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Category: Social Justice

#FreeBresha: Bresha Meadows is Happy With Her Plea Deal

Bresha Meadows (WFMJ screenshot)

15-year-old Bresha Meadows accepted a plea deal at her court date on Monday which could see her home with her family in early 2018.

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LAPD Releases Video Surveillance Video in Carnell Snell Shooting

The 45-second clip, which LAPD posted to its YouTube channel, shows a suspect reported to be Carnell Snell Jr in a shopping center. The young man paces back and forth in front of shops before crouching down behind an SUV. An object believed to be a handgun is removed from his waistband. The young man hesitates, then puts the item back in his waistband and runs along the walkway in front of the shops in the center before turning down a path out of view of the cameras. A few seconds later, an officer can be seen following him on foot.

Source: LAPD Releases Video Surveillance Video in Carnell Snell Shooting

AT&T CEO Delivers a Rousing Speech on Racial Tension in American Society

“If two very close friends of different races don’t talk openly about this issue that’s tearing our communities apart,” Stephenson said, “how do we expect to find common ground and solutions for what’s a really serious, serious problem?”

Source: AT&T CEO Delivers a Rousing Speech on Racial Tension in American Society

U.N. Panel Says the U.S. Owes Black People Reparations

Colonial history, a legacy of enslavement, and segregation are among the chief reasons reparations are owed to African Americans, according to a report put out by a U.N. group. The United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, which reports to the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights, presented its finding to…

Source: U.N. Panel Says the U.S. Owes Black People Reparations

Abdul-Jabbar: Insulting Colin Kaepernick says more about our patriotism than his – The Washington Post

What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50 years after Ali was banned from boxing for his stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s raised fists caused public ostracization and numerous death threats, we still need to call attention to the same racial inequities. Failure to fix this problem is what’s really un-American here.

Source: Abdul-Jabbar: Insulting Colin Kaepernick says more about our patriotism than his – The Washington Post

The Trayvon Martin Killing and the Myth of Black-on-Black Crime – The Daily Beast

But there’s a huge problem with attempt to shift the conversation: There’s no such thing as “black-on-black” crime. Yes, from 1976 to 2005, 94 percent of black victims were killed by black offenders, but that racial exclusivity was also true for white victims of violent crime—86 percent were killed by white offenders. Indeed, for the large majority of crimes, you’ll find that victims and offenders share a racial identity, or have some prior relationship to each other.What Shapiro and others miss about crime, in general, is that it’s driven by opportunism and proximity; If African-Americans are more likely to be robbed, or injured, or killed by other African-Americans, it’s because they tend to live in the same neighborhoods as each other. Residential statistics bear this out (PDF); blacks are still more likely to live near each other or other minority groups than they are to whites. And of course, the reverse holds as well—whites are much more likely to live near other whites than they are to minorities and African-Americans in particular.

Source: The Trayvon Martin Killing and the Myth of Black-on-Black Crime – The Daily Beast

North Miami police shoot unarmed man lying on the ground with his hands up

Kinsey’s lawyer said his client did everything police asked of him, yet they still fired at him.”He threw his hands in the air as high as he possibly could and he told them, ‘There is no need for that. Nobody has a gun. I am a behavioral therapist and I am trying to help this guy,'” Napoleon said.Police said the autistic man had something in his hand, but Kinsey’s lawyer said it was a toy fire truck and could not be mistaken for a gun.

Source: Video shows man on the ground with his hands up before…

When journalists do good journalism, we all benefit from it

It is the job of the journalist to be the watchdog for society. They are here to call out the wrongs and point out the rights. You learn this in any Journalism 101 or Media Studies/Mass Communication 101 class.

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‘Between the World and Me’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I write you in your 15th year. I am writing you because this was the year you saw Eric Garner choked to death for selling cigarettes; because you know now that Renisha McBride was shot for seeking help, that John Crawford was shot down for browsing in a department store. And you have seen men in uniform drive by and murder Tamir Rice, an 12-year-old child whom they were oath-bound to protect. And you know now, if you did not before, that the police departments of your country have been endowed with the authority to destroy your body. It does not matter if the destruction is the result of an unfortunate overreaction. It does not matter if it originates in a misunderstanding. It does not matter if the destruction springs from a foolish policy. Sell cigarettes without the proper authority and your body can be destroyed. Turn into a dark stairwell and your body can be destroyed. The destroyers will rarely be held accountable. Mostly they will receive pensions.

Source: ‘Between the World and Me’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Atlantic

In case you missed it, President Barack Obama delivered a rousing eulogy for Clementa Pinckney in South Carolina today. Let the church say “Amen!”

Supreme Court Brings Marriage Equality To The Entire Country

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples across the country have a constitutional right to marry, regardless of what state they live in. This brings marriage equality to all of the states where same-sex marriage bans were still in place or still being enforced to some extent: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan. The precedent would also apply to U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico.

Source: Supreme Court Brings Marriage Equality To The Entire Country | ThinkProgress

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