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‘You Told Us To Our Face That As Long As You’re In The White House You Had Our Back’

A message to President Obama from Standing RockA powerful message from Kendrick Eagle at Standing Rock to President Obama.

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Standing Rock member Kendrick Eagle just released a heartfelt message for President Obama, asking him to be a man of his word.

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In April 2014, President Obama visited the Standing Rock reservation, an experience that, according to Eagle, gave members “a lot of hope.”

Later that year, at the Tribal Nations Conference, Obama made it clear that his administration would stand up for “first Americans.”

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Obama promised more than words, saying “talk was cheap, and there’d been too many promises that hadn’t been kept.” Adding, “I’m proud every single day to be your partner. We are all one family. Let’s not make this just a dream.”

President Obama brought up Kendrick Eagle’s story during the conference, highlighting the struggles Native Americans face.

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“That’s a life-changing thing for me,” Eagle says to the camera, talking directly to President Obama. “Cause it’s like you cared about me, you know. You cared about my story.”

These days, however, Eagle is not so sure President Obama meant what he said.

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“You said you had our back, and here we are.”

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Since August, tensions between protesters and authorities at the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) have steadily increased. A few weeks ago, several protesters were injured in a clash with authorities, who pelted them with rubber bullets, high-pressure water, and tear gas canisters. Many protesters went to the hospital as a result, and one protester nearly had her arm amputated.

Several prominent figures have come out on behalf of Standing Rock.

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Bernie Sanders, Shailene Woodley, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are just a few critics of the pipeline, which if installed could have environmentally disastrous affects on those living in the area. And while it’s good for celebrities to bring awareness to the crisis, it’s not enough. The people of Standing Rock need real help.

But President Obama has stayed quiet throughout most of the protests.

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This hasn’t gone unnoticed by Kendrick Eagle.

With nothing left to lose, Eagle asks President Obama to stick to his word.

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“You told us to our face,” Eagle tells the camera, “that as long as you’re in the White House you had our back. And now’s the time that we really need you. Desperately need you.”

So far, President Obama has not responded to Kendrick Eagle’s message.


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In Case You Need A Laugh, Here Are Some Tweets And Memes To Reflect How People Feel About The Inauguration

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In Case You Need A Laugh, Here Are Some Tweets And Memes To Reflect How People Feel About The Inauguration

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The inauguration is here, folks, which means it’s time to say goodbye to Barack Obama and say hello to our newly elected president, Donald Trump. Here’s the gist of how people on Twitter and Instagram really feel about this historic event…

Some people feel like this girl from the famous Dr. Phil episode:


“Catch me outside, how ’bout dat?!”

While others can describe their feels toward the inauguration with a single word:


*clinging onto Obama’s ankles*

Yep, there’s so much despair that people on Twitter are coming up with inauguration drinking games in order to cope with their emotions.


Goodbye Obama and liver!

And some of these games have a few more detailed rules than others.


Cheers, America.

Other games don’t involve drinks.

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What would you rather do?

Because Trump is dying for more airtime, people have decided they won’t give him the pleasure ?.


*unplugs TV*

Some people admit they wouldn’t go even if tickets were free.??


Even if Trump paid them.

Others would love a chance to attend.


Time to act like Kanye and interrupt Trump.

People on twitter are also joking about how bad the weather is going to be during the inauguration.


Thank you, baby Jesus.

Which is why people on Instagram are sharing this 7-day forecast meme.

#inauguration

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For real.

Now that Obama’s term as president is ending, some people can’t help but reminisce about his inauguration.


So many emotions!

And he will be missed by many.


READ: Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Bring People To Tears With A Song That Captures The Mood Of America

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Chase Bank Sued For Discriminating Against Black And Latino Customers

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Chase Bank Sued For Discriminating Against Black And Latino Customers

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In one of its final moves, the Obama administration hit JPMorgan Chase & Co. with a one-two punch in the form of two discrimination lawsuits: one for discriminating against black and Latino mortgage borrowers and another for discriminating against their own female employees.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the largest bank in the nation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., alleging that from 2006 to 2009 it discriminated against African Americans and Latinos by charging them higher mortgage interest rates and fees when compared to “similarly situated white borrowers.”

According to Bloomberg, on average, black borrowers paid $1,126 more in fees while Latinos paid an average of $968 more in fees when compared to white customers.

JPMorgan spokesperson Elizabeth Seymour said, “We’ve agreed to settle these legacy allegations that relate to pricing set by independent brokers. We deny any wrongdoing and remain committed to providing equal access to credit.” They settled on the same day the lawsuit was filed.

The second lawsuit against the bank was filed by the Labor Department and claims that 93 female tech employees were paid lower wages than their non-female counterparts. JPMorgan Chase & Co. isn’t settling in this case and says that they’re looking forward to getting their evidence in front of “a neutral decision maker,” which is just another way of saying, “see you in court.”

Click here to find out more about the lawsuits filed against JPMorgan Chase & Co.


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