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Juror Stops All White Jury Selection For 2 Black Accused

A common trick in some of the courtrooms in the country is to “whiten” the jury, even though said whitening is illegal. It is all too often met with a wink wink, wave by Judges. In this case a courageous Juror stood up and forced a mistrial.

Juror gets two black men a new trial after calling out elimination of African-Americans from jury pool

A Juror won a new trial for two African-American defendants when he stood up in front of a Nashville courtroom and called out the fact there were no black jurors seated to hear their case, the Tennessean reports.

Police have accused two men, Terance Bradley, and Hurley Brown, of attacking two people during a fight in which gunshots were fired and two men were injured. Both men have pleaded not guilty to charges of burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and possessing weapons while felons. Both men have been held in-custody for 18 months awaiting their trial.

Mary Hamilton and Tiffany Steele, the grandmother and mother of Bradley and Brown, respectively, both expressed outrage after watching prosecutors dismiss every black juror in the pool.

The women said prosecutors dismissed only one white juror. Then they nixed every eligible black juror who was called up from the larger pool.

“It was disgusting. It was irritating,” Steele told the paper. Hamilton agreed it wasn’t fair for the men to face a jury that contained not a single person of their own race.

“There’s still prejudice out there,” Hamilton told the Tennessean. “I don’t care what anyone says.”

While the jury was dismissed on a technicality, the incident has raised the issue of race and juries, the Tennessean reports.

Judge Cheryl Blackburn told the Tennessean she dismissed the jury because they ignored her instructions not to discuss the case before hearing all the evidence. And while the move resulted in further delays for the men’s trial, their family members do not believe they would have gotten a fair trial with that jury.

“There was an angel in the courtroom that day,” Steele told the paper. “Good for him for speaking up.”

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2016 in Domestic terrorism

 

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Samantha Bee Lambastes TN Republican Representative Clown

Another one of those Reprobate local representatives. This one who wants to start a state NAAWP,,, (That’s KKK for those who missed the David Duke episodes).

Samantha Bee destroys hateful GOP lawmaker Sheila Butt — the worst person in Tennessee

There are some pretty despicable lawmakers in Tennessee, but according to comedian Samantha Bee on “Full Frontal” on Monday, the worst is Republican state Rep. Sheila Butt — who lives up to her namesake.

Butt refused to exempt victims of rape and incest of the 48-hour waiting period before an abortion because she claims that the rape is not “verifiable.” “Right, those crimes are totally unverifiable,” Bee began sarcastically before destroying Butt’s logic. “So we should go with the likeliest assumption that girls are lying whores that just like the prestige of claiming to be raped by their fathers? It’s called Occam’s Razor, libtards!”

It turns out Butt also might be a racist. She tweeted “It’s time for a Council on Christian Relations and an NAAWP in this Country.”

Shelia Butt (Photo: via Twitter)

Shelia Butt (Photo: via Twitter)

NAAWP, if you didn’t know, stands for the National Association for the Advancement of White People — not to be confused with the Republican Party. Though Bee says it could very easily also stand for the National Association for the Advancement of Walrus Penises and we should “tell your friends that Shelia Butt just looooooves walrus penises. I mean, she does seem to think about sex a lot. In her Christian dating guide Everyday Princess, Daughter of The King, Butt comes down on a 3-year-old who married her two female Barbies, telling her, ‘Girls don’t marry girls. God made girls to marry boys!’”

That’s when Bee took the mockery of Butt to a whole new level. “Look, Sheila, if you don’t believe in homosexuality, you should never have supported a toy line that includes Ken. That guy is young, dumb and hungry for c*m.”

Evidently Butt’s “helpful” book compares a non-virginal woman to a “used stained dress that no one would ever want,” according to Bee. “So, girls, next time you’re tempted to have dirty sinful sex, resist the urge. Instead, do all the stuff Sheila Butt suggests, or as she may call it, ‘Butt Stuff.’ This Tennessee state representative wants you to do lots and lots of Butt stuff. Do Butt stuff until it hurts!”

