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  • Why Don't Liberals Care About Black-on-Black Killing?

    02/28/2015 7:43:02 AM PST · by PROCON · 37 replies
    americanthiker ^ | Feb. 28, 2015 | Christopher Chantrill
    The good thing about a book like Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America is that it's real reportage about murder in the African American ghetto; it's not just narrative from the usual social justice warriors. Author Leovy's angle is that routine murder in African American ghettos is invisible, in the sense that individual murders don't get a write-up in the paper. So she decided to do something about it, The Homicide Report, a blog that documents each and every murder in LA. Each murder, routine as it is, devastates a family, but the cops only arrest a suspect...
  • The U.S. has yet to make good on its promise of reparations to black Americans

    02/28/2015 1:23:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | Professors Karsonya Wise Whitehead and Conra Gist
    Conversations about reparations are not about money but about people and about the way that people are seen and valued in our society. These are difficult conversations, and we have found that what is most challenging about the idea of reparations today is the notion that America still owes a debt to black people.. We have spent the past eight months wrestling with the question about whether reparations — as Ta-Nehisi Coates so eloquently argued — could ameliorate inequality for black people in America. We believe that the answer to this question is connected to how well one can understand...
  • 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 · 13 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....
  • Black Media Exec: Obama Uses Sharpton to 'Control the Negroes'

    02/26/2015 10:27:20 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 11 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | February 26, 2015 | Bradford Thomas
    Entertainment Studios CEO and former TV talk show host Byron Allen tore into Al Sharpton, President Obama, and Comcast for their manipulation of African Americans for their own political and financial purposes. “Al Sharpton is nothing more than a black pawn in a very sophisticated white economic chess game,” Allen said. “He’s not even bright enough to know he’s on the chess board and he’s being used by his white masters at Comcast…” Allen’s comments came in a discussion with The Daily Caller about the $20 billion lawsuit filed this week against Comcast, Time Warner Cable, the NAACP, the Urban...
  • The Black Family in 1965 and Today

    02/26/2015 8:52:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    The breakdown of the black family is a sensitive topic, though it's not new and it's not in dispute. President Barack Obama, who grew up with an absent father, often urges black men to be responsible parents. Nor is there any doubt that African-American children would be better off living with their married parents. Kids who grow up in households headed by a single mother are far more likely than others to be poor, quit school, get pregnant as teens and end up in jail. But these facts were once inflammatory. Fifty years ago next month, a Labor Department official...
  • MUHAMMAD: Putting Rudy Giuliani in His Place

    02/25/2015 6:23:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Washington Informer ^ | February 25, 2015 | Askia Muhammad
    While racist xenophobes like Rudy Giuliani, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner and self-hating xenophobes like Ben Carson may not realize it yet, there is a special place reserved for them in the Land of Eternal Torment. You see, one day, many, many white people who have been duped by the anti-black coded messages that these and other Repugnican politicians throw out like swill to the swine may just come to their senses and condemn these demagogues for just what they are — greedy liars and swindlers who would just as soon see...
  • Will Smith Gets Candid About Racism, Gun Culture & Hints About Hip-Hop Return w/Help From Kanye West

    02/24/2015 2:11:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | February 15, 2015 | Taylor Gordon
    As the nation continues discussions about police brutality and how it pertains to racism, acting veteran Will Smith is also addressing the way America’s overall obsession with gun culture is leading to many early deaths in the Black community. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air has also sparked rumors that he may be making a return to the music business with the help of one of hip-hop’s biggest stars, Kanye West. Smith has spent more than 25 years in the acting business, something that often leaves big stars disconnected from the issues impacting people who don’t benefit from fame and...
  • For Asian Americans, a changing landscape on college admissions (Unreal!)

