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Thoughts on the Casey Anthony Trail aka. Sit Down, Nancy Grace!

I didn’t get into the Casey Anthony Trial too much.  I thought it was a tragedy on many different levels, and the media circus just turned me off.  I cared, but there are hundred of children who are killed, molested, etc. everyday and no one is putting their stories on the cover of magazines, or dedicating whole broadcasts to their memory.  American Hypocrisy…we’re all guilty.

Anyway.  Every child is precious.  That’s my point.

Now…on the Casey Anthony Trial, I have these points;

  • Casey Anthony Defense Attorney Flips Off Media Following Verdict – BWAHAHAHAH!  Too funny.
  • If you say the defendant was a party girl, then you must have proof that will stand up against a whole gang of witnesses who say she was a good mother.  You have to have proof.  Remember.  Law school and all.  Sigh…
  • I believe the allegations of sexual molestation against George Anthony.  I think the grandfather may have been touching Caylee.  Don’t be fooled by old age and a suit people.  I think some sick shit was going on that family.  Casey needs some help.  Remember victims are more prone to stay victims.  Also, you never know what a woman will do to protect her child.  Some slave women would rather kill their children than let them be taken.  You think a woman who’d been molested and was mentally disturbed wouldn’t consider taking her child’s life instead of seeing her be abused?
  • Why didn’t the prosecutor go for manslaughter in the first place?
  • Why was the prosecutor laughing during the closing arguments?  I KNOW that didn’t help his case in the eyes of the jury.
  • Who paid for Casey Anthony’s defense?  I know old boy was expensive.
  • Did prosecutor Ashton think he was going to make a name for himself with this case?  You know the answer is yes.
  • Oh, I was cracking up when the judge called the guy up to the front who flipped bird.  That was funny.
  • Why are people even wondering what would have happened if she was black?  This is not the O.J. Trail, people!  There have been a lot of public cases of white women killing their kids.  Some go to jail, some have gotten off on mental illness.  This is not new.  There is racism in America, and we know this.  Thank goodness we didn’t have to witness a black family in this particular drama.
  • I think Nancy Grace has reached a new level of bitch-assed-ness?  She is just a pundit for profit, in my opinion.  I really don’t think she genuinely cares.  Think of all the people she really could help.  Nope, just a TV personality.  I don’t know why people expect her to be on the level of a real lawyer who is practicing the law.

Well, that’s all I have to say about that.  What do you guys think?

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This is Your Nation on White Privilege

By Tim Wise9/13/08

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you’ll “kick their fuckin’ ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don’t all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you’re “untested.”

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Kwame Kilpatrick’s public apology

At the time, a lie seems like a good idea, especially if your ass is on the line. For good, professional liars, a lie is not complete unless it includes an expression of utter outrage or insult at what you’re being accused of (even though you know you did it). The problem, however, is when the truth comes out, you humiliate all those that believed (and loved) you and have ruined your own reputation, sometimes beyond repair. The biggest issue I have with Kwame Kilpatrick is what he said during his testimony last summer. As reported by USA Today, at one point Kilpatrick expressed anger about claims of an affair between him and Beatty.

“I think it was pretty demoralizing to her – you have to know her – but it’s demoralizing to me as well,” the mayor said. “My mother is a congresswoman. There have always been strong women around me. My aunt is a state legislator. I think it’s absurd to assert that every woman that works with a man is a whore. I think it’s disrespectful not just to Christine Beatty but to women who do a professional job that they do every single day. And it’s also disrespectful to their families as well.”

I hope his apology helps to mend and re-establish the respect of at least his family. Maybe Detroit will forgive him too. (He did record the apoloy at his church…)

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Black South Africans Express Anger at Trial of White Shooter

One Black Protester had a sign that read “One Settler, One Bullet”.
Associated Press – CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Protesters tried to force their way into the court hearing Thursday of a white teenager charged with a shooting rampage in a black settlement that left four people dead, including a mother and her infant.

The bloodshed on Jan. 14 in the Skielik settlement, 100 miles northwest of Johannesburg, has ignited racial tensions that remain close to the surface more than a decade after the end of South Africa’s apartheid system.

