Rappin’ History Teacher

Rapping the Do Now to the Class
As an educator, it is important to engage the learner. What better way to do this than to use original lyrics, music, and humor in the classroom.
Do Now Rap Version: 
As you enter Ms. G’s zone, put away any phones. I’m not here to shout, just take your homework. Take a seat and rock to this funky, funky beat.
Ms G’s on the mic, rocking for her classes. Yeah that’s right. A site. Now check out the board. I’m not here to be ignore. The mic is my sword.
Kicking knowledge in your ear, like a Q-tip but on the smooth tip. My beat won’t sleep. You hear.
Opening your minds to history and law. Don’t drop your jaws, let learning be your saw, tools you’ll never lose unless you choose. Be easy, Jeezy. Yeah, read the board, copy the SWBAT. Don’t be a brat.
Take off any hats. Remember follow the directions. I hope you get the connection. Copy the board, write down the SWBAT.
Let learning be your sword. Everything you need is right there on the board. Do the do do the do do the do do now. You hear me now.
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Three Simple Exercises to Help with Chronic Pain: Focus on Your Fitness

By Angelique Beniquez

If you are suffering from a chronic illness, you may find it challenging to focus on other aspects of your health. Fitness is an effective way to switch your focus on improving your health and acts as a way to keep you mentally and physically busy. Once you begin seeing progress, it truly motivates you. Inspire yourself to work hard on your fitness with these three simple exercises! Remember to get moving before a workout by doing light stretching and dynamic exercises that mimic your workout. For example, circle your hips around to activate muscle groups.

LEGS: Donkey Kicks


Donkey kicks will strengthen your legs while building your booty at the same time! This is a great way to slowly build up your muscle. Over time you can add weights behind your knees or wear ankle weights to challenge yourself.

ARMS: Pray and Pulse


Pray and pulse is a very simple yet effective way to gain muscle in your triceps. You can use a ball, as shown to add resistance. However, the exercise is also effective without a ball. Over time, you can challenge yourself and add wrist weights!

BACK: Hip Raises


Building back muscle is a fantastic way to battle back pain. Bridges are a very easy way to do this! If you want to challenge yourself, add weight to your hips.

As you see progress, you will be more motivated than ever. Be an inspiration to yourself, and of course don’t forget to stretch!

Confronting Segregation in Our Country’s Schools

After the unanimous Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 struck down the “separate by equal” doctrine and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, people of color continue to lag far behind whites in access to employment, opportunity, and education. If you recently saw the film Hidden Figures, a must see biographical drama that illuminated the racism and sexism that exists in this country, Brown v. Board did nothing to address the inequalities that existed. The film profiled three African American women from NASA who played a pivotal role in the launching of the first successful space missions and their struggles as black women in the 1960s. Today research shows that blacks and Latinos are still underrepresented in higher education institutions and professional employment, while they are overrepresented in high school dropout and incarceration rates (see Civil Rights Project).
In 2007, the Supreme Court dealt a severe blow to integration efforts that many school districts have adopted across the country. The Court ruled it is unconstitutional to integrate schools based on race, even if it means a racially diverse atmosphere. Justice Kennedy maintains that the school districts must use other means to the classification of students by race as he cast his fifth vote in the 5-4 decision in the case against the Seattle and Louisville school districts (Parents Involved in the Community Schools v. Seattle School District, No. 05-908 & 05-915, 2007).
Gatekeeping, which involves the process of course selection that begins in early years and continues throughout high school limiting access to challenging curriculum, increases the divide between black males and other groups of students. Because school districts have developed systems that determine course placement, this systemic design serves as a gatekeeper. For instance, some schools use a number of predictors such as recommendations, guidance, parents’ choice, test scores and grades received, while others use a rigid tracking system. Gatekeeping can be a result of parent and student choice input, but also persists if there is a lack of prerequisite courses in schools limiting enrollment in advanced courses. Lack of knowledge can also affect gatekeeping, where some students aren’t properly informed of their options or are steered to lower tracking. The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University reports that racial and ethnic makeup can adversely affect gatekeeping because some guidance counselors may encourage people of color to take lower level courses. I can attest to the former.

