*Kate Pierini Debernardi had just come from dinner with her son. She decided to check her emails while they waited for the BART train. But then her son yelled, “Mom! Someone just jumped down on the tracks!”
“I looked up to see a shirtless black youth on the tracks … mumbling incoherently,” Kate wrote on Facebook.
*Santa Monica, CA, September 23, 2016 – The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica presents Trial by Jury: The Case of The N-Word a one-of-a-kind interactive event on October 17 at 7:30pm. Trial by Jury: The Case of The N-Word, is an original fusion of dramatized litigation, deliberation and audience participation, which explores both sides of a very polarizing topic: the use of the “N-Word.”
PBS’ Tavis Smiley said, “I firmly believe dialogue is a device that greatly increases opportunity to reach understanding, appreciation, and respect. In short, words have power. Trial by Jury: The Case of The N-Word focuses on such an issue, as it probes the multiplicity of perspectives surrounding our nation’s most provocative word. This impactful production presents opposing perspectives and a constructive forum for articulation, consideration, and rebuttal.”
In Trial by Jury: The Case of The N-Word, Tiffany Johnson, a 9-year-old girl learns the “N-Word” during a Black History Month lesson. The school’s choice to include the word in its elementary curriculum disturbs her parents, who had taken precautions to shield her from this epithet.
*It seems ignorant white men are still seeking new ways to curb their sexual desire for Black women. To them I ask: How’s that working out for ya, fellas?
Whereas ‘back in the day’ they saw fit to humiliate Black men in front of their women; and rape those women as part of the ordeal, the tactic being used now is throw rotten bananas at ’em.
This is what Black female students are going through at American University in Washington, D. C.
Several women have come forward to report the incidents.
“I called my grandma up, and she said she went through the same thing, 40, 50-plus years ago,” says Jada Bell, the Black Student Alliance’s outreach coordinator while speaking with Buzzfeed about the current harassment she and other Black women are facing from white men on the school’s campus.
“Black women are under threat on campus — they are being used as target practice.”
“We’re literally being attacked and assaulted on campus, and there’s nothing being done about it by the administration,” she said.Continue reading →
*Well if this cop’s intent was to get our attention, let us stop for a sec, unite and say…
Sgt. Demetrick Pennie is a 17-year-member of the Dallas Police Force, and he says he is suing the Black Lives Matter movement along with the Rev. Al Sharpton; Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, billionaire activist George Soros, President Barack Obama and Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton because they…wait for it…
Are inciting a race war.
Kind of head-scratcher coming from a Black man. But let’s hear what he has to say, shall we? Continue reading →
*By now, we should all be use to nut cases who try to use scripture to justify the ills of man. Slavery, the oppression of women, homophobia…I always say: if you want a scripture to justify what you want to think, you can find one…or twist one…to suit your needs.
“If you don’t want to stand for the National Anthem, you can line up over there by the fence and let our military personnel take a few shots AT you since they’re taking shots FOR you,” Pastor Allen Joyner said before the game, according to an (of course) now deleted Facebook post.
*One thing I notice about white supremacists, aside from their ignorance and the fact that they are driven by hate, is — at least in general, they are also physically unattractive.
Right down to the yellowing teeth.
Like the woman pictured above. Take a good look. Her face is the epitome of hate. C’mon. Need I say more on this point?
Let me get that for you…Hell no!
Emirjeta Ehelili, 32, was charged with misdemeanor assault as a hate crime for attacking two Muslim women as they strolled through the streets of Bensonhurst in Brooklyn with their babies.
She punched the women in the face and kicked them in the legs.
Ehelili, who, if I’m going to be picky here doesn’t sound like a “native American” either, at least in name, told the women they don’t belong here and attempted to pull off their Hijabs before trying to overturn the stroller of a 15-month-old child. Continue reading →
*Art equals daily life. Spoiler Alert: Today’s episode of The Young & The Restless will show Adam Newman and his wife, Chelsea, along with their small son, witnessing a rude awakening. Police will barge into the temporary bedroom of the couple, in the middle of the night, and all-hell-will break loose.
So much for TV. But the episode was probably taken from a scene in real life.
It happened to DeShawn Franklin, in a suburb of northern Indiana. He was asleep when police barged into his bedroom and started punching and tasing him. Poor man didn’t know what the hell was happening.
He told The Washington Post he was, “in shock” and “didn’t even know what was going on.”
All of this because he was yet another Black man who fit the description of who the cops were looking for.
A slender, African American man with dreads.
Franklin, who had done nothing wrong, was 18 in 2012 — the year of the incident. And although he was slender and did wear dreads, he was just one of HUNDREDS of young Black men who donned the look. Continue reading →
*When a white man called into C-SPAN to speak with Heather McGhee, an African American woman who was a guest on the show, and is president at Demos Action, a progressive public policy organization advocating for equality, he asked a question that I don’t believe he realized was profound. He asked, how can I get over being prejudiced? First of all, note that he said “prejudiced” not “racist.” We all know that the two words are different, as a racist is backed by a systematic power structure; whereas anyone can be prejudiced.
Even Black folks.
“I am a white man and I am prejudiced. The reason is it wasn’t something that I was taught, it was something I learned. I have these different fears and I don’t want my fears to come true.”
This is how the caller from North Carolina opened up the conversation.
He concluded with, “What can I do to be a better American?”
I was glad that McGhee, who was visibly moved by the callers words, opened her response to this man, thoughtfully, by acknowledging his honesty (and thanking him for it) in posing the question. And further, reminding him that it is precisely this question, or topic, that we in this country need to address. Continue reading →