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24/05/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

“You Wouldn’t Do a White Boy Like That”: Man Alleges He Was Kicked Out of Restaurant for Carrying Gun

“You Wouldn’t Do a White Boy Like That”: Man Alleges He Was Kicked Out of Restaurant for Carrying Gun

A black Mississippi man claims not everyone is protected equally under the Second Amendment.

Ryan Phillips claims he was exercising his right to carry his gun in an “open carry” state when a police officer kicked him out of  Sam’s Southern Eatery.

Phillips says he usually doesn’t have a problem carrying his .40-Caliber Smith Wesson.

“When I’m in Pearl, I don’t need my firearm, but when I’m in Jackson and I’m going get something to eat with my fiancee, I’m going to have my weapon. If I can’t have it you won’t get my money,” he said to 16 WAPT.

In the video posted by WAPT, Phillips says he was picking up food when an officer beckoned him.

The owner of the restaurant reportedly doesn’t allow firearms, but Phillips says the owner wasn’t there and no store employees made an issue of his gun.

Phillips insists that there is no sign posted banning guns and that this wouldn’t have happened to a “white boy”.

Watch the video below:


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24/05/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

Black People Are Killing Each Other at “Barbecues, Family Reunions, Music Festivals, Basketball Tournaments” and Nobody Cares

Black People Are Killing Each Other at “Barbecues, Family Reunions, Music Festivals, Basketball Tournaments” and Nobody Cares

When a white cop kills a black person, the media pays attention. There is also widespread attention paid to cases involving a mass shooter. The same cannot be said of black-on-black shootings occurring in impoverished neighborhoods.

As part of a gun violence series, The New York Times covered the lack of outrage in cases involving black victims and suspects.

Profiled in the story was Barry Washington, a black seasonal worker who was fatally shot while stopping at a Cincinnati Elks lodge in route to get cigarettes. Washington was hit by a stray bullet after a fight broke out in the lodge.

The deceased man’s sister told the Times that her brother’s death is no big deal around where she lives because killings are frequent.

“The reality is, this happens quite frequently,” she said. “And it’s kind of, ‘Oh, well, this guy was killed today. Somebody else will be killed tomorrow.’ ”

These shooting happen everywhere, including “at neighborhood barbecues, family reunions, music festivals, basketball tournaments, movie theaters, housing project courtyards, Sweet 16 parties, public parks”.  And both the victims and suspects are usually black:

The divide is racial as well. Among the cases examined by The Times were 39 domestic violence shootings, and they largely involved white attackers and victims. So did many of the high-profile massacres, including a wild shootout between Texas biker gangs that left nine people dead and 18 wounded.


Over all, though, nearly three-fourths of victims and suspected assailants whose race could be identified were black. Some experts suggest that helps explain why the drumbeat of dead and wounded does not inspire more outrage.

Former neoliberal Philly Mayor Michael Nutter explains the lack of concern.

“The general view is it’s one bad black guy who has shot another bad black guy,” he said. “And so, one less person to worry about.”

Omitted from the conversation is how Mayor Nutter’s own neoliberal policies contributed to the impoverishment of the urban city he led.

In 2013 while Nutter was mayor of Philadelphia, Parks and Recreation saw a budget cut of $8 million dollars, leaving the city’s youth without programs normally provided by the city.

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18/05/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw

“Ungrateful Pets”: Light Skinned, Blue Eyed Runaway Slave’s Covert Mission to Free Her Family

“Ungrateful Pets”: Light Skinned, Blue Eyed Runaway Slave’s Covert Mission to Free Her Family

Mary Walker was a fourth generation slave owned by the Cameron family, one of the richest slave-owning families in the South. In addition to being rich, there was another feature that set the Camerons apart; they bought enslaved people as families and kept them together as families.

Many slaves would’ve resisted running away from such a family, but an argument with Duncan Hunter, the patriarch of the family, set Mary Walker on the path to freedom, according to Sydney Nathans’ inspiring book, To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker. It was a threat Cameron made to exile Walker from their North Carolina plantation to a plantation in Alabama that had been the impetus for Walker running away.

Knowing that she would be separated from her mother and children anyway, Walker decided to separate on her own terms. While accompanying the Cameron family’s invalid daughter to the doctor, Walker just walked away.

After Walker left, her son, described by the slave master’s son Paul Cameron as “so nearly white that with ninety five men in a hundred he will pass for a white man”, escaped as well. Duncan Hunter referred to them as “ungrateful pets”.

The Cameron plantation was described by one observer as being  “full of proud half-breeds, neither properly enslaved nor fully freed”.

Walker absconded to Philadelphia, which had a strong support network of free black people who helped runaway slaves. The head of the underground railroad in Philadelphia became Walker’s friend and hid her with a neighbor across the street.

After the Fugitive Slave Law was passed and the Camerons relocated to within a quarter mile of where she lived, however, Mary Walker left for New England.

Walker was extremely fair-skinned with long hair, “almost
white”, as Nathans’ described her, which had a tremendous impact on those around her.

