Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:19
Many African Americans feel like there has been an unofficial war declared on Blacks, especially young Black males. Just in the past month alone, there have been the police murders of Eric Garner (Staten Island, NY), Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, and Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO). Each of these victims were all unarmed, young, Black and male.
In each instance, there were credible witnesses or video recordings that recounted events very differently from the official police version. Based on what we know so far, I think all the policemen involved in these unjustified deaths should be convicted of murder and sent to jail.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:09
The disjointed, gap-laden manner in which Ferguson, MO Police Chief Thomas Jackson revealed the name of the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown to death – all the while alleging that Brown had robbed a convenience store a short time before their encounter – should convince any thinking person that that community's White power structure is engaged in a cover-up.
Jackson's behavior only increased the already-voluminous questions about the actions of the officer, Darren Wilson, in his confrontation with Brown on August 9, and about the rough-house, violent conduct of the police under Jackson's command during the following week.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:05
Washington, D.C. (NNPA) – What do "Bring Back Our Girls," "Justice for Trayvon" and "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" have in common? They're all rallying cries that began on social media. And when big things happen through social media, Black people usually lead the charge.
Internet activism, also called "hashtag activism," is an emerging side effect of the digital age, as ordinary people take to social media websites to organize and agitate. Today, Black people use sites such as Twitter and Facebook at higher rates than other groups. Last year, the Pew Research Center found that 29 percent of all Black Americans who are online use Twitter, and 76 percent use Facebook, compared to 16 percent and 71 percent of Whites, respectively.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:59
Occasionally, police officers behave in such a dastardly manner that it captures international attention. There was the 1997 famous video of four White LAPD officers taking turns clubbing and kicking Rodney King nearly beyond recognition after a high-speed automobile chase. In 1999, on the opposite coast, an unarmed, 23-year-old Amadou Diallo was killed after four policemen fired 41 times into his Bronx, N.Y. apartment, striking him 19 times.
In New Orleans, Robert Davis, a retired elementary school teacher, was returning to his hometown after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to inspect the damaged family home. He went to the French Quarters to purchase some cigarettes. Four White officers, who suspected him of public drunkenness, accused Davis of resisting arrest and began beating him. An Associated Press producer filmed a video that showed no indication of resistance.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:53
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Once again, there is a Black American family and community in deep sorrow, agony and tears as a result of another racially-motivated police homicide. What happened to young, unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO was not an isolated incident. His death is the latest in a series of "systematic" law enforcement killings of young Black men across the nation.
While watching the evening television news coverage of justified anger and disgust of Black Missourians, the scenes reminded me of the dreadful and violent days of apartheid in South Africa. The sight of columns of riot-geared police officers shooting tear gas canisters and rubber bullets indiscriminately into crowds in Ferguson was a flashback to the pre-Nelson Mandela presidential years in South Africa.
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