Quick Search

Active Bloggers

Sofía Montiel Sofía Montiel
Other College... class of 2017
HBCU CONNECT HBCU CONNECT
Central State University class of 1995
Reginald Culpepper Reginald Culpepper
Clark Atlanta University class of 1998
Bethsave Lozano Bethsave Lozano
- College Not Listed - class of 2020
Anica Oaks Anica Oaks
class of 2012
Elynor Moss Elynor Moss
North Carolina Central University class of 2003
Brooke Chaplan Brooke Chaplan
class of 2015
Min Sammy Jackson Min Sammy Jackson
class of

COUNTDOWN TO THE YEAR 2014: WILL WE SEE MORE TRAYVON-STYLED DEATHS, MORE RACIAL PROFILING, MORE INJUSTICE?

COUNTDOWN TO THE YEAR 2014: WILL WE SEE MORE TRAYVON-STYLED DEATHS, MORE RACIAL PROFILING, MORE INJUSTICE?
Posted By: Siebra Muhammad on December 28, 2013

CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) - The year 2013 saw George Zimmerman tried for the **** of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin and the case kept the country riveted. However, when Mr. Zimmerman was found not guilty, a wave of grief and anger swept over Black America. That verdict, along with other **** killings caused many to believe that it was “open season” on Black people.

A morbid and troubling list of those who had lives cut short under suspicious circumstances, at the hands of police or apparent self-appointed vigilantes marked 2013. Some of the names on the unfortunate list includes:

January 2013 athlete Kendrick Johnson was found in his Georgia high school ****, wrapped up in a wrestling mat. Later it was discovered that his organs were missing after his body was exhumed as his family sought the truth about his death.

September 2013 unarmed former Florida A& M football player Johnathan Ferrell was shot and **** by a police officer, while apparently seeking assistance after being involved in a car accident.

October 2013 34-year-old unarmed Connecticut mother Miriam Carey was shot to death at the U.S. Capitol by police.

November 2013 unarmed 19-year old Renisha McBride was **** in Detroit, shot by a man after she also sought assistance following a car accident. Because of the manner in which she was gunned down, a closed casket funeral was held.

“With the election of President Obama, our first African American president, we’re supposed to be reaching a post-racial society but in many ways it seems like civil rights issues and cases have gotten much more difficult,” said Atty. Benjamin Crump, who represented the family of Trayvon Martin and now represents the family of Kendrick Johnson and other males **** or hurt under questionable circumstances.

“This begs the question what is the value of Black life?” Atty. Crump told The Final Call.

He’s received calls for help from families whose loved ones were **** in unbelievable incidents. The calls have doubled since Trayvon Martin’s case, he said. But, many of the deaths never make the news because establishment media doesn’t report when Black and Brown children are ****, Atty. Crump said.

“It’s not front page news. It’s almost a cliché. We have to fight to give value to our children’s lives,” Atty. Crump said.

Statistical data shows if Whites **** Blacks, the killings are found to be justified 66 percent of the time. But when Blacks **** Whites the conviction rate rises to 97 percent.

“If you **** a White person and you’re Black you’re going to jail, but if you **** a Black person, maybe, maybe not,” Atty. Crump said.

In cases like Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride and Jordan Davis, who was fatally shot after a White man fired into a truck of Black males after a confrontation over music. The killers put themselves in harm’s way then claimed self-defense under Stand Your Ground laws, said the lawyer.

Stand Your Ground allows citizens who feel threatened to use deadly force, but these situations did not occur in that context, argue many advocates and activists.

“On Trayvon, George Zimmerman never had to get out of the car. On Renisha McBride, the **** never had to open the door. And then on Jordan Davis, if the kids were playing loud music, he could just drive away! He didn’t have to say anything to them as to why they were parked in the parking lot,” Atty. Crump said.

A system of **** tied to racial oppression

“The **** is built into the system itself,” explained Dr. Neely Fuller, Jr., a Black psychologist and author of a textbook on racism and White supremacy. People classified as non-White are considered targets of “Whites” for fun, glory and material gain, and the activity is institutionalized, explained Dr. Fuller.

It plays out in all areas of life, including economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war, Dr. Fuller added.

