Posts filed under ‘Racism’
Here’s their press release:
The Hispanic National Bar Association Pulls its 2015 Annual Convention From Phoenix in Response to Arizona’s SB 1062
Washington, D.C. – The HNBA announced today that it has pulled its 40th Annual Convention previously scheduled for Phoenix, Arizona in September 2015.
On Monday, February 24th, the HNBA denounced the Arizona legislature’s passage of SB 1062. The HNBA also called for Governor Jan Brewer to veto the legislation and still hopes that she will do so. As set forth in its February 24th press release, SB 1062 discriminates against members of Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
The proposed legislation also impacts other citizens that are either traveling through Arizona or that are doing business or have business interests in the state. Accordingly, the HNBA’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to immediately pull the Annual Convention.
Yo, Arizona, do you really want to go down the road where anyone and everyone can refuse services to people they perceive as violating their “religious freedom?”
Let’s pretend I’m your letter carrier and I’m on my route walking toward your house. While sifting through the envelopes I’m carrying I see a letter or a solicitation from the NRA or Planned Parenthood. I’m opposed to one or the other so — per my “religious freedom” and the bill sitting on Governor Jan Brewer’s desk — I refuse service because delivering that letter would go against my “religious freedom” and I toss it.
That’s where you’re going.
Do you want letter carriers to decide what mail you get based on their “religious freedom?”
Seriously? Think about the ramifications.
(P.S. Here’s the definition of ramification.)
Oh, and I love how Republicans seem to have driven over their infamous rebranding plan.
“Post-racial America?” Riiight.
Excellent point (my Tweet of the Day):
On February 10, 2014 a group of students from the UCLA School of Law gathered together to raise awareness of the disturbing emotional toll placed upon students of color due to their alarmingly low representation within the student body.
This video appears to be stuck on autoplay, which drives me insane. Please leave a comment or email me (see “About,” above) if it autoplays for you too and I’ll put up a link instead of posting the video itself.
Now that I’ve read the article, it’s obvious why for-profit prisons are stacked with people of color:
It’s well known that people of color are overrepresented in America’s prisons relative to their share of the population. But a recent study finds that they make up an even larger share of the populations of private, for-profit prisons than publicly run institutions.
According to Christopher Petrella, a doctoral candidate at UC Berkeley who conducted the study, this is not an accident — it’s about private firms selecting the least expensive prisoners to manage and leaving costlier populations in the hands of state correction systems.
Why would African American and Latino prisoners be cheaper to incarcerate than whites? Because older prisoners are significantly more expensive than younger ones. “Based on historical sentencing patterns, if you are a prisoner today, and you are over 50 years old, there is a greater likelihood that you are white,” Petrella explained to BillMoyers.com. “If you are under 50 years old — particularly if you’re closer to 30 years old — you’re more likely to be a person of color.” He cited a 2012 report by the ACLU which found that it costs $34,135 per year to house a non-geriatric prisoner, compared with $68,270 for a prisoner age 50 or older.
Throw in the relatively new mandatory sentencing/3-strikes laws and that contributes to the equation too. When judges can’t use their discretion when handing down sentences, voila, you get more prisoners overall.
What would we do without The Donald pointing out, and commenting on, the important issues of our time?
Reality TV star Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at President Barack Obama as “sloppy” and “not appropriate” because he had chosen to not wear a tie in a Super Bowl pre-game interview.
While speaking to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in an interview which aired during the Super Bowl XLVIII pregame show, the president opted for dress casual, wearing a jacket and a white dress shirt without a tie, just as he had in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
“I definitely think he should have worn a tie,” Trump complained to the hosts of Fox & Friends on Monday. “You know, he’s the president of the United States, let him put on a tie. Bill was wearing a tie, not that he has to follow Bill. But Bill was wearing a tie. He’s the president. It’s a formal position, I think he should wear a tie.”
“It’s sloppy, it’s not appropriate, it’s not presidential,” Trump opined. “He’s the president of the United States, let him put on a tie.”
Gee. I’m so glad the U.S. is a post-racial society:
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (Dan Matics) — Families of two brothers were in mourning Sunday, after the pair was shot on Saturday, while simply checking out a piece of property they had just bought.
Police said the two men, Garrick Hopkins, 60, and Carl Hopkins, 61, were gunned down by a person they didn’t even know.
Cabell County Sheriff’s deputies said Rodney Black shot and killed the two brothers. Black originally said the two were breaking into his shed near his house, but police said the shed does not belong to him.
It belonged to one of the victims, who recently bought the shed and neighboring lot.
What had everyone shocked about the shooting is that police said Black gave no warning, and just pulled the trigger.
Police released photos of the brothers today:
Remember driving while black in America? It’s time to change that to living while black in America.
Oh the irony. I. Am. Loving. This.
