Posts filed under ‘Racism’
A few years ago, after the Sandy Hook massacre, during the height of the so-called gun “debate” here in the U.S., I read an article (forgot who wrote it or where I read it — apologies) that in essence postulated that as soon as white America saw African-Americans walking around legally carrying guns, the debate about gun control would begin.
(We all know allowing Americans to openly carry guns translates to white Americans openly carrying guns because white America has to protect itself from the black savages who are ruining the country so — wink-wink — open carry laws aren’t really meant to apply to African-Americans.)
I agreed and it has begun. This happened in front of the State Capitol in Austin, Texas today:
Here is the July 17, 2014 video showing Eric Garner, a resident of New York City who was stopped for allegedly selling cigarettes illegally (not for breaking up a fight as the narrator says), dying after police put him in a chokehold and wrestled him to the ground.
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On August 1, the NYC Medical Examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide and said he died from compression to the neck and chest.
It’s all there, on video. The cops are the ones who compressed his neck and chest. Yet, today this happened: Grand Jury Not to Charge N.Y.P.D. Officer in Garner’s death.
So, what good are body cameras going to do if even when a homicide is filmed, the officer(s) go unpunished? The system is in absolute shambles.
Two hours from now the grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown will be announced. That said, I was just alerted to the Twitter hashtag #BlackPanic. As usual, there are some really looney tweets there and some that are way off-topic but this caught my eye as it pretty much sums up what has been happening since Day One:
Geezus, I wonder how much time, effort and money the St. Louis PD has put into actually meeting with and talking to the people of Ferguson; they look to be all set in the us-versus-them department:
Republicans are counting on us not knowing or remembering these inconvenient facts about presidents taking executive action (from PewHispanic) and of course, far be it for the so-called (cough) liberal media to remind people:
Larger version here.
You probably heard about this yesterday:
The Supreme Court is Allowing Ohio to Cut Back on Early Voting. Now What?
On Monday, the Supreme Court decided to uphold a proposal from Ohio’s Republican legislature to scale back early voting hours in the state. The issue has been a flashpoint in state politics for a decade. But the net effect in 2014 is very hard to judge.
In short, the new early voting regimen would cut a week from the total amount of time that Ohioans can visit local polling places and cast a vote before election day on Nov. 4. It makes two key changes: 1) eliminating a week during which people could both register to vote and then vote, which offered campaigns a chance to easily expand their voter bases and 2) eliminating voting on the Sunday before election day, which makes it harder for churches to organize efforts to go to the polls. In fact, black churches were the plaintiffs represented by the ACLU in the suit that ended up before the Court, recognizing that “Souls to the Polls” programs would be disproportionately affected.
Race, population and early voting overlap heavily in Ohio. In 2012, counties with higher densities of black residents were also the ones that cast more early votes
In other words, Ohio Republicans, with the help of the U.S. Supreme Court, have just made it harder for people who tend to vote Democratic to vote in Ohio. That’s how Republicans win, by gerrymandering districts, my “miscounting” ballots and by putting restrictions on the right to vote so the poor, those working three jobs, seniors who might need help getting to a polling place, etc., can’t vote.
Here’s the way USAToday worded its headline:
Here’s MSNBC’s headline:
But, by far and away my favorite is Al Jazeera’s headline. It’s the most honest:
A note to American by #Ferguson kids: