Davion Only Kicked Out by Wanna-Be Adoptive Parents After Fight With One of Their Kids

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Davion Only Kicked Out by Wanna-Be Adoptive Parents After Fight With One of Their Kids

(OPINION) — Davion Only, the ophraned Florida teen whose plea to find who would “love him forever,” is in the news again. He was 90 days from being adopted by an Ohio pastor and his wife but was sent back to Florida following a physical altercation with another child and the father. Talk about the forgiving nature of a pastor and his family.

Davion Only moved to Ohio in March after visiting the family over spring break. They promised to care for him forever and love him no matter what. He wrote on his new Facebook page on April 20, “I got baptized.” The couple also signed him up to play football, which was something he always wanted to do.

Lorita Shirley, the director of Eckerd, the agency that oversees foster kids in Tampa Bay, said “there was an incident in Ohio.” She said the family wanted Davion Only out after things got physical between the teen and another child and the father. Only is unwilling to talk.

Didn’t the family know he had problems and would need extra help? Did they force him to get baptized? Why just throw him out like a piece of furniture? This young man has had the odds stacked against him from birth. His mother abandoned him, leaving him to be shuffled from place to place and just being seen as a case file number. Surely no-one should think this young man had no issues or that the issues would disappear overnight. The family and the teen should have received counseling during and after the transition. It sounds to me as though the prospective adoptive parents found it easier to throw in the towel than to give him a chance.

 

Maya Peterson, Prep School Black Student President, Forced to Resign for Mocking White Male Students

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Maya Peterson, Prep School Black Student President, Forced to Resign for Mocking White Male Students (Credit: Instagram via Buzzfeed)

Drama unfolds at the prestigious Lawrenceville School. Maya Peterson, the first black student body president at the pricy school, was forced to resign earlier this year after a series of photographs surfaced online, showing her mocking the white male students.

In one photograph, Peterson is seen wearing a Yale University sweatshirt, L.L. Bean duck boots and holding a hockey stick, saying it’s representative of the typical “Lawrenceville boi.”  She also added hashtags like #confederate and #peakedinhighschool.

Maya Peterson told Buzzfeed the photographs were meant as a joke in response to complaints lodged by students about her senior pictures, in which she and a group of black friends were seen raising their fists in a “Black Power” salute.

Peterson said, “I understand why I hurt people’s feelings, but I didn’t become president to make sure rich white guys had more representation on campus.”

Peterson responded to a student who objected to her mocking the school’s male students saying, “Yes, I am making a mockery of the right-wing, confederate-flag hanging, openly misogynistic Lawrentians.” She added, “If that’s a large part of the school’s male population, then I think the issue is not with my bringing attention to it in a lighthearted way, but rather why no one has brought attention to it before….”

Maya Peterson seems to have gone about promoting diversity the wrong way.  Yes, there are a bunch of whiny white males running around, but it’s in poor taste to mock the very people you are there to represent. But that goes both ways. The black students are also complaining about racist incidents directed at them. What has the $53,000-a-year school done to fix those problems?

Many [black students] said they had been called racial epithets, ranging from “Negro amigo” to “n***er,” by white peers who didn’t understand “why they couldn’t say the word too.”

One student said she overheard her white male classmates call black students on an opposing basketball team “Trayvon,” after Trayvon Martin. Another pointed out a newspaper op-ed by a white student criticizing a Black History Month celebration for “descending” into a rap performance “crafted with too little, if any, subtlety.”

I guess one has to ask, is Maya Peterson the only one exhibiting bad behavior? I don’t think so. I find it very problematic that students are allegedly allowed to hang Confederate flags from their dorm windows. That’s assuming that’s true. I can’t imagine any school allowing that.

Black ASU Professor Dr. Ersula Ore Body-Slammed by Campus Cop Over Jaywalking Incident

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Black ASU Professor Dr. Ersula Ore Body-Slammed by Campus Cop Over Jaywalking Incident (Screengrab from ASUPD video)

POLICE BRUTALITY: Dr. Ersula Ore, an English professor at Arizona State University, was charged with assault and other violations after she fell to the ground after being body-slammed by a campus police officer Stewart Ferrin over a jaywalking incident. The officer said Dr. Ore kicked him.

new video of the incident, which occurred on May 20, was released on Friday.

