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  • Three years after Trayvon Martin killing, two women's lives intersect (Compare him to Medgar Evers)

    02/28/2015 12:36:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | February 26, 2015 | David A. Love
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) When people are faced with overwhelming trauma in their lives, some become consumed by their difficulties, while others emerge stronger for it. In special circumstances, they may find their destiny, and seek to heal the world and make all of us stronger. Myrlie Evers-Williams and Sybrina Fulton are two great women whose achievements demand our attention. Although their personal stories are separated by five decades, these women share parallel lives. Thrust into a position of leadership for the greater good of society, they have used personal grief over the loss of a loved one to become agents for change....
  • Trayvon’s parents ‘disappointed’ in feds’ decision not to charge Zimmerman

    02/26/2015 6:21:48 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Feb. 25, 2015 | CARLI TEPROFF -
    Even though the shooter who gunned down Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin won’t face federal hate crime charges, the teenager’s parents vowed to keep his memory alive Wednesday through the foundation set up in his namesake. “I will continue to fight for my son, for your son,’’ said Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother. “We here in the United States are under a crisis when our young people cannot walk the street, cannot play their music, cannot stand in front of stores or go to the store without being threatened, without being followed, chased, pursued, profiled or murdered. I just feel we...
  • MSNBC host hopes Trayvon Martin 'whooped the s--t out of George Zimmerman' (Melissa Harris-Perry)

    MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry said during an address at Cornell University this week that she hopes 17-year-old Trayvon Martin “whooped the s--t” out of gunman George Zimmerman during their fatal encounter in 2012. Harris-Perry’s speech, titled “We Can’t Breathe: The Continuing Consequences of Inequality,” was delivered during the university’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture. She said the following of Martin’s death: “I hope [Martin] tried to stay alive. I hope he knew that he lived in a state with a ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.’ ” Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 on murder charges. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law was...
  • AP: Trayvon Martin's mother says killer got away with murder

    02/25/2015 12:56:15 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 58 replies
    Monroe News / AP ^ | 2-25-2015
    <p>The mother of Trayvon Martin says she's disappointed that federal prosecutors decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer with a hate crime for killing her son three years ago.</p> <p>Speaking with The Associated Press on Wednesday before the third anniversary of her 17-year-old son's death, Sybrina Fulton says she still believes George Zimmerman got away with murder.</p>
  • Melissa Harris-Perry: I Hope Trayvon ‘Whooped the (bleep) Out of George Zimmerman’

    02/25/2015 10:09:53 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 79 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 02/25/2015 | Andrew Kirell
    <p>During a speech at Cornell University earlier this week, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry said she hopes Trayvon Martin “whooped the shit out of’ George Zimmerman during the fatal confrontation that led to Martin’s death in 2012.</p> <p>I hope [Martin] tried to stay alive. I hope he knew that he lived in a state with a “Stand Your Ground’ law. And I hope he whooped the shit out of George Zimmerman. And it’s not disreputable because he encountered a stranger who was prepared to kill him, and you know how I know? Because he killed him.</p>
  • Trayvon Martin Shooting: George Zimmerman Wins Again, DOJ Drops Investigation

    02/25/2015 6:55:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | February 24, 2015 | Justin Streight
    On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced it would not file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Martin’s family described the decision as a “disappointment.” The federal government will now close the investigation for good. According to USA Today, the federal investigation did not find sufficient evidence in the Trayvon Martin case to meet the high standards for a civil rights violation. The announcement will close the federal investigation, but Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that it should not end the dialogue and scrutiny over race relations in America. “The...
  • The Associated Press Revisits the Trayvon Martin Case

    02/24/2015 2:46:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 24, 2015 | John Hinderaker
    The Department of Justice announced today that it will not pursue a federal civil rights charge against George Zimmerman, arising out of his fatal altercation with Trayvon Martin. That was pretty much a foregone conclusion, but the Associated Press took the opportunity to revisit the case: George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday. …Zimmerman has said he acted in self-defense when he shot the 17-year-old Martin during a confrontation inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida, just outside...
  • DOJ to Announce No Charges in Trayvon Martin's Death

    02/24/2015 9:59:18 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 91 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | 2/24/15
    ....ABC News has learned Martin’s family will soon be notified that the Justice Department will not be filing charges against George Zimmerman, who shot the 17-year-old after a confrontation in 2012. Thursday marks three years to the day since Martin was killed. Federal prosecutors concluded there is not sufficient evidence to prove Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Fla., intentionally violated Martin’s civil rights, sources told ABC News.
  • COLUMN: Three years post-Trayvon: What has changed?

