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29/08/14 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw #

UN: Police Brutality Against Minorities in U.S. Is an Ongoing Concern

UN: Police Brutality Against Minorities in U.S. Is an Ongoing Concern

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Recently the United Nations called out Detroit lawmakers for cutting off water to residents who couldn’t afford to pay the bill. Now the United Nations is criticizing the U.S. for its treatment of minorities, specifically the continued police brutality inflicted upon minority communities.

“Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing,” Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, said during a press briefing.

“The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown,” said Amir, an expert from Algeria, according to The Raw Story.

“This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials.”

U.N. officials questioned delegates from the U.S. about what is being done to end the targeting of minorities by police.

In the U.S., protests erupted in Ferguson, MO after Officer Darren Wilson gunned down unarmed teen Michael Brown. After the shooting, police inflamed tensions by running over a makeshift memorial that had been set up in Brown’s memory.

A grand jury is currently hearing the evidence and deciding whether Wilson will be charged.

 

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29/08/14 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

Google Dreadlocks. I Dare You.

Google Dreadlocks. I Dare You.

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That was the dare, offered by a Facebook friend named Angelo, which headed me in the direction of a Google adventure. When I Googled “dreadlocks,”  the only images offered were those of white people.

As my friend said,They have taken me to a whole new level of pissed off now. What next? Are they going to take our skin too? You know one day it will go down in history that white people created locking hair. OMG!”

Couldn’t there be at least one black person in the Google image search? Or have all black people with locks just stopped taking selfies of their head?

A bit on the history of dreadlocks from dreadlocks.org:

The roots of dreadlocks can be trailed to the Rastafarians of Jamaica, and further, to Indian sages and yogis, but they have never been more popular or widespread than they are today. It is said that dreadlocks originated with these eastern holy men. Possessing nothing, renouncing the world and possessions (not even a comb) they eschewed even personal grooming, hence the inevitable dreadlocks. Dreadlocks get their name from Jamaican tradition. Those with ‘natty’ locks in their hair were to be dreaded, or feared.

Anyway here’s the Google search result for the term:

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Not one black person.

However, if you Google “locks” plus “hair”, you get this:

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So maybe it’s true that blacks have just dropped the “dread” from pictures submitted to Google? Thoughts?

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28/08/14 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , featured , ybw #

Black Man Tasered for Refusing to Give Police His Name

Black Man Tasered for Refusing to Give Police His Name

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In a case of sitting while black, a black Minnesota man was allegedly Tasered for not telling police his name.

A video shows a female officer asking a man his name, but when the man refuses to give police his name, he gets shocked by another officer.

“Why do I have to let you know who I am?” the man asks. “I don’t have to let you know who I am if I haven’t broken any laws.”

The question was valid, considering that, according to The Raw Story, Minnesota does have any stop and frisk laws on the books.

“I want to find out who you are, and what the problem was back there,” said one officer, according to The Daily Planet. The police had been called by a store owner who said the man was loitering outside.

“I do not have to let you know who I am if I haven’t broken any laws,” said the man, who went on to explain that he sat by the store before going to pick up his kids from school at New Horizon Academy.

The man says the problem started when the store clerk became “irate” with him, but the man says he stood his ground because it’s a “public area.”

The male officer then walks up to the man and you can hear the man say, “Please don’t touch me.”

“You’re gonna go to jail, then,” the officer answers.

“Come on brother,” the man says, “This is assault.”

“I’m not your brother,” the second officer answers. “Put your hands behind your back otherwise it’s going to get ugly.”

After that the video goes black and you can hear the man scream as his kids approach. “That’s my kids right there,” he says.

The officer then threatens the man and you can hear the Taser make a noise.

Watch the video below:

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28/08/14 Black Media , Black News , Black Politics , featured , Opinion , Video , ybw

Yvette Carnell and Dr. Boyce Watkins Discuss Rev. Al Sharpton’s “Ghetto Pity Parties”

Yvette Carnell and Dr. Boyce Watkins Discuss Rev. Al Sharpton’s “Ghetto Pity Parties”

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In the following video, BreakingBrown founder & Your Black World contributor Yvette Carnell discusses Rev. Al Sharpton’s eulogy for Michael Brown with Dr. Boyce Watkins.

If you missed the eulogy, Sharpton said black folks are “sitting around having ghetto pity parties rather than organizing and strategizing.”

“Blackness was never about being a gangster or thug,” he said. “Blackness was about how no matter how low we was pushed down, we rose up anyhow. Blackness was never surrendering our pursuit of excellence. When it was against the law to go to some schools, we built black colleges and learned anyhow, when we couldn’t go downtown to church, we built our own AME church and our own Church of God in Christ. We never surrendered, we never gave up.

“And now we get to the 21st century, we get to where we got some positions of power. And you decide it ain’t black no more to be successful. Now you wanna be a n*gga and call your woman a ho. You lost where you come from. We got to clean up our community so we can clean up the United States of America.”

Watch the video below:

 

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27/08/14 Black News , Black Politics , featured , ybw #

Ferguson Police Drove Over Michael Brown’s Memorial, Let Dog P¡ss on Flowers

Ferguson Police Drove Over Michael Brown’s Memorial, Let Dog P¡ss on Flowers

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As if Michael Brown’s killing at the hands of a police officer weren’t tragic enough, new reports have drawn attention to the continued indignities inflicted upon mourners by Ferguson police.

Police not only gunned down an unarmed teenager, but they also disrespected the makeshift memorial for the teen on more than one occasion.

MotherJones reports that after Michael Brown’s mother and others left flowers at the memorial, Ferguson police drove over them:

Missouri state Rep. Sharon Pace, whose district includes the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, told me she went to the scene that afternoon to comfort the parents, who were blocked by police from approaching their son’s body. Pace purchased some tea lights for the family, and around 7 p.m. she joined Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, and others as they placed the candles and sprinkled flowers on the ground where Brown had died. “They spelled out his initials with rose petals over the bloodstains,” Pace recalled.

 

By then, police had prohibited all vehicles from entering Canfield Drive except for their own. Soon the candles and flowers had been smashed, after police drove over them.

Police also allowed a dog to urinate on the memorial, according to the report:

Several officers emerged with dogs. What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, ever since the unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site.

 

The incident was related to me separately by three state and local officials who worked with the community in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. One confirmed that he interviewed an eyewitness, a young woman, and pressed her on what exactly she saw. “She said that the officer just let the dog pee on it,” that official told me. “She was very distraught about it.” The identity of the officer who handled the dog and the agency he was with remain unclear.

From the beginning of this incident, police in Ferguson fanned the flames, then brought out the dogs and militaristic equipment once people in the community had had enough.

And as BreakingBrown posted on our Facebook page, a photo from NPR shows that some members of the mainstream press haven’t done much better at respecting the memorial. Pay careful attention to the cameraman’s feet:

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