Why Alabama stays on the bottom of the pile…
Why Alabama stays on the bottom of the pile…
On the subject of “poor career decisions”. Some of the Trumpazoids apparently believe the “White Reich” is already here. Leading to some really, really stupid career ending decisions.
An Alabama woman lost her job after her bigoted, inaccurate and grossly misspelled Facebook rant earned her the title of “racist of the week.”
June Pridmore, a senior-level employee with Regions Bank, welcomed the election of Donald Trump in a social media post that alluded to slavery and suggested President Barack Obama was Muslim, reported AL.com.
“I voted him in,” Pridmore wrote. “I like him. He has a beautiful wife unlike the ugly and embarrassing woman (for lack of a better word), in the White House now. Ms. Trump’s face would make Michele (sic) O’Bama (sic) a Sunday face.”
“I’m certainly glad [Trump] he has a lot of money because she he (sic) won’t be bought out like Barack (sic), socialist Muslim O’Bama (sic) or his wife or all those host of relatives they have in the whitehouse (sic) for US to support.”
Pridmore inaccurately claimed the Obama family had flown their dog to vacations in a separate plane and invited several relatives to live with them at taxpayer expense.
“If any idiot out there thinks that is justified, you deserved him as president,” Pridmore wrote. “I prefer a man who can buy Michele (sic) and Barack and sell them several times over.”
The post was widely shared on Facebook, under the label “racist of the week,” and Pridmore’s employer launched an investigation — which resulted in her termination.
“We appreciate the concerns shared about offensive social media comments that were made through an associate’s personal Facebook account,” said Jeremy King, a spokesman for the bank. “We want you to know that we share those concerns. Those comments do not reflect our values as a company or the way we do business. The associate is no longer an employee of the company.”
The spokesman said Pridmore, whose LinkedIn profile showed she had served as senior vice president of loan operations since 2008, was not in a position where she could approve or deny loans.
Pridmore has deleted her social media profiles since her racist post cost her job.
This is two serious charges in a week for Police murder along with that of Philandro Castile…
Enjoy this short spate of Justice while it lasts, with Jeff Sessions as the New Chumph appointee for US Attorney General – we are headed back to Jim Crow.
An Alabama grand jury indicted Montgomery police officer Aaron “A.C.” Smith on a murder charge Friday in connection with the shooting death of Gregory Gunn, the district attorney told CNN.
No trial date was announced by Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey. Smith was charged with murder in March, less than a week after the killing.“A state Bureau of Investigation Agent, Magistrate, District Court Judge and now a Grand Jury have all determined probable cause that Aaron C. Smith should be charged with the crime of Murder,” Bailey said in a statement. “A jury will determine his guilt or innocence.”The website al.com reported that Smith’s attorney, Mickey McDermott, says Smith is innocent.“We intend to vigorously defend his rights,” he said. “We believe that he acted within the line and scope of his duty, his training, and within the law,” McDermott told the website.
Gunn, a 59-year-old African-American, was killed in the early February 25. After leaving his job at a grocery store, Gunn went to see his girlfriend and was taking a short walk home to his mother’s house to nap, shower, then head off to work again, his brother Kenneth said.Smith, a 23-year-old white officer, approached him on foot, police have said. At some point, according to Chief Ernest Finley, there was a struggle and the officer shot and killed Gunn, Finley said.McDermott has said the shooting was justified after Gunn ran from the officer and then fought him.Smith is white.Earlier this week, a Minnesota police officer was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a man. Authorities say Jeronimo Yanez shot and killed Philando Castile last July during a traffic stop.News of Castile’s death spread across social media when his fiancée live-streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook.Yanez turned himself into authorities Thursday and had his first appearance in court on Friday.
A glimmer of hope
In a great stride for representation Tuesday, nine black women were elected to become judges in majority Democratic Jefferson County, Alabama, The Birmingham Times reported.
The black women who came out on top in the district and circuit courts are all Democrats. Javan Patton, Debra Bennett Winston, Shera Craig Grant, Nakita “Niki” Perryman Blocton, Tamara Harris Johnson, Elisabeth French, Agnes Chappell, Brendette Brown Green and Annetta Verin are to be sworn in next January.
French, who was re-elected to Jefferson County’s Circuit Court, told The Birmingham Times that she believes her hard work and years of experience helped to propel her to elected office.
