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Bill Clinton vs BLM

A lot of noise blaming Bill Clinton for the draconian drug law he supported passing in 1993. That is a bit of  a false canard for a number of reasons. Fist is the legislation passed by Congress only affected Federal Law. Than means that it didn’t apply to the states. A number of state passed their own draconian drug laws, but they passed those in their own legislatures. Of the 1.5 million Americans held in correctional institutions (not jails) and Federal Prisons, about 210,000 are Federal Prisoners. That is about 14%. If you add those prisoners held in Jails, the number of incarcerated is 2.1 million, the Federal part of that shrinks to 10%. The States with the highest incarceration rates?

9 of 10 are in the “Red Zone”run by Republicans. 27 States incarcerate 80% of the prisoners in the US. Sounds bad – but 27 States have 80% of the population. Fewer people live in Wyoming than in Washington, DC.

Second – a lot of these laws, particularly in the Major Cities, were passed at the behest of black citizens and organizations in response to the soaring crime rate driven by the crack epidemic.

Bill Clinton Gets Into Heated Exchange With Black Lives Matter Protester

In a prolonged exchange Thursday afternoon, former President Bill Clinton forcefully defended his 1994 crime bill to Black Lives Matter protesters in the crowd at a Hillary Clinton campaign event.

He said the bill lowered the country’s crime rate, which benefited African-Americans, achieved bipartisan support, and diversified the police force. He then addressed a protester’s sign, saying:

“I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out onto the street to murder other African-American children,” Clinton said, addressing a protester who appeared to interrupt him repeatedly. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens …. You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter. Tell the truth. You are defending the people who cause young people to go out and take guns.”

The Clintons have faced criticism from BLM activists and younger black voters for months now over that bill, which they say put an unfairly high number of black Americans in prison for nonviolent offenses.

After a protester interrupted him repeatedly, Bill Clinton began to take on that critique directly, making the claim that his crime bill was being given a bad rap.

“Here’s what happened,” Clinton said. “Let’s just tell the whole story.”

“I had an assault weapons ban in it [the crime bill]. I had money for inner-city kids, for out of school activities. We had 110,000 police officers so we could keep people on the street, not in these military vehicles, and the police would look like the people they were policing. We did all that. And [Joe] Biden [then senator and chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee] said, you can’t pass this bill, the Republicans will kill it, if you don’t put more sentencing in it.”

“I talked to a lot of African-American groups,” Clinton continued. “They thought black lives matter. They said take this bill, because our kids are being shot in the street by gangs. We have 13-year-old kids planning their own funerals.”

Throughout the spirited defense of his policy, Clinton continued to be interrupted, and he repeatedly seemed to single out one protester.

“She doesn’t wanna hear any of that,” Clinton said to the protester. “You know what else she doesn’t want to hear? Because of that bill, we have a 25-year low in crime, a 33-year low in murder rate. And because of that and the background check law, we had a 46-year low in the deaths of people by gun violence, and who do you think those lives were? That mattered? Whose lives were saved that mattered?”

For several minutes, the discussion of the crime bill, Clinton’s exchange with the protester and the crowd’s attempts to yell and chant over her were missing one thing: any mention of Hillary Clinton, the one Clinton running for president this election cycle.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Painting Injustice in Louisiana

This one starts with the case of Mac Phipps, jailed in a state, Louisiana,  that incarcerates more of it’s citizens than any country in the world since Pol Pot’s Cambodia.

Her Son Is In Prison, And She Paints The Faces Of A Broken Justice System

The brushstrokes in Sheila Phipps‘ paintings tell the story of a broken criminal justice system in Louisiana — a state notorious for having the highest incarceration rate in the world.

It’s a mission that Phipps, a visual artist who’s been painting since the 1980s, took up after her son, McKinley “Mac” Phipps, a former No Limit hip-hop artist, wassentenced to 30 years in prison for a 2000 nightclub shooting.

“My son was wrongfully convicted in 2001 and is now serving time for a crime he didn’t commit,” Sheila Phipps said.

The visual artist said that in the beginning she could barely face the pain of her son spending such a large portion of his life behind bars. To cope, she went to her art room, took a brush in hand, and in a series of meticulous strokes captured the element missing from her life — her son — on canvas.

“I was frustrated, and it helped me deal with the stress of everything,” Phipps told The Huffington Post.

When Phipps finished the painting of her son, she initially viewed it as a personal accomplishment. After all, it was intended to be therapeutic — a brief escape from the harsh reality of the situation. However, an emptiness remained. It prompted her to capture not only her son’s story but also those of other inmates in Louisiana who are in similar situations.

“I knew my son was not the only one who was a victim of the criminal justice system,” she said. “So I started to research other cases where individuals were convicted with questionable evidence or received excessive sentences.”