    02/20/2015 11:07:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Macomb County Advisor & Source ^ | February 20, 2015 | Professor Laura Finley
    On Feb. 26, 2012, supposed "Neighborhood Watchman" George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black man, as Martin walked home from visiting a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. The case ignited questions about racial profiling, vigilantism and Stand Your Ground Laws. On July 13, 2013, Zimmerman was acquitted of both the second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Despite national and even international attention to the case, one has to wonder what has really changed in the three years since the murder of Trayvon Martin. The murder of black men by police or their wannabes has not stopped. This is...
  • Urban planning can help curb violence (Marie Harf isn't the only idiot)

    02/19/2015 6:45:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 20, 2015 | Renée Loth
    Can better urban planning help prevent terrorist attacks? The idea sounds fanciful, even disrespectful to victims of extremist violence. But officials in Paris, still reeling from last month’s deadly terrorist attacks on a satirical magazine and a kosher deli, are putting some hope in a plan to re-zone the city and annex the notorious inner suburbs, or banlieues, where the terror plot was born. In what would be perhaps the greatest redesign of Paris since Baron Haussmann laid out its famed boulevards in the mid-19th Century, the “Métropole du Grand Paris” would attempt to bring the poor, heavily immigrant neighborhoods...
  • Trayvon Martin Shooting Equated To Muslims As His Death Is Remembered

    02/17/2015 2:28:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | February 15, 2015 | Patrick Frye
    As Trayvon Martin is remembered almost three years after his death at the hands of George Zimmerman, some are using his name to describe how Muslim Americans might feel after the Chapel Hill shooting. But friends and family only want to focus on ending racism, and some believe the focus should be on unity and not what divides. In a related report by the Inquisitr, some people thought the St. Louis hoodie ban law was a Trayvon Martin backlash and claimed racial discrimination. Speaking on MSNBC, Chris Hayes gave this thoughts on the recent killing of three Muslim students in...
  • Trayvon Martin’s dad: Fight gun violence in black neighborhoods

    02/09/2015 8:11:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | February 8, 2015 | Barbara Marshall
    Gospel songs rang through the sanctuary of a Florida church Sunday afternoon just before Trayvon Martin’s father exhorted the congregation to combat gun violence in black communities or risk losing a generation of young adults. Tracy Martin told a “Black Lives Matter” ceremony at the Praise and Deliverance Church of God By Faith that while police shootings of young black men is a serious issue, it’s not the biggest one in black neighborhoods. A far larger problem, Martin said, is the current generation of African-American children growing up without adult guidance and parental love. While acknowledging America’s intransigent racial divide....
  • The root of black rage: A reflection on the heart of the Black Lives Matter movement

    02/07/2015 10:54:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Daily Pennsylvanian's The Vision Blog ^ | January 26, 2015 | Nikki Hardison
    Last fall was yet another defining moment in America’s long history of contentious race relations. A movement that began in the small city of Ferguson quickly awakened nationwide protests from Oakland, Calif., to Staten Island, N.Y. News broadcasts’ lust for controversy was met as shocking images of protest flooded the media. In the span of six months, any shred of hope that we had finally reached a utopian “post-racial” America was tossed aside as visuals of Ferguson protests surfaced. As protesters expressed their outrage over the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown, they were met with virulent backlash and suppression from...
  • George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants

    01/30/2015 9:41:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 84 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2015 12:02 PM EST | Mike Schneider
    An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, a prosecutor said Friday. State Attorney Phil Archer said he wouldn’t file a formal charge against Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch leader who was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin. The killing of the unarmed black teen touched off protests across the country.The ex-girlfriend had made it clear she didn’t want to cooperate with Lake Mary Police officers, and there were no other eyewitnesses to what happened...
  • No charges for George Zimmerman in new domestic violence case

    01/30/2015 10:11:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    United Press International ^ | January 30, 2015 | Frances Burnes
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- George Zimmerman, the Florida man acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin, won't be prosecuted in a domestic violence case, prosecutors said Friday. Zimmerman's former roommate, Brittany Brumelle, has recanted the story she gave police Jan. 5, the State Attorney's Office said. At the time, she told officers who responded that Zimmerman was a "psychopath" and had thrown a wine bottle at her and broken her phone. The officers came to their home after they heard breaking glass and saw a woman driving away without headlights on. Zimmerman was arrested four days later even though Brumelle...
  • Trayvon Martin's mother: 'stop pretending'

