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21/04/14 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Imperial Wizard Announces KKK Launching Neighborhood Watch

Imperial Wizard Announces KKK Launching Neighborhood Watch

The head of the Ku Klux Klan, a group that mµrdered African-Americans in this country for years, has announced that his organization will be launching a neighborhood watch.

Photo Credit: PennLive

Photo Credit: PennLive

Frank Ancona, the imperial wizard and president of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, confirmed that he’d given a local chapter in Ridge Road in Fairview Township, Pennsylvania permission to begin a neighborhood watch, reports PennLive.com.

“It’s just like any neighborhood watch program. It’s not targeting any specific ethnicity. We would report anything we see to law enforcement,” Ancona said. “We don’t hate people. We are an organization who looks out for our race. We believe in racial separation. God created each species after its kind and saw that it was good.”

Ancona says the decision was spurred by a number of recent burglaries in the area.

The KKK dropped leaflets in the neighborhood announcing its new self-appointed role as neighborhood watchmen.

“Neighborhood Watch. You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake,” reads the flier.

Sgt. Davis Holland would only confirm to PennLive that police are aware that the fliers are being distributed, but had no further comment on the issue.

Ancona would not divulge the names of the local leadership in Penn., but said they were only responding to popular demand since people had been calling the KKK, expressing their belief that local authorities were not doing enough to curb crime in the area.

Ancona, the leader of a terrorist organization that broke the law for years, says his group is willing to help police when they find themselves overwhelmed.

 

 

 

 

 

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14/04/14 Black News , Black Politics , Race & Racism , ybw #

Majority of Americans Don’t View Obama as Being Black

Majority of Americans Don’t View Obama as Being Black
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Pres. Obama at Morehouse College commencement

Many in the black community have been celebrating their first black president since inauguration day 2008. If you criticize President Obama, some will even warn you away by saying, “leave my black president alone!”  However, according to Pew, most Americans don’t view Obama as the first black president. He’s just a mixed race president.

A Pew Research poll shows that blacks are most likely to identify Obama as black, while whites and Hispanics tend to view him as mixed race.

Photo Credit: Pew

Photo Credit: Pew

The Washington Post posted a quote from David Maraniss’ biography on Obama which documents how unsure Obama was about how to racially define himself:

Here, at age 22, was an idea that would become a key to understanding Obama the politician and public figure. Without a class meant that he was entering his adult life without financial security. Without a structure meant he had grown up lacking a solid family foundation, his father gone from the start, his mother often elsewhere, all leading to a sense of being a rootless outsider. Without a tradition was a reference to his lack of religious grounding and his hapa status, white and black, feeling completely at home in neither race. The different path he saw for himself was to rise above the divisions.

During his first campaign, President Obama confirmed that he identified as black, but what is the takeaway from this most recent Pew poll? Does it signify that finally, the so-called “one drop” rule is a thing of the past? Does it imply that white people need to view a person as non-black  in order to support them in positions of power? Or could it be that Pres. Obama isn’t viewed as black because he doesn’t fit the stereotypes trafficked by the mainstream media?

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14/04/14 Black News , Race & Racism #

Man Sues for Right to Post “Run, N!gger Run” and Not Get Fired

Man Sues for Right to Post “Run, N!gger Run” and Not Get Fired

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A former school secretary who posted a racist comment about President Obama on Facebook is suing the school district for vi?lating his freedom of speech, according to Courthouse News Service. This reaffirms the view held by some who believe that the First Amendment protects  a citizen’s right to make offensive remarks and not get fired by their employers.

Abel Gonzalez sued the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District in federal court, claiming that “on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 9:08 a.m., plaintiff was at home on his own personal computer, when plaintiff received an e-mail from the Huffington Post’s Facebook page.”

“The Facebook page had a picture of a little girl chasing President Obama in the Oval Office and beneath the picture were the words, ‘Caption this,’” the complaint continued. “Plaintiff wrote ‘Run N?gger Run.’”

A person identified as C. Orlando Pettiford discovered that the “plaintiff was school secretary at Dr. Rodriguez Elementary in Harlingen, Texas” the complaint states. Pettiford copied the post to the Dr. Rodriguez Elementary school’s Facebook page.

“It is important to note that Mr. Pettiford is an African-American from Pennsylvania,” the complaint continued.

On the same day, school principal Tracy Gonzalez received a message about the racist post.

“Ms. Gonzalez viewed the photo Mr. Pettiford had re-posted from the Huffington Post Facebook page and read the comment made by Mr. Pettiford,” the suit reads. “Mr. Pettiford wrote ‘Click on the above picture…then read the COMMENT made by one of your directors!!! ABEL GONZALEZ!!! Is this what you are teaching your students? Is this the RACISM that you want AMERICANS to have!!! I think he should be FIRED!!!”

When no action was taken, Pettiford threatened to take the issue to the media. Principal Gonzalez then requested that Abel Gonzalez (no relation) set his Facebook page to private and delete the post from the school’s Facebook page.

Pettiford then called the school, and the plaintiff answered, since he worked as the school’s secretary.

“Mr. Pettiford called [the principal] at approximately 9:30 a.m. Plaintiff answered the phone since he was the secretary,” the complaint read. “Mr. Pettiford questioned whether plaintiff was the one who posted the caption on the Huffington Post Facebook page, and plaintiff told him yes. Plaintiff then stated ‘I am sorry if the comment offended you.’ Mr. Pettiford told plaintiff, ‘It may be deleted but not forgotten.’”

Pettiford continued to post on the school’s Facebook page and draw attention to the issue.

On September 7, 2012, School Superintendent Steve Flores placed Gonzales on administrative leave. He was later fired.

Gonzalez is suing because he believes his First Amendment rights have been infringed upon. However, Pettiford’s persistence proves that with enough persistence, you really can keep racists away from your children. Yes? No? Maybe?

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09/04/14 Black News , featured , Race & Racism , ybw

Hank Aaron: Racists in This Country Once Wore Hoods, Now They Wear Neckties

Hank Aaron: Racists in This Country Once Wore Hoods, Now They Wear Neckties

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An article in The New Republic observes that very soon the Obama-era race wars will be replaced by the Clinton-era gender wars. That may very well be the case, and if so, it will be interesting to see if women rally around Clinton each time some nut on AM talk radio make a sexist remark about her, which would mirror the knee-jerk reaction of many in the African-Americans community when defending President Obama. Either way, the Obama-era race wars are coming to an end, even though they’re not quite done yet.

Baseball legend Hank Aaron offered his observations in a USA Today article published on Tuesday. He mentioned that he keeps some of the racist letters sent to him after he broke Babe Ruth’s home run record over 40 years ago as a reminder that we’re not all that far removed from the era where he was “chasing the record.”

“If you think that, you are fooling yourself,” he said. “A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There’s not a whole lot that has changed.”

Aaron says we may have a black president, but not that much has changed.

“We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” Aaron said.

He continued, “We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

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31/03/14 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Rich White Guy Avoids Prison After R@ping 3 Year Old Daughter

Rich White Guy Avoids Prison After R@ping 3 Year Old Daughter

At the end of last year, onlookers were stunned when a rich white teen, 16 year old Ethan Couch, escaped prison after k¡lling four Robert Richardspeople while driving drunk. Now in another case which demonstrates that prison is only for poor people, a wealthy Delaware man convicted of r@ping his 3 year old daughter was only sentenced to probation because, according to the judge, he “will not fare well” in prison.

Judge Jan Jurden suggested Robert H. Richards IV would benefit more from treatment than jail. This mirrors another judge’s decision to sentence Ethan Couch to treatment after his irresponsible behavior led to the death of four people.

The only reason Richards’ light sentence was made public was because of filings by his ex-wife, who accused him of f¡ngering his daughter and assaulting his son as well. In court, Richards admitted to the assault against his own child.

What do both Couch and Richards have in common? They’re both white guys with money. Richards is an heir to the du Pont family fortune and is a member of the non-working Idle Rich, as he is unemployed and lives off his family’s trust fund. Couch’s family is also wealthy.

As Democracy Now reported in 2013, a “study by the American Civil Liberties Union has found that more than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses.” But these people are overwhelmingly poor people of color.

If the judge in this case had been concerned with doing her job, she surely would’ve understand that s*x offenders are jailed in order to protect innocent children. How pedoph¡les will fare in jail shouldn’t have been taken into consideration, especially considering that such arbitrary criteria is never considered when poor people are routinely locked away in cages for life as punishment for lesser offenses.

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