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Captain Ron Johnson Is Not A Blood, He Is A Nupe

Earlier this week, a picture of Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson standing next to a fellow Kappa Alpha Psi member was taken and posted to CNN’s iReport, claiming that he was flashing gang signs with Blood gang members from the Ferguson, Mo community.

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The Washington Post addressed the ridiculousness of this claim today and the report has since been deleted from CNN’s website.

“To reiterate: Capt. Johnson is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, a black fraternity that was formed in 1911 at Indiana University in Bloomington, and the hand sign you see in the pictures below is a Kappa greeting. The Kappas are part of the Divine Nine or the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the nine historically black fraternities and sororities that include Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Iota Phi Theta, none of which are gangs,” The Washington Post stated in their article debunking the claim.

Capt. Johnson pledged at the Beta Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi in the spring of 1983, is lifelong resident of the St. Louis area, and a 27-year veteran of the Highway Patrol. He was chosen by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to coordinate the law enforcement agencies during the uproar over the Ferguson police response to protests in the days following Michael Brown’s death.

We at WatchTheYard.com believe that no matter how you view the situation involving the police response to the protestors in Ferguson, this demonizing and smearing of someone from our Black and NPHC community by picking pictures that seem most dangerous, puts Captain Johnson in the same category as Mike Brown in a sense. Media outlets have continuously vilified Brown by using pictures that seem the most “thuggish” and paint him in a dangerous manner and now they are doing it to the police officers as well. We agree totally with The Washington Post when they state:

“Given such differences in the perception of a national news event, there’s some glaring cultural illiteracy when the top law enforcement officer installed by the governor of Missouri is being accused of throwing up gang signs. This actually makes Johnson not unlike Brown himself — the publication of a photo of Brown flashing the peace sign, which was also misinterpreted as a gang sign, is what sparked #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. Part of the conversation surrounding Brown’s killing centered on black Americans being treated as foreigners in their own country or, in sociology-speak, being “othered.” Some would say black folks must constantly prove their humanity or, at the very least, explain black American culture — sometimes a comically Sisyphean task. Case in point: having to state that Missouri highway patrol captain Ron Johnson is not a gang member.

It must be noted that the place where the claim that Captain Johnson has gang affiliation does not come from CNN directly, but rather their iReport site which allows regular people to upload photos and videos from their cellphones and computers.

Check out some of Twitter’s responses to the claim:

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Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 3.54.45 PMWhat are your thoughts on the vilification of Blacks by way of mislabeling NPHC fraternities and sororities as gangs? What can we as a community do to change this? Let us know in the comment section below.

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This Is How the Kappas Reveal New Initiates at Tennessee State University

The Kappas at Tennessee State University revealed a line that will go down in history!

The brothers of the Alpha Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi at Tennessee State University introduced their Spring 17 initiates to campus and these brothers put on a show!

Check out their video below and show these brothers some love if you think they HELD IT DOWN!


Shot by @cbd_jonesy 🎥

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Kaepernick Just Donated $25,000 to Help Immigrant Youth Affected By Trump’s Repeal of DACA

San Fransisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick has decided to use his own money and the money he has made from his jersey sales to help the people of the Chicago area by supportingthe largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation to deal with Trump’s removal of DACA.

The 28-year -old member of Kappa Alpha Psi, who refused to stand during the national anthem during NFL games last year said he would donate the first $1 million he made from last season to organizations assisting communities affected by racial injustice and police brutality.

“I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and be able to make the kind of money I do,” Kaepernick said. “I have to help these communities. It’s not right that they’re not put in the position to succeed or given those opportunities to succeed,” he said last year.

“I will donate one million dollars plus all the proceeds of my jersey sales from the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities, 100k a month for 10 months,” he said on his website.

One of these communities just so happens to be immigrant children who are currently being threatened by the repeal of DACA.

For his recent pledge, which was announced yesterday,  Colin donated $25,000 to United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.

“We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status,” the about section on United We Dream‘s website states.

According to Kaepernick’s website, the $25,000 will go toward the following:

  • Addressing the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth. Over 100,000  members. Current focus: Organize and work for immigrant children to keep DACA in force.
  • 10k for upcoming travel. Air, hotel, lodging, and ground transportation.  United We Dream recently held event in Washington DC and sent 300 dreamers to lobby to keep DACA. This budget will pay for 75-100 attendees for a similar rally upcoming.
  • 10k for series of upcoming local gatherings in NY, CT, TX, FL, NM. Facilities rent and security, transportation, food, technology
  • 5k for text service for the network of over 100,000 members.

Along with this $25,000 donation, Kaepernick has donated to DREAM (Formerly RBI Harlem) a baseball program in Harlem, Coalition For The Homeless, and War on Children.

 

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The Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi in Houston Just Published This List of Things You Can Do to Help Hurricane Survivors

The Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. just released the following “Disaster Response Update” regarding Hurricane Harvey and the work that the members of the fraternity are doing to help survivors in the city. The message, which was penned by the alumni chapter’s Polemarch Ronald J. Lockett, II, covers FEMA, volunteer opportunities and ways that people can donate.

Read the full letter below

The Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is working with the other area alumni chapters, the Kappa Disaster Response & Recovery Team, FEMA, the Red Cross, and the City of Houston.  We have offered the Houston Alumni Kappa House as a POD (Point of Distribution) related to the flood recovery effort.  There are truckloads of resources that are already moving into position to service the area.  This will allow us to play a vital role in the response and the ongoing long-term recovery efforts.  At this time, the Kappa House (3349 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004) has not been activated as an official FEMA Point of Distribution, but we will begin accepting supplies from those able to donate starting Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 11:00am – 4:00pm and continuing daily (*Suggested supply list attached)

There are many immediate volunteer opportunities at shelters in Houston and the surrounding communities where our assistance is greatly needed.  If you are safely able to leave your home to serve our fellow neighbors at a shelter, please do.  We encourage you to wear Kappa Alpha Psi paraphernalia. (Thank you to those who were able to volunteer over the past few days)

Monetary donations can be made directly to the Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi to purchase supplies, water, clothing, food for displaced members & their families along with the citizens of Houston communities: www.houkappa.com/donate 

We have recently spoken to the Polemarchs of the Beaumont & Port (TX) Arthur Alumni Chapters and they are dealing with the storm as well. They have several brothers who are currently waiting to be evacuated from their flooded homes while the rain is still pouring down. Please keep them and their families in your prayers as well as those in the Lake Charles, LA area.

We encourage affected individuals to immediately register with FEMA. Registering online at: www.DisasterAssistance.gov or www.fema.gov is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance.  Those who do not have access to the internet may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Those interested in becoming a part of FEMA’s standing disaster workforce should visit: https://careers.fema.gov/reservists-program

Please stay safe and heed the guidance and warnings of local authorities.  Keep the Faith and remember your life is more important than any material possessions.

Yours in the Bond,
Ronald J. Lockett, II
Polemarch, Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
info@houkappa.org
“Brotherhood, Achievement, Service & Social”

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