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27/04/17 Black News , Black Politics

Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Shooting of 5 Black Lives Matter Protesters

Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Shooting of 5 Black Lives Matter Protesters


A White Minnesota man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting five Black Lives Matter protesters.

According to CBS News, the shooting occurred at a police precinct after Allen Scarsella, 25, and his friends got into an argument with Black Lives Matters protesters.

Scarsella was convicted in February of multiple charges, including riot and assault.

Although prosecutors had asked that Scarsella be sentenced to 20 years in prison, Scarsella was only sentenced to 15 years and two months.

“I recognize the severity of the events of November 23rd, 2015,” Scarsella said, according to the Associated Press.  “I’ll live with the consequences the rest of my life.”

Scarsella had sent multiple racist messages to friends prior to the shooting. City Pages reported in January that Scarsella once told a friend they should go shooting for “when we have to shoot black guys.” Tweet this!

Although Scarsella was sentenced to 15 years for shooting five black men, a study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that “more than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses.Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind bars for drug-related convictions. Sixty-five percent are African-American, 18 percent are white, and 16 percent are Latino..” according to Democracy Now. 


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25/02/17 Black News

Democrats Just Gave Donald Trump a Win

Democrats Just Gave Donald Trump a Win

Donald Trump is gleeful at the prospect of getting reelected, and it’s all because of a choice made by Democrats.

The election of the Democratic National Committee’s chair was constructed as a re-litigation of the Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders contest. In some ways, this is certainly true. After Hillary’s resounding and largely predictable defeat, Berners were looking to take the party in a new direction with Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, a Sanders supporter who predicted Trump’s ascent.

As Nathan J. Robinson of Current Affairs writes:

In an era where Democrats are losing incredibly badly at every level, they needed someone who could motivate people and them to organize. They needed someone who would harness the force that led to Bernie Sanders’ massive rallies, an enthusiasm that Hillary Clinton could never generate. With a significant segment of those people seeing their candidate yet again blocked (this time by an even more absurdly undemocratic process, in which ordinary party had absolutely no say), it’s hardly likely that Perez will be able to energize those same forces. Electing Ellison was essential because it could have kept more left-wingers from quitting the party in disgust, and helped bring back some (much needed) robust grassroots organizing.


Now, progressives in the party are further alienated. Good luck getting them to vote for Democrats. No matter how many people may have insisted that Ellison/Perez wasn’t a replay of Sanders/Clinton, it’s impossible to deny that in some ways it was. The progressives needed to receive some kind of gesture. And they have received one: an enormous middle finger.

Instead of reinvigorating the party with Ellison, neoliberal Democrats recruited former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to run against him. Ellison lost to Perez, and no one could be happier than President Donald Trump.

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25/02/17 Black News

Immigrants Are “Stealing Our 14th Amendment Rights” Says Black Activist

Immigrants Are “Stealing Our 14th Amendment Rights” Says Black Activist

The Fourteenth Amendment, written as a Reconstruction amendment after the Civil War, was intended to benefit recently freed slaves who were being denied their rights in the South.

The first sentence of the amendment states that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the United States.”

However, Sen. Jacob Howard of Michigan, author of the citizenship clause, expressly said: “This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers.”

Open borders activists as well as legal scholars have disputed the intent of Howard’s comments, however.


Still, African-American activists are becoming more vocal in describing how this interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment, which extends citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants, is hurting the African-American community.

In an interview with RT, activist Ted Hayes says illegal immigrants are stealing the birthright of African-Americans as extended by the Fourteenth Amendment.

“We can’t even go in neighborhoods that were once black for fear of being shot, beaten, what have you…”, said Hayes. Black people will be “eliminated” if we continue to extend citizenship to illegal immigrants,  Hayes added.

Watch the full interview below:

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“Your Life Is About to Get Wicked”–Data From 2/01 Live Broadcast

“Your Life Is About to Get Wicked”–Data From 2/01 Live Broadcast


1.) Data regarding the most recent polling on Trump’s “Muslim ban” came via a tweet from Nate Cohn at the New York Times.

2.) The Immigration Act of 1965 came around the same time that African-Americans were winning gains through the Civil Rights movement. Read more here.

3.) This headline pulls at the heart strings, but what they don’t tell you in the headline is that this family named their second son Trump. Read the article here

4.) Find the full story of the Syrians with buyers remorse here. 

5.) The Atlantic’s story about President Trump’s consideration of executive orders that would ban immigrants who become a burden to the U.S. can be found here. 

6.) BONUS–New Gallup poll on Trump’s “Muslim ban”. 


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17/01/17 Black News # , ,

Black Lawmakers Shouldn’t Be Out Here Calling Trump Illegitimate. Here’s Why.

Black Lawmakers Shouldn’t Be Out Here Calling Trump Illegitimate. Here’s Why.

by Yvette Carnell

It’s only so long that you can call an elected official a traitor before uttering the word impeachment. That’s the evolution that we are watching in real time with the attempt by Democrats to cast President Elect Donald Trump as illegitimate. First Congressman John Lewis said he wouldn’t be attending Trump’s inauguration due to his belief that the president elect is illegitimate.

“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” Lewis told NBC News.

Lewis also told NBC that he would skip Trump’s swearing in on Friday.

“It will be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in Congress,” he continued. “You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right.”

As it turns out, Lewis was wrong about this being the first inauguration he’d missed. Lewis acknowledged skipping George W. Bush’s inauguration after Trump called him out on Twitter. Lewis spokesperson Brenda Jones responded in a statement:

“His absence at that time was also a form of dissent,” Jones said. “He did not believe the outcome of that election, including the controversies around the results in Florida and the unprecedented intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court, reflected a free, fair and open democratic process.”

Now Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) is joining the increasing chorus of Black lawmakers who are making the dangerously consequential charge that Trump might not be a legitimate president.

Watch the clip below:

WATERS: Well, here’s what I’m trying to get to. If we discover that Donald Trump or his advocates played a role in helping to devise strategy, if they are the ones who came up with ‘Crooked Hillary,’ if they are the ones who came up with ‘she’s ill,’ ‘something’s wrong with her energy,’ and the way that he basically described her in the campaign, I think that is something that would put the question squarely on the table whether or not he should be impeached.

MATTHEWS: So you think you could have an impeachable offense before you take office.

WATERS: Well I think at the point that investigations discover and can confirm and document any of that that they had a role in helping to strategize, they had a role in attempting to determine the outcome that in many ways that they used the information that they got from DNC when they hacked into our e-mails, et cetera, if that was used against Hillary Clinton in some ways, yes, I think that’s impeachable.

Discussing impeachment of any president is a dangerous affair, especially when even our intelligence agencies admit that there is no smoking gun here:


And there are also a lot of moving parts as well:

We should also ask whether Blacks want to be the ones who lead the charge against Trump. During the campaign, Trump directed most of his criticism to Muslims and Latinos, so why are Black lawmakers shouldering the burden of delegitimizing this incoming president?

Blacks comprise 26 percent of food stamp recipients, but we’re only 13 percent of the population. We have nearly no land and no cash reserves. This is the economic consequence of being the descendants of slaves, but it places us in a perilous situation nonetheless. If this attempt to render Trump illegitimate goes off the rails, which it could, we’re not prepared to bear the brunt of it. So Black lawmakers should put their constituents first and focus on them and their needs, not the desires of their Democratic paymasters.

Blacks do not stand to gain anything by antagonizing an incoming president. We should organize against Trump where his interests conflict with our own, such as reducing the federal workforce, and support him on issues where we benefit, such as ending TPP.  A coup d’etat is not on any black agenda that I’ve ever seen. 

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