Governor Baker’s “Dred Scott” Decision Type Statement & the MBTA!

The “Dred Scott Decision” happened during the slavery era of the mid 1850’s. Apparently a slave named Dred Scott fled to what appeared be a “free state” and he settled down into what he felt would be a life of freedom for the remaining years of his life. However, in an ironic turn of fate, the racist supreme court at the time ruled that no Afrikan/Black person was a citizen and therefore must retain the inhumane status of being a slave in bondage and subservient to their white masters. I am sure you are curious as to how the “Dred Scott Decision” related to the present day crisis of the long running Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority AKA MBTA and the above mentioned title of this entry. Well, in my estimation, the racially insensitive type ridicule that Governor elect Charles Baker heaped on MBTA General Manager, Ms. Beverly Scott was not only uncalled for, but insulting in nature. Baker declared that the service breakdown was “unacceptable.” A translation would be that Ms. Scott was not getting the job done to his satisfaction and he would be watching her performance from the ‘big house” on the hill. It was an insulting statement to make and lacked credibility as the recent snow storms we have experienced are of historic proportions. Once again, the Farmers Almanac has proven itself accurate as weekend after weekend we are being hit with storms that are leaving several inches of snow and ice. The streets of Boston are... Continue reading →

Boston Still Has Not Cleared The Olympic Hurdle Called Racism!!

In recent weeks it was announced that the Olympic Selection Committee had voted Boston as the national contender to host the Olympic Games in 2014. Boston will face tough competition as several countries on the international scene are also vying to be the final choice. The folks of “Boston Strong” are excited, but the question still remains as to what would be in it for the Afrikan/Black community in this city that is the “Hub” of racism in this country. The reality is that 2024 is over nine years away in the future, but who can forget the past and present legacy of racism in the City of Boston. Having full knowledge of the pre-busing racism that was and is the fabric of this city and then experiencing the 1970s busing violence itself, it would be hard for me and I am sure many others to get excited about some Olympic Games!! I know there are those who would contend that Boston is now a “different city.” I would beg to differ with that warped opinion. Boston is the same racist city with the only difference being in that it promotes a false positive image of openness and fairness. While this rhetoric is being declared, what is happening in the neighborhoods of the Afrikan/Black community is totally different. In the Afrikan/Black community you have by design, high unemployment, poor schools and a lack of appropriate neighborhood services while we are given constant “lip service!!!” We all know the old adage... Continue reading →

UPDATE: Boston Police Officer In Coma After Being Shot In The Face During Traffic Stop, Expected To Recover

A Boston cop was shot in the face during a traffic stop last night.

After Officer John Moynihan pulled over “suspected gang members,” a gun fight occurred, leaving him in a coma and the shooter dead.

Daily Mail reports:

Officer John Moynihan, 34, was attacked when he pulled over suspected gang members in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday evening.

The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Angelo West, was shot dead by other officers at the scene in Boston on Friday evening after he opened fire. A female bystander was shot in the arm.

The city's police commissioner William Evans told the press that Moynihan is expected to recover. Moynihan, who was shot just below his eye, was given a medal of bravery for his involvement in a shootout with the Boston Bombing suspects back in 2013.

We pray for Moynihan's recovery.


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Federal Judge Says New Jersey School Can Fire Security Guard Over Discriminatory Facebook Post

A federal judge declared that a New Jersey school district has the right to terminate a security guard who shared discriminatory content on his Facebook page, describing two suspects accused of killing a police officer as “black thugs” and suggesting white people riot against them.

WPXI reports:

U.S. District Judge Joseph Irenas ruled Thursday that Mary Czaplinski is not likely to win a lawsuit against the Vineland Public Schools asserting that the district violated her freedom of speech.

The security guard is hoping to get monetary damages from the school district. The site continues:

The guard was fired earlier this month for conduct unbecoming a public employee after a post about the shooting in Philadelphia. She also wrote that she was “praying hard” for the slain police officer, who was black. Her lawyer says she made a series of posts about the slaying when she was off work and at home.

The judge believes the security guard's statements prevent her from fulfilling her daily tasks as a security guard.


Boston Police Officer Shot In Roxbury, Suspect Killed, Scene Tense [VIDEO]

A Boston police officer was shot and remains in a medically induced coma after he was shot in the Roxbury section of the city on Friday night. The man accused of shooting him was shot dead by police, after police say that he opened fire on the officer at a traffic stop, reports

The suspect in the shooting has been identified as Angelo West, 41, who was shot and killed around 6:40 pm. West's body remained in the street where a crowd gathered until it was removed around 11:30 pm, according to the Bay State Examiner.

Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said in a press conference that West had previously been convicted in another shooting involving police officers. Evans also said there is video of last night's shooting incident, according to the Examiner.

The officer who was shot has been identified as John T. Moynihan, 34, who was taken to Boston Medical Center with a gunshot wound just under his right eye. Commissioner Evans described Moynihan's condition as “critical.”

Predictably, the scene in Roxbury was tense after the officer was shot, first evident on Twitter with the trending hashtag #Roxbury, with residents saying the police were out in full force.

The Boston Globe reports that “A brief scuffle broke out at the scene about 9:30 p.m., when a group that appeared to be upset over the shooting began shouting and swearing at police. Shoving broke out as police moved the yellow tape back.” more

TSA Agrees To Stop Racially Profiling Black Women’s Hair

After official complaints from two black women who said they were racially profiled by their “sisterlocks” hair styles, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) on Thursday agreed to stop singling out women for screening based on the style, and says it will conduct anti-discrimination training sessions for its agents, reports Reuters.

