Ron DeSantis Rose By Trafficking In Racist, Islamophobic Conspiracy Theories

He has defended the Three-Fifths Compromise around slavery and said ISIS may be recruiting from Black Lives Matter.

By Amanda Terkel

The morning after Florida’s primaries, Rep. Ron DeSantis ― the state’s newly chosen GOP candidate for governor ― went on national television and used a racist dog-whistle to comment on his opponent.

“The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state,” DeSantis said of his Democratic challenger, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is black. 

The comment shouldn’t have been that surprising. DeSantis tried to be the most pro-Trump candidate in the GOP primary, even running an ad about how he teaches his kids to love everything about Donald Trump, and the president has used plenty of his own racist dog-whistles

But beyond his embrace of the president, DeSantis has made a name for himself by promoting conspiracy theories that are trumpeted by the radical right and play into racial stereotypes. On four occasions, he has spoken at conferences organized by a conservative activist who has touted white Americans’ role in freeing black people from slavery and said that “the country’s only serious race war” is against white people.

“Liberal media are doing everything that can to help Andrew Gillum win this race and that includes writing stories that elicit racially charged fears and emotions. We not only reject your storyline, we condemn your entire narrative,” said Stephen Lawson, DeSantis’ communications director.

Here are some other conspiracies DeSantis has embraced:

ISIS may recruit from Black Lives Matter protests. 

In 2016, DeSantis agreed with Fox Business host Neil Cavuto that he was worried the terrorist group ISIS could be recruiting from Black Lives Matter protests. 

“I do worry about it, in the sense that reaching out to them doesn’t even have to involve brokering a meeting between some terrorist recruiter and somebody who’s disaffected,” DeSantis said on Sept. 22, 2016. “It could simply be exposing people to different propaganda that you see on the internet, on social media sites. … So it’s definitely a problem, and ISIS I think has proven themselves to be pretty sophisticated at capitalizing on some people who have some underlying issues.”

The Founding Fathers weren’t racist. 

In 2011, DeSantis wrote a book called Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama. In it, he excusesthe Three-Fifths Compromise, which counted a black person as only three-fifths of a whole person to determine congressional representation.

DeSantis defends the Founding Fathers for agreeing to the compromise because “counting slaves as less than a full person for purposes of representation benefitted anti-slavery states.”  

Allowing slaves to be counted as three-fifths of a white person gave slave states extra representation without having to actually allow black people to vote

Islamophobic conspiracy groups have merit.

Over the years, DeSantis has promoted himself with the help of figures who peddle Islamophobic rhetoric and policies. In 2014, he did an interview on Frank Gaffney’s radio program. Gaffney founded the Center for Security Policy, which the Southern Poverty Law Center characterizes as “a conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement in the United States.” In 2017, DeSantis spoke at the annual conference of ACT for America, another group that pushes anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. 

DeSantis has also pushed to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, an idea the Trump administration supports and people like Gaffney champion.

As Shadi Hamid at the Brookings Institution has noted, “There is quite literally not a single American expert on the Muslim Brotherhood who supports designation. Moreover, there is no plausible argument to be made for labeling the group a terrorist organization, at least according to the relevant legal criteria, as Will McCants and Benjamin Wittes lay out. They sum it up quite well: designation ‘would be illegal.”

American values are declining in the “age of Obama.”

In 2008, conservatives seized on a clip of a black woman named Peggy Joseph saying that if then-presidential candidate Barack Obama won, “I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage. You know, if I help him, he’s going to help me.” 

There’s nothing remarkable about Joseph’s comments. People always vote for politicians because they believe they will make the country ― and often, their own personal lives ― better. Certain candidates may have policies that could put more money in their pockets or lead to better representation.

But DeSantis talked about Joseph ― and Obama’s campaign ― as if they were radical departures from “the principles that the country was founded on.”

In a 2011 speech, he said that with the Founding Fathers, “you think of things like, ‘Give me liberty or give me death’” and “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

But, he added, in the “age of Obama … you have people like that woman who voted for Obama, who said since Obama was president, she wouldn’t have to worry about putting gas in her car or paying her mortgage.”

The right wing has long tried to claim that Obama secretly supports communism ― an un-American value, of course. In his 2011 book, DeSantis gives credence to some of these theories. He writes that Obama had a “mentorship” with “Frank Marshall Davis, an African-American communist writer with bitterly anti-American views.” 

“He certainly would not have discussed Davis in Dreams From My Father had Davis’ council failed to make an impact on him,” DeSantis wrote.

The Washington Post looked at Davis and his relationship with Obama, and wrote that Davis “was indeed associated with the Communist Party” but was not a “hard-core Communist who spied for Soviet leaders. He was critical of American society, but not America as a country.”

DeSantis, in his book, also implied that Obama’s mother was a communist. He notes that one of her high school teachers said she would ask questions around the Cold War like “What’s so good about capitalism? What’s wrong with communism? What’s good about communism?” He also cited the fact that one of her classmates referred to her as a “fellow traveler,” which is sometimes used to describe someone who is communist. There’s no proof Obama’s mother was a communist either. story originated here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ron-desantis-racist-islamophobic-conspiracy-theories_us_5bc4ca80e4b01a01d68d4daa



How American Policing Has Been Transformed Into Race Soldering

 

 

If you have ever donned the uniform of a police officer, a real officer who enlisted for the right reasons because you wanted to protect and serve, you understand full well, that what American police are doing to people in minority communities is not policing.

If the standard principles are to serve and protect, to save lives and protect property, then there is no way that any reasonable person can pretend that what we see happening on video after video is representative of what we expect from police officers.

 

When the same laws which are supposed to protect citizens and police alike are stretched to the limits and distorted to justify unjust police use of deadly force, while at the same time the reverse of those same principles is used to condemn certain segments of the society, the system is broken.

Any grainy black and white video may be used to condemn a black man of any crime in any court.  Nevertheless, a crystal clear high definition color video of police officers committing capital murder, even after stating clearly that -that was their intent, we are told that we cannot believe what we have seen with our own eyes and heard with our own ears.

Many years ago a friend with whom I went to the Jamaica Police Academy asked me, how come I could be so critical of police officers? I asked him to take a look at what is happening to American policing and tell me whether that was what he did as a police officer in Jamaica?
His cheek dropped to his chest, that was the end of that conversation.

Those who tell you there are only a few bad apples, you must call *BS * to them, where are the good officers, sworn to uphold the law without fear or favor who are stepping forward to say “here is what happened”?
During my time of service, I received some pushback and unfavorable comments from a few co-workers who accused me of preferring civilians over them.
My response then was,  if doing the right thing, not allowing the brutal assault of innocent people, is [preferng civillians][sic] then count me in.

 

How is it sustainable when the public who pays police officers salaries are terrified of police killing them whenever they come across police officers? In many instances, cops dress and behave like soldiers on a battlefield but are less careful, less accountable than soldiers constrained by the rules of modern-day warfare and the Geneva Convention.

Prosecutors, Judges, and Juries stretch the boundaries of the law in order to protect errant cops, this, in turn, results in a metastasizing effect, breeding more abuse of citizens rights in the process.

The whole concept of police as peace officers has been cast aside in America, replaced with a militaristic macho-man mentality which is characterized by the itchy trigger finger. With the female cops doing their level best to demonstrate that they have the same level of balls or more as their male counterparts. This generally ends in the death of unarmed men of color, their only crime, the color of their skin.
Rather minor infractions which ought to be ignored, or at worse, result in a mild warning, are sought out heavily utilized vehicles used as the reason for interactions. These interactions usually culminate in the use of lethal force on people of color after the police themselves massively escalate events.

 

Terrence Crutcher was gunned down, by wannabe tough guy cop Betty Shelby who murdered him. Mister Crutcher was gunned down and struck with tasers despite having his hands in the air, not having any weapon on him, nor in his vehicle. (Even if mister Crutcher had a weapon on him, or in his vehicle, he could not have been lawfully or legally executed because he had his hands in the air.)
Despite this Betty Shelby was charged and exonerated because a black man had no rights a white woman, much less a cop had to respect, not even the right to life.

Shelby and husband (also a cop) leave the court after her acquittal.

Betty Shelby was acquitted by a corrupt Tulsa Oklahoma jury on May 17th, 2017. Despite having his hands up, having no weapon and walking away from police, Betty Shelby gunned Terrence Crutcher down in cold blood.
She told the court. “I did everything I could to stop this,” she added. “Crutcher’s death is his fault.”
Betty Shelby is a free woman, free to live her life.
Terrence Crutcher is still dead?

 

So too are all of the other countless black men and women who had their lives taken by unaccountable cops who know that the system will not hold them accountable.
So too has...ALTON STERLING

Alton Sterling subdued by two Baton Rogue cops just before they decided to kill him.