Fox News has spent the last five years promoting the notion that election fraud is rampant across the United States though time and again, their Republican cronies haven’t found any (here and here as recent examples).
That meme has been about discrediting an African-American president and insinuating that creepy crawly homeless and poor people — African-Americans of course — are stealing what would otherwise be a clean and pure election process that would elect a (white) Republican, not a Kenyan Muslim guy.
That said, I can’t help but laugh my ass off tonight as I read about one of Fox’s favorite “contributors,” Dinesh D’Souza, who has been indited for, get this,
Cull through the posts I put up at the Newshounds after I worked on Outfoxed and you’ll see reference after reference to good ol’ Dinesh. He was one of Neil Cavuto‘s favorite guests. He couldn’t get enough of sitting on his high horse, bashing Obama, bashing everything that was wrong and supposedly corrupt about Democrats, the election process, the economy and well, you name it.
Oh, and Fox used Dinesh as one of their brown guys. You know: We like brown people (despite their underlying deceitfulness, corruption and tendency toward killing white people). We really, really do!
Ah, life can be so sweet.
Click on the headline above or go here for more on the indictment.
What’s that saying? When you have one finger pointed at someone else you have four fingers pointed at yourself?
Serious question: How do these guys sleep at night?
Georgia GOPer Attacking Free School Lunch Expensed $4,200 In Meals
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) warned that there’s “no such thing as free lunch” for school children in Georgia, but he seems to have enjoyed a few.
An investigation by Georgia’s WSAV channel 3 found that Kingston, who is currently running for Senate and recently suggested students work cleaning cafeterias in exchange for lunch, had expensed as much as $4,182 worth of lunches for his office over the past three years.
Remember Terri Schiavo? This is a photo of her before she lapsed into a coma in 1990:
The Terri Schiavo case was a legal struggle involving prolonged life support in the United States that lasted from 1990 to 2005. The issue was whether to carry out the decision of the husband of Teresa Marie “Terri” Schiavo to terminate life support for her. Terri was diagnosed by doctors as being in a persistent vegetative state. The highly publicized and prolonged series of legal challenges presented by her parents and by state and federal legislative intervention effected a seven-year delay before life support finally was terminated.
On February 25, 2005 [15 years after her accident], a Pinellas County judge ordered the removal of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube. Several appeals and federal government intervention followed, which included U.S. President George W. Bush returning to Washington D.C. to sign legislation designed to keep her alive.
For those of you who don’t remember or who weren’t conscious then, it was an insane time (re-read the last paragraph, above).
Now let’s fast forward.
This is a “before” photo of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl who is in a coma today because of a botched toncillectomy at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California last month:
Where are the Republicans? Why isn’t John Boehner calling members of the House back to D.C.?
Wanna know why? Look at the photos and notice the difference.
Some of the things Republicans choose to spend their time and energy on blows my mind. Take this from Republicans in Wisconsin (who are not, by the way, doing much in the way of creating jobs):
Scott Walker Signs Indian Mascot Bill, Informs Tribes of Reasoning in Letter
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed the controversial Indian mascot bill into law Thursday, but not before informing state tribal leaders in a letter earlier in the day of his impending action.
In the letter, Walker stated “I share many of your concerns about some of the mascots and nicknames used in Wisconsin and across America. If it were up to me personally, I would seek viable alternatives that were not offensive to Native Americans.”
But the governor detailed his concerns that the previous law, whose provisions are largely rolled back by the new law, infringed on free speech rights.
“If the state bans speech that is offensive to some, where does it stop?” Walker stated. “A person or persons’ right to speak does not end just because what they say or how they say it is offensive.”
Barbara Munson, a spokeswoman with the Wisconsin Indian Education Association “Indian” Logo and Mascot task force, called his decision to sign the bill into law “egregious.”
he new law stipulates any complaints will have to include a petition signed by members of the community equivalent to 10 percent of the district’s student population saying the logo or mascot is offensive, shifting the burden of proof to those filing the complaint.
Those who sign the petition must by 18 or older.
Michael Allen is the executive director of the Great Lakes Inter-tribal Council, a nonprofit organization of 12 federally recognized Indian tribes located in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
After reading Walker’s letter Thursday, Allen [said] the governor “has relieved Mukwanago and other recalcitrant school districts of the governmental responsibility to consider the rights and sensibility of an ethic minority.”
So, Walker thinks that if a school wants to name its mascot something like, “The Squaw Hoppers” they should be allowed to because to deny them that right violates their freedom of speech?
What this boils down to is: White people rule.
Americans think of Mexico and Mexicans as a nation of wannabe braceros, itching to cross the border to suck the tit of the American welfare state.
