*Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson did not believe the official autopsy that claimed their 17-year-old son, Kendrick Johnson, had fallen into a rolled up gym map and suffocated, after he tried to retrieve a tennis shoe. So they hired their own private pathologist, whose finding resulted in the conclusion that the young man died from a bodily blow.
Further investigation found that Kendrick, an African American, had been bullied by a white classmate prior to his death, and somebody killed the teen and placed him in the mat to cover it up. Continue reading →
*Oh god. Er, excuse me. But can people wait to actually see Aaron McGruder’s “Black Jesus” before they get all up in arms about it? Dang! The Christian activist network’s One Million Moms and a team of pastors have taken offense at the character already and want the Adult Swim network to nix the show.
Do they really think that devout Christians are going to love Jesus any less based on anything Aaron McGruder puts out? By now, don’t they realize that absolutely NOTHING is spared when it comes to shows on stations like Adult Swim? Or comedy in general?
In the Adult Swim show, “Black Jesus” lives in Compton, California and goes on a “daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers.”
So Jesus is still ‘spreading love’. Is it the way he is spreading it that is the problem? Why? In reality, wouldn’t Jesus “speak to people in a way that they can relate to” in order to get his message of peace, love and forgiveness heard and understood? Continue reading →
*And if I were you, convenience store employee, I would not take the threat lightly. Rashid Polo, became an Internet sensation last week after his Vine video of convenience store employees following him drew 30 million views.
Inspiration indeed, to continue filming his racial profilers.
“If it keeps happening, I’m going to be forced to record it,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. “Hopefully it doesn’t happen again, because it’s very annoying and it’s a touchy subject with many people.”
His theory about the racial profiling he experienced is that it was most likely a by-product of living in a small Minnesota town. “‘You’re a young minority and you’re probably going to steal, so let’s keep an eye on you,’” Polo said of his profilers’ thought process, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Continue reading →
*Haunted by demons, and unwilling to continue living with the horrors of the past, and current issues surrounding racism in America, retired Caucasian pastor Charles Moore, 79, made the ultimate sacrifice to affect change and inspire social reform. A man who had dedicated his life in the fight to end racism, Moore wrote and left behind a suicide note that reportedly states he has decided to kill himself because he was haunted by the past lynchings of African Americans and wanted his death to inspire social reform, according to the New York Daily News.
The note from the United Methodist clergyman was left on the windshield of his car and reportedly stated… Continue reading →
*If it were not for a video that recorded the NYPD officers who piled on top of a New York City man that they insisted on placing in a choke-hold and ended up killing him when he couldn’t breathe beneath the weight, this would be a case of their word against all the people who witnessed it.
But as they say, pictures do speak louder than words, and the police department may have a hard time getting out of this one. Continue reading →
*A white small business owner in Chicago may find himself missing some days at work soon. There’s a good chance he’ll be standing in front of the very woman he spit on and slapped. Only thing is, this time she’ll be wearing a robe. He is facing some very serious charges after allegedly spitting on the Cook County judge and then slapping her with his open hand, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Judge Arnette Hubbard, an African American, was the first female president of black legal groups the National Bar Association and the Cook County Bar Association. She was allegedly attacked and called “Rosa Parks” after she smoked a cigarette near David Nicosia’s business, outside of a civic center, which apparently angered him, the news site reports. Continue reading →
*You are probably just as sick of hearing this kind of news as we are of reporting it. But left unreported, leaving others not to be held accountable for their actions, is not a viable option in delivering news that calls out racism in all of its forms the moment we recognize it.
Lately it seems a barrage of incidents have occurred and the people, companies, organizations around them are quick to release statements of apology. But the thing about apology is, it begins to lose its value when seemingly obvious incidents occur – released by “professionals” who we expect should know better – are behind it. This makes it nearly impossible to accept the concept that they didn’t think first and realize the repercussions – just to later stand behind ‘we’re sorry’.
On July 1st, a CHP officer was caught on camera beating a woman off the 10 freeway in Southern California. The officer had already pinned the woman to the ground, and then proceeded to viciously punch her more than 11 times in the head.
The violence was unjustified. If this had been an incident between civilians, the assailant would have been charged with assault. Peace officers should be held to higher standards, not less, so the officer should be held criminally accountable.Continue reading →