So too has PHILANDO CASTILLE

 

Philando Castile killed by a cop who pulled him over for an alleged broken tail-light.

 

So too has countless others……….

 

Sharecropping

 

Sharecropping is a type of farming in which families rent small plots of land from a landowner in return for a portion of their crop, to be given to the landowner at the end of each year. Different types of sharecropping have been practiced worldwide for centuries, but in the rural South, it was typically practiced by former slaves. With the southern economy in disarray after the abolition of slavery and the devastation of the Civil War, conflict arose during the Reconstruction era between many white landowners attempting to reestablish a labor force and freed blacks seeking economic independence and autonomy.

 

Forty Acres and a Mule

During the final months of the Civil War, tens of thousands of freed slaves left their plantations to follow General William T. Sherman‘s victorious Union Army troops across Georgia and the Carolinas.

In January 1865, in an effort to address the issues caused by this growing number of refugees, Sherman issued Special Field Order Number 15, a temporary plan granting each freed family 40 acres of land on the islands and the coastal region of Georgia. The Union Army also donated some of its mules, unneeded for battle purposes, to the former slaves.

When the war ended three months later, many freed African Americans saw the “40 acres and a mule” policy as proof that they would finally be able to work their own land after years of servitude. Owning land was the key to economic independence and autonomy.

 

The Second Murder Of Botham Shem Jean Is In Full Force: Character Assassination

 

There is a diabolical unholy alliance in America between the forces which purport to be law-enforcement and local media houses.
It is diabolical because for as long as America has decided that black people were less than human and therefore unworthy of respect and dignity, there has been a systematic attempt to diminish the value of black life.

 

Twenty-six-year-old Botham Shem Jean killed by Dallas police in his own home

There is no reason to believe that  26-year-old Botham Shem Jean,  a college graduate who was gainfully employed, does not have a criminal record(as if that diminishes the value of life), leads worship service at his church would have been insulated from vicious slaughter by American Police.

Understandably, once they killed him they had to demonize him and that is where the media campaign comes in.
Dallas Police which is supposed to be investigating the murder of Jean has been engaged in obtaining warrants to search the home of mister Jean.
Yes, you guessed right, after they were in his home and needed to cobble together an alibi for their murderous colleague Amber Guygher.

 

We are learning that a judge has attached his/her signature to those warrants and we have the results of what the Dallas Police have reportedly found and on queue is being reported by FOX.

– Following the shooting death of Botham Jean by the hands of Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, multiple search warrants were executed at Jean’s apartment as part of the investigation.

One of the warrants became a public record Thursday afternoon when it was returned to the judge who signed it. It was shortly after Jean’s funeral had ended. It listed several items found in Jean’s apartment, including a small amount of marijuana.

There have been several warrants signed by judges and executed in this case aside from the arrest warrant for Guyger and the search warrant signed September 7 that were returned to the court on Thursday. The others are still sealed and not accessible.

The search warrant executed in Jean’s apartment at South Side Flats specifically sought fired cartridge casings, fired projectiles, firearms, ballistic vests, keys, evidence of blood, video surveillance systems, and contraband such as narcotics and other items used in criminal offenses.

The inventory return yielded:
2 fired cartridge casings
1 laptop computer
1 black backpack with police equipment and paperwork
1 insulated lunch box
1 black ballistic vest with “police” markings
10.4 grams of marijuana in ziplock bags
1 metal marijuana grinder
2 RFID keys
2 used packages of medical aid

The document does not say where any of the items were located in the apartment or who the items belong to.

The Jean family’s legal team was unaware of the document when it was first released. Regardless of whose marijuana it was, the attorneys say it doesn’t matter.

“I think it’s unfortunate that law enforcement begin to immediately criminalize the victim — in this case, someone who was clearly was the victim that has absolutely no bearing on the fact that he was shot in his home,” said Lee Merritt, attorney for Jean’s family. “I would love to see more information coming out about the warrants executed on the home of the shooter who lived just below him. I haven’t seen any of those. And particularly for it to be on this day the day that we remember and celebrate him… to see the common assassination attempt on the victim that we often see in law enforcement involved shootings.”

“It doesn’t change the story,” said Daryl Washington, attorney for the Jean family. “She claimed that she went into a place she thought was her apartment. She didn’t claim she had gone somewhere because she thought there was some sort of criminal activity.”

“I know because of how he lived his life it won’t stain his reputation because he lived his life so virtuously,” Merritt added. “But it’s unfortunate law enforcement has taken this turn.”

Attorney Pete Schulte, who is not connected to the case, says the defense will likely bring it up in trial if the marijuana turns out to be his.

“I’m not saying Mr. Jean is a bad guy because he had some marijuana in his apartment,” Schulte said. “But it could help add some explanation to this crazy case. It just adds another layer of complexity.”

Schulte says it’s common practice for detectives investigating a case to cast a wide net when seeking a search warrant.

The request for the warrant does list a wide range of items — from blood evidence and keys, to video surveillance systems and “any contraband, such as narcotics, and other items that may have been used in criminal offenses.”

Other attorneys not associated with the case say that specific language may have been used for items that were in plain sight.

“They do a broad spectrum of what they’re looking for when they get these search warrants,” Schulte said. “Now toxicology is important, both with Officer Guyger and Mr. Jean, because it could explain how this case happened. How things went south so quickly.”

By law, a warrant must be executed within 72 hours of when it was issued. As far as the timing of the return to the court, nearly a week later?

“There’s nothing nefarious about it. I think it just got done,” Schulte said. “They’ve got to get it to the court, and it got to the court today.”

Jean’s legal team disagrees.

“This is nothing but a disgusting attempt to assassinate the character of a wonderful young man,” said Ben Crump, attorney for the Jean family.

There have been several warrants signed by judges and executed in the case so we could learn of additional items retrieved. It’s unclear if those requests included any warrants to search Officer Guyger’s apartment as well.

Guyger did consent to a blood draw the night of the shooting. Toxicology reports for both her and Jean are still pending.

 

 

The grieving family of Botham Jean, flanked on the right by its lawyer, Benjamin Crump, in Dallas on September 10, 2018ASSOCIATED PRESS

As the family of Botham Shem Jean grieves and honor his life with a funeral service, a diabolical plan is set in motion by Dallas authorities to deliver a coup de grace to the murdered man.
The plan, as was to be expected from past instances where police murder people of color, is designed to commit the second murder of Botham Shem Jean through character assassination.

 

The accused friendly police report above was written by the investigating officer US Marshall David L Armstrong which seems more like a defendant supporting statement, than an affidavit intended to bring to justice a guilty defendant.

 

Officers Suspended Without Pay, Accused Of ‘White Power’ Hand Gestures In Photo

 

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These cops showing what are clear white power signs received a slap on the wrist,.
They are still cops.
The mayor suspended four Jasper officers who played the “circle game” during a picture for their local newspaper.

Jasper, AL – Four Jasper police officers have been suspended without pay after they made a circular “okay” hand gesture in a photograph that appeared in a local newspaper.

Jasper Mayor David O’Mary said that some people claimed the gesture was a racist symbol for “white power,” WBMA reported.

The photo was intended as a way to recognize the Jasper drug terrorism task force officers’ hard work in connection with a recent gun and narcotics bust in the area, said Mayor O’Mary, who had arranged to have the image taken.

After the photo was published in the Daily Mountain Eagle, some people complained that the four Jasper officers were making a racist hand gesture. (https://defensemaven.io/bluelivesmatter/news/officers-suspended-without-pay-accused-of-white-power-hand-gestures-in-photo-skuQ7lQgA0COcTNQOPHc-w/)

 

The Other Side Of School Safety: Students Are Getting Tasered And Beaten By Police

 

In the wake of the deadly Parkland shooting, more armed police officers are being stationed in schools. But what happens when they’re the ones perpetrating violence?
By Rebecca Klein

Jalijah Jones, 16, poses for a portrait at his home in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on July 22, 2018. In December 2017, Jones was Tas

Jalijah Jones, 16, poses for a portrait at his home in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on July 22, 2018. In December 2017, Jones was Tasered at school by a police officer while already being restrained by four school security guards following an altercation with another student. At the time, Jones was 15 years old and weighed about 120 pounds. The other student walked away.

 

Jalijah Jones, then a freshman at Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan, remembers the punch of thousands of volts hitting his slight frame. At 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds, he was small for his age.

He remembers four school security guards officers pushing him up against a hallway wall before a school police officer arrived and Tasered him. He remembers a feeling of intense cold as if his high school hallway had just turned into a walk-in freezer. He remembers falling to the ground, his muscles betraying his mind’s desire to stand.

Then he remembers nothing.

Jones, who loves to run track and play football, had never been in a physical fight at school before. It was just a teenage drama. He owed another kid a small amount of money. Angry words were thrown back and forth, then a push and a shove and some swinging. But no one had been hurt until a school police officer Tasered the teen.