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When I moved from an urban school district to a suburban district in seventh grade, the school decided that a lower placement was in my best interest. Fortunately, my mother, my report card and my academic ability only landed me in that environment for approximately two weeks. I do remember there was no learning occurring. It was the most fun that I had in school. All my friends were in the class, and I enjoyed their short-lived company. That experience was quite a revelation, for it was clear that the teachers’ expectations had been extremely low. Once, I moved to the appropriate level, learning returned as did increased teacher expectation. Unfortunately that was not my only experience with racism or gatekeeping in education.
Another time would be class registration in the library three years later, when my guidance counselor attempted to place me in a lower level science course for the upcoming year. Because I saw how my mother handled it several years earlier, I was equipped to handle the situation. I simply approached my science teacher to inform him of my guidance counselor’s decision. My science teacher marched over to the table and informed my guidance counselor at once that I was an excellent student and the rest is history.
A similar scenario occurred to a young girl whom I met in a summer program involving the same guidance counselor, ironically. She had been classified with a learning disability, but was denied access to college preparatory classes. One summer in the upward bound program at the local college during the SAT preparation course that I was teaching, she revealed that she would be taking recordkeeping her senior year. I told her to talk to her guidance counselor, still unfamiliar to our shared connection, to take algebra and other college preparation courses. Years later at dinner, she told me that he refused to place her in an algebra class. She then pleaded with her father to speak to her counselor, who like some parents in families of color (due to cultural differences) left such decisions to the school. After being cajoled, he agreed. She ended up taking algebra along with a geometry course. She did well in both courses receiving Bs and better. After high school, she went off to college, graduated with honors, and now is a Special Education English Teacher.
Unfortunately, many students and parents are not self-advocators and are not aware of the grave consequences of tracking. To compound the issues of gatekeeping, in inner city classrooms, black students are placed in classrooms with teachers who have less experience or who may be less prepared to teach in their content area. For instance, in New York City, close to 90% of black students are taught by teachers teaching out of their certification area or with no certification. Statewide, 7% of teachers are teaching out of certification and 5% of core classes are not taught by highly qualified teachers (see New York State School Report Cards). In District 18, 16% of core classes are not taught by highly qualified teachers, which is three times the national average (see Inequality in Teaching and Schooling). Black men being taught by less than qualified teachers in segregated schools is counterproductive to closing the achievement gap. Yes, segregated schools continue to be a real issue in New York City despite the diversity of the city due largely to housing. Negative experiences in school most likely will produce negative attitudes about education, thus leading to increased delinquency and possibly higher dropout rates.  It is time for real changes to be made. Policy makers need to be on placed on notice or not reelected. We have the ability to effect change in solidarity.
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Educational Consultant

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Dr. Arlene Garcia draws on twenty years of experience in the field of education. She has been counseling families and students since 2000. Services include: family and student consulting, undergraduate and graduate school advising, career counseling, and academic advising. With extensive knowledge about the college admittance process, she provides comprehensive support for both students and parents while generating solutions. Her goal is to assist students and families as they enter new chapters in their lives while maximizing their strengths and potential.

Free consultation up to 30 minutes. Contact me now for a custom quote.




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Are you looking for an experienced speaker for your next event?

As an educator, author, entrepreneur and chronic warrior, I will inspire a crowd. Topics include workshops on empowerment, life skills, purpose and more. Contact me for a custom quote (about-arlene-garcia).

Throughout the years, I’ve had the opportunity to inspire more than 20,000 people across the country. If you are a part of a business, college, corporation, or conference, I can offer my assistance.

Power of Spoken Words

About Me

I’ve been speaking to large and small audiences for over 20 years. Presentations include keynote, workshops, and master of ceremonies.

As an educator who has transformed adversity into triumph, I use motivation and storytelling to inspire young people daily. Whether it be a group of students or adults, I bring the same motivation to inspire one to live his / her best life.

I offer workshops on education, student engagement, curriculum, life skills, purpose, leadership, and more.

Speaking topics

Various topics include motivation, inspiration and courage, personal effectiveness, and much more. Please let me know how I can help you at your next event.