Minister Peter Lesley received a letter asking whether he would take in a runway slave and agreed. Lesley had preached against slavery in the pulpit so he and his wife Susan didn’t think twice about housing Walker.

Nathans’ research relies upon an extensive number of letters, a few of which were exchanged between Mary Walker and the Lesleys.

The letters revealed that Walker had become near-obsessed with reuniting with her family. With the help of the Lesleys, Walker had enlisted an abolitionist attorney, Ellis Gray Loring, as her guide.

Mary Walker wanted Loring to help negotiate the purchase of her family, but he refused, as Loring was opposed to enriching a slave owner in any case. Loring suggested that Mary Walker think of her family as dead.

Mary Walker suffered from depression due to the separation from her family and although some of her letters were found, much of what is known emerges from whites writing about Walker.

One of the wonderful things about the collection is how often, and in what detail, they wrote about Mary Walker — what she said, what she thought and what she did. Mary Walker played a vital role in their lives, as they did in hers,” Nathans told The Denver Post in 2012.

Mary Walker later devised her own “covert” operation to get her children back (covered in depth in To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker ). Although the Lesleys helped Walker, their hospitality was limited, leading Walker to  reject the idea of friendship “especially between different orders, races, and classes of humankind”.


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12/05/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

African-Americans Don’t Have Any Balls

African-Americans Don’t Have Any Balls

by Yvette Carnell

At wealthy schools around the country, kids aren’t playing with legos or blocks, they’re being told to  “Grab your iPads and your Spheros!”

A New Yorker piece detailed how these schools are teaching young students to code using Sphero balls:

Hope and achievement sometimes coincided. That day, three students posited that they could save a koala from hunters by attaching a Sphero to its back. They created a maze shaped like the number three to simulate a path out of the forest. Their code reached twenty lines, starting with “Roll .5 seconds at 57% of Sphero’s maximum speed, direction 0 degrees,” “Roll 0.4 seconds at 78% of speed, heading 45 degrees,” and “Roll three seconds at 55%, course 106 degrees.” After two dozen twists and turns, the Sphero, weaving and bobbing nimbly, found its way to safety.

When I posted about these balls on Facebook, asking how kids without resources could compete with these kids at elite schools, the response from most commenters was ‘Get our kids some balls!’


Thinking about these balls as just balls is a mistake. They’re  representations of wealth. The school profiled in the New Yorker article costs $16,000 a year to attend. Even if you purchase the balls for your own kids, it is assumed that you will have the iPad that’s required to use them. This isn’t about purchasing one thing or the other; it’s about a social structure of wealth that underpins a child’s success or dooms him to failure.

Chicago’s public schools are closing and teachers at the leftover schools don’t even have mops, let alone balls to encourage them to learn a programming language. These balls are several hundred dollars and the middle black family is only worth $1,700 in hard assets. And even if African-American parents were gifted these balls, parents will never be able to keep pace with INSTITUTIONS and STRUCTURES that are preparing elite kids for success.

So even if you’re successful at teaching your child to code, what’s the determining factor in whether that child goes to work for Facebook or becomes part of the gig economy at UpWork?

Wealth is not only about having the money to buy Sphero, but also having the relationships necessary to maintain and increase wealth. This is why wealthy people send their kids to school with other wealthy people and tend to marry wealthy. They’re building a structure to increase wealth for at least four or five generations. African-Americans, descendants of chattel slaves, don’t have those relationships or the wealth that comes with them. The wealth from slavery is still is our economy, as is the poverty.

Is there a solution? Not one that doesn’t involve the government investing enormous sums in the African-American community. Before we talk solutions, however, we must first understand that these balls are just an expression of inequality in America. There isn’t enough will or drive in any individual to overcome the structures that support historic levels of inequality in America.

At most, you’ll find a few outliers–like Oprah or Magic Johnson–whose success commits African-Americans to the faulty notion that we’re living in a meritocracy. As long as black people keep living that lie, we’ll remain strivers who blame ourselves for failures that were built into the system.

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11/05/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

That Time Chicago Cops Got an Unconscious Man They’d Shot to Confess

That Time Chicago Cops Got an Unconscious Man They’d Shot to Confess

As reporters and activists continue to call out Chicago police over instances of police brutality, we reflect back to a revelation made in January of 2016 which highlights the culture of corruption within the department.

A Cook County judge threw out incriminating statements after Chicago detectives secured a confession from a barely conscious man.

Chicago police officers shot suspect Princeton Williamson then  entered his hospital room to question him. Even though Williamson was heavily sedated, detectives insist they were able to extract a confession at his bedside.

Although the cops stood firm in their story that Williamson was alert, two nurses disagreed with their characterization of the suspect’s condition.

“Williamson was in so much discomfort he could only mumble his words, one of the nurses said, so she communicated with him by having him squeeze her hands to answer questions yes or no,” The Chicago Tribune reported.

A  judge blasted the confession as “garbage”.

“I have to seriously question whether Mr. Williamson ever did anything but maybe grunt or even knew who he was talking to,” said Judge James Obbish.





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