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29/08/16 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

So Are We Just Not Going to Talk About Colin Kaepernick Believing Hillary Clinton Belongs in Prison?

So Are We Just Not Going to Talk About Colin Kaepernick Believing Hillary Clinton Belongs in Prison?

Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick is receiving praise from the black community this week for remaining seated during the national anthem in a protest against racism and police brutality. What’s not being discussed, however, are his comments on Hillary Clinton.

Kaepernick seems to believe that Clinton belongs in jail, according to a transcript provided by ESPN:

You have Hillary [Clinton], who has called black teens or black kids super predators. You have Donald Trump, who is openly racist. We have a presidential candidate (Clinton) who has deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me. If that was any other person, you’d be in prison. So what is this country really standing for?

Are black Clinton supporters going to just ignore this admission?

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16/08/16 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

Baltimore Mom Made Famous for Slapping Son During Riots Is Now Homeless

Baltimore Mom Made Famous for Slapping Son During Riots Is Now Homeless

A mom made famous for smacking her son during the Baltimore riots is now homeless.

After video of Toya Graham striking her son went viral in 2015, even Oprah called the mom to express her approval. “I understand what single moms go through”, said Oprah.

Now Graham needs Oprah’s help after that same son, 17-year-old Michael, accidentally set the family’s home on fire while frying chicken, WBFF reports.

“I had stepped away to the bathroom real quick,” said Michael. “When I got back, there was smoke and fire coming from the pan.”

 

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Michael, home alone, then threw water on the grease fire, which made it worse.

Now the single mother of five children and one granddaughter is homeless.

“I’m not blaming Michael,” Graham said. “But I’m angry.”

 Graham also admitted that she’s growing weary of the challenges being thrown her way.”I’m tired of the struggle, I feel broken,” she said. “You try to hold on because you try to do everything, you try to be strong for your children. You try, but this is a lot.”

The family has a GoFundMe set up to take donations. 

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11/08/16 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

How a Slave Stole a Confederate Ship, Faked Being a White Captain, and Became a National Hero

How a Slave Stole a Confederate Ship, Faked Being a White Captain, and Became a National Hero

“What if they just took the boat”, asked Nate DiMeo of podcast “the memory palace”. 

Robert Smalls knew these waters. He could read the tides. Smalls couldn’t read, since they didn’t teach slaves how to read, but Smalls knew the ocean.

The idea of Robert Smalls of South Carolina freeing blacks and their families by stealing a Confederate ship, the CSS Planter, started off as a joke, one that eventually turned into a plan.

All Smalls and the others needed to do was find the right moment and sail the ship from the Charleston harbor to the U.S. blockade.

As DiMeo notes, planning for the courageous escape was tricky. The slaves needed to get enough distance between themselves and the shore before anyone raised the alarm. The ship would pass right by Fort Johnson and Fort Sumter, so they needed to get there before dawn so no one would notice that there weren’t any white faces on board.

 

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Smalls had bought his wife, Hannah, for $800 from her owner, but knew that wouldn’t keep neither her nor his children safe. He needed to do more. Much more. Seven seamen had signed up for the journey and agreed to put their lives in Smalls’ hands as well, so Smalls told his wife he needed her on that boat. This may be his last chance to save his family, Smalls told his wife, and though he might die trying, he was going to take that chance. He was going to take the wheel.

“At 3am, Robert broke into the captain’s quarter and stole his uniform, pistol and the broad straw cap he used to keep the sun from his eyes,” said DiMeo in his retelling.

When the other seamen and their families returned to the boat, Smalls raised the Confederate flag and set sail. He whistled out all the necessary signals required to pass during sailing. Dawn caught them as well, but Robert, wearing the captain’s uniform and straw hat, faked it. By the time anyone noticed that the ship had turned in the wrong direction, Smalls’ and his ship was out of reach.

Smalls was successful; In the end he freed himself and his crew and their families on May 13, 1862. He would later use his knowledge of Confederate schedules and plans to aide the Union. Smalls swayed President Abraham Lincoln to free and arm the slaves when the two men met, according to some.

Listen to the full podcast here.

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30/06/16 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

Black Grandma Charged With Domestic Battery for Taking Switch to Grandchild, White Grandad Has Charges Dropped Over Spanking

Black Grandma Charged With Domestic Battery for Taking Switch to Grandchild, White Grandad Has Charges Dropped Over Spanking

A black Arkansas grandmother who whipped her granddaughter with a switch is facing criminal charges, while a white Alabama grandfather caught spanking his kids has had the charges against him dropped.

Norma Toussaint, 70, took a switch to her granddaughter for not throwing food away as she’d been told, according to the 12-year-old. The Hot Springs Police Department arrested the elderly woman over the June 27 incident and charged her with domestic battery in the 2nd degree, ArkansasMatters reports.

Toussaint’s granddaughter was not bleeding and her skin had not been broken.

 

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Meanwhile in Alabama, white grandfather James Chapman has been cleared of any wrongdoing after getting arrested for physically disciplining his adopted grand-kids.

Someone at a local McDonald’s called police on Chapman after witnessing him get physical with the kids on June 29.

Since surveillance video didn’t capture Chapman being unnecessarily rough with the kids, he was let go.

“I was done unjust. I should have never been arrested but I was,” Chapman told KXAN, speaking as if he were a martyr just back from the Mount.

Chapman says from now on he will be “very careful” about disciplining the kids in public for fear of arrest.

 

 

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24/06/16 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

Clarence Thomas is a Black Nationalist Whose Hero is Malcolm X

Clarence Thomas is a Black Nationalist Whose Hero is Malcolm X

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the majority opinion for the recent 5-3 decision which found that evidence obtained from an unlawful police stop would not be excluded from court even though it was obtained from a police search which was not based on reasonable suspicion of crime. Given the number of unlawful stop-and-frisks used to harass black people, especially black men, this latest ruling is sure to escalate the war against blacks in this country.

Following all rulings where Justice Thomas sides with the conservative majority, tweets usually fly about his self-hatred, but Black Agenda Report‘s Pascal Robert disagrees. In an interview with BreakingBrown Founder Yvette Carnell, Robert argues that Thomas is a quintessential black nationalist who, like many black nationalists, argues on behalf of a “do for self” approach to empowerment.

In a piece published at Jacobin, Corey Robin revealed the enormous respect Thomas has for Malcolm X:

When Clarence Thomas was in college he memorized the speeches of Malcolm X; two decades later, he could still recite them by heart. “I’ve been very partial to Malcolm X,” he told a libertarian magazine in 1987. “There is a lot of good in what he says.”

And:

There’s a law review article about Clarence Thomas that’s called “Clarence X?: The Black Nationalist Behind Justice Thomas’s Constitutionalism.”

Robert believes that Thomas is not a self-hater, but an Afro-pessimist, which is substantiated by Thomas’ own words.

 

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“I grew up in Savannah, Ga., under segregation. It wasn’t color-blind and America is not color-blind today . . . Code words like ‘color-blind'”, said Thomas.

Watch the interview:

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