Highlighted Speaking Engagements

She’s With Me: Women’s Empowerment Event (CT) (2017)

Entrepreneurial Events, CT, NY, D.C., (2014, 2015,2016)

Hispanic Heritage Month (Invest in Success Scholarship), Manhattanville College (2013)

Eastern Sociological Society Conference, Baltimore, Maryland (2009)

American Society of Criminology Conferences, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta (2007, 2008, 2010)

Hord Gala 21st, CT (2009)

Career Day, Western Connecticut State University (2001)

National Press Club, D.C. (1998)

Hord Gala 10th Anniversary, CT (1998)


“We were really impressed with Arlene’s energy, passion and ability to reach the audience. She was the highlight of the day.” Manhattanville College.

Dr. Garcia used storytelling and an inspirational message to reach the audience. Her passion and energy is empowering.” Entrepreneurial Event.

“I loved her energy and passion. Her story is amazing.” Hord Gala

“I thank you for helping me when my family was in crisis. You were always so patient and informing.” Dee

“You inspired me to follow my dreams.” M. Jones

Next Steps

If you would like Dr. Arlene Garcia to speak at your next event, Contact her. For collaborations: BitterSweet collaboration.

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 Publishing and Editing Consultations 

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Are you looking for an editor to refine your writing? I have experience editing thousands of documents. Services include proofreading, editing, essays, speech writing, and more. Click here for editing-fees.

As a published author who holds a doctorate, I have countless hours of proofreading and editing documents. With years of editing experience and content production, I provide highly skilled services which include editing and publishing advice.


“Arlene Garcia, Ph.D., provided editorial feedback to La Femme Latina, a blog for young Latinas running from 2012-2013. During this time La Femme Latina had four contributing writers whose articles spanned across beauty and wellness. I was impressed with Arlene’s ability to provide editorial feedback on the spectrum of articles in a way that still honored the essence of the writer’s message. In addition, Arlene’s connectedness to the audience reached by La Femme Latina helped her to ensure key messages were fresh and relevant. It was truly a pleasure working with Arlene on La Femme Latina.” Founder of La Femme Latina, Teresa Geovanna

“My daughter is thrilled with her SAT score and college choice. Your insight and vision were invaluable.” Ashley’s mother

“The book will cover many age categories, I feel it’s a great message you put out there for several reasons. Too often young girls are lost because of their lack of direction. This book is an eye opener, an opportunity for the young population to consider their future and not nails, hair and boys. Two thumbs up…another good one for my showcase.Aria thanks for your hand over hand, so cute.
Best of everything in your book.” Eloise Adegbola


Living with a chronic illness can present unique challenges which are quite different than an acute illness such as a cold or flu. Acute illnesses go away, but chronic illnesses remain and tend to disrupt daily living. If your chronic illness has diminished your quality of life, you may benefit from a chronic illness coach.

Goals of coaching services are to help you identify areas that need improvement, develop a plan of action, and follow through on your plan. I offer a select amount of complimentary 15-minute sessions. Contact me to check availability.

Private Coaching Sessions

During our sessions, we will explore possible issues and obstacles, brainstorm solutions, develop a solid plan of action, identify steps to take prior to our next sessions, and receive resources to guide you. Some items we may discuss is effective communication, dreams given up on and ways to reinvigorate your heart’s desires.

Sessions are one-on-one and take place via telephone. Most people have weekly sessions. Others desire a short check in session in addition to the weekly sessions. Others prefer to check in periodically by email.

Group Coaching Sessions

Sessions are done via telephone or video. During group sessions, you will have the opportunity to talk with other chronic illness warriors. Members will be encouraged to support each other, exchange ideas and stories about living with a chronic illness. We will explore possible issues and obstacles, brainstorm solutions, develop a solid plan of action, and identify steps to take prior to our next session. You will receive resources to guide you. Some items we may discuss include effective communication, dreams given up on and ways to reinvigorate your heart’s desires.

To learn more about group coaching, please contact me here.

  • Free 15 minute consultations
  • Future sessions: 30 minutes $80, 45 minutes $110

Clients understand that coaching services are not meant to take the place of receiving physician treatment.