Riot police were called in to control the dozens of black protesters who gathered outside the Swartruggens District Court, trying to push through the compound gates as 18-year-old Johan Nel made a brief appearance inside. He faces charges of murder and attempted murder.

The crowd waved signs saying ” no bail, let him rot in jail,” the South African Press Association reported. Police pushed the group was pushed to the side of the street.

Police are unclear on a motive, but Skielik’s residents allege that Nel killed out of racial hatred. Leaders of the trade union movement and African National Congress have joined demonstrations in Skielik, which is part of an area known for its game reserves, biting rural poverty and deep divide between black and white.

Full article – USA Today 

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Are Brothers Dressed to be Opressed?

opressed

Wow!!!!  Ask yourself the question.  Thanks to What Black Men Think for posting this powerful image.   Pass it on to some teachers.  This would make a great poster for inner city classrooms when kids dress like this and don’t understand the mentality behind it.  Can you say “prison training“?

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Texas: Black Man Found Guilty of Raping Multiple Men

Why, oh why is this a brother??? “Dayum, dayum, dayum, James!” 

The Associated Press is reporting that jury convicted a man Tuesday of raping another man, one of five sexual assaults he is accused of committing on men in an eight-month spree in 2006. The sentencing phase of the trial was to begin later Tuesday for Keith Hill, who could receive anything from five years’ probation to life in prison for aggravated sexual assault.

The trial focused on just one of the cases against him: A May 2006 attack of a teenager who said he was forced to perform oral sex at gunpoint after he was abducted from his driveway near Houston.

The U.S. Justice Department says one in 33 men in the United States has been a victim of a rape or attempted rape, compared with one in six women. Experts say men are far less likely to report a rape because they fear being perceived as weak.

Hill, 20, pleaded not guilty to the attacks, and his attorney, Lane Lindsey, said Tuesday that a confession he gave to Harris County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shane McCoy in February may have been coerced.

Lindsey said Hill gave a written confession after six hours of interrogation by McCoy and police officers from Baytown, the refinery town where the attacks allegedly occurred. Because there is no videotape or audiotape of the confession, it’s impossible to tell whether the statement is genuine, Lindsey argued.

But in his closing arguments, prosecutor Spence Graham said it should be easy for the jury to convict Hill because his semen was found on the victim’s shirt and because his confession included information that only the actual assailant could know.

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Race Vs. Gender: Blacks, Women, and the Vote

Before Obama and Clinton, there was Douglas and Stanton… 

Blacks and women have typically shared — in their fight for the vote, non-discrimination and economic equality — give way to the nitty-gritty of reaching consensus, setting policy, passing legislation and, in the case of elections, making choices.

One bitter case from the 19th century involved a split between the abolitionist Frederick Douglass and the women’s rights’ pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Stanton was herself a fervent abolitionist, and a close ally of Douglass, who later confined herself to the cause of women’s equality. These ideals would eventually clash, resulting in increasingly divisive rhetoric that reached a harsh climax after Stanton condemned the 15th amendment — which gave black men the right to vote but left out women of all races — as something that would establish “an aristocracy of sex on this continent.” She also alluded to the “lower orders” like Irish, blacks, Germans, Chinese.

During a heated meeting in New York City’s Steinway Hall in 1869, Stanton wondered, “Shall American statesmen … so amend their constitutions as to make their wives and mothers the political inferiors of unlettered and unwashed ditch-diggers, bootblacks, butchers and barbers, fresh from the slave plantations of the South?” At which point, Douglass rose, paid tribute to Stanton’s years of work on civil rights for all, and replied, “When women, because they are women, are hunted down through the cities of New York and New Orleans; when they are dragged from their houses and hung from lampposts; when their children are torn from their arms and their brains dashed out upon the pavement; when they are objects of insult and rage at every turn; when they are in danger of having their homes burnt down… then they will have an urgency to obtain the ballot equal to our own.”

Blacks won the right to vote with the 15th Amendment in 1870; women won theirs with the 19th Amendment, in 1920, a half-century later. Each of their causes would stutter-step along at sometimes different paces, but usually in some loose if not formal concert.

Source: New York Times

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What happened to just breaking up???

