NY Post, Fox Nation Refer to Jay Z as “Ex-Crack Dealer” Over Cuomo Meeting

The New York Post and Fox Nation referred to Jay Z as a “former crack dealer” after his meeting with New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo to discuss police policy.

Here’s a screenshot from the NY Post’s Page Six:

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NY Post, Fox Nation Call Jay Z “Former Crack Dealer” After Cuomo Meeting

Here’s Fox Nation’s tweet linking to their article:

So much for second chances if you are black, but it’s A-OK if you are white. You get an automatic pass. Take ex-con Bernie Kerik. He seems to have been forgiven for his criminal wrongdoing. How else do you explain CNN using him as a regular commentator in the recent wave of officer-involved shootings?

Al Sharpton, Families of Black Men Killed by Cops, to March in Washington DC

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Al Sharpton, Families of Black Men Killed by Cops, to March in Washington DC (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Rev. Al Sharpton and the relatives of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice will stage the “Justice for All” march on Saturday along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. to protest the deaths of unarmed black males at the hands of white police officers. The march comes as Tamir Rice’s death was ruled a homicide. The 12-year-old was fatally shot by Cleveland rookie cop Timothy Loehmann.

The family of Trayvon Martin, the teen who was gunned down by volunteer neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, will also be joining Sharpton for the march.

Members of several civil rights organizations will also take part in the march, set to begin at noon. There will also be speeches outlining the legislative agenda the protesters are calling on Congress to enact, including an end to police vilence and to reform that grand jury system, specifically when police officers are involved in deaths.

Al Sharpton said the reason for the march, “All over the country we all need to come together and demand this Congress deal with the issues, that we need laws to protect the citizens in these states from these state grand jurors,” USA Today reports. Other marches across the U.S. are also planned for Saturday.

Univ. of Maryland Delta Gamma Member Celebrates Birthday with N-Word Slur on Cake

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Univ. of Maryland Delta Gamma Member Celebrates Birthday with N-Word Slur on Cake (Photo Credit: Instagram)

The Baltimore Sun reports that the University of Maryland’s Delta Gamma sorority is under fire after an Instagram picture surfaced of a member celebrating her 21st birthday standing next to a three-layer cake with “suck a n*gga d**k” inscription.

UM’s department of fraternity and sorority life sent a tweet decrying the photo on Thursday, saying, “We are aware of an insensitive post from a community member & are addressing it with the chapter as it does not align with our Greek values,” the Baltimore Sun reports.

Delta Gamma posted a response on Facebook, saying: “We have become aware of an unacceptable Instagram post by a member of our chapter. The Fraternity volunteers and staff are working with our chapter at the University of Maryland at this time to hold this member accountable.”

Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera: Slogan for Black Protesters Should “We Are the Problem”

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Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera: Slogan for Black Protesters Should “We Are the Problem” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera is giving his two cents telling black protesters to stop using “I can’t breathe” slogan in favor of “We’re the problem.” His reasoning is that the fatal encounters black males have with police officers are due to family dysfunction. Um, Eric Garner was married….

Geraldo’s comments were made during an appearance on “Fox and Friends” in which he addressed what he believed is the real problem plaguing black communities.

Rivera first clarified that “too many young black men are being killed unnecessarily in encounters with police” and that “too many black moms are more fearful of the cops when their kids go out at night than they are the crooks.”

He then used basketball star LeBron James’ recent decision to wear an “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt to share his take on “black, brown, and other minority families” that are in crisis.

“The families in crisis are in crisis not because of the interface between cops and young black men but because of family dysfunction, fathers being irresponsible,” Rivera said. “That is a much more difficult, complex situation than wanting to advocate against police violence toward, you know, toward young black men.”

Rivera criticized those who focused on police violence and challenged them to avoid the “low-hanging fruit” and instead focus on the harder problems to solve.

“We’re the victims. Yet again, we’re the victims. Let’s fix this problem,” Rivera said. “But what about the much more difficult problem of ‘We’re The Problem.'”

“We’re the problem when it comes to the dysfunction,” Rivera continued. “We’re the problem when it comes to fathers not being responsible for their children. … That’s the t-shirt he should wear. That’s fine, “I can’t breathe” this week. Next week, if you’re gonna be a billboard, a walking billboard, next week “Be a better father to your son.” Source: Talking Points Memo

Ex-FAMU football player Jonathan Ferrell was gunned down by a North Carolina cop as he tried to get help after a car crash. There was nothing in that encounter that had anything to do with his family upbringing. In fact, he never had any brushes with the law and, by all accounts, he was a very upstanding young man, who was engaged to be married.

“Scandal” Creator Shonda Rhimes Blasts Media Response to “Racist” Leaked Sony Emails

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Shonda Rhimes Blasts Racist Email Exchange Between Sony Executive & Producer (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” creator Shonda Rhimes blasted the racist email exchange between Sony executive Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin in a Sony hack, by calling out the media for not taking a stronger stance against their actions. She slammed the characterization of the emails by the media as “racially insensitive.”

Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin mockingly guessed what films President Obama would like such as “Django Unchained” and “12 Years a Slave.” they concluded, “I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”

Rhimes tweeted, “Calling Sony comments “racially insensitive remarks” instead of “racist?” “U can put a cherry on a pile of sh*t but it don’t make it a sundae.” Ouch.

A group called the Guardians of Peace have taken responsibility for the massive hacking. The group demanded that Sony stop its release of “The Interview,” starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, which lampoons North Korea.

FBI Investigating Hanging Death of Black Teen Lennon Lacy

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FBI Investigating Hanging Death of Black Teen Lennon Lacy

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the hanging death of black teenager Lennon Lacy, whose hanging death was previously ruled a suicide, Bladen County district attorney Jon David said.

Lacy, 17, was founding hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, North Carolina, in August. The teen’s family and the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP called for further investigation into his death.

The teen’s mother, Claudia Lacy, wrote an article in the U.K. Guardian slamming the police investigation as unsatisfactory.

Here’s a little background on Lennon Lacy’s death:

Claudia Lacy said that her son, a junior and varsity football player at West Bladen High School, had goals for the future and had been excited about his first game of the school year after being sidelined for a season to work on his grades.

He had been grieving the recent passing of an uncle, and Claudia Lacy told investigators that he had been depressed.

But Barber said it was a word that she had used to describe his mourning and that Lennon Lacy had no history of mental illness and had never been diagnosed as clinically depressed.

The boy was found around 7:30 a.m. on the Friday of his first football game, wearing shoes that were two sizes too small – one of many things that has concerned the family.

By the time Claudia Lacy arrived, Barber said, her son’s body had been placed in a body bag, and police had released the scene – a move also being criticized by the Lacy family’s attorney, Heather Rattelade.

 

Allen Basketball Coach Clay Jackson on Under Fire for Calling Student “Buckwheat”

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Allen Basketball Coach Clay Jackson on Under Fire for Calling Student “Buckwheat”

Clay Jackon, a basketball coach at Allen High School in Texas, has been placed on administrative leave after he reportedly referred to a student on the junior varsity team as “Buckwheat.” You will recall Buckwheat was a “Little Rascals” character from the 1930s.

Jackson also called another student “Gimpy.” He apologized after Chidi Ogbuta met with him, along with the principal and the school district last week. The Ogbutas said Clay Jackson told them “he wasn’t aware of the racial context” of the name “Buckwheat,” WFAA 8 reports.

In case you don’t remember the Buckwheat character, here goes…

Scott Rudin Apologizes for Racially Insensitive Emails About President Obama

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Scott Rudin Apologizes for Racially Insensitive Emails About President Obama

SONY EMAIL SCANDAL: Producer Scott Rudin issued an apology for his racist emails that surfaced last night after a trove of hacked private emails between he and Sony Pictures Entertainment chairwoman Amy Pascal were released. They named black-themed films that President Obama might like.

 Rudin made the point in this morning’s New York Times about this hacking breach was a criminal act, when he was asked about other hacked e-mails between the producer and Pascal referencing the movie on Apple’s Steve Jobs. Here, Rudin said he simply wanted to apologize.