Phipps said her son ultimately became the inspiration behind her series of portraits of incarcerated men. Although she never intended her personal expression for public view, she gradually began showing her paintings as they emerged, gathering them in a series titled “Injustice Xhibition.”

The exhibit features seven incarcerated men: McKinley “Mac” Phipps Jr., Warren Scott III, Jerome “Skee” Smith, Earl Truvia, Stanley Stirgus, Rogers LaCaze Sr., and Jamil Joyner. …Read More Here

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Conservative Anti-Beyonce Protest…Goes Bust

So much for conservative whimpering outrage…

Lonely trio of anti-Beyoncé protesters shocked that thousands didn’t show up

For the first hour, not a single anti-Beyoncé protester turned up to the anti-Beyoncé protest outside the National Football League headquarters in New York.

“There are no haters here to hate on,” said Mary Pryor, organizer of a pro-Beyoncé and Black Lives Matter counter-protest.

Sparked by an Eventbrite event – which, as the Daily Beast noted , doesn’t appear to have been started by an actual protest group but just by a single person – police cordoned off some of Park Avenue in anticipation of people protesting againstBeyoncé’s Super Bowl half-time performance of her black pride song Formation, which featured dancers dressed as Black Panther activists .

Instead, about 30 pro-Beyoncé and Black Lives Matter supporters waited, holding signs proclaiming “Get information” (lyrics from Beyoncé’s Formation “get information/get in formation”) and “Pro black doesn’t mean anti white”.

At 9am, Tim Winterhalter turned up dressed in a New York Giants jersey for the anti-Beyoncé side.

“To be honest, I didn’t even watch the half-time show,” Winterhalter said. But he said he had seen the news coverage and the Eventbrite page and wanted to come “check everything out”, as he was annoyed that the Super Bowl had become political.

“This is a football game. If you want to have something with politics, you don’t have to do it on a football field,” Winterhalter said.

“Look at this, man! I’m loving this,” he added as people crowded around him with cameras and mics.

But as more protesters surrounded Winterhalter asking him what exactly he was protesting against, he claimed he was simply a bystander who was “passing through”.

Ten minutes later, another anti-Beyoncé activist arrived, confused about the lack of crowds.

“I was expecting to meet thousands of people,” said Ariel Kohane, 44, a volunteer forTed Cruz’s presidential campaign .

“I’m here to protest Beyoncé’s ideology and that she should be more constructive and she should be trying to create peace and harmony instead of divisiveness,” Kohane said.

Kohane, a supporter of the Blue Lives Matter pro-police group, said he also had not seen the whole half-time performance but had watched news reports about it.

“I think it was awful, terrible, it didn’t even belong in the Super Bowl. It didn’t have anything to do with football at all,” Kohane said.

Kohane said he was specifically offended by the lyrics of Beyoncé’s songs as they were “demeaning police officers”, but he was unable to specify specific lyrics that had upset him.

Around 9.30am, a third anti-Beyoncé protester arrived.

April Bedunah, a 25-year-old business management student, said she had been a Beyoncé fan but viewed her dancers dressed in Black Panther outfits as a direct critique of police officers.

“If white people came out in KKK outfits, they would go crazy,” said Bedunah, who said her own son was half-black.

“She [Beyoncé] is letting the fame get to her head and she’s no longer the humble person that she used to be. She used to spread a message of love and now she ‘runs the world’.

“It’s sickening; it’s making people hate each other. She could have talked about anything else rather than trying to make people mad. And look what it caused. These people should be at work! I should be at school right now. We should be doing other things than this,” Bedunah said.

As rain poured down, much of the crowd dispersed. The pro-Beyoncé Black Lives Matter protesters did not seem surprised by the low turnout.

“It’s easier to be a racist online than it is in real life,” said Cherno Biko, 24.

Whoops! Where the white conservatives?

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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So What Happened When Black Folks Peacefully Occupied a Park?

Another one of those “forgotten” pieces of history… The black former residents are still battling to get their homes back.

Unarmed black protesters were ‘forcibly removed’ and jailed after they tried to occupy a wildlife refuge in 1979

After a group of armed militants seized an Oregon nature preserve earlier this month, many wondered: What would have happened if they were black?

It’s impossible to know for sure, of course, but there is a somewhat recent historical precedent that offers some clues, reported The Oregonian.

In 1979, 40 members of People Organized for Equal Rights set up camp on a federal nature preserve south of Savannah, Georgia — where their ancestors had lived for generations.

Headstone at the Gould Cemetery on Harris Neck

A white plantation owner had deeded the land to a former slave after the Civil War, and other freed slaves and their descendant moved to the area — known as Harris Neck — to live, work, fish and farm for decades.

That all came to an abrupt end in 1942, when the U.S. military took over Harris Neck through eminent domain and gave residents three weeks to leave.

