Archive for the ‘racism’ category

Dallas Cop Who Kept NFL’s Ryan Moats From Dying Kin RESIGNS

April 3, 2009

After issuing a public apology last week, Robert Powell has resigned from his position with the Dallas Police Department. The announcement was made just before noon on Wednesday.

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Dallas police: Officer drew gun during traffic stop of NFL player

March 26, 2009

The Dallas Police Department confirmed Thursday that an officer drew a gun on NFL running back Ryan Moats and his wife after he stopped them to give them a ticket even as they begged to hurry to the bedside of their dying mother.

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Highway robbery? Texas police seize black motorists’ cash

March 11, 2009

If you’re black, you might want to think twice before driving through the small town of Tenaha, Texas, where local police allegedly seize cash and other property from African Americans without ever charging them with any crime.

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House poised to apologize for slavery, Jim Crow

July 29, 2008

DeaconDavid’s comment: As the world continues to change, I applaud this step in the right direction. We know this will not right all of the wrongs that have taken place, but it is positive movement.

The House of Representatives was poised Tuesday to pass a resolution apologizing to African-Americans for slavery and the era of Jim Crow.

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Ex-cop may be charged in case of man Tasered to death

July 23, 2008
Baron "Scooter" Pikes

Baron "Scooter" Pikes

DeaconDavid’s comment: The medical examiners ruled this death a homicide. What do you think should happen to the police office who did this? Please leave your comments.

A police officer shocked a handcuffed Baron “Scooter” Pikes nine times with a Taser after arresting him on a cocaine charge. He stopped twitching after seven, according to a report. Soon afterward, Pikes was dead. Now the officer, since fired, could end up facing criminal charges in Pikes’ January death after medical examiners ruled it a homicide.

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Don Imus says it was ‘sarcastic point’ not racist remark

June 24, 2008

My comment:  I know Don Imus is taking a lot of heat about this, but I can actually see his point on this one.  We know that African-American men don’t always get fair treatment by the men in blue, so I can understand him saying sarcastically that Pacman is getting arrested because the police have a bias against him already.

Don Imus, responding to criticism about racial remarks on his radio program, said on the air Tuesday he was trying to “make a sarcastic point” about unfair treatment of blacks in the criminal justice system but had been misunderstood.

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Racism Is Still Alive In America

June 22, 2008

Here’s a news flash for you.  Racism is still alive in America.  I happened to see this article, CLICK HERE, on MSNBC today that was originally written for the Washington Post which says that 3 in 10 Americans admit to a racial bias.  Here we are in the middle of 2008, on the verge of having the first ever African-American President of the United States, and we still are fighting racism in this country.  I am a 43 year old African-American man who has been blessed to be raised by God fearing parents and able to stay clear of drugs, gangs, and jail.  I was able to go to St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, IL, and then go on to graduate with a BS in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and I still see racism.  I’ve seen it in the made up excuses for not getting the deserved promotion in corporate america.  I’ve seen it in cab drivers on Michigan Avenue who have passed me to get to the white lady a few feet past me.  I’ve seen it in the police officers who hassled me and my buddies late one night on the lakefront while letting the couples walk freely.  It may not be the slap you in the face kind of racism that we used to see in the country back in the 60’s, but it is still there.

I realize that things are not as bad as they used to be and great strides have been taken to improve race relations, but I’m not sure how you erase the years of bigoted teaching that has been passed down from generation to generation over the years.  No one is born a racist, it is learned from others.  Watch little kids at play; they don’t care what color you are they just want to play, have fun, and work together.  We could learn some things from our children.  As the infamous Rodney King once said, “Can’t we all just get along?”