Jones, who says he blacked out after falling to the ground from the shock of the stun, remembers being cuffed a few seconds later, and the school cops dragging him through the hallways and out of school. His body shook furiously as he was loaded into a police car, before being escorted to the hospital in an ambulance. He was charged with resisting arrest ― a charge that he is still fighting many months after the December 2017 incident.

No One Tracks Police Brutality In Schools

The police officer who stunned Jones is one of over 80,000 currently stationed in public schools around the country, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education, covering the 2015-16 school year. In 1997, only 10 percent of public schools had police officers, but in 2016, 42 percent did.

The number has risen sharply in the past few years and will continue to grow. Amid the recent spate of deadly school shootings, there has been an increase in federal money funding school police officer positions. This is true at the state level as well: New legislation in places like Florida has devoted millions of dollars to install more armed police officers in hallways. More armed guards lined the hallways as kids returned to school this year.

There is understandable logic to having more police in schools. After all, they have been credited with stopping several school shootings in recent months. But civil rights activists say there’s another negative side to this police presence, once which puts students like Jones – young and impulsive, acting on frivolous teenage passions – in danger of police brutality and criminal charges.

Over the past few years, there have been several high profile instances of police brutality in schools. Still, there are no official data sources tracking how often students are subject to intense physical punishments at the hands of law enforcement. So HuffPost is dedicated to creating its own count.

In August 2016, HuffPost compiled a minimum count of how often Tasers or stun guns were used by school police officers on children by tracking local news stories via Google Alerts and Nexis searches. We have created a new list that builds on and expands the 2016 number. For the past several months, HuffPost has been tracking how often students in schools are Tasered or shot with a stun gun, pepper sprayed or intensely physically punished. We found:

  • Since September 2011, students have been Tasered or shot with a stun gun by school-based police officers at least 120 times;
  • Since January 2016, students have been pepper sprayed by school-based police officers at least 32 times;
  • Since January 2016, students have been body slammed, tackled or choked by school-based police officers at least 15 times.

These numbers represent a minimum. Not every incident is reported in the local news. And there is no agency that systemically tracks these numbers.

The students who were Tasered or shot with a stun gun, pepper sprayed or body slammed in these instances received these punishments for a variety of reasons. Some were caught fighting with other students or were being physically aggressive with teachers. Some had weapons of their own. But in some cases, the reasons for punishment were more mundane. One student 16-year-old student in Kansas was Tasered after displaying “defiance” toward officers. Another student in Texas, a 7-year-old with special needs, was Tasered after an allegedly difficult to control outburst in class. A Taser and pepper spray was used in Florida to break up a fight between an 11-year-old and 13-year-old girl, which ended in the two girls getting arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

The police officers who get stationed in schools often have no training to work specifically with children, meaning they might apply to young children the same tactics they use on the street. This could put children in harm’s way, and also funnel them into the criminal justice system at a young age for school misbehaviors. The roles these police officers play ― and the level of power they possess ― vary on a school district by district basis, based on individual agreements between local police department and school leaders.

In the case of Kalamazoo Central High School, where Jones goes to school, there is no policy governing when it is appropriate for a school police officer to use Tasers on students, according to Kalamazoo Public Schools spokesman Alex Lee. Officers are not supposed to get involved with matters of discipline, only with matters of the law.  Officers might decide to use a Taser “when other forms of control haven’t worked,” but there’s no specific rule, said Township of Kalamazoo Police Chief Bryan Ergang.

The Consequences Of ‘School Safety’

Over 30 percent of police officers in schools carry stun guns or chemical spray, per government data, but there is no agency formally tracking how often, and on whom, these weapons are used. The lack of transparency troubles experts who have studied school discipline.

Jones talks about the cuts he received from handcuffs that have since healed as he and his mother, Tillana Jones, 38, tell th

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Jones talks about the cuts he received from handcuffs that have since healed as he and his mother, Tillana Jones, 38, tell the story of his incident while sitting on the front porch of their home in Kalamazoo.

Dr. Douglas Zipes, a cardiologist and distinguished professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine has written about the potential dangers of Tasering victims in the chest. His research has focused on how these devices can cause cardiac arrest by revving up the heart rate to an unsustainable level. Zipes worries about the impact these devices could have on young children.

“It would be my opinion that tasing an 11- or 12-year-old in the chest is more dangerous for potentially causing cardiac arrest than tasing a 17- or 18-year-old who has a more developed chest to protect the heart,” Zipes said.

Instructions for the weapon warn that use on a “low body-mass index person or on a small child could increase the risk of death or serious injury.” It also warns of the potential for cardiac arrest in children.

Indeed, Taser use can be fatal. A 2017 Reuters investigation found 150 autopsies that referenced Tasers as a cause or contributing factor to death.

But representatives for Axon, the company that manufactures Tasers, emphasize that their weapon is effective and safe when used properly.

“It’s critical for law enforcement to have clear policies and procedures, continual training, good reporting and supervisory oversight for patrol and especially for school resource officers,” said Axon spokesman Steve Tuttle over email. “TASER CEWs [Conducted Electrical Weapon] are the most used and most studied less lethal tool on an officer’s belt.”

It’s Not Just Physical Pain

Beyond physical danger, civil rights advocates also point to the emotional trauma these incidents can cause ― and say they can strain tensions between communities of color and police officers. They point out that black children like Jones are particularly vulnerable to police officers. Studies show that police officers overestimate the ages of kids of color and are less likely to see them as innocent children. Data also shows that students of color are disproportionately punished more harshly than their white counterparts.

Even with the threat of school shootings ― which, despite the headlines, are still extremely rare and actually not more common now than in the 1990s according to new research ― police officers may actually be making many students feel less safe in schools, say civil rights advocates.

“The research and lived experiences of communities of color show there’s little to no evidence police make schools safer, but there’s an increasing number of incidents in which students, particularly students of color, are targeted by law enforcement and are referred to law enforcement or arrested for minor infractions,” said Monique Dixon, deputy policy director for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Indeed, previous research analyzed by HuffPost shows students in schools with police officers are more likely to get a criminal record, even for non-violent misbehaviors like vandalism.

Dixon and her organization believe that police shouldn’t get stationed in schools at all. Instead, resources should be redirected toward counseling, social services and restorative justice practices, she said.

But defenders of the practice say that they’ve become a necessary force to prevent armed intruders and other sources of school crime, although evidence doesn’t necessarily back this up. A recent poll also shows that a vast majority of parents favor the idea of having armed police officers in schools.

Research has not addressed whether or not school police decrease the likelihood of school shootings, and conclusions are mixed on whether they generally reduce school violence, according to a 2013 report from the Congressional Research Service.

Proponents of school police also say that these officers can play an important role in building trust between the community and law enforcement. But advocates like Dixon have seen the opposite.

It is critical that these deputies are trained to work with children, said Mo Canady, executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers. But this training can be expensive and is not required in many places.

When measuring the success of individual officers, Canady’s organization looks at factors like his or her ability to educate students on law-related subjects and stay out of matters of school discipline.

“SROs have to be carefully selected and especially trained to work in a school environment,” Canady said. “It’s not for everyone.”

Crime And Un-punishment

The officer who Tasered Jones still serves as a school resource officer, according to Lee, the district spokesman. While the district has publicly criticized the officer’s use of the Taser and brought its concerns to the police department, the officer’s supervisors disagree, saying that he acted appropriately in this case. Indeed, the officer had previously received specific training to work with children in schools, according to police chief Ergang

Jones and his mother pose for a portrait at their home in Kalamazoo.

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Jones and his mother pose for a portrait at their home in Kalamazoo.

The department’s former police chief told a local news outlet at the time that Jones had been ignoring the security officer’s verbal commands and had tried to fight back when the police officer and other adults tried to restrain him. The situation had become dangerous for the student and for surrounding students and faculty, the police chief said. The current police chief, Ergang, echoed this version of events to HuffPost.

But Jones’ mother, Tillana Jones, still doesn’t understand why so much force was needed on such a small boy. She saw video footage of the even and agrees that her son should have stopped resisting security guards and calmed down. But she also thinks the guards should have been given a chance to handle the situation before the police used violent force on her son. It was especially upsetting to see her son’s limp body being dragged through the hallway by the metal of the handcuffs.

“I don’t understand why this is the practice of a school to tase children like they’re animals ― cows pretty much,” she said. “Next they will be shooting them.”

A Teen’s Struggle

None of this adult back-and-forth means much to Jones, who is just trying to restore a sense of normalcy after his last school year was turned upside down. He spent about 12 hours in the hospital following the incident, and was suspended from school for two days. He is still working to fight charges of resisting arrest as a result of that December fight.

But the emotional impact of that day remains. Jones said he keeps to himself more, that he “need[s] time away from everybody.” He is also now in counseling, working to deal with some of his feelings of anger and confusion.

“I never thought I would be the person to get tased,” Jones said. “I don’t give my teachers a hard time, I work hard in my opinion.”

His mom, who is 38 and works as a resident advocate at a nursing home, is also still working through some of her feelings from the incident. She feels like she didn’t adequately prepare her black son for the consequences of dealing with police. He’s not a criminal, has always done well in school and it was a conversation she didn’t think was necessary, she said. It racks her with guilt.

Jones tosses a football while hanging out with his friends in front of his home.

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Jones tosses a football while hanging out with his friends in front of his home.

“I feel guilty to the fact of not being able to protect him from it … putting him in that position, sending him to a school where they Tase,” said Tillana Jones. “I beat myself up about it a billion times to figure out ways, and I’m sure my son has too.”

She’s also seen a difference in her son’s attitude.

In the months following the fight, the teenager suddenly has an “I don’t care attitude.”

“He lost a little bit of himself,” Tillana Jones said of her son, a school track star who wants to work in athletics or entertainment when he grows up.

Neither she nor her son ever imagined he would be Tasered at school ― a place they saw as a safe haven from the high-crime neighborhood where they live.

But that doesn’t mean she thinks schools should stop employing police officers. She thinks they’re a necessary part of preventing school shootings. She just believes there should be checks in place to make sure their power is limited.

“I just need them to know they’re dealing with children. They’re not in a correctional facility,” she said.

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Burning Nike Shoes? Burn Your Ford Cars Too, Make Sure You Are In Them Though, Just Do It

 

What kind of human being enjoys his life yet is determined that others should be as miserable and downtrodden as possible and is cool with that?
What am I talking about? Glad you asked.
I have thought a lot about race relations across the globe and primarily in the United States, I have always thought how better the world would be without this artificial problem created out of ignorance and perpetuated by human beings on others.

 

Which brings me to to the issue of NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and some of his colleagues kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before games.
I don’t want to delve too deeply into the whole question of whether they have every right as Americans to do as they please as is their God-given and Constitutional right to protest.

 

I won’t spend time talking about the whole issue of bringing the military into football games and pretending that somehow NFL games are the holy grail of patriotism where the military should be worshiped.
Last time I looked, every last man and woman who goes overseas to fight in the military does so of their own volition and for their own reasons.

 

There are no constitutional built-ins which prevent any American from protesting during the playing of the national anthem. In fact, every American is guaranteed the right to protest, Those rights are enshrined in the first amendment to the constitution, so why are some people pretending that they are guardians of patriotism?
What gives white people the right to determine what and where others they oppress may protest. When they say “they are disrespecting our flag and anthem”, who made them masters, who gave them ownership rights not endued onto others?
Does the country belong to the protesting athletes as much as it belongs to them, many of whom came and saw black people here?

 

Since the players have the right under the constitution to protest as they please, I will not spend my time writing about ignorant moronic people’s retarded views.
And so Nike’s decision to use Colin Kaepernick as the face of its latest advertising campaign has met with backlash from the usual ignorant backwater mongrels.
You know them, the same ones who believe the world was created for and with them in mind as rulers over everyone else.
Some took to burning their Nike shoes, cutting the Nike logo out of socks and sportswear as a sign of protest against Nike.
Yea these are the descendants of book burners, these idiots would do well with picking one up and learning to read.

 

I’m sure Nike expected this nonsense response, after all, they are used to these bottom feeding idiots.
But now Ford motor company has thrown their support behind the kneeling athletes. Oh shit, let me see how many ford cars are going to be burned.
I recall the story told of a very rich man who went to a church and he was giving a talk to the congregation about how great God was.
He told how he got his first dollar as a little boy. He explained that he was prepared to invest it, but then some missionaries turned up at his doorsteps.
Torn between investing his dollar and sowing into God’s work, he chose to do the latter.

 

As he told the story of how God blessed his life from then on, a little old lady sitting in the front pew chimed in ” do it again“,  “do it again“.
Unsure of what the old lady was referring to, the speaker asked, “do what“?
She stood up and said, “you said you did it before and he blessed you, give everything you have and he will bless you again, so do it again”.
That was the end of that talk… it’s easy to give a dollar and brag about it but not so easy to give millions in faithful obedience.

 

You idealistic bigshots burned your Nike garments and shoes, now show your patriotism and burn your prized Ford trucks and cars.
You bastions of patriotism, you defenders of the sacred ideals, you who believe that the rights of minorities should be subjected to your whims and dictates, those of you who think you have the right to decide the rights of others, burn your Ford cars now.

 

Since you believe that people protesting race soldiers killing innocent unarmed people is unpatriotic, go ahead and burn your Ford F-150’s now.
Either burn them or shut the fuck up you, inbred morons!
Better yet, make sure you are in them before you set them ablaze. The world will be a better place if you just do it.

Black Cops Tell National Police Organization: Nah, Bruh. We Support Kaepernick

 

 

One day after a national organization representing police groups across America called for its members to boycott Nike for its support of Colin Kaepernick, a group of black police officers responded by telling the apparel company that they will keep copping the new Nikes.

On Tuesday, the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), a collection of police unions and groups from across the United States, released a newsletter telling its members across the country to boycott Nike, according to Fox Carolina. The collection of uniformed snowflakes then sent a letter to Nike’s President and CEO whining about the company’s decision to use Kaepernick as the face of its campaign celebrating 30 years of “Just Do It.”

While the letter was white with a substance that was either dried salt from white tears or powdered doughnut residue, The Root has managed to obtain a copy:

Dear Chairman Parker,

On behalf of the more than 241,000 law enforcement officers represented by our Association across the country, I write to you to condemn in the strongest possible terms your selection of Colin Kaepernick for Nike’s “Just Do It” ad campaign. Mr. Kaepernick is known, not as a successful athlete, but as a shallow dilettante seeking to gain notoriety by disrespecting the flag for which so many Americans have fought and died.

The inclusion of Mr. Kaepernick in Nike’s “Just Do It” ad campaign also perpetuates the falsehood that police are racist and aiming to use force against African Americans and persons of color. In reality, officers across the nation risk their lives not only protecting the athletes featured in Nike’s various campaigns, but also serve aspiring athletes across the country who use the Nike brand, through the thousands of Police Athletic Leagues, Boys and Girls Clubs and Big Brother/Big Sister programs where our officers donate their time and energy. They deserve to have the respect and full support of corporate citizens like Nike.

Adding to the insult is the image of Mr. Kaepernick from the campaign featuring the quote “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” The fact that Mr. Kaepernick is no longer a starting NFL player does not equate to him being someone who has “sacrificed everything”. To truly understand what it means to “believe in something” and “sacrifice everything”, you should look to Arlington National Cemetery, or to the National LawEnforcement Officers’ Memorial in Washington, D.C., or to the trauma unit of a military hospital. The brave men and women of every race and color buried there, memorialized there, healing there, believed in this nation and our flag and exemplify the true meaning of“sacrifice”.

Sincerely,

Michael McHale

After the letter was made public, the National Black Police Association made clear that they should not be included in the 241,000 police officers on whose “behalf” the NAPO claimed to speak, the Intercept reports.

Basically, the letter, which can be read here, says: “Nah bruh. That’s just the white dudes.”

“It is with great dismay that we were made aware of a letter that you received from the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) regarding the use of Colin Kaepernick in your ‘Just Do It’ advertising campaign,” the letter begins. “The National Black Police Asociation (NBPA) is not in agreement on this matter and we strongly condemn the call for police officers and their families to boycott Nike and its products.”

The letter stated:

Your inclusion of Mr. Kaepernick in your ads seems appropriate to us. We live in a country where the 1st Amendment is a right of the people. Mr. Kaepernick chose to exercise his right where his passion was—on the football field. NAPO believes that Mr. Kaepernick’s choice to openly protest issues surrounding police brutality, racism and social injustice in this country makes him anti-police. On the contrary, the NBPA believes that Mr. Kaepernick’s stance is in direct alignment with what law enforcement stands for — the protection of a people, their human rights, their dignity, their safety, and their rights as American citizens.

OK, I must admit that I did a small, slightly Diddy-ish Holy Ghost shout after reading that paragraph.

The organization noted, “For NAPO to presuppose that Mr. Kaepernick has not made sacrifices because he did not die on a battlefield, shows you just how out of touch NAPO is with the African American community,” adding that: “If they had asked the NBPA, we would have told them they were out of line.”

“We will likely be buying and wearing a lot of Nikes in the near future,” the letter concludes.

Although this letter gave me great joy, I must admit that I don’t understand it.

