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06/01/16 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

Charter School Principal Who Kept “Got to Go” List to Weed Out Unwanted Students Takes Leave

Charter School Principal Who Kept “Got to Go” List to Weed Out Unwanted Students Takes Leave

Most charter schools don’t outperform public schools, and some actually perform worse, as Lester Spence notes in
his newly released book Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.

Still some charter schools are lauded in the black community because they perform well. But what many people don’t know is that these charter schools have much more flexibility in selecting students than do public schools.

At one such high performing school in New York City, a principal who maintained a “Got to Go” list of unwanted students is in danger of losing his job.

From the New York Times:

Critics of Success Academy, the high-performing New York City charter school network, have said its high test scores are partly a result of weeding out underperforming and disruptive students. The existence of the list, reported by The New York Times in October, appeared to support the accusations.

 

At a news conference that month, Success Academy’s founder, Eva S. Moskowitz, said the list was an anomaly and that it existed for only three days in 2014 before the principal, Candido Brown, was chastised for it. Mr. Brown apologized, saying he was doing what he thought was needed to fix an unsafe school and that the list was his idea alone.

The “Got to Go” list is now at the center of a lawsuit against Success Academy brought by four parents whose children were on the list.

Principal Candido Brown, who is also the target of a lawsuit accusing he and the school of violating the rights of students with disabilities, has taken a personal leave of absence.

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29/12/15 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

Milwaukee State Senator’s Son Detained in Back of Police Squad Car While Trying to Deliver Turkey

Milwaukee State Senator’s Son Detained in Back of Police Squad Car While Trying to Deliver Turkey

A Milwaukee state senator’s son was detained by police while trying to deliver a turkey to a family in need.

State Sen. Lena Taylor said Milwaukee Police detained her 16 year old son Isaiah during Christmas week while he was trying to deliver a turkey.

Taylor says her son had just returned from handing out holiday meals when he decided give a neighbor a turkey as well.

“He said, ‘Mom, I think they could really use a turkey.’ I said, ‘OK, take one over to them.’ So like a kid who doesn’t like to walk, he ran over to take them a turkey,” Taylor said.

“It was just traumatic,” Taylor told Fox6Now. “When you saw that it was a turkey, and he told you that he was going to this house, two houses away, what was the purpose of holding him any longer?”

Taylor called her son’s interaction with police “an unwanted rite of passage for my son.”

Police said Taylor’s son was questioned as part of an investigation into recent robberies.

“After the media brought Taylor’s concern to the attention of the Milwaukee Police Department, we reviewed the body worn camera footage of the field interview of Senator Taylor’s teenage son,” Sgt. Tim Gauerke said, according to WTMJ-TV.

“The officers were conducting a targeted deployment to address robberies in the area of the field interview.  MPD reached out to Senator Taylor and discussed the circumstances surrounding the officers lawful field interview.”

 

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18/11/15 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

Video Proves Cops Didn’t Knock Before Entering Man’s Home and Shooting Him, Lawsuit Claims

Video Proves Cops Didn’t Knock Before Entering Man’s Home and Shooting Him, Lawsuit Claims

The drug agents who raided a man’s apartment and shot him didn’t knock before entering the home, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Julian Betton, 31, of Myrtle Beach was left paralyzed after the narcotics officers raided his apartment in April and shot him nine times.

Video from Betton’s home surveillance shows militarized agents barging into his apartment without knocking or announcing themselves, the lawsuit claims.

This contradicts claims made by officers who insist that they knocked on Betton’s door before entering.

Video obtained by The Sun News shows an officer forcing a neighbor to the ground before entering Betton’s home without knocking.

When Betton emerged from the bathroom, the lawsuit claims, he saw men with baseball caps turned backwards, and others who wore masks.

Betton admits he had a gun in his waistband but says he never pulled his gun on the agents. The officers shot Betton nine times, high-fiving each other afterward, witnesses claim.

“When I got there (to Betton’s apartment), it looked like South Central,” said Betton’s mother, Brenda Edwards, recalling her son’s bullet riddled apartment.

Neighbor Santos Garcia confirmed that the cops never knocked on Betton’s door.

“I’m 100 % sure they never announced themselves at all,” Garcia wrote in a statement obtained by The Sun Times.

“They rammed his door down, they entered, took two steps, about four of them went in there, all big rifles. I don’t know if the guy grabbed a gun or not, but it took two seconds for them to open fire.”

