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What To Do When You're Stopped By Police - The ACLU & Elon James White

What To Do When You're Stopped By Police - The ACLU & Elon James White

Know Anyone Who Thinks Racial Profiling Is Exaggerated? Watch This, And Tell Me When Your Jaw Drops.


This video clearly demonstrates how racist America is as a country and how far we have to go to become a country that is civilized and actually values equal justice. We must not rest until this goal is achieved. I do not want my great grandchildren to live in a country like we have today. I wish for them to live in a country where differences of race and culture are not ignored but valued as a part of what makes America great.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

How marijuana became mainstream Marijuana, once a political liability, is now almost mundane, with public officials openly admitting to use. Mason Tvert from the Marijuana Policy Project joins to discuss.




Melissa Harris-Perry on msnbc

How marijuana became mainstream Marijuana, once a political liability, is now almost mundane, with public officials openly admitting to use. Mason Tvert from the Marijuana Policy Project joins to discuss.




Melissa Harris-Perry on msnbc

To the man who is trying to put an Alabama rapist in prison | MSNBC




To the man who is trying to put an Alabama rapist in prison | MSNBC

When the Mentally Ill Own Guns - NYTimes.com

"Lawmakers who refuse to support effective gun safety measures often prefer to talk about better screening of the mentally ill to identify deranged would-be perpetrators before they can carry out mass shootings. This is, of course, a political dodge. Even in the handful of states where law enforcement agencies are trying to confiscate the guns of unstable individuals, state and federal laws too often enable the mentally ill to reclaim their guns as a right under the Second Amendment."

Thursday, December 26, 2013

NYTimes: Conviction Overturned for Church Official Accused of Covering Up Abuse

Japanese Premier Visits Contentious War Shrine - NYTimes.com

"Among those honored by the shrine, of Japan’s native Shinto religion, are several who were executed as war criminals after World War II. Past visits by Japanese politicians have angered China and South Korea, both of which suffered greatly under Japan’s empire-building efforts in the early 20th century.

Japanese prime ministers had stayed away from the shrine in recent years as the country sought to improve relations with China and South Korea."

Japan's continuing indifference to the sensitivities of It's Asian neighbors is inexcusable.  

Monday, December 23, 2013

Occidental College flooded with fake reports of sexual assault - latimes.com

This is an outrage.   Sexual assault on a brutal crime.   The students who tried to sabatoge the reporting system should be prosecuted if possible or administratively suspended dismissed is that is the only recourse. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Canada’s hate speech laws upheld by Supreme Court | National Post

Maybe we need this here inspite of the First Amendment?

Comparing Hate Speech Laws In The U.S. And Abroad : NPR

This is a thoughtful discussion about a topic that really needs discussion in the United States. Maybe our First Amendment goes to far in protecting hate speech especially given our history?

Comparing Hate Speech Laws In The U.S. And Abroad : NPR

This is a thoughtful discussion about a topic that really needs discussion in the United States. Maybe our First Amendment goes to far in protecting hate speech especially given our history?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

James Madison vs. the NSA | MSNBC



James Madison vs. the NSA | MSNBC

Jettison NSA phone database, panel tells Obama | Politics and Law - CNET News

Obama commutes Clarence Aaron's sentence | MSNBC

Clarence Aaron, a non-violent drug offendersentenced to three life terms, will finally be freed after twenty years behind bars. 
Along with seven other people serving time for non-violent drug offenses, President Obamacommuted Aaron’s sentence on Thursday, after a two-decade long imprisonment that might have ended sooner if not for a federal official mismanaging his case.
Aaron has been imprisoned since 1993 for his role in a cocaine deal. Though it was his first offense, and he was not the drug dealer, supplier or buyer, Aaron, who was 24 at the time, received a harsher sentence than anyone convicted in connection with the case.  
Aaron’s case, considered a strong candidate for clemency, was mishandled by Ronald L. Rodgers, the Justice Department official handling his case, according to an Inspector General’s report. Rodgers is now head of the Pardon Office at the Justice Department.

