Rev. Jesse Jackson Says Race a Factor in Chicago Little League Cheating Scandal

Rev. Jesse Jackson Says Race a Factor in Chicago Little League Cheating Scandal

Rev. Jesse Jackson Says Race a Factor in Chicago Little League Cheating Scandal (Photo Credit: CBS News Video Screengrab)

(OPINION) — Never one to shy away from pulling the race card, Rev. Jesse Jackson says race is a factor in the Chicago Little League losing its championship title. The Jackie Robinson West little league team was stripped of its championship amid allegations that some of the players lived outside the allowed geographic boundaries.

At an afternoon press conference, the Rev. Jesse Jackson asked, “Is this about boundaries or race?”

“This decision’s untimely and inappropriate at this time,” Jackson told reporters. “It should not take six months after a team has played a championship game to determine eligibility to play the game in the first place.”

The league’s decision came after teams from Illinois and Nevada complained that Jackie Robinson West’s roster was rigged. Source: CBS News

I feel bad for the kids who played their hearts out and won the championship. The blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the adults who broke the rules. What are they teaching the children? That it’s okay to skirt the rules just to win? This isn’t so much about race, but about doing the right thing and being honest.

3 Sentenced to Prison in Racially-Motivated Murder of James Craig Anderson

3 Sentenced to Prison in Racially-Motivated Murder of James Craig Anderson

3 Sentenced to Prison in Racially-Motivated Murder of James Craig Anderson

A judge sentenced three suspects in the murder of James Craig Anderson, a 49-year-old black man, in Jackson, Miss., after he was run-over by Deryl Dedmon with his pick-up truck on June 26, 2011.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves sentenced Deryl Paul Dedmon to 50 years in prison; John Aaron Rice to 18 1/2 years and Dylan Wade Butler to seven years.

James Craig Anderson was robbed and beaten by a group of white teens, including Deryl Dedmon and his friends, before he was murdered. The racially-motivated crime was captured on a security camera.

Deryl Dedmon pleaded guilty to federal hate crime and conspiracy charges in 2012. John Rice, Dylan Butler, Jonathan Gaskamp and William Montgomery also pleaded guilty to similar crimes.

 

New Rochelle Cop Holds Black Teens at Gunpoint Over Snowball Fight

New Rochelle Cop Holds Black Teens at Gunpoint Over Snowball Fight

New Rochelle Cop Holds Black Teens at Gunpoint Over Snowball Fight (Photo Credit: YouTube Video Screengrab)

A video has surfaced of a New Rochelle police officer holding some teenagers at gunpoint over a snowball fight.

The video was posted on local news blog Talk of the Sound. The cop forced the teens to kneel on the ground and put their hands up.

As he approaches the teens he shouts, “Don’t f*cking move guys.” He then frisks one of the teens and pointed his gun at another.

Tommy Dean Gaa Charged with Hate Crime for Using Racial Slurs

Tommy Dean Gaa Charged with Hate Crime for Using Racial Slurs

Tommy Dean Gaa Charged with Hate Crime for Using Racial Slurs

A white Missouri man was arrested for telling a black waitress he wanted to “show her where he hung her grandpa.” Really?

Tommy Dean Gaa, of Maryville, was charged with a hate crime after he used several racial slurs and grabbed the waitress’ arm, the Maryville Daily Forum reports.

The newspaper reports Tommy Dean Gaa was released from the Nodaway County Jail on $4,900 bond. He initially denied he made the racist statements to the waitress, but used several racist slurs to explain his actions to the police.

NY Times’ Charles Blow “Fuming” Son Stopped at Gunpoint by Yale Cop

NY Times Columnist Charles Blow Tweets Son Stopped at Gunpoint by Yale Cops

NY Times Columnist Charles Blow Tweets Son Stopped at Gunpoint by Yale Cops (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

New York Times columnist Charles Blow ranted on Twitter about his son, Tahj, allegedly being stopped at gunpoint by a Yale University cop because he “fit the description” of a suspect they were looking for:

A spokesman for Yale University reportedly confirmed that police stopped a student Saturday but did not disclose the name or address allegations that it was at gunpoint.

