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  • Motto of the Obama Administration: A Nation of Cowards

    09/29/2014 1:24:06 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 9-29-14 | Deborah C. Tyler
    Imagine you consult an attorney with an important case. He says, “I'll accept your case, but I have to tell you at the start, I don't respect you. In fact, you're a coward.” The Obama administration entrusted the most important cases of our nation to an attorney general who held the people he was hired to represent in contempt. Presidential administrations have mottos. Theodore Roosevelt spoke softly but carried a big stick; John Kennedy pointed to new frontiers and self-sacrifice; Lyndon Johnson spoke of a great society. As Eric Holder departs, in order to recover from his verbal abuse of...
  • In Defense of Joe Biden: Why is the word 'Oriental' a racist word now?

    09/29/2014 9:27:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/29/2014 | Josh Gelernter
    Last week, Vice President Biden referred to Singapore’s former long-serving prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as the “wisest man in the Orient.” Biden was criticized for saying “Orient,” which is a perfectly innocuous and rather charming word. Unfortunately, it appears that, at some point, someone decided it was racist, and instead of being corrected, he was indulged. It’s not clear why anyone thinks the words “Orient” and “Oriental” are racist. “Orient,” according to the OED, refers to “that region of the heavens in which the sun and other heavenly bodies rise”; conventionally, it means “east.” Strictly, an Oriental country is...
  • Occupy Wall Street: America Run by "White Supremacists"

    09/29/2014 8:57:58 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 22 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 9/29/14 | Aurelius
    Occupy Wall Street, which surprisingly still has at least one supporter, is declaring that the United States is run by white supremacists, despite the fact that the President is an African American. In an article published yesterday, "OWS" declares that America has suffered through a "Summer of White Supremacy." Referencing Ferguson, Detroit, and "white cops," the article explains that throughout the United States, white people are oppressing black people as much as they can. Not only is it the police, but racist elected officials in the government are doing the same... The same anger toward whites and Republicans is seen...
  • 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...
  • Holder Resigns as AG

    09/28/2014 9:57:26 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Eric Holder announced that he is stepping down as the nation’s Attorney General. The ingratitude of the American people and the constant criticisms of Republicans were cited as compelling reasons for quitting. “Though I’ve done more than any previous Attorney General to reshape the way our laws are enforced I am badgered by contentions that I have veered too far outside the legitimate bounds of my authority,” Holder groused. “History will show that these bounds were too narrow if true justice is to be obtained. Nevertheless, as important as this crusade for people’s justice remains, I am exhausted.” Representative Darrel...
  • Yahoo Liberals Bemoan the "Racism" of Apple

    09/28/2014 9:14:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Apparently, Apple’s problem (who knew the world’s most profitable company had a problem?... I mean, aside from bendable i-phones?) is that their executives are all “old white guys.” According to Yahoo Finance, the tech sector (in general) is suffering from a minority deficiency. According to Yahoo Finance, you just can’t help but notice that Apple events are essentially one long “parade of middle-aged white guys who came on stage to reveal the company’s latest and greatest.” Strong words for a website that regularly features Henry Blodget, Aaron Task, and Ben Stein. (And Henry Blodget is even barred from the securities...
  • 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....
  • Are bird-watchers racist?

    09/26/2014 9:14:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 26, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The National Geographic Magazine, a publication heretofore not noted for satirical excellence, has published an article that easily could have appeared in The Onion. In fact, it begins by quoting that satirical publication as an authority. In Colorful World of Birding Has Conspicuous Lack of People of Color , author Martha Hamilton engages in hand-wringing and navel-gazing (yes, they can be done simultaneously, and for all I know, this might be good exercise) over the relative lack of “people of color” (as opposed to the colorless majority) out looking for exotic avian life. I kid you not: According to the...
  • An Unfortunate Legacy

    09/25/2014 3:41:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 26, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Eric Holder has announced his resignation from his position as U.S. attorney general after almost six years of turning the Justice Department into a partisan political vehicle instead of a law enforcement institution. It's too early to tell as of this writing what prompted his resignation. One would like to think his legacy of scandals and corruption finally caught up to him, but we have no reasonable expectation that this is the case, given this administration's agility at escaping accountability for any and all wrongdoing. No, I doubt it's his malfeasance in connection with the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal,...
  • Letter: Trayvon Martin had the right to self-defense against racist attack

