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14/07/14 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Man Claims African Land So That Daughter Can Become Princess

Man Claims African Land So That Daughter Can Become Princess
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A Virginia man who claimed a plot of land for himself didn’t pay for it, but says it belongs to him because he planted a flag.

Jeremiah Heaton claimed the “Kingdom of North Sudan” as a way of granting his 6 year old daughter’s wish of becoming a princess.

“As a parent you sometimes go down paths you never thought you would,” Heaton said.

Heaton set out on a journey to find a piece of unclaimed land he could use to turn his daughter into a princess, reports the Washington Post:

Within months, Heaton was journeying through the desolate southern stretches of Egypt and into an unclaimed 800-square-mile patch of arid desert. There, on June 16 — Emily’s seventh birthday — he planted a blue flag with four stars and a crown on a rocky hill. The area, a sandy expanse sitting along the Sudanese border, morphed from what locals call Bir Tawil into what Heaton and his family call the “Kingdom of North Sudan.”

Heaton proclaimed himself King of North Sudan and his daughter a princess.

“I wanted to show my kids I will literally go to the ends of the earth to make their wishes and dreams come true,” Heaton told the Post.

Heaton, a mining industry worker and former candidate for political office, insists that the land rightfully belongs to him because several countries have claimed land by planting a flag into the ground.

“I founded the nation in love for my daughter,” Heaton said.

The land, according to Heaton, was left unclaimed by both Egypt and Sudan after a dispute.

 

 

 

 

 

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11/07/14 Black News , featured , Race & Racism , ybw #

Latino Businessman Calls Obama a “N¡gger” During Immigration Event

Latino Businessman Calls Obama a “N¡gger” During Immigration Event

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A Latino businessman lashed out during a townhall at both Republicans and Democrats who he says haven’t done anything for him. At one point, however, the man’s rhetoric turned nasty and he called Tea Partiers the KKK and President Obama the “N” word.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Dagoberto Ibarra gave the crowd at an immigration reform townhall an earful.

“The Republicans are Nazis,” he said. “The Tea Party are the KKK. But the Democrats are doing nothing, for our country, for me.”

He also lashed out at President Obama.

 

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“I’m not seeing anybody doing anything,” said Dagoberto Ibarra, who previously ran for local elected office. “This is the most useless Congress in the last eight years … because a (N-word) is in charge.”

Ibarra also took issue with the fact that the debate is focusing on “the people with brown faces. The people who came here from Germany, from the Soviet Union, they are here illegally, but you don’t see them, because you people are used to seeing white. If you’re white, you’re OK.”

He explained: “If you’re not white, you’re selling drugs, you’re smuggling, you’re no good…..I’m brown — as brown as I could be. And I don’t see anyone doing anything. They all pass the buck. The Congress has done nothing.”

Planners for the National Day of Action for Immigration Reform say Ibarra was not supposed to speak as he was just there for scenery.

Ibarra initially denied making the racial slur then finally apologized.

h/t: The Raw Story

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10/07/14 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Whites and Asians Get Better Plea Deals Than Blacks and Latinos in Manhattan

Whites and Asians Get Better Plea Deals Than Blacks and Latinos in Manhattan

If you live in Manhattan and are black or Latino, it’s in your best interest to stay on the right side of the law courtsince a new study calls into question the fairness of the city’s legal system.

According to Gothamist, a recent study found that black and Latino defendants in Manhattan are more likely to be imprisoned and detained prior to trial than their white and Asian counterparts.

The purpose of the Vera Institute of Justice survey was to study and examine racism within the system. The wide ranging study used data from the years 2010-2011 relating to 200,000 resolved cases, ranging from serious felonies to misdemeanors, and found that there was some bias within the city’s judicial system.

“The shame is not in finding that we have unconscious biases or that our current policies have a disproportionate racial impact— the shame lies in refusing to ask the questions and correct the problems,” said Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance, who cooperated with the study.