Dr. Ore was attempting to walk across campus to a class when she crossed in the middle of a street to avoid a construction project underway at the intersection. ASU Police Officer Stewart Ferrin stopped her and demanded to see her identification.

Here’s the exchange between Dr. Ore and Officer Ferrin from Think Progress:

OFFICER: Let me see your ID or you will be arrested for failing to provide ID

ORE: Are you serious?

OFFICER: Yes, I’m serious. That is the law. If you don’t understand the law I’m explaining the law to you...

ORE: …I never once saw a single solitary individual get pulled over by a cop for walking across a street on a campus, in a campus location. Everybody has been doing this because it is all obstructed. That’s the reason why. But you stop me in the middle of the street to pull me over and ask me, ‘Do you know what this is? This is a street.’…

OFFICER: Are you aware this is a street?

ORE: Let me finish

OFFICER: OK, put your hands behind your back

ORE: Don’t touch me, get your hands off me…

OFFICER: …Put your hands behind your back right now. I’m going to slam you on this car. Put your hand behind your back

ORE: You really want to do that? Do you see what I’m wearing? Do you see?

OFFICER: I don’t care what you are wearing.

ORE: Don’t talk to me like that. This entire thing has been about your lack of respect for me.

Dr. Ore faces charges of “assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, refusing to provide identification when requested to do so by an officer, and obstructing a highway or public thoroughfare,” Think Progress reports. Arizona State University sides with the officer in the incident, saying it determined there was “no evidence of inappropriate actions by the ASUPD officers involved.”

Will T. W. Shannon Attract Black, Native American Voters in Oklahoma GOP Primary?

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Will T. W. Shannon Attract Black, Native American Voters in Oklahoma GOP Primary? (Credit: TW Shannon for US Senate)

T. W. Shannon, (real name Tahrohon Wayne Shannonone of the three conservative Oklahoma candidates running in Tuesday’s Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat, is getting a lot of attention because he is half black and half Native American. But will he get those groups to the polls to keep his senate ambitions alive?

Shannon, 36, who is the youngest speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, is a member of the Chicksaw Nation. Though Shannon trails U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the polls, he has captured the attention of the GOP as its looking to expand its base of white voters.

While Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has endorsed T. W. Shannon, calling him a “conservative fighter,” an Oklahoma tea party group rejected Shannon saying he has “too many masters to serve.” That’s including Native American tribes.

Oklahoma State University political science professor Brandon Lenoir said, “The fact that Shannon is Native American and African American will be an appealing factor for a sector of the population, but traditionally, African Americans and Native Americans do not vote Republican.”

DISGRACEFUL: Right Wing Christians Pee on Obama Urinal Cakes at Religious Conference

The right wing continues to disrespect President Obama and they still expect black voters to support the Republican Party. One of the ‘fun’ features at the 2014 Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington, D.C. are the Obama urinal cakes. Yes, right wing Christians get to pee directly on President Obama’s face when they use the men’s room.

Igor Bobic, from the Huffington Post, tweeted the image:

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DISGRACEFUL: Right Wing Christians Pee on Obama Urinal Cakes at Religious Conference

The Obama figurines are childish and offensive. This is coming from the same party that claims to have a minority outreach. How can they be taken seriously when they continue to fan the flames of racist rhetoric? Attack Obama on his policies and politics, not on the basis of his race. How incredibly offensive.

Tea Party Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh Upset He Was Booted Off Air for Using Racial Slurs

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Tea Party Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh Upset He Was Booted Off Air for Using Racial Slurs

Tea Party ex-congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL) is upset that he was booted off the air for using racial slurs during a discussion about the Washington Redskins name being racist. He took to Twitter to feign shock at being booted while ranting about racial slurs.

Joe Walsh, who lost his seat to veteran Tammy Duckworth after revelations he was a deadbeat dad, hosts a 5-7 p.m. radio show on AM560.

