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  • Oklahoma Beheading Suspect Charged with First Degree Murder: 'Not a Religious Act, Race-Related'

    09/30/2014 9:41:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 30, 2014 | Kelli Serio
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Alton Nolen, the Muslim convert who recently beheaded an innocent coworker at a Vaughan's Food factory, was charged with three felony counts this morning at a Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, Oklahoma. Nolen faces one count of first degree murder, one count of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and a final count of assault with a deadly weapon. At a press conference this morning, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said that the gruesome attack was race-related and not a religious act, but he did admit that Nolen was infatuated with beheadings, which was evident from his facebook...
  • Tension in Ferguson at 'Boiling Point,' Residents Say

    09/30/2014 5:08:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 30, 2014 | Aaron Mermelstein
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) FERGUSON, Missouri — Time hasn’t healed the anger here. Eight people were arrested during protests outside the police station on South Florissant Avenue on Sunday night, and residents say the tension is still palpable, nearly two months after Michael Brown was killed by police officer Darrell Wilson. At a basketball court in Forestwood Park, about a mile from where the shooting happened on Aug. 9, Tyrone Parker said he feared the community was about to hit a "another boiling point" as a grand jury weighs possible charges. “I don’t see nobody that has calmed down yet,” he said. Sunny...
  • Mumia on the meaning of Ferguson (Yes, you read that correctly)

    09/29/2014 2:01:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The San Francisco Bay View - A National Black Newspaper ^ | September 29, 2014 | Mumia Abu-Jamal
    Written Aug. 31, 2014 – Before recent days, who among us had ever heard of Ferguson, Missouri? Because of what happened there, the brief but intense experience of state repression, its name will be transmitted by millions of Black mouths to millions of Black ears, and it will become a watchword for resistance, like Watts, like Newark, Harlem and LA. But Ferguson wasn’t 60 years ago – it’s today. And for young Blacks from Ferguson and beyond, it was a stark, vivid history lesson – and also a reality lesson. When they dared protest the state street murder of one...
  • Why U.S. blacks are easy targets for radicalization

    09/29/2014 6:51:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 28, 2014 | Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson
    Extremist Muslims are recruiting willing American blacks for violent jihad against their own fellow citizens. Fired food plant employee, Alton Nolen, a black Muslim, beheaded Colleen Hufford and stabbed another woman last week in Moore, Oklahoma, before he was shot and wounded by the company’s chief operating officer. Nolan reportedly attended a mosque headed by Suhaib Webb, an imam with ties to former al-Qaida mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki. Webb had been the leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City. Amazingly, Webb is head of the sister organization of the mosque attended by Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev....
  • Obama: ‘Most Americans’ think nation is racist

    09/29/2014 6:14:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 28, 2014 | Joseph Curl
    For President Obama, the color of a man’s skin is far more important than the content of his character. On the night when a police officer was shot in a Missouri town torn by racial strife, the president donned a shiny tuxedo to attend a ritzy black awards dinner, where he said police nationwide are to blame for community mistrust, even claiming that “most Americans” think the country is racist. Remember, when Ferguson exploded in racial rage in August, Mr. Obama chose not to curtail his 15-day vacation, spending day after day on the golf course in the white-skinned, white-wined,...
  • "What Are the Children Who Grow Up to Become Police Officers Learning in School?"

    09/28/2014 1:13:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 28, 2014 | Rachel Toliver
    Lessons from Philadelphia's mandatory African American History classes. This summer, in Missouri, America got an awful tutorial in the realities of racism. We were taught—yet again, through bullets and teargas­—what it means to be black in this country. There is much to be done to prevent future Fergusons, of course. But as a teacher, I find myself wondering what our schools can contribute. In Philadelphia, where I live and teach high school, we have a course that could help to improve race relations. But some students believe that it doesn’t go far enough. Here in Philly, students are required to...
  • Obama: Mistrust of police corrodes America

    09/27/2014 9:20:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Saint Paul Pioneer Press ^ | September 27, 2014 | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama on Saturday said the widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, is corroding America, not just its black communities, and that the wariness flows from significant racial disparities in the administration of justice. Speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual awards dinner, Obama said these suspicions only harm communities that need law enforcement the most....
  • Rising Above: The Remarkable Legacy Of Attorney General Eric Holder (Wait, he's serious!)