    02/24/2015 11:36:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 21, 2015 | Frank Shyong
    In a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation.. Her primer on college admissions begins with the basics: application deadlines, the relative virtues of the SAT versus the ACT and how many Advanced Placement tests to take. Then she eases into a potentially incendiary topic — one that many counselors like her have learned they cannot avoid. “Let's talk about Asians,” she says. Lee's next slide shows three columns of numbers from a Princeton University study that tried to...
  • At New York Private Schools, Challenging White Privilege From the Inside (Leftist Harassment)

    02/21/2015 5:32:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 20, 2015 | Kyle Spencer
    An art project by Ana Maroto and Sage Adams, seniors at Elisabeth Irwin High School in Greenwich Village. The project hangs at the school entrance.On a recent morning, 20 or so high school students, most of them white, milled about the meetinghouse at Friends Seminary, a private school in Manhattan. They were trying to unload on their classmates slips of paper on which they had jotted down words related to the topic “Things I don’t want to be called.” Several girls tried get to rid of “ditsy.” A sophomore in jeans and a gray hoodie who identifies as Asian-American was...
  • Is Rudy Giuliani A Modern-Day Racist Who Doesn’t Know It?

    02/20/2015 8:25:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Rudolph Giuliani’s hot off the press comments about President Barack Obama has proven the politician to be a delusional racist. While speaking in front of a New York fundraising crowd, he tried to deliver poignant commentary on Obama’s apparent lack of patriotism, but instead said: “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country.” These are...
  • Truth-Telling and Ferguson

    02/20/2015 5:03:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Good Magazine ^ | February 19, 2015 | Sarah Stankorb
    Protest at the Ferguson Police Department.“Ferguson” has become shorthand for police brutality without indictment. It is idiomatic for injustice, for protest (violent and nonviolent), for segregation. The city of Ferguson is now treated as the epicenter for racial injustice in this country, although, of course, Ferguson’s injustices are not unique. Its scars reflect those of many American cities, really. But as that community attempts to heal, perhaps it can offer a path toward transformation. “There’s a short memory in the American psyche. People don’t remember that people’s parents lived in segregated America—some communities are still de facto segregated,” says David...
  • Justice Department 'seriously examining' Ferguson race case

    02/17/2015 8:35:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 17, 2015 | Adam B. Lerner and Josh Gerstein
    In weighing whether to bring discrimination charges against the Ferguson Police Department, the Justice Department has been “seriously examining” allegations that the city’s enforcement of minor offenses discriminated against minorities and often led to jail times and fines that lined the city’s coffers, a law enforcement official confirmed to POLITICO. Department lawyers handling the investigation have repeatedly met with lawyers for a St. Louis non-profit that filed a federal lawsuit last week alleging that the city of Ferguson and its neighbor, Jennings, were running what amounted to modern-day debtors’ prisons, people familiar with the meetings said. The organization, Arch City...
  • Disarm young Blacks says Bloomberg. It’s for their own good

    02/17/2015 11:08:13 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 31 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/17/15 | Doug Book
    Be it New York’s former mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel or the Windy City’s decades of Mayors Daley, Democrat politicians have shown no genuine interest in Blacks apart from the support they are expected to deliver on Election Day. Like the 2 year old thoroughly out of place at a dinner party, it is the proper and expected role of big city minorities to be seen—if absolutely necessary—but certainly not heard. Unfortunately, Blacks are bound to be seen and heard when 400 to 500 murders are committed each year on Chicago’s West and South sides. That’s the sort of...
  • Deputies: Hundreds of teens storm Ocoee theater (Orlando, FL)

    02/16/2015 5:16:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    WKMG Orlando ^ | February 15, 2015 | Cathleigh Winningham
    There was a chaotic scene at an Ocoee movie theater, after deputies said hundreds of teens stormed the building, trying to get in for free. Deputies told Local 6 it happened Saturday night at the AMC Theater at the West Oaks Mall.
  • Minnesota man who drove through Ferguson protest, striking girl, will not be charged

    02/15/2015 7:18:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | February 15, 2015 | Joel Landau
    The Hennepin County district attorney's office determined Jeffrey P. Rice, 40, of St. Paul, did not show criminal intent when he drove through a crowd of people last November, consequently striking a 16-year-old girl with his car. Police said Rice was trying to flee the crowd that was damaging his vehicle. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A Minnesota man who drove through a Ferguson protest last fall and dragged a woman with his car will not face felony charges. Jeffrey P. Rice. 40, of St. Paul, did not reflect criminal intent when he drove through a crowd of people at a Minneapolis intersection last year,...
  • Oprah and Sharpton attack Black Lives Matter movement