According to a university spokesperson, Yale police responded to emergency calls Saturday from undergraduates in Trumbull College. “Several students reported that an individual had just entered their rooms under false pretenses, pretending to be looking for someone.”

The spokesperson states in an email that students at the College had been victims of a burglary that week and “a person matching the physical description of the individual, as well as the story of “looking for someone” has been seen several times in the college.”

On Saturday night, students called police and described the suspect as a tall, African-American, college-aged student wearing a black jacket and a red and white hat, the spokesperson states.

“This was the description that Yale police used as they converged on Trumbull and attempted to track down the suspect. During the efforts to locate and detain the suspect, a Yale College student, who closely matched the description of the suspect, was briefly detained and released by Yale police.”

The real suspect was apprehended and was charged with multiple felonies.

Vanderbilt Students Protest Professor Carol Swain’s Anti-Muslim Op-Ed

Vanderbilt Students Protest Professor Carol Swain's Anti-Muslim Op-Ed

Vanderbilt Students Protest Professor Carol Swain’s Anti-Muslim Op-Ed (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Vanderbilt University professor Carol Swain sparked outrage among some students after she published an anti-Muslim op-ed in The Tennessean, entitled, “Charlie Hebdo attacks prove critics were right about Islam.”

Swain wrote, “Islam is not like other religions in the United States, that it poses an absolute danger to us and our children unless it is monitored better than it has been under the Obama administration.”

Civic education and other indicators of assimilation should be a prerequisite for remaining and advancing in this nation. We must be willing to recognize the dangers of the burka (head-to-toe garb worn by women in some Islamic sects), which allows individuals to completely conceal their identities.

If Muslims are to thrive in America, and if we are to be safe, then we must have ground rules that protect the people from those who disdain the freedoms that most of the world covets. Source: The Tennessean

Carol Swain wrote in a Facebook post, “I received worldwide support for my op-ed on Islam, including support from Muslims and individuals who have lived in Muslim lands.”

She also wrote, “someone mailed an obscene gift of a fake body part belonging to a male to my law school office. The gift speaks volumes about the morals and level of intelligence of my critics.”

Oprah Winfrey, Selma Stars to Lead March in Selma for MLK Birthday

Oprah Winfrey, Selma Stars to Lead March in Selma for MLK Birthday

Oprah Winfrey, Selma Stars to Lead March in Selma for MLK Birthday

Oprah Winfrey and “Selma” stars to lead march in Selma to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Director Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo (who played Dr. King in the movie), who were snubbed for an Oscar nomination, take part in the march. Rapper Common, who was nominated for an Oscar for a song in the film, “Glory,” along with John Legend, will also take part in the march.

Mediaite reports the Selma march will be held on Sunday and will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Rep. Terri Sewell. The film will also be screen after the march.

New Yorker Magazine cover pays tribute to MLK, Wenjian Liu, Eric Garner

New Yorker Magazine cover pays tribute to MLK, Wenjian Liu, Eric Garner (Photo credit: New Yorker)

Separately, the New Yorker magazine’s latest cover honors Dr. King and his legacy by showing him marching with Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and slain police officer Wenjian Liu.

 

4-Year-Old Londyn James Gets New Friend After Classmates Shun Her For Being Black

4-Year-Old Londyn James Gets New Friend After Classmates Shun Her For Being Black

4-Year-Old Londyn James Gets New Friend After Classmates Shun Her For Being Black (Photo Credit: Facebook/Tomeka Fisher)

Four-year-old Londyn James cried to her mother, Tomeka Fisher, one day after school because her classmates refused to be her friend because she was black. SMH.

Fisher posted the incident on Facebook, “My 4yr old is crying her heart out and so am I. I don’t know what to do or say. A girl at her school told her this.”

Fisher told People magazine, “She told me that a girl told her she didn’t want to be friends with her because she was black.””I didn’t know who would believe me so I decided to videotape it,” she added.