“Private emails between friends and colleagues written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity, even when the content of them is meant to be in jest, can result in offense where none was intended,” he told Deadline. “I made a series of remarks that were meant only to be funny, but in the cold light of day, they are in fact thoughtless and insensitive — and not funny at all. To anybody I’ve offended, I’m profoundly and deeply sorry, and I regret and apologize for any injury they might have caused.” Source: Deadline

The racially insensitive emails about President Obama prove one thing — no matter how far we have come as a country, we still haven’t overcome.

Here’s some of what Scott Rudin said about President Obama:

On the eve of a fundraising breakfast being attended by the President at the home of DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Pascal and Rudin went over things she could discuss with Obama while at the event in October 2013.

‘Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?’ Pascal asks Rudin, a reference to the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained that dealt with the subject of slavery in the antebellum South.

’12 years,’ responds Rudin, referencing another slavery film, this time Steve McQueen’s 2013 Academy Award-winning work 12 Years a Slave, a very violent and brutal look at the injustice and abuse endured by the millions forced into slavery in America.

The pair then keep going, listing as many current films starring black actors as they can name, including Lee Daniels’ The Butler and two Kevin Hart movies, Think Like a Man and Ride Along.

‘I bet he likes Kevin Hart,’ says Rudin at one point.  Source: Daily Mail

Eric Garner Protester Yotameli Sayer Arrested After Punching Officer in the Head

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Eric Garner Protester Yotameli Sayer Arrested After Punching Officer in the Head (Photo Credit: YouTube video screengrab)

SHAMEFUL:  Yotameli Sayer was arrested after punching an officer in the head during an Eric Garner protest at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal on December 4. He was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Before people hate….Yotameli Sayer is white, not black.

The video on the incident, which was posted online, showed a crowd gathered around several police officers as an individual was pinned to the ground. Sayer was clearly seen punching the officer in the head.

Yotameli Sayer was also implicated in another incident 30 minutes after the Whitehall Ferry terminal incident. He struck a second officer who was arresting a protester for blocking traffic at Eighth Avenue and 14th Street, police said. Another man, identified as Neil Bahneman, 43, was also arrested for hitting the same police officer in the back. He pulled him to the ground, according to the criminal complaint.

Yotameli Sayer has had several brushes with the law. He was sentenced to 12 months of supervised probation in North Carolina for riding on a train unlawfully, trespassing and impairing railroad operations order, according to the Mecklenburg County Clerk’s office.

My two cents….

The protests are spiraling out of control with no clear message on what protesters want to see changed. If they want police brutality to end, then the protesters shouldn’t be blocking the streets. They should be marching to city hall and their city council meetings. Let me be clear, what happened to Eric Garner at the hands of Daniel Pantaleo was wrong and he should be punished, but one should not conflate Michael Brown’s death with this incident.

President Obama: Racism “Deeply Rooted” in U.S. History

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President Obama: Racism “Deeply Rooted” in U.S. History

TRUTH:  In an interview with BET, President Obama said racism is “deeply rooted in our society; it’s deeply rooted in our history.” Of course, many on the right are saying not so. They want you to believe racism is a figment of our imagination. President Obama hosted a group of young civil rights activists at the White House last week.

Never mind the fact that the president was very clear in saying we have made progress as a country. The chorus of right wing haters are only focusing on a snippet of his comments — racism is deeply rooted in our society.

America has made gains, and that “gives us hope” of making more progress, he said.

“We can’t equate what is happening now to what was happening 50 years ago,” Obama said, “and if you talk to your parents, grandparents, uncles, they’ll tell you that things are better, not good in some places, but better.”

Obama said he is advising young people to be persistent because “typically progress is in steps, it’s in increments.”

In dealing with something “as deeply rooted as racism or bias in any society, you’ve got to have vigilance but you have to recognize that it’s going to take some time and you just have to be steady so that you don’t give up when you don’t get all the way there,” Obama said. Source: Huffington Post

Watch a preview of President Obama’s BET interview, which will air Monday night: