twice as much as all Americans are killing each other. This includes the Black on Black rates. I included this information to exemplify how sometimes white America will sacrifice its own safety, growth and prosperity in order to keep its knee on the neck of Black people. They couldn’t bring themselves to validate a mental health revolution from me, even if it would potentially save the lives of white men. When observed with the same mindset in a different field we see the true depth of hatred in this country. There is nothing more symbolic of systemic racism in America than us over leveraging of our economy while suppressing the rise of the Black economy. We create trillions of dollars out of thin air to sustain the traditional power structure, but we have to justify every cent in building up Black America. A rising tide raises all boats.
Two Sides One Coin
Hopefully the history of my mental health advocacy gives some context of my own place in this fight for human welfare. A place well established before George Floyd’s murder. Although some still may not understand the significance of this chronological review I am confident that you will. It’s not just some tragic coincidence that George Floyd told those officers he was suffering from anxiety during his apprehension. Though overlooked ONCE AGAIN as truly noteworthy by the mainstream media. Especially in a time where the cultural consensus is that Black men don’t talk about mental health. That day George Floyd clearly stated he was afraid to be put in the back of the police car (citing claustrophobia). Only to end up with Derek Chauvin’s knee on his neck having the air squeezed from his body. Is it really that Black men don’t talk about mental health or is it that all of our cries for help get ignored and suffocated? The level of cruelty in Derek Chauvin’s actions would be somewhat unbelievable if we didn’t already know the score for Blacks in America. Imagine somebody saying they’re afraid of heights, only to be taken to the roof of a building, held at the ledge for 8 minutes 46 seconds, and then thrown off. Over a $20 bill? That ended up not being counterfeit after all. That’s what makes Derek Chauvin a special type of monster. And if Derek Chauvin is acquitted, The State will have the fight of their life waiting in the streets. I can promise you that.
What Derek Chauvin did to George Floyd wasn’t just murder. It was torture and then murder. At the moment George Floyd told those officers he had anxiety; it was their responsibility to see that his mental health was made a priority on the scene. Instead they did the opposite. In retrospect though, George Floyd’s mental health being a priority seems almost absurd since ultimately his life wasn’t a priority. And maybe that’s the real point to be made; maybe it’s time we finally create a higher standard with regards to value of life. From the cops on the streets to the system as a whole. For people of color and people in general. In that higher standard, Derek Chauvin should’ve been weeded out as unfit to wear a badge long before he had the chance to murder George Floyd.
Unfortunately, our police departments suffer from the same nonchalant attitude regarding mental health as the rest of this corporatocracy. Police departments who are statistically proven to be afflicted greatly by their own internal suicide and substance abuse rates. When these suicide and substance abuse rates aren’t given heavy consideration in police protocols and use of force, it’s nothing short of institutional negligence. If police officers are ignoring mental health protocols in the field, that is their failure to be held accountable for. If there are no mental health protocols in the department… that’s The State’s failure. As an advocate for mental health I regard this state failure as a violent attack on the mental health community. Just as I regard the failure to address judicial predation on Blacks as a violent attack on the Black community. When bodies continue to stack up, the failure of systems and their leadership must be quantified as violence at some point — The systemic violence of authority as well as the actual physical violence of an individual like Derek Chauvin. To go back, this horizontal fallout from our negligence with mental health started to peak around the same time I pushed for mental health reform. I was drafted to the NBA in June of 2012 and had taken my fight for mental health public by October 2012. In February 2012 George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in the headline case where he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in cold blood. Most people wouldn’t see this as a direct result of our negligence around mental health. And that’s the problem. Does the capacity to kill not begin in the mind? What is a more severe human outcome than murder? What is a more severe outcome than the murder of a child without justice? The psychological is the root of the sociological. Trayvon Martin’s case was a tipping point of pain and trauma boiling over in Black America. His death and the injustice he received from the system was the birth of a new chapter in the ongoing Black civil rights movement; Black Lives Matter. A little over a year later in 2014, Mike Brown was murdered, and the Eric Garner was killed later in 2014. It was then I decided to write a piece titled “I Can’t Breathe Either.” The piece highlighted the convergence of both issues: the crisis of mental health and race issues in America. There I proposed that the mental health crisis is broader even than racism, but it is not uncorrelated. In fact, it seems quite clear that racism, violent racism, often if not always crosses over into the realm of psychosis. The realm where homicide and suicide circle one another. I don’t say that to excuse those who commit violent acts of racism, but to provide a framework that helps view the propensity toward violence or hated as the deterioration of a person’s sane mind. An individual like George Zimmerman lends evidence to this theory. He continues to show signs of psychological instability. In general, a society that is sick in the mind will most often circle back to brute chaos. This chaos can only further damage the wounds of Black people in this country, both physically and psychologically. This is what we saw with the murder of George Floyd and this is what we see with the current state of America. The circumstance of Black people, America and The West are deeply intertwined as is their future. James Baldwin warned us of this in 1965, during his Cambridge debate with William F. Buckley.
