"They wanted the college to stop calling its athletes the Lord Jeffs, after Lord Jeffery Amherst, the pre-Revolutionary War British commander who advocated germ warfare against Native Americans and for whom this college town was named. They wanted students who had posted “Free Speech” and “All Lives Matter” posters to go through “extensive training for racial and cultural competency” and possibly discipline. They wanted the administration to apologize for “our institutional legacy of white supremacy,” among many other forms of discrimination, like “heterosexism, cis-sexism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, mental health stigma and classism.”
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.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015
THE LATE JUDGE SAYS POLICE HAVE A VIRTUAL 'LICENSE TO SHOOT AND KILL BLACKS' IN 1985, NOTHING HAS CHANGED, RACISM IS Permanent.- NYTimes.com
JUDGE SAYS POLICE HAVE A VIRTUAL 'LICENSE TO SHOOT AND KILL BLACKS' - NYTimes.com
Judge BRUCE WRIGHT: I believe with almost religious zeal that I must honor the admonition of the last will and testament of Frederick Douglass, which was to all black people of this country: Agitate, agitate, agitate. And I don't think that my right to agitate stops at the courthouse door.
"I'm a 40 year old white male, living in a sleepy southern city. I teach in an inner-city school in a larger city, so I get to see both sides of the issues between police and minorities. I always try to explain both sides to each other, believing (probably naively), that if we communicate enough, we can stop hating each other so much.
A lot of that changed last week when I was pulled over for "not wearing a seat belt," (Which, of course, I was wearing.)
So, I'm driving to the pharmacy, exhausted after a long day and my 6 month old is crying in the back seat. All of a sudden, I notice a police cruiser come flying up behind me and hits the lights. I haven't been pulled over in nearly 20 years. The roads are tight, so I couldn't just pull over. I moved up the road and found a parking lot and pulled in.
My baby started screeching, so I turned around in my seat to try to reach for his binky and I accidentally hit my door knob with my elbow, opening the door slightly. I know that I should have just sat there with my hands on the wheel, but like I said, it had been a long day, and my head hurt.
All of a sudden there was screaming. I looked in the mirror and saw a young female police officer pointing and yelling at me as two more cruisers swerved into the parking lot behind her.
I put my hands up and turned around and sat at the steering wheel. I lowered the window as she eased up. I noticed she was putting her weapon back in the holster.
She wanted my drivers' license, registration, and proof of insurance. "Sure." I asked her what was wrong, and she said she pulled me over because I didn't have my seat belt on.
That really threw me off. I NEVER drive without a seat belt. Ever. My father was a race-car driver, and he really instilled in me the necessity of seat belts. I told the officer that I always wear it, and she looked me over. I feel as if she was surprised. Maybe the real reason they pulled me over was they were looking for someone? I don't know.
She took my information back to her car and came back in less than 20 seconds, letting me go this time. The other two cars pulled away and she was gone with them before I could even think to look and see what PD she was with.
This really surprised me. In a sleepy town, the cops are pulling over someone for "seat belt violation," and pulling weapons on us? It takes three cars to check the safety of this seat belt?"
Friday, November 27, 2015
"Thanks to clear video evidence, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged this week with first-degree murder for shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Nevertheless, thousands of people took to the city’s streets on Friday in protest. And that is as it should be.
The needlessness of the killing is clear and unambiguous:
Yet that dash-cam footage was suppressed for more than a year by authorities citing an investigation. “There was no mystery, no dead-end leads to pursue, no ambiguity about who fired the shots,” Eric Zorn wrote in The Chicago Tribune. “Who was pursuing justice and the truth? What were they doing? Who were they talking to? With whom were they meeting? What were they trying to figure out for 400 days?”
There is no doubt that Officer Van Dyke acted badly. As he faces murder charges, there remains a need to demand accountability for the Chicagoans complicit in the injustice he perpetrated.
Protestors want accountability for investigators whose inexplicable slowness allowed Van Dyke to remain on desk detail and to collect a paycheck from taxpayers. And the civic derelictions of duty run even deeper. They implicate Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the city council, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, rank-and-file cops, Pat Camden, who leads Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police, and members of the press who credulously report police-union talking points.
All played a part in a corrupt status quo. Until it is reformed, more Chicagoans will die needlessly at the hands of police."
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Gordon J. Davis’s Nov. 24th Op-Ed, “What Woodrow Wilson Cost My Grandfather,” recounted the story of his grandfather, John Abraham Davis, an African-American man whose prestigious career in the Government Printing Office was destroyed after President Wilson segregated the government in 1913. In recent weeks, students at Princeton — where Woodrow Wilson also served as president — have demanded that his name be removed from university facilities. Below are some highlights from the hundreds of reader comments on the article.
Readers Weigh In: Woodrow Wilson Cost My Grandfather Too - The New York Times
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Chicago releases dashcam video of Laquan McDonald's fatal shooting | MSNBC
Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke charged in shooting death of Laquan McDonald - Chicago Tribune
Mayor Emmanuel needs to be opposed in the next election. He has shown that he does not value "Black lives". His blatant blocking of the release of the video of this murder was an obstruction of Justice. He needs to be prosecuted. People who behave like him are the enemy. They must be not allowed to handle a government office. President Obama should publicly distance himself from his former chief of staff. We know however that President Obama tends to have a weak spine. I hope he proves me wrong.