    02/15/2015 12:16:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Florida Courier - Sharing Black Life, Statewide ^ | February 12, 2015 | Glen Ford, executive editor, Black Agenda Report
    Al Sharpton and Oprah Winfrey are scared witless that the Black Lives Matter mobilization will become a sustained, independent political movement – one that challenges both the rich White rulers and their junior partners in the Black Misleadership Class. The viciousness of Winfrey’s and Sharpton’s assaults on the new crop of organizers is a good barometer of the nascent movement’s effectiveness, to date, in discomforting the comfortable. If one thing is clear to African-American youth, it is that so-called Black leadership has been complicit in the catastrophe that has engulfed their communities – that the “leaders” are part of the...
  • The History of Reparations for African Americans (1/2)

    02/14/2015 6:19:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Real News Network ^ | February 12, 2015 | Eddie Conway
    To mark Black History Month, TRNN's Eddie Conway speaks to Dr. Ray Winbush about why people of African descent have a strong case for reparations for the slavery in the United States.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) EDDIE CONWAY, TRNN PRODUCER: Welcome to The Real News. I'm Eddie Conway from Baltimore. In honor of Black History Month, I have with me today Dr. Ray Winbush from the Urban Institute of Research at Morgan University. Today we're going to try to talk about reparation, the history of reparation, and the future of reparation. So please join me in welcoming Dr. Ray Winbush. Thank you for coming....
  • Racist Black Looters in South Africa

    02/12/2015 2:38:50 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 14 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 12 February 2015 | Enza Ferreri
    Black rioting and looting are not caused by any conflicts between US cops and black criminals, although these can be used as a pretext. Events in South Africa show that it is in fact a far more widespread, global phenomenon. And in this case blacks form the country's majority, targeting a powerless minority: so, who's racist and xenophobic now? For a week, at the end of January, a mob in South Africa lynched Ethiopians, Somalis and immigrants of other nationalities living in Nelson Mandela's country, and raided and looted their stores. At least 4 people were killed and over...
  • Why They Did It: Understanding the hundreds of looters after Ferguson

    02/12/2015 4:45:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    KTVI-TV ^ | February 11, 2015 | Rebecca Roberts
    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – For the past five weeks, FOX 2 has worked with St. Louis County police to show surveillance footage of hundreds of criminals looting businesses in the Ferguson aftermath. The goal is to identify these looters, but these videos also provide a unique opportunity for law enforcement and criminologists to take a closer look at their behavior. On August 10th, the day after Michael Brown was shot; several people broke through the security gate outside prime sole shoe store on West Florissant. Throughout the 14-minute surveillance video, people casually walk in, grab Jordans, then other Nikes, and...
  • Black Brains Matter: Why Are Graduation Rates So Low?

    02/11/2015 9:28:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 11, 2015 | Liz Dwyer, Takepart.com
    If education is an escalator to lift people from poverty, young African American males are languishing at the bottom level. Only about 60 percent of them will earn high school diplomas, and roughly four in 10 drop out before graduation day. That’s compared with a 65-percent graduation rate for Latino males and 80 percent for young white men. Meanwhile, the graduation gap between young black men and their white peers has grown even wider, jumping about 10 percent in a little over a year. Those are just some of the sobering takeaways from the 10th biannual Schott Foundation report on...
  • Racism fuels Obama opposition? 'It's undeniable,' ex-aide says in new book

    02/11/2015 2:46:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada ^ | February 11, 2015 | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press
    Criticisms of America's first black president, sometimes, come with a wink and a nudge. A union rep in coal country delivered his in carefully coded language. "He was supposed to represent both sides," the West Virginia man said in a recent interview, describing his disenchantment with Barack Obama, whom he'd once supported. What sides was he talking about? The man paused at the question, cast a furtive glance around the room and looked down at the little machine recording the conversation. "You know," he said in a hushed tone, "his mom was as white as you and me." He completed...
  • Liberal Hipsters Make Race Relations Worse