The Great Standstill
Six years after witnessing the “I Can’t Breathe” cries from Eric Garner, the murder of George Floyd was much more than another failure. It was a setback from a progress not yet made. A grimacing reminder to all Blacks in America that there is still so far to go. Yet since the unjust murders of Mike Brown and Eric Garner and the re-emergence of pro Black activism, we have seen little headway made with the issues of policing or the greater fundamental circumstance of Blacks in America. We have continued to see more Black men, black people, murdered by police. As the ability to livestream takes centerstage and has placed police conflicts in everyone’s pocket. The psychological impact of that alone can’t be quantified in the estrangement between Blacks and America. Minnesota has made national headlines for cop/civilian murders several times in the last six years. Cases such as Philando Castile, Jamar Clark, Brian Quiñones and most recently George Floyd. Every time these moments of tragedy strike, we see a common pattern; a vicious cycle of death, outcry, protest and claims of “reform”. However, the reform never seems to take root. This isn’t the cycle of the last 6 years only, but the last 60 years. The murder of George Floyd is a flashpoint in a society that cannot see itself. Or maybe just refuses to.
Reform for Black America has been subverted. Change has been subverted. Reconciliation has been subverted. How and why are obviously the trillion-dollar questions? There is no one answer, but there is one answer I would like to focus on. Blacks in this country have been gravely mislead and misrepresented. Many times, by our own people. Some of this misrepresentation has been carried out through a seemingly altruistic Non-Profit industry, where state and federal government are the primary entities granting funds or regulating tax exemption status and guidelines. These Non-Profit institutions are the watering hole for many well intended Blacks with ambitions for social change; but how could a Non-Profit ever truly change a system they’re regulated by? With Non-Profits, The State has setup a controlled opposition. With this dynamic, Blacks must still get the permission, support, approval and acceptance of whites in order to move forward. As a consequence, Blacks with true revolutionary potential are systematically incentivized to capitulate with a more moderate approach to change. An approach that always keeps them in the game but never advancing. An approach that naturally tilts back toward the status quo, drawing them in with it. Sometimes protecting the status quo unknowingly. Under this structure Blacks are constantly jousting with each other for position. Continually given promises that leave us with nothing but a snail-like walk to justice, freedom and access to the American dream. I am encouraging the Black community to exit that merry-go-around. We can no longer stand still under this tyranny. We can no longer run in place. We can no longer hope for change, wait for change or ask for change. We must demand change. When our demands fall on deaf ears, we must become change. That is where we are now. We have hoped, we have waited, we have asked, we have demanded and now we will become change. As a part of this shift, the rules of engagement must change. We are changing the rules of engagement with regard to how we function as a community organization. We are changing the rules of engagement with regard to how we function as individual community leaders. With this necessary effort I am hopeful that elected officials like yourself will be instrumental in supporting the people setting their own sails and steering this ship. Certainly, as it pertains to the health, safety, growth and stability of Black communities across Minnesota. We are aware of the disingenuous alliances that have existed between the state and rent-seeking, snake oil salesmen from within the Black community. These “community leaders” usually ask all the right questions of the system in moments of crisis, but don’t push the boundaries associated with the answers to those questions. These community leaders are aware that they are the controlled opposition and they are rewarded handsomely to play their role. Their days are numbered.