    01/25/2015 9:23:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Daily Pennsylvanian ^ | January 23, 2015 | Corey Stern
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sybrina Fulton is not a household name. But her son, Trayvon Martin, certainly is. Fulton, the mother of the teen who was fatally shot in 2012, took part in Penn's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Commemoration on Jan. 22 for an evening of awards, musical performances and a panel discussion. The crowd rose to their feet when Fulton was introduced at Irvine Auditorium. Many Penn community members and West Philadelphia residents were eager to hear from the woman whose son’s death has gained worldwide attention over the past several years. “It’s still very painful for me. But I know...
  • Mother of Trayvon: 'The very thing that caused my son to lose his life was the color of his skin'

    01/21/2015 9:14:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | January 19, 2015 | Heidi Fenton
    ALLENDALE, MI -- Trayvon Martin had an average American family upbringing in southern Florida. He had his faults, but was no criminal, his mother said. Still today, Sybrina Fulton tries to reconcile the memories she has of her son with his death by gunfire in a gated community, as he walked to his father's home from a nearby convenience store. Days before his 2012 death she had been horseback riding with him to celebrate both of their February birthdays. "What could have been to cause my son to lose his life," Fulton said to thousands gathered at Grand Valley State...
  • King Holiday Events Include Air of Protest Over Deaths of Black Men (Gentle Giant, Trayvon & Eric)

    01/19/2015 1:50:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 19, 2015 | Michael Paulson
    After a year of unrest over how the justice system responded to the deaths of several unarmed African-American men, many people marking Martin Luther King’s Birthday on Monday were more rueful than celebratory. Some marchers in a small city in northern Alabama wore black shirts with the names of three of the men in white print: Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin. Two died in confrontations with police officers, and one with a neighborhood watch coordinator. In an acknowledgment of the complexity of the issue, the shirts also bore the names of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, the two...
  • For black students at UC Berkeley, protests are about Ferguson — and their own lives

    01/15/2015 9:14:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Berkeleyside ^ | January 15, 2015 | Mara Van Ells
    On Dec 4, 2014, the Black Student Union of UC Berkeley held the first of three protests. Students occupied The Golden Bear Cafe for 4.5 hours, the amount of time Michael Brown’s body lay in the street in Ferguson, Mo.Over the last month, the Black Student Union at UC Berkeley has organized three separate events to protest police killings of unarmed black men. Students have marched on the streets, through local businesses, and sat in at cafés. The demonstrations have allowed students to grieve, heal, and show solidarity with protesters in Ferguson and Staten Island. But they have also been...
  • Black Lives Still Matters to Grassroots and Black Media

    01/14/2015 11:47:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Charleston Chronicle ^ | January 13, 2015 | Jazelle Hunt
    The last several months have seen an outpouring of activism, with slogans coming in waves: “Justice for Mike Brown,” “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” and “I Can’t Breathe.” But the phrase “Black Lives Matter” has emerged to bind each flashpoint into one cause. The 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin and acquittal of George Zimmerman served as the first of these flashpoints, snowballing in August with the murder of Michael Brown. “Ferguson is the birthplace of what’s happening right now. In many ways, Ferguson is like ground zero of these protests,” says DeRay McKesson, who has been protesting and organizing in Ferguson...
  • George Zimmerman arrested in Lake Mary

    01/10/2015 6:18:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 01/10/2015 | By Gal Tziperman Lotan
    George Zimmerman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in Lake Mary Friday night, a Seminole County Sheriff's spokeswoman said. Zimmerman, 31, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility about 9:45 p.m. Friday where he was being held without bond, sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said in a statement. Zimmerman is scheduled for a first appearance in court at about 9 a.m. Saturday. More information about the arrest was not immediately available.
  • George Zimmerman arrested on domestic violence with a weapon charge

    01/10/2015 4:13:25 AM PST · by stuck_in_new_orleans · 86 replies
    George Zimmerman -- the man acquitted by a Florida jury over the death of Trayvon Martin -- was arrested Friday in Florida
  • Judge sets George Zimmerman's bond at $5K in aggravated assault arrest