Black landowners were paid significantly less for their land than white landowners in the area, the newspaper reported, and the government destroyed the houses, factories and farms they had built.

The government abandoned the airbase it built in their community after World War II, and the land was eventually converted into the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge.

In 1972, 26 families who are direct descendants of the original inhabitants organized to reclaim the land — and they staged a “camp-in” seven years later to force the government to recognize their cause.

The unarmed protesters set up a camp at the nature preserve, and they asked for $50 million in reparations to rebuild the churches, schools, businesses and homes that were bulldozed by the government almost 40 years earlier.

By contrast, the armed militants have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, demanding the transfer of federal land to the control of an extralegal county government they created and the release of two ranchers convicted of arson — who asked the militiamen to leave before they voluntarily reported to prison.

For nearly two weeks now, the out-of-state militants with few ties to eastern Oregon have given news conferences, issued demands and threatened violent confrontations with authorities.

But that’s not what happened nearly 37 years ago in Georgia.

Federal authorities secured a court order to remove the “squatters” one day after they set up camp at Harris Neck — but four of the unarmed protesters refused to leave.

They were “forcibly removed” May 2, 1979 — just three days after they arrived on the land where their parents and grandparents had farmed, hunted and fished.

The four men were each sentenced to a month in jail for trespassing, and courts have ruled that the land belongs to the U.S. government — and not to the slaves’ descendants.

The 1979 incident has largely been forgotten, and isn’t even mentioned on the wildlife refuge’s Wikipedia page.

But the descendants of Harris Neck’s residents are still trying to rebuild that community.

 

Source for the Cemetery Pics here.

Corporal Jack Thompson was an African-American with ties to the Gould plantation. He served with Company E, 33rd U. S. Colored Infantry. This regiment was organized 31 January 1863 or 8 February 1864, as 1st South Carolina Volunteers Colored Infantry. Attached to U. S. Forces, Port Royal Island, South Carolina, 10th Corps, Department of the South, to April, 1864. They were mustered out on 31 January 1866.

 
 

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Central Park 5 Rally For Teacher

The Central Park Five case in the early 90’s was a modern day lynching and serves as a template of how young black men are demonized, and ultimately denied justice by racism. The case remains as a Hallmark of racial justice and injustice in the United States on a par with the Scottsboro Boys sham trial and attempted executions.

Recently a NYC High School Teacher made the story of the Central Park 5 part of her lesson plan on history. She was promptly fired.

Central Park Five: Rehire Teacher Allegedly Fired Over Central Park Five Lesson

Administrators reportedly were concerned the lessons would cause “riots” among black students.

Two of the five men who were wrongfully convicted in the 1989 rape and assault of a woman in Central Park have expressed support for a New York City teacher who says she lost her job after teaching students about the case.

“We support her 100 percent,” Raymond Santana, a member of a group known as the Central Park Five, told The Huffington Post. “We’ll probably rally for her — go to the courthouse. I want her to keep doing what she’s doing. I hope this doesn’t discourage her.” He believes the teacher should be reinstated, he added.

Raymond Santana, right, Kevin Richardson, and Yusef Salaam, left, all members of the Central Park Five, react to supporters Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in New York.

Jeena Lee-Walker, who taught English at the High School of the Arts, Imagination and Inquiry in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, filed a federal lawsuit last week alleging that administrators at the school feared her lessons on the Central Park Five might “rile up” black students and cause small “riots.” They asked her to take a more “balanced” approach in teaching students about the case, her lawsuit claims.

“I was stunned,” Lee-Walker told the Daily News Friday. “I was kind of like, the facts are the facts. This is what happened.”

Students, she told the paper, “and black students in particular, should be riled up.”

Trailer for the Documentary –

Headline From the NY Daily News Creating the Term “Wilding” to describe out o control minority youth. A term which would enter the lexicon after being repeated again and again by periodicals and TV news around the country.

“It was awesome — they were so engaged,” she said of teaching her students about the Central Park Five, adding that they were “really moved” by a 2012 documentaryon the subject. “They really identified with the teenagers.”

Lee-Walker says she received a series of bad performance reviews, and was ultimately fired, in retaliation for pushing back against criticism from administrators over her Central Park Five lessons.

Santana, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson and Korey Wise — all black and Latino men — were all under 16 years old when they were each arrested in 1989 for the beating and rape of Trisha Melli, a 28-year-old investment banker. The brutal attack dominated headlines, with the city’s tabloids stirring racially charged fears of “wilding” groups of violent black and Latino teenagers across the city.

Police zeroed in on the five teens, all of whom had reportedly been in or near Central Park at the time of the attack.

