Monday, January 5, 2015
"SORORITY SISTERS" VH-1 REALITY TV SHOW BACKLASH & FOOLISH DEATH THREATS (AREN'T THERE MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES??)
VH-1's "SORORITY SISTERS" FOOLISH BACKLASH & DEATH THREATS:
Attention All BLACK Greek Sorors who have communicated DEATH THREATS to the Cast members of VH-1's new reality tv show "SORORITY SISTERS", and who launched a Petition to Shut down the show........
Please Stop Hating!
It's just a TV SHOW!
It does NOT Represent, nor Misrepresent the Integrity of BLACK Greek Sororities!
The Women on this television show were Intelligent enough to seize a LEGAL, Lucrative Business Opportunity.
What is WRONG with that??
Where were all of these BLACK Greek Soror Haters when RAY RICE was Beating the hell out of JANAY RICE in an Elevator??
ATLANTA, Ga remains the top U.S. City for Human Trafficking and Prostitution of Young Girls.
What are the BLACK Greek Sorors doing to help Protect those Young Girls??
But yet you BLACK Greek Sorors are going to communicate DEATH THREATS to Women who signed on to appear on a Reality TV Show??
You should be Ashamed of yourselves!
I think many of you are just JEALOUS Haters, Angry at VH-1 producers for Not Casting you for this Show.
HILLARY CLINTON is preparing to make History as the First WOMAN U.S. President.
Get on Board and Support other Women who are trying to Make it in a Man's World!
You are Not GOD, nor the Lord JESUS CHRIST.
Get Over Yourself, Shut Up and Grow Up!
I'm just saying.
Sources: VH-1; TMZ Sports; Youtube
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Merry Christmas To All U.S. Troops Everywhere!
I Pray GOD'S Divine Protection & Peace Over Their Lives!
GOD Bless You and Thank you for your Sacrifice.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
ERIC GARNER - RADIO RAHEEM CHOKEHOLD DEATHS BY POLICE SHOULD BE OUTLAWED BY CONGRESS ("DO THE RIGHT THING")
CHOKEHOLDS & RACIAL PROFILING BY COPS SHOULD BE OUTLAWED IN EVERY STATE & DISTRICT OF THIS NATION:
UNTIL CONGRESS ACTS LET THE PEACEFUL PROTESTS.......ECONOMIC BOYCOTTS AND CIVIL LAWSUITS CONTINUE.
Who remembers the RADIO RAHEEM - ERIC GARNER Chokehold Death Scene in SPIKE LEE'S film "Do The Right Thing"??
The practice of COPS using CHOKEHOLDS to subdue Citizens they are trying to ARREST should be completely OUTLAWED in every State by CONGRESS immediately!
RACIAL PROFILING should also be OUTLAWED in every State by CONGRESS.
NO CHOKEHOLDS BY COPS
NO MORE RACIAL PROFILING
Until CONGRESS Acts let the Peaceful Protests........Economic Boycotts and Lawsuits continue!
Article Source: Youtube
"I CAN'T BREATHE" = HUGE SETTLEMENT $$$ FOR GARNER'S FAMILY:
IT WAS ON-CAMERA.
NYPD DIDN'T CALL A MEDIC AND CONTINUED TO CHOKE GARNER.
ERIC GARNER'S FAMILY TO PROFIT FROM NYPD'S NEGLIGENCE.
GARNER'S WIDOW & CHILDREN TO RAKE IN BIG BUCK$$$ FROM LAWSUIT.
DUE TO ON-CAMERA CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE FROM NYPD, GARNER'S FAMILY WILL MOST LIKELY SETTLE OUT OF COURT FOR AT LEAST $100 MILLION.
UNLESS PRES OBAMA BLOCKS THE CIVIL LAWSUIT WITH A PHONY FEDERAL INVESTIGATION.
Article Source: Bloomberg Business Week; NY Daily News; NY Post; Youtube
ARTICLE: "The Eric Garner Case Weakens the Argument for Police Body Cameras"
Video didn’t save the life of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man who died in July from a chokehold applied by a New York City police officer.
And now it appears that video also wasn’t enough to persuade a New York grand jury to indict the officer who helped arrest the 43-year-old Garner on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes on Staten Island.
That’s important because prominent public figures, including President Obama, have prescribed cameras as a way to reduce police killings of civilians, reasoning that police will be more careful if they know their actions are being recorded.
There was no video evidence—and no indictment—in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old who was shot to death in August by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., in a case that led to violent protests.
The Obama administration said Dec. 1 it will seek $263 million from Congress for community policing, including $75 million to help purchase 50,000 body cameras for law enforcement agencies.