Atty. Crump believes people have to stand up and not remain silent, in particular when it comes to Black youngsters getting shot in the back by police and civilians. “They (the public) just sit there like it’s not my concern. Well if they keep saying that, it’s going to be their concern when it’s their child,” he warned.

“The discussion for years and rightfully so has been the criminalization of Black men but what we really have is the criminalization of Black and Brown bodies now that are particularly younger, that are Latino ethnically and are women,” commented Rosa Clemente, hip hop activist and historian. “We have to see it in a larger context in terms of they’re just attacking us no matter what. Your gender doesn’t save you. Your Latino-ness doesn’t save you,” Ms. Clemente said.

White fears of losing control

Tim Wise, anti-racism activist and author, attributes White hatred to Whites feeling a loss of control—whether it’s a Black president, demographic and cultural changes in America, or the bad economy. White levels of anxiety, fear, and concern about the dreaded “other,” whoever that is, become intensified, the Caucasian activist told The Final Call.

White anxiety is likely to rise as America’s demographics continue to shift and White reactionaries realize the increasing difficulty of White votes to win national elections, he added. “It’s not going to dissipate any time soon. It’s probably only going to intensify,” Mr. Wise said.

Carl Dix, of the Revolutionary Communist Party and co-founder of the October 22nd Coalition, believes America’s outsourcing of manufacturing is part of the backdrop for a slow **** against Blacks and Latinos.

Part of the **** stems from the system’s fear of people’s responses to not having a legitimate way to raise their families or survive, Mr. Dix said.


In the 1960s and 1970s, such disparity and uncertainty helped usher in an era of protests, civil disobedience and calls for revolution.

“They are moving to stop that from happening this time with the conscious policy of criminalization, policification, prisons, laws designed to target Black and Latino youth disproportionately and warehouse them in prison,” Mr. Dix said.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan launched an important weekly 2013 lecture series titled, “The Time and What Must Be Done” conveying clear truths and delivering the sound doctrinal teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad.



His weekly messages explored a broad range of topics such as genetics, race relations, history, and foreign policy.

But his clear message and warning: It is time to separate from White America. The Minister discussed control still exerted over Blacks in America and worldwide. In Black neighborhoods in the United States and Black nations globally, a type of control and colonization still exists, he noted. “We live in an appropriated area, under the control of the Whites—through Black preachers, politicians and business people that White people control,” Min. Farrakhan observed in parts 48 and 49 of the weekly series that airs Saturday nights at NOI.org/thetime.

“Black peoples’ condition in Africa, the Caribbean and Central America is nothing more than a colony of Blacks subjected to the whim or will of outside forces. So, you are separate, but very, very unequal … So now, your desire is to integrate into the major colonial power—not completely separate from them?” he asked in a message broadcast Dec. 14.

“So as it teaches in the 16th Chapter of the Book of Ezekiel, verses 1-6, you are still like ‘a baby’ cast out in the open field, with no one to cut the umbilical cord, so you are not washed and cleaned and you are absolutely not clothed or covered. But, you are polluted in the blood, or life, directed by a colonial, or ****, mentality. It is a worldwide colonization of the darker people of our planet,” he said.

“That is why the message of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is so vital, so necessary, for the darker people, the aboriginal people of the world, to wake them up to make them see that they have been neo-colonized.”

Gun deaths, media and images of slavery


In addition to the **** of police officers and those outside of the community, there was a tragic level of Black on Black ****. The January death of Chicago teen Hadiyah Pendelton was a poignant example of the how fragile Black life is in Black neighborhoods. Weeks after performing at the inauguration of President Obama, she died when a **** fired into a crowd on a playground not far from the president’s home in Chicago.
The proliferation of guns in America in general, and illegal weapons flowing throughout neighborhoods dominated by Black and Brown people in particular, is the problem, according to Ronald M. Holt, commander of the Special Activities Section of the Chicago Police Department.

“There has to be a more conscious effort put on how to deal with stemming the flow of illegal firearms getting into the hands of **** individuals and mentally unstable individuals,” he said.

Mr. Holt’s knows firsthand the effects of gun ****. His son, 16-year-old Percy L. Julian High School honor student son Blair Holt was a tragic **** of gun **** in 2007. Blair was shot and **** when a 16-year-old reputed gang member shot wildly into a crowded bus. Blair was not the intended target, and in 2009, his **** received a sentence of 100 years in prison.