Jamar Clark protests: 5 shot near Black Lives Matter encampment - Minneapolis’ local Black Lives Matter group were among dozens claiming on Twitter that the shooters were “white supremacists.” | MSNBC
Minneapolis’ local Black Lives Matter group were among dozens claiming on Twitter that the shooters were “white supremacists.”
Jamar Clark protests: 5 shot near Black Lives Matter encampment | MSNBC
Sunday, November 22, 2015
"But Chicago now finds itself grappling with the prospect of having its own moment. The city has been ordered to release, within days, a police video of the fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old by a white police officer. Even the officer’s lawyer has described the video, which the city sought for months to block from public view, as “graphic” and “violent” and “difficult to watch at some points.”
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Need weed? now you can get pot delivered to your door - Buying weed? Now you can get pot delivered to your door - CNET
"More than 600,000 Californians have medical marijuana cards alllowing them to legally use the drug, according to cannabis investor network The ArcView Group. Some are confined to home, while others don’t have easy access to the estimated 1,500 dispensaries in the state. That's where people like Daniel, who delivers cannabis goodies for Flash Buds in Los Angeles, can help.
“If it wasn’t for delivery services, a lot of patients wouldn’t have access at all,” says Lauren Vazquez, deputy director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, which works to change federal and state laws on pot use."
Thursday, November 19, 2015
O’Donnell: Don’t call terrorist a ‘mastermind’ MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains his objection to media calling the man believed to be the main planner of the Paris terror attack a ‘mastermind.’ - The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC
Chris Hayes compares the French discussion in the aftermath of the Paris attacks with the American discussion, which has focused on Syrian refugees: "Sometimes in the wake of a crisis or a tragedy, people say something must be done. And this is something, therefore it must be done. And it is that kind of reasoning frankly that has gotten us into some of the most destructive debacles in recent memory."- All In with Chris Hayes - All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC
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My white neighbor thought I was breaking into my own apartment. Nineteen cops showed up.
The place I call home no longer feels safe.
On Sept. 6, I locked myself out of my apartment in Santa Monica, Calif. I was in a rush to get to my weekly soccer game, so I decided to go enjoy the game and deal with the lock afterward.
A few hours and a visit from a locksmith later, I was inside my apartment and slipping off my shoes when I heard a man’s voice and what sounded like a small dog whimpering outside, near my front window. I imagined a loiterer and opened the door to move him along. I was surprised to see a large dog halfway up the staircase to my door. I stepped back inside, closed the door and locked it. "
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Supreme court abortion case could resonate across south and midwest | US news | The Guardian
Monday, November 16, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
"When you've spoken out about the removal of racist symbols in the American south, how do you respond when a video shows apparent racism in one of your own stores?
This was the situation facing Apple CEO Tim Cook after video emerged of several black teens being asked to leave the Apple store at the Highpoint shopping center in Melbourne, Australia.
The reason, so an Apple employee says in the video, was that other workers were concerned the teens "might steal something."
The video, posted to Facebook on Tuesday by Melbourne resident Francis Ose, shows the teens' incredulous reaction when being told why they were being asked to leave.
In his posting, Ose wrote: "Simply Racism, made them apologise tho."
On Friday, BuzzFeed published an email it said was sent by Cook to his employees. In it Cook said Apple is an "open" company and called the incident "unacceptable."
"One of our store employees gave an answer which shocked many of us," Cook said, adding that the employee "immediately" expressed regret to the students.
Neither Apple nor Ose responded to my request for comment."
"It’s in Yale’s culture, specifically, that’s what I’m speaking to. You have a very privileged university, with a lot of students here of great privilege and a lot without. You’re dealing with a coming together of people from radically different perspectives, and you take, in this case, what we’ve been hearing mostly from women of color, that they’re feeling doubly marginalized, in this very pure-air environment, where their views are discounted because they’re female, or their views are discounted because they’re black or Latina, or their views are discounted because they’re both. People are telling stories of professors presuming they wouldn’t know how to answer a question, while the white students in the seminar got a very different set of reactions on the same issue, where people wouldn’t even engage them, that fellow students wouldn’t make eye contact, wouldn’t talk about them. They’re sick and tired of people saying, “Can I touch your hair? It’s so exotic.” They’re frustrated by the notions of beauty in which they aren’t represented at all."
‘Political correctness’ doesn’t hinder free speech – it expands it | Lindy West | Comment is free | The Guardian
"Framing free speech and political correctness as opposing forces is a false dichotomy intended to derail uncomfortable but necessary conversations, a smokescreen ginned up by the ethically lazy. The fact is, political correctness doesn’t hinder free speech – it expands it. But for marginalised groups, rather than the status quo."
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
"New Jersey’s voter-turnout rate is among the lowest in the country. During the 2014 midterm elections, 30.4 percent of the state’s eligible voters went to the polls. Last week, only 21 percent of voters came out — the worst showing for a general election in state history."
