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Calif. Adds New Mandatory Sentences for Convicted Rapists

California Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) and Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa) introduced Assembly Bill 2888, which prohibits a judge from granting probation “if a person is convicted of rape, sodomy, penetration with a foreign object, or oral copulation if the victim was either unconscious or incapable of giving consent due to intoxication.

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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

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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

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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.

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Android Users Beware: There’s A Malware Version Of Pokémon GO

The malicious app would would ‘virtually give an attacker full control over a victim’s phone’.

Source: Android Users Beware: There’s A Malware Version Of Pokémon GO

Although I downloaded it earlier to try it out, I have not opened the app yet, and I am probably not going to. I felt suspicious about it for some reason I could not explain, and now I know why. I don’t want malware on my phone that would allow someone to remotely control it.

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Judge Orders Macy’s to Quit Fining, Detaining Suspected Shoplifters in In-Store Jail

A judge has ordered Macy’s to immediately quit detaining and fining people suspected of shoplifting. A class action lawsuit claims that Macy’s detained at least two women suspected of shoplifting in holding cells for hours in the basement of the chain’s flagship in New York. Both women were forced to pay the store while in detention, a practice known as “civil recovery,” then turned over the NYPD and criminally charged.

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Stanford rape case: Sex offender’s dad says 6 months is too harsh for ’20 minutes of action’ – Trending – CBC News

“As it stands now, Brock’s life has been deeply altered forever by the events of Jan 17 and 18,” reads the statement, in which the elder Turner argues that his son shouldn’t be sent to jail. “He will never be his happy-go-lucky self with that easygoing personality and welcoming smile.”And then, in what has become perhaps the most contentious part of the letter, the father attempts to explain why jail time isn’t a fair punishment for his son.”These verdicts have broken and shattered him and our family in so many ways,” he writes of the convicted sex offender. “His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve.””That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20-plus years of life.”

Source: Stanford rape case: Sex offender’s dad says 6 months is too harsh for ’20 minutes of action’ – Trending – CBC News

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Here’s The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read To Her Attacker – BuzzFeed News

One night in January 2015, two Stanford University graduate students biking across campus spotted a freshman thrusting his body on top of an unconscious, half-naked woman behind a dumpster. This March, a California jury found the former student, 20-year-old Brock Allen Turner, guilty of three counts of sexual assault. Turner faced a maximum of 14 years in state prison. On Thursday, he was sentenced to six months in county jail and probation. The judge said he feared a longer sentence would have a “severe im

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Embracing the Greatness of Muhammad Ali – The Atlantic

Understanding Ali is vital in figuring out how to honor him. He was a man who stood against a racist and militarist state. It is not possible for warmongers to celebrate him in good faith, nor it is possible for a man who threatens ­to ban Muslims from entering the country to do so. It is not possible for people who condemn Serena Williams for arrogance to fairly eulogize Ali. It is not possible for those who are “colorblind” or see blackness as a thing to be “transcended” to truly see a man who saw his blackness as a central and enduring part of his identity. And it is not possible for those turn a blind eye to America’s white supremacist sins to truly ponder the greatness of the Greatest.

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The Real World And Its History Of Exploiting Black Pain | Bossip

In the season finale Jenna’s friend said that Ceejai’ should go “pick cotton.” Then Jenna proceeded to call Ceejai’ “ratchet.” All of this boiled over to Ceejai’ attacking Jenna and leaving her with a Black eye. Ceejai’ gets kicked off the show, the fight goes viral and the show gets more buzz than any other time in years. All on the back of Black trauma.Real World has been around for almost 25 years and they’ve thrived on drama and conflict. Which is understandable because it’s a reality show. It’s just time for them to figure out some other way to manufacture that drama without using Black pain to get them there.And let’s remember that we’ve yet to see what happens in a season when White people are in a house outnumbered by Black people, let alone when there’s only one White person in a house full of Black people. It’d be interesting to see who looks “crazy” then.

Source: The Real World And Its History Of Exploiting Black Pain | Bossip

Black people have always been in the center ring on “The Real World.” Placing them in a house with six clueless white people and expecting things to go smoothly is always a recipe for disaster and entertainment. Bunim-Murray has profited off of this formula for 25 years. It’s time for a new formula.

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What Chewbacca Mom’s rise to fame tells us about race in this country | The Daily Dot

It’s also true that the real rewards typically reaped for online success tend to heavily favor insta-celebrities who are white. Content derived from black users of Twitter, Vine, or Snapchat is often sidelined as part of a monolithic Black Twitter. Black users of social media often have a comparable—if not larger—effect on the digital conversation and create moments, pictures, jokes, and movements that deeply root themselves into the mass culture. Yet, as Payne’s success highlights, that’s often ignored when it comes to big payouts for fleeting social media fame.

Source: What Chewbacca Mom’s rise to fame tells us about race in this country | The Daily Dot