    09/24/2014 8:16:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Corvallis Gazette-Times ^ | September 24, 2014 | Max Mania
    I was stunned by the anger and sarcasm Harry J. Mallory directed toward a dead teenager, Trayvon Martin, in the Sept. 17 letters. It was over the top and then some (“Cartoon comparing Putin to Zimmerman case went too far”). His reasoning seems pretty easy to understand: Trayvon was black; blacks are thugs; so all George Zimmerman did was create a “dead thug.” Sadly, this sort of (racism) seems pretty common among the far right these days. Here’s what I remember: Trayvon Martin was simply walking home. George Zimmerman targeted him because he was black. Zimmerman followed Trayvon, even after...
  • Attorney General Calls for More Racial Balance in People Police Shoot

    09/22/2014 11:03:35 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 21 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Referencing the events in Ferguson, Missouri, US Attorney General Eric Holder called for more racial balance in the people police shoot. “What we had in Ferguson was a white officer shooting a Black teenager,” Holder recounted. “When we look at over all statistics, white officers shooting African-Americans is disproportional to their representation in the population. This establishes a prima facie case that racism is playing a role in the use of deadly force.” “We need to ask some hard questions,” Holder contended. “Why isn’t there a more proportionately balanced representation of America’s population when it comes to police shootings? Why...
  • 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...
  • Clinton Labor Sec.: ‘Mostly white’ suburban county to blame for Detroit’s woes

    09/21/2014 2:24:32 PM PDT · by walford · 87 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential via EAG News ^ | September 21, 2014 | Tom Gantert
    DETROIT – In a recent Detroit Free Press op-ed, University of California-Berkeley Professor Robert Reich places the blame for the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy on the “mostly white” residents of Oakland County. Detroit-in-ruins-15“But Detroit is really a model for how wealthier and whiter Americans escape the costs of public goods they would otherwise share with poorer and darker Americans,” Reich wrote. “ … But one thing is for certain: A very large and prosperous group close by won’t sacrifice a cent — the mostly white citizens of neighboring Oakland County.” The reaction of one Oakland County official was that Reich,...
  • Do Biden's gaffes matter anymore? (LAUGH ALERT)

    09/21/2014 9:15:27 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 20, 2014 | Clarence the Crosseyed Page cpage@tribune.com
    Our famously gaffe-prone vice president, Joe Biden, has outdone himself. He stumbled through not one, not two, but three gaffes in less than 24 hours. For him, that's a personal best or, more accurately, a personal worst.. Yet if it is better to be criticized than ignored in politics, he can take little comfort from the way that hardly anyone outside of the Republican National Committee, whose website called it "Gaffetastic," seemed to care.
  • Ferguson mob swarms town meeting: If cop gets off, ‘ya’ll better bring every army y’all got.

    09/19/2014 7:19:32 PM PDT · by walford · 169 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | September 17, 2014 | Joe Saunders
    A raucous crowd disrupted speakers, threatened violence and accused police of murder Tuesday night as the fallout from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., reignited. And anyone who disagreed with the mob needed a police escort to get out. That was the scene of “democracy” as protesters apparently conceive it during a meeting of the St. Louis County Council in Clayton, Mo., as a meeting called to conduct local government descended into two hours of near chaos and mob rule, according to an account by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The mob was on hand, of course, to “protest” the...
  • 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...
  • At Lehigh University, Trayvon Martin's mother talks about race issues in America

    09/17/2014 1:33:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | September 16, 2014 | Peter Hall
    In the weeks and months after Trayvon Martin was killed, his mother saw 50 different photos painting him as a thug.. It was as if portraying the slain 17-year-old as something he wasn't — a muscle-bound, tattooed rapper, or a young man wearing his pants low and flipping middle fingers with each hand — somehow justified his death, Sybrina Fulton said. "At first, I thought I was at fault myself. I thought maybe it was the hoodie," she said. But Fulton said she soon came to realize that even in 2012, she didn't have to look to her son's sweatshirt...
  • 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...
  • LAPD officer defends handcuffing, detaining actress Daniele Watts amid controversy