We got a song for that!

 

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Tennessee Republican Sponsor of Anti-LGBT Bill…Is a Sexual Predator

Yet another white deviant Republican sexual predator playing holier than thou….

GOP cosponsor of anti-trans bathroom bill is a danger to ‘unsuspecting women’, probe finds

A Republican state lawmaker in Tennessee who is pushing to strip transgender people of bathroom rights has been found to be a danger to “unsuspecting women.”

Last week, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell exiled state Rep. Jeremy Durham from his offices at the War Memorial Building and limited his access to other areas after Attorney General Herbert Slatery issued a warning that the lawmaker’s behavior posed “a continuing risk to unsuspecting women who are employed by or interact with the legislature.”

Slatery’s office is leading an investigation into multiple sexual harassment complaints against Durham. Although the investigation is not complete, Slatery said that the warning was necessary because of information learned during interviews with 34 different women.

“With few exceptions, the women who related incidents felt they could not report Representative Durham’s behavior because nothing could be done and they did not want to lose their jobs or be considered ‘untrustworthy’ by employers, clients or legislators,” the letter said.

According to the report, women said that they “avoid or refuse to be alone with Representative Durham, a situation which has affected their ability to perform their jobs.”

Speaker Harwell said in a statement that she was moving Durham’s office “to the ground floor of the Rachel Jackson Building, and limiting his access to the Legislative Plaza, War Memorial Building, Rachel Jackson Building, and 2nd floor of the State Capitol for official legislative business only.”

The Advocate reported that Durham is one of the key sponsors of House Bill 2414, which would prevent transgender people from using public bathrooms corresponding to their gender. The bill mirrors anti-LGBT bills that have been recently passed in North Carolina and Mississippi.

Proponents of the bill argue that it would protect women from being harassed. And although 34 women have stepped forward to complain about Durham, there have been no reported cases of transgender people sexually harassing others in public bathrooms.

 

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Cops Taser Cleaning Woman

Geez… A woman working as a Janitor at a school at night, mopping the floor, hears a noise and looks up and see’s two cops coming toward her with guns drawn.

What would she possibly be worried about?

In Guatemala where she is from – the cops might rape her, or give her a hard time then let her go on with her work…

Here in America the cops might rape her, robe her, smash her face to the ground for no reason, taser her for not understanding English, or shoot her as she set the mop handle against the wall to talk to them confusing the mop with an imaginary gun…And arrest her for no reason costing her her job.

Cops use Taser on cleaning woman after mistaking her for burglar — then charge her with evading arrest

Two Tennessee cops are being criticized for excessive force for Tasering a 36-year-old middle school cleaning woman after they confronted her at night in the otherwise empty school.

Juana Raymundo, originally from Guatemala, has been charged with evading arrest after she ran from the police who thought she was a burglar — despite seeing her cleaning supplies in the hallway — reports the Times Free Press.

According to the police report, Sgt. Jamie Heath and Officer Brian Desmond entered Ooltewah Middle School at 8:30 in the evening earlier this month after noticing a door to the school was left open.

Inspecting the school with their guns drawn, they spotted the cleaning supplies in the hall way before encountering an empty-handed Raymundo who appeared, “nervous and somewhat reserved.”

The officers state that they didn’t point their weapons at the woman as they attempted to question her in both English and rudimentary Spanish — saying she kept repeating “no” as she moved away from them, turning a corner and then running away as Heath yelled at her to stop in Spanish.

According to the two cops, they  chased her through the school’s cafeteria, down a flight of stairs and out the building and into the parking lot where Heath warned her to stop or he would use his Taser

Heath said he then used his Taser as he chased her, causing her to fall to the ground.

The officers state they then called for medical back-up.

Investigators afterward said that Raymundo — who works for an outside cleaning service — has difficulties understanding both English and Spanish.

