Tag Archives: Racial Profiling

Something to think about when the sight of two Black guys sitting in Starbucks makes you call the police

Unless you really dislike Black people, the video shared by author Melissa DePino of two African descendants being arrested by Philadelphia police officers for simply sitting in a Starbucks in advance of a business meeting should be uncomfortable to watch. … Continue reading

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YOU IGNORE THAT SANDRA BLAND DIED OVER A CIGARETTE

A few years ago, I shared a Reuters story about a restaurant owner in Turkey who was shot dead after he tried to stop customers from smoking in his establishment. Some Americans laughed at the killing, as if to say … Continue reading

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PRINCE – BALTIMORE

“It’s time to hear the guitar play.” As promised by Prince, also known in my world as His Royal Badazz-ness, he released his city-titled tribute to the people of Baltimore as well as the people of African descent who have … Continue reading

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IN 20 TWEETS, BALTIMORE ORIOLES’ EXEC SCHOOLS JOURNALIST ON WHAT THE FREDDIE GRAY PROTESTS ARE REALLY ABOUT

First, Freddie Gray dies while in the Baltimore police department’s custody, followed by protests which turned sufficiently chaotic where fans attending a Baltimore Orioles game earlier this week were not permitted to leave Camden Yards. Then, sportscaster Brett Hollander began … Continue reading

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CITY OF FERGUSON DESERVES MAFIA TREATMENT

Over 90 years ago in young America, gangs began to squeeze money out of communities using a mixture of business savvy, intimidation and terrifying brute force. You likely know most of these gangs by another name—the Mafia. There seemed to … Continue reading

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DISRESPECTING THEIR OWN TO SHOW DISRESPECT IS HATRED

It happened again. NYPD officers—during the funeral of slain cop Rafael Ramos turned their backs on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio when he addressed parishioners. The same cops who want anti-police protesters to mute the demonstrations out of respect and mourning … Continue reading

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WE ALL HAVE AN ARM AROUND OUR NECKS LIKE ERIC GARNER

  “Every time you see me you want to mess with me! I’m tired of it; it stops today.” That was one of the last sentences spoken by Eric Garner before New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo choked the … Continue reading

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AFTER FERGUSON: WHY THERE WILL BE MORE BLOOD

On the Ferguson Grand Jury decision to not indict Michael Brown’s killer, Officer Darren Wilson… My pen has been silent up to now. I’ve been sharing my thoughts online since Brown’s death, so I’m not sure what’s new to add here. I’m … Continue reading

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WHAT THE US SHOULD REALLY INVESTIGATE IN FERGUSON

  The strong possibility that the US Justice Department will not pursue civil rights violation charges against Officer Darryl Wilson for shooting Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri may not bode well for the simmering temperaments in the area, but I … Continue reading

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NYPD COPS ENFORCE PARK SLOPE SEGREGATION

“Get out of the neighborhood” is what New York City Police Department officers told a group of Black teens over a patrol car loudspeaker in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, and called this human rights violation a crime fighting … Continue reading

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