OH Teacher Gil Voigt Fired After Telling Student “We Don’t Need Another Black President”

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Ohio Teacher Gil Voigt fired for comment about ‘black president’ to black student (Photo: The Enquirer/Michael D. Clark)

Ohio teacher Gil Voigt was fired on Thursday after his comment to black student that “we don’t need another black president,” led to his suspension.

Voigt, who had been on unpaid leave since December, was fired after a labor hearing ended with a recommendation for termination.

Cincinnati.com reports the Fairfield Board of Education received a state referee’s decision that “there is good and just cause to terminate the teaching contract” of Gil Voigt. The board voted unamimously 4-0 to end his employment with the Butler County school system.

There are also reports that the referee cited other incidents in which Voigt made other racial or insulting remarks over the years.

Gil Voigt allegedly told a black student at Fairfield Freshmen School, who expressed his desire to follow President Barack Obama as a president, “we don’t need another black president.” Voigt previously claimed he had been misquoted by the student, who he described as troublesome.

He later told Fairfield officials that he told the student, “I think we can’t afford another president like Obama, whether he’s black or white.”

 OH Teacher Gil Voigt Fired After Telling Student We Dont Need Another Black President

4 St. Anthony’s High School Students Expelled After Blackface, Confederate Flag Incidents

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4 St. Anthony’s High School Students Expelled After Blackface, Confederate Flag Incidents

Four students at St. Anthony’s High School were expelled for two racist incidents involving the Confederate flag and blackface. You may think this Catholic school is in the Deep South, but no, it’s on Long Island. Shameful.

Four Catholic high school students on Long Island have been expelled after two senior boys brought a Confederate flag to a school event and two sophomore girls posted a blackface photo on social media, the school said.

The two events were separate, according to Gary Cregan, principal of St. Anthony’s High School.

The boys allegedly brought the flag to a school gathering on April 9. Teachers immediately took it away, and the students were suspended.

Two days later on Friday, the girls posted a photo of one of them in blackface, along with racist language, the school confirmed.

 4 St. Anthonys High School Students Expelled After Blackface, Confederate Flag Incidents

Study: People of Color Exposed to Air Pollution 38 Percent More Than Whites

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Study: People of Color & Poor Breathe Air 38 Percent More Polluted Than White People (Attribution Unknown)

A new study released by the University of Minnesota found that people of color are exposed to air that is 38 percent more polluted than the air white people breathes in.

In an interview with The Minnesota Post, the study’s lead researcher, Julian Marshall, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, said that “the main [factors in how polluted the air breathed in was] are race and income, and they both matter. In our findings, however, race matters more than income.”

When Marshall compared the exposure gap between high-income Hispanics and low-income whites, for example, the nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations were still higher among high-income Hispanics.

“We were quite surprised to find such a large disparity between whites and nonwhites related to air pollution,” Marshall told The Minnesota Post. “Especially the fact that this difference is throughout the U.S., even in cities and states in the Midwest.”

According to Marshall in the article, “the researchers studied NO2 levels in urban areas across the country and compared specific areas within the cities based on populations defined in the U.S. Census as ‘nonwhite’ or ‘white.’”

“The health impacts from the difference in levels between whites and nonwhites found in the study are substantial,” Marshall continued. “For example, researchers estimate that if nonwhites breathed the lower NO2 levels experienced by whites, it would prevent 7,000 deaths from heart disease alone among nonwhites each year.” Source: Raw Story

Do we really need a study to tell us what is staring us in the face?

 Study: People of Color Exposed to Air Pollution 38 Percent More Than Whites

Hank Aaron Gets Racist Hate Mail After Comments on Racism in America

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Hank Aaron Gets Racist Hate Mail After Comments on Racism in America

The Atlanta Braves office has been inundated with vile and racist hate mail after legendary slugger Hank Aaron said racism was alive and well in America, despite Barack Obama being elected as the nation’s first black president.

USA Today that hundreds of letters, emails and phone calls have been made since Aaron compared President Obama’s critics to Ku Klux Klan members “in neckties and starched shirts.” One comment, written by a man who is identified only as Edward, reads, “Hank Aaron is a scumbag piece of (expletive) (racial slur).”

There’s more vileness: “Marion calls Aaron a “racist scumbag,” Ronald won’t attend another Braves’ game until Aaron is fired. Mark calls Aaron a “classless,racist.” David says that he will burn Aaron’s I Had A Hammer autobiography.”

Doesn’t all this racist venom being spewed proves Hank Aaron’s point that racism is still occurring in America? During the initial interview, Aaron was asked why he keeps the mail that was sent to him so long ago. He said, “To remind myself that we are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record. If you think that, you’re fooling yourself. A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There’s not a whole lot that has changed.”

Aaron added, “We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated.”

What really ruffled feathers was his next comment:  “We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

By the way, on this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier.

UPDATE #1 (04/16/14): Baseball writer Bob Nightengale, who interviewed Hank Aaron has issued a clarification of his article that spawned vile and racist hate mail:

“Never in our 50-minute conversation did Aaron suggest anyone critical of President Obama is racist. Never did he compare the Republican Party to the Ku Klux Klan.

“Simply, Aaron stated that we are fooling ourselves if we don’t believe racism exists in our country. It’s simply camouflaged now. And, yes, he feels sorry for his good friend, President Obama, and the frustrations he endures.”

 Hank Aaron Gets Racist Hate Mail After Comments on Racism in America

White GOP Rep. Ted Yoho Says Civil Rights Act May Be Unconstitutional

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White GOP Congressman Ted Yoho Says Civil Rights Act May Be Illegal

Another white Republican is trying his hand at whitesplaining civil rights….

Florida Congressman Ted Yoho, who is “so thankful for the Constitution,” tried to give his two cents on the Civil Rights Act to Melvin Flournoy, a black constituent from Gainesville.

FLOURNOY: Do you think that any part of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 [sic], do you think any part of that is constitutional? And then if you’d discuss why. [...]

YOHO: This country grew through a lot of growing pain. We’re going through it again. As we grow as a country and prosper, we’re going to go through it again in the future. That’s why I’m so thankful for the Constitution because it allows us to do that. Is it constitutional, the Civil Rights Act? I wish I could answer that 100 percent. I know a lot of things that were passed are not constitutional, but I know it’s the law of the land.

Once again, we have a white Republican trying to tell blacks what they should believe to be true….

 White GOP Rep. Ted Yoho Says Civil Rights Act May Be Unconstitutional

Deadra Patton & John Marsden Strip Searched Over $3 Pair of Earrings Houston Beauty Supply Store

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Deadra Patton & John Marsden Strip Searched Over $3 Pair of Earrings Houston Beauty Supply Store (Credit: KHOU)

Shopping While Black:  Deadra Patton and her fiancé John Marsden said they were humiliated at Y Beauty Supply store in southeast Houston recently when they were overbilled for a $3 pair of earrings. Which Patton claims she never took. They were strip searched after the owner allegedly said blacks “always steal.” This is yet another case of “shopping while black.”

KHOU Houston: Deadra Pattum and her fiancé John Marsden have a bone to pick with Y Beauty Supply in southeast Houston. The couple said they were humiliated inside the store last week when they stopped by to purchase some hair extensions. “I’m not a thief,” said Pattum. They said they were over-billed for a pair of $3 earrings they never took. “I picked them up but I put them back,” said Pattum. “The owner said you people always steal,” said Marsden. “And he said give me the earrings and I call police. My rights were revoked.

The couple claimed they were threatened and forced to remain in that store. Marsden said he was intimidated by the manager and ordered to strip down and be searched. “So I took off my socks and shoes and I took off my pants,” said Marsden. “I was nervous.” Within minutes, a security officer showed up, and immediately looked at the surveillance video. “She never left the counter with those earrings in her hand,” the guard said. “There was no evidence of shoplifting.” Houston Police agreed. Their officers looked at the same video and found no evidence of shoplifting. Activist Quanell X is now involved.

“This was a classic case of racial profiling in its most humiliating form,” said Quanell X. “And something needs to be done about this.” The owners of the store refused to discuss the specific incident but said shoplifting is a big problem at their business. But Pattum insists she and her fiancé did nothing wrong.

“Everybody doesn’t shoplift,” said Pattum. “Everybody is not a thief. There are still honest people in the world.”

