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  • VIDEO: Zimmerman acquitted because Trayvon Martin was black, says US attorney

    09/01/2014 10:42:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Jamaica Observer ^ | September 1, 2014
    KINGSTON, Jamaica — US attorney Jasmine Rand said that Trayvon Martin’s accused killer George Zimmerman was acquitted because the victim was black. Speaking at press conference in Kingston on Monday, Rand, who represented the interests of Martin’s relatives in the case, said Zimmerman was set free because of where the incident happened. “Trayvon Martin was shot because he was black. Zimmerman got away because he (Martin) was black. I think the case was lost because the jury selection was not done properly and the area where the trial took place,” Rand said. The law professor is in Jamaica to...
  • Finding justice on racial issues through the ballot

    09/01/2014 8:33:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | September 1, 2014 | Ebynn Hanna, state coordinator of Florida Black Youth Vote.
    The eyes of America remain focused on Ferguson, Missouri, gripped by the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death. The anguish of Ferguson — from the murder of an unarmed young person of color, to the lack of accountability fueled by a sheer disregard for black lives — is all too familiar for Florida. Our state has been the backdrop for a number of high-profile stories that have similarly illuminated America’s tragic legacy of killing unarmed people of color. There was Trayvon Martin, 17, who was walking down the street in Sanford in 2012 when he was followed and killed by George...
  • Human Rights Watchdog Demands End to America’s Racial Discrimination (United Nations)

    08/31/2014 2:06:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | August 31, 2014 | Rmuse
    It is beyond refute that the United States is a world leader, and exceptional, in several categories, although not in those that portray the richest nation in the world in a favorable light. Oh, it is true that America’s military is without peer, American corporations pay some of the lowest tax rates in the world, and the wealthy elite holding most of the nation’s wealth pay minimal taxes compared to most other countries. However, the United States also leads the world in the number of citizens incarcerated, number of guns in the population, number of gun-related homicides, lowest median income...
  • Looting Is Good

    08/31/2014 12:49:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 31, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Listen to the experts. Challenge yourself to understand that looting isn’t bad, and shouldn’t be viewed as a violation of the rights of an innocent person or persons or a frontal assault on the essence of civilization itself. No, looting and rioting are important human expressions for change that should be protected and celebrated. And perhaps subsidized via a pilot federal program. Sadly, as Yamiche Alcindor reports for USA Today. “When protesters burned down a convenience store near where a police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, many condemned it.” Oh, dear, how small-minded of them. Thankfully, “experts say the ensuing...
  • At least 5 current Ferguson officers apart from Brown shooter figure in lawsuits

    08/30/2014 10:48:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 30, 2014 | Kimberly Kindy and Carol D. Leonnig
    Federal investigators are focused on one Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, but at least five other police officers and one former officer in the town’s 53-member department have been named in civil rights lawsuits alleging the use of excessive force. In four federal lawsuits, including one that is on appeal, and more than a half-dozen investigations over the past decade, colleagues of Darren Wilson’s have separately contested a variety of allegations, including killing a mentally ill man with a Taser, pistol-whipping a child, choking and hog-tying a child and beating a man who was...
  • An Eyewitness Account of Violence in Ferguson, Mo.

    08/30/2014 6:41:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Black Voice News ^ | August 29, 2014 | Jazelle Hunt
    At noon on Saturday, August 9, Michael Brown, 18, and his friend, Dorian Johnson, crossed paths with Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer, Darren Wilson. By 12:04 p.m., Wilson had fatally shot Brown six times. His body was left out for hours as other officers responded to the scene. The next evening, his family and community gathered at the site of his death for a vigil in his honor. After a while, they decided to march down West Florissant Ave. to a QuikTrip gas station/convenience store. After that, the details of what is happening in Ferguson become murky, depending on the source....
  • Sarah Anzia: Unfair election rules stack the deck against Ferguson's blacks (Unbelievable)

    08/30/2014 5:59:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Madison Capital Times - Your Progressive Voice ^ | August 30, 2014 | Professor Sarah Anzia, UC Berkeley
    Even after the unrest in Ferguson has subsided, we're left with questions about the tension that built up and exploded in the small St. Louis suburb. Among those questions: How did a city where two-thirds of the residents are black elect an almost entirely white city government? The answer is simple: Ferguson holds its city elections entirely separate from state and national elections, and that can make all the difference. People rarely think about the timing of elections. But Missouri's election rules set the stage for the discontent that has tormented Ferguson recently. The state requires its cities to hold...
  • When Whites Just Don’t Get It: After Ferguson, Race Deserves More Attention, Not Less (Groan)