    09/16/2014 9:36:02 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 42 replies
    Ny Daily news ^ | 9/16/14 | BY CHIDERAH MONDE
    LAPD officer defends handcuffing, detaining actress Daniele Watts amid controversy The officer, Sgt. Jim Parker, said he didn’t expect the situation to escalate as quickly into a ‘long, drawn out drama.’ BY CHIDERAH MONDE he police officer heard on tape demanding Daniele Watts' identification after she was detained in Studio City last week with her boyfriend says there was nothing racial about the incident. Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant Jim Parker told the L.A. Times on Tuesday that the "long, drawn out drama" with the actress could have been over within minutes, but instead it escalated quickly. "I figured I...
  • ‘Django Unchained’ Actress Has Sex In Public – Cries Racism When Cops Ask Her To Stop (Video)

    09/16/2014 4:38:26 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 60 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9-15-2014 | Mara Zebest
    "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts cried out as a victim of racism this week after she was caught having sex in public. The usual Liberal media bought her story attacking the police as racists. Daniele Watts claimed she had been profiled (by police) for "kissing" her white boyfriend.THERE'S ONLY ONE PROBLEM... The facts of Daniele Watts' story don't add up.The police didn't approach Daniele because she was "kissing" her boyfriend. The police were responding to multiple complaints from locals that Daniele was having lewd sex in broad daylight for everyone to see in a car — with the car door...
  • 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...
  • LIAR: Black Firefighter Cries ‘Racism, Police Bullying’, Cop’s Body-Cam Proves Him Wrong

    09/15/2014 4:22:15 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 26 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 9/14/14
    Make sure you watch both videos! See how the two videos give two different stories. Someone call Al Sharpton quickly before he gets the pitchforks out. With the nation a racial tinderbox in the wake of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s shooting death by a white police officer, a California firefighter threw out what could have been an incendiary spark by accusing a cop of treating him differently because he’s black. Little did Oakland firefighter Keith Jones know that the officer was wearing a body-cam video recorder when their tense encounter unfolded. And the video didn’t quite match the complaint Jones filed...
  • 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)
  • Django Unchained actress and her white husband hit out at 'racist' cops who handcuffed her

    09/14/2014 2:51:14 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 121 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 14 September 2014 | Jill Reilly
    A Django Unchained actress is claiming she was 'handcuffed and detained' by police after being mistaken for a prostitute as she kissed her white husband. Daniele Watts, who played slave CoCo in the award-winning film, posted the news on her Facebook page on 2 September and said her arm was cut when she was handcuffed. Watts and her husband Brian James Lucas claim that they were kissing on a Hollywood street when police were called and they were asked to show their ID card to which Watts refused.
  • 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...
  • Actress Daniele Watts handcuffed for failing to show ID to police

    09/14/2014 3:34:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 182 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    At first glance, this story doesn’t look like the sort of thing which would normally catch our attention, but it really does tie in to broader issues currently under discussion nationally in terms of race relations and how the police interact with those they serve and protect. Out on the left coast, quite close to the liberal Ground Zero of Hollywood, actress Daniele Watts ran into some trouble this week. (You may remember Watts from her appearance in Django Unchained among other roles.) As Reason tells the tale, she was outdoors, hanging out with her husband and talking on the...
  • 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...
  • Oakland Firefighter Plays Victim Card Until Police Release Video

    09/13/2014 2:41:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 13, 2014 | Jack Dunphy
    The perpetual siren call of victimhood. Oh, how alluring, how comforting, how most pleasing is the mantle of victimhood. So pleasing, in fact, that even when the claim to victim status is tenuous at best, some people cannot restrain themselves from rushing before the news cameras to inform the world of how they have been mistreated. Pátio ergo sum. I suffer, therefore I am. Witness the case of Keith Jones, a firefighter in Oakland, Calif., who recently had a brief but mildly tense encounter with an officer from that city’s police department. Jones, 43, was leaving an Oakland Raiders football...
  • 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...
  • Brown Family Attorney Benjamin Crump Admits His Desperation…