In the case of Eric Garner, a grand jury decided not to bring criminal charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who is seen on video grabbing Garner from behind, putting his arm across his throat, and pulling him to the ground.
Garner can be heard on the video repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe!” Medical examiners concluded that the police were the primary cause of Garner’s death, with his obesity, asthma, and heart problems cited as additional factors.
The Eric Garner case weakens the argument for cameras but doesn’t knock it out entirely. The main reason for cameras isn’t to give grand juries more information but to cause police officers to behave responsibly in the first place.
The video in the Garner case was captured by a bystander’s cellphone, and it’s not clear that the officers who wrestled Garner to the ground were aware that they were on camera. It’s possible that if the officers themselves had been wearing body cameras they might have treated Garner differently from the start.
The New York City police department’s own guidelines prohibit chokeholds. Panataleo has been stripped of his gun and badge.
The rest of the officers in the arrest have received immunity in the case.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen, it's the year 2014 but in the UNITED STATES Of America BLACK Men can't even walk down the street with their hands in pockets without being suspected of being a CRIMINAL.
Can you say "APARTHEID"??
Can you say "BLACK Men have become strangers in the UNITED STATES....Land of the FREE"??
Can you say "the U.S. Federal Gov't and CONGRESS are at Fault"??
Article Sources: AOL; Huffington Post; Youtube
ARTICLE: "Sheriff Defends Stopping Black Man For Walking With Hands In His Pockets"
A black Michigan man who was stopped by a sheriff's deputy after walking with his hands in his pockets said he believes he was the victim of racial discrimination.
The local sheriff says the deputy acted appropriately, and that the video of the incident doesn't show the full story.
Brandon McKean, 25, told The Huffington Post he was in the middle of walking a mile from a friend's house in Pontiac, Michigan to his own home to eat dinner around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. The temperature had hovered around freezing that day, and he had his hands in his pockets.
McKean had been walking for just a few minutes, he said, when an Oakland County sheriff's deputy drove up, got out of the car and questioned him. McKean began filming with his phone.
"You were walking by … well you were making people nervous," the deputy says in the video McKean recorded, above. "They said you had your hands in your pockets."
"Wow, walking by having your hands in your pockets makes people nervous to call the police, when it's snowing outside?" McKean responds.
"They did," the deputy says. "I'm just checking on you."
McKean posted the video on Facebook, intending to show a few friends what he considered an absurd and unjustified stop by police. But it quickly went viral, with many outraged commenters sharing the post.
By Tuesday, the video had been seen more than 3 million times, according to Facebook's stats, and had circulated widely, from Gawker to "The Colbert Report."
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard forcefully objected to the version of the incident that comes across when McKean's clip is viewed on its own, saying it doesn't clarify the reason for the stop and leaves out context.
McKean's video cuts off before the end of their conversation, when the deputy further explains why he stopped McKean and the importance of following up on any 911 call.
The video "was posted with an agenda," Bouchard told HuffPost.
The sheriff said that before McKean was questioned, a business owner called 911, audibly frightened, about a man who had walked by the shop six or seven times looking in the windows with his hands in his pockets. The caller believed the man was casing the business and that a robbery could be imminent. The business and its employees had reportedly already been robbed seven times.
Bouchard would not name the deputies who were dispatched nor the business, but said they had determined the person the 911 caller described was McKean, "without question." After the furor over the video, the sheriff's office posted their own video, which the deputy had also recorded with a phone.
"It boils down to this, if someone calls 911, do you want the police to come or not?" Bouchard said. "A police officer responded, made a quick ascertainment of the situation and determined that nothing else was needed, didn't pat down an individual, never detained an individual, called off secondary units and left. I think that was a very restrained, very professional approach."
McKean told The Huffington Post that the suspicious person spotted by the business owner definitely wasn't him and that he had not walked the stretch that many times.
The encounter occurred at a time when racial bias in policing has become a national conversation in part because of the death of Mike Brown, a black 18-year-old who was killed by then-police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri this summer. A grand jury's decision not to indict Wilson was announced just a few days before McKean's brush with police, and McKean said Brown's death was just one of the many situations, including several others he experienced in the past, that prompt him to record encounters with law enforcement for his own safety.
Bouchard said controversial instances of policing around the country, like Ferguson, become teachable moments for his staff, and deputies' continual training includes cultural sensitivity. When his people do wrong, the sheriff said, he wants to hear from the community and hold officers accountable. But he argued McKean's stop is not one of those cases.
"Given the sensitivity and the anxiety for a lot of people around this country, it's not helpful to the dialogue and certainly not helpful to keep the community the safe," Bouchard said.