    09/27/2014 5:41:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | September 27, 2014 | Trevor LaFauci
    Winston Churchill once said, “You have enemies? Good. That means you stood up for something in your life.” Is no instance is this quote more applicable than the tenure of Attorney General Eric Holder, who stepped down on Thursday after leading the Department of Justice for six years and in, turn, became a prime target for Republicans intent on destroying everything that both he and the Obama Administration stood for. Despite constant attacks, as well as deliberate misinformation by Republicans, Holder stood strong and for six years became a champion for civil rights, gay rights, and voting rights. Holder himself...
  • Michael Brown's Parents Unmoved by Ferguson Chief's Apology

    09/27/2014 4:53:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The parents of Michael Brown said Saturday in an interview with The Associated Press they were unmoved by the apology of the Ferguson, Missouri, police chief gave weeks after their unarmed 18-year-old son was killed by a police officer. Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, said, "yes," when asked if Chief Tom Jackson should be fired, and his father, Michael Brown Sr., said rather than an apology, they would rather see Officer Darren Wilson arrested for the death of their son on Aug. 9. "An apology would be when Darren Wilson has handcuffs, processed and charged with murder," Brown Sr. said....
  • Did Lincoln Want to Ship Black People Back to Africa?

    09/27/2014 12:46:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    The Root ^ | September 22, 2014 | Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    Editor’s note: For those who are wondering about the retro title of this black-history series, please take a moment to learn about historian Joel A. Rogers, author of the 1934 book 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro With Complete Proof, to whom these “amazing facts” are an homage. Amazing Fact About the Negro No. 92: When President Abraham Lincoln met with free black leaders in 1862, what did he propose? Today marks the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s “shot heard ’round the world.” I’m referring, of course, to the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation he fired off from the White House on...
  • Religion of Peace Update [Updated]

    09/27/2014 12:14:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Powerline ^ | September 26, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    Oklahoma got a dose of peace yesterday, when Alton Nolen, apparently a Muslim convert, beheaded a co-worker at the food company where he worked. He attacked a second woman and would have killed her too, except that the company’s COO has a gun and knows how to use it. This could actually be a case of workplace violence, as the attack occurred immediately after Alton had been fired. (For what, has not been reported.) Nolen had a colorful criminal record, which makes one wonder how he got a job at all when millions are unemployed. Paul has written about the...
  • Feds to Ferguson Cops: No Bracelets Supporting Darren Wilson

    09/26/2014 11:00:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Complex ^ | September 26, 2014 | Christopher Spata
    Civil rights investigators with the U.S. Justice Department told Ferguson, Mo. police chief Tom Jackson that he needs to ban his officers from wearing bracelets supporting the officer who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. DOJ officials said they'd directly witnessed officers in St. Louis County wearing the wristbands that read "I am Darren Wilson" while on duty, the Huffington Post reports. In a letter to Jackson, the Justice Department said it wants to "confirm our understanding" with the chief that his officers won't wear the bracelets, which drew complaints from Ferguson residents this week. Also an issue: officers...
  • Ferguson, Missouri's Police Chief Joins Michael Brown Protesters (Backfires, of course)

    09/26/2014 1:41:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 26, 2014 | F. Brinley Bruton and Richie Duchon
    An attempt to calm tensions in the wake of the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown backfired spectacularly overnight when the police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, marched with protesters calling for his resignation. Appearing in civilian clothes, Police Chief Thomas Jackson triggered scuffles and a standoff in the St. Louis suburb after joining a march late Thursday outside of his force's headquarters. Hours earlier, he'd released a video apology to the Brown family. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Jackson assured protesters that there would be changes in the wake of Brown's killing. "All those things that are causing mistrust are being evaluated and we...
  • Fox Host: Holder Ran The DOJ 'Much Like The Black Panthers Would'

    09/25/2014 3:31:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | September 25, 2014 | Ahiza Garcia
    Fox News host Andrea Tantaros said Thursday during a discussion about Attorney General Eric Holder's reported resignation that he ran the Department of Justice "much like the Black Panthers would." As part of the panel on the show "Outnumbered," Tantaros called Holder one of the "most dangerous men in America." President Obama is expected to announce Holder's resignation on Thursday afternoon. "He didn't enforce the laws on Obamacare," Tantaros said. "He was droning terrorists without a trial while he was giving them trials in downtown Manhattan. He ran the DOJ much like the Black Panthers would. That is a fact."...
  • Push to find suspect pullls on race relations, community unity (Central Virginia)

    09/24/2014 6:53:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Daily Progress ^ | September 24, 2014 | Nate Delesline III
    Following the arrest on Wednesday of Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., some community leaders are asking if the pursuit of justice for Hannah Graham came at the expense of eroded trust among Central Virginia’s black residents. Authorities last week identified Matthew, 32, as a person of interest in the case. Graham, an 18-year-old University of Virginia student, disappeared on Sept. 13. Authorities on Tuesday charged Matthew with abduction with intent to defile and on Wednesday night they announced Matthew had been apprehended in Galveston, Texas, some 1,300 miles from Charlottesville. After Matthew was identified, men who happened to resemble Matthew, who...
  • Armed robber shouts ‘This is for Michael Brown’ as he holds up 3 couples outside St Louis restaurant

    09/24/2014 2:53:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | September 23, 2014 | Darren Boyle
    A pair of gunmen attack the six diners as they leave the St Louis restaurant One man holding a small silver gun shouts 'This is for Michael Brown' The two attackers, both described as black and in their 20s, fled the scene The victims aged 59 to 61 had just left Eleven Eleven restaurant at 11pmTwo armed raiders held up three couples leaving a St Louis restaurant shouting: 'This is for Michael Brown,' before running off with their belongings. One of the men was holding a silver gun as the diners, aged between 59 and 61 left the Eleven Eleven...
  • Holder: Ferguson shooting presents country with ‘moment of decision’

    09/23/2014 3:58:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | September 23, 2014 | Wesley Lowery
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Tuesday that the shooting of the unarmed black teenager by a police officer in suburban St. Louis and the tense protests, riots and national discussion that it sparked has left the country at a "moment of decision" about how police interact with racial minorities. "These tensions simmer every day in far too many communities across the country," Holder said. "The situation in Ferguson has presented leaders across the nation … with a moment of decision, a moment of decision, a series of important questions that can no longer be avoided." The remarks came...
  • Ferguson Residents Angry As Michael Brown Memorial Destroyed By Fire Tuesday Morning

    09/23/2014 3:02:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | September 23, 2014 | Justin Baragona
    A memorial dedicated to slain teenager Michael Brown was destroyed by a fire Tuesday morning. The memorial, made mostly of teddy bears and homemade signs, had been kept on the side of the street feet from where Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9th. Another memorial, located in the middle of Canfield Drive at the exact spot where Brown’s slain body laid for four hours, remains intact. The cause of the fire is unknown at this point. The town’s fire department was called to the scene at 6:45 AM local time to respond...
  • Black University Student Leaders Form New Coalition For Racial Equality

    09/22/2014 6:10:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Huffington Post's Black Voices ^ | September 22, 2014 | Jessica Dickerson
    The explosive wave of reactions to the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri hasn’t lost its momentum just yet. Black student leaders have come together in support of racial equality with the formation of a multi-university group, the Black Ivy Coalition. The coalition dedicated to social change is comprised of members from all eight Ivy League institutions, with plans to gain student memberships from colleges across the nation, and was officiated with the release of a statement summarizing their motivations and ambitions (see full text below). Their tagline? “It is now time for our generation to...
  • To keep peace in Ferguson, DOJ bars media from town hall meetings

    09/22/2014 5:26:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    MSNBC ^ | September 22, 2014 | Trymaine Lee
    City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, have billed a series of upcoming town hall meetings beginning Monday night as a way to continue dialogue with members of the beleaguered community and an opportunity to clear up misconceptions still swirling a month after Ferguson police shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. In a statement that went out late last week, Mayor James Knowles said that he wanted use the meetings as a way to assure people that the city was operating with full transparency. Knowles said that he wanted residents of Ferguson to “know exactly where we stand on things...
  • Ferguson versus Whitopia

    09/21/2014 8:41:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    al-Jazeera ^ | September 21, 2014 | Rich Benjamin
    Focus on police bias obscures meaningful debate on structural racism that perpetuates racial injustice and inequality. In the wake of the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9, the public has heard quite a bit about the town, its residents and their supposed violence. But about half an hour drive west of Ferguson, along a highway straddling the Missouri River, you will come to what may seem a planet away: St. Charles County. St. Charles is a “Whitopia” — a predominantly white county that has posted 6 percent...
  • Why Darren Wilson Isn't in Cuffs

    09/21/2014 6:09:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Huffington Post's Black Voices ^ | September 21, 2014 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    All of the most recent protests in Ferguson over the slaying of Michael Brown seem recent since the protestors have all asked for the same thing: That is to slap the cuffs on Darren Wilson, the officer who gunned down Brown on August 9. The reasons given for Wilson's freedom by some are that the prosecutors and cops almost never arrest and charge other cops with misconduct, the St. Louis County Prosecutor is a bigot, and there's no smoking gun piece of evidence to base an arrest on. These are all powerful blocks to clamping the cuffs on Wilson. But...
  • Racism: From Ferguson To The NBA To You

    09/21/2014 5:01:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 21, 2014 | Todd Essig
    Race has been in the news recently, as it should be more than it is. First the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri captured everyone’s attention, and is still making news. Then a starkly racist email sent by Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson brought back the topic of race relations in the NBA where the owners are mostly white and the players black. And then this week psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt won a MacArthur “genius” award for her groundbreaking work on the powerful influence out-of-awareness racial attitudes have in the criminal justice system. Because her research can help us understand troubling news...
  • Rush Limbaugh’s Call Screener: ‘What Liberalism Has Done To Black Communities Is Horrific’

    09/21/2014 1:32:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 21, 2014 | Ginni Thomas
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)James Golden considers his 26 years working with Rush Limbaugh to be the greatest professional blessing he could ever imagine. Originally from Queens, New York, James met Rush while working for a major media network and hasn’t looked back since. Most Rush listeners know James as either “Snerdley,” the call screener, or the “Official Obama Criticizer.” Golden was in Washington recently for a CURE meeting and that’s where we got the chance to sit down with him for this exclusive 30 minute video interview. For the first half of the interview, Golden waxed passionately about race in America, and how...
  • Three arrested in Ferguson after protester says he was struck by car

    09/20/2014 10:44:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 20, 2014 | Denise Hollinshed, Steve Giegerich and Nicholas J.C. Pistor
    The driver of a vehicle bumps protesters who decided to block traffic on S. Florissant Rd. in an act of civil obedience on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, as demonstrations continue against the police shooting of Michael Brown. The incident lend to the arrest of two protesters and the man driving the vehicle.Three people were arrested during protests near the Ferguson Police Department on Saturday afternoon after a protester claimed he was bumped by a passing vehicle, police said. The incident triggered a round of standoffs between police and protesters, who blocked traffic on the street. About 35 people were protesting...
  • For people living under threat of arrest around St. Louis, a constant stress

    09/20/2014 7:44:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 20, 2014 | Jeremy Kohler
    Hunkered down in her south St. Louis County apartment with a mug of coffee and a thick novel, Carol Ray, 54, tries to enjoy a sunny morning off from work. But that’s hard when you’re a fugitive from justice who could be taken away in handcuffs at any moment. On her kitchen table sit unpaid traffic tickets from the cities of Beverly Hills and Town and Country: $199 total. Somebody with money could hire a lawyer with contacts in the court, exchange a few emails and pay extra to keep points off their license. With no more sacrifice than a...
  • Ferguson is the Afterlife of Slavery in the Americas

    09/20/2014 4:34:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    La nueva Televisión del Sur C.A. ^ | September 20, 2014 | Yesenia Barragan
    Looking back, perhaps it really is no surprise that Ferguson, Missouri became the latest site in this long war against black lives, given the state of Missouri’s peculiar relationship to slavery in US history.During the hot summer days of August, all eyes were on Ferguson. Hour after hour, journalists on the scene described the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was getting ready to start college in just a few days, and the unrest that exploded as “shocking,” but for so many black Americans, the scene in Ferguson was all-too-familiar. The ghost of Ferguson appeared earlier in Sanford, Florida on...
  • Ferguson asked residents to comment after the Michael Brown shooting. Here’s what they had to say.

    09/18/2014 4:48:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Nation ^ | September 18, 2014 | Sarah Larimer
    <p>After last month’s fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, the city of Ferguson, Mo., postponed its August council meeting. Instead of holding the forum, it sent postage-paid comment cards to residents and asked them to mail their feedback.</p>
  • Baltimore Sheriff Candidate: “White People Should Just Shut the [expletive] Up” (Video)

    09/18/2014 12:09:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Baltimore County Sheriff candidate says “white people should just shut the [expletive] up” and “Jews can get away with anything.” Defund.com reported, via Moonbattery: A man running for Baltimore County sheriff on an “anti-police brutality platform” raised some eyebrows with his recent comments, saying, “white people should just shut the [expletive] up” because they’re “the most violent people on the planet.” The comments were made while he ranted about the Ray Rice case, arguing that the running back’s wife was the one at fault. “Women want equality, she got some of it,” Wiggins wrote. “There are only white Jew women...
  • Big Labor Steps Up Around Ferguson and Race

    09/17/2014 6:26:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Color Lines ^ | September 17, 2014 | Carla Murphy
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The head of the largest confederation of labor unions this week acknowledged that Big Labor, representing more than 12 million workers in the U.S., has not always supported men and women of color. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, addressing the Missouri AFL-CIO convention this Monday focused heavily on race in America and on racism within union ranks. “How can we not be involved?” he asked of the killing of Michael Brown and its aftermath. One recent survey has exposed deep racial division over officer Darren Wilson’s fatal shooting of the unarmed 18-year-old. Trumka threaded a fine line indicative of a central...
  • Ferguson officer appears before grand jury on shooting of Michael Brown (Darren Wilson)

    09/17/2014 5:51:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 17, 2014 | Kim Bell and Robert Patrick
    Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson testified here for almost four hours Tuesday in front of the St. Louis County grand jury investigating his Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, a source with knowledge of the investigation said Wednesday. Wilson was not obligated to appear, and also has spoken with St. Louis County investigators twice and federal investigators once, the source said. The source said Wilson was “cooperative.” A spokesman for Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch’s office, Ed Magee, refused to comment Wednesday on who has testified. The shooting of Brown, 18, who was black and unarmed, by Wilson, who is...
  • Loud Ferguson protesters disrupt government meeting

    09/17/2014 12:10:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CLAYTON, Missouri -- Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of the white Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old loudly disrupted another government meeting Tuesday. The group renewed calls to remove the county prosecutor investigating the case and vowed political retaliation against an elected official tied to the prosecutor. The demand for officer Darren Wilson's arrest and the recusal of the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney began with the final utterance of the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the St. Louis County Council meeting. "For all," crowd members shouted, emphasizing the second word, as the pledge...
  • Stanford professor wins MacArthur 'genius grant' for racial awareness studies

    09/17/2014 10:12:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | September 16, 2014 | Lisa M. Krieger
    America is pushing forward in a post-racial society, blind to skin color. That's the conventional wisdom. But the research of Jennifer Eberhardt, the Bay Area's newest and only recipient of the famed MacArthur fellowship, the "genius grants," has proved otherwise. She has found that skin color prejudices the perceptions of jurors, police officers and even the ordinary student who volunteers in research at Stanford University. Black people, especially those with very dark skin and kinky hair, are more likely to be linked to crime, handed stiffer punishments or even sentenced to death than lighter-appearing individuals, according to her research. Eberhardt...
  • The red flag flies high again on prosecution in Michael Brown slaying

    09/16/2014 9:41:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The San Francisco Bay View - A National Black Newspaper ^ | September 16, 2014 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    A little over a year ago the debate was fierce over whether Florida state prosecutor Angela “Tough on Crime” Corey assigned to prosecute George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin would dump the case. There was good reason for the debate. Zimmerman was not a police officer. But he was seen as the next best or worst thing to it since he had close ties with law enforcement and was a one-time neighborhood watch patrol officer. This automatically bestowed on him the shield that cops have from any charges of misconduct, especially in cases where the victims of their misconduct are...
  • Ferguson Rapper Tef Poe: Barack Obama Has Forsaken Us, But We Will Not Stop Fighting Injustice

    09/16/2014 4:24:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | September 16, 2014 | Kareem Jackson @TefPoe
    They cannot kill us all. They can not throw us all in jail. We want justice for Michael Brown and every victim of police brutality. We’re now a month out from the killing of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, and a month away from when a grand jury is likely to decide whether or not to indict him. Yet we still have no answers and no respect in the state of Missouri. In Saint Louis County, the police have a history of racial profiling and abusing the power of the shield. Racial profiling in North County has...
  • Shooting coverage carries racist undertones

    09/16/2014 1:18:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Columbia Chronicle ^ | September 15, 2014 | Tatiana Walk-Morris, associate editor
    If your life came to a tragic end, how would you want the news to tell your story? This is a question news organizations must constantly ponder when covering victims of gun violence. Following the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old male shot in Ferguson, Missouri, news outlets such as USA Today pulled photos from Brown’s Facebook page, showing him displaying what can be interpreted as a gang sign. As a result of the media coverage of Brown’s death, social media users have flocked to Twitter and Tumblr announcing their outrage using the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown to...
  • Lincoln Motor Co., Black Greeks cement their partnership

    09/15/2014 3:18:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Howard University's The District Chronicles ^ | September 15, 2014 | Shawn Thompson
    Lincoln Motors marketing manager Thompson hopes the campaign with the Black Greeks will boost sales, help communities.To continue in its efforts to give back to local communities, the Lincoln Motor Company has teamed with the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC), a group of nine African-American Greek-letter organizations. The program, “The Divine Nine Driven to Give Program,” is an extension of Lincoln’s national Driven To Give program that kicked off in August. “Being able to engage with influencers on initiatives that matter most to them is key in our efforts to introduce some of our newest products, like the first-ever Lincoln...
  • Trayvon Martin's mother to speak at Lehigh: Panel discussion part of MLK programming (PA)

    09/15/2014 2:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    WFMZ-TV ^ | September 15, 2014 | Staff
    BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The mother of slain teen Trayvon Martin will be part of a discussion at Lehigh University Tuesday. As part of the University's MLK Committee, a "Rap Sessions' event discussion will be offered at 7 p.m. in Baker Hall. The panel will feature Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, and will be moderated by hip hop artist and activist Jasari X. Martin was a 17-year-old African-American high school student was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in February 2012 in a Sanford, Florida, neighborhood. Zimmerman was acquitted of the crime in July 2013. Other...
  • Charlie Rangel: I Was Told Not to Talk About How Racist the Tea Party Is

    09/15/2014 1:39:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | August 25, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)During a Q&A with CSPAN, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) discussed comments he has made many time in in the past claiming the Tea Party is motivated by racism because they are the old Dixiecrats from mainly Southern states Rangel said he was told not to talk about race anymore saying, "So people said please don't bring up that race thing anymore."(continued)
  • The Politics of Giving Your Child a Black Name

    09/15/2014 3:34:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    Politic365 ^ | December 30, 2011 | Jeneba Ghatt
    Yesterday, New York City Department of Health revealed that the number one name Black parents applied to their baby girls was Madison, a name historically and traditionally given by White parents. By contrast, the number one boy name was Jayden, often considered a typical “Black name.” The juxtaposition of the contrast is striking. It is no hidden secret that many Blacks in America for decades have struggled with the decision of whether to name their children a traditional African or African American name. The decision is based on how much they want to give away the race of their children...
  • Community still coming to grips with why Michael Brown’s body was left in the street

    09/14/2014 6:10:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Lake County Journal / The Associated Press ^ | September 14, 2014 | David Hunn and Kim Bell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    The indignation was instantaneous. Neighbors in Canfield Green poured from their apartments and stared at 18-year-old Michael Brown, unarmed, face down in the street, shot dead by a police officer. Then, fueled by camera phones and social media, the outrage jumped out of this suburban apartment complex, crossed St. Louis County, traversed the country and, over the weeks, spread across the world. The Rev. Al Sharpton, preaching at Brown’s funeral two weeks later, said the teen was left in the street “like nobody cared,” as if his life “didn’t matter.”(continued)
  • Ferguson and the summer of 1967 (The “reservoir of underlying grievances” remains)

    09/14/2014 4:00:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 11, 2014 | Chuck Henson
    White man shoots and kills black man. Predominantly black population protests, riots, loots. Predominantly white police force overwhelmed. Governor calls out the National Guard. Curfew imposed. Similar events took place in Newark and Detroit in the summer of 1967. President Johnson responded by dispatching what would become known as the Kerner Commission to find the causes and propose a solution. The commission’s basic conclusion was “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.” Among its findings, the commission reported action against “local symbols of white American society, authority and property.” No single triggering...
  • Quora Question: What do police officers think about Ferguson, MO police handled the aftermath....

    09/14/2014 1:10:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 14, 2014 | Quora Contributor
    I think this is a classic example of what happens when a law enforcement agency isn't trained or prepared for an unexpected or exceptionally large event. Ferguson is a city of 21,000 people. Its police department has 52 sworn officers. Only three are black, when about 68% of the city's population is black. This imbalance affects the current situation tangentially, but I doubt that it's a problem that the City of Ferguson is unaware of or that they haven't tried to fix it. Anytime a white police officer kills or seriously injures a minority citizen in a predominately minority community,...
  • Was Ferguson the beginning of a new civil rights era?

    09/14/2014 12:54:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 14, 2014 | Patrik Jonsson
    Ferguson became a Selma-like moment for the 2010s – to the extent the stark images caused a nation to stop and reflect on the state of racial relations in America. Moreover, a new generation of activists, who were not weaned on the nonviolence of the Civil Rights Era, is coming to the fore. Ferguson, Mo. — Burly, with tattoos and a bandanna over his face, Anthony Pruit stepped up to the Missouri State Highway Patrol captain trying to cool the tensions that engulfed Ferguson, Mo., in protests and riots this summer. “We hurt, we broken, and we ain’t all criminals,”...
  • Ferguson job fair attracts 5,000