Blogging the Smart Way: An Interview with Greta

Greta Lamfel is the founder of Healthy Living. She completed a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree with majors in Accounting and Internal Audit. She loves to inspire others and help them to live their best life. Her book titled “When Life Falls Apart” is one way she reaches people who need motivation. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, writing and researching. Greta is a content creator and professional in the ever-changing blogging world. Although she is constantly faced with struggles, Greta has compiled helpful tips to ensure success in educating her readers.  Read our interview with her below:

What do you find most challenging about blogging or running your business?

I actually wrote a blog about the challenges I have faced as a blogger. You may find that blog here 5 Things they Don’t Tell You About Starting a Blog & Why I Wanted to Quit Blogging

However, the challenges I have faced and am still facing from a business perspective are the following:

Finding clients: Most of my clients email me directly or fill in my booking form requesting my writing services. I only receive about 10% of my business from my own efforts, which is something that I am trying to work on. Perhaps I need to improve my advertising efforts? But these efforts require funding which is something I am holding off on for the moment.

Monitoring performance: Google Analytics is a great tool to measure your blog performance, but it takes a lot of time and knowledge to read the results and interpret them.

Editing: I like to edit my blogs myself because I have found that each time I hire an editor to do it, they completely change my writing style. Of course, this takes time and means that I cannot write more blogs than I used to, but my users have become accustomed to my style and I feel that I want to keep it that way.

Although blogging can be stressful, Greta uses tips she’s developed over the years to further her accomplishments!

Describe your experiences with some of the people you’ve met while blogging or doing business?

For the most part, I have met a bunch of lovely bloggers, all wanting to find their little space on the internet. What I’ve noticed, though, is that beauty bloggers seem to reach popularity much faster than say a motivational blogger. Perhaps this is because most women want to be beautiful and if they can get these tips online for free, why not?

In business, I have met all sorts of clients, from the nice ones to the cray-cray ones that call you five times a day. In the end, it’s all about pleasing every client. When I write, I do it to fulfill their desire. They want content and I provide it!

Greta is a blog professional with amazing style!

What networking do you do that helps your blogging or business?

As mentioned above, networking isn’t my strongest trait. I have however met people via Facebook groups, Twitter groups, and Instagram pods.

How do you come up with material/content for your business or blog and keep ideas fresh? 

Most times I get inspiration from everything and anything around me. Sometimes I read other articles to come up with a unique title for a blog. It depends really. I think every blogger will tell you that blog content is sporadic.

I keep ideas fresh by making sure that the content is written differently to what you’ll find on the first page of Google results. People are tired of reading the same content over and over and so I try to write differently than other blogs.

Happiness and motivation are her goals, blogging is the game.

What’s your strategy for your blog or business in general?

My strategy is to motivate and help people with my content.To bring happiness to their life.

What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers or a business can give its customers?

Education. A blog is pointless if it doesn’t educate the reader and leave them with something to think about. A business is pointless if it doesn’t educate its customers on how their product can change their lives.

No blog is ever too small. Greta loves to educate her readers constantly.

What are some tips for people interesting in making money from blogging? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?

I wrote a couple of blogs in this regard, here they are:

What has been your strategy for creating visibility for yourself and/or your blog?

Social media! I use social media regularly by maintaining a posting schedule and joining relevant groups.

If someone was interested in blogging or starting a new business, what would be a few things you would suggest?

I would suggest reading other experiences first before your start. Their experiences can help you to avoid their mistakes. I would also suggest bulking up your social media following. It helps to be popular as these people will often become lifetime readers of your blog.




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Leadership matters: What makes a good school?

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Educators play a huge role in shaping the lives of our future. It isn’t an easy profession as educators face many issues such as student homelessness, poverty, and increased testing mandates. The attitudes of teachers and leaders affect the students tremendously. Students respond to educators who sincerely care about them. In Pedro Noguera’s (2003) research in Northern California schools, 90% of black males indicated “agree” or “strongly agree” to questions such as “I think education is important” and “I want to go to college.” However, only 22% responded affirmatively to questions such as “I work hard to achieve good grades” and only 18% indicated affirmatively “My teachers treat me fairly.”