While the Collegedale Police Department’s use-of-force policy allows officers to move beyond verbal commands when a subject is fleeing, a Nashville attorney who specializes in immigration and civil rights questioned their report by calling it “defensively written.”

“This is a pretty defensively written report,” attorney Andrew Free said. “I wonder if this is the same attention to detail that the officer gives every affidavit of complaint. And if so, why wasn’t there more attention to detail noting whether they identified themselves as they were sweeping the building?”

According to Maria Haberfield, a professor of police science at John Jay University in New York City, she thinks the police went overboard in their use of force.

“This was just an open door,” Haberfield explained. “There wasn’t a report of burglary; there was a report of an open door. The officers didn’t witness any extreme acts of vandalism or see that the computers were ripped out — there has to be some correlation between what they witnessed and the response.”

Collegedale Police Assistant Chief James Hardeman said the department has not received a formal complaint against the officers and declined to comment on the woman’s arrest since her court appearance is still pending.

The Times Free Press reports that Raymundo was released on $750 bail and is expected back in court on March 2.

Notice to particularly stupid Tennessee cops – this is a janitor. They tend to wander around in buildings in the middle of the night…To clean things. You can tell by the cart.

 

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Of Melungeons and Other Historical Mysteries

Arch Goins and family, Melungeons from Graysville, Tennessee, c. 1920s

Arch Goins and family, Melungeons from Graysville, Tennessee, c. 1920s

When Dr. Thomas Walker and Daniel Boone first explored what they would name the Cumberland Gap, the pass which allowed western expansion by the colonists in the Mid-Atlantic region in 1750 – they found a group of folks living in the area who were not Native Americans. They spoke English, and by appearances were neither white, black, or Native American. They became known as Melungeons, partially based on an early statement by one of the group that they were “Portugee”.

Theories have abounded as to how thee folks got there, and from where they came from. The most romantic of which claimed that they were descendants of survivors of the “Lost Colony” and Virginia Dare on Roanoke Island near the border of Virginia and North Carolina who mysteriously disappeared in 1586/7. Others have it they were the descendants of Portugese sailors and Turkish slaves who had been shipwrecked along the Barrier Islands protecting the Carolina and Virginia coasts during the 15th or 16th Century. Still another had them as descendents of slaves originating from the first Spanish Colony located on the Virginia/North Carolina Coast founded by Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón in 1526, which was destroyed by a slave revolt.

None of these historical theories was true.

Another long standing mystery is what happened to the initial African slaves brought to Virginia in 1619. Because there were no slave laws in Virgina at that time – they were purchased as Indentured Servants. Serving of a period of years to pay back the cost of their voyage – or “purchase” cost…

After which they became free, along with the hundreds of thousands of white Europeans who had been brought to the Colonies as Indentured Servants typically to pay off their debts. Permanent black slavery wasnt legally institutionalized in Virginia until about 1670, when a number of “Slave Codes” were ratified in response to several slave revolts, and complaints of slave owners about the economic cost of having to free their slaves.  So what happened in the intervening period to these black folks who were brought to America – served as Indentured labor and paid off their debt to be free? The commonly accepted story is that they intermarried with Native Americas – which is only partially true.

Laws against miscegenation between black and white were codified about 1660 in Virginia. The issue was in large part that by treaty (with Native Americans) and law – the status of a couple’s children, slave or free – was based on the status of the Mother. Thus if an African male slave married and had children with a white female Indentured Servant – any resulting children were freedmen. This posed an economic conundrum for Virginia slave holders, and a loss of valuable property in the form of new slaves. Thus we start to see laws being put into place to prevent this.

Unions between black and white was far more common than many historians would have you believe – and not just the result of the slave Master raping their slave women. By some calculations, supported by DNA tests – about 30% of what is now considered the white population of the US, whose families lived in slave states before the Civil War have black Sub-Saharan ancestry. The result of these marriages was the establishment of large bi- and tri- racial communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Louisiana. The groundbreaking work of Professor Paul Heinegg, of the University of Virginia “Free  African American Families of Virginia and North Carolina” and which has been expanded to now include Maryland, Delaware, and other states  – found that the genesis of most Free African American families before the Civil War in Virginia and North Carolina was the result of these unions between black males and white women. If you will recall, Thomas Jefferson kept his offspring from Sally Hemmings in slavery.

