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Don't understand #BlackLivesMatter? See how police treat white protesters.

After peaceful protests over the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore were interrupted by rioting and violence, the city implemented a 10 p.m. curfew to keep its citizens safe.

Don't understand #BlackLivesMatter? See how police treat white protesters.

Video footage captured during that time shows how police interacted with white vs. black protesters who were out past curfew. And it isn't pretty.

On May 2, 2015, police officers asked a group of white protesters to go home after curfew.

According to the captions on the video, shot by activist DeRay McKesson, this was the third time the police officers had asked this group to go home.



Now, compare that thoughtful, reasonable, downright compassionate response to how Baltimore police "asked" this peaceful protester to obey the curfew that same evening.

Trigger warning: this video contains police violence (pepper spraying).

In case you can't (or don't want to) watch, let me summarize: Pepper sprayed. Hair pulled to the ground. Handcuffed. Dragged through the street.

The protester was unarmed and not aggressive. So why the force?

Maybe a side-by-side comparison will help:


There's just no logical reason for the difference in treatment and excessive force.

This tweet from activist Miss Packnett sums up the issue quite poetically:

Baltimore has a long history of police brutality against black residents, but the contrast here speaks directly to the frustrations black people are experiencing all across the nation and why so many have taken to the streets in protest: unfair, often violent treatment at the hands of the police. Plain and simple.

There is an overwhelming need for police reform in the United States.

But if anything is going to change, we need to see it for what it is and acknowledge the egregious bias and inhuman treatment that far too many Americans are experiencing at the hands of police.

Have some friends who don't believe racism and police brutality are real problems? Pass along this obvious example. And drop the mic.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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