    08/30/2014 5:29:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 110 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 30, 2014 | Nicholas Kristof
    MANY white Americans say they are fed up with the coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. A plurality of whites in a recent Pew survey said that the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves. Bill O’Reilly of Fox News reflected that weariness, saying: “All you hear is grievance, grievance, grievance, money, money, money.” Indeed, a 2011 study by scholars at Harvard and Tufts found that whites, on average, believed that anti-white racism was a bigger problem than anti-black racism. Yes, you read that right! So let me push back at what I...
  • Ferguson turns protest into political power

    08/30/2014 4:54:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 30, 2014 | Trymaine Lee
    FERGUSON, Missouri — Before Michael Brown’s death, all Taurean Russell wanted was to finish college, teach history and coach high school football. But that changed August 9, when photos of Brown’s lifeless body, shot by a cop and left sprawled in the street, kept appearing on social media. “I saw a dead body on my timeline. It kept appearing hour after hour and somebody said ‘I hope somebody gets up and does something about it,” said Russell, 30. “Then I heard his mother on TV say, ‘Why did they kill my son.’” Those words triggered something in Russell. He rallied...
  • Ferguson shooting spurs curriculum advocates to craft lesson on race (Black Panthers)

    08/30/2014 3:50:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Even though the police shooting of an unarmed man in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is only weeks old and a grand jury is still trying sort out what really happened, a Washington-based nonprofit is offering a classroom lesson plan that draws a link between the incident and the revolutionary rhetoric of the 1960s Black Panther Party. Teaching for Change says its “Teaching about Ferguson” guide can help students think critically about the shooting of Michael Brown in an Aug. 9 confrontation with police and ways they can be proactive in their own communities. “The Black Panther Party’s 1966...
  • Don Surber: Ferguson shows Democrats’ problem

    08/30/2014 2:08:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | August 27, 2014 | Don Surber
    For years, liberals have pointed to demographic projections with glee.White people seem headed to becoming less than a majority in America. Liberals say this poses a problem for the Republican Party as most white people now vote Republican, providing the party’s base. But the scenes of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, pose a similar problem for the Democratic Party.In recent years, Republicans have diversified without becoming Democratic Lite. Democrats haven’t. Republicans have three Hispanic senators (Democrats have one) a black senator (Democrats have one), two Hispanic governors (Democrats have none) and two governors whose parents were born in India (Democrats have...
  • U.N. urges U.S. to stop police brutality after Missouri shooting

    08/29/2014 6:38:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 29, 2014 | Stephanie Nebehay
    The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record. "Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing. Teenager Michael...
  • OP-ED: We Need the Legalization of Being Black

    08/29/2014 5:55:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Juvenile Justice Information Exchange ^ | August 29, 2014 | John Lash
    I have sometimes imagined that because of my time in prison I can understand what it is like to be black in the United States. I lived for nearly 25 years under conditions of control, viewed with suspicion and presumed dangerous. The law enforcement that ran the prisons were taught to view prisoners as an enemy, and that things could go wrong at any moment and they often responded with preemptive or excessive force. It was also a world full of black prisoners, who far outnumbered the other races, so I lived as a minority and sometimes suffered because...
  • Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress.

    08/29/2014 3:06:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2014 | Professor Carol Anderson
    When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we’ve actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage. Sure, it is cloaked in the niceties of law and order, but it is rage nonetheless. Protests and looting naturally capture attention. But the real rage smolders in meetings where officials redraw precincts to dilute African American voting strength or...
  • Hillary Clinton was surprisingly bold on Ferguson

    08/29/2014 2:30:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | August 29, 2014 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    Progressives really, really, really wanted to hear from Hillary Clinton on the events in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9, sparking days of unrest in that small city outside St. Louis and elsewhere. Al Sharpton said he wanted to smoke Clinton out on Ferguson and suggested that if she ran in 2016, he would be a thorn in her side on civil rights issues. MSNBC host Chris Hayes thought it was “bizarre” that Clinton hadn’t at least weighed in with a statement on the incident, even though...
  • New Black agenda: Economic empowerment

    08/29/2014 1:26:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Insight News ^ | August 7, 2014 | Hazel Trice Edney
    The winner of the U. S. Minority Business Development Agency's (MBDA) Lifetime Achievement Award says the economic fate of America's Black community "hangs in the balance" because "we are a fourth quarter people". Michael Grant, president of the National Bankers Association and its foundation, says, "Unlike our Hispanic and Asian brothers and sisters, we had to spend the first three quarters just getting in the game...So you see, all things being equal, our ethnic counterparts came to the game with a different mindset, a different set of circumstances, a different self-image, and already with some capital from back home." Grant...
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: America’s Dark Obsession With Vigilante Justice

    08/29/2014 12:46:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 27, 2014 | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Our belief that the government wants to help us achieve fairness is lower than ever—leading to fantasies of lawless revenge. The events in Ferguson and elsewhere across the U.S. have launched a heated national dialogue that questions our faith in the benevolence of government institutions — especially police, judiciary, and politicians. Dead black bodies always makes us wonder whether they really have the best interests of the American people at heart, or just the best interests of some American people. Sometimes in the dense fog of passion and tear gas it is hard to see what values a country as...
  • Pushing Back Against the Darkness of Ferguson and the Big Apple!

    08/28/2014 6:59:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | August 28, 2014 | James Davis
    What is occurring in communities across this nation is tragic. It is as if a dark cloud has enveloped and fallen upon this nation when it comes to homicides by whites of black youngsters and black men. Blacks in Sanford, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; New York City and now Ferguson, Missouri have had enough. The killings were all suspicious in nature and in each instance the black victim was unarmed. Many of you know the details. Trayvon Martin, a youngster of 17 years was stalked and killed by a neighborhood watchman in Sanford as he was making his way home from...
  • Commentary: Finding the Silver Lining in Ferguson among African Americans and Indians in America

    Amidst all the hell breaking loose in Ferguson, here is one more old scab to pick at – immigrant-black tensions in small towns and inner cities. It is a troubling image. The hazy security camera screen captures from the convenience store reinforced those fears. The store clerk was slightly built. Michael Brown, the customer holding him by the collar was a much larger man. Though the storeowner, Andy Patel, later told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch no shoplifting or robbery had occurred in his store, the screen-grab encapsulated a story of suspicion, tension, and conflict. Soon thereafter Michael Brown was gunned...
  • Hillary weighs in on tension in Ferguson, Mo. — 19 days after fatal shooting of Michael Brown

    08/28/2014 4:57:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | August 28, 2014 | Sdam Edelman
    Nearly three weeks after an unarmed black teen was gunned down in a St. Louis suburb by a white police officer, sparking violent riots and a national conversation about race, Hillary Clinton finally broke her silence about the ongoing tension in Ferguson, Mo. "Watching the recent funeral for Michael Brown, as a mother, as a human being, my heart just broke for his family because losing a child is every parent's greatest fear and an unimaginable loss,” the former Secretary of State said Thursday at a technology conference in San Francisco. "Behind the dramatic, terrible pictures on television, there are...
  • Speech at work about anti-white-bias in context of the Trayvon matter = ‘hostile work environment’

    08/28/2014 4:21:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's Volokh Conspiracy ^ | August 28, 2014 | Professor Eugene Volokh, UCLA School of Law
    Here’s an excerpt from an administrative decision I just read, DeMay v. Richmond County Dep’t of Social Servs., 2014 WL 4206296 (N.C. Office of Admin. Hearings); it was filed July 2, 2014, but just posted on Westlaw on Wednesday. The petitioner was demoted because of a statement she made at a meeting, and the administrative decision upheld the demotion: 3. The [Department of Social Services’] Policy Concerning Unlawful Workplace Harassment provides in pertinent part: The policy of [DSS] is that no employee may engage in conduct that falls under the definition of unlawful workplace harassment. All employees are guaranteed the...
  • Our Heritage of Hate

    08/28/2014 3:47:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Bucks County Courier Times ^ | August 28, 2014 | Chuck Thompson, Community Blogger
    In a recent column in the Philadelphia Inquirer, a German native discussed how his country has dealt with the guilt over the murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust. He provided a lesson all Americans should learn. Franziska Holzschuh is a reporter for the German daily newspaper Nurnberger Nachrichten and is on assignment with The Inquirer as part of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program. His hometown is Nuremberg, where the initial laws singling out the Jews for persecution were passed and where the war crimes trials were held at the conclusion of World War II. Mr. Holzschuh said...
  • Donna Brazile Hypes Midterm Democrat Voter Turnout with #Ferguson Hashtag

    08/28/2014 2:02:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 27, 2014 | Eddie Scarry
    What do the midterm elections have to do with the killing of black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.? Ask CNN contributor and former Democratic National Committee vice chairwoman Donna Brazile. The politicization of Ferguson in the small world of cable news has been limited to liberals claiming the incident was racially motivated and conservatives leaping to the defense of Darren Wilson, the white officer who shot Brown. That was until Tuesday, when Brazile began encouraging her followers to use Ferguson as inspiration to vote in the November midterm elections. “We have to be passionate about the upcoming election,” Brazile...
  • Misreading of demographics, yes ... but no race war

    08/28/2014 12:55:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Arizona Daily Star / The Washington Post ^ | August 19, 2014 | Esther J. Cepeda
    “War” is too strong a word to use in regard to race relations. Despite continuing income inequality or how often the justice system seems to lack fairness when applied to nonwhites, few Americans would say that whites are waging a war on people of color. Even as Ferguson, Missouri, smolders after the shooting of a black teenager in a majority African-American town overseen by an almost all-white political leadership, “war” is too hyperbolic a statement. Bias, discrimination and neglect, certainly — but not war. This obvious fact is why, in the days before Ferguson erupted, the contention of a member...
  • Oprah’s network sends Iyanla Vanzant, spiritual life coach, to ‘heal’ Ferguson

    08/27/2014 8:27:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Post's Style Blog ^ | August 27, 2014 | Emily Yahr
    Last week, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network announced that it was sending Iyanla Vanzant — minister, spiritual life coach, host of OWN’s “Iyanla, Fix My Life” — to Ferguson, Mo., following the death of Michael Brown and the “subsequent unrest” in the town. The stated goal was for Vanzant to film a special episode of her TV show and “to listen to the people who have been adversely affected and to join the community in finding a path from violence into healing.” This news was met with a hefty amount of skepticism. It’s one thing for news cameras to be in...
  • Hands up! Don’t shoot: The genocidal killing of Michael Brown

    08/27/2014 7:09:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The San Francisco Bay View - A National Black Newspaper ^ | August 26, 2014 | Uhuru Baraka Rowe
    “Ferguson” – Art: Criss Garcia, J-93559, Pelican Bay SHU C1-112, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532 Yes, it has happened again. Another unarmed Black male murdered by the police. The location: this time in the racially divided town of Ferguson, Missouri. On Aug. 9, 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown and a friend were walking down a street in their own community when they were confronted by an officer for allegedly interfering with traffic. Translation: They were confronted by the officer for the crime of “walking while Black.” The end result of this racial profiling was Brown succumbing to a hail...
  • The Price of Our Blood: Why Ferguson Is a Reproductive Justice Issue

    08/27/2014 3:21:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    RH Reality Check ^ | August 26, 2014 | Katherine Cross
    The events that have unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri, in recent weeks have revealed many tragedies, among them the fact that the death of so many youth of color in this country is still debatable in its status as a vaunted “feminist issue.” But it is, and the expansive definition of reproductive justice, which reaches into the universe of conditions necessary to create and sustain life, shows us how. As RH Reality Check Senior Legal Analyst Imani Gandy put it so well in a recent tweet: Imani ABL @AngryBlackLady I saw so many people on Twitter saying "I don't want to...
  • Ferguson Wrestles With What to Do Next

    08/27/2014 2:45:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Alex Altman
    The town is trying to figure out how to turn a tragic moment into a lasting movement. The funeral was choreographed to the smallest detail, from the celebrities sprinkled through the church to the Cardinals cap laid atop the black-and-gold casket. A massive crowd filed past the television cameras and into the jam-packed sanctuary or the overflow rooms live-streaming the service. The ceremony was billed as a celebration of Brown’s life, which ended Aug. 9 in a hail of bullets fired by a white policeman, and the crowd heard upbeat gospel music, stirring sermons and a eulogy from the Rev....
  • Farrakhan Attacks Arabs, Chinese, Koreans, Indians, Whites in Ferguson Rant

    08/26/2014 10:17:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | August 25, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)During his latest sermon for the Nation of Islam, Minister Louis Farrakhan addressed the protests and controversies surrounding Ferguson, MO. police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Micheal Brown. Farrakhan said, "With 67 percent of black people you have to live under a white mayor with 67 percent white people you cant make the laws that govern that town. Now if that's the condition let me set the stage for Michael Brown. See I don't know about the store they say he strong armed somebody and took some cigars but I know this, coming to Chicago ... when you live...
  • Cloning Capt. Ron Johnson (He's serious!)