Enemy of the State
What does it mean to be a political target; or an enemy of the state? To know you face an opponent that makes the rules and changes them when necessary? Too often our judicial system here in America has been used to target certain community leaders. Community leaders who hold the moral high ground. And this is my primary interest in this correspondence with you. I am currently involved with the genesis, organization and thought leadership of 10K Foundation. We are not few, we are many. Our current goal is to facilitate a peaceful renegotiation of the social contract between The United States and The Free People of America. A social contract that reflects justice, freedom and genuine access to the American dream for all. An American dream that is not exclusively brokered through The State. In the long term we are interested in this for all Americans, but we are humble in our expectation to start here at home. We came together in response to George Floyd’s murder to show a thread of peaceful protest amidst a narrative of barbarism that was being portrayed by the mainstream media. Our initial decision to march was not made in opposition to the behavior of so called “rioters”, but in response to witnessing the escalation of violence by police outside the 3rd precinct. I witnessed the police lob tear gas and flash bangs indiscriminately into the crowd. I witnessed citizens being shot with rubber bullets. I was shot at with rubber bullets. It’s clear from examples like the 3rd precinct conflict that the state has a monopoly on violence and is willing to exercise that monopoly even in times of social or political impropriety.
However, state monopoly doesn’t end with the order of violence. In our short time as an organization, we at 10K have come to understand that there is a fight for sovereignty ahead of us all. At the individual, community, state, national and international level. A fight to establish reasonable parameters of governance that give real power to the people. The current scope of governance has become too big, too reckless and naturally tilting toward injustice. It is around the matter of civil disobedience where the state is now most in danger of further entrenching itself in the throes of tyranny. Civil disobedience is now the only feasible method of change in a society where The State is so disproportionately militarized. In addition to an abhorrent over-militarization, The State is also able to use the law as a secondary monopoly to insulate itself from change led by the people. Criminalizing civil disobedience until there is no fighting spirit left in the people, regardless of right and wrong. Too often charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct, vandalism and unlawful assembly are at The State’s disposal to subvert rightful civil disobedience. We saw this recently in Kentucky as Minneapolis NAACP President Leslie Redmond was arrested for protesting on behalf of Breonna Taylor. We are seeing this all across the country. These minor charges rarely end in anything serious, though sometimes they do. Regardless they ultimately discourage a continued involvement from the people with a necessary social process. As John Locke explains, it is the right of the people to revolt when government fails to act in the people’s interest.