There was a time when breaking up was just that…breaking up. The relationship ended and you moved on. Sure, there may have been hurt feelings and maybe some untruths surrounding who broke up with whom first, but you lived to see another day. You ended up with hilarious, sometimes embarrassing, stories about the crazy things (shameful things even…) you did in the relationship OR straight humility (and additional embarrassment) when you bump into your former interest and wonder what the hell was so special about them in the first place. Unfortunately, the story of Jana Shearer didn’t end up this way…

TYLER, Texas (Associated Press) — Friends and family of a 21-year-old who police say was killed and mutilated by her boyfriend tried to put aside the grisly details of her death.

“You can’t sleep. You can’t think straight anymore,” said Amy Gage, a friend and neighbor of the victim, Jana Shearer. “Then you just keep finding out more and more. It’s the most difficult thing anyone can go through.”

Shearer’s boyfriend, Christopher Lee McCuin, 25, was charged with capital murder after police said they found her body, an ear boiling in a pot on a stovetop, and a hunk of flesh with a fork in it on a plate at the crime scene.

McCuin, wearing a jail-issue red jumpsuit, was not asked to enter a plea as he appeared before state District Judge Jack Skeen Jr. on Monday. Skeen continued McCuin’s bond at $2 million and appointed an attorney to represent him.

Authorities said McGuin’s comments in a 911 call that alerted them to the hideous discovery led them to believe he may have intended to eat his girlfriend’s remains, but said it is unclear whether McCuin consumed any part of her body.

Smith County Sheriff Lt. Larry Wiginton told the Tyler Morning-Telegraph that McCuin told investigators that God made him kill Shearer.

“When he said God told him to do it, one of the investigators looked at him and just said, ‘What did you say?'” according to Wiginton. Click here for the rest of the article.

This guy did everything from blaming God, to telling on himself, and making it look like he was going to eat her remains. Considering he’s a black man who killed a white woman…in TEXAS, no less, I guess he was planning his insanity plea from the start… He gets no remorse here. Damn, just break-up and keep it moving…

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History: Blacks get the vote in DC

Jan. 8, 1867: Legislation giving the suffrage to blacks in the District of Columbia was passed over President Andrew Johnson’s veto. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)

Living in DC that’s a great fact to know…but all DC residents still suffer from Taxation without Representation!  We even have that printed on that on our license plates.  We are some militant Negros!!! LOL

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Black Woman gets 1.2 million in harassment suit

By Thompson Wigdor & Gilly LLP
Dec 31, 2007, 16:53
After a two week-long race and gender discrimination trial in Manhattan Federal Court before United States District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, a jury returned a $1.2 million dollar verdict in favor of Sydney Nurse, the current Controller of Manhattan-based Concepts in Staffing, Inc. The Plaintiff, Ms. Nurse, continues to work at the Company.

After two days of deliberation, the jury found that Ms. Nurse was subjected to hostile work environment harassment on the basis of her race and gender. The jury not only found the Company liable, but also found Arthur Abrams, the President and CEO of Concepts in Staffing, personally liable for the discrimination suffered by Ms. Nurse. In addition to awarding Ms. Nurse damages for emotional distress, the jury also found both the Company and Mr. Abrams liable for punitive damages.

The evidence presented at trial included:

* Ms. Nurse being repeatedly called “Black B****” in the workplace

* Ms. Nurse being repeatedly groped, including the CEO grabbing her breast and pinning her against his desk while pressing his pelvic area against her backside

* An employee rubbing paperwork on his pelvic area before handing it to Ms. Nurse while seated at her desk and then pumping his pelvic area within inches of her face

* Another employee unzipping his pants and telling Ms. Nurse to “kiss this,” while pointing to his pelvic area

* The CEO making racially discriminatory remarks, including statements that he “did not want any blacks or Hispanics pictured on his company’s website” and that he wanted a newly hired employee of color to be seated “in the back of the bus in the black and Hispanic section of the office”

* When told by employees that his comments and actions violated the law, the CEO openly told his employees, “F*** the law. I am the law.”

After the trial, Ms. Nurse stated, “I’m very happy that the jury believed in me and that I was able to achieve this important step to improve the working conditions for myself and all other women of color who continue to work at this company. Continue reading

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