Unions between black slaves and white indentured servants were not rare – a situation creating the need (at least from the slave owners viewpoint) for laws prohibiting such unions. Which leaves the question – where did these families, established before the permanent slave laws,  go after finishing their indenture?

Part of my own family were what is called”Atlantic Creoles” (descendants of a white Sea Captain and an “Indian” woman who moved to Montgomery County  from what is now the Norfolk/Newport News area in 1719) whose children migrated from Montgomery County, Virginia on the lower Rappahannock River to an area near the Cumberland Gap on what is now the Virginia – West Virginia border to escape re-enslavement. They would fight a nearly 50 year legal battle in the Courts to retain their freedom. There was already a thriving black (or tri-racial) community there. What they did was to follow the path after the American Revolution of many European-American settlers and move west to the “frontier”, forming stable communities along the Virginia -West Virginia border.

Indeed there is evidence through letters that Confederate troops stayed out of certain counties in Virginia and North Carolina because the majority of the residents were freedmen who took a dim view of Confederates and would shoot any Confederate who wandered into the wrong territory. I have more then anecdotal evidence that being a slave catcher wandering onto some of those counties was a terminal profession. You can track some of that looking at General Sheridan’s campaign in the Shenandoah – looking at where they DIDN’T fight the Rebs.

My Dad, who was a Historian always claimed that the Melungeons of the region were actually the descendants of the first Africans brought to America who had intermarried with white Indentured Servants and had served out their indenture and moved to the remote area to escape persecution.

Turns out he was right. He referred to these folks as “cousins” – although I never figured out why, or have proven any direct family relationship with any of the 40 or so Melungeon families. He was also good friends with one of the Goins family descendants.

Melungeon history researchers at various times have claimed that several famous people were descendants of Melungeons, including Elvis Presley, Ava Gardner, and Abraham Lincoln. That is in all likleyhood wishful thinking – as I have never heard on any evidence to back such claims. The truth of which would be explosive.

Melungeon DNA Study Reveals Ancestry, Upsets ‘A Whole Lot Of People’

For years, varied and sometimes wild claims have been made about the origins of a group of dark-skinned Appalachian residents once known derisively as the Melungeons. Some speculated they were descended from Portuguese explorers, or perhaps from Turkish slaves or Gypsies.

Now a new DNA study in the Journal of Genetic Genealogy attempts to separate truth from oral tradition and wishful thinking. The study found the truth to be somewhat less exotic: Genetic evidence shows that the families historically called Melungeons are the offspring of sub-Saharan African men and white women of northern or central European origin. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Black History, The Post-Racial Life

 

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Tea Bagger Paradise – Firefighter let family home, 3 dogs, and a cat burn over $75 Fee

I guess the homeowner was lucky one of his children or wife wasn’t trapped in the house. In this perversion of America based on conservatism the Fire Department would have watched them burn too.

Firefighters watch as home burns to the ground

OBION COUNTY, Tenn. – Imagine your home catches fire but the local fire department won’t respond, then watches it burn. That’s exactly what happened to a local family tonight.

A local neighborhood is furious after firefighters watched as an Obion County, Tennessee, home burned to the ground.

The homeowner, Gene Cranick, said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late.  They wouldn’t do anything to stop his house from burning.

Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton.  But the Cranicks did not pay.

The mayor said if homeowners don’t pay, they’re out of luck.

This fire went on for hours because garden hoses just wouldn’t put it out. It wasn’t until that fire spread to a neighbor’s property, that anyone would respond.

Turns out, the neighbor had paid the fee.

“I thought they’d come out and put it out, even if you hadn’t paid your $75, but I was wrong,” said Gene Cranick.

Because of that, not much is left of Cranick’s house.

