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Driving While Black

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Driving While Black

Driving While Black

Was it November 2006 or March 1991? Was it Rodney King all over again? The recent murder of Sean Bell by New York police officers and the Taser shooting of Houston Texans offensive lineman, Fred Weary, have some wondering were the attacks racially motivated.

For African Americans, being the victims of racial profiling is nothing new, but the tactics used by police to justify excessive force against minorities recently hit an all time low as officers attempted to assassinate the character of Sean Bell and Fred Weary, the latest victims of police brutality.

On November 25, 2006, New York City police officers fired 50 shots into a car driven by Sean Bell, 23, hours before he was to marry Nicole Paultre. Police critically wounded passengers Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield in the shooting.

Bell and his friends were celebrating his bachelor party at the Kalua Cabaret, a club under investigation for alleged criminal activities.

According to eyewitness reports, the three men allegedly got into an argument with other patrons at the club and decided to leave the cabaret.

Based on police reports, the undercover officers investigating the atmosphere at …read more      

Driving While Black

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Driving While Black

Driving While Black

Was it November 2006 or March 1991? Was it Rodney King all over again? The recent murder of Sean Bell by New York police officers and the Taser shooting of Houston Texans offensive lineman, Fred Weary, have some wondering were the attacks racially motivated.

For African Americans, being the victims of racial profiling is nothing new, but the tactics used by police to justify excessive force against minorities recently hit an all time low as officers attempted to assassinate the character of Sean Bell and Fred Weary, the latest victims of police brutality.

On November 25, 2006, New York City police officers fired 50 shots into a car driven by Sean Bell, 23, hours before he was to marry Nicole Paultre. Police critically wounded passengers Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield in the shooting.

Bell and his friends were celebrating his bachelor party at the Kalua Cabaret, a club under investigation for alleged criminal activities.

According to eyewitness reports, the three men allegedly got into an argument with other patrons at the club and decided to leave the cabaret.

Based on police reports, the undercover officers investigating the atmosphere at the Kalua …read more      

Black History Month we Salute General William E. “Kip” Ward, U.S. Commander, United States Africa Command

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Black History Month we Salute General William E. “Kip” Ward, U.S. Commander, United States Africa Command

Black History Month we Salute General William E. “Kip” Ward, U.S. Commander, United States Africa Command

During Black History Month we salute all of our military men and women serving our country. On January 30, 2010, CNN conducted a live interview with General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, discussing his experiences as the only black four-star general currently serving in the U.S. military. “I look at it as a chance to demonstrate that you can achieve those things if you set your mind to them, if you apply yourself in productive ways, if you’re prepared to accept opportunity that comes your way and then move on,” Ward said during the interview. He was also asked about U.S. Africa Command’s role in the Haiti disaster relief efforts. Ward explained that an Africa Partnership Station vessel that was en route to West Africa for military-to-military training events was diverted to Haiti along with several African ship-riders who were on board. Ward was in Atlanta, Georgia to accept the Trumpet Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of …read more      

Black History Month we Salute General William E. “Kip” Ward, U.S. Commander, United States Africa Command

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Black History Month we Salute General William E. “Kip” Ward, U.S. Commander, United States Africa Command

Black History Month we Salute General William E. “Kip” Ward, U.S. Commander, United States Africa Command

During Black History Month we salute all of our military men and women serving our country. On January 30, 2010, CNN conducted a live interview with General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, discussing his experiences as the only black four-star general currently serving in the U.S. military. “I look at it as a chance to demonstrate that you can achieve those things if you set your mind to them, if you apply yourself in productive ways, if you’re prepared to accept opportunity that comes your way and then move on,” Ward said during the interview. He was also asked about U.S. Africa Command’s role in the Haiti disaster relief efforts. Ward explained that an Africa Partnership Station vessel that was en route to West Africa for military-to-military training events was diverted to Haiti along with several African ship-riders who were on board. Ward was in Atlanta, Georgia to accept the Trumpet Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of black Americans …read more      

Minnesota Man Sentenced To 15 Years For Shooting Black Protesters

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A white Minnesota man who was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison Wednesday for shooting and wounding five black protesters said he’ll live with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life, but stopped short of apologizing.

