The #Economist Apologizes for Book Review Saying Slavery Wasn’t All Bad

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Economist Apologizes for Book Review Saying Slavery Wasn’t All Bad (Photo Credit: Attribution Unknown)

The Economist is under fire after it published a review of Edward Baptist’s book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Makinng of American Capitalism,” on Thursday, claiming the book unfairly portrayed slave owners. Wow, I don’t think the slaves were lazing around on plantations like they were on vacation at a Sandals resort in the Caribbean. Give me a break….unfair portrayal of slave owners?

The line that irked many:  “Almost all the blacks in his book are victims, almost all the whites are villains. This is not history; it’s advocacy.” Um, the last time I checked, the word “slave” doesn’t mean privileged.

The Economist issued an apology Friday morning.:”There has been widespread criticism of this, and rightly so. Slavery was an evil system, in which the great majority of victims were blacks, and the great majority of whites involved in slavery were willing participants and beneficiaries of that evil.”

The outrage against The Economist sparked the hashtag “#economistbookreviews.” One person tweeted: “Had Ms Stowe properly described the abode as ‘Uncle Tom’s Mansion,’ so much civil disruption might have been avoided.”

Too bad we don’t know the name of the genius who wrote the article, since like many articles in The Economist, it was unsigned.

Here are some of the tweets slamming The Economist:

Henry Lee McCollum & Leon Brown Convicted in 1983 NC Murder, Freed After DNA Tests

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Henry Lee McCollum [pictured] & Leon Brown Convicted in 1983 NC Murder, Freed After DNA Tests (Photo Credit: NC Prison)

If you think justice is blind, think again. Henry Lee McCollum, 50, and Leon Brown, 46, who spent 30 years on death row for a 1983 murder in North Carolina, were ordered freed by a Robeson County court, after DNA evidence implicated Roscoe Artis, a sexual predator with a history of rape and murder. Superior court judge Douglas B. Sasser vacated their convictions and ordered their release.

The half-brothers, who are mentally-disabled, were convicted of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in rural North Carolina in 1983. The exoneration of the brothers shows how the system treats black men, who can be imprisoned for crimes they did not commit, simply on the basis of false or coerced confessions. Thank God DNA testing is available.

Mr. McCollum was 19, and Mr. Brown was 15, when they were picked up by police in Red Springs, a small town in the southern part of the state, on the night of Sept. 28, 1983. Earlier, the body of Sabrina Buie, who had been raped and suffocated with her underwear, had been discovered in a soybean field.

No physical evidence tied the youths, both African-American, as was the victim, to the crime, but someone had apparently cast suspicion on Mr. McCollum. After five hours of questioning with no lawyer present and with his mother weeping in the hallway, not allowed to see him, Mr. McCollum told a story of how he and three other youths attacked and killed the girl.

“I had never been under this much pressure, with a person hollering at me and threatening me,” Mr. McCollum said in a recent videotaped interview with The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. “I just made up a story and gave it to them so they would let me go home.”

After he signed a statement written out in longhand by investigators, he asked, “Can I go home now?” according to an account by his defense lawyers.

Before the night was done, Mr. Brown, told that his half-brother Henry had confessed and facing similar threats that he could be executed if he did not cooperate, also signed a confession. Both of them subsequently recanted at trial, saying their confessions had been coerced. Oddly, the other two men mentioned in Mr. McCollum’s confession were never prosecuted. Source: NY Times

What’s equally shameful is that as recent as 2010, the NY Times reports, Henry Lee McCollum’s booking photograph was used on campaign flyers by the North Carolina Republican Party to accuse a Democrat of being soft on crime, according to the News & Observer. How many more people are sitting on death row, thanks to unscrupulous and dishonest cops and prosecutors? The state of North Carolina should compensate these two men for the 30 years of their lives they lost.

Watch Henry Lee McCollum jailhouse interview:

Sweet Briar College Student Confesses to ‘White Only’ and ‘Colored’ Signs

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Sweet Briar College Student Confesses to ‘White Only’ and ‘Colored’ Signs

A student at Sweet Briar College confessed to placing “White Only” and “Colored Only” labels on students doors and on a water cooler on the fourth floor of Meta Glass Hall.