Think again Americans! They’re movin’ on up and getting things done:
Barring an unlikely court upset, the new year in Mexico will bring a national tax of one peso per liter — roughly 10 percent — on sugar-sweetened beverages and 8 percent on junk food. The legislation came about through a strong push by the Nutritional Health Alliance of 22 NGOs and networks representing some 650 nonprofits and grass-roots organizations, and an alignment of interests among President Enrique Peña Nieto, advisers in the Hacienda y Crédito Público (the rough equivalent of the I.R.S.), and members of the opposition parties.
The powerful Mexican soda and junk food industries were hardly asleep at the wheel this fall, and fear of losing their advertisers appears to have led major TV stations to refuse to run commercials advocating the tax. But several factors motivated Mexico’s president and legislature, including the fact that among populous nations, Mexico recently passed the United States to become the world’s most obese. Beyond that, there’s an increasing awareness that Mexico’s accelerating public health crisis could hurt its economy, and that only prevention would make practical the universal, single-payer health care system instituted last year.
Also critical to the new law was an agreement reached by the three major political parties, called “Pact for Mexico,” which essentially committed them all to not blocking anything that a majority wanted; specifically, if the party in office and one of the other two major parties wanted to pass one of 95 reforms necessary for the country to progress the third party would not resist. In other words, the nation’s future trumped partisan interests.
This is despicably ironic coming from the party that has run on yikes-there’s-a-black-guy-in-the-White-House for the last five years.
“Southern pride,” not racism that is:
Racism is so embedded in conservative/southern culture — and it has been for so long — they can’t see the forest for the trees.
This is how insane the Tea Party wing — the wing currently in control — of the Republican party has become:
As we reported earlier, a protest that started at the World War II Memorial [on Sunday] ended up in front of the White House, where protesters piled up barricades that had been used to keep people out of the memorial during the government shutdown. Police, some in riot gear, were called in, and while news reports showed some of the confrontation, raw Youtube video of the protest reveals members of the crowd heckling the officers, calling them “brown shirts,” the “Gestapo,” the “Stasi,” and opining that the unit “looks like something out of Kenya.”
I can’t find a copy of the video anywhere on YouTube but you can view it here.
Anyway, wow. The hate these people have for that black guy Obama is driving them insane. They’re completely irrational.
I’ve got to start keeping track of the infrastructure failures that are occurring all across the United States; everything from water main breaks to computer glitches. I read about them here and there almost every day. They seem small on their own but together, they add up.
Our country is falling apart. Literally. The thing is, the failures aren’t happening in areas where rich white people live so we aren’t hearing about them.
Case in point. This is an emergency:
Power Outage Shuts Down Food Stamp Program In 17 States
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Food stamp recipients in 17 states lost access to the electronic system used by stores to verify their benefits on Saturday, leaving many unable to buy groceries, the company that manages the system said.
People enrolled in the government food assistance program use plastic vouchers similar to debit cards. Starting at about 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), some of those cards stopped working, Xerox spokesman Kevin Lightfoot said.
A power outage that started the problem was fixed within 20 minutes, Lightfoot said, but shoppers continued to run into difficulties throughout the day. By early evening, the problem still had not been fixed.
States States experiencing problems included Alabama, California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois,Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio,Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, Lightfoot said.
My food bank-volunteer-self knows this is going to hurt so many people in so many ways. The ripple effect will be tremendous lest it’s fixed tonight. Get that “electronic system” up and running ASAP! Oh, wait, the government’s shut down. Shi*t.
She’s blond and beautiful. Otherwise, we’d never have heard of her:
Condolences to her friends and family.
This would be Fox’s Greta Van Sustern yesterday, implying that only liberal African-Americans were invited to attend Sunday’s March on Washington marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.s’ “I Have a Dream” speech:
And this would be an article that appears on Fox News’ website:
This is just fu*king pitiful: A 93-year-old man goes to today’s March on Washington and carries the same sign he carried during the 1963 march and it’s just as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.
Shame on us!
This is awful.
Damn you Republican Supreme Court “justices!”
The March on Washington happened on August 28, 1963,
and oh my god, I can’t believe we’re going to have to do it again 50 years later.
Here’s a little slice of what African-Americans are up against every day in the good ol’ U.S. of A., not to mention fighting anew for the right to vote, thanks to George W. Bush’s Supreme Court and the Republican party:
These are the three guys who have been arrested for the murder of Australian basketball player Christopher Lane:
The guy on the right is white.
This is how DrudgeReport is showing the suspects this afternoon:
You go Colin!
With Gov. Pat McCrory in the audience, former Secretary of State Colin Powell took aim at North Carolina’s new voting law Thursday, saying it hurts the Republican Party, punishes minority voters and makes it more difficult for everyone to vote.
“I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote,” said Powell, a Republican, at the CEO Forum in Raleigh.
“It immediately turns off a voting block the Republican Party needs,” Powell continued. “These kinds of actions do not build on the base. It just turns people away.”