    09/12/2014 6:33:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | September 12, 2014 | Sundance
    This letter sent to the Saint Louis Dispatch by Benjamin Crump clearly showcases the growing sense of desperation. As with almost all things from the mind of the Crump it will also backfire. Benjamin Crump should leave the thinking parts to his sidekick Daryl Parks. First the Letter:Benjamin Crump is not the sharpest tack in the tool shed. You see, in the mind of the Crump the judge blocking the release of the Juvenile criminal records of Mike Brown equates to the non-existence of the records; ergo in Crump’s mind there is no risk of criminal conduct being exposed. BIG...
  • Dems Try to Kill Funding for Schools with Native American Mascots

    09/12/2014 4:05:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Political correctness is apparently more important than educating children. At least that’s the message I take away from a Colorado Democrat’s plan to defund schools that have “unauthorized” mascots. Wielding the self-righteous tomahawk of political correctness, Democrat Joe Salazar has decided to leverage Colorado’s pawns kids as a bargaining chip in his effort to rid the world of “offensive” Native American mascots.Under the Thornton legislator’s plan, schools will be required to seek permission from Native American tribes for their western-themed mascots, or go without any state funding. (On the bright side, I can now honestly say I’ve seen a Democrat propose...
  • 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...
  • Atlanta Hawks GM takes leave of absence, Hawks plan to hire Chief Diversity Officer.

    09/12/2014 2:06:52 PM PDT · by Levy78 · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | september 12, 2014 | Greg Botehlo
    (CNN) -- Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry is taking an indefinite leave of absence, the NBA team's CEO announced Friday, days after a report surfaced about comments Ferry allegedly made about a free agent player. Ferry made the remarks about Luol Deng during a June conference call about prospective players, according to a letter obtained by CNN affiliate WSB. J. Michael Gearon Jr., a minority owner of the Hawks, wrote that in that letter that Ferry described some of Deng's negatives, stating that "he has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he's like a...
  • The Racial Violence Epidemic in Milwaukee that the Local Media Dismiss

    09/12/2014 7:54:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 9-12-14 | Colin Flaherty
    Nothing is more obnoxious than calling someone a liar just because they disagree with you. Unless of course, it is true. And it is getting harder and harder to describe the recent black mob violence near Milwaukee without using the word L-word aimed directly at reporters and public officials who ignore, deny and try to wish it away. The latest case happened Saturday night in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa. Every year, they have a Tosa Fest, complete with ring tosses, pretzel booths, and this year, a free outdoor movie, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs II. It is supposed...
  • Ferguson, Mo. – NEA applauds Justice Department investigation; Endorses racial dialogue

    09/11/2014 9:43:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New Journal & Guide ^ | September 11, 2014
    The decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to launch a civil rights investigation into the police practices that led to the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. has been welcomed by the nation’s association of teachers. National Education Association (NEA) President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement: “Educators applaud Attorney General Eric Holder for launching a civil rights investigation into the police practices of the Ferguson police department. This is a step in the right direction and much-needed action that family members of Michael Brown, community, and civil rights leaders have been demanding since the incident. “Like...
  • Kent Black Action Commission plans No Ferguson in Kent rally, march on Sept. 16 (Washington State)

    09/11/2014 3:09:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Kent Reporter ^ | September 11, 2014 | Steve Hunter, Kent Reporter Courts, government reporter
    The Kent Black Action Commission (KBAC) plans a No Ferguson in Kent rally and march on Tuesday evening, Sept. 16 from the Maleng Regional Justice Center to City Hall. The ongoing events in Ferguson, Missouri surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown have caused the KBAC to take pause and reflect on the likelihood of a similar incident taking place in Kent, according to a KBAC press release. "Although we all agree that community relations in Kent are a long way from being a Ferguson, we feel that we should take this opportunity to start the process of having the...
  • Ferguson Kids Have a Message About Racism for White People