If the black police officers aren’t offended by Kaepernick’s protest and seem to understand that protesting police brutality doesn’t mean he is protesting all police, then why are the white cops so mad? If some veterans can understand that the protest has nothing to do with the troops, the flag or the anthem, then why are some white people burning their socks?

Ooooh … I get it now. It’s just the racist ones!

They’re protesting because they hate black people.

And some people might counter that argument with the fact that the NAPO is not racist. They might say those police officers boycotting Nike and white people burning their Air Force 45s have nothing to do with racism. They might even ask how I could misconstrue the reason for their boycott and accuse them of disrespect and hate when they have publicly stated the reason for their protest.

“Exactly,” said Colin Kaepernick.

Exactly.

Whose Job Was It To Take The Microphone From Pastor Jasper Williams?

 

Allowing the microphone to long-winded sister Agatha during testimony on Sunday morning church service, and having to gently prod it from her hands is always a risky endeavor.
In the interest of time and common sense, the pastor has to make the decision to cut sister Agatha’s microphone or physically take it from her trembling hands.

 

But who takes the microphone from the hands of the Pastor in the interest of time, or more importantly in the interest of common sense?
Who makes the decision to say “take his microphone“, when the Pastor clearly drunk from having the limelight decides to make a spectacle and a fool of himself?

 

We are told that the Late Queen of soul Aretha Franklin asked the Reverend Jasper Williams a Georgia Pastor to eulogize her. Reverend Williams took the opportunity to delve into some critical areas of black life without laying out context or adding both sides of the arguments which would have insulated him from the backlash he is receiving. By doing so he left out exculpatory facts which go to the defense of the African-American community which is constantly being maligned.

 

This does not mean that Reverend Williams’ comments should be ignored, nevertheless speaking without the important principle of balance does give rise to the possibility of being tuned out or a negative backlash which drowns out the intended message.
Pastor Williams spoke to a few issues to which I will attempt to add some perspective.

(1) Quote: There was a time when we as a race had a thriving economy.

 

There never was a time when African-Americans as a race had a thriving economy, there have been pockets of economic progress in small places like Rosewood Florida, Tulsa Oklahoma and a few other places where Black entrepreneurial spirit had produced some measure of economic success and pride, but that was never allowed to be built out or translated across the broader spectrum of black America.

 

(2) Quote:” We got what we fought for, we got what we marched for, but with the birth of integration there also came the loss of not only the loss of the black community’s economy we also lost our souls. Where is your soul black man?
As I look in your house there are no fathers.

 

Pastor Williams’ broad sweeping generalized statements makes the assumptions that there was a thriving black economy across America which is not supported by any historical data. As I pointed out earlier there were pockets of black economic activity much of which was destroyed by white mob violence and through the implementation of other more subversive measures. However, this was in no way true of the wider African-American population.
The idea that there are no black fathers in black homes sound like a right-wing talking point rather than the statements of a cautious learned man of God.

 

(3) Quote: Seventy percent of our households are led by our precious, proud, fine black women, but as proud, beautiful and fine as our black women are, one thing black women cannot do,……. a black woman cannot raise a black boy to be a man.

 

Pastor, there are several reasons why households are becoming far different from what obtained decades ago, not the least of which is the definition of what constitutes a family nowadays.
As the roles of women change in society and women are more and more represented in the workforce, so too has the perception of what constitutes a family changed over time.
The concept of single-parent households is not a phenomenon solely in the black community, it transcends all ethnic groups, single-parent households led by women are on the rise.
Is there a disproportionate representation of single mother run households in the black community? The answer is a resounding yes.
We cannot speak to the 70% of black women who are having children out of wedlock or the high incidents of women-run households in the black community without addressing the ravaging effects of the prison industrial complex, mass criminalization and incarceration of young black males, or the other societal roadblocks affecting the black community across America.

More importantly, when we speak about black women in the negative we must endeavor to acknowledge that In America despite the challenges, Black women in the 2009-2010 academic year, received a higher percentage of degrees within their race/ethnic group than did women in any other major group. So, for example, of all the MA degrees awarded to Black students, Black women got 71% of them. In comparison, White women only got 62% of all White MA degrees. (source. https://familyinequality.wordpress.com/2016/06/07/no-black-women-are-not-the-most-educated-group-in-the-us/)

 

I am not too far away from Pastor Williams on this issue of “cannot raise black men“, but I do not agree when he says “cannot.
I say should not. This is a subject on which I opine regularly, there are myriad issues in this question which requires some clarification.
On the one hand, we must first come to a consensus on whether the question of what constitutes “Man” remains the traditional interpretation. Is he still the dragon-slayer, protector, provider, strong disciplinarian, a fence around the family?  Or have that characterization migrated to the more docile feminist male who is more deferential to his woman, and is in many cases reduced to the caricature of a  useless idiot with an ATM card?

There is no question that when two good and decent people come together and raise their children the right way those children have a better shot at life. Study after study has alluded to that, personally, I did not need a study to validate what God had already created and sanctified.
As such, it follows therefore that when the father is missing from the home the task of the mother becomes exponentially more difficult because she cannot teach what she has never known. She was not a father.

 

This is true in the reverse, a mother is the better parent to teach her daughter how to be a woman, regardless of how great a dad may be.
I need to reiterate that in every case one good parent is far better than two bad ones, so to the skeptics who are quick to gravitate to “well what about two bad parents or one bad parent of a two-parent household”? To you, I say in every situation, I am talking about situations in which people act as God intended us to.

 

There is also the question of a mother’s love and tenderness, (which I cannot speak to, (I was not raised by my mother). It is true that far too many women are unable to figure out that showering kids with goodies and allowing them to do as they please is not love, but is better viewed as an abdication of responsibility, a form of child neglect.
I raised my boys to understand that sometimes no is the right answer(RIP) [Kodi Beckles], you understood that concept very well.
I raised my children to understand that when I told them “no,” it was out of love, not out of a desire to be mean or punitive.
I demonstrated to them that I have never seen a sign anywhere which says please do as you please.
Saying “no,” where appropriate, is exactly the right thing to do, something many black women are yet to learn or understand.

 

Society is littered with rules, no parking, no speeding, no entry, no standing, no backing up, no overtaking, no loitering, no vending, no this, no that. Saying no to your children where it is needed is preparing them for society.
Failing to prepare them for society is doing them a grave disservice, the consequences of which we see play out in far too many circumstances where had they followed simple instructions the result would have been different.
No, ma’am, he is not your baby, he is grown.
No, my man, your mother’s house is not yours and it certainly isn’t a crib. Grow up!

 

Quote: “If you chose to ask me today, do black lives matter?
Let me answer like this no, black lives do not matter, black lives will not matter black lives ought not to matter, black lives should not matter, black lives must not matter until black people start respecting black lives and stop killing ourselves“.

Lets first acknowledge that we do not know whether the great Queen of Soul, our dearly beloved sister Aretha Franklyn had seen this sermon and okayed it before her passing.
Let us also acknowledge that she may have know exactly the kind of sermon that the Reverend Jasper Williams would preach and that may have informed her decision to choose him to deliver her eulogy.

 

The late Great Senator John McCain had enough time and conviction to speak to us in death, his choices of former Presidents, Obama and Bush spoke volumes.
Two men of opposing parties, two men who defeated him in his quest for the Presidency to eulogize him sent a powerful message of bi-partisanship.
John McCain decried what he called the lack of regular order. Regular order means doing things the right way, observing the rules of the game with due care and deference. Choosing Bush and Obama to speak at his funeral service embodies that ideal.

 

In as much as the loss of every life is regrettable, and in as much as the incidents of black and black crime is evident, particularly in inner-city communities, it is short-sighted to ignore the socio-economic conditions which create these maladies.
Each ethnic group in America experiences same race violence than violence perpetrated on them by other races.
This is not an excuse for violent behavior but again to simply pull out black on black violence and trumpet it while ignoring the causes is self-serving.

 

Saying Black live matter and dealing with black on black crime are not mutually exclusive issues. Generally when blacks kill they are arrested and made to pay the price. That is what the Police is there for.
When the police kill black people without just cause and people protest those killings, they are justified in arguing that black lives do matter. Anyone who finds that offensive is part of the problem and not part of the solution.

 

Again, Pastor Jasper Williams seems to have either borrowed his talking points from FOX, or he has simply co-opted them without doing the necessary research before incorporating them into his sermon.
There are right and wrong ways to go about speaking to our community. Do not talk down to our people because you get a megaphone. Let us remember the way Bill Cosby talked down to the community, he was not the first, he certainly will not be the last.

 

In the case of the goodly Pastor Jasper Williams, whose job was it to take his microphone? Make your words soft and sweet Pastor Williams, you may have to eat them. You knew you were on the biggest stage of your life and you chose to say what you did. You made a conscious decision to be divisive and disparaging at a time when healing and coming together was required and for that, you were a total failure, sir. It was not about you but you made it so!
Fame and power do not change a man, they simply illuminate who he really is, said a really wise man.