Allen Scarsella’s sentence of 15 years and two months was short of prosecutors’ request for the maximum 20 years but within state guidelines. The 25-year-old Bloomington man was convicted in February on assault and riot charges for shooting the five men at a Black Lives Matter protest encampment outside a north Minneapolis police station following the fatal police shooting of a black man, Jamar Clark, in 2015.

“I recognize the severity of the events of November 23rd, 2015,” Scarsella said as he stood before Hennepin County District Judge Hilary Caligiuri. He said the shootings were not what he wanted to happen that night when he and three friends went to the protest, where demonstrators chased them away because they were wearing masks. “I’ll live with the consequences the rest of my life.”

Prosecutor Chris Freeman dismissed self-defense claims that Scarsella made during his trial. He called the crime, “five unarmed black men gunned down in what …read more      

Will Trump’s executive order to review national monuments impact Birmingham Civil Rights monument? – AL.com

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The Birmingham national monument covers just 18.25 acres and includes the 16th Street Baptist Church, A. G. Gaston Motel, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Bethel Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, the Colored Masonic Temple, St. Paul United …
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Little Known Black History Fact: Georgetown’s Slavery History

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Last week, Georgetown University made amends with the descendants of 272 slaves it sold in 1838 to relieve the school of a debt. The leader of Jesuit order that founded the institution spoke with over 100 descendants and offered an apology that was months in the making.

Back in September, the school made its first official step in addressing its role in the slave trade. The slaves were owned by the Maryland Jesuits. They were sold by two priests and former presidents of the school, the Rev. Thomas Mulledy and the Rev. William McSherry for a price of $115,000, equal to over $3 million in our time. Many of the slaves were sold to a Louisiana businessman while others were reportedly sold to a widow of a slave trader.

Rev. Tim Kesicki, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, led the April 18 ceremony, a day after the Emancipation Day holiday celebration in Washington and two days after Easter Sunday. Descendants who felt rebuffed when Georgetown University first announced plans to make the formal apology were given room to speak.

“Penance is very important,” said Sandra Green Thomas, president of the GU272 Descendants Association. “Penance is required when you …read more      

R. Kelly Sued By Man Who Says He Was Having An Affair With His Wife

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It seems like the man who brought you ‘Bump and Grind’ just can’t stay out of trouble when it comes to his alleged sex life. A Mississippi man claims that R. Kelly has been having an affair with his wife and is suing him under the state’s alienation of affection law.

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Kenny Bryant, who works as a deputy with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, filed the lawsuit against Kelly on April 21 in circuit court.

In the lawsuit, Bryant claims that his wife, Asia Childress, had a romantic relationship with Kelly prior to their July 15, 2012 wedding but told him that it had ended. Bryant said the relationship with Kelly rekindled when his wife attended a Kelly concert in October 2012.

Sometime afterward, Bryant said his wife convinced him to move to Atlanta to further her career. Bryant said he quit his job and moved, but believes her underlying motive was to continue her affair with Kelly, according to the lawsuit.

Bryant was unable to find “profitable employment” in Atlanta, which resulting in financial ruin for him, the lawsuit said.

“Each time R. Kelly would have a concert in a …read more      

Police say man shoots himself in back seat of police cruiser…???

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Police say man shoots himself in back seat of police cruiser…???

Police say man shoots himself in back seat of police cruiser…???

The claim by the Jonesboro Police Department is that a man who they searched, handcuffed double-locked, and put into the rear seat of a police cruiser somehow shot himself in thehead, a scenario in which the man’s mother states is really a cover-up by the police for the murder of her son..

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When officers discovered that Chavis Carter was allegedly in possession of illegal drugs, they searched his person just before placing him under arrest, handcuffing him, and putting him in the back seat of a police cruiser. The handcuffs were double-locked, hence making the handcuffs exceptionally difficult to pick the lock..

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Law enforcement then proclaim they heard a “thumping noise” before turning around and noticing that Carter was slumped over on the back seat and was shot in the head.

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The investigation remains ongoing, nevertheless they believe Carter, somehow was able to utilize a gun which was un-noticed throughout the search procedure and shot himself in the head.

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“I think they killed him, my son wasn’t suicidal,” said the man’s mother Teresa …read more