 Deadra Patton & John Marsden Strip Searched Over $3 Pair of Earrings Houston Beauty Supply Store

Akintunde Ahmad Carries Photos of 5.0 GPA, SAT Scores to Allay Disbelievers

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Akintunde Ahmad Carries Photos of 5.0 GPA, SAT Scores to Allay Disbelievers

It’s a sad commentary that Oakland, Calif., senior Akintunde Ahmad, who has a 5.0 grade point average and has been accepted to Yale, Brown and Columbia universities, but yet he must walk around with proof to show that he has actually attained these achievements.

Ahmad said he has spent his life being doubted about his academic talents because of his dreadlocks and clothing. He also plays baseball and three instruments.

To combat those negative views of him, Akintunde Ahmad says he keeps photos of his grades and 2100 SAT score on his phone and so he can flash them at any disbeliever he wants. Thankfully, he has positive influences in his life that encourage him to continue working hard. His mother, who is his Oakland school principal, has always encouraged him not to give in to others’ doubts.

Akintunde Ahmad told KGO, “Like, my whole life, people have been telling me to stay on this path and everything will fall, the cards will fall like you want them to, so.”

It is a sad commentary that Akintunde Ahmad is being judged based on the color of his skin, his dreadlocks and his loose clothing. Didn’t Dr. Martin Luther King dream of blacks being judged by the contents of their characters? We still haven’t overcome, have we?

 Akintunde Ahmad Carries Photos of 5.0 GPA, SAT Scores to Allay Disbelievers

Wrongly Convicted Man, Jonathan Fleming, Set for Release After Serving 24 Years in Prison

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Wrongly Convicted Man, Jonathan Fleming, Set for Release After Serving 24 Years in Prison (Credit: NY Daily News)

Jonathan Fleming, a New York City resident, will be released from prison Tuesday after serving 24 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Evidence surfaced that proves he was in Florida at the time of the murder for which he was convicted.

ProPublica reported that 51-year-old Fleming’s release will be formally announced at a hearing in Brooklyn Supreme Court. He served the first 24 years of a 25-to-life sentence for the murder of Darryl Rush in August 1989.

Fleming’s attorney, Anthony Mayol, said, “It’s an amazing feeling for everyone involved.”“We spoke to [Fleming] before it was officially confirmed, and to the extent he believes it’s going to happen he is elated, overjoyed, and relieved. He is beside himself with happiness.”

The newly-discovered evidence includes a telephone receipt and witness accounts that prove Jonathan Fleming was in Florida at the time Darryl Rush was fatally shot. Prosecutors are accused of not turning over that information or sharing evidence that suggestion one of the witnesses who testified against Fleming did so to escape criminal charges of her own.

The New York Daily News reports that the witness, who avoided felony charges, recanted her testimony after Fleming’s conviction. She had been arrested shortly before Jonathan Fleming’s trial began, according to information in a command log from the 90th Police District.

The evidence which played a role in the exoneration of Jonathan Fleming was uncovered during a joint investigation by Anthony Mayol and the Conviction Integrity Unit of then-Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ office. A man who was suspected of being the getaway driver in Darryl Rush’s murder told a unit member and an investigator working for Mayol in November 2013 that Fleming was not involved in the crime.

 Wrongly Convicted Man, Jonathan Fleming, Set for Release After Serving 24 Years in Prison

The Smoking Gun: MSNBC Host Rev. Al Sharpton Was a FBI Informant

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The Smoking Gun: MSNBC Host Rev. Al Sharpton Was a FBI Informant (Credit: TSG)

The Smoking Gun is reporting that civil rights activist and MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton has been an FBI information on matters concerning the Mafia since the 1980s.

A lengthy investigation by The Smoking Gun has uncovered remarkable details about Sharpton’s past work as an informant for a joint organized crime task force comprised of FBI agents and NYPD detectives, as well as his dealings with an assortment of wiseguys.

Beginning in the mid-1980s and spanning several years, Sharpton’s cooperation was fraught with danger since the FBI’s principal targets were leaders of the Genovese crime family, the country’s largest and most feared Mafia outfit. In addition to aiding the FBI/NYPD task force, which was known as the “Genovese squad,” Sharpton’s cooperation extended to several other investigative agencies.