    01/10/2015 8:03:36 AM PST · by don-o · 60 replies
    news13 ^ | January 10, 2015 | Amanda McKenzie
    SANFORD -- A Seminole County judge has set $5,000 bond for George Zimmerman, who was arrested Friday night in Lake Mary. The 31-year-old was booked around 9:45 p.m. for aggravated assault -- domestic violence with a weapon. According to Don West, Zimmerman's attorney, his client threw a wine bottle during the incident. Zimmerman is prohibited from contacting the victim, returning to her home or entering Volusia County. He must surrender all firearms by Tuesday, but will not have to wear a GPS monitoring device. He is due back in court at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in front of Judge Donna...
  • George Zimmerman Arrested On Aggravated Assault Charge

    01/10/2015 6:42:31 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 76 replies
    CBSMIAMI.COM ^ | 10 JANUARY 2015 | CBS/AP
    SANFORD (CBSMiami/AP) —The man acquitted in the shooting death of a Florida teen has been arrested again. This time he is charged with aggravated assault, Florida authorities said. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office says the 31-year-old George Zimmerman was arrested in Lake Mary about 10 p.m. Friday and is being held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility. The facility’s website says Zimmerman is scheduled for a court appearance at 9 a.m. Saturday.
  • Florida court exposes out of control gun policy

    01/09/2015 4:42:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Florida International University Student Media ^ | January 9, 2015 | Alan Di Diego and Stephanie Piedrahita
    3 years ago, Jared Bretherick was cruising in a car with his family close to Orlando when another vehicle, steered by Derek Dunning, nearly sideswiped their car. A brief confrontation ensued, during which Bretherick’s father dialed 911 and unveiled a holstered weapon. Dunning got back inside his car and began backing it up toward the Brethericks. When officers arrived at the scene, Bretherick was aiming his father’s gun at Dunning’s vehicle. He was detained, arrested and charged with aggravated assault. In Bretherick’s first court hearing, he pursued legal immunity under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The statute, which attracted national...
  • Is the Anti-Police Violence Movement a New Chapter in the Black Freedom Struggle? (Meh)

    12/30/2014 6:17:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    La nueva Televisión del Sur C.A. of Venezuela ^ | December 30, 2014 | Arun Gupta
    ​The notion Blacks are a threat is embedded so deep in the American psyche that a jury found it was not criminal for George Zimmerman to stalk and kill Trayvon Martin, a child, in his own neighborhood. It was inevitable there would a push back against the dynamic movement against police violence. It is unfortunate opponents are using the murder of two cops in Brooklyn on December 20 to try to suppress peaceful protests. Nonetheless, the reaction is also a necessary obstacle this new social movement has to navigate. After Officer Darren Wilson killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in...
  • Trayvon Martin Family Distances Itself From ‘Dead Cops’ Protesters and Condemns Calls For Violence

    12/27/2014 8:14:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | December 26, 2014 | Taylor Gordon
    The family of Trayvon Martin is speaking out against a group using the slain, unarmed teen’s name after they called for “dead cops” during a rally in New York City on December 13. While many leaders in the Black community have been begging for peace following the deaths of unarmed teen Michael Brown and unarmed Staten Island father Eric Garner by police, one group of protesters took to the streets of New York to call for “dead cops.” The family of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was fatally shot by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, is not only against the...
  • Teenager Shot In Missouri: So What?

    12/25/2014 9:24:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 24, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    One of this morning’s big news stories is the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Antonio Martin by a policeman in Berkeley, Missouri–a place that, the Associated Press tells us helpfully, is “just a few miles from Ferguson.” The Antonio Martin shooting is currently the top story on Google News, and it is being headlined on pretty much every newspaper’s website. But why? What makes this a major news story? The Michael Brown and Eric Garner stories that preceded it, obviously. But what made them worldwide news? Or, to go back in time, what made the Trayvon Martin case a cause célèbre,...
  • New York Group That Called For ‘Dead Cops’ Was The ‘Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee’

    12/24/2014 10:25:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 23, 2014 | Alex Griswold, media reporter
    The New York City group that called for “dead cops” in a widely circulated video is most likely– no joke — the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee (TMOC). In a piece outing “The Monsters Who Screamed For Dead Cops,” The Daily Beast’s Jacob Siegel cites a “web of circumstantial ties” to the group. The man who shot the disturbing video — showing marchers chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!” — told Siegel that he saw the group marching with signs reading “No Cops, No Prison.” Siegel produces evidence from Instagram that the TMOC marched...
  • The Monsters Who Screamed for Dead Cops (Daily Beast/Newsweek throwin' 'em under the bus?)