    02/10/2015 8:58:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 10, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    <p>Ever since Ted Cruz and the Koch Brothers invented racism, it’s been a well-known fact that conservative middle-class Americans are the biggest racists to ever be racist. Disgustingly, ridiculously racist. Oh my God, the racism practiced by everyday citizens who want lower taxes and go to Church on Sundays is just appalling. Racists, racists, racists.</p>
  • Ferguson alternative spring break offers college students chance to take action

    02/09/2015 11:36:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | February 8, 2015 | Jon Swaine in New York
    Activist leaders in Missouri hoping to sign up 250 people for week of ‘community service and civic engagement’ as movement moves beyond protests and ‘die-ins’College students are being urged to scrap plans for beer bongs on sunny beaches, in favour of a serious-minded spring break in Ferguson, the Missouri town that was roiled by protests and unrest following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old. Six months after the death of Michael Brown, activist leaders in the St Louis suburb are looking to sign up 250 young people for a grittier week of “community service and civic engagement” including...
  • 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....
  • A Message To Ole White America: Black People Can Teach You A Lot If You’d Just Listen.

    02/08/2015 3:55:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 111 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | February 6, 2015 | Eric L. Wattree
    It’s funny how ideas about articles come about. Sometimes they just seem to walk up to you and knock on your door, and they’re so simple and obvious that it’s almost as if they’ve been suggested by the universe. The idea for this article was one such occurrence. If the subject matter had been a mugger it could have robbed me blind. I recently ran into a guy at the supermarket who came up and introduced himself as I was loading my goodies into the car. He said that a friend of his pointed me out and told him that...
  • Leftists: So What ISIS Burned Man Alive, White People Did The Same To Blacks

    02/08/2015 1:11:46 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 64 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | February 7, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    Chauncey DeVega, black writer, podcaster, and self-proclaimed "ghetto nerd," shared an essay on Daily Kos in which he reminds those that are horrified by the brutality of ISIS burning Lt. Muath al-Kasasbeh alive to remember that white Americans did the same thing to blacks in the past. "American Exceptionalism blinds those who share its gaze to uncomfortable facts and truths about their own country," wrote DeVega. Adding that just like their Islamic cohorts, "white lynchers" practiced their own "unique cultural ritual" that was just as "gruesome" and "medieval" as ISIS "for almost a century." And instead of making a video...
  • 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...
  • Berkeley Man Dies After #BlackLivesMatter Protesters Delay Paramedics

    02/06/2015 10:00:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 6, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    A Berkeley, California man died last December after paramedics were delayed nearly an hour because of an unruly protest against police brutality, recently released records show. Berkleyside, a self-described “independent news site” serving the Berkeley area, reports that the 62-year-old Alvin Henry Jones Jr. would have normally received treatment in minutes. However, due to a nearby #BlackLivesMatters protest, paramedics were instead ordered to go to a local fire station and await a police escort before attempting to rescue Jones. It took 52 minutes to get Jones to a hospital, after which he died two days later. Paperwork filed by the...
  • Teacher Docked Five Days’ Pay For Criticizing ‘Black Lives Matter’ Sign On Facebook (Georgia)

    02/06/2015 7:32:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 5, 2015 | Eric Owens, education editor
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) A Georgia middle school teacher has been suspended, docked five days of pay and must participate in diversity training because she posted her negative view of a person holding a “Black Lives Matter” sign on her personal Facebook account. The teacher, Kelly Tucker, teaches at Eighth Street Middle School in Tifton, Ga., a town of about 17,000 in the southern part of the state. Tucker’s Dec. 6 Facebook post, which went viral (at least locally) read: “Its turned into a race matter. What about the thugs that beat the father in his vehicle because he didn’t slow down? What...
  • CBC Chair Hits Rand Paul with Racism Smear over AG Nominee Fight

