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#ImWithKap: The Resounding Online Message During Super Bowl 53

During the Super Bowl, #ImWithKap was trending as many decided to point out the NFL's disregard for Colin Kaepernick.

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Angela Davis, Ava DuVernay, Lena Waithe, Common, Steph Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and more used social media to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick on Super Bowl Sunday.

Former Obama cabinet secretary, Chris Lu, tweeted the sentiment right before the game started:

Interestingly enough, the Super Bowl's ratings hit a 10-year low on Sunday, as it was boring and the halftime show with the air of controversy didn't seem to help boost interest.

ImWithKap Jerseys were sported in many of the tweets as a continued sign of support.

Cardi B said she wasn't performing with Maroon 5, because someone "lost his job fighting for us."

Many boycotted the NFL and all of its Super Bowl coverage and events, including Ava DuVernay, who tweeted:

Kaepernick thanked all for the support:

Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell dodged questions about Kaepernick's status at a pre-game press conference. Kapernick has filed a grievance for collusion of the owners and executives to keep him off any team.

A mural of Kaepernick was demolished in Atlanta days before the game (A local artist replaced it with eight more in the city).

Maroon 5, who replaced all the artists who turned down the biggest performance stage in protest, did a show that weakly acknowledged the tension with a "One Love" light display by drones.

The lead singer, Adam Levine, defended the show, which featured rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi, and thanked critics "for always pushing us to do better." He included a list of words that he wrote down when asked to do the performance that included the word "kneel" near the bottom.

Update: White Man Who Pulled Gun on Black Teens Could Face Hate Crime Charges

Mark Allen Barlett defends his use of the N-word: We use it because Black people use it.

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UPDATE 1/24: Girlfriend Who Called The Black Teens Thugs Was Fired From Her Job

Dana Scalione, who on MLK day, screamed at and shoved Black teens for protesting was fired from her real estate job in light of Monday's incident.

They posted it on it's Facebook page :

The company also posted that she had been working at the company for seven years. In the responses that followed people calling for her termination and anger toward the company, they posted that, "We have to start respecting and loving one another. We are all human beings no matter of color, religion and beliefs."

They did ask that people not submit threats as it, "makes all of us no better than the people that hate."

Many praised the company's actions, and when one hoped Scalione would not find other employment in the area, the company's response was: "Let's hope not.":

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Mark Allen Bartlett has a lot of explanations for his actions toward Black teens on MLK Day, but the video shows everything from him threatening to run over one of the protesters with his SUV, to using racial slurs, to pointing a gun at the teenagers.

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White Man Pulls Gun on Black Teens in Miami on MLK Day

"I did pull out my gun, but I never pointed it at them," Mark Allen Bartlett said. Video footage shows otherwise.

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Mark Allen Bartlett of Hollywood Beach, Fla., pulled a gun on several Black teens, repeatedly calling them the n-word, as they were taking part in a "Bikes Up Guns Down" event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Brickell.

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Community Marches in Protest of Colorado Man's Nazi and Confederate Flags

A rally against racism, prompted by the Confederate flag and a flag with a swastika.

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A 40-year old resident, Larry "L.J." Brooks, of a home in Fruita, Colorado was met by protesters who were outraged that their neighbors had erected a Confederate flag and a flag with a swastika above his house.

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Pittsburgh Told Trump Not to Visit, He Went Anyway

Thousands protested for the 11 lives lost, the two victims in Louisville, and the many more stifled by President Trump's racism and bigotry.

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Trump visited the synagogue on Tuesday and left.

On Wednesday he tweeted, "The Office of the President was shown great respect on a very sad & solemn day. Small protest was not seen by us, staged far away. The Fake News stories were just the opposite-Disgraceful!"

Nearly 70,000 people as of Tuesday signed the petition from the Pittsburgh affiliate of Bend the Arc to demand Trump stay away from Pittsburgh.

Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, had asked Trump to reschedule his visit to respect the grieving families and funerals.

Steven Halle, a nephew of one of the victims, Daniel Stein, rejected a meeting with Trump because of his comments blaming the synagogue for not having an armed guard to stop the gunman "immediately."

"Everybody feels that they were inappropriate," Halle said of Trump's comments. "A church, a synagogue, should not be a fortress. It should be an open, welcoming place to feel safe," he continued.