McKean was less positive about how police handled the incident in Pontiac, despite telling the deputy he was glad officers were around to patrol. He told The Huffington Post he'd been stopped "for absolutely no reason" three or four times in the last five years.
"The crazy thing is, I know somebody who got their house broken into and they called the police, and the police took about two hours to come," he said. "And they came and pulled up on me in under five minutes for walking with my hands in [my] pockets, and that doesn't make sense."
#FERGUSON COMPARED TO APARTHEID BY MSNBC HOST JOE SCARBOROUGH.
AMERICA'S POLICE BRUTALITY = APARTHEID & MARTIAL LAW
I'M SURE HIS CO-HOST MIKA BREZINKSI DIDN'T APPROVE OF JOE SUPPORTING BLACK PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT ELITE.
Article Sources: MSNBC; National Review; Politico; Youtube (Circa August 25, 2014)
ARTICLE: "Making Sure Ferguson Never Happens Again"
Michael Brown will be buried today.
It will be a solemn end to a brutal month that should have never happened.
The people of St. Louis County have endured a long, hot August punctuated by protests, riots, looting and streets that looked more like Fallujah than Ferguson.
It has all put the issues of race and police brutality up for debate across America and the world.
The generals of Egypt and the ayatollahs of Iran have joined a chorus of dictators who have seized on the grim images of August to condemn our country.
But there’s no need to concern ourselves with lectures coming from tyrants. Instead, now is the time for us to start asking how this altercation spiraled out of control and became an international incident.
No one knows whether the shooting of Michael Brown was justified.
Forensic evidence should give us a better idea of what happened on that fateful afternoon. But we can already pass judgment on the negligent response of local officials to the teenager’s death.
The first ingredient in this toxic brew was a police force that was radically different from the people they were paid to serve and protect.
It’s hard to practice what experts call community policing when your force looks nothing like the community they patrol.
New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has been a champion of community policing. It is a strategy designed to get the community invested in keeping city streets safe.
The choke-hold death of Eric Gardner shows that New York cops aren’t perfect, but the bank of trust that Bratton’s approach has built up keeps New York’s protests over the killing peaceful.
As the Rev. Al Sharpton said while calling for peace at the New York rally, “We are not against the police.” That’s because many come from the same communities they are policing.
Sadly, the same cannot be said for Ferguson residents. In a town that is overwhelmingly black, the Ferguson police force of 53 has 50 white cops on the streets.
That’s an ethnic breakdown that’s more reminiscent of apartheid governments from South Africa’s grim past than community policing in today’s America.
And while many are quietly criticizing the welfare culture that they claim has led to the collapse of this troubled Missouri town, these armchair sociologists should be just as concerned with a police culture in Ferguson that is unrepresentative and isolated from the very people they should protect and serve.
A second cause of the Ferguson tragedy was the callous treatment of Michael Brown’s body after the shooting.
Policing experts suggest that officers gather evidence quickly and get a body off the street as quickly as possible. Former NYPD Detective Sgt. John Paolucci said police should conduct very little examination of the body at the scene other than photographing it.
Then, out of respect to the deceased and his community, the body should quickly be removed.
But Michael Brown’s body was left in the middle of a street in sweltering heat for over four hours. Parents had to rush their children away from the area and keep them hidden in rooms with windows facing away from the grisly scene.
As Bloomberg’s John Heilemann said today on ‘Morning Joe,’ it’s inconceivable to believe such a delay would have happened had a black cop shot a middle-class white teenage boy in his affluent hometown.
Rand Paul has declared there to be two different Americas when it comes to criminal justice. This should not be an opinion open to debate.
It is a fact provable by objective evidence. Anyone still denying that reality in 2014 has their head stuck in the sand — or worse.
The third ingredient to this toxic brew is the hyper-militarized nature of the Ferguson police department’s initial response.
Republicans Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Erick Erickson condemned Ferguson’s militarized tanks, assault rifles and other war-ready equipment shipped from Washington with very little training and fewer strings attached.
The militarization of local police departments is a trend so troubling that Red State’s Erickson wrote that conservatives should not wait for a white teenager to get killed under such circumstances before they demand change.
For law enforcement officials worried about an overreaction to the events of this August, they must understand that if D.C. bureaucrats are going to ship out high-grade military equipment to small-town cops, tough guidelines and rigorous training have to be a part of the deal.
The problem is not with each and every police officer in towns like Ferguson.
The problem is cultural and these weapons demand an intense, disciplined training program to make sure we never repeat these same mistakes again.
How do we make sure this never happens again? You start with community policing — a force that represents the people they are supposed to protect.
