Category Archives: Racism

Old Email from New Police Chief Includes the Word “Nigger” and Prompts Outrage…and Support from the Town’s Black Mayor

Police Chief Thomas Burke being sworn in, just over a week ago...and a few months after his "N word" email.
Police Chief Thomas Burke being sworn in, just over a week ago…and a few months after his “N word” email.

*Farrell Police Chief Thomas Burke hasn’t even started his job yet — he’s due to do that in January — but his email from a few months ago has sparked an uproar.

Back in April, when Burke was serving as director of safety and security at a local steel mill, he sent an email to about 20 of his friends and colleagues, soliciting funds for a local book drive. He wrote: “Good morning. Please click and review. Even a $1.00 will be greatly appreciated. Them Sharon niggers gotta learn to read.”

Sharon and Farrell are sister cities, both of which are just outside Pittsburg. According to the 2000 Census, Farrell’s black population sits at about 47 percent.

Burke had actually served as the chief of police in neighboring Sharon until his retirement in 2007, so he knows, presumably, a Sharon nigger when he sees one.

Now, it seems, Burke is humble and apologetic. Racists whose behavior comes to light before they’ve even started their high paying jobs usually are. Continue reading

White Man Calls 911 on Black Woman He Thinks is a Burglar – But It’s Her House! Now to Convince the 19 Cops Who Showed Up!


*”I’m heartbroken that no matter how many times a story like this is told, it will happen again.” This very real quote was given by Fay Wells, who is yet another American citizen who has suffered a great indignity because of her black skin.  Wells recently found herself surrounded by 19 police officers, with guns drawn and aimed at her, while they DEMANDED that she come out of the apartment her Caucasian neighbor says was being burglarized.


The neighbor had called the cops and claimed that he saw the apartment being burglarized. Wells would later mention that this man now avoids eye contact with her.

Wells told her own story in The Washington Post. It all seemed to start out so innocently. Rushing to get to a soccer game, she had accidentally locked herself out of her Santa Monica, California apartment. But she wasn’t going to sweat it right then, as she knew that same issue would be there when she got back so she went to the game. Continue reading

Enslaved ‘Worker’ in SC Restaurant, Suffered Beatings, Long Hours & Wages Below Minimum

John Christopher Smith

*John Christopher Smith, a 37-year-old African American man said to be mentally challenged, has retained a legal team to help him get justice against the restaurant he has worked at since he was 12 years old.

He washed dishes and bused tables at the Conway, South Carolina location.

According to Smith, the owner and manager at J&J restaurant, Ernest J. Edwards and Bobby Paul Edwards respectively, beat him with frying pans and hit him with belts throughout his nearly two decades of employment. And in an attempt to muffle his cries for help, the trauma would occur inside a walk-in freezer.

But in spite of this, co-workers heard his cries, but said nothing out of fear.

According to his attorneys, the establishment forced him to work 18-hour shifts six days a week, and 11-hour-shifts on Sunday — sometimes with no breaks; other times with minimal ones. After all of this, Smith’s annual salary came to $2,842.00.

Smith lived in a cockroach-infested apartment owned by the brothers that his attorneys called “subhuman.”

Needless to say, his attorneys, Mullins McLeod and David Aylor, are going to have a field day in court. Continue reading

Tamir Rice, 12, Killed By OH. Cop: Petition Wants New Prosecutor

Tamir Rice, 12
Tamir Rice, 12

*The unjust killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice on November 22, 2014 by a cop in Cleveland may be off the front pages of the news, but make no mistake, the story is not a forgotten one. Rice was shot to death as he played in a recreation center park; by a cop who mistook his toy gun for a real one. Now his family wants to make sure justice is served, and that young Tamir’s death will not end up being just another black boy in the ground — while the cop that put him there walks free.

They have every right to be concerned. Its been an entire year and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty is only now presenting the case before a Grand Jury to determine if charges will even be filed against the cop. Add to that two “reviews” done by “specialists” who say the cop was justified…and they didn’t even perform an interview. Continue reading

If You’re a Black Man, Don’t Ask This Woman for a Light…She’ll Pull a Gun on You

White woman aims gun at black man for nothing
Rutherford County Jail photo

*Pure hatred overcame good sense for one woman in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and so far, not even white privilege is doing anything for her. According to Nashville 5, Sherry McLain was leaving Wal-Mart when a black man asked her if she had a lighter. Did she say ‘let me check?’ No. Did she say, ‘hell no, get away from me?’ Nope. She didn’t say that either. McLain just grabbed the gun she had on her; pointed it at the man and said,  “I’m going to shoot you. I’m going to kill you,“ according to witnesses.

Several children were said to be at the scene, along with their parents.

Fortunately for the man, he was able to find safety inside the store, where he called 911.

McLain was still on the premises when police arrived and told them that she feared for her life. But the surveillance tape they checked told a different story. Continue reading

You Won’t Believe What This Judge Asked A Rape Victim!

Judge asks rape victim stupid question

*You know, its not easy being in the public eye. No, really. Sometimes when I hear of the stupid blunders–the insensitive remarks or just plain dumbness that escapes out of people’s mouth I say to myself, “That could have easily been me.”

Or you.

When a camera or a mic is in your face, and someone asks you a question and you’ve only got a second to answer, its different than sitting home on your laptop, with time of think of a nice, refined response.

But even with all that said, there is no way in sam-hell that I would pose my lips to ask a rape victim what this presiding judge asked her.

The teen victim in this story told Federal Court Justice Robin Camp that she was sexually assaulted by a man as she leaned over a bathroom sink at a party in 2014.

And guess what came out of his mouth.

“Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”


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All-White, Mostly Male, Jury Selected for OKC Cop Who Raped a Dozen Black Women

Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is pictured in a courtroom during a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw in a courtroom during a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

*There has not been a lot said about this rape trial. It’s a quiet case about the former Oklahoma City police officer who was accused of raping and sexually assaulting more than a dozen women–mainly black–while he was on duty.


I’m thinking the reason why our community is not absolutely livid is, the attention given to the actual arrest in 2014 came and went so fast you forgot all about it.

Jury selection began on November 2 and it only took a day for them them to choose the all-white jury comprised of eight men and four women.

You probably won’t need reading glasses to see the writing on the wall for this one. 

And hopefully it will make you think twice, the next time your call to jury duty comes in the mail. And you start thinking of excuses why you can’t fulfill the obligation.

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Black Male, U. S. Citizen, Says ‘I’m Done!’ — Seeks Refuge from American Police in Canada (Watch)

Kyle Lydell Canty seeks refuge in Canada because of police harassment in America.
Kyle Lydell Canty seeks refuge in Canada because of police harassment in America.

*A brother gets tired after a while. Real tired!

And one brother is so fed up he has given up his place in America out of fear, and has asked for asylum…in Canada of all places. He cites brutality from American police as the reason.

Kyle Lydell Canty, 38, testified in front of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board on October 26 because he is fearful of remaining in the United States and would like to make Canada his home.

His fears are for his life in America, “…because I’m black.”

Canty represented himself when he spoke to the Board and even spoke to CBC News saying,

“They’re consistently killing black people, it’s documented, the United Nations has condemned America for their racial disparities for their police brutality. And honestly, I kept on getting harassed by cops for no reason, false charges, false arrests — I’m not just the only one going through it. All black people in America are going through the same thing. It’s corruption.”

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