“I think the people don’t necessarily just support you just because of your race and gender. I think voters expect more than that. They look at our qualifications and make a decision about who they can trust with the leadership position,” she said.
Tuesday night was a big night for women of color across the states ― not just in local politics, but in federal positions, as well. Three women of color, Catherine Cortez Masto, Tammy Duckworth and Kamala Harris, were elected to the Senate. Stephanie Murphy and Pramila Jayapal were also elected to the House. Next year, there will be 38 women of color serving in Congress, bringing us a little bit closer to shattering that glass ceiling.
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Hard to believe this guy wasn’t smart enough to realize he was going to get fired for this…
A Middle school teacher in Mobile, Alabama was placed on leave for the remainder of the school year after a student revealed their use of a “math test” replete with racist stereotypes, AL.com reported on Tuesday.
The unidentified teacher assigned their class at Burns Middle School a version of a document known online as the “L.A. Math Proficiency Test.” It first came to light afterWALA-TV reported that one student took a picture of the assignment, then showed it to his mother, Erica Hall.
Hall then raised the issue with Burns officials.
The version of the “test” spotted at Burns was nearly identical to the one distributed online, with only minor changes to differentiate it. For example, one question stated:
Leroy has 2 ounces of cocaine and he sells an 8-ball to Antonio for $320 and 2 grams to Juan for $85 per gram. What is the street value of the rest of his hold?
According to Snopes, the original “math test” has been spotted online since the mid 1990s, and was allegedly available in hard copy form since the 1980s. The questions revolve around topics like drug dealing, “pimping,” and drive-by shootings.
Alabama is another one of those stare which wants to pass laws regulating bathrooms, Voter ID’s, and other activities. Supposedly they are protecting children with the back to the stone age religious extremism. All the while ignoring the real threats…
An Alabama teacher who allegedly preyed on female students was also a convicted felon who took a leave of absence from the school to serve his prison sentence.
An Alabama history teacher who allegedly offered A’s in exchange for sex also moonlighted as a black-market gun dealer, records show.
Phillip Smith III, of Birmingham, was indicted on federal gun charges while teaching social studies in 2004. Yet the school district never knew, even as the high school instructor took a seven-month leave to serve his prison sentence.
Now the 43-year-old is facing a lawsuit from the family of a female student, who claims Smith cornered her in class and solicited sex.
The complaint also alleges Smith operated a “sex for grades” scheme that targeted children who struggled in school. Birmingham City Schools and the city’s board of education, accused of negligence, are also defendants in the lawsuit.
“He kind of liked to dance around the classroom,” the unidentified student told AL.com, which first revealed the creepy teach’s tactics.
“My friends told me to have my boyfriend walk me to his class,” the girl added.
Smith allegedly put the moves on the student in December 2013, when he was administering a history exam at Huffman High School.
The convict teacher—who was also a women’s volleyball coach at the school—was later fired and criminally charged as a result of the girl coming forward, her attorney, Julian Hendrix told The Daily Beast.
While Hendrix’s client wasn’t sexually assaulted by Smith, authorities allegedly found a 14-year-old girl who was, according to a 2014 report.
It would be nice if some of the folks in the US Congressional Black Caucus would grow a backbone…
Members of the Alabama House Black Caucus, frustrated by other legislators’ efforts to silence opposition to bills that would restrict abortion access, sang “We Shall Overcome” on the Alabama State House floor.
According to the Montgomery Advertiser, several Black state representatives sang the Civil Rights Movement anthem during sessions on Wednesday (May 3). They were disheartened by the approval of a measure would effectively rohibit most abortions, as well as another that prevents abortion clinics from operating within 2,000 feet of schools serving kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. Caucus members charged that Republican lawmakers used filibustering to silence the group so that they could force through the abortion clinic bill and another regarding Confederate preservationwithout opposition.
Security was called twice during the protests, but no one was removed from chambers. The ACLU of Alabama has committed to suing the state if the governor signs the bill into law.
“Year after year, extreme politicians in this state have tried every tool in the shed to make it impossible for a woman who has decided to have an abortion to actually get one in Alabama,” Andrew Beck, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project said in a statement. “Rather than using taxpayer resources to endanger women’s health, politicians should leave these personal, private family decisions to women and doctors.”