Monthly Archives: September 2017

Church Killer Had A Note Referencing Dylan Roof

By Sadie Gurman & Eric Tucker, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A note found in the car of a man charged with spraying deadly gunfire at a Tennessee church made reference to revenge for a white supremacist’s massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, two years earlier, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

The note could offer a glimpse into Emanuel Kidega Samson’s mindset at the time of Sunday’s shooting and a possible motive for the rampage, which killed a woman and wounded six other people. The Associated Press has not viewed the note, but it was summarized in an investigative report circulating among law enforcement. Two officials read to AP from the note.

The report said that “in sum and in no way verbatim,” the note referenced revenge or retaliation for Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who killed nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church in 2015 and has since been sentenced to death. It wasn’t clear what precisely Samson is alleged to have written about the Roof shooting, or whether his note contained other important details that might also speak to a motivation or state of mind.

The law enforcement officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to …read more

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High School Rivalry Turns Bad With Racist Social Media Post

By Diannah Watson,

A rivalry between two Texas high schools takes a terrible fall after racist photos were posted by students on social media.

The image shows the J. J. Pearce High School symbol as a supremacist over their rival Richardson High School.

Using the pictures of burning crosses, the KKK and a noose along with the faces of people involved in controversial police shootings like Michael Brown.

The pictures were posted just days before the two schools would meet on the field for a football game.

Monica Atterberry told CBS local news that her daughter who attends J. J. Pearce first noticed the pictures on Snap Chat.

“It’s heartbreaking to even relive memories,” said Atterberry.

The feeling is mutual for students at Richardson High School. “Hate is just spreading and it shouldn’t be hate, it should be love,” explained Lauren Gillmore a student at Richardson High.

To show unity at their football game, both high schools band stood side by side while playing the National Anthem.

“This is something that should have never happened,” said Chris Moore a Richardson ISD …read more

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Will The Juice Be Loose?

By Diannah Watson,

All eyes are on Las Vegas as that is the place where O. J. Simpson is to be released.

A plan made by the state says that the football icon would be sent to Lovelock Correctional center in Northern Nevada to High Desert State Prison outside Las Vegas for his release on October 2, 2017, according to CBS News in Las Vegas.

Brooke Keast a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections advised that the release of the 70-year-old was still being approved and that documents needed to be signed to confirm his release.

Simpson was in jail for 9 years after being charged with armed robbery and a kidnapping back in 2009. He was eligible for parole on October 1 that was decided at a hearing back in July.

In the state of Nevada, inmate releases are not done on the weekends making Monday, October 2, 2017, his official release date.

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Savannah Wants Bridge Memorializing Segregationist Renamed

By By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Former Georgia Gov. Eugene Talmadge unflinchingly defended segregation in the 1930s and ’40s, and infamously proclaimed a black man’s place was “at the back door with his hat in his hand.”

Now the mayor of Savannah and its city council say the towering suspension bridge that fills the city’s riverside skyline is the wrong place to display Talmadge’s name. A resolution approved unanimously on Thursday calls for renaming the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge, as the span crossing the Savannah River has been known for six decades.

Mayor Eddie DeLoach called for stripping Talmadge’s name from the local landmark soon after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists rallying in support of Confederate statues clashed with counter-protesters.

While other cities moved to take down monuments to Civil War figures, Savannah took aim at the honor bestowed on a racist, Jim Crow-era governor in a city where 54 percent of residents are black and tourism is a $2.8 billion industry. Now the question is whether state lawmakers will honor the request to change the name to The Savannah Bridge.

“If they don’t vote in favor of this, then it’s a shame on them,” said DeLoach, who was sworn in last year …read more

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What You Need To Know About The March For Black Women This Weekend In D.C.

By Stephanie Long, Cassius

Before Trump took office in January, the Women’s March on Washington organized itself as a message to the new administration that women and their rights would not be overlooked.

We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights,” its mission statement read. “We must create a society in which women—including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women—are free and able to care for and nurture their families.”

But despite the collective fear and a mission to unite, racial tension ran high, with white women feeling excluded by conversations surrounding race. Black women were feeling white women claiming allyship were acknowledging racism too little too late.

On September 30, the March for Black Women—organized by Farrah Tanis (Executive Director of Black Women’s Blueprint), Ruby Sales, Charlene Carruthers (national director of Black Youth Project 100 and co-founder/executive director of Black Women’s Blueprint), and Bree Campbell (Executive Director of Trans Sistas of Color Project, Detroit)—will bring Black women together in Washington D.C. to amplify their voices. The march will begin at Seward Square through …read more

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Bullied Student Stabs Classmates At New York School And Kills One

By Diannah Watson,

A high school student in New York has stabbed two classmates out of frustration and killed one.

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 18-year-old Abel Cedeno stabbed 15-year-old Matthew McCree and 16-year-old Ariane Laboy. McCree died from his injuries.