Here are two important conclusions from the study, according to Gothamist:

When it came to plea bargaining, the study found that black and Latino defendants were “more likely than white or Asian defendants to receive a sentence offer including a jail or prison term as opposed to non-custodial offers such as community service, probation, or fines.”

However, the study also found that black and Latino defendants charged with misdemeanor drug offenses were more likely to have their cases dismissed than similarly situated white defendants.

The findings also raised “the question of whether having higher dismissal rates for defendants of color is an indicator of leniency or whether they might simply serve as a mechanism for declining to prosecute cases whose viability is in doubt or that could have been rejected at screening.”

 

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04/07/14 Black News , featured , Race & Racism , ybw #

Georgia Officer Arrested After Spitting on Black Woman, Calling Her the “N” Word

Georgia Officer Arrested After Spitting on Black Woman, Calling Her the “N” Word

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A Georgia police officer was placed on administrative leave without pay after an African-American woman reported that the officer spit on her and called her a racial slur.

Michele Griffith, 27, says off duty Clayton County Officer Thomas Sheats followed her closely, eventually bumping her car with his, while honking his horn.

Griffith says it was only after she pulled into a parking lot where she was going to get pizza that she learned why Sheats had been following her.

“Why the (expletive) you going 35 miles per hour on a 45 mile per hour road,” Griffith said Sheats told her, according to WSB TV in Atlanta.

Griffith says when she told Sheats that he could have gone around her, that’s when he lost it.

“‘I couldn’t pass, you low life piece of (expletive) (n-word)’ … and (he) spit on me,” Griffith said, as she described Sheats’ irate response.

Sheats was yelling so loud that he actually created a scene in the parking lot. Witnesses came outside and one wrote down Sheats’ tag number, while another called police. Another witness said he saw Sheats spit on Griffith.

Tristan Holt, who works in the shopping center, said Sheats was unhinged.

“He was in her face the entire time. It was wrong. Everything he did was wrong in my opinion,” he told WSB.

Griffith said she was stunned by Sheats’ behavior.

After his rant, Sheats got back in his car and drove away.

Griffith says Sheats shouldn’t be allowed to wear a police badge.

“I want him gone,” she said.

Sheats was arrested and charged with simple battery and simple assault. He was previously arrested for domestic violence.

Watch the news report here:

 

 

 

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27/06/14 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Black Former Paint Company Worker Named Clinton Tucker Files Suit Over Colors “Clinton Brown” and “Tucker Chocolate”

Black Former Paint Company Worker Named Clinton Tucker Files Suit Over Colors “Clinton Brown” and “Tucker Chocolate”

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A black former Benjamin Moore paint company employee, Clinton Tucker, claims he was fired for complaining about “racially insulting” paint colors “Tucker Chocolate” and “Clinton Brown.”

Tucker, who identifies as black and gay, alleges that “it was clear to the plaintiff that he was not part of the traditional culture.”

Courthouse News reports that Tucker, who worked in digital marketing, says that when he started a 2011 campaign, one of the colors chosen for the collection was “Tucker Chocolate.”

Tucker explained that “being a black man named Clinton Tucker, the plaintiff found this to be extremely racially offensive…..when this was mentioned at a meeting with at least eight people including his supervisor, this was met with awkward silence.”

Tucker says Benjamin Moore also had a color named “Clinton Brown” and “a BM employee pointed this out to the plaintiff and thought it was funny.”

At another meeting when the topic of employees’ favorite Benjamin Moore paintings came up, Tucker turned to his manager and said  “well you know my least favorite colors.'”

He adds that when Vice President Nick Harris was told about the two brown colors, he acted surprised even though the VP knew “it had long been the disgusting and distasteful joke of the group.”

“If you think that is bad, what about Confederate Red?” another coworker allegedly told Tucker.

In the end, Tucker claims that “despite [his] repeated complaints and protestations to BM management about these appallingly racial color names, no action was ever taken by Benjamin Moore to change the names of these colors and they remain on Benjamin Moore’s web site and are still sold on the open market with these racially offensive names.”

Tucker claims he was wrongfully terminated in 2014 and is suing the paint company for discrimination.

 

 

 

 

 

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