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24/03/16 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Texas Prosecutor Claims He Was Encouraged to Exclude Black Jurors

Texas Prosecutor Claims He Was Encouraged to Exclude Black Jurors

A Texas prosecutor claims his boss encouraged him to keep blacks off juries.

According to the Associated Press, Wharton County Assistant District Attorney Nathan Wood confessed to a friend that he felt pressured by District Attorney Ross Kurtz to exclude blacks from juries.

Wood’s friend shared the confidential information with a judge, which led to a March 11 hearing. During the hearing, Wood told the judge that Kurtz never directly instructed him to exclude blacks, but he did encourage it. Kurtz claims he’s always told prosecutors not to consider race when deciding whether to exclude potential jurors.

The hearing followed the conviction of a black woman. None of her jurors were black.

A recent report published at BreakingBrown found that prosecutors use every trick imaginable in an attempt to keep blacks from serving on juries:

According to DallasNews, potential black jurors were dismissed for the following reasons: “Young or old, single or divorced, religious or not, failed to make eye contact, lived in a poor part of town, had served in the military, had a hyphenated last name, displayed bad posture, were sullen, disrespectful or talkative, had long hair, wore a beard.”

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Potential black jurors in Louisiana’s Caddo Parish are three times more likely to be kicked off juries than their non-white counterparts, a study found.

The group Reprieve Australia conducted the Caddo Parish study. They found that the likelihood of an acquittal rose with the number of blacks on the jury.

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17/03/16 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Heart Attacks May Be Killing More Black People Because of Ambulances Being Diverted

Heart Attacks May Be Killing More Black People Because of Ambulances Being Diverted

African-Americans die of heart attacks at a higher rate than their white counterparts, a fact researchers have been aware of for years. Usually this is considered a consequence of poor health habits such as lack of exercise and poor diet. However, researchers have determined another reason behind the increased number of heart attack deaths among African-Americans.

Getting immediate care after a heart attack is essential to survival. Researchers found that African-Americans are more likely to have their ambulances diverted, lessening their chances for survival.

“Cardiologists often say that time is muscle, or time is heart tissue,” said ER doctor Renee Hsia, a professor at the University of California-San Francisco, and co-author of the study. “When you have a clot, every minute matters. Even if you don’t die right away, you have a poorer heart over the long term.”

From Mother Jones:

Researchers found that California hospitals with the highest share of black patients exceeded emergency room capacity more frequently than other hospitals, which forces them to reroute ambulances carrying overflow patients to other medical facilities. The study, funded by the National Institute of Health and published in the medical journal BMJ Open, reviewed data on medical emergency services in 26 California counties serving nearly 30,000 patients between 2001 and 2011.

 

This rerouting process, known as ambulance diversion, can lead to life-threatening delays in treatment for time-sensitive medical emergencies like heart attacks and increases the likelihood that patients will die, the authors say.

Hsia says even though the study is limited to California, it likely impacts other states as well.

African-Americans, who are disproportionately poorer than non-whites, also lack access to preventative care.

 

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25/02/16 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Black Lives Matter Activist Demands Apology From Hillary Clinton: “I Am Not a Super-predator”

Black Lives Matter Activist Demands Apology From Hillary Clinton: “I Am Not a Super-predator”

by Yvette Carnell

A Black Lives Matter activist interrupted presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a Wednesday event to demand an apology from Clinton for calling black youth “super-predators”.

In a 1996 speech, Hillary Clinton described black youth as “super-predators” and added “we have to bring them to heel”, as her husband pushed ahead with the Southern Strategy of vilifying blacks.

“We want you to apologize for mass incarceration. I am not a ‘super-predator,’ Hillary Clinton. Will you apologize to black people for mass incarceration?” shouted Ashley Williams.

“Can I talk,” replied Clinton, who then called Williams “rude” for interrupting the event.

“Please explain it to us. You owe black people an apology,” Williams continued.

“You know what? Nobody’s ever asked me before,” Clinton answers. “You’re the first person to ask me, and I am happy to address it. But you are the first person to ask me.”