Betton claims the officers violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

“This case is about protecting all of us against constitutional violations, corruption, the deprivation of one’s liberty and most importantly justice for Julian,” said Betton’s attorney, Jonny McCoy. “Julian is a sweet, kind hearted and positive spirited young man who had his ability to walk, use his bodily functions, and go without pain throughout his bullet riddled body on a daily basis taken away from him. We seek to rectify the wrongs committed and somehow begin to put Julian back together physically, mentally, psychologically and financially.”

Cops at first claimed Betton fired at them.

“Our officers came with a valid search warrant and arrest warrant,” Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said at the time, according to WMFB. “They went to serve the search warrant and the arrest warrant. There were shots fired.”

Also, an officer initially wrote in a statement that Betton fired his weapon, but later admitted in a handwritten edit that he “did not see a muzzle flash.”

Cops were later forced to admit that the claim about Betton firing his weapon was untrue.

These officers have also been unable to determine who knocked on the door, offering names of different agents, or just telling investigators that one of them knocked.

Cops raided Betton’s home over marijuana, a plant that is now legal to sell in some U.S. states. Cops seized eight ounces of the plant from Betton’s home and charged him with possession with intent to distribute.

Betton was also charged with three counts of presenting a firearm, one charge for each officer involved in the shooting.

Betton was left paralyzed from the waist down.

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05/11/15 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

Alabama Mural Depicting African-Americans Picking Cotton on Plantation Remains in Courthouse

Alabama Mural Depicting African-Americans Picking Cotton on Plantation Remains in Courthouse

In Alabama a committee is set to decide what to do about a courthouse mural depicting African-Americans picking cotton.

The mural shows African-Americans picking cotton as whites ride by in stately fashion atop horses. Another mural shows a segregation scene, sans the cotton.

A committee will meet on November 18 to decide what to do about the murals:

From WBRC:

Commissioner Brown complained about the murals and she led the effort to create a diverse 17-member committee to recommend to the commission what to do with the murals. 

“I don’t like destroying history and history is history but that history down there now is incomplete. It’s like 50 years old or more. So it’s time for the real history and up-to-date history to be put in place in the lobby,” Brown said.

 

Brown said taking the murals down may damage the murals. The commissioner points out there are two blank spots in the lobby where new, updated murals could tell the diverse story of Jefferson County. 

 

The commissioner says some African Americans have told her the murals are a part of history while some white voters have told her the murals should come down.

 

The committee will be meeting in two weeks. They will have up to 120 days to decide what to do with murals. Their decision could come even sooner.

Once again, welcome to post-racial America.

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02/11/15 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

Here’s How 2 Black Boys Got Arrested and Jailed for Kissing a White Girl

Here’s How 2 Black Boys Got Arrested and Jailed for Kissing a White Girl
Photographed, Dwight Thompson (above right) spoke about The Kissing Case with his brother, James Hanover Thompson. Credit: NPR

Photographed, Dwight Thompson (above right) spoke about The Kissing Case with his brother, James Hanover Thompson. Credit: NPR

When ex-Officer Ben Fields dumped a Spring Valley High School student out of her chair and slid her across the floor, many observers were horrified. Nearly as disturbing was the revelation that the student, who’d gotten in trouble for using her cell phone, was arrested and charged with”disturbing school”.

There is in this country a legacy of criminalizing black kids for just being kids, as evidenced by a case involving two North Carolina black boys.

In 2011 NPR explored the arrests of James Hanover Thompson and his friend David Simpson, who were sentenced to reform school after having been kissed by a white girl:

“We were playing with some friends over in the white neighborhood, chasing spiders and wrestling and stuff like that,” James says.

 

“One of the little kids suggested that one of the little white girls give us a kiss on the jaw,” he says. “The little girl gave me a peck on the cheek, and then she kissed David on the cheek. So, we didn’t think nothing of it. We were just little kids.”

 

But the little girl mentioned the kiss back home, and her parents were furious; the police set out in search of the boys.

 

“The police car pulled up, and they said, ‘We’re taking y’all to jail,'” James says. “I didn’t know what was going on. But when we got down to the police station, we understand that they said that we had raped a little white girl.”

The boys, who were only 9 and 7 at the time, were taken to the police station where they were beaten and charged with molestation.

“We was hollering and screaming. We thought they was gonna kill us,” James told NPR at the time.

They remained in jail for six months before being allowed to see their parents. The boys also spent three months in detention before being pardoned by North Carolina Gov. Luther Hodges at the urging of the NAACP and Eleanor Roosevelt.

 

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