    08/26/2014 9:13:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | August 25, 2014 | Jules Witcover
    One of the unsung blessings of Twitter is the way it continually reminds us that willful ignorance is alive and thriving in the American body politic. In the past week, we were treated to widely retweeted photos purporting to show Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol throwing a gang sign. The first controversial image showed up on an unvetted CNN social media webpage called iReport, and Internet trolls took it from there. The only problem is that the hand sign in question was the greeting of Kappa Alpha Psi, a historically black fraternity of which Johnson is a...
  • Ferguson: Life in the Promised Land

    08/26/2014 8:42:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 26, 2014 | Christopher Chantrill
    The final problem for all political and religious movements is what to do after you get to the Promised Land. You've defeated the enemy, you've conquered the land flowing with milk and honey. What next? What's next is that the soldiers of the revolution should get a job, get married, and start a family. And forget all about millennial hope. But usually they don't. Instead they get angry. That's why blacks rioted in the aftermath of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Finally, they'd got to the Promised Land, and nothing had changed....
  • Coddling children in Ferguson, Mo.

    08/26/2014 7:45:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Fayette Citizen ^ | August 26, 2014 | Terry Garlock
    On Monday, Aug. 11, a 20-year-old unarmed white man named Dillon Taylor was shot and killed in Salt Lake City, Utah, by a black police officer in questionable circumstances. Taylor, a first-time father with a criminal record, had at the time of the shooting an outstanding arrest warrant for probation violations on robbery and obstruction of justice charges. Police had been called to a convenience store after someone reported seeing a gun. Taylor’s friends said he was turning his life around, that he had never carried a gun, that he was listening to music on headphones and was shot outside...
  • In wake of Ferguson shooting, progressives demand federal police czar

    08/26/2014 7:31:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jake Miller
    In the eyes of many progressives and civil rights advocates, the police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month was a tragic and familiar story: the latest example of the law enforcement community's prejudiced administration of justice. Now, a group of notables and activists, joined by several members of the Congressional Black Caucus, are demanding the establishment of a federal police "czar," employed by the Justice Department, to oversee local law enforcement practices and help prevent racial bias in policing. "In cities across America, local law enforcement units too often treat low-income neighborhoods populated...
  • Understanding Ferguson: Electing Obama Isn't Enough

    08/26/2014 6:14:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 26, 2014 | Kimberly Cooper
    Like most headline news, the Ferguson story will ultimately face an expiration date for ongoing coverage. Although currently center stage, it's only a matter of time before this one will fade into the occasional sound bite -- or referenced along with a couple of words, like Trayvon Martin. As Michael Brown's family along with thousands of online supporters cried out over his funeral this week, we also must prepare to expand beyond the focus on Brown, Officer Darren Wilson and the riots taking place post August 9th, to the ongoing prevalence of institutionalized racial prejudice and distrust within social platforms...
  • White And Black People Just Aren't Friends. Numbers Don't Lie.

    08/26/2014 2:50:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 113 replies
    carbonated.tv ^ | August 26, 2014 | Lauren Burgoon
    'Some of my best friends are black!' You're probably lying. Do you have friends of another race? Statistically speaking, probably not.With so much racial unrest going on in America these days, it can be hard for people to understand the "other" side. Maybe it's because white Americans never walked a mile in a black friend's shoes -- or maybe because they have no black friends to begin with. Public Religion Research Institute found that whites' social networks are 91 percent white. Even more alarming, 75 percent of whites have a totally white social network. For a nation that prides itself...
  • What are white folks to do? From Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown (Guess where she's headed?)

