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27/06/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

The Engine of America Runs on Black Failure: Issuing Fines to Poor Blacks Keeps Cities Afloat

The Engine of America Runs on Black Failure: Issuing Fines to Poor Blacks Keeps Cities Afloat

 The tension that led to the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri after Michael Brown was gunned down by then-officer Darren Wilson had been boiling for some time. Like many communities in America, Ferguson city leaders had decided to increase revenue by over-policing residents.

According to a 2014 report on Ferguson by NPR, “city of 21,135 people —issued 32,975 arrest warrants for nonviolent offenses, mostly driving violations.”

According to a report in Priceonomics, this was no coincidence. An email uncovered by the city’s finance director revealed a plan to fund the struggling city on the backs of poor African-Americans.

He warned: “unless ticket writing ramps up significantly before the end of the year.” “Given that we are looking at a substantial sales tax shortfall..”

“Ferguson’s law enforcement practices are shaped by the City’s focus on revenue rather than by public safety needs” the DOJ wrote in its report on the city’s leadership.

Priceonomics analysis found that “Ferguson has a population of just over 20,000 that is 67% African American, and it raised over $2 million from fines and fees in 2012.”

This only happens when citizens become targets. And what’s worse, this isn’t just happening in Ferguson. Keeping blacks at the bottom is a lucrative business in many cities:

We found one demographic that was most characteristic of cities that levy large amounts of fines on their citizens: a large African American population. Among the fifty cities with the highest proportion of revenues from fines, the median size of the African American population—on a percentage basis—is more than five times greater than the national median.

The more African-Americans there are in a city, the more likely that city is to target residents for increased revenues:

African Americans make up less than 4% of the population in the median municipality. But in the 50 cities with the highest proportion of revenues from fines, African Americans make up nearly 19% of the population. This is a difference of 15%, which is mirrored by the 14% lower proportion of Whites in cities with substantial fine revenue. If we look at averages rather than medians, a similar pattern emerges.

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The cities that rely heavily on fines for revenue are poorer and blacker:

It seems unlikely that the connection between fines and large African American populations—a connection that cannot be explained by poverty—is the result of African Americans across the United States committing more finable offenses.


A more likely explanation is that they are more highly policed and that, as has been acknowledged by the Director of the FBI, African Americans suffer from heavier legal penalties due to the implicit bias of police officers.


Charging individuals with minor infractions is highly discretionary and influenced by where law enforcement choose to direct their attention. Although African Americans and Whites report smoking marijuana at the same rates, African Americans are 3.7 times more likely get arrested for marijuana possession.


Other research shows that while African Americans are less likely to sell drugs than Whites, they are more likely to be arrested for it. An analysis of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 6.6% of White people between the ages of 12 and 25 have sold drugs compared to 5.0% of Blacks. Yet Black people are 3.6 times more likely get arrested for selling drugs.


Given this evidence, it seems likely that police officers often fine African Americans at higher rates, even if Black people do not commit more infractions.

Black poverty isn’t something that ‘just happened’ in America. It’s not a mistake or anomaly. Black failure is the gasoline on which the American engine runs. It not only keeps cops and municipal workers employed, but it keeps payday loan companies in business and liquor stores on the corner. African-Americans exist in this country to be used and exploited. If we actually began succeeding in mass numbers, whole industries would crumble.

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22/06/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

Alabama Cop Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Man at Gunpoint After Noise Violation

Alabama Cop Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Man at Gunpoint After Noise Violation

The United States Supreme Court just gutted the Fourth Amendment and handed over the rights of citizens to one of the most rogue police forces in the First World.

As an example, former Oklahoma police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was convicted of raping black women and sentenced to 263 years in prison. Now an Alabama police officer is under investigation for allegedly demanding oral sex from a driver.

Montgomery Officer Deonte Lashawn Hamner is accused of sexually assaulting a male victim after stopping the victim over a noise complaint, the Montgomery Advertiser reports:

After MPD began the investigation Tuesday, disciplinary proceedings against Hammer were initiated and he has been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility ….

Hamner is charged with sodomy and is being held on $60,000 cash bond, the Associated Press reports.

The alleged assault occurred on June 14, reports.

A report by The Guardian revealed the number of cops who’ve had their badges revoked over sexual abuse charges.

“In a yearlong investigation of sexual misconduct by US law enforcement, the Associated Press uncovered about 1,000 officers who lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sodomy and other sexual assault; sex crimes that included possession of child abuse images; or sexual misconduct such as propositioning citizens or having consensual but prohibited on-duty intercourse.”

There is no way to track officers who’ve gotten away their crimes.

