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22/08/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

Donald Trump is Right. Black People Are Poor.

Donald Trump is Right. Black People Are Poor.

Donald Trump got into a lot of trouble for his comments about black people on Friday:

“Look at how much African American communities are suffering from Democratic control. To those I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump? What do you have to lose?” he asked. “You live in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”

The problem is…he’s right.

Listen to BreakingBrown.com founder Yvette Carnell explain:

 

 

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16/08/16 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

Baltimore Mom Made Famous for Slapping Son During Riots Is Now Homeless

Baltimore Mom Made Famous for Slapping Son During Riots Is Now Homeless

A mom made famous for smacking her son during the Baltimore riots is now homeless.

After video of Toya Graham striking her son went viral in 2015, even Oprah called the mom to express her approval. “I understand what single moms go through”, said Oprah.

Now Graham needs Oprah’s help after that same son, 17-year-old Michael, accidentally set the family’s home on fire while frying chicken, WBFF reports.

“I had stepped away to the bathroom real quick,” said Michael. “When I got back, there was smoke and fire coming from the pan.”

 

Michael, home alone, then threw water on the grease fire, which made it worse.

Now the single mother of five children and one granddaughter is homeless.

“I’m not blaming Michael,” Graham said. “But I’m angry.”

 Graham also admitted that she’s growing weary of the challenges being thrown her way.”I’m tired of the struggle, I feel broken,” she said. “You try to hold on because you try to do everything, you try to be strong for your children. You try, but this is a lot.”

The family has a GoFundMe set up to take donations. 

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16/08/16 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw #

Chicago Cop Who Shot Paul O’Neal in Back While Running Says He Was Reaching for Waistband

Chicago Cop Who Shot Paul O’Neal in Back While Running Says He Was Reaching for Waistband

The cop who fatally shot Paul O’Neal, 18, in the back says the teen was reaching for his waistband when shot.

O’Neal led police on a chase in a stolen Jaguar after they tried to pull him over.

“During the pursuit offender failed to comply with verbal commands while reaching into his waistband,” the report states, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

Bodycam video from officers showed a confused scene following the chase.

The officer who fired the fatal shots “perceived shots to be coming from Of (offender).”

Officers involved in the pursuit violated policy as well, the Tribune confirms:

The videos show the chaos that ensued after O’Neal, driving a car reportedly stolen from Bolingbrook, clipped a police SUV and parked car in the South Shore neighborhood. Officers fired several shots at the fleeing sports car before it barreled into a police SUV down the block, the videos show. Other officers appeared to be directly in the line of fire when police shot at the fleeing vehicle.

 

Departmental policy specifically bans shooting at a car when it is the lone threat to an officer or others.

 

After O’Neal ran from the Jaguar, police chased him into a backyard, firing about five more shots, the video clips show. O’Neal died of a gunshot wound to the back, authorities said.

 

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15/08/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

Total Collapse: 31 of 56 Black Neighborhoods in Wisconsin Are Jails

Total Collapse: 31 of  56 Black Neighborhoods in Wisconsin Are Jails

In trying to understand the riots that erupted in Milwaukee over the weekend, and why “calls for peace” are wrongheaded, we should first understand that Milwaukee’s black neighborhoods are prison neighborhoods.

Middleton High School student Lew Blank revealed to Madison365 that while researching racial disparity in Wisconsin, he’d come across isolated black neighborhoods in the middle of nowhere.

It seemed odd to Blank, and for good reason. He would later learn that the pockets of black population were in fact jails:

Thirty-one of the 56 black neighborhoods in Wisconsin are, in fact, jails,” he says. “And I found out that the places that weren’t jails, weren’t great places to be – homeless shelters, section 8 housing, food deserts, etc.”

Of the black neighborhoods in Wisconsin that aren’t jails, Blank found that 21, or 38 percent, are apartment complexes, Section 8 housing, or both. Two are homeless shelters, and one is a job corps center. The only one left is Milwaukee’s general residential black neighborhood, which overall is doing very poorly.

 

Even though Milwaukee is 77 percent white, the jails are filled up almost entirely with blacks, and the disparity persists throughout the state:

 Forty-one percent of inmates in Wisconsin’s jails are black, despite black people making up only 6 percent of Wisconsin’s general population. This is completely disproportional to the crime rate and drug usage rate, which has been statistically proven to be near-equal between blacks and whites.

This means that the black community in Wisconsin isn’t a community at all; it’s in total collapse. If America as a whole was experiencing this level of collapse, there would be riot police on the street in every city, but it goes unnoticed in black communities because black people are considered expendable.

 

 

 

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11/08/16 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

How a Slave Stole a Confederate Ship, Faked Being a White Captain, and Became a National Hero

How a Slave Stole a Confederate Ship, Faked Being a White Captain, and Became a National Hero

“What if they just took the boat”, asked Nate DiMeo of podcast “the memory palace”. 

Robert Smalls knew these waters. He could read the tides. Smalls couldn’t read, since they didn’t teach slaves how to read, but Smalls knew the ocean.

The idea of Robert Smalls of South Carolina freeing blacks and their families by stealing a Confederate ship, the CSS Planter, started off as a joke, one that eventually turned into a plan.

All Smalls and the others needed to do was find the right moment and sail the ship from the Charleston harbor to the U.S. blockade.

As DiMeo notes, planning for the courageous escape was tricky. The slaves needed to get enough distance between themselves and the shore before anyone raised the alarm. The ship would pass right by Fort Johnson and Fort Sumter, so they needed to get there before dawn so no one would notice that there weren’t any white faces on board.

 

Smalls had bought his wife, Hannah, for $800 from her owner, but knew that wouldn’t keep neither her nor his children safe. He needed to do more. Much more. Seven seamen had signed up for the journey and agreed to put their lives in Smalls’ hands as well, so Smalls told his wife he needed her on that boat. This may be his last chance to save his family, Smalls told his wife, and though he might die trying, he was going to take that chance. He was going to take the wheel.

“At 3am, Robert broke into the captain’s quarter and stole his uniform, pistol and the broad straw cap he used to keep the sun from his eyes,” said DiMeo in his retelling.

When the other seamen and their families returned to the boat, Smalls raised the Confederate flag and set sail. He whistled out all the necessary signals required to pass during sailing. Dawn caught them as well, but Robert, wearing the captain’s uniform and straw hat, faked it. By the time anyone noticed that the ship had turned in the wrong direction, Smalls’ and his ship was out of reach.

Smalls was successful; In the end he freed himself and his crew and their families on May 13, 1862. He would later use his knowledge of Confederate schedules and plans to aide the Union. Smalls swayed President Abraham Lincoln to free and arm the slaves when the two men met, according to some.

Listen to the full podcast here.

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