Zap! and he’s exactly right but the crazy wing of the party is in control now so here we are.
Behold the prison industrial complex in the United States. We’re No. 1 folks!
(We think of China as having a lot of people in prison right? Political prisoners mostly. Check out where they fall on this graph.)
See a much larger version here.
Ugh. From the New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
I am proud to announce that the Realm of Kentucky is hosting a Cross Lighting in the Louisa/Yatesville area. One of our members owns around 10 acres and has been nice enough to host the event. The event will be open to members, family of members and people who have met local leaders that are interested in joining.
The event will be held September 14, 2013, which falls on a Saturday. We do not expect trouble since the event is held on private property. There will be tons of food, fun and of course, the Cross Lighting. We are placing the Cross on a hill on the property which should be seen from a very far distance!
Yeah, as in seen by African-Americans neighborhoods and they better be scared and they better not act the fu*k up because we’re the boss and they need to know their place. I.e., terrorism.
As if the Treyvon Martin murder didn’t send enough chills through the African-American community…
Thank God this guy wasn’t killed:
Lying in a hospital bed the night after he was shot by Escambia County sheriff’s deputies in his own front yard, Roy Middleton only had one question: Why?
Middleton, 60, of the 200 block of Shadow Lawn Lane in Warrington, was shot in the leg about 2:42 a.m. Saturday while trying to retrieve a cigarette from his mother’s car in the driveway of their home.
A neighbor saw someone reaching into the car and called 911. While he was looking into the vehicle, deputies arrived in response to the burglary call.
Middleton said he was bent over in the car searching the interior for a loose cigarette when he heard a voice order him to, “Get your hands where I can see them.”
He said he initially thought it was a neighbor joking with him, but when he turned his head he saw deputies standing halfway down his driveway.
He said he backed out of the vehicle with his hands raised, but when he turned to face the deputies, they immediately opened fire.
“It was like a firing squad,” he said. “Bullets were flying everywhere.”
A teenage girl who said she witnessed a portion of the incident said she never saw Middleton provoke the deputies.“He wasn’t belligerent or anything,“ she said.
When you’re black in America you don’t have to throw in belligerence in order to get shot. The being-black part is enough.
BANKING WHILE BLACK IN AMERICA
AUSTIN — Police say a man was shot and killed by a detective under the bridge near Shoal Creek and 35th Street Friday.
It happened after officers say the man tried to enter a bank that was closed for an armed robbery investigation.
Around 8:19 a.m., just minutes after opening for business, a white male wearing an oxygen mask and carrying a weapon walked into the Benchmark Bank on North Lamar demanding money.
The man ran off with the cash, and Austin detectives arrived to investigate.
Hours later, police were still on the scene when they say a black male walked up to the bank and tried to open the locked doors.
“The suspect walked away for a minute and then came back to the front door. He attempted to open the door again,” said Assistant Police Chief Brian Manley.
Manley says a bank manager stepped outside to try and speak with the man, and “the individual identified himself in a manner in which the bank manager recognized was not an accurate identification.”
The manager told a detective inside that there was someone suspicious trying to get in, and police say the detective spoke with the man for a few minutes outside.
Why was he “suspicious?” Merely because he was black?
Manley says that’s when “the individual, for unknown reasons, got up and took off running.”
Can you blame him?
The detective chased after him, and police say they started fighting underneath the Shoal Creek Bridge several hundred feet away from the bank.
“During the struggle, the detective discharged his weapon, and the suspect is deceased as a result,” said Manley.
Police confirm the man shot and killed by the detective is not the same man who robbed the bank earlier on Friday.
This is one amazing woman and I can only imagine how sick and tired she is of having to say this:
July 15th, 2013 – 92 year-old Moral Monday arresstee and Civil Rights Veteran Rosa Nell Eaton speaks at the 11th Wave Moral Monday rally at the North Carolina General Assembly.
Wow. This is interesting:
A day after juror B37 from the George Zimmerman trial appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 for an interview, four of her fellow jurors from the trial released a public statement, reports the Associated Press:
The four jurors issued a brief statement on court stationary saying that the opinions expressed by Juror B37 to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday night are not representative of their views.
“The opinions of Juror B37, expressed on the Anderson Cooper show were her own, and not in any way representative of the jurors listed below,” said the statement, signed by Jurors B51, B76, E6 and E40.
Juror B37 said the actions of Zimmerman and 17-year-old Trayvon Martin both led to the teenager’s fatal shooting last year, but that Zimmerman didn’t actually break the law.
The four other jurors said in their statement that Martin’s death weighed on them.
“Serving on this jury has been a highly emotional and physically draining experience for each of us,” the statement said. “The death of a teenager weighed heavily on our hearts but in the end we did what the law required us to do.”