Monthly Archives: November 2016

Black Vet Moves After Racist Threats Over Uproar About Chili’s Meal

By NewsOne Now

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Ernest Walker, a Black U.S. Army veteran, was denied a meal at Chili’s on Veterans Day. Chili’s, like many restaurants around the country, offers free meals to vets on Veteran’s Day, but at this particular Chili’s restaurant in Cedar Hill, Texas, the manager decided not to serve the American serviceman.

Since the incident, Chili’s has removed the manager and released the following statement:

“We personally apologized to Mr. Walker for the unfortunate experience in our restaurant on Veterans Day and thanked him for his service to our country. We also thanked him for taking the time to speak with us and he appreciated our apology.”

Now, Walker says things have gotten worse for his family. The Army vet has received multiple death threats, unsolicited mail, and had to move out of his house to ensure his family’s safety.

Walker and his attorney S. Lee Merritt spoke with Roland Martin during Monday’s edition of NewsOne Now about the racially charged attack he and his family have had to endure since the unfortunate incident at Chili’s.

Walker told Martin he has also received a tremendous amount of support. Dallas …read more

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People Of Color Race To Buy Guns Amid Fear Of Trump Presidency

By NewsOne Staff

Gun owners and gun advocacy groups have seen an uptick in participation from people of color who face serious concerns for their safety after Donald Trump‘s November 8 election, a new NBC News report suggests.

Many are fearful of what will happen to the nation’s already splintered race relations after the President-elect’s victory. According to the television news outlet, more than 700 hate crimes have been reported since early November through data compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“You feel that racists now feel like they can attack us just because the president is doing it,” Earl Curtis, a Chantilly, Virginia arsenal owner told NBC News.

NBC News writes:

“Gun store owners told NBC News that since November 8 they’re seeing up to four times as many black and minority customers — and black gun groups are reporting double the normal number of attendees at their meetings since the election.

October saw 2.3 million FBI background checks for gun sales, an all-time record; and the 18th month in a row to set a new high. November could be on pace to break that.

But while gun company stocks and firearm sales saw a run-up before the election — based …read more

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Playground Bullies Assault Black Child, Tell Him To ‘Go Back To The Cotton Farm’

By Nigel Roberts

Jordan Jackson, 8, suffered a fractured arm and concussion while defending himself and his younger sister from racist bullies on a school playground in Geismar, Louisiana, the Weekly Citizen reports.

The boy’s mother, Alana Jackson, said the incident happened on Nov. 14 after school hours at Spanish Lake Primary School. Jordan and J’Niaha, his 4-year-old sister, were waiting for Jackson to pick them up.

8-year-old #JordanJackson was hospitalized after defending his 4-year-old sister J’Niaha from #bullies: https://t.co/GjEjT0u2x7 pic.twitter.com/zZbwZvl3VV

— Rickey Smiley (@RickeySmiley) November 26, 2016

An elementary school-aged White boy was throwing mulch at J’Niaha. When Jordan intervened, another bully told him that he needs “to go back to the cotton farm.” Jordan told him that was racist. One of the boy’s 13-year-old brother pushed Jordan to the ground repeatedly and body slammed him.

A fifth-grade bystander witnessed the incident and walked Jordan and J’Niaha to safety.

The Citizen said there were no adult witnesses. However, a surveillance video is available. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office told the news outlet that an investigation is underway.

Jackson posted a Facebook message about the incident that went viral:

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Judge: Church Shooting Suspect Can Act As His Own Attorney

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015. Roof is a suspect in the shooting of several people Wednesday night at the historic The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners at a Charleston church last year was allowed to act as his own attorney in his federal death penalty trial Monday.

Dylann Roof‘s request came against his lawyers’ advice, and U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel said he would reluctantly accept the 22-year-old’s “unwise” decision.

Death penalty attorney David Bruck then slid over and let Roof take the lead chair. The lawyers can stand by and help Roof if he asks.

The development came the same day jury selection resumed in the case. The selection process was halted Nov. 7 after lawyers for Roof questioned his ability to understand the case against him. Judge Gergel’s ruling last week cleared the way for Monday’s process to begin anew.

Roof, 22, is charged with counts including hate crimes and obstruction of religion in connection with the June 17, 2015, attack at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. He faces a possible death sentence if convicted.

Beginning Monday, 516 potential jurors were to report to the courthouse to be individually questioned by the judge. When 70 qualified jurors are picked, attorneys can use strikes to dismiss those they don’t want, until 12 jurors …read more

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Soledad O’Brien Says Fidel Castro’s Death Is ‘Complicated’ For Cubans

By Krystal Franklin, BlackAmericaWeb.com

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Former CNN host Soledad O’Brien talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about her Cuban heritage, the disconnect some of her family faces and what Fidel Castro‘s death means for Donald Trump.