    09/11/2014 9:37:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Black Entertainment Televison News ^ | September 10, 2014 | Natelege Whaley
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Six kids from the block where Michael Brown was killed tell the truth about race with some humor in video.Six kids from Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was shot and killed, have something to say about the state of racism in a humorous video called "Hey White People: A Kinda Awkward Note to America by #Ferguson Kids" created by the T-shirt company FCKH8.com. "Sometimes white people are like, 'But is racism still a thing?' Spoiler alert: Duh. Just because Beyoncé is on your playlist and you voted for Obama, doesn't mean that our generation has seen the end of racist...
  • Pharrell: Obama 'Needs to Come Down' to Ferguson

    09/10/2014 6:25:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | September 10, 2014 | Daniel Kreps
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Pharrell Williams told CNN's Don Lemon that President Barack Obama "needs to come down" to Ferguson, Missouri to see firsthand the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown. "When your parents come into the room — whether it's you or your cousin that knocked the vase down — both of y'all sit up at attention," said the producer. "This is a deeper laceration in this country. This is going to be the longest hangover in race relations ever." While Pharrell might not have been as vocal as his hip-hop peers following Brown's death, the Neptunes producer and The Voice judge...
  • Michael Brown’s family aching one month later

    09/10/2014 11:45:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | September 10, 2014 | Trymaine Lee
    FERGUSON, Missouri— It has been a month and a day since Michael Brown was shot and killed, his body left for hours in the street like strange, fallen fruit for his loved ones and neighbors to wail over. Protests, riots and violent clashes with the police have slowly cooled in the St. Louis suburb, but Brown’s family continues to languish under the weight of an uncertain investigation and the burden of mourning the death of their 18-year-old son – both privately and publicly. “Each day it seems to get worse for them,” Anthony Gray, a family attorney, told msnbc. “Because...
  • Ferguson officials plan to create civilian board to oversee police

    09/10/2014 6:38:32 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | September 9, 2014 | Philip Caulfield
    Town officials in Ferguson, Mo., have moved to create a civilian group to monitor cops there, who have come under fire since the killing of a black teenager on Aug. 9. The Ferguson City Council on Monday said the proposed Citizen Review Board would be made up of locals not connected to the police or government, and would work with city officials to oversee and improve the much-maligned department, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
  • Why Obama can’t show rage: Malcolm X, & the personal history behind his cautious Ferguson response

    09/09/2014 5:48:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Salon ^ | September 9, 2014 | Professor Sonali Chakravarti
    A natural conciliator, stuck between a left that wants more anger and a right just waiting to criticize him for it. The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, is distressing, in part, because it appears that systemic violence against blacks continues in as blatant a fashion as it did 50 years ago at the height of the civil rights movement and the dark zenith of apartheid. During those periods, just as now, anger becomes the overwhelming sentiment of political life: To take it seriously could arguably be prolonging public conflict; to deny anger legitimacy amounts to a denial of the facts of...
  • Black Gain Is White Pain -- How the White Right Justificies Racial Injustice

    09/09/2014 1:47:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | September 9, 2014 | Leonce Gaiter, novelist and essayist
    Talking Points Memo, 8/27/14: Conservative pundit Ben Stein appeared on Newsmax on Tuesday to discuss the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and challenged the use of the term "unarmed" to describe Brown. Stein was discussing the shooting with host Steve Malzberg and said the use of the term "unarmed" to describe Brown, who was "apparently on marijuana," was akin to "calling Sonny Liston unarmed or Cassius Clay unarmed." "He wasn't unarmed," Stein said. "He was armed with his incredibly strong, scary self. Stein mentioned both Michael Brown, the unarmed teen killed by a white police officer...
  • The Michael Brown Shooting: Why the Requirement for 'Perfect' Victims is About Race

    09/09/2014 11:46:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Social Work Helper ^ | September 9, 2014 | Tanya Bonner
    By the time Norma L. McCorvey was 21, she had abused drugs and was on her third child. While carrying that third child, her scheme to falsely claim she was raped in order to obtain a legal abortion put her in the path of attorneys seeking to challenge U.S. abortion laws. Those attorneys who would make her (as “Jane Roe”) the lead plaintiff in a landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case that would make abortion within the first three months of pregnancy legal for all women in America and halt the deadly practice of amateur, underground abortions: Roe v. Wade....
  • GM Danny Ferry's reference to Luol Deng's African heritage initiated Hawks investigation