Buford City Schools Superintendent Geye Hamby Resigns Amid Lawsuit Claiming Racial Discrimination

 

Buford City Schools Superintendent Geye Hamby submitted his resignation Friday – just days after audio surfaced of what is believed to be him going on a racist rant.

Hamby, who has held the position of superintendent since 2006, was recently sued by former paraprofessional educator Mary Ingram for alleged race discrimination and retaliation after she was fired “without any justification,” the lawsuit says.

“Please accept this letter as my resignation as Superintendent of Buford City Schools,” Hamby wrote in a letter addressed to the Board of Education and obtained by the Daily Post. “My sincere apologies for any actions that may have created adversity for this community and the Buford School District.”

Included in the lawsuit is a web link to two audio recordings, in which a man said to be Hamby makes derogatory comments about black construction workers, referring to them by the n-word and saying that he would “kill these (expletive).”

Hamby was placed on administrative leave by the school board on Wednesday and later resigned, attorney Gregory Jay confirmed to the Daily Post. Story first appeared here(https://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/local/buford-city-schools-superintendent-geye-hamby-resigns-amid-lawsuit-claiming/article_f89ea28a-1615-5bdc-88c1-c8b787c26227.html)

One Year After Charlottesville Lets Remember Heather Heyer

 

A young woman gave everything she had so that all people may live in peace, with dignity and respect.
She gave her life.
She was white!

 

Who didn’t see this coming?
What did you think the demonizing of colored immigrants was about? What did you think packing the courts with white male right-wing judges from the Heritage Foundation was about? The purging of voter rolls which summarily removed black voters who may have exercised their right not to vote in every election? Redistricting.  Lies about illegal voting, restrictive voting rules, to include the massive lessening of early voting days, mass inceration, and the resultant laws which take away the right of felons to vote?
Ask yourselves, what useful purpose is served by taking the voting right of people who have already paid their debt to society?

 

Yet these and the many other glaring red flags have either been missed or largely ignored by the black community.
For its part, the brown community has done it’s level best to ignore the signs which ought to have informed it to align itself with the black struggle.
Instead, the brown community hid in the background convincing itself it is safe, they are only after the blacks, look at me I am almost white.
All of that, however, was before that June 16th, 2015 escalator ride in which Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the American Presidency.

 

Jonathan Capehart opinion writer for the Washington Post wrote.
The nightmare began on June 16, 2015. Donald Trump descended on an escalator to the gilded lobby of his eponymous tower on Fifth Avenue to announce his candidacy for the Republican Party’s nomination for president. Little did we know that that opening scene would be the perfect metaphor for what was to come: A low and ugly campaign that defined deviancy down in presidential politics by playing on fear, racism, xenophobia, misogyny and a general disdain for anyone not white, straight, Christian, able-bodied and male. 

Ah, Jonathan…..Little did we know that that opening scene would be the perfect metaphor for what was to come?
How could you not have known?
No, Jonathan, the nightmare did not begin on June 16th, 2015, the nightmare has been in existence since the beginning of this republic, you simply chose to close your eyes to it.
As I laid out in the first paragraph, and so much more that I left out, the signs have always been there.  The pretense is not a workable strategy. Black people are not that silly, they may be resigned to the bludgeoning, after all, its difficult to withstand four hundred years of what we have withstood without displaying some degree of wear and tear.
But what is the story of the brown people, what is their excuse?
We could ask Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz, we could ask Nikki Haley or Bobby Jindal.
Nah they are too busy pretending to be white.

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And so now the Browns are forced to deal with their own vulnerabilities in a country which has a minority of the majority so insecure it cannot exist outside of venomous hatred.
It is from that group that Donald Trump emerged.  It is on that discontent, resentment, and perpetual victimhood on which Donald Trump rode into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Browns never bothered to find common cause with the struggles of African Americans. Their lighter shades convinced them that hey would eventually be assimilated into white society like the Irish, and Italians and the Catholics even some lighter skinned Arabs have.

 

Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Arabs, Muslims, and everyone not in that group Jonathan Capeheart so eloquently spoke about now find themselves in the crosshairs of a new era of American fascism.
In other words, there is a whole slew of new n*****s now.
Decades and decades of marches and militancy is the trademark of the Black American existence, yet for the most part that existential struggle has seen far more white Americans struggling and dying with their black brothers and sisters for the simple right to live lives of dignity and respect than it has attracted brown people.

Heather Heyer, the victim of Charlottesville white neo-nazi rage.

As white nazis get ready to march on Washington tomorrow to commemorate the one year anniversary of their infamous Chorletsville tiki-torch march, we must never forget the life of Heather Heyer.
A young woman who could easily have stayed home confident in the built-in protections guaranteed by her white skin. She chose to stand up to bigotry and racism, fully conversant that we rise together or we die together.
Her life was snuffed out by a worthless piece of trash who lacked the basic understanding of the values she so bravely stood for.

There is much going on in America which may provide glee to some. To those, I suggest a little research and reading up on Adolph Hitler’s rise and the inevitable fall of Nazi Germany.
It is inconceivable that soldiers of all colors, including American soldiers, gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy in 1944 to defeat Naziism and to prevent the extermination of Jews just so that Nazis can continue to kill as they did last year right here in America.

The storm clouds are rising. The demagoguery about football players, Mexicans, Muslims, Immigrants and everyone not white male are in no way dissimilar to the demagoguery and deportations which preceded the extermination of Jews in Hitler’s Germany.
We ignore them at our peril.

Amidst Talk Of Prison Reform, Courts Continue To Oppress The Poorest Americans


 

 

Chris works on a farm by day and works for a security company at nights, two jobs to make ends meet. Today he came in to see me, he also provides some basic services through my business to the Jamaica men and women who do seasonal work on farms in Dutchess and Ulster Counties New York.

Chris was unable to do much of anything to earn a living today, though he came in wearing farm clothes, he was on his way to traffic court in the Town of Poughkeepsie right here in Dutchess County.
He asked me jokingly, what would happen to him if he is late for court, I told him they would likely issue a warrant for his arrest, he laughed and hurried left.

I thought about his chances as walked briskly away, I concluded to myself that he is in for a rough time in that court, which for all intents and purpose is a cash factory for the county.  The Town of Poughkeepsie court churns out millions from largely the poorest residents of the county who can least afford to pay the humungous fines meted out for the slightest traffic infractions.

The Town’s officers are largely discourteous, arrogant and are almost 100% white-male. They use the route 9 corridor as a feeding tree for writing tickets, but they are to be found hiding in bushes on literally every little roadway which snake their ways throughout the town.
Main street runs through the city to the Town where it forks into Routes 44 and 55, both arteries run through the town.
Many of their traffic stops end up in the city. Other stops begin in the city because they follow motorists into the city from the town before initiating traffic stops.  As you may well imagine their victims are usually black and brown motorists, who make up the bulk of the city’s residents, In other words, people who look like Chris.

 

For years people have complained about this police department. This including a 2014 Essay published by Gawker and written by Kiese Laymon, an associate professor of English and a contributing editor at Gawker. It began with the author at a traffic stop, being chastised by a white officer from the department.

“After taking my license and ID back to his car, he came to me with a ticket and two lessons,” Laymon wrote. “ ‘Looks like you got a good thing going on over there at Vassar College,’ he said. ‘You don’t wanna ruin it by rolling through stop signs, do you?’ “
Laymon says that was the fourth time a local police officer had told him his job made everything “O.K.,” a phrase that inspired the essay’s title, “My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK.”

 

About an hour and a half later Chris walked in, he conceded he wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. Then he told me that the prosecutor told him he had reduced the seat-belt violation to a non-moving violation. He was encouraged to plead to a parking violation for which he was forced to pay $175.
That’s in addition to losing a whole day of work.

There is no legal justification for breaking the laws.  However, when a poor person who makes such a small mistake is forced to pay such a high price and the system uses the guise of a reduced charge, one has to reasonably conclude that he was spared the moving violation just so that he could go make more money for them to steal.

Trump meets with Black pastors

All across America, the poorest people who can least afford it are being used as cash cows to feed city and town coffers and funding budgets.
At a time when misguided black apostates masquerading as pastors are meeting with Trump about prison reform, these are the real issues affecting the poorest Americans.

Unfortunately, these pastors make a mockery of themselves, they do not speak for the black community and generally have no influence in the black community.
In essence, these photo-ops with Trump have zero to do with the community and everything to do with the egos of these disgusting opportunists.