5 Men Wrongly Convicted in Central Park Jogger Rape Case Settle Lawsuit for $40 Million

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5 Men Exonerated in Central Park Jogger Rape Case Reach $40 Million Settlement

CENTRAL PARK FIVE:  The five men who were wrongly imprisoned and later set free in the brutal beating and rape of a female jogger in Central Park in 1989, have reached a $40 million settlement with New York City. The five men are Kharey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana Jr.

The NY Times reports the proposed settlement is roughly $1 million for each year each of the men were imprisoned. Kharey Wise, who spent 13 years in prison, is set to get the largest payout from New York City for any wrongful conviction case. The other four men spent about seven years in prison.

The men were characterized as members of a gang that rampaged through the park and mercilessly beat and raped the then 28-year-old investment banker who went jogging through the park many evenings after work. The case fanned the flames of racial tensions.

The men were exonerated after the State Supreme Court vacated their convictions in 2002. An investigation by the Manhattan district attorney, Robert Morgenthau, found that DNA and other evidence showed the woman was not beaten and raped by any of imprisoned men, but by one person, convicted rapist and murderer Matias Reyes, who confessed to the attack.

 

U.S. Patent Office Cancels Trademark for Washington Redskins Football Team

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U.S. Patent Office Cancels Trademark for Washington Redskins Football Team

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Patent Office has cancelled the six trademark registrations for the Washington Redskins football team, ruling that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and cannot be  trademarked under federal law that prohibits the protection of disparaging language.

The ruling does not mean that the team will have to change its name but it does affect whether the team and the NFL can make money from merchandising. That’s because it will limit the team’s legal options when others use the logos and the name on T shirts, sweatshirts, beer glasses and license plate holders, the Washington Post reports.

 

Jonathan Fleming Seeks $162 Million for 25-Year Wrongful Imprisonment

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Jonathan Fleming Seeks $162 Million for 25-Year-Wrongful Imprisonment

Jonathan Fleming, who was recently exonerated in a 1989 New York City murder after serving nearly 25 years in prison, filed a notice of claim outlining plans to seek $162 million from the city, his lawyer Taylor Koss said. Fleming was visiting Disney World at the time of the murder.

Fleming was convicted of fatally shooting a friend in Brooklyn in August 1989, despite telling investigators he was in Florida on vacation and had plane tickets, videos and other materials to support his claim. At the time, prosecutors suggested he could have flown back and committed the murder. A woman, who has since recanted her testimony, said she had seen him commit the crime.

The police found a hotel receipt in Fleming’s pocket that shows he made a payment five hours before the shooting, but that was never turned over to his attorney at the time. They also failed to turn over a 1989 Orlando police letter telling NYPD detectives some employees at the hotel remembered seeing Fleming. Instead, they were only too happy to have an innocent man sit in prison for nearly 25 years for a crime he didn’t commit.

 

Paula Deen’s Son Posts Picture Kissing Aunt Jemima Employee Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones

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Paula Deen’s Son Posts Picture Kissing Aunt Jemima Employee Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones (Credit: Twitter)

Hey y’all, Paula Deen and her fam are in the news again. As the celebrity Southern chef is trying to make a comeback after being accused of using the n-word, her son, Jamie Deen, posted a picture of himself kissing Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones, the employee who Paula Deen reportedly asked to dress like Aunt Jemima and make hoecakes for the diners at her new restaurant.

Here’s more from RadarOnline:

Like mother, like son? Paula Deen has rebounded from her own racism scandal with a new network and business deals continuing to roll in. But as reports swirl that her son Jamie Deen’s own Food Network show has been cancelled, RadarOnline.com has learned that he’s been caught engaging in his own questionable behavior, which one fan calls “worse than the N-word!’

On june 13, Jamie posted a pic of himself smooching an older African-American woman, captioning the pic “Don’t tell [my wife] Brooke. #jellyroll #sugar”

The woman in the photo, Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones, has been at the center of accusations of racism surrounding the family.

Gee, I wonder how Ineata Jones got the nickname “Jellyroll?” The bigger question for me is if this was a publicity stunt on the part of the Deen family to show they aren’t racists or it’s just a heartfelt gesture from Jamie Deen to show he really cares about Jellyroll Jones?