Then we need a tough, long look at the militarization of local police departments. And finally, it is past time to put cameras on cops. As I said at the beginning of this crisis, these cameras would protect citizens, protect good cops and provide evidence that would let us know in real time what happened in cases like Michael Brown’s.
The only people hurt by putting cameras on cops are bad cops.
And we need them the hell out of the police force anyway to make sure we don’t endure a month like the one that just passed.
MICHAEL BROWN'S FAMILY BLAMED FOR FERGUSON RIOTS AFTER BROWN'S FAMILY COMPLAINS TO UNITED NATIONS (APARTHEID)
MIKE BROWN'S FAMILY BLAMED FOR PROTESTS BY FERGUSON'S KLAN-CONTROLLED POLICE DEPT, MEDIA AND THE FEDS:
MIKE'S FAMILY WENT TO THE UNITED NATIONS, NOW THE OBAMA ADMIN, FERGUSON POLICE & MEDIA ARE TRYING TO SHUT THEM UP.
THE FEDS WANT TO CONTINUE MURDERING BLACK PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY BUT WANT US TO BE QUIET ABOUT IT.
THAT IS APARTHEID.
Article Sources: CNN; KPLR11; USA Today; Youtube
ARTICLE: "Police Asking: Did Michael Brown's Sep-father Intend To Spark Riots?"
To some, they're the gut-wrenching emotional cries of a man whose stepson's life was taken.
Others say they were dangerous words that sparked a powder keg as violent protests broke out in Ferguson, Missouri last week.
But did Michael Brown's stepfather intend to incite rioting in the St. Louis suburb?
That's a question Ferguson police say they're looking into.
Brown's stepfather didn't hold back as news of a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson reached Ferguson.
As throngs in front of the Ferguson Police Department listened to St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch's announcement on cell phones and radios, Louis Head stepped onto a platform above the crowd and embraced his wife, Brown's mother. He then turned to the demonstrators -- some of them shouting "F--- the police!" -- and yelled, "Burn this motherf---er down!" and "Burn this bitch down!"
His comments drew widespread attention in the aftermath of the violence as a video of his reaction, recorded just after McCulloch's announcement, circulated online.
No charges have been filed against Head, but police have interviewed people who know Head and who were with him November 24, the day a prosecutor announced that Wilson would not be indicted in the August 9 shooting, Police Chief Tom Jackson said Tuesday.
Head isn't being singled out, but he's one of the people being "looked at as part of an ongoing investigation into the activities surrounding Nov 24 pertaining to the rioting, looting and arsons," Ferguson spokesman Jeff Small said.
Brown's mother has defended her husband's reaction. Last week, CNN's Sunny Hostin asked her about accusations that her husband's words single-handedly started rioting and fires.
"I say that that's impossible," Lesley McSpadden said. "These things have been going on since August 9th, when it first happened."
Protests rocked Ferguson that day, hours after Wilson shot Brown. They grew as time passed and news of the shooting spread.
When the prosecutor finally revealed the grand jury's long-awaited decision last week, it wasn't long before Ferguson erupted again.
St. Louis County Police tweeted their first reports of looting less than 15 minutes later. In the hours that followed, a row of businesses on West Florissant Avenue, a major thoroughfare in the St. Louis suburb, was engulfed in flames. Police cars and vehicles at a nearby dealership were turned into fireballs. There were so many blazes that firefighters couldn't reach them all.
Police chief: 'We are pursuing those comments'
Police have not spoken to Head about his actions, but they intend to do so, Jackson said Tuesday, adding that multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation.
The police chief told TV and radio host Sean Hannity something similar Monday, but he didn't classify the probe as formal.
"We are pursuing those comments, and there's a lot of discussion going on about that right now, but I really can't get into that at this time," he said.
But police aren't singling out Head, Jackson told Hannity.
"We can't let all that happened in Ferguson and Dellwood and the community die. Everyone who is responsible for taking away people's property, their livelihoods, their jobs, their businesses -- every single one of them needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," he said.
McSpadden, who was standing next to Head when he made the comments and herself told the crowd she'd never experienced anything like this, offered some context in a CNN interview last week.
After hearing the grand jury's decision, McSpadden said she felt like she'd been shot herself and her "emotions were raging." Head was angry, too, she said.
"He just spoke out of anger. It's one thing to speak, and it's a different thing to act. He did not act. He just spoke out of anger," she said. "When you're that hurt and the system has did you this wrong, you may say some things as well. We've all spoke out of anger before."
Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump has previously called Head's remarks inappropriate but asked the public not to condemn the family for being human. More recently, he told CNN to remember that Brown's mother and father have repeatedly asked protesters to remain peaceful.
He further called Head's statements "indefensible" and "not appropriate in any way."
"We don't condone people acting on emotion calling for people to do irresponsible things at all," Crump told CNN. "And so we want his family, his mother and father's message to come across louder than anybody who might be associated with them. ... And they can't control what others do. They can control what they pray for."
Others have called for Head's arrest, including Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who told radio host Laura Ingraham last week "that he should be arrested and charged with inciting to riot."
Would prosecutors pursue charges?
St. Louis County Police also said Tuesday that they were looking into Head's comments. Police will present their investigation to prosecutors once its complete, police spokesman Brian Schellman said.
But is it a case prosecutors would pursue?
It's unlikely, CNN law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes said.
"I think they'll have a hard time proving that somebody that heard him in the midst of all that noise actually went over and did an arson or committed an act of starting a fire. I think most of the people you see in the crowd are not watching CNN. They're not watching media reporting of him saying that," he told "The Situation Room." "So it is probably very few people that heard it at that time."
Also, Fuentes said, it's likely many people who'd gathered in Ferguson as the grand jury's decision was announced were already determined to act.
"I think the cause and effect of his words will be hard to prove," Fuentes said.
Hostin, a CNN legal analyst, said prosecutors should also weigh what impact charging Head could have on the community.
"I think any prosecutor that looks at a case like this, given what is going on, what has gone on in Ferguson, would never touch this case," she said. "You would have to be really tone deaf to the larger issues that are at play here to bring a case like that."
Ferguson police also under investigation
More than a week after the grand jury's decision, investigations into Brown's shooting and its aftermath are far from over.
The U.S. Justice Department also is investigating the shooting as part of a civil rights probe -- and investigating the Ferguson Police Department, looking at past incidents, procedures and training.
Another part of the probe, according to law enforcement officials, is a pattern of actions by Jackson, the Ferguson police chief, who critics accuse of inflaming public reactions after Brown's shooting.
Among them: the chief's decision to release a video showing a convenience store robbery in which Michael Brown stole cigars minutes before the fatal confrontation with Wilson, Jackson's comments to the media that Wilson would be welcomed back to the police department if a grand jury declined to bring charges, and, now, Jackson's announcement that his department was investigating Head for possibly inciting a riot.
Wilson resigned over the weekend, saying he was worried about putting Ferguson's residents and police officers at risk.
On Tuesday, the Fraternal Order of Police revealed that its members had been providing the officer with free protection since Brown was killed.
Wilson began receiving threats via phone, email and social media after the shooting, and "the (Ferguson Police) department being unwilling or unable as an entity to provide security for him, Fraternal Order of Police members from the surrounding area volunteered and have provided him with security from that time, right up until the present," said the group's executive director, Jim Pasco.
Despite Pasco's assertion that a police department is supposed to protect someone "when a person in the community is inundated with threats on his or her life," it's been widely reported that Wilson went into hiding so hastily after the Brown shooting that he left his lawn half-mowed.
In another development Tuesday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced that the National Guard will scale back operations in the area.
"The Guard has completed its duties within the city of St. Louis, and has begun to systematically reduce its presence in St. Louis County," Nixon said in a statement.
Troops are still supporting local law enforcement agencies in Ferguson and other parts of the county, he said.
Monday, December 1, 2014
PRES OBAMA DOES NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT FERGUSON:
THE PEOPLE OF FERGUSON ARE STILL WAITING FOR JUSTICE.
OBAMA NEEDS TO GO TO FERGUSON....... DON'T SEND AL SHARPTON.
WE DON'T NEED MARTIAL LAW. WE NEED POSITIVE RESULTS.
Pres OBAMA does NOT know what to do about FERGUSON because he had NOT planned on doing anything, just as he has NOT done anything for BLACK Voters since he was first sworn into office in January of 2009.
For 6 years Pres OBAMA has bent over backwards to please WALL STREET, Young WHITE Voters, LATINO Voters, NATIVE AMERICAN Voters, MIDDLE EASTERN People, GAY Voters and WHITE Women Voters.
Yet he has NOT done a darn thing for BLACK Voters in the United States!
What a shame the First BLACK Legally Elected U.S. President in History has NOT done a darn thing for BLACK Voters but Enforced MARTIAL LAW on the BLACK American Community!
Each time there was an RACE RELATIONS involving the Mistreatment of BLACK Americans, Pres OBAMA simply punted the issue to AL SHARPTON who of course took advantage of each Crisis for MONETARY Purposes and for Personal FAME.