They called 911 several times, and initially the South Fulton Fire Department would not come.

The Cranicks told 9-1-1 they would pay firefighters, whatever the cost, to stop the fire before it spread to their house.

“When I called I told them that. My grandson had already called there and he thought that when I got here I could get something done, I couldn’t,” Paulette Cranick.

It was only when a neighbor’s field caught fire, a neighbor who had paid the county fire service fee, that the department responded. Gene Cranick asked the fire chief to make an exception and save his home, the chief wouldn’t.

We asked him why.

He wouldn’t talk to us and called police to have us escorted off the property. Police never came but firefighters quickly left the scene. Meanwhile, the Cranick home continued to burn.

We asked the mayor of South Fulton if the chief could have made an exception.

“Anybody that’s not in the city of South Fulton, it’s a service we offer, either they accept it or they don’t,” Mayor David Crocker said.

Friends and neighbors said it’s a cruel and dangerous city policy but the Cranicks don’t blame the firefighters themselves. They blame the people in charge.

“They’re doing their job,” Paulette Cranick said of the firefighters. “They’re doing what they are told to do. It’s not their fault.”

To give you an idea of just how intense the feelings got in this situation, soon after the fire department returned to the station, the Obion County Sheriff’s Department said someone went there and assaulted one of the firefighters.

 

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Tennessee Dems Reject The Race Card, Republicans Reject Religious Bigotry

Blogged a few weeks ago about Ex Memphis Mayor Willie Henreton’s attempt to knock off incumbent Steve Cohen in a majority black district – Ex Mayor Herenton Plays the Race Card in Tennessee based largely on race.

Tennesse Democrats weren’t buying, and handed Steve Cohen a victory yesterday in a landslide.

Tenn. Dems Reject Ex-Mayor’s Race-Based Campaign

Congressman Steve Cohen Seen Here With The Prez

The former longtime mayor of Memphis, who unabashedly campaigned for voters to send him to Congress because he is black, was overwhelmingly defeated by the white incumbent in Thursday’s Democratic primary…

Willie Herenton, Memphis’ first black elected mayor, pushed the race angle throughout his campaign for the 9th District House seat, saying he’s more representative of majority-black Memphis than U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, who is white and Jewish. Herenton had said he wanted to diversify Tennessee’s all-white, 11-member congressional delegation. But with 78 percent of precincts reporting, Cohen had 54,897 votes, or 79 percent, to Herenton’s 14,254 or 21 percent.

Cohen said his victory sends a message that “Memphis is a city on the move and not a city of the past.”

Herenton urged his supporters to back Cohen. Before Thursday, the 70-year-old Herenton had never lost a political race and served 4½ terms as mayor before retiring under the cloud of a federal corruption investigation, which now appears to be over. Cohen, a two-term congressman, countered Herenton’s tactics with endorsements from President Barack Obama and Harold Ford Sr., the first black elected to the seat and senior member of a powerful political family.

“I’m the kind of guy that was always the winner. For whatever reason, it was not part of God’s master plan,” Herenton said.

Democrats have held the seat for more than three decades and Cohen will be the heavy favorite to win in November.

In other election news, apparently internet favorite Basil Marceaux, was not able to overcome… a lot of things… as Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam swept the crowded Republican field –

Mayor and Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Haslam at a Montgomery County, TN Republican Meet and Greet

Also Thursday, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam won Tennessee’s Republican gubernatorial nomination after a contentious and expensive 19-month campaign. Haslam, the dominant fundraiser of the race, triumphed over U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp and state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey. With 2 percent of precincts reporting, Haslam had 115,705 votes, or 52 percent, to Wamp’s 59,922 votes, or 27 percent. Ramsey had 43,308 votes, or 20 percent.

State Senate Speaker and Lt Governor Ron Ramsey, whose pronouncement that the Constitutional Guarantee of Religious Freedom doesn’t apply to Muslims roiled the political atmosphere, came in 3rd.

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2010 in News

 

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