The school’s interim president James Jones Jr. issued a statement on the school’s website:

Sometime between 8 and 10:30 this morning, four labels, made with a label-maker, were affixed to doors and the water cooler on the fourth floor of Meta Glass. As difficult as this is to believe, two of the labels read “White Only,” and two “Colored.” For someone who grew up in the deeply segregated South, those words recall to me a world of racial discrimination, disregard for human dignity, and institutionalized prejudice.

Here’s an excerpt of the email from the student sent to James Jones Jr.:

“While posting these extremely hurtful labels, I had one thing in mind. My mission was to show others that words can still have an extreme impact, and the past still resonates with us all. While moving forward, we can never really shake the past. The past is a part of us and we are a part of the past. While they did not necessarily know this before, we are all equal and nobody deserves to be treated unfairly. I was trying to make a point, but the point ended up “making me”…now everyone has ideas on what type of person that I am. I am none of these things….I am myself, I am caring and kind. I am the last person who would ever intentionally hurt someone else, but most of all, I am sorry!”


Parolee Claude D. Wyman Yells “White Power” and Tries to Stab Black Man

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Parolee Claude D. Wyman Yells “White Power” and Tries to Stab Black Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Parolee Claude D. Wyman yelled “white power” and brandished a knife, “making several stabbing motions,” at a black man standing in front of a billiards hall in Costa Mesa, Calif.

The OC Weekly reports witnesses say “without provocation, Wyman purposefully shoved his chest against the chest of an African American male adult who happened to be standing in front of the billiards hall. Wyman next reportedly called the male a racial slur and threatened to kill him.”

A Hispanic male was reportedly also targeted by Claude Wyman.

Wyman fled the scene and was later apprehended by police, who found a large folding knife in one of his front pants pockets. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making a terrorist threat, hate crimes, violating parole and a gang enhancement.

Claude D. Wyman, who has a lengthy rap sheet, is currently being held without bail. In 1995, he was sentenced to seven years in state prison after a conviction of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, two criminal gang enhancements, the Orange County Register, reports.

Black Film Producer Charles Belk Detained for 6 Hours After Being Mistakened for a Bank Robber

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Black Film Producer Charles Belk Detained for 6 Hours After Being Mistaken for a Bank Robber (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Just another day in the life of a black man in America:  A black film producer, Charles Belk, was handcuffed and detained for six hours before LA cops realized they had the wrong man.

Belk posted the picture on Facebook saying that he left a restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard and was walking alone to his car, which was parked on La Cienega Boulevard at about 5:20 p.m. to check the parking meter, when some cops surrounded him and told him to sit on the curb.

Charles Belk said in a statement, “Within an hour, I was transported to the Beverly Hills Police Headquarters, photographed, fingerprinted and put under a $100,000 bail and accused of armed bank robbery and accessory to robbery of a Citibank.”

“What I don’t get … is why, during the 45 minutes that they had me on the curb, handcuffed in the sun, before they locked me up and took away my civil rights, that they could not simply review the ATM and bank’s HD video footage to clearly see that the ‘tall, bald-headed, black male’ … did not fit MY description,” according to Belk’s statement.

People wonder why black males are so uneasy walking the streets of America — this is a prime example of racial profiling. Shameful.

Here’s Charles Belk’s Facebook post:

“Hercules” Actor Kevin Sorbo Apologizes for Calling Ferguson Protesters “Animals”

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“Hercules” Actor Kevin Sorbo Apologizes for Calling Ferguson Protesters “Animals” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hercules” actor Kevin Sorbo apologized for vomiting all over his Facebook page saying black protesters in Ferguson had portrayed themselves as the “losers these animals truly are,” following the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown. He has since deleted the racist Facebook post.

Sorbo wrote, “Ferguson riots have very little to do with the shooting of the young man. It is an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are.”

He wrote, “It is a tipping point to frustration built up over years of not trying, but blaming everyone else, The Man, for their failures. It’s always someone else’s fault when you give up.”

Kevin Sorbo went after the media:  “The media promotes chaos to boost their pathetic ratings. We should shut them all off and watch clips on the internet only when republished under fair use by a conservative media watchdog group.”

Of course, his rant wouldn’t be complete without going after President Obama. He wrote that Michael Brown’s death should be a “reminder to the African Americans that their President they voted in has only made things worse for them, not better.”

Sorbo’s racist rant comes as a recent poll finds divide on President Obama’s and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s handling of the shooting and the Ferguson protests/riots.

