Closed Door Meeting With Black Pastors Reveals Support For And Issues With Donald Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of black pastors pressed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday to address what some called his use of racially charged rhetoric, with several describing a meeting that became tense at times as attendees raised concerns about his blunt language.

While some left the gathering at Trump's skyscraper in midtown Manhattan with hopes their message had resonated, Trump said afterward he had no plans to change his approach, which he said had taken him to “first position in every single poll.”

“The beautiful thing about the meeting is that they didn't really ask me to change the tone,” Trump said. “I think they really want to see victory, because ultimately it is about, we want to win and we want to win together.”

At a rally later Monday in Macon, Georgia, Trump told a nearly all-white audience of about 5,000 that the meeting was “inspiring” and “unbelievable.”

“It was a really terrific day,” he said.

But several pastors who met in New York with the billionaire real estate mogul, who has held a consistent lead in preference polls of GOP voters for several months due in large part to his aggressive style of campaigning, said the session was a bit more complicated.

Bishop George Bloomer, who traveled to the gathering from North Carolina, said he arrived in New York with concerns about “the racial comments that have been made and the insensitive comments that have been made,” including an incident earlier this month in which a black protester was roughed up by Trump supporters at a rally in Birmingham, Alabama.

Trump said after the incident, “Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”

“I asked him: ‘Are you a racist? People are saying that about you,'” Bloomer said. “If you are seeking the African-American more

Black Women Rape Accusers Are Assaulted Again During Daniel Holtzclaw Trial

Don't forget about #DanielHoltzclaw‘s trial. He's a former officer accused of raping 13 Black women on duty

— britni danielle (@BritniDWrites) November 30, 2015

For 10 years, Damario Solomon-Simmons has worked as a civil rights lawyer in Tulsa, Okla., most recently filing a federal lawsuit against Tulsa City Transit on charges of wrongful arrest and extortion.

His clients were arrested, extorted, and jailed by the city of Tulsa for reasons that still remain unclear, but he believes the problem has to do with the color of their skin: The five men and one woman are all Black.

He thought he'd seen everything until he and his friend and colleague National Bar Association President Benjamin Crump decided last week to visit the trial of former Tulsa police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who is being tried for sexually assaulting 13 Black women while on duty.

Charges include 36 counts of rape, sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy and stalking. He thought he'd picked easy targets: poor, Black women, who were in and out of the criminal justice system, and would lack credibility if they tried to pursue charges.

But that hasn't stopped the women from fighting for their rights, although most must suffer the indignity of being escorting into the courtroom by officers in shackles, jumpsuits and handcuffs, while their alleged attacker sits unchained in a suit, he said.

What Solomon-Simmons saw during the visit, he says, underscores the importance of seeing the Black Lives Matter protests spread across all aspects of life, including the legal system and corporate America.

“More than 50 years removed from the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Black people rank the same or worse in almost every social-economic category such as incarceration rates, health disparities, education achievement, employment opportunities, income and wealth inequality, housing segregation, and, of course, more

Man Who Allegedly Shot at Minneapolis Protesters Charged

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The latest in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police that has sparked more than a week of demonstrations (all times local):

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Prosecutors are filing charges against four men who were arrested last week after shots were fired at demonstrators protesting the killing of a black man by police.

Twenty-two-year-old Allen Lawrence Scarsella, of Lakeville, is charged with one count of riot while armed with a dangerous weapon and five counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

The criminal complaint says Scarsella fired the shots that left five protesters injured on Nov. 23.

Prosecutors plan to announce charges against three other men on Monday afternoon.

The shooting happened near a police precinct where dozens of protesters have been camped since the Nov. 15 fatal shooting of Jamar Clark.

Police say Clark was fatally shot after struggling with officers. But some people who said they saw the shooting allege the 24-year-old was handcuffed.


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One of five people who was shot and wounded last week outside a Minneapolis police station says he has no plans to stop demonstrating despite pleas from city leaders.

Eighteen-year-old Wesley Martin was among some two dozen people at the encampment Monday outside a north side precinct. Martin says the city can take back the street, but the protesters can have the sidewalk. He says he's staying.

The encampment began soon after 24-year-old Jamar Clark, who was black, died in a confrontation with police officers. Some community members have alleged he was handcuffed when he was shot, which police dispute, and have called for video to be released.

Mayor Betsy Hodges said Monday the protest should end. She said campfire smoke is hurting air quality and the blocking of a street impedes emergency vehicles and snowplows.

Seven portable fire pits were burning Monday, and several tents and awnings more

Chicago Man Charged In Execution-Style Shooting Of 9-Year-Old Tyshawn Lee

A Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in the suspected gang-related shooting of nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee, The New York Daily News reports.

The announcement was made on Twitter early Friday by Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. A press conference is expected to reveal more details behind Corey Morgan's charges.

Tyshawn was lured into an alleyway earlier this month and shot execution-style in the head and back, police said.

Chicago Police detectives have made an arrest in the unspeakable murder of 9 year old Tyshawn Lee. Press announcement later this morning.

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) November 27, 2015

Last week, Morgan, 27, was arrested on gun charges and considered a person of interest in the shooting.

From the NY Daily News:

Police first questioned Morgan two days after the fourth grader's Nov. 2 death, the Chicago Tribune reported, but he was released without charges. more

Colleges Grapple With Best Ways to Address Race Incidents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials were slow to handle racial incidents at the University of Missouri, and that contributed to protests, a student hunger strike, a threatened boycott by the football team and ultimately, the resignations of two administrators.

At the University of Oklahoma, damage over a racist chant that was caught on video was kept to a minimum when the school president acted quickly to expel the students and condemn the episode.

Swift action is high among the best practices that school leaders can use to help defuse campus tension, experts say.

“There's no such thing as having a perfect plan, but you have to continually be in the motion of creating a better campus climate,” said Jabar Shumate, Oklahoma's vice president for the university community.

Benjamin Reese, president of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, said administrators should not wait for students to demand a meeting. Instead, he said, they can invite students to strategic meetings and join students in protests if it's over an issue they agree with. Administrators should know what they are going to do before something happens and be willing to speak out immediately, Reese said.

For example, Harvard University President Drew Faust immediately condemned the taping over of portraits of black professors on a wall. “Such acts of hatred are inimical to our most fundamental values and represent an assault on the mutual respect essential to our purposes as a community of learning and inquiry,” Faust said a day after that happened.

“We all absolutely need to prepare and there's a lot of things that we can do,” said Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark, who joined students at her university at a recent protest.

College leaders cannot create perfect environments, Reese said, “but I better try as hard as I can to work toward that environment.” He more

Trumped: Donald Trump Cancels Press Conference With Black Pastors When Endorsements Don’t Happen

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has cancelled a press conference in which his campaign said he would be endorsed by as many as 100 black evangelical religious leaders. Many of those invited to the event say they had no intention of endorsing the billionaire businessman and former reality television star.

“It's a miscommunication,” said Darrell Scott, the senior pastor of New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, who has helped to arrange meetings between Trump and black pastors in recent months. Trump's campaign “thought it was going to be a press conference for an endorsement when it wasn't,” Scott said Sunday in an interview.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an email that Trump would still be holding a private meeting with the group on Monday before departing for a rally in Georgia. She did not respond to additional questions about the cancellation.

Trump has been courting the support of evangelical black clergy members as he works to broaden his appeal in a crowded Republican field. He has held several meetings with pastors from across the country in recent months.

His campaign issued a press release last week that read: “Mr. Trump will be joined by a coalition of 100 African-American evangelical pastors and religious leaders who will endorse the GOP front-runner after a private meeting at Trump Tower.”

Scott estimated that more than 100 preachers would nonetheless be meeting with Trump on Monday, despite criticism in an open letter in Ebony magazine from more than 100 black religious leaders. more

Rachel Dolezal States Obvious, Admits She Was Born A White Woman

The saga of Rachel Dolezal and her bizarre rationale behind posing as a Black woman has been puzzling to some observers. Earlier Monday, the former Spokane, Wash. NAACP president admitted that she was born white during a television interview but is still holding on the notion that she identifies as Black.

Dolezal was a guest on nationally-syndicated talk show The Real, bravely sitting in the hot seat as hosts Tamar Braxton-Herbert, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai all took turns asking pointed questions. Many of the questions focused on Dolezal's journey into presenting herself as Black despite her documented genetic roots.

But it was Dolezal's admittance that she was indeed born white that garnered a passionate standing ovation from audience members, many who looked to be women of color. This response didn't exactly deter Dolezal from her now-infamous stances regarding how she sees herself, however.

On the comments section of The Real's website, fans were split in how the episode was handled. Some applauded the frank nature of the hosts and their questions while others felt they were attacking Dolezal and not giving her an opportunity to explain herself.

In fairness, Dolezal didn't exactly stand firmly as one would expect considering her bold assertion, but there did appear to be some difficulty in she getting a word in at times.

A portion of the discussion on The Real featuring Rachel Dolezal can be seen in the clip below.

SOURCE: Gawker | VIDEO CREDIT: YouTube/The Real


“I Identify As Black:” Rachel Dolezal Breaks Her Silence On NBC's “Today Show”

Wait…Is Rachel Dolezal Really Pregnant, Or “Rachel Dolezal” Pregnant?

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Man Could Face New Charges in Kids’ Attempted Drowning Case After One Daughter Dies

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man accused of trying to drown his children could face new charges after one daughter died in a hospital.

The 3-year-old daughter of Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter died Wednesday, three days after her father tried to drown her and her sister in an apartment complex pond, police said. Authorities have not released the girl's name.

The child was entirely underwater when an off-duty sheriff's deputy pulled her from the pond Sunday night, authorities have said. She had been in critical condition at a hospital since then, said Durham Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

Lassiter is currently charged with three counts of attempted murder for trying to kill the girl, her sister and their 7-year-old brother. Lassiter's 5-year-old daughter, who was floating in the pond crying when rescued, has been released from the hospital, police said. The 7-year-old boy got away from Lassiter and ran for help, they said.

Lassiter is jailed on a bond of $2 million and is awaiting a court hearing next month. No new charges had been filed against him as of late Wednesday.

On Sunday night, Lassiter flagged down passers-by at the Audubon Lake apartments and told them he thought his son had been kidnapped and needed help finding him, apartment complex manager Sylvia Scott said Tuesday.

It wasn't until later that Lassiter told Scott and a 911 operator that he'd thrown his 3- and 5-year-old daughters in the pond, Scott said. The girls were pulled from about 5 feet of water by Durham County Sheriff's Deputy David Earp, who lives nearby.

Lassiter, 29, lived in Raleigh and apparently wound up at the apartment complex randomly, according to Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez.

Court records show Lassiter and his wife had a rocky start to their marriage six years ago.

Ashley Ivey sought a domestic violence protection order and more

Home heating aid for seniors this winter

Seniors Save offers funding and contractor services for installing energy-efficient heating systems and related improvements in homes of Bostonians age 60 and over. To be eligible for the program, seniors must live in an owner-occupied, 1-4 family home or condo and earn up to 80 percent of the Area Median Income. Applications are due October 31. more