“My mother left to go to college right before Castro came into power. Over the years all of her siblings died and she was never able to return. We’ve got to look at how black people and white people look at the legacy of Fidel Castro. The death of Castro makes things difficult for Donald Trump,” she said.

Click the link above to hear the entire interview.

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New Orleans French Quarter Shooting Kills 1 And Wounds 9

By Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police had already increased patrols in New Orleans’ bustling French Quarter before gunfire erupted early Sunday, leaving one man dead and nine other people wounded in a tourist district famed for its bars, bright lights and live music.

Extra uniformed and plainclothes officers were on duty and ambulance crews were on standby for what Mayor Mitch Landrieu said was supposed to be a festive time with college and pro football games in the city and people vacationing over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said officers responded about 1:30 a.m. Sunday to the shooting at the intersection of Iberville and Bourbon streets.

Harrison said none of the victims was an intended target when two other men began arguing and shooting. Investigators continued searching Sunday night for the suspects, who fled on foot. Landrieu said authorities believe the suspects are from out of town.

“We will find them. And we will go to the ends of the earth to make sure that we bring them to justice,” Landrieu said.

The shooting victims were two women and eight men, ranging in age from 20 to 37, Harrison said. One of the men — 25-year-old Demontris Toliver — died at a hospital.

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Hearing Set On New Trial In Ohio Police Shooting Case

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press

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CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio judge is set to meet with both sides in the case of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer whose first trial in the fatal shooting of a black motorist ended in a hung jury.

Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan has scheduled a hearing for Monday after declaring a mistrial on Nov. 12.

Prosecutor Joe Deters has said he plans to retry Ray Tensing on the same charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 2015 shooting of Sam DuBose. Deters also said he wants the trial moved to another county, for a jury that won’t be pressured by intense local attention.

Defense attorney Stewart Mathews has asked the judge to acquit Tensing. He has said he’s leaning toward opposing a change of venue.

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Heavy Discounts Mean Less Black Friday Profits For Retail

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

Paul Poirier shops for sales at Target on Black Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, in Wilmington, Mass. Stores open their doors Friday for what is still one of the busiest days of the year, even as the start of the holiday season edges ever earlier. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving weekend shoppers picked up hot toys, TVs and new Apple products, buying both online and in stores, but spent less per person because of rampant discounting that they’ve come to demand.

Once all the receipts are in, customers look to have spent an average of $289.19 over the four-day weekend, down nearly 3.5 percent from a year ago, based on a survey by the National Retail Federation. The pressure on prices was especially strong on products like TVs.

More than 154 million customers said they had shopped or planned to this Thanksgiving weekend, up from 151 million a year ago, according to the survey conducted Friday and Saturday by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. And more were doing it online, as about 99.1 million went to the stores and 108.5 million shopped online.

Carmen Cunnyngham of Kansas City, Kansas, was in Denver on Sunday and decided to stop at the mall to pick up a new pair of Ugg boots for her daughter. They were discounted at Nordstrom, which is one of her favorite places to shop. She said she got a bit of a late start this year because of the presidential election, …read more

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Donald Trump Says Hillary Clinton Won Popular Vote Because Of Illegal Immigrants

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hugs a flag as he arrives to speak to a campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump claimed without evidence Sunday that “millions” voted illegally in the national election, scoffing at Hillary Clinton’s nearly 2 million edge in the popular vote and returning to his campaign mantra of a rigged race even as he prepares to enter the White House in less than two months.

Trump and his lieutenants assailed an effort — now joined by Clinton — to recount votes in up to three battleground states, calling the push fraudulent, the work of “crybabies” and, in Trump’s estimation, “sad.”

The president-elect went on to cast a shadow over the legitimacy of an election that he actually won, tweeting that “I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” He provided further contended that if the popular vote determined the presidency, “It would have been much easier for me to win” it because he would have altered his campaign to pile up overall vote totals, not Electoral College votes.

There’s been no indication of widespread vote manipulation, illegal voting or hacking that materially affected the outcome one way or the other. It’s that very lack of evidence that suggests Trump is likely to …read more

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Fidel Castro Dead At 90

By Lynette Holloway

Fidel Castro, the political firebrand and revolutionary leader, died Friday in Cuba after years of failing health, according to multiple media reports. He was 90.

Reports Reuters:

A towering figure of the 20th century and Cold War icon, Castro stuck to his ideology beyond the collapse of Soviet communism and remained widely respected in parts of the world that struggled against colonial rule.

Castro had been in poor health since an intestinal ailment nearly killed him in 2006. He formally ceded power to his younger brother, Raul, two years later.

Wearing a green military uniform, a somber Raul Castro, 85, appeared on state television on Friday night to announce Fidel’s death, 60 years to the day since the two brothers and a few supporters left Mexico on a boat to bring revolution to Cuba.

Cuban exiles in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood celebrated the news Saturday, notes NBC News.

SOURCE: Reuters, NBC News

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