TSG’s account of Sharpton’s secret life as “CI-7” is based on hundreds of pages of confidential FBI affidavits, documents released by the bureau in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, court records, and extensive interviews with six members of the Genovese squad, as well as other law enforcement officials to whom the activist provided assistance…

In an interview Saturday, Sharpton again denied working as a confidential informant, claiming that his prior cooperation with FBI agents was limited to efforts to prompt investigations of drug dealing in minority communities, as well as the swindling of black artists in the recording industry. He also repeatedly denied being “flipped” by federal agents in the course of an undercover operation. When asked specifically about his recording of the Gambino crime family member, Sharpton was noncommittal: “I’m not saying yes, I’m not saying no.” Source: The Smoking Gun

 The Smoking Gun: MSNBC Host Rev. Al Sharpton Was a FBI Informant

Brutal Beating of White Man, Steve Utash, by Black Mob Should be a Hate Crime

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Brutal Beating of White Man, Steve Utash, by Black Mob Should be a Hate Crime (Credit: Go Fund Me)

(Opinion) — My heart is broken over the senseless mob attack against Steve Utash, a white tree trimmer from Roseville, Mich., after he stopped to help 11-year-old David Harris, who he accidentally hit after he stepped into the path of his pick-up truck. Detroit police have arrested two teens –16 and 17 years old — for the vicious attack. The investigation continues and more arrests are expected but I am appalled that the police have only arrested two teenagers, when they believe he was attacked by 10-12 people. Is a no-snitch mentality preventing law enforcement from making more arrests?

Steve Utash is clinging to life after the attack, which the Detroit police said wasn’t a hate crime. It’s not clear how they reached that conclusion, since they had made no arrests at the time. The fact is, had this been a black motorist attacked by a group of white people after hitting a white kid, it would have been deemed a hate crime. If not, the outrage would extend all the way to the Department of Justice with calls for prosecutions to the fullest extent of the law. The fact that it was ruled out so quickly in the attack on Steve Utash is a travesty.

What is also missing from the coverage of the outrage is that so many black Americans have voiced their sadness, shock and disgust at the attack against Steve Utash. We have to speak out against atrocities in our communities and not scream loud when it happens to one of us in a predominantly white community.  Here’s a sampling of the comments left by African Americans on a Go Fund Me account, which has collected over $90,000 to-date, to help pay for his medical bills, since he has no medical insurance:

Tim Burks:  “Our prayers are with the family. No one should have to endure what Steve endured. Let’s not let one incident of ignorance make us like those who were at fault. We can be the ones who make the world better by doing and saying positive things, and being the catalyst for peace. Be well sir.”

Darah Davis:  “Th9was a terrible thing. I PRAY that they catch the folks that committed this awful crime.”

Wallace Farmer:  “I don’t live in Detroit anymore, but I am always a Detroiter! This was wrong on so many levels – especially because Mr. Utash “DID THE RIGHT THING”. I really hope that Mr. Utash will fully recover, and know that people from all over are praying for him, his family. I hope he finds it in his heart to not let this incident paint everyone the same.”

Sandy McClendon:  “I sorry to hear about your dad for what he did he is a good man and didnt deserved this i hope the catch the people’s who done this and im praying for dad”

Ludmilla Mikki Anglade: “What happened was just awful; Mr. Utash deserves justice. I was so pressed to do something when I heard what happened. I am glad the fund was created. To his children…I will be continually praying for your father and your entire family. May your father make a full recovery soon.”

The only thing that needs to separate us in this attack is good versus bad. Not black versus white. Steve Utash did what any decent person would have done after being in an accident — stop. He got out to check on the child, who clearly was in the wrong when he stepped into the path of his oncoming vehicle. He didn’t flee the scene of an accident. But what did he get? A vicious beatdown by a mob of young thugs. He was also robbed of his money and credit cards. This was a heartbreak that sparked outrage from people of different races, socioeconomic statuses and different generations. It was just wrong.

Detroit is in the throes of the mother of all economic meltdowns. Gainful employment is hard to come by for many young men. Many can’t feed their families and are angry at the world, but that’s no excuse to use fists and robbery as a way of solving one’s problems. The city must find a way to help its poor. That’s assuming the attack wasn’t based on Steve Utash’s race and out of frustration.

If the attack was purely motivated by race, then the narrative should be prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. Anyone found aiding and abetting the thugs who beat Utash, should also be prosecuted. The no-snitch mentality that runs deep in the inner cities across the U.S. is doing more harm than good because criminals aren’t been brought to justice. The fact is, Steve Utash deserves justice.

 Brutal Beating of White Man, Steve Utash, by Black Mob Should be a Hate Crime