    02/06/2015 5:13:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    National Review's The Corner ^ | February 6, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Representative G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.) accused Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) of opposing the confirmation of President Obama’s attorney general nominee because she is “an African American legal scholar.” “The Congressional Black Caucus recognizes Senator Paul’s unfounded argument as nothing but an excuse to keep an African-American legal scholar from holding this high position, and we directly call on him and Republicans to allow the nomination of Loretta Lynch to proceed to an up or down vote in the Senate,” Butterfield, the chairman of the CBC, said in a Thursday statement. Paul says he opposes Loretta Lynch taking over for...
  • Dartmouth Black Lives Matter Class Is Quite Possibly The Most Relevant College Course To Date

    02/05/2015 10:13:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Bustle ^ | February 3, 2015 | Lulu Chang
    During my three years at Dartmouth, I often complained about the lack of practical education dispensed by various courses and professors. I would still argue that I had a phenomenal academic experience at the college, but be that as it may, it was sometimes painfully clear to me that a liberal arts education was not exactly synonymous with developing an applicable, workforce-ready skill set. But when it comes to the intersection of the theoretical and the real world, I can think of few better subject matters than Black Lives Matter, the namesake of a new course Dartmouth College will offer...
  • Obama shocked, 'slightly irritated' by Mitt Romney's 2012 concession call: David Axelrod

    02/03/2015 9:24:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | February 3, 2015 | Annie Karni and Celeste Katz
    President Obama was shocked and irritated by Mitt Romney's concession call in the 2012 presidential election - and claimed Romney insinuated that Obama won only by getting out the black vote, according to a new book by presidential campaign strategist David Axelrod. Obama was "unsmiling during the call, and slightly irritated when it was over," Axelrod writes. The president hung up and said Romney admitted he was surprised at his own loss, Axelrod wrote. "'You really did a great job of getting the vote out in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee,' in other words, black people,'" Obama said, paraphrasing Romney....
  • Radical Brownies: Not your average girl scout

    02/02/2015 3:33:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 2, 2015 | Kemberlee Kaye
    Imagine a social-justice version of the Girl Scouts.In Oakland, California, one alternative scout troop is far more socially active than their counterparts across the globe—and they’re not affiliated with the Girl Scouts. They call themselves, “Radical Brownies.” Their mission? “The Radical Brownies empower young girls of color so that they step into their collective power, brilliance and leadership in order to make the world a more radical place.” There are no badges for stitching, taking care of pets or being a good neighbor. Radical Brownies “badges earned are custom-made,” and “reflect our social justice and culturally-inclusive values.” Badges include Radical...
  • New Atlanta-Based Group Formed To Combat ‘Police Terrorism’ Against the Black Community

    02/01/2015 1:07:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | January 6, 2015 | Taylor Gordon
    After the recent and ongoing killings of unarmed Black men by police officers, a new Atlanta-based group called the Coalition to Combat Police Terrorism is adding its voice to discussions of how police brutality has been plaguing the Black community. Many groups have been formed specifically to help combat police brutality but there has been a recent surge in Black vigilante groups sharing more radical views on the issue. In a country where police officers are viewed by many as heroes, the Coalition to Combat Police Terrorism cites history to make the claim that the modern police are just an...
  • 3 reasons Ferguson decision not a surprise; 3 options left to Brown family

    01/28/2015 9:32:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | January 22, 2015 | Jethro Mullen
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)After a grand jury decided in November not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, many shifted their attention to a federal investigation into the killing. But on Wednesday, officials told CNN that federal investigators didn't find enough evidence and that Justice Department prosecutors won't recommend civil rights charges against Wilson. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has the final say in the matter, has said he will announce his decision before he leaves office, which is expected to be by the spring. The news that emerged Wednesday is likely to upset those...
  • Larson: Black Lives Matter Indeed

    01/27/2015 7:49:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Twin Falls Times-News ^ | January 27, 2015 | Neal Larson
    I sometimes gauge the virtue of a particular public policy by posing a hypothetical question: What if we promoted this policy exclusively within a disadvantaged sector? Secular progressives love assisted suicide. They fawned all over Brittany Maynard’s decision to take her own life last year, declaring the beauty of such a thoughtful, pensive, decision. After all, any decision that requires so much deep thought and garners a large online following must be the right one. So here’s the test. What if we marketed assisted suicide as an option, especially to inner-city blacks? Television commercials and billboards could tout a peaceful...
  • Don't Self-Flagellate About White Privilege. Do Something!