According to People magazine, the video went viral, racking up nearly 10 million views worldwide. Fisher told the magazine, “It was remarkable.” “I just wanted people to know that no child should be told someone doesn’t want to be their friend because of their race or how they look.”

Well, it turns out, Londyn James got a new friend. Holland Cunningham, whose dad, Jeff Cunningham, is a news anchor for KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, is now Londyn’s friend. Thanks to her dad for making it happen.

Here’s video of Londyn James crying about being shunned for being black:

Double Standard: Ohio State Rioters Called “Revelers” As Tear Gas Used to Disperse Crowds

Double Standard: Ohio State Rioters Called "Revelers" As Tear Gas Used to Disperse Crowds

Double Standard: Ohio State Rioters Called “Revelers” As Tear Gas Used to Disperse Crowds (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

OHIO STATE RIOTERS:  The double-standard of law-enforcement in its perception of blacks and whites was glaring last night in the aftermath of Ohio State University’s win over Oregon Monday night. The Columbus Dispatch called them “revelers.” The fact is, they were “rioting.” Tear gas was used to disperse the “revelers.” Plus, there was “property damage and fires started” all over Columbus, as FreakOutNation reports.

NBC News reports dozens of small fires were set after thousands of “revelers” streamed into bars celebrating OSU’s victory. More from NBC News:

Three canisters of tear gas were used in front of the Ohio Union at around 1:15 a.m. local time, the Columbus Dispatch reported, emptying the surrounding area of most revelers. It said officers also used pepper spray on many party-goers shortly after midnight, with some leaving the area “with stinging eyes and runny noses.”

A police dispatcher told NBC News officers were called to multiple reports of dumpster and couch fires in the streets around the Ohio State University campus.

Alex-Bouzounis confirmed that a “handful” of arrests were made. “Our officers should be commended for their diligence and professionalism.”

There was also very little media coverage of these riots, quite the opposite of what unfolded in Ferguson, Mo., following the shooting death of Michael Brown and in the aftermath of the grand jury decision to clear Darren Wilson for the teen’s death. Those protesters were called “rioters.”

Hundreds block a Columbus street…..

Double Standard: Rioters After Ohio State National Win, Called "Revelers"

Double Standard: Ohio State Rioters Called “Revelers” as Tear Gas Used to Disperse Crowds (Photo Credit: Twitter via @Josh_Jarman)

What’s interesting is that some of the “revelers” were probably calling the Ferguson protesters “rioters,” “thugs” and “criminals.” Just pointing out the double standard…..

Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay Under Fire for Call to “Challenge Racism”

Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay Under Fire for Call to "Challenge Racism"

Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay Under Fire for Call to “Challenge Racism” (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay is under fire from his rank-and-file for his call to “challenge racism” in the workplace, Action News 4 reports.  Chief McLay was photographed holding a sign, “I resolve to challenge racism @ work. #EndWhiteSilence.”

Pittsburgh Fraternal Order of Police president Howard McQuillan begged to differ. He accused Chief McLay of “insinuating that we are now racist, merely by the color of our skin and the nature of our profession.”

Chief McLay sent an email to police department apologizing for the uproar:

In an email to the entire police department, McLay wrote that “[i]t appears my having been photographed with a sign supporting racial justice at work and [opposing] ‘white silence’ has offended some. If any of my PBP [Pittsburgh Bureau of Police] family was offended, I apologize. You are very important to me and I would never hurt you purposefully.”

[…]

“The sign indicated my willingness to challenge racial problems in the workplace. I am so committed. If there are problems in the PBP related to racial injustice, I will take action to fix them. Please beware also, race impacts how we view one another, and unconscious bias applies to how we deal with the public. It can also impact how we judge one another; I intend we will confront both through training.” Source: Raw Story

So, it’s okay for the cops to ignore the issue of race in dealing with the public, but the public cannot speak up to find common ground because that would be accusing all cops of racism. Sounds like Mr. McQuillan is being a bully like those NYPD officers who turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio at a second funeral. By the way, the NYPD officers who didn’t heed Police Commissioner Bill Bratton’s call for civility are no different from the members of Westboro Baptist Church.