    08/26/2014 1:55:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Transformation - Where Love meets Social Justice ^ | August 26, 2014 | Claudia Horwitz
    Killings of unarmed black men are now commonplace in the USA. These tragedies are also opportunities for honest reflection on our role in dismantling white supremacy. Trayvon Martin was a 17-year old African American high school student who was shot and killed on February 26th 2012 by George Zimmerman, who was later found not guilty of his murder. Martin was unarmed. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law - which enshrines the right to self-defense even when lethal force is used against someone who doesn’t have a weapon and where there are no witnesses - played a prominent role in Zimmerman’s acquittal....
  • CBC members push police czar idea (Congressional Black Caucus wants DoJ to run local departments)

    08/25/2014 10:21:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 25, 2014 | Lucy McCalmont
    Rep. Elijah Cummings, along with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, sent a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, urging the administration to pursue changes to local law enforcement structure to “prevent more Fergusons,” including a federal czar to oversee local law enforcement. “The administration must quickly establish a national commission to review existing police policies and practices,” the letter reads. “And identify the best policies and practices that can prevent more Fergusons and vastly improve policing in communities across the nation.” In addition to the commission, the letter calls for the appointment of a federal czar within the...
  • Understanding Ferguson: Fort Apache, Missouri

    08/25/2014 9:49:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 25, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    Like most people who are getting into their 40s, I suffer occasional bouts of nostalgia. But lately, in a cruel irony, the world only seems interested in re-enacting the parts of my youth that I’d rather not relive. A Russian dictatorship that invades its neighbors. A stagnant economy with rising food and gas prices. A giant new welfare boondoggle. An overmatched president who seems too small for his office. And now race riots. The whole feel of it is captured by David “Iowahawk” Burge, who jokes about a man who wakes up from a coma after 45 years and asks...
  • How New Yorkers Prep for 'Doomsday': New Yorkers worry about natural disasters, terrorist threats

    08/25/2014 9:18:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    Newser ^ | August 25, 2014 | Neal Colgrass
    New Yorkers are preparing for "doomsday" in a way that doesn't involve guns, bunkers, or earmarked pages in Revelations, LiveScience reports. Survivalists at one group, NYC Preppers, are planning to safely flee the city in case of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. "They simply don't have the space to build a bunker," says sociologist Anna Bounds, who is studying the survivalists. She says they devise escape routes (including by kayak), keep the car filled with gas, and figure out which home appliances are likely to work in different emergencies. They also take long walks to practice carrying a "bug-out"...
  • Michael Brown Scholarship Fund Will Honor Late Teen's Legacy, Help Siblings Attend College

    08/25/2014 7:24:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 21, 2014 | Kimberly Yam
    One organization is working to not only honor the achievements and legacy of the late Michael Brown, but to also help his younger siblings achieve what he didn't have the chance to. Brown, the unarmed black teen who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month, was a recent high school graduate. He was scheduled to start classes at Vatterott College on Aug. 11, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but was killed two days prior. The Wisconsin Hope Lab -- a program that researches ways to minimize barriers for students of all backgrounds...
  • NC Central Ready to Take Action to Prevent Future Needless Shooting Deaths

    08/25/2014 5:44:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    TWC News ^ | August 25, 2014 | Julie Fertig
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) DURHAM -- NC Central University's Black Law Students Association protested the shooting death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18 year old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. On the same day as Brown's funeral, the students hosted a "Hands Up" rally. "The question is not if there will be another incident like this, but when and where," said NCCU Law Professor Irving Joyner during his remarks. Wearing all black on the same day as Brown's funeral, NC Central law students, professors and Durham community members posed for a picture with their hands raised...
  • Mourners urge black Americans to take action

    08/25/2014 5:12:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — recalling him as a "gentle giant," aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college. But the funeral that unfolded Monday was about much more than the black 18-year-old who lay in the closed casket after being shot to death by a white police officer. The emotional service sought to consecrate Brown's death as another in the long history of the civil rights movement and implored black Americans to change their protest chants into legislation and law. "Show up at the voting booths. Let...
  • New York Times on Michael Brown Is Everything the Media Gets Wrong About Black Men

