*Talk about being clueless. When a group of teen girls from Sullivan High School ran onto the football field on November 5 for a powder-puff game, school principal Jennifer Schmidt recalls her gut reaction was, “Oh my gosh.”
“And then I thought, ‘Oh, they don’t mean anything by it. Just let it go. No one thinks anything of it.’ I didn’t think anyone did,” says Schmidt.
“Evidently, someone did.”
Photos taken during the game and later posted on Facebook show twelve members of the senior class wearing full-blown blackface. The reactions to the photos have been rippling within the small town of Sullivan (60 miles southwest of St. Louis) ever since.
That close to St. Louis? Of all places to not think anything of it.
While you would think these young whites would know better by now; and their school principal would have a clue about these types of things, Schmidt remarks how “very embarrassed and shocked” the students are “at some of the responses they’ve gotten, because I think some people had some stuff on Facebook and got the wrong intention.”
*Be careful where you point that finger...especially if you’re with somebody black. That’s most likely the lesson resounding in the ears of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges (D); who has been accused by a local TV station of supporting criminal gangs, after she and a former felon promoting the get-out-the-vote initiative around Election Day posed in a thumbs up picture pointing at each other.
The mayor was accused of flashing a “gang sign” and quoted a law enforcement official claiming that she was “showing solidarity with the gangs.”
Hodges and Navell Gordon, who were volunteers at Neighborhoods Organizing for Changed, were actually trying to maneuver an innocent camera pose; not communicate solidarity with a gang, as video of their interaction reveals.
Numerous historic event make it easy to conclude that the end result would’ve been different if Hodges had been posing with a young white man. Even the media outlet admitted there was no evidence that Gordon belonged to a gang. But those are apparently “the breaks” for a black man with a criminal past; and the news outlet and law enforcement sources saw “flashing a gang sign” as the logical conclusion.
This isn’t the first time African-Americans were accused of supporting criminal activity because of hand gestures they made. Michael Brown, the black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, was portrayed as a thug for showing various hand signs in old photos. And other African-Americans unjustly accused have included anybody from prominent sports figures to unknowing schoolchildren.
*From all angles, the suspect in the kidnapping of 22-year-old nurse’s aide Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, sounds like a real piece of work. Delvin Barnes (pictured right), 37, was accused of the brazen crime that showed a surveillance video of a man (thought to be him) forcing the woman down a Philadelphia street and wrestling her into a car.
Barnes has built quite a reputation and is described from previous, similar crimes as a “vicious predator” who has a long history of violence toward women, according to NBC10 Philadelphia, which cites court documents.
*Authorities in Philadelphia learned that a bank card belonging to Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, the woman who was abducted from a Philadelphia street was used the morning after in Maryland. A bank camera caught a man using the card, but the image was very grainy, according to police.
News of Freeland-Gaither’s abduction spread quickly after a phone call to 911 by a witness claimed they saw a woman, described as Carlesha, being rushed into a gray car. Soon after, police released a black-and-white surveillance video showing the 22-year-old woman flailing in vain as a man rushed her along a sidewalk to a parked car.
*I’m not saying its something to be proud of, but I’m sure there are a lot of women in and outside of India; and in countries around the globe where women are better appreciated, who would applaud this father’s actions against the man who raped his daughter.
Good riddance to bad rubbish!
Yet and still, murder is a crime, and the Indian father who tortured then murdered his 14 year old daughter’s rapist Friday night in Delhi’s Khajuri Khas surrendered to the police and is now in jail. Continue reading →
*A video that shows a woman walking down a street in New York city, enduring one cat-call after another, has gone viral. Many women can relate to the extremely unpleasant experience.
I know I can. The situation it revealscaused me a lot of anguish growing up between the ages of 18 through 21 in New York City.
Then and now, many men apparently believe they are complimenting women when they call out to them on the street because they look good. They actually believe that when they say things like, “Yo ma, can I holla’ at you for a minute?” and “Baby, you sure look good!” women should be pleased, because to them, it is a good thing.
And listening to Steve Santagati, an author and self-proclaimed dating expert who alarmed many as a guest on TV host Fredricka Whitfield‘s CNN program, these men are right. Santagati participated in a heated debate on the issue with New York-based comedian Amanda Seales.