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While the Star Spangled began playing, both Smith and Carlos lowered their heads and raised their fists . . . Joe Madison

The Watch Dog response: Like I have said fighting some of the same battles now from back then. But then you have folk acting like the fight just begin. GTHOH! I know what I have been working on and others around me while now some folk come on the scene trying to act like they done figured something out. Really?

On this date, in 1968, Olympic sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos took their places on the podium during the medal ceremony wearing black socks without shoes, black gloves, and civil rights badges. While the Star Spangled began playing, both Smith and Carlos lowered their heads and raised their fists, in solidarity with the Black Freedom Movement in the United States. (Joe Madison)

Report: Kaepernick files grievance against NFL owners for collusion – MSN

Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance under the collective bargaining agreement for collusion against NFL team owners, reports Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report.

Kaepernick has hired high-profile attorney Mark Geragos and is preparing to release a statement about his grievance soon, added Freeman.

The free-agent quarterback has remained unemployed since his release by the San Francisco 49ers in March and has garnered little interest from teams around the league.

This has caused some to suggest he’s being blackballed for his national anthem protests during the 2016 season.

Kaepernick appeared in 12 games for 49ers in 2016, throwing for 2,241 yards with 16 touchdowns to four interceptions. (MSN)

About These Shootings

Part 1

What I find is a common factor these guys are not out just shooting folk at random theses guys are friends, associates or whatever they know each other. So how can I stop friends from killing each other when I don’t hang out with them. If you and I got beef as buddies, I would hope our friends around us at the time would say ya’ll cut that mess out. But not only do that not happen I am assuming, but then they have damn amnesia and don’t know nothing and didn’t see nothing. I don’t know how that can be fixed unless they fix it themselves.

Part 2

If the right information is put out by those on the scene, then the wrong information would not get out.

The memo 4 players sent NFL commissioner Roger Goodell – Yahoo News

As players whom have been advocating for social justice for the past year, we appreciate the opportunity to engage with you, the league, owners, coaches and GMs to make our communities stronger. As we shared with you, the silence following our individual and collective demonstrations around the national anthem to raise awareness to racial inequality and issues surrounding criminal justice reform has been met with inconsistencies in press coverage and perceived lack of support.

To recap our discussion, currently there are more than 40 active players who have participated in our “Players Coalition” to work on criminal justice reform on various levels (some more than others). Below is a summary of the activities we have conducted to date.

Our focus has been to identify and place our efforts on the key areas of reform where our influence and support can make a . . . (Yahoo News)

Fire chief announces diversity plan – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: Great job Pastor Nehemiah Smith goes to show that one man can make a difference. I know been there done that and ignant racist white folk and ignant safe black folk just don’t get it but actions speaks louder than words. Continue to be about not only words but action. One thing this ignant CC Rider got a problem with is you did the damn thing and now the chief is more focused on diversity. Okay he wants to get it right and that is a good thing because a diversity plan should have already been in place. Sorry but trues can’t be ignored, you may not give a damn or be in denial but with consistency this is what one can do. Thank you Chief and Pastor Smith.

The Rocky Mount Fire Department has developed a plan to guide recruitment of a more diverse workforce.

The Diversity Recruitment Strategic Plan serves as the foundation that the department will use to grow its philosophy in support of a diverse and inclusive culture, said Fire Chief Mike Varnell.

“This culture will offer all potential and current employees the opportunity to enter the public safety environment with the necessary tools and perspective to succeed in learning their job and advance to positions of greater responsibility within the department,” Varnell stated in the plan’s executive summary.

A report on how the department plans to support blacks and other under-represented people desiring advancement within the department is forthcoming, Varnell said. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

The NFL and ESPN badly misjudged Trump. Now they’re paying the price.

The Watch Dog response: But race don’t matter! Ya’ll better wake the hell up. Some think it is open season on black folk coming from the white house. Well they gonna learn the day!

(CNN)The NFL put out a statement on Wednesday denying it had capitulated to President Donald Trump and banned players from kneeling when the National Anthem plays before games.

This remains true, so far as we know, in the abstract. The league has not imposed any formal restrictions. (Yet. There are more meetings planned.) But even as Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatened on Sunday to bench any player judged to be “disrespecting the flag,” the presidential blitz continues — and it becomes clearer that the NFL and ESPN’s attempts to appease Trump have failed. (CNN)