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‘Trayvon Martin could have been me,’ Obama tells press corps | Toronto Star

WASHINGTON—You can be black. You can be candid about the pain of race in America. You can be the president of the United States. But if you’re Barack Obama, combining each of those conditions at the same time has been the electrified third rail of his historic presidency. America’s first ever African-American leader built two […]

Why did Marissa Alexander get a 20-year sentence despite invoking ‘Stand Your Ground’? — MSNBC

Alexander, an African-American Florida woman, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2012 for shooting what she described as warning shots into a wall during a confrontation with her husband. Alexander’s lawyers claimed self-defense in the case, and said her husband had a history of abuse in their relationship. They invoked Florida’s “Stand Your […]

Read Roger Goodell’s Letter To Congress Defending The Redskins Name

Unfortunately, NFL Commissioner Goodell’s letter is another attempt to justify a racial slur on behalf of Dan Snyder and other NFL owners who appear to be only concerned with earning ever larger profits, even if it means exploiting a racist stereotype of Native Americans. For the head of a multi-billion dollar sports league to embrace […]

Cellmate or not, indeterminate SHU confinement is torture | San Francisco Bay View

It has recently been suggested that those confined to these sensory deprivation torture units indefinitely, but who have a cellie, are not in “solitary confinement,” as though another human occupying a space not even large enough for one will somehow mitigate the deleterious effects of this isolation. It doesn’t. The only marked difference is the […]

CBC Chair Criticizes President’s Lack of Cabinet Diversity

Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman Rep. Marcia Fudge D-Ohio said President Barack Obama’s choices for his second-term the lack diversity among the new appointees.In a letter sent to Obama earlier this month, Fudge accused the President of betraying the African-American community that supports him. Of the President’s new appointments, including new secretaries of state and defense, […]

Statement by MXGM’s People’s Self-Defense Campaign on the Murder of Kimani Gray by the NYPD | Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

Statement by MXGM’s People’s Self-Defense Campaign on the Murder of Kimani Gray by the NYPD | Malcolm X Grassroots Movement   Statement by MXGM’s People’s Self-Defense Campaign on the Murder of Kimani Gray by the NYPD   As we sit here in the aftermath of another senseless tragedy we ask ourselves: why? Why, once again, […]

L.A. Woman Dies After Arrest That Included Kick in Groin – Truthdig

A South Los Angeles woman who had dropped her two children off at a police station later died after an encounter with officers in which one of them kicked her in the groin. Alesia Thomas, a drug addict who feared she could not care for her children, reportedly resisted when officers moved to arrest her. […]

I CARE – News – Website Offers $450 for Info On Jews Who Called for Arrest Nazi War Criminal (Hungary)

A neo-Nazi Website in Hungary is offering money for information about protesters that called for the arrest of a suspected war criminal, it emerged on Sunday. Kuruc.info promised 100,000 Forints ($450) to anyone who provided data on demonstrators who called for trial of suspected Nazi collaborator Laszlo Csatary outside his house near Budapest last week. […]

Dr. David J. Leonard: A Lynching Happens Every 40 Hours

Throughout the early part of the twentieth century, African-American activists fought to thwart the systemic scourge of lynching. Faced with a silent and complicit populace, particularly the media and political establishment, African Americans forced the nation to bare witness to the depravity of American racism. Between 1882 and 1968, close to 5,000 lynchings (73% of […]

U.S. House urges adding Haqqani group to terrorist list – AlertNet

U.S. officials have accused the Haqqanis of high-profile strikes including an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in September and an earlier truck bombing that wounded dozens of U.S. troops. Despite those accusations, the militant group is not on the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organizations list. Inclusion in the list would bring sanctions such […]

Milton S. Hall | Paradise Funeral Home & Chapel

Milton Sherman Hall departed this life suddenly on Sunday, July 1, 2012. Age 49 years. He was born April 25, 1963 in Saginaw, Michigan to Fred J. and Jewel L. Hall. Milton was a resident of Saginaw. He was educated in Saginaw and completed two years of college. Milton had a disability. He enjoyed sports, […]

Saginaw councilman calls for federal investigation of officer-involved shooting : News : miNBCnews.com

Anger at tonight ‘s meeting was driven by media reports that Hall was shot by police 46 times and that police microphones and cameras didn’t work the night of the incident. Saginaw Police and Michigan State Police have refused NBC25 requests for comment pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure in officer-involved […]

‘Black jails’: illegal detention becoming more common in China – FRANCE 24

The recent case of Chen Guangcheng has brought to the fore China’s practise of detaining dissidents under illegal house arrest. Chen, who is blind, managed to escape from under the noses of his guards. But few others are able to do the same. Often, these prisoners are held in apartments, hotel rooms, or out in […]

Autopsy Shows African-American Teen Kendrec McDade Was Shot Seven Times By Police | ThinkProgress

It is not yet clear whether McDade was actually involved in the taco truck robbery or if he was merely a bystander. It is clear, however, that the police who shot McDade did so under a cloud of false information. McDade was not armed, and the alleged theft victim later admitted that he lied about […]

PressTV – ‘US laws allow police to discriminate against minorities’

Amnesty International has condemned the US for its immigration laws, accusing it of discrimination against minorities including Hispanics and Native Americans.The rights group accuses the federal, state and local authorities of systematic failures to enforce immigration laws without discrimination. The group says that Latinos and indigenous communities are disproportionately affected by a range of immigration […]

Homeless Hotspots: Exploitation Masquerading as Charity » Cyborgology

This week, an ad agency (BBH Labs [see: previous stunt]) succeeded at its goal of grabbing headlines (see: Pitchfork and Wired) by employing homeless people as mobile WiFi hotspots for SXSW. While the scheme purports to be an attempt at “charitable innovation;” it is, in reality, a stunning expansion of neoliberal economic principles by turning […]

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