*There’s a changing sign down the hill and around the corner from my house. It is a part of a school, but to make it less easy for you to judge it, I won’t mention its name. Each week I have grown to look forward to the message they ceremoniously place on the board each Monday. The author of the quote is never revealed. They must feel the exact way I do about giving too much information.
Homo sapiens. We’re an interesting bunch.
Anyway, one week the sign read “If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If it’s not, you will find an excuse.”
I knew the time would come when that quote would be useful to me. It’s now, as I repeat the headline question: Would you ever take serious action to help end racism?
Now I’m no fool. It’s a complicated, multi-leveled, systematic, centuries-old thing, racism. I realize that. But humor me as you put your comments in the box below; because I’m one of those people who actually believes (and have witnessed) change happen one person at a time.
What started this whole thinking process? Daryl Davis. He reminds me of myself: Curious as hell when something so ludicrous presents itself to me. As opposed to just automatically judging it, before I eliminate it entirely and move on, I try to figure out where the hell it came from. What was the logic behind it? Did the person think of what will happen next (obviously Roseanne Barr didn’t)? If so, what did that look like in their mind? Continue reading →
*Should I be worried? I’m probably not the only credentialed Black press asking this question. Let’s just hope that calling the cops on workers like me won’t become a trend. After all, credentials didn’t help Arturo Holmes, an African American photojournalist covering the 2018 Preakness Stakes — a horse racing event – in Baltimore last Saturday. Apparently he made a white person nervous and the cops were called.
But before I go any further, hats off to his colleague; photojournalist, J. M. Giordano, a white man, for not only standing up in the face of this racist action, but calling it his last time providing coverage at the event
My last Preakness. Ima finish my assignment, but I just witnessed a young, black photog @ARTugraphiq discriminated against in the press box. He had the proper credentials and was extremely polite asking where he could shoot. His drivers license was demanded and the cops called.
*A teacher at MacWilliams Middle School in Fayetteville has been suspended (with pay) after a parent said he grabbed her son, a 7th grader, by the arm, threw accusations at him, and called him the N-word. The parent went to the school board to issue a complaint before calling ABC11 to give details of the incident.
ABC correspondent Morgan Norwood spoke to the parent who wanted her face to remain anonymous, but have her words be heard loud and clear.
“From my understanding he walked up to my son, grabbed him by his arm and told him he wanted to ‘Smash his head into a brick,’ said the mother calmly, but with a clear undercut of emotion in her voice. She continues, “…and called him the N-word. He told him that ‘It’s people like him that kept him from doing his job.'”
*Let’s just cut to the chase and call her the Black BBQ Stalker! Maybe she thought no one would recognize her if she kept her shades on. Or better yet, maybe she didn’t think at all. She should’ve known better, yes? The woman who quickly became the laughing stock of the Internet after wasting the time of an entire police department by keeping them on the phone for two hours, and then having them show up to Oakland’s Lake Merritt because Black people were having a BBQ in the public park–whew!–has been identified.
Allegedly, she is Dr. Jennifer Schulte, and she is somehow connected with the elite Stanford University. No doubt anyone with the title “doctor” is feeling a slight shutter right now.
This Dr. Schulte, recently deleted the LinkedIn page that identified her as a ?Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) focused in Chemical Engineering from Stanford.”
Therein may lie the only connection to the school.
I agree with NewsOne who wrote: “Sounds like Stanford should have taught her some lessons in humanity.” But folks are still speculating she may have a current connection with the school (They too must be shuttering). Is she faculty? And if so, they are demanding that she be fired.
I hope you won’t judge me too harshly for not giving a damn enough to research it, I only spend that kind of time on people I seriously want to know about.
*With 1,120,706 views to date, a video of a white woman so incensed by the act of Black folks having a BBQ at Lake Merritt in Oakland that she spent 2 hours on the phone with the police proves a lot of people are shaking their damn head too.
The video, there are several — but this one rests at nearly 25 minutes, takes us into the demented brain of a woman who obviously needs something more to do with her life. In a rant based on her belief that “no charcoal grilling is allowed in the park,” it is her adamant stance on same that goes so far as to not only call the police on the folks who are grilling and minding their own business; but she actually takes up the time of whoever is on the other end of the line listening to her disoriented babbling… that slowly grows to near hysteria as time goes on.
As you will see, this gives a whole new look to a sense of entitlement and of course, when questioned, she says it “has nothing to do with race.”
How tired of this response to #livingwhileblack behavior are we, again?
*“I’m glad I’m taping this. He’s not supposed to be doing that. He’s not supposed to be putting his hands on him,” says a female bystander watching and recording a white officer as he chokes a young Black man before throwing him to the ground. From the sound of her voice she may be white. From the sense of her humanity, she appears to be disgusted.
From the frequency of these incidents alone, police officers don’t give one damn whether they are being filmed or not. They obviously feel free to let the Adrenalin of their anger and rage against Black people reign free and unbridled.
In other words, they don’t giving a flying F*** because they know their actions will ultimately be excused.
This incident reportedly came about in front of a waffle house. The young man, Anthony Wall, had taken his 16-year-old sister out for a bite following prom. He reportedly got into an argument with the restaurant employees, police were called, and that, he tells ABC11, is when things got ugly. Continue reading →
*A Grand Jury has indicted a South Carolina man who tried to hire a hitman to murder his African American neighbor.
Brandon Cory Lecroy, 25, of Hodges, was arrested in April after he contacted a white supremacist group and began a conversation that ended up making arrangements to get the job done.
He had no idea he was negotiating the deed with an undercover FBI agent, according to what authorities say in federal court docs.
On Tuesday, Lecroy was indicted on federal charges of soliciting someone to commit a violent crime, and using interstate commerce facilities — in this case, a cellphone — in the alleged scheme, the US Attorney’s Office in Greenville says.
No one knows why Lecroy wanted his neighbor dead, but then again, has anyone ever met a racist that could string two sentences together to form a cohesive thought? Continue reading →
*According to a UCLA?s Civil Rights Project report, as of 2014 schools in New York City remain the most segregated schools of all. And here we were thinking such schools were in the south. Silly us. Anyway, the Department of Education is making moves to change that. They want to close the gap, lessen the divide, ensure that students who are on the low end of the education spectrum get the support they need to improve their chances at success. So they plan to ?give students who score below grade level priority access to 25 percent of seats at each of the district?s 18 middle schools starting with next year?s application process.
Sounds great right?
Not to the parents of children who have been enjoying a lifetime of privilege. Think: No melanin included. Not to say these same children are not worthy just because they have been provided the resources to make their lives easier. Not even to assume they are not busting their butts to keep those grades up. Just to acknowledge that their parents are making it clear they don’t want that privilege to be, how shall we say, “compromised” in any way.
At a meeting on the proposed DOE plan, these no-melanin parents didn’t hold back. They were mad as hell; throwing hypothesis and analogies around like birdseed. Continue reading →