Tag Archives: crime

Scott Sisters: I don’t like Haley Barbour, However…

…he gets 2 1/2 cool points for pardoning the Scott Sisters. He still reminds me of Boss Hog from Dukes of Hazard a little to much for me to even jokingly be comfortable with him as a viable candidate for President.  When I hear him talk I fully expect to be sprayed with a firehose, knocking the “Ain’t I A Man” poster out of my hands.  He sounds racist…like people say “You sound ghetto”, so don’t act like I’m being harsh.  I don’t think I’m being racist.  At a minimum, I am judging him due to his accent and the region he represents.

There is southern and then there is Mississippi.  When I heard about the Scott Sister’s story, my soul said that the place of my mother’s people has not changed much since it’s bloody days of lynching, murder, overt racism and “putting negroes in their place”.  Here’s a synopisis of their story from the NAACP’s Letter of Petition to Barbour:

Jamie and Gladys Scott – the “Scott Sisters” – have been incarcerated in Mississippi for the last 16 years for an armed robbery which, according to court testimony, yielded $11. They have consistently denied involvement in the crime. Although neither of the Scott Sisters had a prior criminal record, they were each sentenced to an extraordinary double life sentence.

The presiding judge in their trial, Judge Marcus Gordon, has a history of racially biased rulings, including granting bail to the KKK murderer of the three civil rights workers: Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner.

Furthermore, Jamie Scott now has lost renal function in one of her kidneys and cannot survive without a transplant. She has suffered repeated infections and been hospitalized due to unsanitary prison conditions. The Department of Corrections will not allow tests for kidney compatibility even though numerous volunteers have come forward.

Also, at the time of their arrest, Jamie was 22 years old and Gladys was 19 years old and pregnant. Two African-American youth, who admitted taking the money, stated at the Scott Sisters’ trial that they falsely implicated the sisters in order to receive a reduced sentence.  From what I read, the youth did end up in jail, but only served about 3 years.

NPR reported that Republican Gov. Haley Barbour decided in December to release them. “One condition: That 35-year-old Gladys follow through on her offer to donate a kidney (provided that doctors say it’s safe for her to do so) to 38-year-old Jamie, who needs regular dialysis…”  Um…there is always a catch, huh.  How about you just let them go because the evidence and sentence are shady and let them handle their family business without any intrusion??

Anyway…I just wanted to give my 2 cents on ole Haley since the 2012 election predictions and in full swing and people are wondering if he will run.  It took TOOO long for these women to receive justice.  However, I’m glad that Gov. Barbour saw the light and released them.  That being said, I agree with Earl Ofari Hutchinson.

Writing in the Huffington Post, Daily Voice columnist Earl Ofari Hutchinson suggested the action was being taken, in part, because “Barbour sniffs the presidency,” a sentiment echoed by some others. “The governor of Mississippi did this for political reasons,” the sisters’ mother, Eveyln Rasco, told WAPT TV in Jackson. “He did it because I heard he was running for president,” she said. “I don’t think he did it because he opened his heart to do it.” – Daily Voice

I guess he’ll have a defense for accusations of racism on the campaign trail, huh?

3 Comments

Filed under african american, black, black women, crime, drama, family, government, injustice, news, opinion, politics, racism, women

Dr. Gates donates his handcuffs to the Smithsonian

None of the black people I know have ever been given their handcuffs as a “You got arrested” souvenir.  Apparently Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. received more than a beer at the White House after his traumatic arrest…on his front porch.   He’s donated the handcuffs used on him to the Smithsonian Institution’s black history museum.  This makes me wonder…what other items will be on display with these handcuffs?

  • One of the night sticks used on Rodney King
  • Handcuffs used on famous African Americans (MLK, Tupac, Diana Ross, etc)
  • A replica of a Montgomery, Alabama jail cell from the Civil Rights era
  • That horrible neck brace will the bells on it that you sometimes see in illustrations found in books on slavery.

What would happen if black males all over the nation requested that they be given their former chains and handcuffs so that they could be donated to the Smithsonian as a testament  to the record incarceration rates of black men in America.  Surely, 50 years…100 years from our children would marvel at the shear size of the collection of metal bonds.  Would they be amazed and say, “There’s no way that so many people of one race could have been accused of/guilty of that much crime!”.  Or perhaps they will just shake their heads and say, “Nothing has changed.”.