On Obama:  Forty-one percent of Americans are satisfied with how the president is responding to the situation in Ferguson, while 34 percent are dissatisfied. Twenty-five percent don’t have an opinion.

On Jay NixonOnly a quarter of blacks nationally are satisfied with Mr. Nixon’s actions, while nearly half said Mr. Nixon’s performance in the aftermath of the shooting was not satisfactory. In contrast, whites were divided: A third were satisfied and a third dissatisfied.

Tea Party Leader Jesse Lee Peterson Says Michael Brown a “Thug” Because He Ran From Cop

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Tea Party Leader Jesse Lee Peterson Says Michael Brown a “Thug” Because He Ran From Cop

(OPINION) — Tea Party lunatic Jesse Lee Peterson, during an appearence on “The Steve Malzberg” show said he is disturbed that “thugs” like Michael Brown, the unarmed teen who was gunned down by a white police officer on a Ferguson, Mo., street, and Trayvon Martin, are “given the benefit of the doubt.” Really dumbass?

Peterson said criminals in America, “especially black criminals,” are let off too easily. Spoken like a true hypocrite. He added, “I’ve said from day one that Michael Brown is a thug.” How did he reach this conclusion? Because Michael Brown was “running the cops, period, because good folks do not run from police officers, they follow their instructions,” according to a video posted by Right Wing Watch.

Listen to venom being spewed by Jesse Lee Peterson about Michael Brown:

White Students No Longer a Majority in the U.S. Public Schools

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White Students No Longer a Majority in the U.S. Public Schools (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

White students are no longer a majority in American public schools. This fall, U.S. public schools are projected to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites enrolled. The shift is largely due to a growth in the number of Hispanic children.

This year, non-Hispanic white students will still be the largest racial group in schools, but when minority groups are added together, they will make up the majority, the National Center for Education Services says.

“About 25 percent of minority students are Hispanics, 15 percent black and five percent are Asian and Pacific Islanders. Biracial students and Native Americans make up a smaller share of the minority student population,” the AP reports.


Lockport Police Department Under Fire for “Dark Negro” Mugshot Description of Suspect

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Lockport Police Department Under Fire for “Dark Negro” Mugshot Description of Suspect

The Lockport Police Department is under fire for labeling the mugshot of a black suspect, Shamir Allen, as a “dark negro” in its database. They also have “light negro” in their database.

Allen was suspected of shootings in Lockport. The phrase used to describe him on the mugshot was considered offensive by many. The police chief blamed it on the software the police department used. He apologized and said they will undergo sensitivity training. He also said it would be deleted.

Allison McGuire & Daniel Herrington, Create App to Avoid ‘Sketchy’ Neighborhoods

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Racist: Allison McGuire & Daniel Herrington Create App to Avoid ‘Sketchy’ Neighborhoods (Photo Credit: Facebook)

The duo behind a new app which would help users identify “sketchy” neighborhoods can’t understand why people have deemed their product racist, Crain’s New York reports.

Allison McGuire, who designed the SketchFactor app with Daniel Herrington, said, “We understand that people will see this issue and even though Dan and I are admittedly both young, white people, the app is not built for us as young, white people. As far as we’re concerned, racial profiling is ‘sketchy’ and we are trying to empower users to report incidents of racism against them and define their own experience of the streets.” Um, right.

Here’s more on the “Sketchy” and racist app:

SketchFactor, the brainchild of co-founders Allison McGuire and Daniel Herrington, is a Manhattan-based navigation app that crowdsources user experiences along with publicly available data to rate the relative “sketchiness” of certain areas in major cities. The app will launch on the iTunes on Friday, capping off a big week for the startup, which was named as a finalist in the NYC BigApps competition.

According to Ms. McGuire, a Los Angeles native who lives in the West Village, the impetus behind SketchFactor was her experience as a young woman navigating the streets of Washington, D.C., where she worked at a nonprofit.


After meeting Mr. Herrington, an electrical engineer who was taken with the SketchFactor idea, the two quit their Washington D.C.-based jobs and decamped to New York City with funding from family and friends.

As one of the finalists in the BigApps competition, SketchFactor is poised to receive more attention when it launches.

Um, I guess nothing is racist about this app because two smiling white people say so. Um, can we get an app to target racist white neighborhoods?