This is Fox 25 News “reporter” Crystal Haynes.
She was one of the “invited” media that was allowed to cover Monica Cannon-Grant’s opening ceremony for her new free building in Hyde Park that she gets to run her illegal unregistered non-profit out of. We were there yesterday disrupting the shit out of it while peacefully protesting for black lives and against the systemic racism that has elevated Monica Cannon-Grant. For that several gang members showed up and threatened to murder me and the 5 peaceful protesters who bravely stood with me on the front lines.
There’s a reason Crystal Haynes was invited – because she agreed to write a puff piece that promoted the biggest racist in Boston.
But she made very little mention of the peaceful protesters outside, which is the definition of fake news because it was literally impossible to miss us. Nor did she mention the controversial and racist things MCG has said and done, or the fact that we were blaring those very racist things on a loud speaker for the whole world to hear. They had to cut the ribbon early and bring the ceremony inside because we were so vocal in our protesting of racism. Instead we got this:
From sometimes controversial activist to organizer and non-profit CEO, Monica Cannon-Grant’s work has always been centered on her passion for keeping her community safe.After more than a year of planning, donations and volunteer labor, the Violence in Boston Social Impact Center opened to the public this Labor Day. Boston 25 spoke with Cannon-Grant last March when the space was still raw. Now, it’s home to a food bank, recording studio and job resource and after school center. Artists from across Boston donated their time to create elaborate murals.
“The work that Monica’s doing is not only work, it’s personal,” said former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson. “It’s her family and it’s her community which she’s put on her shoulders.”
Violence in Boston Inc. started as a Facebook page posting incidents of violent crime in Cannon-Grant’s neighborhood and grew to large scale protests for safer streets and the movement for Black lives. Recently they provided tens of thousands of meals to families in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan and worked with the families of victims of police violence to pass legislation banning chokeholds and other potentially deadly practices.
While speeches were delivered from elected leaders and activists, including Garner, a small group of protesters stationed themselves outside the center, a reminder of the conflict Cannon-Grant says she often faces in her work.
“I’m an activist and a Black activist and that means not everybody’s happy when you’re screaming Black Lives Matter, not everybody is happy with you telling the truth,” said Cannon-Grant. “But that’s how I got here.”
ICYMI: @ViolenceNBoston opens Social Impact Center this #LaborDay.
New center will provide key resources to the greater Boston community and help ”fill the gaps” in available services. @ProRockThrower @boston25 @titojackson @RepChynahTyler pic.twitter.com/B1KvARlGfz
— Crystal Haynes (@crystalhaynes) September 8, 2020
If you weren’t there and you read this story you’d think that 6 racist people showed up to yell at a black woman for feeding the homeless.
“Not everybody is happy with you telling the truth.”
But wait, I thought she was sorry for quotes like these.
If she was just “telling the truth” then she’s not really sorry. I guess it’s OK to threaten to blow someone’s head off and accuse them of riding white penis for a credit score because they had the audacity to be in an interracial relationship.
Funny Crystal Haynes didn’t mention any of that in her story. Nor did she mention the fact that gang members showed up on Monica’s behalf and threatened to shoot 6 peaceful protesters, forcing us to leave early.
One of those guys who flashed us with the international symbol for “I’m strapped” was standing behind Monica during her speech.
But yet untalented hacks like this are rewarded with Emmy’s in today’s media.
— Lex Weaver (@lexwvr) September 7, 2020
And City Councillor’s like Julia Mejia continue to support and amplify this sort of hate speech.
So great to be among family in celebration of the grand opening @ProRockThrower
of @ViolenceNBoston Social Impact Center. Today the community showed up in support of a woman who continues to give so much of herself to help others. It's incredibly awe-inspiring to witness growth! pic.twitter.com/GdFjKSdzen
— Julia Mejia (@juliaforboston) September 7, 2020
This is what institutional racism actually looks like. A racist woman gets propped up by a complicit media and a complicit government and is allowed to spew violent racist threats at people because she’s black and thus is allowed to. This is why I will laugh in the face of anyone who calls “systemic racist a real thing that benefits white people. Clearly it does not, and the systems are all controlled by people who think like MCG.
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