    12/23/2014 11:54:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 23, 2014 | Jacob Siegel
    Evidence from photos, video, social-media posts and interviews suggests it was a single group, desperate to ‘turn up the anger’ at otherwise-peaceful protests.A little over a week ago, a group of people marched down the streets of Manhattan and called for police to be killed. But exactly who cried out for violence has been something of a mystery as New York goes through its most tense moment in more than a decade. Evidence from photos, videos, social-media posts and interviews suggest that a group—the New York chapter of the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee, or TMOC—might have been involved. There is...
  • Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters (The nerve!)

    12/22/2014 3:34:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 22, 2014 | Olivia Nuzzi
    At a peaceful gathering of the Justice League, they condemned the killings of Officers Liu and Ramos, but also wondered why the slaying of citizens by cops doesn’t spark as much outrage.A modest crowd moved East on 110th Street in New York City on Sunday evening. They walked silently, some carrying Anthora cups illuminated by candlesticks, others holding plastic tea lights handed out by protest organizers. A few carried signs: "IMAGINE JUSTICE," "BLACK LIVES MATTER," "CLAIM HUMANITY." But mostly they just walked, their faces somber, their hands shaking as the snow began to fall. The peaceful vigil was somewhat unexpected,...
  • Gangbangers Unbound (Explains a lot)

    12/22/2014 3:01:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 22, 2014 | J.R. Dunn
    Rafael Ramos and Wenjin Liu died because of the campaign to vilify police. Even as the events of Ferguson begin to fade, the campaign it helped engender rolls on, with new reports of demonstrations and protests appearing almost daily. Last week Carol Jackson, a federal judge, restricted police tactics against protestors. (This is kind of odd in and of itself. The last thing people want to hear about during the holidays is some hood getting his comeuppance. The same can be said about Sen. Feinstein’s “torture report” -- waterboarding is not likely to play well during the sleigh bell season....
  • The Extraordinary Life of Barack Obama’s Imaginary Son

    12/18/2014 6:58:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Ricochet ^ | December 17, 2014 | Stephen Miller
    In an upcoming People magazine interview, Barack and Michelle Obama sit down and discuss life as the First Oppressed Couple of the United States. Hoping to shed light and relate to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, Barack reached into the upstairs White House bedroom of his mind and called upon his famous imaginary son to make an appearance: The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced,” President Obama said. “It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It’s another thing for...
  • Local campaign kicks off 'Letters to Trayvon'

    12/17/2014 3:16:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Philadelphia Tribune ^ | December 17, 2014 | Samaria Bailey
    A network of businesses, public officials and educators are partnering with the Trayvon Martin Foundation to present “Letters to Trayvon” a holistic campaign to address the plight of Black males and police brutality, next February. The campaign, initiated by the Germantown-based small business Mission Inc., has been in its planning stages for about a year and will include a social media component, youth outreach and a culminating fundraising reception, panel discussion, black art showcase and exhibit on Feb. 28. “Letters to Trayvon is a campaign to end the disrespect and racial profiling of black men and boys [and] it’s a...
  • Supporting Only 'Good' Black Victims Won't Dismantle White Supremacy

    12/17/2014 12:32:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Huffington Post's Black Voices ^ | December 16, 2014 | Kirsten West Savali, Cultural Critic, Senior Writer, TheRoot.com
    In the wake of a New York grand jury deciding not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, racially diverse protests instantly erupted across the nation. White faces could be seen in swelling crowds from NYC and D.C., to Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Denver. Their mouths covered with masking tape with the words "I can't breathe" scrawled over it. The righteousness of racial solidarity burning in their eyes as they joined in chanting, "Black lives matter! Black lives matter! Black lives matter!" This is not to say that there were not White allies...
  • Four mothers share pain of losing sons

    12/14/2014 6:40:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    KETK-TV / CNN ^ | December 14, 2014
    Their sons -- Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner -- have become symbols of a raging national conversation about police brutality and racial injustice. The mothers of these four unarmed black men and boys felled by bullets or excessive police force have no doubt their sons would still be alive if they were white. No question, they say. "I think absolutely my son's race and the color of his skin had a lot to do with why he was shot and killed," Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Friday. "In all of these cases,...
  • Trayvon Martin's mom: Whites don't get it