    01/24/2015 10:53:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | January 20, 2015 | Professor Merrill Cole
    It's not about being a good person because racism makes you feel bad. At a recent Black Lives Matter rally, I saw a middle-aged woman come nervously to the microphone. She began to speak about her white privilege. While she chided herself for past wrongs and oversights, she said next to nothing about the events that called the rally forth: the police killings of innocent black women and men, and the failure of the justice system to hold the killers accountable. Perhaps she didn't address these issues because she feared that in doing so, she would come across as a...
  • Cornell graduate: 'White privilege' let me rebound from heroin arrest, earn degree

    01/23/2015 9:08:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Post-Standard ^ | January 23, 2015 | Ben Axelson
    Keri Lynn Blakinger after 2010 arrest.Keri Blakinger was arrested in December 2010 in possession of $50,000 worth of heroin. At age 26, the Cornell class of 2011 senior was suspended from the university and agreed to a plea deal with a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence. 21 months later, she was released, quickly hired at the Ithaca Times, and readmitted to Cornell. Last month, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in English, according to The Ithaca Voice. In a column for the Washington Post, she attributes her incredible rebound to one thing: White privilege. In an excerpt from her column, she describes...
  • Author who calls for studying slavery reparations speaks in Iowa

    01/23/2015 12:04:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | January 22, 2015 | Dar Danielson
    A national correspondent for “The Atlantic Magazine” who gained attention for an article calling on the United States to study possible reparations for slavery was in Iowa this week to speak at Grinnell College’s Martin Luther King Junior Day events. In an interview with Radio Iowa, Ta-Nehisi Coates says the idea of reparations for slavery is as old as the country itself. “Immediately after the Revolutionary War you had black people who had been enslave by the British making that argument that post-colonial, not really colonial government, reclaimed the property of British slave holders that African Americans who had been...
  • NBC News Launches Website For Black People… Good Idea?

    01/23/2015 6:21:49 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 76 replies
    Breaking911 Newsroom ^ | Jan 22, 2015 | Grant
    Friday, January 23, 2015 | 2:45 am EST Grant NBC News Launches Website For Black People… Good Idea? By: Grant (Breaking911 Newsroom) January 22, 2015 | 10:06 PM Ahhh, yes. The day has come, where black folks and white folks don’t have to read news from the same website. NBC news has a new website and social media accounts geared towards the African-American community. According to a letter from the editor: “NBCBLK covers stories by, for and about the black community. Our product is meant to elevate America’s conversation about black identity, politics, and culture. We share positive, solution-based journalism...
  • 'Black Lives Matter' Protesters Interrupt Capitol Hill Lunch

    01/21/2015 9:31:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | January 21, 2015 | Christine Conetta and Dana Liebelson
    WASHINGTON -- Protesters interrupted lunch in a Capitol Hill cafeteria Wednesday, holding a "die-in" to honor Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer. About 50 protesters congregated in a U.S. House of Representatives office cafeteria in Washington, D.C., chanting "Black Lives Matter" and taking over the space in front of the cash registers. They held signs reading "outlaw racial profiling" and "stop jump outs" and stayed on the floor for about four and a half minutes, recalling the four and a half hours that Brown's body remained face down in the...
  • 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...
  • Azealia Banks – Outrageous Racist or Magickal Vigilante?