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15/06/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

Ohio Man Who Allegedly Threatened to Cut Black Neighbors Warns: “Donald Trump Will Fix Them”

Ohio Man Who Allegedly Threatened to Cut Black Neighbors Warns: “Donald Trump Will Fix Them”

A new Bloomberg Politics national poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump 49 percent to 37 percent among likely voters in November’s election, so Trump may never make it to the White House. That, however, did not stop an Ohio man from using Trump to threaten his black neighbors.

According to, 20-year-old Timothy Stewart was visiting his grandfather on June 3 when Henry Slapnik, 54, came out of the apartment with a knife.  When police arrived Stewart was in the driveway shouting at police about a man trying to cut him and his grandfather.

Officers on the scene described Slapnik as appearing intoxicated.

“The RNC will take care of them, Donald Trump will fix them because they are scared of Donald Trump,” Slapnik said.

Slapnik was indicted Friday on felony charges of assault and ethnic intimidation.



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14/06/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

In 12 States, More Than Half the Prison Population is Black: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi….

In 12 States, More Than Half the Prison Population is Black: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi….

The Sentencing Project’s study, The Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prisons, lays out a bleak glimpse into the consequences of being black, especially a black man, in America. The report compared the rates of incarceration for whites, Hispanics and blacks. What the report found was an astronomical incarceration rate for black men that dwarfed all other demographics.

Here are the report’s key findings:

  • African Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at a rate that is 5.1 times the imprisonment of whites. In five states (Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, Vermont, and Wisconsin), the disparity is more than 10 to 1.


  • In twelve states, more than half of the prison population is black: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Maryland, whose prison population is 72% African American, tops the nation.


  • In eleven states, at least 1 in 20 adult black males is in prison.


  • In Oklahoma, the state with the highest overall black incarceration rate, 1 in 15 black males ages 18 and older is in prison.


  • States exhibit substantial variation in the range of racial disparity, from a black/white ratio of 12.2:1 in New Jersey to 2.4:1 in Hawaii. • Latinos are imprisoned at a rate that is 1.4 times the rate.

Keep in mind that these numbers don’t reflect the number of black men who are currently in federal prisons. The report also  found that “even in the state with the lowest racial disparity, Hawaii, the odds of imprisonment for blacks are more than twice as high as for whites.” 


It is impossible to reach this level of incarceration for black males without actively targeting this demographic and making criminal actions which are not normally criminalized, such as resisting arrest while not engaged in a criminal act. Or treating the smoking of a marijuana plant like a serious crime.

The report cites perceptions of blacks as well as drug laws for the disparities.

“Harsh drug laws are clearly an important factor in the persistent racial and ethnic disparities observed in state prisons. For drug crimes disparities are especially severe, due largely to the fact that blacks are nearly four times as likely as whites to be arrested for drug offenses and 2.5 times as likely to be arrested for drug possession.29 This is despite the evidence that whites and blacks use drugs at roughly the same rate. From 1995 to 2005, African Americans comprised approximately 13 percent of drug users but 36% of drug arrests and 46% of those convicted for drug offenses.”

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26/05/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

“They Ought to Pay us to Burn Crosses in Neighborhoods”: Deputies Punished With One Hour Class After Racial Remark

“They Ought to Pay us to Burn Crosses in Neighborhoods”: Deputies Punished With One Hour Class After Racial Remark

A lawsuit has exposed two Ohio cops making racially inflammatory remarks.

The federal lawsuit brought by Hocking County officials exposed audio of the two deputies making overtly racial remarks about cross burnings after Trayvon Martin’s slaying.

In recordings made by deputy Jeremy Dye, Hocking County sheriff’s deputies Patrick Allison and Edwin Downs are clearly heard making racial remarks, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

The 2013 comments were  reportedly made in the context of the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin.

“We should make a little money,” Allison said in one recording. “They ought to pay us to burn crosses in neighborhoods. We could sell portable crosses, like have a wood cross with the base so you could just stand it in the yard instead of like having to dig a hole for it. It could have like firestarter chunks built into it.”

The officers were required to take a one hour class as punishment for the remarks.

The recordings were exposed as part of a lawsuit brought by Hocking County Coroner David Cummin against the sheriff, numerous deputies, and the town’s prosecutor, accusing them of malicious prosecution and intimidation.

“Of course, I don’t condone that at all, from them or anybody. We should be setting an example,” Sheriff Lanny North said.

North also insists that the deputies “did not violate the code of conduct.”

Allison had been with the Hocking County sheriff’s office 26 years before retiring in 2014, briefly returning, then retiring again after the recordings were made public. Downs has been with the department since 2008.

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