    12/13/2014 5:08:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 116 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel's TV Guy Blog ^ | December 13, 2014 | Hal Boedeker
    Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, says whites do not understand the protests about the deaths of young black men. CNN's Anderson Cooper cited polls that reveal white people do not view the issue the same way as black people. "It's not happening to them, so they don't quite get it," Fulton told Cooper in an interview that aired Friday on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360." "They don't quite understand. They think that it's a small group of African-Americans that's complaining: 'Oh, what are they complaining about now?'" Cooper asked: "You hear that from people?" "Oh yeah," Fulton said. "The...
  • Shopping, Dining, Using a Credit Card While Black

    12/09/2014 10:15:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Newsweek Magazine ^ | December 9, 2014 | Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente.
    With the entire country seeing demonstrations following the Ferguson decision, I’ve had colleagues and business partners ask me my thoughts—not from my perspective as the chairman and CEO of a $55 billion organization—but as a black man in America. You would think my experience as a top executive would be different from a black man who is working in a retail or food-service job to support his family. Yet, he and I both understand the commonality of the black male experience that remains consistent no matter what the economic status or job title. This piece is not to complain about...
  • The Raging Fire of Racial Injustice

    12/09/2014 8:36:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | December 9, 2014 | Nick Desai
    What the hell is happening in America? Are some people so threatened by the election of Barack Obama that it's open season on minorities? How did we come to this unequal and disturbing place where a white 18-year-old can carry a gun into a grocery store legally, yet an unarmed black teen is killed for being tall? Or wearing a hoodie? Or playing with a toy gun? Many things have been said about Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and so many others. They were using marijuana. They were selling illegal cigarettes. They were menacing. They robbed someone. And, the...
  • Ferguson: The Mirror That Reflects America's Open Secret

    12/09/2014 7:01:30 PM PST · by walford · 21 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 11/27/2014 | Clarence B. Jones
    ...When the St. Louis County grand jury, after deliberating over whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr., decided not to bring any charges against him, it was the spark that reignited the longstanding anger and simmering distrust of the system among African Americans in Ferguson and across the nation. Their "cup of endurance" had run over. The inconvenient truth is that many African Americans see that decision as further confirmation of their belief that nothing has changed since the Kerner Report of 1968, and that nothing will; a police officer who...
  • The Trayvon Martin Case Foreshadowed An Increase in Police Homicides of Minorities

    12/06/2014 11:49:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Social Work Helper ^ | December 4, 2014 | Deona Hooper
    With the recent decisions of no indictment involving the police officers responsible for the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and John Crawford to name a few, America could not be anymore divided in how we analyze these events through our own filters. Current poll data articulates that 65% of minorities believe there is a racial construct within our police and legal system which disproportionately affects minorities while reporting the opposite belief by White Americans at roughly the same percentage. However, I would challenge future pollsters to parse out additional data on party affiliation when polling White Americans because it...
  • Ferguson Was the Spark — Eric Garner Is the Fire

    12/06/2014 7:18:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | December 3, 2014 | Professor John McWhorter, Columbia University.
    Here’s a look at the future, and probably not that far into it. People will learn two things: 1) That an officer was not indicted for murdering Eric Garner—black, 43, and detained simply for selling single cigarettes—despite the fact that the killing was recorded from start to finish for all of America to see. 2) That an officer was not indicted for killing Michael Brown after Brown had stolen from a store, refused the officer’s request to step aside and perhaps tried to grab his gun, with the officer shooting when Brown repeatedly lunged toward him for some reason, with...
  • Scarborough: On Trayvon, Ferguson and Eric Garner

    12/04/2014 10:40:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 3, 2014 | Former Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL)
    “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradicts every thing you said today.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson And so I will. Not so long ago, right-wing bloggers blasted me for being a liberal sellout for my fierce defense of Trayvon Martin. During George Zimmerman’s trial, my email inbox...
  • Scarborough Has Had It: Michael Brown ‘Is Your Hero? Really?’