Noguera’s study confirmed that teacher expectations of students are extremely important for black students. He finds black males were least likely to respond positively to statements such as “My teachers support me and care about my success in their class.”  Ferguson (2002) also found teacher encouragement as critical for students of color, where 47% of blacks cite encouragement as crucial compared to 31% of whites. An evaluation of the discrepancies between the desire to achieve in higher education, the effort put forth in school, and teacher expectations suggest the need for more support structures in and beyond schools.

Teachers and school staff are responsible for the culture of the schools, student learning, and the upkeep of the building. Clearly not all building resources such as computer labs and per pupil spending are in their control. Educators who work in underserved communities need to work with what they have. Although school staff may not be responsible for the all conditions in the building, educators are accountable for instruction and facilitating meaningful and engaging lessons.

As an educator, I have encountered students whose attitudes appear to be apathetic. I say appear because many of these students have multiple issues that lead to this mindset, destruction in self esteem due to tracking and gatekeeping that occurred in elementary and middle school not to mention many of life’s issues, e.g. homelessness, residential treatment programs such as group homes, abuse, low skills, etc. To reach students who appear to be apathetic, I create relevant lessons that include knowledge of pop culture, e.g. movies and music, while building a rapport with my learners. To reach learners, assessments that are project based, student centered with engagement at the core are utilized.

Over the years, I have encountered students who gave me eye-opening experiences. One student will forever resonate. She asked me two months into the U.S. History Regents course, “Do you give us all this hard work because you taught AP?” I replied, “I challenge you all because you can do it.” Slowly but surely that class began to rise to my expectations. Her comment made it clear that other teachers weren’t holding them to the same standards. A fact I had known, but her comment illuminated  the effect of gatekeeping and low expectations. I cannot imagine that class’ various experiences from elementary to junior year that affected their views on learning.

Generally speaking, society has a negative view of the underserved communities as lazy and uncaring. Additionally, many of the parents may not be involved in their child’s education because of monetary reasons, e.g. working multiple jobs or cultural reasons, where many minorities feel the school knows best or don’t know the best way to advocate for their child. The use of gatekeeping and tracking can also affect a child’s self-esteem.

It is important to build strong school communities to support learners. A strong school would include effective educators who make learning relevant.  To increase student achievement, schools need administrators who are effective leaders, have experience, and are in districts that do not have a high turnover rate. An effective leader will:

  1. Recognize teaching and learning as the main business of a school
  2. Communicate the school’s mission clearly and consistently to staff members, parents and students
  3. Foster standards for teaching and learning that are high and attainable
  4. Provide clear goals and monitor the progress of students toward meeting them
  5. Spend time in classrooms and listen to teachers
  6. Promote an atmosphere of trust and sharing
  7. Have high expectations for all: students and staff
  8. Provide meaningful professional development for teachers to meet diverse learners
  9. Build a good staff and make professional development a top concern
  10. Not tolerate bad teachers

Advocating for students and providing support for students is crucial for many, especially those living on their own or coming from impoverished homes. All students should be connected with someone who cares at school, educators should stay informed and pay attention to research on school violence, have community meetings to inform parents, churches, and youth organizations about youth problems and expectations from students in school. Schools should develop collaborative associations within local communities to address the needs of at-risk students, and conduct asset surveys with students in the community to identify their behavior. Leaders and teachers should maintain high expectations for all students where learning in the classrooms is made relevant.

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Being “So” Bipolar

Dedicated to eliminating stigma associated with mental illnesses, Mehri Coulter has found her true calling:  blogging about her life with bipolar disorder.  She hopes that by sharing her story, others will feel less alone in their struggles with mental illness. She is a wife and mother of three young children and blogs for

Tell me about yourself and what motivated you to start your business or blog?

I’m a stay-at-home mother to my three children who are my everything.  They’re my true inspiration for living my best life. I cannot stand the thought of them having anything less than their best mom.  

I was motivated to start my blog on bipolar disorder because bipolar ruins lives.  In part, because of the lack of support.  Many people in my family have struggled with the disorder.  I want these struggles to end with me.  I wouldn’t wish bipolar symptoms on anyone.  Basically, I couldn’t not start my blog.  Something inside me just kept nagging me to start writing.  Also, my incredible husband was beyond supportive of me starting my blog, without his unending love and support I may still be asking myself “should I do this?”