But Trump didn't care and came for his photo ops, and to promote Republican candidate Keith Rothfus via Twitter:

Trump told Fox News on Monday night:

"I'm also going to the hospital to see the officers and some of the people that were so badly hurt," Trump said. "I really look forward to going. I would have done it even sooner, but I didn't want to disrupt any more than they already had disruption."

But his visit was drowned out by thousands who took to the streets of the city to protest, marching toward the synagogue, singing songs, and holding signs that said, ""Refugees Are Not Invaders," "Pittsburgh Builds Bridges Not Walls" and "Pittsburgh Welcomes All Who Don't Hate."

Tuesday evening, Tracy Baton, director of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Women's March on Washington, stood on the steps of the Sixth Presbyterian Church and spoke to thousands:

Those who "would insert themselves on a national stage, into a city in mourning, before the dead are buried, is unacceptable," she said. "Those that would limit our neighbors' vote, that would foment hate against the Jewish community, Muslim community, people of color, LGBTQ people, as well as wage a war on women's bodies, are not welcome here!"

Jewish group IfNotNow organized a protest and sat shiva. Organizer and Pittsburgh resident Diana Clarke told the crowd, "We are here to mourn the 11 Jewish people who were killed on Saturday. We are here to mourn the two black people who were shot by a white nationalist in Louisville, Kentucky, last week."

"I think that Donald Trump represents white nationalism and white supremacy, and that has no place in the mourning lives lost to exactly those systems that his administration upholds," Clarke told HuffPost.

"We have people who can't sit shiva because you're blocking our streets!" the Rev. Susan Rothenberg, a Presbyterian minister screamed at Trump when he arrived. "These people can't grieve! You're causing them pain!"

She continued, "You only care about you! You are not welcome on my street! These are my neighbors that were killed! You are not welcome in Squirrel Hill! Do you understand that?"

Botham Jean's Killer is Fired

Texas Rangers still have no new information as Jean was buried in St. Lucia today.

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Dallas Police reported an internal investigation is complete, and Officer Amber Guyger, who killed Botham Jean three weeks ago, has been fired.

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Amber Guyger Can't Be Fired During Investigation, Says Dallas Police Chief

Laws say otherwise as the community calls for justice for Botham Jean.

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At a town hall meeting where the community voiced concerns about why Amber Guyger is still employed and receiving pay, Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall said any further disciplinary action would compromise the ongoing investigation of Botham Jean's death.

Once the department is "assured, an administrative investigation will not impede on the criminal investigation, we will proceed," Hall said.

Justin Moore, a civil right's attorney, said that "Chief Hall might not have been well informed on the law."

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Explosive Taking a Knee Explanation: Video Goes Wild, 15 Million Views and Accelerating!

White man running against Ted Cruz nails it. You need to send this video to everyone you know.

A video where a Democratic congressman shares his thoughts on why NFL players take a knee during the national anthem has gone viral with more than 15 million views.

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Black People Are Being Poisoned in Alabama. Is Louisiana Next?

Protests of big business and government inaction persist against allowing people to become diseased and disposable.

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Ten days of protests continue in Louisiana over crude oil pipeline preparations by residents and activists as big oil business stands to infiltrate and bring deadly toxins into Black communities like St. James — nicknamed "Cancer Alley."

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Harith Augustus, 37, was shot dead by police this past weekend on the South Side of Chicago, and disputes over what really happened have led many activists to question motives of the police and the mayor in how they handle the investigation.

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After 8 Protests in Pittsburgh, Cop Who Killed Antwon Rose Charged with Criminal Homicide

District attorney said the officer's actions were intentional; officer had a history of violence toward "a certain type of person."

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The officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose, another unarmed Black male, was charged with criminal homicide on Wednesday, following eight protests over five days across Pittsburgh.

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White Privilege on Display in Post-Super Bowl Riots

"You can riot if you're white and your team wins, but if you're Black and being killed, you can't speak out," said Hawk Newsome, president of BLM in New York.

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Following the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl win over the weekend, die-hard fans took to the streets of Philly to celebrate — leaving in their path a whirlwind of violence and destruction, as well as a question of racial inequality.

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