2 Comments

Filed under african american, black, black history, black man, black men, civil rights, crime, d.c., history, injustice, news, race, washington dc

Plot to kill 102 African American Children has Deep Roots

‘You hear them say Obama will be assassinated’ Link to the video

The Guardian is reporting that Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman, the two Tennessee neo-Nazis arrested for plotting to kill 102 African-American schoolchildren and then assassinate Barack Obama, clearly drew inspiration from a violent white nationalist group called the Order. In the 1980s, members of the Order carried out a crime spree that included several high-profile murders.

The connection to the Order is evident in the numbers the two men scrawled on their car on Saturday shortly before they were arrested: 14 and 88. The so-called Fourteen Words is a slogan – “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children” – coined by Order member David Lane, who also wrote an essay called 88 Precepts. In white supremacist circles, 14-88 is a shorthand expression of allegiance to the beliefs put forth by Lane and the Order, who wanted to found a white homeland where they could preserve the “Aryan race” from being polluted by non-whites and enslaved by the “Zionist-occupied government” of the US. Lane also advocated polygamy and a kind of European paganism he called Wotanism.

The plot by the two Tennessee men, grotesque as it may be, seems not to have got beyond the half-baked stage. But in the early 1980s, the Order – also known as the Brüder Schweigen or Silent Brotherhood – was active, violent, and deadly. [Full article]

1 Comment

Filed under african american, children, news, obama, politics, racism, society, student, white folks, youth

R Kelly got off: Don’t act like you’re surprised!

Aaron McGruder had it right all along (see video). And who’s surprised…no body! I mean it took more than half a decade to get him in court. One of the craziest things about the end of this ordeal is that a lot of people I’ve talked to are both happy and not so happy at the same time. They like R. Kelly, so they are glad he got off…but…they feel he was probably guilty, which could put a question mark in the mind regarding other people who’ve allegedly done similar crimes getting off too. Well, let me comfort you on the second point if you are similarly conflicted. OJ got off…that hasn’t made the courts soft on murder or getting someone to kill your spouse. The R Kelly trial is not a benchmark moment in legal history. Trust me.

Any hoooo, an interesting new legal term came out of the trial…

“I’m pretty sure there’s not one person on the face of the earth who honestly believes that some shadowy miscreants digitally altered the famous Kelly sex-tape, putting his face on some random dude’s body the way special-effects people put Shawn Wayans’s head on a baby in Little Man. It’s basically impossible, considering the costs and logistics and the general pointlessness of such an enterprise. And yet that’s what Kelly’s lawyers claim might’ve happened. The press even called it the Little Man defense. Reading the daily trial reports, I was totally dumbfounded that Kelly’s assuredly very expensive legal team couldn’t have come up with anything better than that.” – Village Voice

2 Comments

Filed under african american, black, black man, celebrity, children, crime, culture, drama, music, news, opinion, sex, society, why

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“?

4 Comments

Filed under academic, african american, black, black man, clothing, community, crime, culture, ghetto, history, law, race, society, stereotype

South African Lesbians and Rape as a Hate Crime

Rape for Who I Am is a documentary about the plight of South African lesbians.  As well as facing institutional discrimination and a lack of support from their families, lesbians in South Africa run the risk of being raped because of their sexuality. Not only does this leave them emotionally and physically traumatized…but they face a huge possibility of contracting HIV/Aids during these assaults.  The authorities seem reluctant to tackle the growing problem.

“He told me he was going to teach me a lesson and show me that I’m a girl”, states Bathini. Like many victims, she was too scared to go to the police after being gang raped. But Mary refused to suffer in silence. Through sheer determination, she tracked down her rapist and passed on his details to the police. When they still hadn’t arrested days later, she threatened to go to the press. Other victims have been unable to press charges because doctors wouldn’t corroborate their stories. “The doctor’s report basically said I just had sex with this man — that I wasn’t raped”, states Keba.

Activists are now pressing for new legislation to protect all women. Click here to view the movie.

Leave a Comment

Filed under abuse, africa, aids, black women, culture, injustice, stereotype, video, women, youth, youtube

For those of you hating on me about the OJ posting

First of all, if you don’t know sarcasm when you hear it…you are a dumb ass. Secondly, lots of people are on the street that whole communities think are guilty as sin, OJ isn’t the only one. Thirdly, the man is assumed to be guilty!  Is that Sh** fair? Sure, if you are guilty…go to jail…don’t pass go…etc.  Can citizen get the benefit of the doubt?  I guess not. Thank God there is a legal system in America…WAIT….DID I JUST SAY THAT…..????????

UMMM….I need a drink.

1 Comment

Filed under african american, angry, celebrity, crime, news, oj, opinion