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

NYPD Disbands Controversial Muslim Surveillance Unit After Widespread Outrage

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NYPD Disbands Controversial Muslim Surveillance unit After Widespread Outrage (Credit: Wikipedia)

The New York Police Department has disbanded its controversial Muslim surveillance unit, the NY Times reports. Community activists accused the department of violating the civil rights of Muslims.

In a series of articles that began in August 2011, the AP documented that police had systematically spied on Muslim neighborhoods, listened in on sermons, infiltrated colleges and photographed law-abiding residents as part of a broad effort to watch communities where terror cells might operate. Individuals and groups were monitored even when there was no evidence they were linked to terrorism or crime.

The investigation revealed that then-police Commissioner Ray Kelly had brought in a CIA official to help develop an intelligence division unlike that of any other U.S. police department. It assigned people called rakers to ethnic neighborhoods, infiltrating enterprises ranging from booksellers to cafes, and people called mosque crawlers to Muslim houses of worship.

The tactics disclosed by the series stirred debate over whether the NYPD was infringing on the civil rights of Muslims and illegally engaging in religious and ethnic profiling. Hundreds of Muslims staged rallies to protest the spying, and the disclosures prompted more than a dozen religious leaders to boycott then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s annual interfaith breakfast. Source: NJ.com

 NYPD Disbands Controversial Muslim Surveillance Unit After Widespread Outrage

Sarah Palin’s Endorsement of GOP Senate Candidate Karen Handel Amounts to Nothing, Really

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Sarah Palin’s Endorsement of GOP Senate Candidate Karen Handel Amounts to Nothing, Really

(OPINION) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel have a few things in common, most notably that they can’t seem to finish anything they start. Karen Handel is running in a crowded field of Republican loons — Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston and David Perdue (cousin of ex-governor Sonny Perdue — vying for the seat of retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss. The last person who will get my vote is Karen Handel. 

Last month, quitter Sarah Palin endorsed fellow-quitter Handel, singing her virtues:  “You know her background, you know her record. The conservative who has walked the walk. Cutting budgets, not raising taxes, how often do you see that in government?” Yeah, we know her background for sure and a U.S. Senate position isn’t what that background warrants.  Now Handel is out with a new ad promoting Palin’s endorsement.

One problem…..

She was a Secretary of State of Georgia before she quit to run for governor, so exactly when was she involved in not raising taxes or cutting budgets? The fact is Karen Handel wasn’t in charge of taxes and budgets, so that’s another dubious claim being thrown out there for the gullible to grasp.

It’s interesting that Sarah Palin would use that line to endorse Handel considering that she raised taxes on oil companies and left Alaska mired down with a 70% debt to GDP ratio. She also increased general government expenditures by over 33% as mayor of Wasilla and a whopping 43% increase in taxes. I guess it takes one achiever to know the other. Of course, I am being sarcastic. It’s one failed conservative praising another failed conservative.

As a resident of Georgia, I can tell you that Karen Handel’s tenure as Secretary of State was not without controversy. That’s including her disqualification of a Democratic candidate, Jim Powell, who was running for the Public Service Commission five days before the July primary, despite the advisory opinion of an administrative law judge. Her decision was overturned by a Fulton County Superior Court judge.  She lost to Nathan Deal in 2010, after quitting as SOS to run in the gubernatorial race. After losing that election, she was appointed senior vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 2011.  She quit that job in February 2012 after a dust-up with Planned Parenthood. Her efforts to defund the organization resulted in a backlash of the worst kind for Susan G. Komen.

The fact is, Karen Handel isn’t right for black, Hispanic or LGBT Georgians. She calls herself a “nation builder,” but for whom? Here’s an excerpt from a previous Karen Handel blog post in which she pushed a voter suppression scheme:

Karen Handel prides herself as having saved Georgians $100 million, cutting budgets by 17% and passed the “toughest ethics laws in the country,” which I must add, led to the dismissal of Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett, the nation’s first black female sheriff, on corruption charges. If Handel wins the run-off and prevails at the polls, she would be the first woman governor in the state of Georgia. She was elected Secretary of State in 2006. She implemented  the Georgia’s photo ID law, which requires Georgian voters to show state-issued photo identification before casting their vote in person. She created the agency’s first Chief Investigative Officer to go after perpetrators of elections and consumer fraud. The voter ID program sparked controversy and many in the black community said it worked against them and was a way to deter blacks from voting. The law was challenged as unconstitutional, but was eventually upheld by the Supreme Court.

An issue from her time as a candidate for the commission continues to dog her. The former head of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group of gay and lesbian GOP voters, recently released emails from 2002 and 2003, all sent from Ms. Handel’s e-mail address, indicating she supported granting benefits to county employees in same-sex domestic partnerships. She has vehemently denied sending these e-mails. She said it was her campaign manager in her failed 2002 race. She also denies ever filling out a questionnaire for Georgia Equality, another gay rights group, that also showed her supporting domestic partner benefits, even though it was on her campaign’s letterhead. She said the only thing that should matter is the fact that she voted against a proposal to extend benefits to domestic partners. She also said she would back legislation to outlaw gay marriage. Not good.