According to NBC 4 News, police are charging Cedeno with attempted murder, manslaughter, and assault.

During a third-period history class, Cedeno walked into the classroom and stabbed both McCree and Laboy with a switchblade in front of other students.

Authorities aren’t sure how the suspect got the switchblade into the school. Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation doesn’t have metal detectors.

However, that is subject to change as the school is looking to install them immediately.

At a news conference, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce explained that the suspect had many disputes with the victims throughout the year. Boyce commented saying, ”there were few arguments going on for two weeks, into the school year, and it escalated today after some back and forth within the classroom.”

Walking out of the Bronx police precinct on Wednesday night Cedano replied, ”yes” to reporters asking if he had been bullied.

A family member of Cedano talked with reporters and explained that the suspect was a, “very excellent, good kid.” …read more

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Takes A Knee On The House Floor


Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, took a knee on the House floor Monday night in support of NFL players who knelt during the national anthem following Donald Trump’s criticism of the protest.

“There is no basis in the First Amendment that says that you cannot kneel on the national anthem or in front of the flag,” she said.

“There is no regulation that says that these young men cannot stand against the dishonoring of their mothers by you calling them to fire the son of a B,” she said. “You tell me which of those children’s mothers are a son of a B. That is racism.”

From the ground, Lee explained that she was kneeling to honor freedom.

“I kneel in honor of the first amendment, I kneel because the flag is a symbol for freedom, I kneel because I’m going to stand against racism, I kneel because I’m going to stand with these young men and I’ll stand with our soldiers,” she said. “And I’ll stand with America because I kneel.”

The sentiment was echoed by fellow Black Caucus member Rep. John Lewis, who later tweeted that there is “nothing wrong with kneeling down to stand up against injustice.”

Watch Rep. Jackson Lee …read more

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Donald Trump Says He’ll Cut Middle Class Taxes But Is It True?

By By MARCY GORDON and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

President Donald Trump speaks in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Promising big tax cuts and a booming economy, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans unveiled the first major revamp of the nation’s tax code in a generation Wednesday — a sweeping, nearly $6 trillion tax cut that would deeply reduce levies for corporations, simplify everyone’s brackets and nearly double the standard deduction used by most Americans.

Trump declared repeatedly the plan would provide badly needed tax relief for the middle class. But there are too many gaps in the proposal to know how it actually would affect individual taxpayers and families, how it would be paid for and how much it might add to the soaring $20 trillion national debt.

There clearly would be seismic changes for businesses large and small, with implications for companies beyond U.S. borders. The American middle-class family of four could take advantage of a heftier child tax credit and other deductions but face uncertainty about the rate its household income would be taxed.

“Under our framework, we will dramatically cut the business tax rate so that American companies and American workers can beat our foreign competitors and start winning again,” Trump boasted …read more

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2 Black Chicago Cops Reprimanded For Taking A Knee With Raised Fist


Two Chicago police officers are facing reprimands after they were photographed kneeling alongside an activist in what she called a show of support for NFL players protesting police brutality and racism.

The pic, shared on Instagram Sunday, September 24, 2017, by activist Aleta Clark, shows her flanked by two black, uniformed officers, all on one knee with a fist in the air.

She captioned the shot: “That Moment when you walk into the police station and ask the Men of Color are they Against Police Brutality and Racism & they say Yes… then you ask them if they support Colin Kaepernick (sic)… and they also say yes… then you ask them to Kneel.!”

Chicago Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the officers will be reprimanded for violating the department’s code of conduct, which prohibits officers from participating in a “partisan political campaign or activity.”

“We are aware of the photo, and we will address it in the same way we have handled previous incidents in which officers have made political statements while in uniform, with a reprimand and a reminder of department policies,” said Guglielmi.

On Sunday, players across the NFL knelt during the national anthem in protest of remarks Donald Trump …read more

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Bar Uses Marshawn Lynch & Colin Kaepernick Jerseys As Doormats

By Diannah Watson,

A Missouri bar owner is under fire for using Colin Kaepernick and Marshawn Lynch jerseys as doormats. Many who pass by see the use of the jerseys as racist.

Jason Burle the owner of S. N. A. F. U Bar says he ordered the jerseys and to be used as doormats after players started taking knees during the National Anthem.

“It’s not a race thing,” says Burle in an interview with KXAN news. “A lot of people want to twist it around to be a race thing.”

The jerseys were tapped down to the front of Burle’s bar. Using the NFL players names to spell “Lynch” “Kaepernick” when people walk by.

“We pulled them out of the box, taped them down. There was no ill-intent, ” explains the bar owner. He added, “If someone thinks I’m mean personal harm to someone, they don’t know me.”

That’s not what Taylor Sloan thinks when he saw the jerseys outside the bar.

Sloan said, “That’s not the Missouri I know. It just kind of upset me …read more

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