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“Huh, I wonder why that is,” he says before the two of them lean pointedly toward the camera.
A couple of questions which seem obvious to me, but might not to Americans:
T shirt, shorts, and shoes - no weapons, no hoodie to disguise his face. The criminals who killed him deserve the hangman's noose because of their premeditation.
It doesn't matter who shot first she had a license to have a gun in the house for protection. The cops busted into the WRONG house looking to arrest someone for drugs. This whole story explains itself."Kenneth Walker, Taylor's boyfriend, was with her in bed when police entered the home, and police say he shot an officer. He faces criminal charges of first-degree assault and attempted murder of a police office, but no drug charges."
Who opened fire first? How did the boyfriend survive and the girl didn't?
Good read.Now a little bit of history. Today 13th of May is the day when the Lei Áurea (Golden Law in English) was signed by Princess Isabel abolishing slavery in Brazil. It was the last country on the Americas to do it so, only in 1888. It's a very interesting story because it is so different of anything that happened anywhere else, and it's also against so many narratives that I think it's worth for people to know about it, as it's very interesting in itself. It's also relevant as Brazil was the country with the highest number of slaves and because of that is considered to be the 2nd country with the highest number of black people in the world.
At those times the country was still an Empire and the Emperor was the great Dom Pedro II, nicknamed the Magnanimous. He was half Habsburg from his mother side, which I always found fascinating. The man is considered by many to be the greatest Brazilian and I personally see him as the most positive political personality we ever had. Charles Darwin once said "The Emperor does so much for science, that every scientific man is bound to show him the utmost respect". Victor Hugo told the Emperor: "Sire, you are a great citizen, you are the grandson of Marcus Aurelius".
So Pedro II was not only a very inteligent and astute man, but he also had many principles, including, being a strong and convict abolitionist. Brazil however wasn't an absolutist monarchy, so his powers were limited. At the 19th century, few free Brazilians opposed slavery and he was widely criticized for his views. Critics argued "that abolition was his personal desire and not that of the nation.". So in 1850 he had his first success by threatening to abdicate unless the General Assembly declared the Atlantic Slave Trade Illegal, so the Eusébio de Queirós Law was approved forbiding it. He said "I'd rather lose my crown than tolerate the slave trafic" which ended up being prophetic. Having dealt with the overseas supply of new slaves, Pedro II turned his attention in the early 1860s to removing the remaining source: enslavement of children born to slaves. Legislation was drafted at his initiative, but the conflict with Paraguay delayed discussion of the proposal in the General Assembly, but eventually, a bill was enacted as the Law of Free Birth on 28 September 1871, under which all children born to slave women after that date were considered free-born.
In the late 80s, he was travelling to receive medical help in Europe, which left his daughter as regent.
Abolitionism in Brazil was growing in strength, but the government of the conservative Baron of Cotegipe attempted to slow the pace of reform. Isabel, in her own words, "became ever more convinced that some action had to be taken" to expand the emancipation program, and pressured Cotegipe, unsuccessfully, to free more slaves. After the Rio police's mishandling of a pro-abolition demonstration in early 1888, Isabel acted, and appointed Oliveira in Cotegipe's place.
Oliveira's government supported unconditional abolition, and swiftly introduced legislation. On 13 May 1888, Isabel signed the Golden Law (A Lei Áurea), as it was known, which enabled the complete cessation of slavery. Isabel was popularly acclaimed as "the Redemptress" (A Redentora), and was given a Golden Rose by the Pope for her actions.
And now it comes the sad part. A bunch of farmers got mad at the Abolition, specially because they didn't get any compensantion for the freed slaves, which amongst other causes ended up in the Republican Coup D'État and their exile. Princess Isabel declared “Even if I had a thousand thrones, a thousand thrones I would give up to end slavery". She even had ideas of trying to give money to the freed slaves and do some inclusive actions, but the Republican Coup put an end to all that.
It's very interesting how in the early republic, the freed blacks here were very often monarchists. This is probably such an unique case in world history where the Monarchy represented progress while the Republican conservative and regressive ideas.
This story is not that good for a lot of narratives and some who just try to provoke racial division, but it is what it is.