    09/14/2014 9:14:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 14, 2014 | Stephen Deere and Joel Currier
    FERGUSON • In less than half an hour, thousands of people arrived, dressed in jeans and suits, with their résumés in hand. The line to get into a room where dozens of potential employers sat waiting was at least 45 minutes long. A job fair sponsored by the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis on Saturday drew about 5,000. The event, held at St. Louis Community College’s Florissant Valley campus, was supposed to end at 2 p.m. But it ran more than an hour long just so everyone who had waited in line could interview. Damon Williams, 38, said frustration...
  • K.W Oxnard: White Americans, white privilege (Tired of this yet?)

    09/13/2014 7:59:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Savannah Morning News ^ | September 13, 2014 | K.W Oxnard
    In the 1990s, when I lived in New York, a friend I’ll call Adam and I drove out to his house in Montauk, Long Island. A few miles into town, we noticed a police cruiser behind us. Adam, a stockbroker in his 30s, began to panic. “Crap, crap, crap!” Apparently, his car tag had expired — maybe his driver’s license and insurance, too. The cruiser turned on its lights and siren, and Adam pulled over. “Listen,” he said, “I may need you to bail me out.” I sat there, stunned and scared. The officer sauntered up to Adam’s window. “License...
  • Beyond Single Issues: Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson

    09/13/2014 6:36:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Indypendent ^ | September 12, 2014 | Deirdre Smith
    It was not hard for me to make the connection between the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, and the catalyst for my work to stop the climate crisis. It was all over the news in August: images of police pointing military-grade weapons at unarmed black people with their hands in the air. These scenes made my heart race in an all-too-familiar way. I was devastated for Michael Brown, his family and the people of Ferguson. Almost immediately, I closed my eyes and felt the fear I have for my own family. In the wake of the climate disaster that was Hurricane...
  • Black councilwoman scolded by cops for inciting race riot, storms out of meeting (New York)

    09/13/2014 4:48:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | September 8, 2014 | Joe Saunders
    A race-baiting councilwoman in New York stormed out of a public meeting last week after a police sergeant called her out for trying to foment a riot. “You can’t talk about public safety and assist in public unrest,” said Troy, N.Y., police Sgt. Thomas Hoffman, who took the microphone Thursday at a Troy City Council meeting to describe Councilwoman Anastasia Robertson’s actions. According to Hoffman, the incident occurred when two white police officers patrolling a largely black neighborhood investigated a romantic dispute between two women, one white, one black. The white woman left the scene, Hoffman said, so the officers...
  • Mistrust Lingers as Ferguson Takes New Tack on Fines (City surrenders, gives amnesty to criminals)

    09/13/2014 3:42:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 12, 2014 | Frances Robles
    FERGUSON, Mo. — There were lots of jitters at the Ferguson police clerk’s window this week, as steady streams of drivers with unpaid traffic tickets and pending arrest warrants turned themselves in as part of a new city initiative to repair its frayed relationship with black residents. They looked around skeptically. “I don’t know if they are going to lock me up,” said Katrina Clemons, who owes almost $800 in fines and penalties from a $250 traffic ticket. “I do not like coming here.” The drivers came with their citations, thousand-dollar invoices, and tales of racial profiling and exorbitant fees....
  • Portrait of a protester in Ferguson, Missouri (Think it's sympathetic to the looters?*)

    09/12/2014 2:44:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    MSNBC ^ | September 12, 2014 | Trymaine Lee
    FERGUSON, Missouri— Just days after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed in a hail of police bullets, Joshua Williams found himself facing off with a phalanx of heavily-armed officers. Williams joined the swarm of angry protesters who, in the wake of the teen’s death, took over the streets not far from the scene of the killing. They chanted and yelled and hoisted protest signs in the air. The police responded with snipers positioned on top of armored vehicles and a heavy deployment of officers, many with automatic rifles slung over their shoulders. When someone from the crowd threw a rock or...