    01/21/2015 7:09:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Patheos' Voodoo Universe Blog ^ | January 20, 2015 | Lilith Dorsey
    A week ago most people had never come across rapper Azealia Banks. She flew onto everyone’s radar on Saturday with just one tweet. It was as follows- And time to put death spells on cops who kill innocent civilians and think they can get away with it….. OKURRRRRR?!Immediately people began to respond on twitter with calls to the ancient magicks and the ancestors. People called Azealia a racist, and some Wiccans even chimed in with the three fold law. If there were any Pagans out there that thought they didn’t have “a nickel in this quarter,” they must admit they...
  • 'Django Unchained' Producer on 'Selma' Oscar Snubs: Did Voters Have "Racial Fatigue"? (Guest Column)

    01/21/2015 12:49:21 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 55 replies
    Hollywoodreporter.com ^ | January 21, 2015 | Reginald Hudlin
    I hate whining. Ironically, when I was asked to write about the Oscar "whiteout," I was in a planning meeting for the NAACP Image Awards. For those who don't know, the NAACP created the Image Awards almost 50 years ago in response to the lack of recognition of black talent in front of and behind the camera in mainstream (white) awards shows. You'd think this show wouldn't be needed by now, but that's clearly not the case.
  • Planned Parenthood Kills 1,000 Times As Many Blacks As Police Do

    01/20/2015 9:42:33 AM PST · by xzins · 16 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 1/20/2015 | Bryan Fischer
    According to Black Genocide, Planned Parenthood situates 78% of its abortion clinics in minority neighborhoods. It is almost as if Planned Parenthood is targeting black and brown babies. And perhaps it is. Margaret Sanger, the founder of PP shockingly said, "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated." She created the Negro Project to sterilize unwitting black women and others she considered undesirable. Her motto was grotesque as well as Hitler-esque: "More children from the fit, less from the unfit." I well remember, back in 2008, when Lila Rose and LiveAction released recordings of a call an...
  • White Coats For Black Lives: Toward Racial Equality In Health Care

    01/19/2015 11:50:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    WBUR-FM, Boston's National Public Radio Station ^ | January 19, 2015 | Rachel Zimmerman
    Acknowledging the public health impact of racism and deep disparities in the quality and accessibility of medical care for patients of color, a national organization, White Coats for Black Lives, says it’s launching a new effort today, in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Dorothy Charles, one of the group’s organizers and a first year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, offers some context in an email: Racism profoundly impacts people of color: the black-white mortality gap in 2002, for example, accounted for 83,570 excess deaths. As future physicians, we are responsible for addressing the...
  • Sen. Rand Paul: Break Down the Wall That Separates Us From the ‘Other America’

    01/19/2015 7:49:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | January 19, 2015 | Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
    We need to notice and be aware of the injustices embedded in our criminal justice system.In his 1967 address to Stanford University, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of two Americas. He described them as, “two starkly different American experiences that exist side by side.” In one America, people experienced “the opportunity of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in all its dimensions.” In the other America, people experienced a “daily ugliness” that dashes hope and leaves only “the fatigue of despair.”(continued)
  • Ferguson protesters interrupt Dr. King ceremony at Harris-Stowe State University

    01/19/2015 3:16:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KTVI-TV ^ | January 19, 2015 | Staff
    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Ferguson Protesters interrupted a Martin Luther King Day celebration at Harris-Stowe State University early Monday afternoon. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that around 1:00pm, about two-dozen protesters burst into the auditorium waving an upside-down American flag and chanting “No Justice, No Peace.” They grabbed a microphone and accused the university and the clergy in attendance of being part of the “establishment.” Protesters left the building after Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, appealed for calm and the King ceremony resumed. Later, there was a confrontation between protesters and Harris-Stowe students about the disrupted event. Police were called...
  • 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...
  • 8 Arguments Used to Blame Black People for Their Own Oppression — and How to Counteract Them

    01/18/2015 5:48:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | January 15, 2015 | Nick Chiles
    Black people are too intent on holding on to wrongdoings from the past. Therefore, they keep blaming someone else for their problems.The list of wrongs done to Black people throughout their history in the U.S. that are still resonating in their lives today is extensive and extremely disturbing. As a result of hundreds of years of subjugation in an oppressive, racist system, Black households have one-tenth the wealth of white households in this country. While the Civil Rights Era enabled African-Americans to make great advances in the past 40 years — achieving high school, college and post-graduate degrees at accelerating...