If Donald Trump wanted to have meaningful conversations about prison reform he would have picked up the phone and speak to Reverend William Barber.  He could call Congressman John Lewis over to the White House.  He is free to call Michelle Alexander and many others who can engage him in substantive consultations on this pressing issue. Instead, he chooses to consult with lackeys and stool pigeons who have no influence and are only engaged in it for themselves.

One Man Builds School For Kids The Other Places Kids In Cages Away From Their Parents

I have always been of the opinion that financial independence was one of the best tools that black Americans could use to effectively counter white racism.
You know you don’t have to like me but you better damn well respect my financial prowess? Okay, I am nevertheless clear-eyed that poverty in black communities is tied to myriad issues some of which are out of the control of the people.

In the absence of economic power, the next best thing it seems to me is education and skills training, not that education or specific skills training are mutually exclusive to wealth. I am not suggesting that every black person should go to college, I am painfully aware that-that is utopian, even though it would be nice.
What I am saying is that where possible our people need to get trained in critical skills which are readily marketable.

This is particularly important at this time, not only because of how our politics have devolved but because of the changes in the marketplace. Innovation has taken a hatchet to certain disciplines on the one hand and globalization on the other have been removing other jobs from the economy.
Librarians, toll-collectors, factory workers, bank-tellers, supermarket cashiers, typists, secretaries, stenographers, calligraphers, Photographers and the list goes on and on. Jobs are systematically removed from the economy even as we fawn over the latest technological innovations.

 

The choices we face are not optional they are existential, adapt and survive, fail and suffer the consequences. The marketplace of the future is high tech, this economy will require highly skilled workers to make the economy function. Silicone Valley has no shortage of jobs, in fact, the tech industry is desperate for the US State Department to grant enough workers visas to fill existing positions in that sector. These are high-tech jobs which are available but there is a shortage of software engineers and other specialists to fill these jobs.

Lebron James

The attack on Basketball phenom Lebron James by the occupant of the white house is telling on several levels. As Lebron talks about building a school for at-risk young people in one Ohio Town and is being castigated by Trump it is important to note the steadfastness and laser-like focus with which James has set out on his life’s journey.
On the one had Lebron is building schools to educate young people Donald Trump is locking children in cages to fulfill his sick agenda. James seeks to use sports to build bridges, to peace and understanding, Trump demagogues, malign, demean and disrespect sports stars who use their platforms to draw attention to social and societal ills.

On Sunday, August 5th I could not help noticing that throughout the day literally, all the networks outside of the propaganda arm of the GOP were talking about the sharp contrast between James and Trump.
I remarked to my wife, “They don’t have to love you but they damn sure better respect your body of work”, she agreed.

Trump

I am not suggesting that everyone will have access to the financial resources and fame of Lebron James, far from it. In fact, the opposite is guaranteed. As such we must do the next best thing and get the education required, the best vehicle out of poverty and the best bet for wealth retention.

Neither am I saying that all of us can have the platform of James, Curry or even Kaepernick. Nevertheless, if we make better life decisions and go to college, trade schools find jobs and create startups and spend our money in our communities we become the masters of our own destiny.

If our young men can see value in themselves enough to stay out of jail they have a chance of making something of themselves.
Those who invest in jails are certainly free to do so, our young people can choose to become lawyers, doctors, nurses and scientists, electricians and refrigeration technicians and yes coders. If we stick to that game plan pretty soon those who invest in prison stocks will have to find other stocks to purchase.

Colin Kaepernick

Donald Trump seeks to demonize James, as he does NFL players because he is a pathetic bully. Bullies will not stop until someone stand up to them. James has the resources and the chops to do so. In every category, Lebron James has outpaced Donald Trump though he never inherited any money from his daddy.
Donald Trump is terrified of successful black men, his lying defamatory campaign against the first African-American president was only one example of that fear. There is a long history of that fear and insecurity dating back to the Central Park five and even further back than that embarrassing debacle for which he has still not apologized.
He only conceded that President Barack Obama was a legitimate American when he thought it was in his best interest to do so in his quest to attain the presidency.
Predictably, as a soon as he was installed in the presidency he went right back to his Obama derangement syndrome.

 

Trump is not alone, he is the megaphone for the deep-seated animus which exists against people of color and black men in particular. Trump is conversant with this, hence his “I could shoot anyone on 5th avenue and I wouldn’t lose a single supporter” comment.
In fact, his base of support may have expanded as a result of his outright racism. Many people who harbor racist, xenophobic views are now emboldened to act out those tendencies.
When NFL players kneel to bring attention to police abuse and execution of black people, white people know damn well it has nothing to do with a flag or military (as if the flag and military are to be worshiped as a God).
Creating a false narrative serves to distract from the issue, arguing that it is unpatriotic is demagogic, it brings hatred to the athletes and that’s exactly what they want to accomplish.

 

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Evangelical Apostasy Places It’s Values Over God’s Words

 

Are you a person of faith who sometimes feel despondent and anxious as events outside your control seem to put the very existence of a God into question?
Do you see fewer and fewer people in your church pews as the assault on truth and decency intensify, seemingly, in a direct assault on everything you believed?
You are not alone.

 

Almost daily we see and hear of events which frighten and terrifies us, we hear the obvious question,”Where is God, how could a God allow this to happen”? Sometimes the very events which are supposed to bring us closer to God are the events which drive us farther away from him,
The idea of trusting to our own understanding has been a non-starter from the beginning. Hence the Lod gave us his word to guide us in times when we see no way out, in times when we ask where is God in all of this.

 

We sometimes live our lives trusting on our own knowledge,, our own understanding, we make decisions on how we relate to unfolding events solely on what we know. Totally conversant of how that can be destructive to us the Lord encourages us in his holy word to have faith.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

Where do we turn for comfort when the very body of Christ align itself with the dark forces which made you despondent in the first place?
Well the word of God acknowledged that we would find ourselves in this dilemma.
Philippians 2:12: Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,

Dr. David R. Reagan writing about  Apostasy in the Church said, The Bible clearly prophesies that the Church of the end times will be characterized by apostasy. Paul said that the Antichrist will not be revealed until “the apostasy comes first”(2 Thessalonians 2:3). Jesus prophesied that “many will fall away” and “most people’s love will grow cold” (Matthew 24:1012).

 

As we reported in a previous article Churches are closing rapidly, and those which have remained open are experiencing fewer people in their pews. Additionally, Christians in some parts of the world are increasingly coming under violent attack and are being killed in shocking numbers.
We look at church leaders and we see rampant hypocrisy and verbal Jiu-jitsu on their part as they try to justify and legitimize those with whom they agree while lambasting others they dislike.

Earlier this year MSNBC’s Alex Witt asked Franklin Graham, son of famed Televangelist Billy Graham and himself a Minister and head of Samaritan’s Purse” about reports of Donald Trump’s alleged infidelities and dalliance.
Anytime religion is politicized it’s in danger of extinction,”[Ravi Zacharias]

http://www.chatt-a-box.com/white-evangelicals-continue-to-distort-christ-teachings-to-justify-racism-and-hypocrisy/
He said he didn’t say it,” Graham said. “I don’t think any of those senators if he did use that language, have heard that word for the first time. I’m sure that’s a word they’ve used before, I think there’s a little hypocrisy here.”
“We have a businessman who is a president, not a politician, but a businessman,” Graham said. “We should all be grateful that he’s brought his knowledge to Washington and he’s helping to turn this economy around.”

Obama’s private sector job growth graphic.

 

So there you have it morality in high office is no longer a virtue as long as the economy is doing well. Is there any wonder that young intellectuals are not rushing to hear about God?
While we are on the subject of the economy it is instructive to do the utmost to ensure that in that narrative about economic well-being we do not lose sight of the facts.
Intellectualism/ Science and Religion were not always at odds with each other. Previously the most learned scholars were the most religious. the American National Academy of Sciences has written that “the evidence for evolution can be fully compatible with religious faith”, a view officially endorsed by many religious denominations globally.

Obama’s economy.

The simple truth is that the word of God remains unchanged, the problem is with the messengers. Franklin Graham is by no means the only white so-called conservative who have tied themselves into pretzels trying to legitimize what they want you to believe.
In fact, John Hagee, Pat Robertson, and shockingly even some Black proclaimed ministers of the gospel have used the Bible and their own twisted interpretations of God’s words to bring the body of Christ into disrepute.

 

At no time in our recent history, at least not in my lifetime has politics so ensnared the evangelical movement and places the body of Christ in contravention to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
♦Proclaiming opposition to Abortions while hating children not of your skin color is not Christlike.(Not taking sides on the abortion issue)
♦Abortions may very well be sinful but to disregard everything else and vote for a party which would put judges in place who rule against the basic human and civil rights of all people is equally sinful and hypocritical.