Last year, Sacramento-based neuroscientist Malaika Singleton said she was checked at Los Angeles International Airport on her way to London when TSA agents began “pulling and squeezing her hair.” She said the same thing happened to her on the way back home, this time through the Minneapolis airport.

“I was going through the screening procedures like we all do, and after I stepped out of the full body scanner, the agent said, ‘OK, now I'm going to check your hair,'” Singleton said on Thursday, reports Reuters.

Singelton contacted the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and it turned out that one of its lawyers, a black woman named Novella Coleman—who also wears her hair in the same style as Singleton—had the same experience.

Reuters reports that Coleman had already filed a complaint with the TSA in 2012, but got no results. However, Coleman filed another complaint and incorporated Singleton's experience, and on Thursday the two women said that the agency agreed to conduct anti-discrimination training sessions with its officers. more

Former University Of Mississippi Student Charged With Hanging A Noose On Statute Of First Black Student

The Department of Justice announced on Friday, a former University of Mississippi student was indicted on federal civil rights charges for allegedly hanging a noose and a Confederate flag around the statue of the university's first black student, James Meredith. NBC affiliate WTVA is reporting Graeme Phillip Harris, an ex-student of the university was charged by a grand jury on one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African American students because of their race or color.

In the early hours on Feb. 16, 2014, Harris, along with a small group of white students hung a noose and an old version of the Georgia state flag which incorporated the Confederate flag around the statute of Meredith, the first black student who attended the university after it was desegregated in 1962. Harris, who is from Alpharetta, Ga, was a student of Ole Miss and member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity when the incident took place. Soon afterwards, the fraternity was suspended and was closed by the national headquarters, and expelled three members a week after the vile event occurred. Harris withdrew from the university quickly after the incident. more

Are You A Conscious Consumer? Nielsen Examines The Spending Power Of Black Super Consumers

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According to a new report by Nielsen titled “The Making of a Multicultural Super Consumer,” “Multicultural consumers are rapidly becoming the core of the U.S. population and African-American, Asian American and Latino consumers are emerging as a major consumer force in the country.”

These “Multicultural consumers” make up 38 percent of the U.S. population, account for $3.4 trillion in buying power, and 78 percent of these individuals care about their cultural identity.

The Nielsen report also states:

“As the numbers of multicultural consumers continue to grow, so too will their purchasing power. Already, U.S. multicultural buying power is growing at an exponential rate compared to the total U.S., increasing from $661 billion in 1990 to $3.4 trillion in 2014. This is more than double the growth of total U.S. buying power.”

On Tuesday, Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, SVP U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement at Nielsen, joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the projected influence of the multicultural consumer, as well as the development of conscious consumers.

McNeil told Martin, “Super consumers are representative of 10 percent of households who are really diving 30 percent of all sales, 40 percent of growth, and 50 percent of profit for a given category.”

Out of the nearly 150 categories currently being tracked, multicultural consumers “drive” their sales, growth, and profits. more

Dorchester residents fighting Fannie’s foreclosure evictions

On a street lined with triple-deckers near Dorchester's Ronan Park, a crowd of about 40 people gathered last week outside Maria Baptista's house as the sun set to stage a protest against the foreclosure of her home and her ongoing eviction process. more

Arizona Father To Care For Quadruplets Alone After Wife Dies In Childbirth

For an Arizona father, what he first described as the “best day” of his life quickly took a turn for the worse when his wife died of blood loss during childbirth on Jan. 16.

Now, 29-year-old Carlos Morales is journeying into fatherhood without the love of his life and gearing up to care for his quadruplet infants alone.

“I went from having the best day of my life to the next morning experiencing the worst day of my life,” said Morales. “My four babies came into the world and then my wife died.”

The tiny two and three-pound babies, a boy he named Carlos Jr. and three girls — Tracey, Paisley, and Erica (named after her mother) — were all healthy, Morales said. He's been taking baby-caring classes at a local hospital to prepare for fatherhood times four, PEOPLE reports.

“I'm learning everything from how to give them a bath, CPR, feeding, and how to manage their sleep schedule,” he says. “I need to be prepared.”

“Everything I do now is for my children,” Carlos, who will return to work, tells PEOPLE. “Our family and friends have been very supportive too.”

And though wife Erica wasn't able to hold her babies — who she gave birth to via cesarean section at seven months — she did leave a blueprint behind on how she would like her children to be raised. Just recently, the new father found a note Erica had written on her iPad full of dreams for her children. She wants them all to go to college. She wants them to speak both English and Spanish. And she wants them to all have good jobs.

That's a blueprint Morales hopes to follow in honor of his late love.”I will try my hardest to make sure that happens,” he says. more

Racist Holiday Card Allegedly Prompts Pa. Supreme Court Nominee to Withdraw Name

A Pennsylvania Supreme Court nominee withdrew his name for the seat Monday after coming under fire for a racially insensitive 2013 Facebook image he forwarded to colleagues, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Republican Judge Thomas K. Kistler (pictured), president judge in Centre County since 2012, was nominated late last year by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to fill a vacancy on the state's supreme court. The seat will now remain open until elections in November, the report notes.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

The Inquirer reported Friday concern from legislators and others over an e-mail sent in December 2013 by Kistler titled “Merry Christmas From the Johnsons.” The message depicted a Black man and a Black woman during what appears to be a jail visit. The man, smiling and wearing an orange prison uniform, sits behind a glass window. more