    09/09/2014 7:22:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 09/08/2014 | By Adrian Wojnarowski
    The trigger of events that led to the toppling of Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson began with general manager Danny Ferry referring to free agent Luol Deng as having "some African in him" on an organizational conference call, league sources with direct knowledge of the probe told Yahoo Sports. "He's still a young guy overall," Ferry said, league sources with direct knowledge of the probe told Yahoo. “He's a good guy overall. But he's not perfect. He's got some African in him. And I don't say that in a bad way." Deng, considered one of the highest-character players in the...
  • Two Brooklyn women tired of ´white people moving into the area´ force tenants

    09/08/2014 6:45:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    New York Daily News, ^ | 9/8/14 | Frank Green and Joseph Stepansky
    Two women were arrested after they robbed and then intimidated three tenants out of their Brooklyn apartment — and the crime was partly motivated by race and class resentment, law enforcement sources said. Precious Parker, 30, and Sabrina James, 23, knocked on the door of an apartment building on Ocean Ave. near Newkirk Ave. in Flatbush at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday and held a 34-year-old man, a 37-year-old man, and a 25-year-old woman at gunpoint demanding they move out or be killed, police said. The women then stole $800, an iPhone and personal information
  • Why Ferguson Could Lead To Federal Takeovers Of Local Police

    09/08/2014 7:08:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 8, 2014 | D.C. McAllister
    The Obama administration is training people to protest against police, then investigating the police for their response. In response to a white police officer shooting Michael Brown in Missouri, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced a broader civil rights probe into the Ferguson Police Department—an action that could lead to a federal takeover of the police. While such probes might not lead to Department of Justice punishment for past local police conduct, it could pave the way for “systemic legal reform going forward,” according to CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. “It’s very serious,” Toobin said of the investigation,...
  • Federal Complaint Says Hog Farms Are Racial Discrimination

    09/08/2014 2:38:49 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | September 5, 2014 | Katherine Timpf
    Environmentalist groups accuse hog farms of violating civil rights. Environmental groups have filed a civil-rights complaint against hog farmers in North Carolina, claiming that by maintaining farms near neighborhoods where minorities live, the pork producers are engaged in illegal discrimination against minorities. The 48-page complaint explains that the farms create problems for surrounding neighborhoods such as foul smells and runoff in the water. The crux of the complaint, which was filed by Washington-based EarthJustice and three other environmental groups in the Tar Heel State, is not these problems themselves, however. The four environmental groups object to seeing these problems occur...
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Bruce Levenson Isn’t a Racist, He’s a Businessman

    09/08/2014 1:23:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    TIME ^ | 09/08/2014 | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Sure, there are assumptions he makes that are cringe-worthy—but the questions about how to attract more white fans were entirely reasonable. Well, the pitchforks are already sharpened and the torches lit anyway, so rather than let them go to waste why not drag another so-called racist before the Court of Public Opinion and see how much ratings-grabbing, head-shaking, race-shaming we can squeeze out of it. After all, the media got so much gleeful, hand-wringing mileage out of Don Sterling and Michael Brown. The only problem is that Atlanta Hawks controlling owner Bruce Levenson is no Donald Sterling. Nor is his...
  • The beheading of Palmira Silva and terrorism

    09/08/2014 8:23:22 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/08/14 | Arthur Weinreb
    Serious violent crimes are ignored out of a fear of offending Muslims or of being seen as racist Last week, 82-year-old Palmira Silva was found dead in her backyard garden in the UK. She had been beheaded. Silva, a great grandmother, had come to Britain in the 1950s where she met her late husband, Domenic. The two ran successful restaurants and cafes and at the time of her death, Silva was the owner of Silva’s Café, a popular café in Edmonton. Until fairly recently, the 82-year-old had worked at the café full time. Shortly after the horrific murder, police took...