The United States is “out of control” with the use of firearms and George Zimmerman, and many like him with guns, are “high powered cowards,” said Ron Holt. Having a weapon gives them a false sense of security and bravado, a brazen attitude and a sense of power, he added.

“Not everyone deserves or should have the privilege of having a firearm in their possession,” said Mr. Holt. “Stand your ground laws should be abolished in every state of the union.”

The Zimmerman trial “was inexcusable, unacceptable and the entire judicial process was tragically, socially and racially imbalanced and flawed to the (highest) degree,” said Mr. Holt.

There is also a tie between mental health and public safety, Mr. Holt noted. “People will begin to see the human loss, which is the overarching impact, but you see the financial strain and financial loss that goes into it when people are not getting treatment for their mental issues,” said Mr. Holt.

Dr. Frances Cress Welsing agrees mental health issues are significant within Black communities. Add to that rampant unemployment, Black men being effeminized, **** and the fact that many leaders are either too afraid or being prevented from speaking about the issue of racism. Without immediate and direct action, the problems in the Black community will continue.

“It doesn’t matter if it is a Black person or a White person, anybody who refuses to talk about racism and White supremacy hates Black people,” said the Washington, D.C.-based psychologist.

“Racism is a spear in the heart of Black people. It is **** us, and we are being prevented from talking about it,” she said.

In Hollywood, movies such as “Django,” “The Butler,” and “12 Years A ****,” brought moviegoers face to face with the **** of slavery and the experience of Blacks in America.

Those films displayed the complexities of America’s racial issues and the **** suffered by Blacks in greater detail than any movies in recent memory. “Fruitvale Station,” chronicling the tragic death of Oscar Grant III, stood out in its depiction of the legal injustices faced by Blacks in America almost daily.

The wildly popular television series “****” has been a source of lengthy discussions. Some see the fictional character Olivia **** as the epitome of Black female empowerment, while others, such as Dr. Cress Welsing view it as another media driven **** on the fragile collective Black psyche.

“We don’t have any clue as to how media is being used,” said Dr. Cress Welsing, noted author of “The **** Papers.”

“Media manipulates minds. If you understand what is going on, you are less influenced because you are able to interpret and put things in place,” she said.

Dr. Cress Welsing says many Blacks are viewing movies and TV shows out of context and as a result, the movies or programing can be misinterpreted and people remain confused. On the surface, it could be perceived as a good thing that movies are being made about aspects of Black history, but slavery has not ended, she noted.

“Slavery was just one phase of the system of racism (White supremacy). The system is continuous up to the present,” said Dr. Cress Welsing. “As long as people can mistreat you and you can’t do anything about it, you are a ****,” she added.

“We are in a system of racism. If we don’t understand it, we don’t know how to measure these products that come forth,” said Dr. Cress Welsing. “White people, they have to understand—consciously or subconsciously—what they are doing because the system is for their genetic survival as a White minority on the planet.”
If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!
Comments
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
ROBINSON IRMA
UC, Davis class of 1992
SADLY MY BEAUTIFUL ALMOT PERFECT DAUGHTER THE ANSWER IS NOT ONLY YES BUT MOSTLY MORE OF THEM...WITH PROGRAMS ON OUF LARGEST CALSS ROOM...TV...THE BIBLE VIA DUCK DYNESTY ALONG WITH THIS DISTERBING NEWS OUT OF THE STATE OR OR....

THE COUNTY OF JOSHAPINE IN OR. SAYS BECAUSE IT HAS NO LONEY IN THEIR BUDGET, THEY HAVE REPLACED THEIR POLICE FORCE WITH 'ARMED VOLUNTEERS' AND THEY HAVE ALREAD POLICE FORCE Y OFFERED A DISCLAIMER ON HOW THEY DO EXPECT POSSIBLE 'OUT OF CONTROL BEHAVIORS' OF THIS VOLUNTEER AS A RESULT OF THEM BEING 'ARMED'(NUP/ SMILE)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
ROBINSON IRMA
UC, Davis class of 1992
OOPS. THE STATE OF OR.IS A DOMINATE LIBERAL STATE TO BOOT.(SMILE)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
More From This Author
NOTICE TO ALL SITE MEMBERS RE: TRUMP HAVING A STROKE
SUPPORTERS PACK CATHOLIC CHURCH TO HEAR FARRAKHAN SPEAK ON FACEBOOK BAN
HILARY CLINTON EMAILS LINKED TO SEX TRAFFICKING RING
FARRAKHAN SPEAKS LIVE!! JOIN US FOR OUR 21ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE MILLION MAN MARCH TO BE HELD IN ATLANTA, GA!!!
ISAIAH WASHINGTON CONTINUES TO SHUCK AND JIVE AND CLAIMS HE'S "NOT BLACK"
NICK CANNON ADDRESSES "KNOCKOUT" GAME AND OPENS UP ABOUT PAST LIFE AS A GANG MEMBER
Latest Blogs
All power to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

