Tag Archives: Racism

Well Okayyyy…McConnell Says Reparations Not Needed Because Obama Was Elected

(Washington, DC-AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that there’s no need to pay anyone reparations for slavery.

At a press conference Tuesday, the Kentucky Republican said America has done much to make up for the original sin of slavery, including fighting the Civil War, passing civil rights legislation and electing an African American president, Barack Obama.

He went on to say no one alive now was responsible for slavery. A House subcommittee meets today to discuss reparations.

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Maryland High School Students Wear Blackface, Use Racial Slur In Social Media Post

(Bethesda, MD-AP) — Police in Maryland are investigating a photo of two high school students wearing blackface. The principal of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda said the photo, which was captioned with the N-word, was shared online on a private account over the weekend. It was then re-shared publicly by other students.

The image was reported to police as a hate-bias incident. The school will also be taking disciplinary action.

Racist Chicago Students Post Video Of Them In Blackface Harassing African American Fast Food Employee

(Chicago, IL) — Outrage as video surfaces of four white male students wearing blackface and acting just flat-out ignorant at a fast food restaurant.

The students reportedly attend Homewood Flossmoor Community High School which ironically is about 70% black.

Although they claim they didn’t know the significance of ‘blackface’, the video proves otherwise.

NBC News reports, to protest the social media posts, roughly a thousand of students walked out Tuesday around 12 p.m. chanting “We want justice” and “No place for blackface,” according to the Chicago Sun Times.ct-1556651376-k6dskt36lc-snap-imageIn a letter sent Sunday to parents and students, Homewood-Flossmoor High School said school officials had met with those involved in the “culturally insensitive” incident.

“The social media postings that were seen and heard were not representative of the high expectations we have for all students that attend our school,” the school said in the letter. “This type of behavior is contrary to our expectations, is being addressed quickly and appropriately and will not be tolerated.”

Coward Inmate Convicted Of Racist Murder of James Byrd Jr. Executed

(Huntsville, TX-AP) — Texas is executing the man who committed one of the country’s most brutal hate crimes. John King was the second person put to death for the killing of James Byrd Jr. in 1998.

Prosecutors say King was the ringleader of a group that chained Byrd to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him for miles after Byrd reportedly asked for a ride home. The force ripped off Byrd’s arm and decapitated him.

Even more disturbing, reports say that James Byrd was alive for the majority of his torture prior to being dismembered.

The murder of the 49-year-old African American shocked the nation and sparked protests.

The Supreme Court denied a last-minute request for a stay of execution for the 44-year-old avowed racist. King was pronounced dead by lethal injection at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville shortly after 7 p.m.

LA Church Fires Charges Made

(Opelousas, LA-AP) — A 21-year-old son of a sheriff’s deputy is being charged with burning down three predominantly black churches in Louisiana. Officials said they acted quickly because they were concerned the suspect would strikegain.

Officers said they are still trying to determine a motive. One possibility is that Holden Matthews was a fan of “black metal,” a subgenre of heavy metal. It has had an association with church burnings in other parts of the world. Matthews is accused of burning three churches in Saint Landry Parish over a ten-day period.

Death Toll Rises In New Zealand Mosque Attack

(Christchurch – AP) — The death toll from the New Zealand mosque attacks is up to 49. Police Commissioner Mike Bush says the vast majority of the victims were killed at one mosque in Christchurch. One man has already been charged with murder in connection with the shootings. At least 48 other people were injured in the attacks, which happened during Friday prayers. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called the shootings a terror attack. It’s the biggest massacre in New Zealand in 30 years.

Just before the shootings, one of the alleged attackers posted a link to a manifesto that was filled with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim ideas. One of the attacks appears to have been live streamed on social media.

Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing False Report

(Chicago, IL) – The attack on Jussie Smollett has finally come full circle and not in a good way as he is now being charged with filing a false report that registers as a class 4 felony.

It was a freezing cold late January night in Chicago, when Jussie Smollett said that he went to a local store close to his apartment to get something to eat at around 2 in the morning.   What happened next was honestly random, but in this world that we live in now, no-one is surprised by anything that happens.

Jussie, sitting on top rated show Good Morning America, shedded tears as he told Robin Roberts about an attack he suffered in which two masked men hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, beat him, threw some type of chemical liquid on him, and looped a rope around his neck in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood while yelling this is MAGA country.

Jussie, defiantly told Robin, “He punched me in the face and I punched his ass back.”  Encouraging other members of the LGBTQ community to not be afraid when confronted with adversity.  It was a good story.  One of bravery in the face of racism and hatred towards gays and black people in a tense political time for the United States.

But there were still a lot of holes …questions? Who in their right mind was out in Chicago going to get something to eat in the middle of a storm that hit Chicago with below freezing temperatures. Who??…..again who….has that much hatred for someone that they stand outside of his apartment in freezing cold temperatures hoping that their target will surface on the outside.  Armed with bleach and rope, would he come out or nah? And how was it that Jussie could say for certain that the men captured on surveillance video were in fact the men who attacked him? How was he so sure? Oh…because he was there.

One thing that was odd to me, Jussie said, as he was having this candid discourse with Robin, if I tell the truth……stop right there.  IF you are telling the truth, whether they believe you or not should never enter your mind.  Forget his reluctance to give up his phone records, we can all understand his reasoning behind that.  But at the point in which the portion you do give… produces nothing…red flags. How hard is it to show that your manager, friend or whoever was on the phone with you at a certain time of the night/day.  A screenshot would suffice.

By the time authorities identified the two people of interest on the surveillance video who turned out to be minorities and not white.  The …”This is MAGA country” verbiage became questionable.  But at the point in which they flat out told authorities Smollett planned the whole thing….all consideration stopped.

Now, to be fair, before they cooperated, the brothers told the cops they were friends of Jussie’s and were shocked to hear about what happened to him. LIES?  When they realized their falsities weren’t working they seemingly spilled all the details.  From how Jussie had sent hate mail to himself and was upset that it didn’t get a lot of attention. They  went on to detail the course of events for the night of the attack and at the end of the gab fest it was concluded that Jussie had possibly orchestrated the whole attack.

After word spread that he allegedly set the whole thing up, video surfaced of the two brothers purchasing ski masks, gloves and a red hat in a store the day before the attack. and police wanted another word with the Empire star. Are they telling the truth? Did Jussie really stage a class 4 felony attack for attention? Time will tell……

In the meantime, he’s officially being charged with filing a false report and is due in court tomorrow at 1:30pm.

 

 

Report: FBI Investigating Jussie Smollett Letter

(Chicago, IL-AP) — Federal investigators are reportedly investigating whether “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett had something to do with a threatening letter he received on the Chicago set of the hit show. ABC News reports that the letter is being examined at an FBI crime lab.

The letter was sent not long before Smollett claimed he was attacked in Chicago by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him. However, since then there have been reports that Smollett may have staged the attack by paying two brothers to carry it out.

Jury Selection Starts Today For Trial Of James Fields

(Charlottesville, VA-AP) — Jury selection is underway for the trial of the man accused of driving his car into a crowd at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last year.

Twenty-one-year-old self-described neo-Nazi James Fields Junior is charged with first-degree murder and other charges for the car attack, which killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured almost three dozen others. He faces up to life in prison.

Nooses, Hate Signs Found At Mississippi State Capitol

(Jackson, MS-AP) — An investigation is underway after two nooses, along with several hate signs, were found hanging at the Mississippi State Capitol this morning.

Police took the nooses and signs down, and are refusing to show surveillance videos while they are actively investigating. Police are reviewing the tapes to determine who is responsible for setting up the racist display.