    12/01/2014 3:12:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 1, 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Joe Scarborough is mad as hell and not etc. “Someone needs to tell me why Michael Brown has been chosen as the face of black oppression,” Scarborough said, arguing the left’s martyrdom of Brown mirrored the right’s lionization of George Zimmerman. “There are so many great people to embrace as heroes in the black community, that deciding you’re going to embrace a guy who knocked over a convenience store and then according to a Grand Jury testimony acted in ways that would get my children shot? …That’s your hero? That’s the reason you want to burn down black businesses?…Really? This...
  • Ferguson's Despair and the Devastation of White Privilege

    11/30/2014 9:21:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | November 30, 2014 | Heather Ann Thompson
    All day people gathered, waiting, daring to hope, that maybe this time black lives would matter. Minutes passed. Then hours. And, as darkness descended on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, the now enormous crowd continued to wait patiently -- trying its best to remain optimistic. Perhaps, despite so many decades of history, black people really could find justice in the American legal system. That such a faith still flickered was, itself, remarkable. Everyone standing outside of the Ferguson police station awaiting news on whether the grand jury would indict police officer Darren Wilson well remembered what happened on February 26,...
  • "Race Card". Political scientist about the riots in Ferguson

    11/29/2014 4:50:38 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 18 replies
    AiF ^ | 18:46 11/27/2014 | Natalia Kozhina
    Political analyst Dmitry Drobnitsky told AiF.ru what fate awaits city Ferguson after the riots and who is trying to benefit on the death of Michael Brown. November 24th jury indemnify police Darren Wilson, who in August has shot 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown. Acquittal sparked massive protests and riots. The family of the deceased, as well as thousands of protesters, convinced that the slaying was racially motivated entirely and wasn't investigated properly. Is it possible to re-examine the case which is already closed,AiF.ru asked political analyst Dmitry Drobnitsky. Natalia Kozhina, AiF.ru: Dmitry, in your opinion, what are the real sources of...
  • Ferguson Verdict Explodes Media's Lying Racial Narrative

    11/25/2014 12:23:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 24, 2014 | Ben Shapiro, Senior Editor-At-Large
    On Monday night, the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri freed Officer Darren Wilson from the possibility of indictment over his shooting of 18-year-old black man Michael Brown. The prosecutor before the grand jury, Robert McCulloch, explained why the indictment had been rejected: the evidence, both physical and eyewitness, supported Wilson’s case that he had acted in self-defense. McCulloch added pointed criticism of the media that drove the case in the first place, ripping the “insatiable appetite” of social media and “non-stop rumors” driven by it. The initial accounts pushed by social media, McCulloch said, were “filled with speculation and little,...
  • Black youth and the movement for reparations

    11/20/2014 8:20:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Final Call ^ | November 18, 2014 | Richard B. Muhammad, editor in chief
    Reparations, redress for slavery and centuries of suffering, was a major part of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Holy Day of Atonement address in Jamaica last month. It was also the topic when the Minister listened to scholars and spoke to students during the discussion “Revitalizing The Reparations Movement” at Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois earlier this year. In both messages the Minister spoke passionately and clearly about the Black plight and a willingness to confront the enemy to demand reparatory justice. “When you really think about those who went before us, and the price that they paid to...
  • Panel talks image of Black men in news

    11/15/2014 7:35:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Philadelphia Tribune ^ | November 14, 2014 | Samaria Bailey
    The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) hosted a discussion on “The Black Male Image through the Media” at its general body Chapter Meeting on Tuesday. The discussion was moderated by PABJ President Johann Calhoun and featured four culture, social, media and education leaders who offered their perspectives and suggested solutions. “Black men are special. We are the only group of individuals in America that, when we leave our house in the morning, we have no idea what’s going to happen,” said Father’s Day Rally Committee (FDRC) President Bilal Qayyum, one of the discussion’s panelists. “We don’t know whether we...
  • Report: Brothers bust into Spartanburg apartment, beat woman's boyfriend with gun (South Carolina)

    11/13/2014 6:02:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    WHNS-TV ^ | November 13, 2014 | Casey Vaughn
    Quincy Carson (L) and Trayvon Carson.SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) - Two Spartanburg men are accused of storming a Spartanburg woman's apartment at gunpoint then pistol-whipping her new boyfriend, according to a sheriff's office report. Spartanburg County deputies were called to the victim's apartment about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday about a fight with a gun. Deputies arrived to find the victim with a knot and deep laceration to his head and blood in the apartment, according to the incident report. The woman told deputies the father of her son arrived with his brother armed with handguns, forcing their way inside....