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Confederate Statue 'Silent Sam' Could Return to UNC Chapel Hill

Confederate Statue 'Silent Sam' Could Return to UNC Chapel Hill The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is hell-bent on having a Confederate statue on campus. Unfortunately for them, 26-year-old graduate student Maya Little is equally as committed to stopping them. As such, according to NPR, she was arrested, charged with inciting a riot and assaulting a police officer after spearheading a rally against this racist ass monument on Monday night. Her protest was in response to the university’s recommendation that a statue of Confederate soldier “Silent Sam”—the same “Silent Sam” that got his wig split and his edges snatched in August—make its unceremonious return to campus. In a tweet unofficially titled, “Dear UNC Chapel Hill, I’m With The Shits,” Little let ‘em know what time it is: “Today I was charged with two bs misdemeanors including ‘inciting a riot’ and trespassing from a major area of the campus I work and study on,” she wrote. “UNC and its police are continuing to s…

Dallas mother pushes to get school staffer fired after she called her black son a monkey

Dallas, Texas mother is lobbying elementary school officials to fire a staffer who called her son a monkey, then failed to apologize when she told her it wasn’t OK, reports CBS11. Brittany Miner says her son was playing normally, jumping around and running, when the staffer came up to them. “As she approached us and got closer she was like ‘oh he’s running around, he’s like a little monkey,” Miner says. When she told the staffer that her comments were wrong, she followed up with, “Oh look at his little face,” Miner said. Miner told CBSDFW.COM she wouldn’t have pushed to get the staffer fired after the initial comment. But the follow up statement about her son’s face showed she did not know how to speak to people of color respectfully. “That lets me know that she doesn’t have any regard to what she was saying to people of color,” Miner said. Watch:

Philadelphia Cop who killed unarmed man will not be charged with his murder

Philadelphia Cop who killed unarmed man will not be charged with his murder
The Philadelphia cop who shot and killed a 34-year-old man in August will not be charged, CBS reports. That man was Jeffrey Dennis, who is survived by his fiancée and three minor children. Investigators say plain-clothes officers from the Northeast Narcotics Field Unit had been tracking Dennis throughout a Philly neighborhood when they boxed him in and approached his car to serve a warrant. One officer was then allegedly struck with the car in the knee and hip, while another officer subsequently fired three rounds into the car, killing Dennis. Only one officer sustained injuries, but all are expected to be fine. —Surviving R. Kelly screening shut down amid bomb and gun threats– Officer Richard Nicoletti gunned down Dennis on Aug. 20. The officers were reportedly executing a search warrant at Dennis’ home for suspected narcotics violations. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday that Nicole…

Study finds police officers arrested 1,100 times per year, or 3 per day, nationwide

Study finds police officers arrested 1,100 times per year, or 3 per day, nationwide
Such sporadic news accounts of police officers being arrested led one group of researchers to a question: How much crime do police officers commit?  No one was keeping track, much as no one was tracking how often police officers shoot and kill civilians, although both may involve use of police power and abuse of public trust.

Now there is an answer: Police officers are arrested about 1,100 times a year, or roughly three officers charged every day, according to a new national study. The most common crimes were simple assault, drunken driving and aggravated assault, and significant numbers of sex crimes were also found. About 72 percent of officers charged in cases with known outcomes are convicted, more than 40 percent of the crimes are committed on duty, and nearly 95 percent of the officers charged are men.

The study is thought to be the first-ever nationwide look at police crime, and was conducted by…

The new Freedom Football League has a team in Oakland named after the Black Panthers

The new Freedom Football League has a team in Oakland named after the Black Panthers
Another professional football league -- the Freedom Football League -- has been created by former NFL players, including Ricky Williams, Terrell Owens and Simeon Rice, with the intention of "reimagining, rethinking, reinventing and reforming" the game, it was announced Thursday. Williams, appearing on ESPN's Outside the Lines on Thursday, said there are 50 former players among the approximately 100 stakeholders. Other early founders include former NFL players Byron Chamberlain, Jeff Garcia and Dexter Jackson. "The purpose of this league ... is about community and the development of players," Williams told OTL. "... In thinking about creating this league, I wanted to create a league that I could have stayed in and been comfortable and really thrived. "The NFL started a long time ago, and since then a lot of things have changed. And we want to create a league that's…


Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Coogler In The Running For Time’s 2018 ‘Person Of The Year’

TURLOCK (CBS13) – Time readers are voting online for the magazine’s 20-18 “Person of the Year” recognition. Michelle Obama, with her recent book release “Becoming” is among the front-runners. But former 49ers quarterback and Turlock native Colin Kaepernick is in also getting lots of votes. The 31-year-old hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2016 season, but he has kept a high profile – most recently with a Nike ad that kept the conversation going about the national anthem protests Kaepernick started. Ryan Coogler, a Sacramento State grad, is also in the running for the magazine’s “Person of the Year” recognition. Coogler directed the hit movie “Black Panther.” Others in the running include Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Meghan Markle, Robert Mueller, “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu and Serena Williams. Voting ends Thursday and the cover will be revealed on Dec. 11. Cast your vote on the Time Magazine website: htt…

What led Chicago to shutter dozens of majority-black schools? Racism

What led Chicago to shutter dozens of majority-black schools? Racism After Rahm Emanuel announced a wave of school closures in 2013, Chicagoans took to the streets in protest. But before we can understand whether the closings are racist, we must understand what racism is Failing schools. Underprivileged schools. Just plain badschools. The fodder of tsk-tsk, it’ssosad, and that’swhywesendourkidstoprivateschool and we’resolucky. They’re the stuff of legend, material for inspirational movies and shocking prime-time news exposés. In Chicago they were once famously called the worst in the nation by William Bennett, secretary of education under then president Ronald Reagan. More recently, Illinois governor Bruce Rauner called them “inadequate”, “woeful”, “just tragic” and “basically almost crumbling prisons”. Chicago’s public schools have been positioned in the nation’s imagination as, at best, charity cases deserving our sympathy; at worst they are a malignant force to be ignored if you can o…


'That's what's wrong with black people'. Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder explains how racism is this day!

Chicago officer caught on video roughing up teen, but 16-year-old says abuse was unwarranted

A Chicago police officer caught on cellphone video repeatedly striking a teen with handcuffs is now being investigated by the city’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability. According to The Chicago Sun Times, during Thanksgiving weekend, officers tried to detain a teen boy as he peacefully waited for a train at a South Loop commuter train station, because they believed he matched the description of a robbery subject.

Yes, Jury Selection Is as Racist as You Think. Now We Have Proof.

Yes, Jury Selection Is as Racist as You Think. Now We Have Proof.
Race, as a matter of constitutional principle, cannot factor into the selection of jurors for criminal trials. But in the American justice system, anyone with a bit of common sense and a view from the back of the courtroom knows the colorblind ideal isn’t true in practice. Racial bias largely seeps in through what’s called “peremptory” challenges: the ability of a prosecutor — and then a defense attorney — to block a certain number of potential jurors without needing to give the court any reason for the exclusion. The number of challenges allowed varies by state, but commonly 15 or more are permitted. Folk wisdom, among those familiar with the song and dance, is that prosecutors use these challenges to remove nonwhite jurors, who are statistically more likely to acquit, while defense attorneys — who can step in only after the pool has been narrowed by prosecutors — typically counteract by removing more white jurors. For…

Baltimore Cops Kept Toy Guns to Plant Just in Case They Shot an Unarmed Person

Baltimore Cops Kept Toy Guns to Plant Just in Case They Shot an Unarmed Person In April 2016, a 13-year-old boy was shot by officers of the Baltimore Police Department. The boy ran when faced with the police, so they gave chase. During the chase, the police spotted the boy holding a gun, and when he turned, they shot the teenager. The youngster wasn’t critically injured, and it seemed like an open-and-shut case of a justifiable use of force. Now people are wondering. The Baltimore Police Department is currently in court over one of the biggest scandals in the history of American law enforcement. The corruption case is replete with intrigue as police reveal secrets that sound like something out of an urban-fiction novel or a lost season of TheWire. It has revealed how one of America’s largest cities just happened to be filled with crooked cops, but no one seems to be talking about it outside of Baltimore. According to the Baltimore Sun, it started when a 19-year-old woman from New Jersey…