Obama commutes Clarence Aaron's sentence | MSNBC

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Racism linked to infant mortality, learning disabilities » State & National News » The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

"A pair of Emory University studies released this year have connected the large share of African-American children born before term with the biologically detectable effects of stress created in women's bodies after decades of dealing with American racism. The studies' findings don't end there.

Racism, and its ability to increase the odds that a pregnant mother will deliver her child early, can kill. There is also evidence that racism can alter the capacity for a child to learn and distorts lives in ways that can reproduce inequality, poverty and long-term disadvantage, the studies found.

"Racism is an incredibly powerful force," said Elizabeth Corwin, dean of research at Emory University's Woodruff School of Nursing,"

- See more at: http://www.thesnaponline.com/statenews/x1956132289/Racism-linked-to-infant-mortality-learning-disabilities#sthash.SwegJKvR.dpuf

Monday, December 16, 2013

Judge Questions Legality of N.S.A. Phone Records - NYTimes.com

Article: Racial Demographic Voter Armageddon Dooms GOP | OpEdNews

"For decades, the GOP has banked on older whites voting in far bigger numbers than younger blacks and Hispanics to bag the White House and for long stretches win and retain majority control of Congress. No more. According to the Census Bureau, more blacks than whites voted in the 2012 election. More Asians and Hispanics also voted.

This is not a racial fluke spurred by a mad dash to elect and reelect an African-American president. It is part of a steady trend over the last five presidential elections."

Race, Tattoos in Advertising Affect What Consumers Buy

And some people are always trying to sell the lie to me things have changed in America.  They just can't face the ugly truth.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

C.I.A. TIE REPORTED IN MANDELA ARREST - New York Times

The Central Intelligence Agency played an important role in the arrest in 1962 of Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress leader who was jailed for nearly 28 years before his release four months ago, a news report says.

The intelligence service, using an agent inside the African National Congress, provided South African security officials with precise information about Mr. Mandela's activities that enabled the police to arrest him, said the account by the Cox News Service.

The report, scheduled for publication on Sunday, quoted an unidentified retired official who said that a senior C.I.A. officer told him shortly after Mr. Mandela's arrest: ''We have turned Mandela over to the South African Security branch. We gave them every detail, what he would be wearing, the time of day, just where he would be.''

Mark Mansfield, a spokesman for the agency, declined to comment on the news-service report. ''As a matter of policy, we do not discuss allegations of intelligence activities,'' he said.


C.I.A. TIE REPORTED IN MANDELA ARREST - New York Times

Saturday, December 07, 2013

The Fight To Prove Obamacare Can Overcome Deep South Resistance

The radical histories of Mandela and MLK | MSNBC



The radical histories of Mandela and MLK | MSNBC

South African National Anthem

Six Things Nelson Mandela Believed That Most People Won't Talk About | ThinkProgress

1. Mandela blasted the Iraq War and American imperialism. Mandela called Bush “a president who has no foresight, who cannot think properly,” and accused him of “wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust” by going to war in Iraq. “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil,” he said. Mandela even speculated that then-Secretary-General Kofi Annan was being undermined in the process because he was black. “They never did that when secretary-generals were white,” he said. He saw the Iraq War as a greater problem of American imperialism around the world. “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care,” he said.

2. Mandela called freedom from poverty a “fundamental human right.” Mandela considered poverty one of the greatest evils in the world, and spoke out against inequality everywhere. “Massive poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible scourges of our times — times in which the world boasts breathtaking advances in science, technology, industry and wealth accumulation — that they have to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as social evils,” he said. He considered ending poverty a basic human duty: “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life,” he said. “While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.”

3. Mandela criticized the “War on Terror” and the labeling of individuals as terrorists, even Osama Bin Laden, without due process. On the U.S. terrorist watch list until 2008 himself, Mandela was an outspoken critic of President George W. Bush’s war on terror. He warned against rushing to label terrorists without due process. While calling for Osama bin Laden to be brought to justice, Mandela said, “The labeling of Osama bin Laden as the terrorist responsible for those acts before he had been tried and convicted could also be seen as undermining some of the basic tenets of the rule of law.”