All power to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

Can’t speak for all alumni of HBCUs, but from where I sit after a loooonnnggggg while, it looks like we made significant headway in terms of notoriety and respectability. We got the eyes now. Not ...more
Sofía Montiel • 63 Views • January 27th, 2023
Creating Bowl\Post-Season opportunities for HBCUs and why we should do it

Creating Bowl\Post-Season opportunities for HBCUs and why we should do it

College football season is over as conference championships and post-season opportunities have all been decided. When you look over the season, HBCU football teams were in the news and a part of every ...more
Sofía Montiel • 76 Views • January 27th, 2023
Norfolk State Spartan Legion Marching Band voted HBCU Sports Band of the Year

Norfolk State Spartan Legion Marching Band voted HBCU Sports Band of the Year

NORFOLK, Va. — The Norfolk State University Spartan Legion Marching Band has been voted the 2022 HBCU Sports Band of the Year. In a week long poll, the Spartan Legion gained over 44 percent of the ...more
Sofía Montiel • 249 Views • January 25th, 2023
Birmingham-Southern president reaches out to HBCU peers while pursuing $37.5 million to save school

Birmingham-Southern president reaches out to HBCU peers while pursuing $37.5 million to save school

Topple the wall. Figuratively. Literally, too. As they did in Berlin just over 33 years ago. The Peaceful Revolution is what they called it when the Berlin wall (literally) separating East Berlin/E ...more
Sofía Montiel • 164 Views • January 25th, 2023
Talladega College's History

Talladega College's History

The history of Talladega College began on November 20, 1865, when two former slaves, William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met at the convention with a group of freedmen in Mobile. Fro ...more
Sofía Montiel • 63 Views • January 24th, 2023
Popular Blogs
Divorce in America in 2009 – What’s love got to do, got to do with it?

Divorce in America in 2009 – What’s love got to do, got to do with it?

Join Brother Marcus and the cast and the crew of the Brother Marcus Show live this Sunday evening on February 1, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m. for another hot topic in our community! “Divorce in America in 2009 ...more
Brother Marcus! • 70,557,885 Views • January 27th, 2009
VISINE ALERT!!!

VISINE ALERT!!!

Seemingly innocent medication such as Visine eyedrops are used by people to concoct a mixture with similar effects as a date-rape drug. When mixed with alcohol and taken orally, the eyedrops can l ...more
Siebra Muhammad • 92,664 Views • May 23rd, 2009
THE MOST FAMOUS WORDS IN NASCAR RACING IS NOW

THE MOST FAMOUS WORDS IN NASCAR RACING IS NOW "GOTCHA" THIEF !

IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS FOLKS: Some of our Republican senators and congressman..are Swearing & Wearing White Sheets Also ..NASCAR was given 70million dollars in tax breaks ..in the New Fiscal Cliff Deal ...more
David Right • 46,944 Views • December 28th, 2012

"Chain Hang Low" check out the real meaning of the Lyrics!

Recently there is a new artist out of Saint Louis that goes by the name JIBBS. Jibbs debut single "Chain hang low" has a history that most people are not aware of. The particular nursery rhyme that th ...more
Tyhesha Judge-Fogle • 35,983 Views • November 9th, 2006
Disney Princess Movie a

Disney Princess Movie a "Slap in the face" to African American Men...

Ok... So I guess this is what we get when Disney finally makes a movie with a black princess. A young black girl who falls in love with a prince that is is apparently from India (not African American ...more
Will Moss • 31,271 Views • January 2nd, 2010
Please Give Us a Like on Facebook!