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 →
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 →
Miami Gadens Police Chief Stephen Johnson, hired last May to rein in a department reeling from accusations of racial profiling, was fired Friday night after being arrested on a charge of soliciting a prostitute in Dania Beach.
Michael Wright, a detective and police department spokesman, said Johnson was arrested at a Dania Beach motel during a sting operation conducted by the Broward County Sheriff's Office. He said Johnson was immediately fired by City Manager Cameron Benson and that Assistant Police Chief Antonio Brooklen would take the helm in the interim....read more
The city of Cleveland has placed the death of Tamir Rice squarely on the shoulders of the 12-year-old shooting victim. On Nov. 22, Rice was gunned down by rookie officer Timothy Loehmann, after he and his partner Frank Garmback responded to a 911 call that a boy at a recreation center was pointing a gun at people. The caller went on to inform the emergency dispatcher the gun was more than likely fake and was being held by a child.
Surveillance video showed moments after the officers rushed to the scene, Loehmann opened fire on Rice. Rice died from his injuries the following day at the hospital. Now, NBC News is reporting in a response to the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Rice's family last month, the city has denied any responsibility for Rice's death.
On Feb. 27, the city claimed in court documents any “losses” the Rice family suffered were, “directly and proximately caused by the acts of the Plaintiff's decedent (Rice), not this Defendant.” How is that even possible when video camera footage shows when Loehmann and Garmback arrived on the scene, Loehmann shot Tamir without even attempting to find out if the gun was real or not....read more
Common and John Legend at the 2015 Academy Awards (Photo by Kevin Winter)
Much was made about the Oscars last Sunday. The hash tag #OscarsSoWhite reflected the absence of color among some of the biggest categories of the night. But during the awards, several stars used their moment of recognition to lift up social issues that are being discussed, debated and decided by policymakers in Washington, DC and in state legislatures across the country.
Graham Moore, the writer of The Imitation Game, tackled the discrimination against gays, being different and mental illness, while Patricia Arquette, who won her Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Boyhood, tackled women's rights and pay equity. While accepting the award for Best Film, Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu spoke about allowing immigrants to live in the United States with dignity.
During the acceptance speeches for Best Original Song, rapper Common (pictured left) focused his comments on civil disobedience and the power of everyday people to create change. John Legend (pictured right) went more political discussing the issues of voter suppression and the broken state that the Voting Rights Act is in after the 2013 Supreme Court decision removing a key provision of the law, as well as focusing on the overincarceration of black males in America.
Since that night, all of the speeches have been dissected and contemplated in depth and on the surface. Whether you agree or disagree with the comments, whether you heard yourself represented in the comments or whether you felt that the messages were not deep enough or didn't go far enough, no one can deny the power that the speakers brought to these issues. Regardless of your position on the issue, more likely than not, you talked about it, read about it, heard about it or thought about it.
Even before Democrats won the presidential election nearly three years ago, the Republican Party conceded that it needed to be more inclusive of people of color—the voters who essentially delivered President Barack Obama to the White House.
According toBuzzFeed, before the 2012 presidential election, GOPers spent $14,000 on a website that would highlight the achievements of Black people in the Republican Party. But leaders reportedly pulled the plug on the project at the last minute after leaders changed their minds.
According to tax documents obtained by the BuzzFeed News, the RNC spent $14,000 on production, but the site never launched. Crystal Wright, the political strategist who created the campaign, said she was told that the RNC cooled on the idea, which had been in the works since late 2011. RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer, in a meeting with Mike Vallante, chief of staff to RNC co-chair Sharon Day, and then-coalitions director Tom Kise, threw cold water on the website idea, according to Wright.
“I was told by the co-chair's office the leadership at the RNC said it didn't want to launch a black outreach website without activities to support it,” Wright said in an email to BuzzFeed News. “In August of 2012, the site was basically finished. I worked with the co-chair's office to draft a memo of several initiatives to easily roll out but the RNC said it didn't have money to fund it.”
Reached by NewsOne, an RNC spokesman declined to comment further on the issue, referring this writer instead to Spicer's comments to BuzzFeed:
“You can quote me on this: I think it's embarrassing that you're writing this story,” said Spicer, who added that the GOP's decision was a small-scale call about how to organize its digital content: The party built a newly integrated site with content targeted ...read more
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It's WTH?! Thursday on “NewsOne Now” and we're taking a look at some of the most insane stories to cross news wires this week.
25-year-old Brooklyn-based bartender, Brandon Scott Wolf launched a dating site just for himself to stack the odds of him finding a date in his favor. For all of you who are interested in hooking up with the single bartender, visit www.DateBrandonScottWolf.com.
8-year-old Shelby Counterman raises thousands of hissing cockroaches in her Tulsa Oklahoma home. She lines the plastic containers she keeps the little buggers in with vaseline so they don't escape.
Unfortunately there is an app for those who want to share the sound of their flatulence with the rest of the world. The “Fartners” app allows users to share their farts, comment, like, rate, play and re-play sounds of the thunder from down under....read more
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....read more
NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a comedian killed in the New Jersey Turnpike crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer has settled a wrongful death claim.
The out-of-court settlement between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the estate of James McNair is the first stemming from the June 7 crash in which a Wal-Mart truck slammed into a limo van carrying Morgan and others home from a show in Delaware.
Morgan, the former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star, suffered a traumatic brain injury in the accident, according to his lawyer. Criminal charges against truck driver Kevin Roper are pending in state court in New Jersey.
McNair, 62, of Peekskill, grew up with Morgan in Brooklyn and was a friend and mentor to him over the years.
The terms of the settlement are confidential, but McNair family attorney Daryl Zaslow told The Associated Press that they were pleased with the outcome.
Wal-Mart “caused extensive damage” to the family but accepted responsibility and “more than stepped up to the plate and took care of this family,” Zaslow said.
“Ultimately they did the right thing by the McNairs,” he said.
Wal-Mart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said the company was working toward settlements with others injured in the accident.
“We know there is nothing we can do to change what happened to Mr. McNair,” Buchanan said. “We're committed to doing what's right.”
In an interview with the AP on Wednesday, McNair's children — Denita, 19, and Jamel, 26 — described their father as a humble, grounded man. They said he attained a level of fame but cared less about the trappings of celebrity than about helping others, whether through advice to young comedians or giving out free Thanksgiving turkeys to needy families in his hometown.
“You don't have to be a celebrity to make a difference in a lot of people's lives,” ...read more