 

♦We may not agree with the lifestyle of our neighbor but we are duty bound to love them with the agape love, “the highest form of love, charity” and “the love of God for man and of man for God”.That love which is the God kind of love, if we want to claim to be his children.
♦We cannot claim real Christian faith if we continue to dwell in the cesspool of ignorance, continuously engulfed in the toxic imbecility of the superiority of skin color, lacking the simple and fundamental understanding that there is only one human race.
♦We can in no like wise claim God when we turn our backs in oblivious disinterest at the pain and suffering of our disenfranchised and abused brothers and sisters.

 

The evangelical movement has fallen woefully short on literally all counts.
The church is actively engaged in distorting the word of God and turning away some of those who were once believers of the faith and alienating further, those on the outside looking on.
2nd. Thessalonians 2:1-3 King James Version (KJV) Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.

 

White Women Complicit In Oppressing Others,willfully Forgetting Their Own Period Of Oppression

There is a stubborn deniability on the part of white women in America, a failure to recognize that color is only skin-deep, that they are first and foremost members of the human race and that who we are as members of the human race [trumps] skin color.

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote, a right known as women’s suffrage, and was ratified on August 18, 1920, ending almost a century of protest. In 1848 the movement for women’s rights launched on a national level with the Seneca Falls Convention organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. Following the convention, the demand for the vote became a centerpiece of the women’s rights movement. Stanton and Mott, along with Susan B. Anthony and other activists raised public awareness and lobbied the government to grant voting rights to women. After a lengthy battle, these groups finally emerged victorious with the passage of the 19th Amendment.[History.com]

The fact is that as they have done to black Americans, white men were quite comfortable with preventing white women from voting,. White men believed that they and they alone were smart and responsible enough to elect leaders through the ballot box. In fact, they were basically the only candidates for elected office with the exception of a few cases.

During America’s early history, women were denied some of the basic rights enjoyed by male citizens. For example, married women couldn’t own property and had no legal claim to any money they might earn, and no female had the right to vote. Women were expected to focus on housework and motherhood, not politics.
Hillary Clinton’s early decision not to follow traditional first lady roles in the state of Arkansas may have forever ruined the way she is perceived.

The undeniable truth is that white men were quite comfortable in denying their own white women the right to vote, own property, and even to have autonomy over their own financial resources.
They were, and in many regards are still comfortable with having babies with their women while denying them the right to make decisions over their own reproductive rights.
Thanks to the struggles of progressive women like those aforementioned and other unsung heroines and heroes, women have had some autonomy to make decisions on their own.

Seneca Falls Convention 1848

Nevertheless, today some of the same challenges women faced pre-August 18, 1920, are still in play.. It is inconceivable that in 2018 women would still be at risk of losing the right to make decisions as it relates to their own bodies.
Yet the looming confirmation battle of potential Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh poses exactly those same risks and far worse, not just for all women including white women but also for all people of color.

The shocking truth is that white women have benefitted from the struggles of progressives outside of the narrow confines of reproductive rights. The civil rights won battles which allow them the right to vote, own property and handle their own money did not come without major fights.
The sad reality is that though white women have largely benefitted from the sacrifices of others and may arguably be said to be a protected class in America, they are reluctant to speak out in defense of the rights of others who still struggle to be afforded their rights.

To the contrary, white women of varying class have demonstrably taken a decided stance against protecting the rights of those less protected and have themselves engaged in systemic oppression and support of oppressive and discriminatory practices against others.
That kind of behavior is reprehensible and must be seen for what it is,, a clear and unequivocal attempt to kick away the ladder and side with the very same forces which once had them in subjugation.
It is reprehensible and shameful but most of all it is ignorant.

Black Christian Leaders Call On Paul Ryan To Censure Maxine Waters’ ‘Call To Extremism’

You simply cannot make this up.
In order to find this reasonable, one would have to be totally turned off to over four hundred years of Slavery, Jim Crowe, the Prison Industrial Complex and the continued fight of black people against racial oppression and police abuse in America.
One would, however, be able to understand why these maladies have been so intransigent and difficult to stop

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A group of black Christian conservative leaders are calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to censure Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters of California for comments she made last month urging supporters to directly harass administration officials at “anytime” and “anywhere” they see them.

African-American conservative activists and religious leaders gathered on Capitol Hill Thursday to pressure Ryan to formally condemn Waters on the House floor and proclaimed that Waters doesn’t speak to the “faith of all black America.”

In question are Waters’ comments at a California rally in late June in which she called for critics of the administration to confront Donald Trump administration officials when they see them at a restaurant, a gas station, a department store or wherever else they might be found in public.

Waters’ remarks came as there was much media coverage over Trump administration officials — White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — being kicked out of restaurants because they work for the Trump administration.

“Her call to extremism based on where another American citizen works and who they associate with must be sternly addressed by Speaker Paul Ryan,” Star Parker, president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, said at a press conference. “An apology is not enough, nor did she offer one when asked by House Speaker. As we move into two months of intense debate over SCOTUS nomination, the censuring of Maxine Waters becomes of extreme urgency.”

Bishop Aubrey Shines of the nondenominational Glory to Glory Ministries in Tampa, Florida, asserted that lawmakers like Waters who say these types of things are also putting law-abiding supporters of the president — such as themselves — in harm’s way. Read more here:https://www.christianpost.com/news/black-christian-leaders-call-on-paul-ryan-to-censure-maxine-waters-call-to-extremism-225995/#.W0l-7JKvCJk.facebook

A Brief History Of Slavery And The Origins Of American Policing

 

Written by Victor E. Kappeler, Ph.D.

The birth and development of the American police can be traced to a multitude of historical, legal and political-economic conditions. The institution of slavery and the control of minorities, however, were two of the more formidable historic features of American society shaping early policing. Slave patrols and Night Watches, which later became modern police departments, were both designed to control the behaviors of minorities. For example, New England settlers appointed Indian Constables to police Native Americans (National Constable Association, 1995), the St. Louis police were founded to protect residents from Native Americans in that frontier city, and many southern police departments began as slave patrols. In 1704, the colony of Carolina developed the nation’s first slave patrol. Slave patrols helped to maintain the economic order and to assist the wealthy landowners in recovering and punishing slaves who essentially were considered property.

Dr. Kappeler has received numerous awards by both academic institutions and governmental agencies for his contributions to criminal justice.

Policing was not the only social institution enmeshed in slavery. Slavery was fully institutionalized in the American economic and legal order with laws being enacted at both the state and national divisions of government. Virginia, for example, enacted more than 130 slave statutes between 1689 and 1865. Slavery and the abuse of people of color, however, was not merely a southern affair as many have been taught to believe. Connecticut, New York and other colonies enacted laws to criminalize and control slaves. Congress also passed fugitive Slave Laws, laws allowing the detention and return of escaped slaves, in 1793 and 1850. As Turner, Giacopassi and Vandiver (2006:186) remark, “the literature clearly establishes that a legally sanctioned law enforcement system existed in America before the Civil War for the express purpose of controlling the slave population and protecting the interests of slave owners. The similarities between the slave patrols and modern American policing are too salient to dismiss or ignore. Hence, the slave patrol should be considered a forerunner of modern American law enforcement.”

The legacy of slavery and racism did not end after the Civil War. In fact, it can be argued that extreme violence against people of color became even worse with the rise of vigilante groups who resisted Reconstruction. Because vigilantes, by definition, have no external restraints, lynch mobs had a justified reputation for hanging minorities first and asking questions later. Because of its tradition of slavery, which rested on the racist rationalization that Blacks were sub-human, America had a long and shameful history of mistreating people of color, long after the end of the Civil War. Perhaps the most infamous American vigilante group, the Ku Klux Klan started in the 1860s, was notorious for assaulting and lynching Black men for transgressions that would not be considered crimes at all, had a White man committed them. Lynching occurred across the entire county not just in the South. Finally, in 1871 Congress passed the Ku Klux Klan Act, which prohibited state actors from violating the Civil Rights of all citizens in part because of law enforcement’s involvement with the infamous group. This legislation, however, did not stem the tide of racial or ethnic abuse that persisted well into the 1960s.

Though having white skin did not prevent discrimination in America, being White undoubtedly made it easier for ethnic minorities to assimilate into the mainstream of America. The additional burden of racism has made that transition much more difficult for those whose skin is black, brown, red, or yellow. In no small part because of the tradition of slavery, Blacks have long been targets of abuse. The use of patrols to capture runaway slaves was one of the precursors of formal police forces, especially in the South. This disastrous legacy persisted as an element of the police role even after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In some cases, police harassment simply meant people of African descent were more likely to be stopped and questioned by the police, while at the other extreme, they have suffered beatings, and even murder, at the hands of White police. Questions still arise today about the disproportionately high numbers of people of African descent killed, beaten, and arrested by police in major urban cities of America.

Victor E. Kappeler, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Foundation Professor
School of Justice Studies
Eastern Kentucky University

 

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