It started with the press announcing that George Zimmerman did a painting of the confederate flag because a Florida gun shop owner is being sued. Zimmerman wants to sell prints of the painting and split the money with the gun shop owner.
Twenty-eight year old Andy Halliman, owner of Florida Gun Supply in Inverness, Florida, is being sued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR).
Hallinan calls himself a “patriot” and thinks that his unlawful discrimination protects America. Previously, Hallinan allowed American-Muslims customers to take his gun safety course and purchase from him if they told him they had served the country and didn’t believe in the caliphate or in killing non-believers. He made them take an oath. Read the rest of this entry
USA Today reports;
“A Justice Department review has found that the troubled Ferguson Police Department engaged in a pattern of racially biased enforcement during suspect stops and used unreasonable force against a disproportionate number of African American suspects, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the findings.”
The results of the investigation were detailed in a meeting between Ferguson and Justice Department officials on Tuesday. The full report should be released by tomorrow.
The Black population in Ferguson is 67%. However, the Justice Department conducted an investigation that covered 3 years, and found that 85% of people involved in vehicle stops were Black; 90% who received tickets were Black, and 93% of those arrested were Black. Were they all guilty? No. The Justice Department found that police in Ferguson routinely made arrests without probable cause. Blacks were twice as likely to be searched during vehicle stops but less likely to be found in possession of contraband. Read the rest of this entry
Hat tip to Glenn Robinson for tweeting out the article.
The article on The Root hit me hard;
Reject the “He was a good kid” or “He was a criminal” narrative and lift up the “Black lives matter” narrative. Those who knew him say Brown was a good kid. But that’s not why his death is tragic. His death isn’t tragic because he was on his way to college the following week. His death is tragic because he was a human being and his life mattered. The good-kid narrative might provoke some sympathy, but what it really does is support the lie that as a rule black people, black men in particular, have a norm of violence or criminal behavior. The good-kid narrative says that this kid didn’t deserve to die because his goodness was an exception to the rule. This is wrong. This kid didn’t deserve to die, period. Similarly, reject the “He was a criminal” narrative surrounding the convenience store robbery because even if Brown did steal some cigars and have a scuffle with the shopkeeper, that is still not a justification for his killing. All black lives matter, not just the ones we deem to be “good.”
It caused me to think back about why, during the George Zimmerman case, I did not debate nor defend against accusations that Trayvon was a “thug.” Here we are again with Michael Brown, and there are folks trying to posture Michael as deserving of death because he was not a “good kid. “
The quote above explains what I have not been able to put in words. In essence, those arguments for justification convey that there are good Blacks who deserve to live, and bad Blacks whose lives should be cut-short. That standard is defined by people through racially bigoted eyes that are never satisfied. If they cannot find anything to use to criticize the victim, or when their attempts are proven false, they attack the family, and even attack extended families. Read the rest of this entry
What people do not know can hurt them. Worst, presenting their positions without being properly informed can cause them to effectively appear ignorant. For the past year, there are many who say that America needs to engage in discussion on race. This is true, but it’s impossible to fairly and honestly discuss race in America without discussing experiences. Experiences are not limited to getting angry looks, or hearing racial slurs spoken under one’s breath. Honest discussion must be based on processes and policies designed to discriminate. One area where we see that is in the area of employment.
As Dreamer noted in a comment she recently posted, there are people who sincerely believe that “Blacks have the same opportunities as Whites.” It is in the area of employment opportunities where America sees that Blacks are hired, and assumes that “same opportunities” is the same as “equal opportunities.” They are distinct from each other. Read the rest of this entry
“There are many things which can be done to counter
discrimination and encourage acceptance; speaking up when
something is wrong; raising awareness; supporting people who
have been discriminated against; and promoting the benefits of
Many people bring up the problem, but few provide answers. This is an answer that starts with us as individuals. Thank you for sharing it.
~~Today (1st March) is Zero Discrimination Day~~
Zero Discrimination Day is the opportunity to celebrate everyone’s
right to live a full and productive life with dignity – no matter what
they look like, where they come from or whom they love.
By joining hearts and voices, individuals, communities and
societies can transform the world every day and everywhere.
Zero Discrimination Day is a moment to highlight how everyone can
become informed and promote tolerance, compassion and peace.
Support an end to HIV-related stigma and discrimination!
~~WHAT DISCRIMINATION LOOKS LIKE IN 2014~~
Discrimination is a violation of human rights. It is illegal, immoral,
hurtful and dehumanizing. Too many people around the world
face unequal treatment because of their race, religion, nationality,
sexual orientation or identity, disability, gender or age.
Discrimination can happen anywhere: at work, at school, at home
and in the community. Discrimination doesn’t just hurt individuals
or groups of people…
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