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.

Jeb Bush Tech Officer Ethan Czahor Resigns Over Online Posts About MLK, Gays

Jeb Bush Tech Officer Ethan Czahor Resigns Over Online Posts About MLK, Gays

Jeb Bush Tech Officer Ethan Czahor Resigns Over Online Posts About MLK, Gays (Photo Credit: Twitter via @czahor)

Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s tech officer Ethan Czahor resigns over a bunch of inflammatory posts online mocking MLK, gays and women. He confirmed his resignation in a series of tweets: “i deleted some old jokes i made years ago that i no longer find funny or appropriate.”

Ethan Czahor was the tech officer of Bush’s political action committee, The Right to Rise PAC, which issued a statement, saying, “While Ethan has apologized for regrettable and insensitive comments, they do not reflect the views of Governor Bush or his organization and it is appropriate for him to step aside. We wish him the best.”

Then on Tuesday, the Huffington Post published inflammatory remarks Czahor made about minorities on the website of a radio program he hosted while attending East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

HuffPost accessed the now-defunct website of “The Ethan Show” through an internet archive. In a 2008 blog post, Czahor praised Martin Luther King, Jr. for wearing pants that weren’t “sagging to his ankles” and for not speaking in “jibberish” or “slang.” He went on to argue that the civil rights icon wouldn’t have supported affirmative action programs and declared that “black parents need to get their sh@# together.”

Neither Czahor or Right to Rise PAC addressed those statements about minorities. Source: Talking Points Memo

So much for Reince Priebus’ minority outreach. These conservatives just keep showing their true colors one election cycle after the next. It’s interesting when people like Ethan Czahor get called out for making derogatory comments, they always say they are learning….Really?

Zach Braff Apologizes for Racist Tweet About Pharrell’s Grammy Outfit

Zach Braff Apologizes for Racist Tweet About Pharrell's Grammy Outfit

Zach Braff Apologizes for Racist Tweet About Pharrell’s Grammy Outfit (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Actor Zach Braff apologized for a racist tweet comparing Pharrell’s Grammy outfit to the flying monkey in the Wizard of Oz.

Pharrell Williams wore a bellboy-type hat and jacket for his performance of “Happy” during the Grammy Awards last Sunday. The outfit went viral on social media, with some tweeting that the outfit resembled that of the bellhop from “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Some saw a parallel with black bellhops.

Zach Braff stepped in some mess when he shared a side-by-side picture of Pharrell and the flying monkey from The Wizard of Oz 2013 remake “Oz The Great and Powerful.” Not funny.

Braff tweeted this apology:

Here’s a screenshot of Zach Braff’s racist tweet:

Zach Braff Apologizes for Racist Tweet About Pharrell's Grammy Outfit

Zach Braff Apologizes for Racist Tweet About Pharrell’s Grammy Outfit

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.

 

GOP Rep. Aaron Schock Adviser Benjamin Cole Quits Over Racist Facebook Posts

GOP Rep. Aaron Schock Adviser Benjamin Cole Quits Over Racist Facebook Posts

GOP Rep. Aaron Schock Adviser Benjamin Cole Quits Over Racist Facebook Posts (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Benjamin Cole, a senior adviser to Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) resigned after a series of racially charged Facebook posts, including one comparing blacks to “zoo animals.” Yep, so much for that minority outreach RNC chief Reince Priebus is dreaming about.

Rep. Schock issued a statement saying, “I am extremely disappointed by the inexcusable and offensive online comments made by a member of my staff.” “I would expect better from any member of my team. Upon learning about them I met with Mr. Cole and he offered his resignation which I have expected.”

Buzzfeed posted several screenshots of the Facebook posts Cole posted. He served as Rep. Schock’s senior adviser for policy and communications.

The website Think Progress reported Thursday on other racially charged comments from Cole.

The website in one instance showed a Facebook post from Cole, which had a video allegedly showing a black woman arguing with someone off the screen.

“So apparently the closing of the National Zoo has forced the animals to conduct their mating rituals on my street. #gentrifytoday Pt. 1,” Cole wrote in that post in 2013.

Here’s his most recent racially-charged Facebook post:

Benjamin Cole resigns over racially-charged Facebook posts

Benjamin Cole resigns over racially-charged Facebook posts (Photo Credit: Facebook)

 

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.

HBO Picks Up “Thug Music” Documentary About Jordan Davis Shooting

HBO Picks Up "Thug Music" Documentary About Jordan Davis Shooting Trial

HBO Picks Up “Thug Music” Documentary About Jordan Davis Shooting Trial

HBO picks up the “Thug Music” documentary, 3 1/2 Minutes about the trial for the murder of black teen Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn, in Jacksonville, Fla., in November 2012.

3 1/2 Minutes, which was directed by Marc Silver, made its premiere at the Sundance Music Festival last week. HBO bought the U.S. television rights to the movie and will air it later this year after its theatrical release.

Shiela Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films said, “I am grieved that these continuing stories are everyday matters swept away. By bringing this powerful film to HBO audiences we hope to elevate the national conversation around these tragic issues.”

The jury deadlocked on the first-degree murder charge while returning a guilty verdict on three counts of attempted murder during the trial last February. Michael Dunn was retried and found guilty of first-degree murder for Jordan Davis’ murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Last year, Jordan Davis’ family attorney John Phillips released a damning video of a neighbor, Charles Hendrix, slamming Michael Dunn as a bully and someone who was hard to get a long with.

Watch the trailer for “3 1/2 Minutes” via Participant Media:

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.

Jeff Roorda Accused of Pushing Black Woman As Brawl Erupted at City Hall

Jeff Roorda Accused of Pushing Black Woman As Brawl Erupted at City Hall

Jeff Roorda Accused of Pushing Black Woman As Brawl Erupted at City Hall (Photo Credit: KMOV Video Screengrab)

Missouri Republican lawmaker Jeff Roorda is accused of pushing a black woman after a brawl erupted at a meeting to discuss police conduct stemming from the shooting death of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson.

The meeting was held Wednesday night to address a proposed civilian oversight board that would examine the police force’s actions in the future. The audience became upset as officers spoke out against the board, KMOV reports..

City police union business manager Jeff Roorda, who wore a support Darren Wilson wristband, reportedly got involved in a verbal altercation with the meeting chairman Terry Kennedy. Roorda allegedly pushed Cachet Currie as the melee erupted. She reportedly suffered a scratch to her forehead.

People in the crowd could be heard shouting at Roorda:  “You white supremacist motherf*cker. Get out of here, man!”

What I am concerned about is how Jeff Roorda can represent the people of his district, which I assume also includes black residents but side with the police because he is the business manager of the union. Isn’t there a disconnect here?

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.