There is a boogeyman in the shadows. One that is patently unconstitutional. As a leader in a new grassroots community movement that is currently focused on the prosperity of Black America, I am forced to acknowledge a history of unconstitutional tactics used by our federal government. I am especially forced to acknowledge this history as a leader who is a Black male. It is now a matter of fact that there were unconstitutional federal programs deployed on Black organizations in the past, such as Project Black Desk and COINTELPRO. Not to mention state local run investigations that cooperated with federal jurisdiction. Since then the FBI, NSA, CIA and other government agencies have only expanded their reach. Revealed to us by American hero Edward Snowden. We know that the FBI tried to blackmail Martin Luther King Jr. into committing suicide with a letter allegedly written by Former Deputy FBI Director William C. Sullivan. We know the FBI gained authorization from the attorney general to wiretap Malcom X on unconstitutional grounds. In which case the FBI justified these unconstitutional wire taps by finding the necessary “probable cause” after the wiretaps were already authorized and planted. These unconstitutional justifications included Malcom’s endorsement of rifle clubs for Black activists (legal and constitutionally defended) and also included the “speculation” of espionage between Malcom and communist countries. Which never ended up being proven. But even the premise that an individual citizen cannot have conversations with leaders of another nation without authorization from The State is symbolic of the tyranny. This particular misappropriation of the “Logan Act” in Malcom’s case seems like a dangerous precedent for American citizens in general, given the breadth of international conflicts that we’re currently engaged in around the world. If you couple those conflicts with the amount of international businesses that could be linked to state run industries in foreign countries; we are subject to a revolving door of tyranny from our federal government. And that’s just with the scope of the “Logan Act”. We know the FBI played an instrumental role in the Chicago Police Department’s raid and assassination of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton. We know that the Chicago Police Department utilized their rat William O’Neal, from within The Black Panther Party to detail Fred Hampton’s apartment, and even allegedly drug Fred Hampton the night before the raid. In 1965 Federal Bureau of Investigations Director J. Edgar Hoover described The Black Panther as “The greatest threat to the internal security of the country.” We now know that the American Mafia used personal information to blackmail him into denying their existence. He instead turned his attention toward Blacks. In 1967 as The California State Governor, Ronald Reagan signed a bill (Mulford Act) that repealed a law that allowed public carrying of loaded firearms. (I guess the second amendment is only immutable unless you’re Black.) The “Mulford Act” was mostly in response to The Black Panther Party, who had begun patrolling their own neighborhoods. This was deemed “cop-watching” by the federal government. When you’re Black and watch the neighborhood, you’re a threat to national security. When you’re white and neighborhood watch, like George Zimmerman, you’re standing your ground.
As explained to us by Edward Snowden and other government whistleblowers, the system is constantly demonstrating the willingness to move the line of authority in any of it’s pursuits. Operating in a sort of “shoot first ask questions later” manner. When push comes to shove the federal government doesn’t really need the law at all to assert its hand into our communities. Whether that be with jurisprudential manipulation and/or brute violence.
With a sitting president that threatened to use the military domestically through the “Insurrection Act”, and a former president who allowed the NSA to run various unconstitutional programs such as “PRISM” in the interest of national security, it seems that the fight for sovereignty is not only between The Free People of America and the United States. But a similar fight also exists between each state, the federal government and the executive branch. I am requesting that you, as our Governor, take up the true torch of social change and do the necessary heroic work of clarifying any already established protections provided by the state to its citizens against the federal government. If no such protections exist, I am putting forward a call to action to create such protections with great haste. If such protections do exist, I am asking for an immediate audit of these protections. This is the corner we must turn to re-democratize our nation in a just way. No longer can the meaning of community be undermined by the grandiosity of the federal government. I am confident that our collaboration can result in a new beacon of hope for America.
P.S. I was ashamed to welcome my friend, co-worker and brother Stephen Jackson to our home under the circumstance of his brother George Floyd’s murder. Especially at the hands of the Minneapolis police. I was there to support him during his time here. I believe it was my responsibility to do so out of love and brotherhood. I will stay positioned where I am until George Floyd gets justice. Our personal relationship was the spark of my initial involvement but that quickly evolved into much more. This murder has turned our home into the epicenter of a global fight against racism and state tyranny. As a result, we will be the standard by which change in this country and around the world is now measured. So, I and the 10K Foundation will continue to stand for justice, freedom and access to the American dream. We are demanding sovereignty. We are on the right side of history, join us.
Executive Requests: (Fully detailed in their own documents)
- State of Emergency: Mental Health
- Fred Hampton Act
- Operation Black Bank
- Clean State Law
- State Voting Holiday
We are still waiting on the findings from the full investigation into the 35W bridge incident and truck driver. We are disappointed that The State’s first correspondence with 10K Foundation was concerning the “Free People Game”, a rally/basketball event that brought the community together in unity and love during a time of grief. Yet we have received no communication at all regarding the endangerment of 15,000 plus peaceful protestors on 35W bridge. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Royce Alexander White