Category Archives: Racism

Guess What They Finally Did: Burned Down the Michael Brown Memorial! (Watch)

Michael Brown Memorial Burned Down

*Haters never stop. They wait until heads are turned in another direction and then they strike. In this case, when it looks like things have chilled out a bit, and protestors over the Michael Brown shooting death have given way to a quieter roar, some scum of the earth sneaked over to the memorial site that mourners in the community dedicated in honor of the slain teen, and burned it down.

YouTube showed cell phone footage of the fire, which happened on Tuesday, and photos of the incident have been circulating on social media.

The Ferguson Fire Department was called at 6:45 a.m. CT to Canfield Drive, a location close to where Brown was killed on Aug. 9, according to what department Captain Jeremy Corcoran told NBC News.

While the cause of the fire is not known at this time, some reports are saying candles surrounding the memorial may have contributed.

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18-year-old Brown was unarmed when he was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. His death sparked weeks of protests and rallies around the nation, calling for justice.

Fortunately, it appears residents and other community members have rebuilt the memorial.

Warning: Explicit language is used in the video below:

 

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NY Times Critic Gets Backlash for ‘Angry Black Woman’ Label on ‘Scandal’ Creator

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Shonda Rhimes

 

*Shonda Rhimes supporters are going all out to blast the New York Times television critic who wrote an article describing the Queen of Thursday nights on ABC as an “angry black woman” and accused her of channeling that energy into the lead character(s) of her two prime time shows that star African American women.

Any yes, while many don’t seem surprised by the predictable mindset of Alessandra Stanley, the caucasian woman who wrote the article and obviously sees the portrayal of a fearless, no-nonsense, badass African American female character, such as Olivia Pope on “Scandal” and now, law professor Annalise Keating on  “How to Get Away With Murder” as an angry black woman, they do seem to wonder why it is still being given a forum.

All I can say to those asking this question is consider the source. Continue reading

Reward: Alabama Governor Needs Your Help to Find Killer of 8-Year-Old Girl (Video)

Hiawayi Robinson was murdered one week before her 9th birthday.
Hiawayi Robinson was murdered one week before her 9th birthday.

 

*A little girl said to be on her way to her cousin’s house never got there. One of the last sightings of her was at a store, where she was captured on camera paying for something at a cash register, and the next time she was seen, she was dead on the side of the road. Now, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has offered a $5,000 reward for information that will lead to an arrest in the murder of 8-year-old Hiawayi Robinson of Prichard. But the governor also has some explaining to do. He has been accused of racial profiling the family based on insensitive statements he made at a press conference. Continue reading

Sobering Report Concludes L. A. County Officers Kill Almost One Person Per Week

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*A sobering new report from the youth advocacy organization Los Angeles Youth Justice Coalition delves into the activity of Los Angeles law enforcement officers in a report called, “Don’t Shoot to Kill.” The report claims that nearly 600 people, many of them young black and Latino men, have been killed by Los Angeles law enforcement officers over the past 14 years.

The organization investigates the use of lethal force among police and gathered homicide data from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department and details from numerous media reports on specific incidents for the “Don’t Shoot to Kill” report. The report shows that between Jan. 1, 2000 and August 31, 2014, law enforcement officers in Los Angeles County used lethal force that resulted in the deaths of at least 589 people. Broken down, that comes to almost one death a week. Continue reading

Landcaster Newspapers ‘Deeply Sorry’ for Slaveship-Airline Seating Comparison

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*Oh joy. Another apology. Here we go again.

If you’ve read articles here over the past few weeks, you’ll understand the statement. If not, I spoke of how the apology – at least coming in the form of a statement from a business, seems to be losing its value or authenticity. Every time a business is accused of racism, based on some foolish, blatant act, they already seem to have a statement set-to-go about how they don’t tolerate racism in the workplace “so we’re sorry if we offended yaddy, yaddy, yah.” Now, a Pennsylvania newspaper is apologizing for not thinking first, before they chose to publish a cartoon that compares the lack of comfort on modern-day air travel to the so-called “Middle Passage” — the trans-Atlantic leg of the slave trade that involved transporting captive Africans to the Americas to be sold into bondage.

They realized the insensitive error and have since deleted the image, but not before it was seen by some folks in the African American community. The cartoon ran in the Lancaster New Era last Saturday and depicts an elderly white couple studying a picture of a slave ship and thinking, “Must be where they got their idea for passenger seating.” From this we are to recall the hellish conditions under which African men, women and children were forcibly transported to the Americas and compare them to the present-day problem of uncomfortable seating on airplanes. Continue reading

Daniele Watts Said ‘We Didn’t Do Anything Wrong’…She Didn’t Say They Didn’t Have Sex in the Car (Editorial)

Daniele Watts and Brian James Lucas
Daniele Watts and Brian James Lucas

 

*Just keeping it real here.

Read between the lines. Someone calls the police on a couple who was said to be “having sex in a parked car.” As it turns out, the accused is an actress, a black actress, and a “celebrity chef,” her white boyfriend. When asked to describe the couple the 911 caller said it was “a black woman wearing a shirt and floral shorts, and a white man with a black tank top,” according to police spokesman Lt. Andrew Neiman. What we pulled from that was the race part because, well, you figure it out. But while you’re doing that, ask yourself this:  Are we allowing ourselves to become so emotionally engaged in the whole color thing that we are ignoring what may be the facts? Continue reading

Shooting of Son Was Motivated By Race, Says White Mom of Black Man Killed By Utah Police

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Susan Hunt, right, is consoled by her sister, Cindy Moss, after Utah police shot and killed her son, Darrien Hunt

 

*Law officials are faced with the task of justifying the fatal shooting of yet another black man by their officers. This time, the shooting occurred in Utah, where a 22-year-old African American man is gunned down by officers in Saratoga Springs because they allege he “lunged toward the officers with a sword.” But Susan Hunt, the mother of Darrien Hunt, finds this hard to believe. She says her son was carrying a toy sword with a rounded edge, not a blade, that he had purchased as a souvenir at an Asisan store when he was killed. She criticized the police department saying she believes the outcome would have been different if he had not been black.

Now, as this family prepares the burial of their beloved, they want answers. They want details on how a young man they said was running away from officers, ended up dead from their gunshots last Wednesday. Continue reading

‘Dhango Unchained’ Actress Mistaken for Prostitute After Kissing White Boyfriend in Public

Daniele Watts and husband Brian Lucas in selfie
Daniele Watts and husband Brian Lucas in selfie

 

*Well, I guess the day has come when you can’t even kiss your man in public without being mistaken for a ho? Especially if you are a black woman and the man you are kissing is not . Unfortunately, “Django Unchained” actress Danièle Watts had this happen to her, and last week she took to social media to put the Los Angeles Police Department on blast after she was allegedly mistaken for a prostitute after kissing her white boyfriend in public, Identites.mic reports.

On Facebook, Watts and her boyfriend Brian James Lucas say two police officers mistook them for a prostitute and client Thursday when they were seen being affectionate in public, according to the report. Continue reading