Each time AL SHARPTON became involved there were a few CONTROLLED Marches and Protests for about 2 or 3 Months until the Crisis was SILENCED.
This pattern would be repeated time and time again.
Yet NOTHING was ever Resolved.
NOTHING was Gained except for SHARPTON'S pockets getting fatter as he communicated the Plans of BLACK People to the FBI and CIA.
It's not personal but AL SHARPTON does NOT speak for ME.
It's not personal but AL SHARPTON does NOT speak for ME.
This time this Crisis is DIFFERENT!
BLACK People are NOT Stupid!
In fact We have NEVER been Stupid!
We are TIRED of just Talking with NO ACTION.
We want ACTION and POSITIVE RESULTS.
OBAMA NEEDS TO GO TO FERGUSON....... DON'T SEND AL SHARPTON.
WE DON'T NEED MARTIAL LAW. WE NEED POSITIVE RESULTS.
BLACK LIVES MATTER & BLACK MONEY MATTERS.
IT'S TIME FOR ACTION, NOT JUST TALK AND BROKEN PROMISES.
CONTINUOUS NATIONWIDE PEACEFUL PROTESTS & ECONOMIC BOYCOTTS UNTIL WE SEE LONG TERM EFFECTIVE CHANGE.
ARTICLE: "What Obama Must Do In Ferguson"
It’s time President Obama step in to protect protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.
As long as Black Americans have had United States citizenship, we have needed the federal government to enforce and protect our rights on the local level. Such was the case in the years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, when Union troops went state by state to wrestle enslaved Blacks away from the plantations on which they were held captive.
It was again the case in Jim Crow America when President Eisenhower dispatched the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army to escort nine Black students into the doors of Little Rock Central High. President Kennedy stepped in to help integrate the University of Alabama and Lyndon Johnson did it in Selma. In 2005, folks in New Orleans desperately needed the intervention of the federal government when local officials failed them in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
It’s sad but a fact of Black American citizenship is that — as a minority group in every single state and as a historically oppressed people — we are not safe without the oversight and, sometimes, intervention of the federal government. And that point is made abundantly clear when watching the absolute carnage coming out of Ferguson in the days since Mike Brown was killed by local police.
In Ferguson, protesters have had their First Amendment right to freedom of assembly trampled on by local authorities sworn to serve and protect them. Peaceful protests have collapsed into outright chaos from antagonism by police officers armed to the teeth with military-grade weaponry. The situation has only escalated as the days have rolled by with no end in sight and it’s becoming more and more clear that the city of Ferguson needs an intervention.
The people of Ferguson need the federal government to step in to affirm and protect their Constitutional rights. And in this moment, when the city seems on the precipice of a violent clash between citizens and police, the chief executive of the federal government, President Barack Obama, has been almost completely silent while in the middle of a two-week vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.
One year ago — to the day — President Obama spoke out on the crisis in Egypt, about 5,805 miles from Washington D.C., saying he was “concerned” by action taken by the government there.
“The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim government and security forces. We deplore violence against civilians. We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest. We oppose the pursuit of martial law, which denies those rights to citizens under the principle that security trumps individual freedom, or that might makes right.” Obama said. “The Egyptian people deserve better than what we’ve seen over the last several days.”
The American president was a strong voice for the Egyptian people as they protested an oppressive government from Tahrir Square. He must show the same strength in affirming the rights of protesters in Ferguson.
~Obama's Comments on Ferguson. Circa August 2014:
“The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time,”he said in a statement. “As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed.
I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.”
Condolences are appropriate and an investigation necessary but what is President Obama prepared to do to ensure the security of protesters who are organizing within their rights? What do they “deserve” from their government, aside from calls for “reflection and understanding?”
Like presidents Lincoln, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson before him, Obama must deploy federal forces to take control of a local situation in Ferguson, one that could very well descend into total bedlam without his intervention.
Article Sources: AOL; Huffington Post; MSNBC; Newsone; Rebel Pundits; Youtube
MONDAY, DEC 1, 2014 PEACEFUL NATIONAL WALK - OUT BOYCOTT AT 12:01 PM CST.
Hands Up, Walk Out!
MALIA & SASHA OBAMA ATTACKED ONLINE BY GOP CONGRESS MEMBER'S AIDE FROM TENNESSEE:
WHY WOULD A GROWN WHITE WOMAN (ELIZABETH LAUTEN) PICK ON 2 BLACK INNOCENT TEENAGE GIRLS WHOSE FATHER IS THE U.S. PRESIDENT?
THE ATTACK BACKFIRED, SHE APOLOGIZES AND RESIGNS.
