"Police in Danville, Virginia are putting the hoods of their cars up when they pull people over to block the dash cameras from filming them."
Tonight the Omicron Omega chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., here at Texas A&M University,hosted a program to enlighten others about the disease known as Sickle Cell.
Sickle cell disease is a group of disorders that affects hemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells throughout the body. In the United States, most people with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) are of African ancestry or identify themselves as black. About 1 in 13 African American babies is born with sickle cell trait. About 1 in every 365 black children is born with sickle cell disease.
Consider, for comparison, the experience of people with another life-shortening genetic illness, cystic fibrosis, a respiratory and digestive condition. The two are very similar, but here's one key difference: Cystic fibrosis affects mostly Caucasaians. As said before, sickle cell disease primarily affects African Americans. The funding disparity between the two is drastic.
In part, that's because cystic fibrosis' primary dedicated charity—the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation—is far wealthier than the dozens of sickle-cell organizations combined. In 2011, the foundation spent $176 million on cystic fibrosis—compared to the $1.1 million spent by the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, the largest of the advocacy groups.
Our program tonight was to raise awareness to sickle cell disease and its struggles. To find out more about or donate to sickle cell disease visit:
http://www.sicklecelldisease.org/ or http://www.boldlipsforsicklecell.com/
This program was put together by Omicron Omega's very own sickle cell warrior:
"An attorney for the family of a black man who was shot and killed by a Tulsa Police officer says police should immediately release any video footage of the incident, and the man's twin sister said she doesn't believe her brother was armed.
Police say 40-year-old Terrence Crutcher died after being shot Friday night when he refused officers' orders to show his hands and instead reached inside a stalled vehicle in the middle of a street. Police have declined to say whether a weapon was found.
Attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons and Terrence Crutcher's twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, told reporters Saturday they want police to be transparent about the events leading up to the shooting."
"Terrence Sterling, who is from Fort Washington, Md., was gunned down over the weekend after police say he rammed a police car with his motorcycle.
Anger is rising over the shooting death of an African-American man in the District by local police, and now San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has weighed in on the incident himself.
Kaepernick has made headlines recently for his decision to kneel during the national anthem at the beginning of games to call attention to racial injustices and shooting deaths of unarmed black people at the hands of police. The case of 31-year-old Terrence Sterling, who was shot to death just off New York Avenue in Northwest over the weekend, is starting to catch the attention of Black Lives Matter advocates.
In a recent scrum with reporters, Kaepnerick pointed to the shooting of Sterling as another example of what he was demonstrating against.
"There was an incident yesterday where Terrence Sterling was murdered, unarmed black man, I mean, once again," Kaepernick said. "It's become habitual. It's an issue and needs to be addressed because it continues to happen, and every time it's administrative leave, that's not right. That's an issue that needs to be addressed, and policies need to be changed to address that."
"Two sheriff’s deputies in Broward County, Florida, shot and killed Gregory Frazier after receiving a 911 call about an argument between him and his niece. He was gunned down while eating chicken wings in the backyard, his family says."
If I shall die before they wake, I pray the Lord my shades are safe.