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#WalterScott Prosecutor Believed the Choice Between Murder and Manslaughter Was a ‘Close Call’

Former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager (Photo by Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images)

The South Carolina prosecutor who tried the now former North Charleston police officer responsible for shooting and killing the 50-year-old black unarmed motorist Walter Scott said in a pretrial hearing last year that Michael Slager’s shooting of Scott was a “close call” between manslaughter and murder, but that a case could be made for either criminal charge.

Read “#WalterScott: Prosecutor Believed It Was a ‘Close Call’ Between Manslaughter and Murder

How Mike Brown’s Shooting and the Ferguson Protests Made Journalism Even More Important to Me

Ferguson, Missouri

Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

When Mike Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, 2014, I was still in journalism school at Arizona State University, learning more about the effective use of social media and blogs and the impact they can have on social movements. I was not aware of how important that information was going to become for me until months later, when the movement to save black lives came to the forefront of our collective social conscience.

Read “Mike Brown, Ferguson, Mo., and How the Movement to Save Black Lives Changed the Way I Do Journalism

Betsy DeVos is Dumb and Still Doesn’t Understand the History of HBCU’s

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Earlier this year, Education Secretary and super-rich white woman Betsy DeVos put her foot in her mouth when she said HBCUs were “real pioneers when it comes to school choice.” Because she has never had to worry about not having access to education, it was clear she didn’t understand that those early schools were, in fact, the only choices black people had.

Read “Betsy DeVos Tries to Backpedal on Her HBCU Comments, but She’s Still a Dummy Who Doesn’t Care About Black People

LeVar Burton Is Being Sued Over ‘Reading Rainbow’

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burtond (Photo by Andrea Bracaglia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

In today’s episode of Black People Can’t Have a Damn Thing, Not Even if We Played a Major Role in Building It From the Ground Up, actor LeVar Burton is being personally sued by a Buffalo, N.Y., public broadcasting station that wants to stop him from using a Reading Rainbow catchphrase on his new podcast.

Read “LeVar Burton Is Being Sued by a Public Broadcasting Station Over Reading Rainbow

On Fat Shaming, Sex, and the Fat, Black Woman

Lil Duval Tweet

Lil Duval’s tweet fat shaming one of Usher’s accusers

When news of Usher’s latest accuser broke, and her picture was circulated across social media, it didn’t take long for people to start criticizing her appearance and expressing disbelief that Usher would ever have sex with her.

I am always baffled by people who believe fat women are incapable of finding willing sex partners. It is the weirdest thing. I wrote about my feelings on the issue for The Root.

Every day, no matter what topic I am writing about or discussing, it is inevitable that detractors will come along and try to fight me. They realize very quickly that they are not going to be able to successfully argue with me on the merits of my points, so when all else fails, they fall into fat insults. It happens every time.

 Never mind that in my profile on every social network and here on Kinja, I am wearing a shirt that proclaims my chubby physique proudly. Never mind that I’m actually mostly just top heavy with a pudgy belly. Never mind that they know nothing about my personal physical health; they want to attack it every time. I am used to it by now; it’s par for the course.

Commentary: I Have Been Issa. I Have Been Tasha. I Have Fucked My Share of Lawrences

Insecure

Insecure (HBO)

Sunday’s episode of the HBO show Insecure led to a lot of discussion across social media.

I originally spoke about it in my own thread on Twitter.

That Twitter thread led to me writing a piece on The Root sharing my own experiences.

Insecure regularly reminds me of the lessons I am thankful to have learned in my late 20s and early 30s about relationships, sexuality and owning my womanhood. As the second season gets off to a hard and fast start, I am reminded that I have been Issa, I have been Tasha and I have fucked my fair share of Lawrences over the years.

Read “I Have Been Issa. I Have Been Tasha. I Have Had My Fair Share of Lawrences

#Flint: It’s Been Over 1,200 Days Since the City Had Clean Water

Flint Michigan Water Tower

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The people of Flint, Mich., still do not have clean water in their taps, but what they do have is a three-and-a-half-year legacy of bureaucratic bullshit and red tape, lead poisoning, outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease, sick babies and children, and a whole lot of back-and-forth between the city and the state over who is going to fix the various problems related to the crisis and how.

Read “#Flint: An Update and a Reminder That It Has Been 1,196 Days Since the Mich. City Had Clean Drinking Water

Grand Jury Impaneled in Russia Investigation

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to oversee the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, has impaneled a grand jury in Washington, D.C., a clear indication that the investigation may in fact be yielding actual fruit and moving full-speed ahead.

Read “DUN DUN DUN – Grand Jury Impaneled By Special Counsel in Russia Investigation

Are We Returning to Jim Crow?

A photograph of an African American child using a water fountain, the tree next to the fountain has a sign attached that reads ‘Colored’ in order to enforce Jim Crow laws, the water fountain is part of the county courthouse property, Halifax, North Carolina, 1938. From the New York Public Library. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images).

I wrote a commentary on The Root about the Justice Department’s decision to go after affirmative action admissions at colleges and universities, and how this is the long-con that will lead us to a return of Jim Crow.

Since his inauguration, Trump, and those in his administration, have shown that they mean to make good on their promise to bring white supremacy back to the forefront. Every policy decision is cloaked—and coded—in the dismantling of everything that has helped give marginalized people even the smallest leg up in a society that is stacked against them in the first place.

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Louisiana Cop Will Resign After Sharing Racist Facebook Post

Wayne Welsh Facebook Post

Wayne Welsh Facebook Post (Twitter/@freeyourmindkid)

An officer with the Estherwood Police Department in Estherwood, La., came under fire Monday after he shared a racist post on Facebook. After deflecting and attempting to defend the post several times, the officer decided to tender his resignation to the department Tuesday night.

Read “Cop Shares Racist Facebook Post, Will Resign After Public Outcry

New FBI Director Confirmed By U.S. Senate

Christopher Wray

Christopher A. Wray testifies on his nomination to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Photo by: Ron Sachs/AP Images

Christopher Wray, a former high-ranking official in former president George W. Bush’s Justice Department, was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday and will step into a new role as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Who Will Be the Next Contestant Fired on ‘White House Apprentice’?

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (Photo SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

My money is on new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. From my latest commentary on The Root:

Although Jeff Sessions has done everything in his power to prove he is still loyal to the head diva in charge, Trump still did talking heads and Twitter threads hinting that he wants him gone. Your president does not appreciate backstabbing and wavering fealty, which is why I am worried that the next person to be kicked out of the house, if not Sessions, will be new Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Read “Will New Chief Of Staff John Kelly Be the Next Contestant Fired on White House Apprentice? 

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