ARTICLE: "Hill Staffer Elizabeth Lauten Resigns After Remarks About Obama Daughters"
Embattled Hill staffer Elizabeth Lauten has resigned amid a backlash over critical remarks she posted on Facebook Friday about President Obama’s daughters.
Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Lee Fincher (R-Tenn.), came under fire over the weekend after posting derogatory remarks about Sasha and Malia Obama regarding their appearance at the president’s annual Turkey pardoning.
“Dear Sasha and Malia, I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re a part of the First Family, try showing a little class,” Lauten wrote. “Rise to the occasion. Act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar.”
Lauten confirmed her resignation to The Washington Post on Monday morning.
Several media outlets pointed out that the two girls, ages 16 and 13, appeared bored while their father spoke during Wednesday’s event. The exasperated looks on the pair’s faces were used to gently mock the annual turkey pardon on social media Wednesday and Thursday and drew wry headlines from publications such as USA Today and Gawker.
But Lauten’s comments struck a nerve among critics who accused her of going too far and turning the two girls into political targets. Her original post quickly went viral, inspiring blog posts and tweets condemning her choice of words. She issued an apology on Facebook hours after her initial post.
"When I first posted on Facebook I reacted to an article and I quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager," Lauten wrote Friday. "After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents, and re-reading my words online I can see more clearly just how hurtful my words were."
The president and first lady Michelle Obama have aggressively tried to shield the first daughters from the media spotlight during the family’s six years in the White House. The episode has sparked fresh conversation about the sensitive position the two girls are in as teenagers living in the White House.
While the tenor of Lauten’s comments have been widely condemned, top Republican operatives have also criticized the media’s response, suggesting the coverage has been motivated by political bias.
“Children, especially the first daughters, are off limits. While the comments were inappropriate and insensitive, the mainstream media's coverage of this story is appalling,” said Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer in a series of tweets Monday. “In over 20 years in politics I have never seen 1 of the countless inappropriate comments by Democrats ever covered to a faction [sic] of this.”
Article Sources: CBS News; Washington Post; Youtube
Sunday, November 30, 2014
ST. LOUIS RAMS PLAYERS HONOR MIKE BROWN & SUPPORT FERGUSON PROTESTERS IN SOLIDARITY BEFORE SUNDAY'S GAME ("HANDS UP, DON'T SHOOT")
ST. LOUIS RAMS PLAYERS HONOR MIKE BROWN & SUPPORT FERGUSON PROTESTERS IN SOLIDARITY BEFORE SUNDAY'S GAME:
"HANDS UP.........DON'T SHOOT"
Article Source: NBC New York; Youtube
ARTICLE: "Rams Raise Arms In Apparent Show Of Solidarity For Ferguson Protesters"
Five St. Louis Rams players stood with their arms raised in an apparent show of solidarity for Ferguson protesters before trotting onto the field for pregame introductions.
A Rams spokesman said Sunday the team was not aware the gesture had been planned before the game against Oakland.
Wide receivers Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt came out together first, with the move obscured by a smoke machine in the upper reaches of the Edward Jones Dome. Stedman Bailey, Jared Cook and Chris Givens — all of whom are black — then came out and stood together with arms raised.
After Tre Mason scored on an 8-yard run to make it 45-0 in the fourth quarter, he and Britt raised their hands together.
There have been riots, looting and buildings burned in Ferguson since a grand jury declined Monday to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed Michael Brown in August.
Across the street from the stadium, about 75 protesters gathered in the second half as about 30 police wearing riot gear watched from a safe distance. Protesters chanted "Hands up, don't shoot!" ''No Justice, No Football!" ''This is what Democracy looks like," and "We're here for Mike Brown."
The Rams had additional security measures in place for the game, including armed personnel from the National Guard. The team has wanded fans outside entrances all season.
On another front inside the stadium, a group of fans formed letters spelling "Keep the Rams in St. Louis" in seats in the north end zone.
FERGUSON BUSINESSES HIRE WHITE, ARMED MILITIA MEN TO INTIMIDATE PROTESTERS (KKK OR "OATH KEEPERS"??)
ARMED, WHITE PAID MILITIA MEN WATCH GUARD OVER FERGUSON BUSINESSES & INTIMIDATE PEACEFUL PROTESTERS:
KKK MEMBERS OR "OATH KEEPERS"??
THEY ARE NOT VOLUNTEERS, SOMEONE IS PAYING THEM.
HOW DID THESE WHITE MEN ACQUIRE HIGH-POWERED WEAPONS??
WHO HIRED THEM??