What do you find most challenging about your business / blogging about your topic?

By far the most challenging aspect of blogging about mental health is keeping my mental health intact.  On my Instagram account (so_bipolar) I message with hundreds of people everyday about really heavy topics like anxiety and suicide.  Considering those both are struggles of my own, it’s tough to learn how to disconnect from it all.

Describe your experiences with some of the people you’ve met on your journey?

Words cannot express how grateful I am for the people I’ve come in contact with.  I have met people who have multiple mental illnesses who continue to fight and thrive in their lives; they’re inspiring.  I’ve also met people on the other end of the spectrum who really struggle, and feel that life may not be worth living.  Although it is devastating to hear, it’s also rewarding to walk alongside them and hope that my story might make them feel like “if she can do it, I can do it too.”

What networking do you do that helps your blogging / business?

Honestly, not much.  I’m a bit of a loner, which I know is not necessarily the “proper” way of doing blogging or business, but it works for me.  I like to do things all on my own.  I figure I would rather let my content speak for itself.

How do you come up with material/content for your business / blog and keep ideas fresh?

My life is my product.  So everyday is a fresh idea for me.  Especially when I am hypomanic, I have racing thoughts that can generate a lot of new content.

What’s your strategy with your business / blog in general?

To just keep doing it.  I wish I had a fancy strategy, but my goal is just to get my story out there.  To just keep writing.

What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?

Hope. Everyone needs hope.

What are some tips for people interested in making money from blogging or starting their own business? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?

I only started my blog about 2 months ago. So I have not gotten to monetizing my business yet.  When I get there, I’ll let you know ; )  But what I do know, is it can’t be difficult.  It will just take some good ol’ fashion hard work.

What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your business / blog?

All this talk of strategy… Now I’m starting to think I need one!

What was the most challenging moment in your business / blog content development process and why?

The most challenging aspect was starting my blog.  It took me a year of thinking “should I do this?”  Which was just insane. I’m so glad I did.  Also, before starting my blog I was not on any social media… I am basically a technology moron.  So learning how Instagram even worked was a challenge for me.  Now it seems pretty straight-forward.

If someone was interested in blogging or starting a business, what would be a few things you would suggest?

To just start it already.  One other thing I think that has helped me is that I specialize (in bipolar disorder).  I think that if you have a focused vision and specialize in something, you can be more of an expert in that field.







Enough is Enough

Enough is enough, except no one seems to give a f∗ck.
Another sitting duck, accustomed to the news.
One down, two, three, four, five. Lost count…
Black lives continuously denied.

Emotions ensue: incensed, enraged and fuming are a few.
Born free and equal so to speak. When will this hold true?
Or does it depend on your hue?
Another life lost, tossed aside, a life deprived. Why?

Psychological science is very clear.
Hunting us like deer, 1955 was the year
A brutal murder and mutilation laid the foundation
Long ago, shook the conscience of a nation to end Jim Crow.
A plea for change and a break from the firing range.
Remove the twisted fate of crazy and deranged.
Disenfranchisement continues- the longstanding deprivation of rights.
Every city across the country should be shining bright lights.

A call for justice because folks are disgusted.
Yet the racial and ethnic disparities will continue,
Until you acknowledge Kelly, Wayne, Sean, Jordan, Freddie, and Gregory just to name a few. Could be your brother, father, son, or friend if you could only look past their hue.
Justice for humanity, justice for lost lives, justice for our black boys.
Where’s the justice? Where’s the justice? Where’s the justice?

Instead, life goes on, businesses thrive, while distrust and disappointment persist.
The scale is tipped in the opposition direction.
Some question the officers’ levels of force and range of discretion.
Numbness, another life loss, the unfortunate effect of social control led by those out on patrol.

Mass incarceration masks poverty and a society that is stuck
Enough is enough, but no one seems to give a f∗ck
This movement needs some funding, folks to spread the word and get involved.
Take charge and support the cause. Demand real change. Resurge. Recharge.
Emerge as a reckoning force. Become the source to change the course
Because enough is enough.