Eleanor Bumpurs was one of the first victims of Police Brutality I can remember. My family was living in the Bronx at the time near her housing projects. Her killing was the talk of the neighborhood for years. In 1984, NYPD tried to evict her because she was four months behind on her rent of $98.65, she resisted, and was summarily shot twice with a 12 gauge shotgun.
Ms. Bumpurs was failed by the city in every way imaginable. She was failed by a social services system that could have granted her rental assistance but did not. She was failed by the mental health community which should have treated her mental illness properly but did not. And she was failed by a police force that was well aware of her conditions, knew she was a senior citizen and chose to barge into her apartment with a shotgun and riot shields.
No one was convicted of killing Ms. Bumpurs. A few people lost jobs but by the time Rudolph Giuliani took office as mayor her death was a distant memory.
I’ve been thinking about Ms. Bumpurs a great deal the last few days.
I wonder what her family thinks about the events of the day. I wonder what they would say about the killing of young black men and women like Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Ramarley Graham, Sean Bell, Mike Brown, Eric Garner and so many others. I cannot say for sure, but if I had a guess, it would be that not much has changed since the murder of Ms. Bumpurs…not much at all.
RIP Ms. Eleanor Bumpers
By ELVIS MITCHELL
Photography CRAIG MCDEAN
Healthy Loaded Sweet Potato
Love & Lemons writes:
Baked sweet potatoes stuffed with black beans, a little bit of cheese (which is optional), toasted pumpkins seeds for crunch, and a big dollop of creamy chili-spiced greek yogurt. Healthy comfort food at it’s finest (and easiest).
Find the recipe here.
Alkalizing Apple Cider Vinegar Drink
Mind Body Green writes:
By now, you’ve probably heard about all the amazing health benefits of apple cider vinegar, like how it can aid in weight loss, improve digestion, regulate blood sugar, increase energy and bring more alkalinity to the body. For all these reasons and more, many health professionals recommend daily consumption of apple cider vinegar (ACV).
Here’s a super simple apple cider vinegar drink that tastes good, won’t shoot your blood sugar through the roof, and that you’ll actually look forward to having. I make a double batch and drink it over the course of two days. In each serving, you’ll be getting one and a half tablespoons of ACV in addition to an extra alkaline boost from the lime juice.
Find the recipe here.
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Conservative Vice Lords: The socially conscious street gang
Northeastern Illinois University professor Benneth Lee, a former Vice Lords chief, talks about the Conservative Vice Lords and how he uses the 1970 documentary about the socially conscious gang (“Lord Thing”) as a teaching tool for current gangs. Read the story at www.chicagotribune.com/vicelords.