Article Source: NY Times
ARTICLE: "On Rooftops of Ferguson, Volunteers Patrol, With Guns"
FERGUSON, Mo. — When Sam Andrews awoke on Tuesday morning, he found his wife watching a television interview with a woman whose bakery had been vandalized during the violent unrest here on Monday.
“She said, ‘You’ve got to go help her,’ ” Mr. Andrews said in an interview on Saturday morning.
And so Mr. Andrews, a former Defense Department contractor who is now a weapons engineer in the St. Louis area, set to work. Under the auspices of a national group called the Oath Keepers, Mr. Andrews accelerated plans to recruit and organize private security details for businesses in Ferguson, which are receiving the services for free. The volunteers, who are sometimes described as a citizen militia — but do not call themselves that — have taken up armed positions on rooftops here on recent nights.
“It’s really a broad group of citizens, and I’m sure their motivations are all different,” said Mr. Andrews, who is in his 50s. “In many of them, there’s probably a sense of patriotism. But I think in most of them, there’s probably something that they probably don’t even recognize: that we have a moral obligation to protect the weakest among us. When we see these violent people, these arsonists and anarchists, attacking, it just pokes at you in a deep place.”
Mr. Andrews declined to say how many people were assisting in the effort, saying only that the number was “more than five, less than 500.” He estimated that men make up about 80 percent of the volunteers. About 80 percent are white, and 10 percent are black.
But on Saturday, with the county police said to be threatening the Oath Keepers with arrest, the volunteers decided to abandon their posts and instead protest against the authorities. During the evening, Mr. Andrews and some of his colleagues appeared on South Florissant Road, conducting a protest of their own. They ate pizza and stood beneath a handmade sign critical of Chief Jon Belmar of the St. Louis County police.
Just after 8:30 p.m., those protesting Mr. Brown’s death crossed paths with the Oath Keepers. Mr. Andrews shook hands with the demonstrators, many of whom have also been critical of Chief Belmar.
That some business owners accepted aid from a group regarded by some as an antigovernment militia is a testament to the rawness of emotions here following a riot on Monday night, after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer, Darren Wilson, who shot to death Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, on Aug. 9.
Since then, the riot police have tussled on the streets with protesters. Convoys of National Guard Humvees patrol the streets, and law enforcement officials have confiscated guns, firecrackers and homemade firebombs from arrested protesters. The Oath Keepers, equipped with militia-style gear and often clad in camouflage, have joined the volatile mix.
Their presence is a symbol of the continuing criticism of Gov. Jay Nixon’s handling of security before and after the grand jury’s decision became public. In the days before the announcement, Mr. Nixon declared a state of emergency and sent the Guard to Ferguson. Yet, in the initial hours following word of the grand jury’s decision, the Guard played only a limited role.
Troops protected a police command post and other facilities, but they were not posted along the main commercial corridors where property destruction was rampant.
“The governor said himself, I think on TV, that the businesses will be protected by the National Guard during this situation,” said Reggie Jones, the mayor of Dellwood, a neighboring city where many businesses were damaged in Monday’s unrest. “Unfortunately, that did not happen until Tuesday. But we were expecting it to happen on Monday.”
After the destruction that night, Mr. Nixon ordered hundreds more soldiers to Ferguson, saying, “We must do better, and we will.”
But for people like Mr. Andrews, the governor’s vow was of little solace. So while the New Chinese Gourmet restaurant at the end of a block of South Florissant Road appears to have little in the way of defense beyond the painted wooden boards that cover its windows, armed men and women on recent nights have roamed the rooftop it shares with a dental practice and a law office.
“When they’re here, there’s definitely a weight lifted off of our shoulders,” said Davis Vo, whose family owns New Chinese Gourmet. “I’d be lying if I said otherwise.”
On its website, Oath Keepers released a recruiting message to “all skilled veterans and patriots” and asked them to “grab your gear and start rolling toward Ferguson.” The post listed nine types of people the group was seeking, including paramedics, police officers, “private drone operators” and videographers who could “film any encounters with looters.”
Mr. Andrews said he researched the qualifications of each volunteer, as well as whether any might have racially based motivations to participate.
“I don’t want any racists in my group,” he said. “I don’t want any people who want to visit violence on any group. I only want professionals with real credentials that can be verified and have experience in dealing with violence.”
But the St. Louis County police, Mr. Andrews said, and other law enforcement officials have expressed misgivings.
“When we hear information that someone, or a group, is providing security without a license, our department has to investigate the issue,” a police spokesman, Shawn McGuire, said in an email on Saturday.
Mr. Andrews said that the warning on Friday was tantamount to a temporary shutdown order, and he said he did not expect his volunteers to defy it.