Lastly, Karen Handel also took her self-righteousness to the highest level on gay adoption:

In a recent interview with 11 Alive’s Doug Richards, she said a child should be in a household with married heterosexual parents. A home without such a makeup is not a suitable environment to raise a child. She was then asked about single parents and sidestepped the issue, but it was abundantly clear that she doesn’t view such a home favorably. That speaks to the fact that Karen Handel won’t make significant inroads in the black community. I wonder how her background, which was fraught with problems at home, makes her an expert on parenting in the home? She said her mother was an abusive alcoholic and her father was a passive bystander, who did nothing to help his children by leaving the home with them in tow. Don’t get me wrong, there are many people who lived in such a household and pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and were successful in their lives. That doesn’t mean that Karen Handel is suddenly an expert on the family and family structures. She also said she is not in favor of gays adopting children. Again, that is very hypocritical, considering there is no hard evidence that states living in a home with same-sex parents is detrimental to the wellbeing of a child.

So, while the slate of Republican Senate candidates leaves little to be desired, it’s laughable that Sarah Palin is trying to paint Karen Handel as force to be reckoned with and one that is so fiscally conservative. Please. On the contrary. When I think nation builder, Karen Handel doesn’t come to mind.

 Sarah Palins Endorsement of GOP Senate Candidate Karen Handel Amounts to Nothing, Really

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

Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs “Humbling Landslide Defeat”

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Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs “Humbling Landslide Defeat” (Credit: Wikipedia)

RAND PAUL FOR PRESIDENT:  Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens has made his choice for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate — Sen. Rand Paul. He writes that the GOP nominee has to be Paul and no-one else. Why? Because the Republican Party needs a “humbling landslide defeat.” Music to the ears of Democrats. Hillary Clinton, who would eviscerate him in a debate, particularly on his naivete on Iran. During an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Sen. Paul said that he didn’t think it was a good idea to rule out containment of Iran.

This man is Rand Paul, the junior senator from a state with eight electoral votes. The man who, as of this writing, has three years worth of experience in elected office. Barack Obama had more political experience when he ran for president. That’s worked out well.

Mr. Paul was in New Hampshire last weekend, speaking to conservative activists at the Freedom Summit, emphasizing the need for Republicans to do a better job of reaching out to Hispanics and African-Americans.

It’s a fine message. Or rather, it would be a fine message if it weren’t for Mr. Paul’s long political association with Jack Hunter, aka the “Southern Avenger,” a former radio shock jock who co-wrote Mr. Paul’s 2011 book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.” On April 14, 2004—the 139th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination—Mr. Hunter wrote a column titled ” John Wilkes Booth Was Right.” He also lamented that “whites are not afforded the same right to celebrate their own cultural identity” as blacks and Hispanics.

Mr. Hunter remained a member of Mr. Paul’s staff until last July, when the Washington Free Beacon broke the story. Afterward, Mr. Hunter recanted his views and pleaded amnesia. As for Mr. Paul, he defended his former aide, saying he had merely been “stupid,” that he had been “unfairly treated by the media,” and that “he got along fine with everybody in the office, treated everyone fairly, regardless of race or religion.”

So can we now, um, switch the subject?

Yes, we can. Let’s move on to a YouTube video of Mr. Paul in April 2009, offering his insights to a college group on foreign policy. Channeling Dwight Eisenhower, the future senator warned “we need to be so fearful of companies that get so big that they can actually be directing policy.”

“When the Iraq war started, Halliburton got a billion-dollar no-bid contract. Some of the stuff has been so shoddy and so sloppy that our soldiers are over there dying in the shower from electrocution.”

Then he gets to his real point: Dick Cheney, who opposed driving all the way to Baghdad when he was defense secretary in the first Bush administration, later went to work for Halliburton. “Makes hundreds of millions of dollars, their CEO. Next thing you know, he’s back in government and it’s a good thing to go into Iraq.”

Mr. Paul’s conclusion: “9/11 became an excuse for a war they already wanted in Iraq.” Source: Wall Street Journal

I have to admit, Bret Stephens had me going for a minute. But let me also add Sen. Paul tried to rewrite the whole civil rights movement during a speech at Howard University. That didn’t sit well with the black community, who won’t be coming out in droves to support a Rand Paul candidacy.  While we are at it, he should pick Louie Gohmert (R-TX) as his running mate.

Um, get out the popcorn…the GOP infighting as we go into the 2016 presidential election cycle is just starting and promises to be chock full of fireworks and drama! By the way, Bret Stephens wasn’t the only one bashing Rand Paul today.  Jennifer Rubin and Richard Cohen in the Washington Post both have scathing articles blasting him for a variety of ‘sins.’

 Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs Humbling Landslide Defeat

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