Each teen confessed to the crime during 24 hours of interrogation, but later claimed their statements had been coerced by police. They were all nevertheless convicted and sentenced to prison in 1990. (At the time, billionaire businessman and current Republican front-runner Donald Trump called for their execution.)

Santana, McCray, Salaam and Richardson each spent nearly six years in prison. Wise spent nearly 13 years in prison.

The convictions against the men were vacated in 2002 after a New York inmate named Matias Reyes confessed to raping Melli. Then-Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau announced that DNA evidence from the crime scene matched Reyes’ DNA.

In 2014, the city agreed to pay the five men a total of $40 million to settle a federal lawsuit they had filed. …Read the rest Here

 
 

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Rev Mack Daddy At It Again

Rev Mack Daddy Manning of the ATLAH “church” is at it again. Once a regular on the black conservative Lawn Jockey Circuit, he has proven to be too much of a nutcase to even make the Faux News channel…

Frenzied pastor shouts ‘n*gger f*ggots’ at ‘Love not Hate’ protesters outside his NY church

A notorious New York pastor addressed “Love not Hate” protesters outside his church by shouting racist and anti-gay slurs.

The “Love not Hate” rally outside of Pastor James David Manning’s Atlah Worldwide Church on Monday was organized by the group Harlem Against Violence, Homophobia, and Transphobia to protest the church for demonizing LGBT people. The demonstration drew more than 100 people, according to DNAinfo, including New York state Assemblyman Keith Wright.

Video of the event posted by blogger Joe My God shows Pastor Manning repeatedly singing, “Oh, f*ggots, please come out tonight.”

“Where are all the n*gger f*ggots?” Manning yells. “Where are the n*ggers? Why are ya’ll white?”

The pastor eventually spots a black protester, and begins yelling about a “n*gger lesbo.”

“Hey, you lesbo, come over here,” he shouts repeatedly.

Pastor Manning — who has admitted to having been tempted by the gay “lifestyle” — gained international notoriety after claiming in a video that Starbucks baristas were secretly adding semen to customers’ lattes as part of a gay plot. His church in Harlem frequently displays signs with anti-gay messages, including calling for the stoning of LGBT people.

“The messages displayed by the ATLAH Church are not reflective of this community, but are grossly offensive hate speech that have no place in the streets of Harlem,” Assemblyman Wright said in a statement. “Today, humankind finds itself surrounded by the tragedies of war. In upper Manhattan and abroad, we are crippled by problems of inequality. Record-high debt is ensconcing countries, communities, families and individuals. There is no time or attention left to spend spreading a message of bigotry. Today, the truest members of the Harlem community ‎are speaking up and we reject this display of hatred by ATLAH Church.”

 

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2015 in Black Conservatives

 

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More Gunshots Fired Near Minneapolis BLM Protest

Appears that the white supremacist types are trying to intimidate the protesters by guns.

This is the video of armed white supremacists seeking to terrorize the protesters. It is unclear whether these are the people who shot 5 demonstrators.

More gunshots fired overnight at Minneapolis protests: ‘CALL THIS WHAT THE F*CK IT IS — TERRORISM’

More gunshots were fired overnight at the site of ongoing protests of the Minneapolis police killing of Jamar Clark.

Police confirmed that shots were fired about 2 a.m. Wednesday near the Fourth Precinct, where five Black Lives Matters protesters were wounded about 27 hours before during a dispute with three white men, reported the Washington Post.

Authorities were unable to provide any details about the latest shooting — including information about who fired the shots or why.

Reports of the gunfire circulated early Wednesday on social media, where video was posted online showing the moments shortly after the shots were fired.

The video shows demonstrators running for cover behind a barricade or lying flat on the ground near their campfires as activists shouted “get down.”

“F*ck this laying down shit,” one activist shouts. “Let’s shoot back.”

Police arrested three men Tuesday afternoon in connection with the shootings and released a fourth man after questioning.

A spokeswoman for the local NAACP chapter claimed the police department allowed the men to bully protesters for days and stood by during the shooting and initially refused to help the victims.

Authorities have been reluctant to agree with witnesses who described the men as white supremacists, but social media posts by the suspects reveal frequent use of racial slurs and a fascination with Confederate imagery and right-wing militia groups.

The suspects — identified by police as 23-year-old Allen “Lance” Scarsella, 21-year-old Nathan Gustavsson and 26-year-old Daniel Macey — have not been formally charged but remain jailed on suspicion of assault.

Emails and online videos show the men plotted to disrupt the protests — and activists said they appeared daily since last week, wearing military clothing, masks and bulletproof armor as they recorded video of demonstrators’ faces and harassed them at their camps.

Their supporters claim the men acted in self-defense after witnesses said they were punched during an altercation with protesters, who asked them to take off their masks or leave, but many people have described the men as “terrorists.”

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, Domestic terrorism

 

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