Clinton then continues making her speech as agents lead Williams out of the event. Now the hashtag #WeAreNotSuperpredators is trending.

The language Clinton used in 1996 was intentional. During this period, the Clintons were trying to secure white middle class voters by denigrating African-Americans. To ensure that whites had a negative view of blacks, crime can’t be viewed as a foundational issue that gives birth to poverty. This strategy requires that African-Americans be viewed as immoral degenerates.

If you take your dog for training at PetSmart, the trainer won’t even suggest that the animal be brought to heel. You’re considered a pet parent. Still, Hillary Clinton thought it appropriate to use this language to describe black youth.

Hillary Clinton’s comments can be viewed as part of an orchestrated plan alongside Bill Clinton’s flying back to Arkansas to execute a black man with an IQ of 70 during the first presidential campaign. In the book “No One Left to Lie To” written by the late Christopher Hitchens, Hitchens described how Clinton used the Southern Strategy to get elected:

In the 1992 run for the Democratic nomination, that strategy became plain for anyone willing to see it. Clinton took care to have himself photographed at an all white golf club, and also standing at a prison farm photo-op, wearing his shades in the sunshine while a crowd of uniformed black convicts broke rocks in the sun.

This was an effort to to dis-identify with black issues and black people. Bill Clinton wanted to win back white Reagan Democrats, so in order to beat Republicans, he became one.

Watch the video of Clifton’s protest below:

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17/02/16 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Knifed Black Baby Doll Hanging From Noose With Confederate Flag in Background Displayed in Pa.

Knifed Black Baby Doll Hanging From Noose With Confederate Flag in Background Displayed in Pa.

Residents in a Pennsylvania town vented their outrage after spotting a black baby doll hanging from a noose, with a knife in its back, and a Confederate flag used as backdrop.

Passerby Rachel Szolek complained about the display, which was tied to a fence, Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reports.

“We actually turned around because we had passed the house, and there it was, and the first thing was shock,” Szolek, who also posted pictures of the display on her Facebook page, told the news station.

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“I just hope he has to take it down,” Szolek said. “That’s all I want, you know. I don’t care, I don’t want him punished. I just want him to take it down so we don’t have to look at it.”

East Huntingdon Township’s supervisor Paul Hodgkiss also expressed his opposition to the display.

“(I’m) definitely against anything like that in our township,” Hodgkiss said after learning of the display on Tuesday.

No one came to the door when a Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter knocked, but around 30 minutes later, the display had been removed.

 

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26/01/16 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Black Air Force Veteran Wrongly Defamed as Isis Fighter, Placed on No-Fly List

Black Air Force Veteran Wrongly Defamed as Isis Fighter, Placed on No-Fly List

A Muslim U.S. Air Force veteran who was placed on the “no fly” list and wrongly called a terrorist in conservative news reports has returned to the U.S.

In 2015 , The Intercept reported that Saadiq Long had been smeared as an ISIS fighter by the right wing “Pajamas Media”. Since that time, the U.S. government has “worked to secure Long’s release from a Turkish deportation center, gave him a waiver from the no-fly list to enable him to fly back home.”

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Long arrived Wednesday night at JFK airport. If Long had been an ISIS fighter, the U.S. government never would’ve worked on his behalf or given him a waiver from the no-fly list to re-enter the country.

The Intercept reports that Long being held in Turkey had nothing to do with ISIS:

As we reported, Long and his family were being held for deportation on alleged immigration violations, and a legal brief filed last December by the Justice Department in response to Long’s lawsuit demanding removal from the no-fly list also states that Long and his wife and daughter were detained because Turkish authorities “determined that the three had neither legal residence nor legal employment in Turkey.” As the DOJ itself said, once the Longs decided on their travel plans out of Turkey, “the U.S. government had reviewed the proposed travel plans and had no objection to those plans.” And the Longs did indeed leave Turkey as soon as they decided on travel plans to the U.S., which they were free to do because — obviously — neither the Americans nor the Turkish government really believe he has anything to do with ISIS.

Long has not been charged with anything relating to terrorism. Even though the story was fabricated, it was repeated by far right bloviators such as Ann Coulter and others.

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