4. Mandela called out racism in America. On a trip to New York City in 1990, Mandela made a point of visiting Harlem and praising African Americans’ struggles against “the injustices of racist discrimination and economic equality.” He reminded a larger crowd at Yankee Stadium that racism was not exclusively a South African phenomenon. “As we enter the last decade of the 20th century, it is intolerable, unacceptable, that the cancer of racism is still eating away at the fabric of societies in different parts of our planet,” he said. “All of us, black and white, should spare no effort in our struggle against all forms and manifestations of racism, wherever and whenever it rears its ugly head.”

5. Mandela embraced some of America’s biggest political enemies. Mandela incited shock and anger in many American communities for refusing to denounce Cuban dictator Fidel Castro or Libyan Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who had lent their support to Mandela against South African apartheid. “One of the mistakes the Western world makes is to think that their enemies should be our enemies,” he explained to an American TV audience. “We have our own struggle.” He added that those leaders “are placing resources at our disposal to win the struggle.” He also called the controversial Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat “a comrade in arms.”

6. Mandela was a die-hard supporter of labor unions. Mandela visited the Detroit auto workers union when touring the U.S., immediately claiming kinship with them. “Sisters and brothers, friends and comrades, the man who is speaking is not a stranger here,” he said. “The man who is speaking is a member of the UAW. I am your flesh and blood.”

Six Things Nelson Mandela Believed That Most People Won't Talk About | ThinkProgress

Friday, December 06, 2013

Nelson Mandela after the Sharpville Massacre 1961 on the need for violence. "The time comes in the life of any nation when there remain only two choices – submit or fight. That time has now come to South Africa. We shall not submit and we have no choice but to hit back by all means in our power in defence of our people, our future, and our freedom.' Firstly, we believed that as a result of Government policy, violence by the African people had become inevitable, and that unless responsible leadership was given to canalise and control the feelings of our people, there would be outbreaks of terrorism which would produce an intensity of bitterness and hostility between the various races of this country which is not produced even by war. Secondly, we felt that without violence there would be no way open to the African people to succeed in their struggle against the principle of white supremacy. All lawful modes of expressing opposition to this principle had been closed by legislation, and we were placed in a position in which we had either to accept a permanent state of inferiority, or take over the Government. We chose to defy the law. We first broke the law in a way which avoided any recourse to violence; when this form was legislated against, and then the Government resorted to a show of force to crush opposition to its policies, only then did we decide to answer with violence."

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Charges dropped against Rochester teens | MSNBC

American Justice in Black and White

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Google Glass wearer challenges distracted driving charge | Politics and Law - CNET News

"Is Cecilia Abadie guilty of distracted driving for wearing Google Glass behind the wheel? She says no."

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Houston cops cuff 13-year-old white girl, 2 black men visiting city for dance video shoot - NY Daily News American justice in Black and White

The troupe claims they were racially profiled by the officers, who refused to believe the teen, Landry Thompson, had permission to be in the city with her dance partner, Josiah Kelly, 22, and their instructor, Emmanuel Hurd, 29. The group, from Tulsa, Okla., had spent the day recording a dance video with local artists.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/houston-cops-cuff-white-teen-black-men-visiting-video-shoot-article-1.1535803#ixzz2mQihy8t6

Houston cops cuff 13-year-old white girl, 2 black men visiting city for dance video shoot - NY Daily News

Rewriting Rochester teens’ arrests On Sunday, the GOP had to correct a tweet suggesting that racism had ended in America. To illustrate that point, Lawrence O’Donnell looks at the arrest of three African-American teens in Rochester, NY. American Justice in Black and White



The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on msnbc

Rewriting Rochester teens’ arrests On Sunday, the GOP had to correct a tweet suggesting that racism had ended in America. To illustrate that point, Lawrence O’Donnell looks at the arrest of three African-American teens in Rochester, NY. American Justice in black and White



The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on msnbc

Rewriting Rochester teens’ arrests On Sunday, the GOP had to correct a tweet suggesting that racism had ended in America. To illustrate that point, Lawrence O’Donnell looks at the arrest of three African-American teens in Rochester, NY. American justice in Black and White.



The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on msnbc

Marcia Clark on the Marissa Alexander case, American Justice in Black and White



The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on msnbc