"On Sunday, Hossam Bahgat, a soft-spoken human rights activist and journalist, was summoned to an Egyptian military intelligence office in Cairo. These meetings have long terrified government critics in Egypt because they often lead to a descent into the country’s perverse justice system."
the United States, and social media has amplified students’ messages
far beyond campus. Here are some examples
Racial Tension and Protests on Campuses Across the Country
"A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, ruled 2 to 1 against an appeal by the Obama administration, saying a lawsuit brought by 26 states to block Mr. Obama’s actions was likely to succeed at trial."
Monday, November 09, 2015
"But the creeping trend toward requiring indigent defendants in the US legal system to pay for public defenders proves that recidivism starts before any defendants even hit a correctional facility – and that it springs directly from the process that was designed to defend them. They receive substandard representation that essentially guarantees convictions and incarceration. They are saddled with the bills for this representation and incarceration and then it becomes a crime not to pay them."
Saturday, November 07, 2015
Recommended read from Salon.com: Slavery, the Nazis and the KKK: We can't face the past, and it's poisoning our future
"Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House one spring day in 1865, bringing an end to the noble Southern cause that his great adversary, Ulysses S. Grant, described as "one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse." But despite appearances the Confederacy had not been defeated, and today's Republican Party represents its values almost perfectly. For reasons that are both obvious and deeply perverse, people in small Northeastern towns celebrate the Rebel flag their own ancestors shed blood to defeat. Eight hundred thousand died in that war and slavery came to an end, at least as a legal institution under that name. But with the defeat of Reconstruction it was transformed into a long-term system of white supremacy whose persistent effects, and whose very existence, must be repeatedly denied or minimized or greeted with a puzzled shrug."
Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC - The ripple effects of China's one-child policy In an effort to boost economic growth and confront and aging population lacking caretakers, China is now allowing couples to have two children for the first time in more than three decades. Author Mei Fong joins Melissa Harris-Perry.
Melissa Harris-Perry Why is drug addiction now a political issue? Heroin and painkillers account for 56% of all drug overdose deaths, with the number of people dying of heroin-related overdose nearly tripling since 2008. Nicole Porter, Juan Manuel Benitez, Amy Goodman and Carl Hart join to discuss.
Bold new drug policy pays off The DEA reports that drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury death in the US. Police Chief Leonard Campanello’s revolutionary drug policy is paying off and more departments are joining. Chiefs Fred Ryan and Leonard Campanello join Alex Wagner.
Thursday, November 05, 2015
"But there are others for whom that claim cannot be made. They are the people who from the beginning went further than any evidence would support in trying to link Gliniewicz’s death to so-called anti-police rhetoric and presidential politics.
On “The Kelly File,” the host, Megyn Kelly, said that it was too early to know the exact circumstance of the “murder” of Gliniewicz, “but it clearly comes just days after Deputy Darren Goforth of the Sheriff’s Department was shot execution-style in an attack that his boss linked to the, quote, ‘dangerous environment created by the Black Lives Matter movement.’ ”
"Sometime in the near future, a transgender teenager in Texas will attempt suicide — and maybe succeed — because vilifying people for their gender identity remains politically acceptable in America."
"The investigation focuses on whether statements the company made to investors about climate risks as recently as this year were consistent with the company’s own long-running scientific research."
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
"HOUSTON — A coalition of social conservatives, Republican officials and pastors who fought for the repeal of a measure banning discrimination based on factors like age, race and sex wanted voters here to call it by another name — the Bathroom Ordinance. It worked."
"LONDON — The British government temporarily halted flights to Britain from the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el Sheikh on Wednesday after Prime Minister David Cameron said that a Russian chartered jet that broke apart over the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday “may well have been brought down by an explosive device.”
"The Mexican Supreme Court opened the door to legalizing marijuana on Wednesday, delivering a pointed challenge to the nation’s strict substance abuse laws and adding its weight to the growing debate in Latin America over the costs and consequences of the war against drugs.
The vote by the court’s criminal chamber declared that individuals should have the right to grow and distribute marijuana for their personal use. The ruling is a first step — applying only to a single cannabis club that brought the suit — and does not strike down Mexico’s current drug laws. But it lays the groundwork for a wave of legal actions that could ultimately legalize marijuana."
Monday, November 02, 2015
"Not many news agencies have reported, or even wondered why she was asked to leave in the first place. As it turns out she had momentarily looked at her phone during class, and apologized for it at the time. Nor have they wondered why the phone issue, which she had already put away, escalated to an administrator and then the now fired school resource officer who had a reputation around the campus as "Officer Slam" for his tendency to throw students to the ground, assaulted her in the first place. They say she was "disruptive and disrespectful" but witnesses state that she was arguing that she'd done nothing wrong, which actually she hadn't. Before Slamster even approached the student he had another student move his desk and clear a path, then removed the Chromebook that was on her desk - so he planned from the moment he entered the room to assault her regardless of anything she did or didn't do.
And also it's not true, despite the claims of CNN's leading cop-apologist Harry Houck that this WWE move was "just fine" because she wasn't injured. She was injured."