    08/25/2014 4:10:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Mic ^ | August 25, 2014 | Jared Keller, director of programming
    As hundreds of Ferguson, Mo., residents attend the funeral of teenager Michael Brown on Monday, the New York Times has come under fire for claiming that Brown, who was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9, was "no angel." Here's the offending passage: Michael Brown, 18, due to be buried on Monday, was no angel, with public records and interviews with friends and family revealing both problems and promise in his young life. Shortly before his encounter with Officer Wilson, the police say he was caught on a security camera stealing a box of cigars, pushing...
  • RAHN: Obama’s bad news for blacks (for all those who call you racist)

    08/25/2014 3:36:35 PM PDT · by Baynative · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/26/14 | Richard W. Rahn
    If you knew nothing else about President Obama other than looking at the data, you might conclude that he was insensitive to blacks, given that they have done far worse economically under his administration than Hispanics or whites. What is striking is that the president and his advisers still seem to be clueless about which economic policies work and which don’t work. Despite his (at least for this week) emphasis on the economy, he persists in being the anti-Reagan, with anti-growth policies. In his speech Wednesday in Illinois, the president came up with no new pro-growth proposals, just more of...
  • Ferguson vs. Boston

    08/25/2014 10:57:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Concrete Classroom ^ | August 18, 2014 | Michael Kaechele
    The tragic event of the killing of MIchael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri have led to protests and rioting against police brutality. It brings to the surface (again) the institutional racism that has always been in our country. I think white privilege causes some to look at Ferguson as an excuse for criminal activity rather than a political protest. William Chamberlain tweeted a comment about the looting comparing it to the Boston Tea Party. I made this image.I think this leads to many questions: •What are the similarities between the events? •What are the differences? •What are the issues that each...
  • Kim Kardashian & Jenner Sisters: Fury After They Text During VMA Ferguson Memorial (FReep poll)

    08/25/2014 10:07:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Hollywood Life ^ | August 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Wagmeister
    Kim Kardashian, Kendall and Kylie Jenner appeared to be texting and chatting during the Ferguson memorial at the 2014 VMAs, and fans are outraged. The famous sisters have caused a social media uproar for their insensitivity. Hollywood paid tribute to the town of Ferguson, Missouri, during the MTV Video Music Awards with the A-list audience observing a moment of silence for slain teenager Michael Brown, however Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner appeared to be texting during the solemn moment. Read on to see the Twitter backlash, brought on by Kim, Kylie and Kendall. Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner &...
  • Michael Brown’s dad urges ‘day of silence’ (Nothing to "defile" the name of Michael Brown)

    08/25/2014 8:50:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    ST. LOUIS — The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a “day of silence” as he lays his son to rest Monday. “Tomorrow all I want is peace,” Michael Brown Sr. told hundreds of people in St. Louis’ largest city park during brief remarks at a festival that promotes peace over violence. “That’s all I ask.”(continued)
  • The murder of a 9 year old in Chicago “can’t be tolerated,” but it will be

    08/25/2014 8:55:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/25/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Another little Black boy was murdered in Chicago this week and noted social arsonist Father Michael Pfleger held a service for him and lamented, “[Antonio’s] slaying can’t be tolerated.” Sorry pastor but you are quite wrong about that. On Wednesday August 20 while Ferguson, Missouri was burning and collapsing under the weight of rioters reacting to the shooting death of a petty criminal at the hands of a police officer, a little boy was shot dead in the streets of Chicago. His name was Antonio Smith. He was nine years old. It’s a safe bet that you have not heard...
  • What if white America just said 'no'?

    08/24/2014 5:40:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 24, 2014 | Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson
    “He that spares his rod hates his son: but he that loves him chastens him early.” – Proverbs 13 As I watch the racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, I can’t help but compare the behavior of blacks in that city to that of spoiled rotten children. Blacks have been rioting and fighting with police after the shooting death of a thug, Michael Brown. And white political and law enforcement leaders have given in to their tantrum like weak parents. How did we get to the point of having Al “the Riot King” Sharpton as the White House point person...
  • Ferguson prepares to say goodbye to Mike Brown

    08/24/2014 4:37:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 24, 2014 | Amanda Sakuma
    For a community gripped by the death of Michael Brown, residents here are prepared to not only mourn for the loss of the 18-year-old, but also to say goodbye to him in his funeral Monday and vow to never forget what his sacrifice has meant. After more than two weeks of protests, political wrangling over investigations and swarms of media coverage from around the world, the Brown family will be laying their son to rest after he was shot dead in the middle of the street by a police officer on Aug. 9. Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church is bracing...