President Obama Recounts Personal Experiences with Racial Profiling

barack and michelle obama 450x315 President Obama Recounts Personal Experiences with Racial Profiling

President Obama Recounts Personal Experiences with Racial Profiling (Photo Credit: Pete Souza/White House)

President Obama and the First Lady discussed their own experiences with racism with People magazine, in light of the incidents of racial profiling and the police officer-involved deaths of black males. Michelle Obama said, “I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years. Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs.”

More from Michelle Obama:

I tell this story–I mean, even as the first lady–during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.

President Obama added, “There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys.”

He alluded to the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice by two white officers:

The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced. It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress.

Of course, President Obama’s critics will make it seem as though he is just trying to appease the black community. Never mind the fact that he is biracial.

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

police gun 450x303 Al Sharpton, Families of Black Men Killed by Cops, to March in Washington DC

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.

RNC Member Randy Evans Blames Obama for Ferguson Turmoil Over Michael Brown Shooting

darren wilson over michael brown body1 350x242 RNC Member Randy Evans Blames Obama for Ferguson Turmoil Over Michael Brown Shooting

RNC Member Randy Evans Blames Obama for Ferguson Turmoil Over Michael Brown Shooting

Randy Evans, a Republican National Committee member and Gov. Nathan Deal’s attorney, blames President Obama for the racial tensions and unrest that erupted over unarmed black teen Michael Brown being shot by a white cop, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Mo.

During an interview on Australian TV program “Contrarians,” Randy Evans said America’s first black president squandered his chance to help improve the lot of black Americans, choosing instead to use them as “nothing more than a political tool.”

Evans said, “Well that enormous opportunity kind of got squandered because literally what happened once President Obama took office, African-Americans became nothing more than a political tool – a way to drive up votes among African-American communities.” “And I would say that over the course of his six years we probably have taken more steps backward than we have forward,” Evans added.

He also contends that the Democrats view the black community as a “convenient mechanism where every election rolls around, you hit the hot-button issues rather than actually ever resolving the core issues” such as education and unemployment.

Evans said, “What you have instead is, a kind of self-imposed unit here that is an available unit that every time an election rolls around, we push the button, we make sure… we know 92 percent of African-Americans are going to vote with the president.”

You know, he may have a point, but I don’t see where the Republican Party has stepped up and showed the black community it is a viable alternative. Instead, we have Congressional Republicans cutting programs that benefit the black community. Where’s their solution to the high unemployment rate in the black community? How many Republicans have called for increased oversight of our police departments, particularly in the area of police brutality and civil rights violations? It’s nice to preach to the choir, but the facts speak for themselves. I have yet to see Gov. Nathan Deal embrace Georgia’s black community. In fact, a recent poll shows that his Democratic rival, Jason Carter, is shellacking him with black voters.

Here’s a partial transcript of Randy Evans’ interview (entire clip):

Ross Cameron: … I want to talk about Mike Brown, a young African-American who has been shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri. Tell us, give us your take. Is this just a random tragedy or are we touching a wider nerve in relation to the U.S.’s macro political settings?

Evans: Well, unfortunately I think that we’re at a scenario where we had a president who had, as the first African-American president, an opportunity to really advance race relations in the United States. You know, we’ve had a tortured history in that regard.

And as a result, to have an African-American president, you would have the opportunity for every young African-American to think to themselves, “One day I too can grow up to be President.” Well, that enormous opportunity kind of got squandered, because literally what happened once President Obama took office, African-Americans became nothing more than a political tool – a way to drive up votes among African-American communities and I would say that over the course of his six years we probably have taken more steps backward than we have forward.

So, obviously, Mike Brown is the second. We had Trayvon Martin, which is a similar story — its similar unrest—and I think for the most part you’d have to say that what’s happened is the net effect, is the actual, open discussion of race has gone underground and it means that when these eruptions occur, they are far more violent, they’re far more intense and they end up getting nationalized in a way that we’ve never seen before. So you end up with…

Female participant: That’s not entirely fair. I mean, American history is littered with examples of race relations and riots and uprisings that have been quite nationalized.

Evans: Well, can you give me one during the Bush Administration? Where President Bush…

Female participant: Well, you said that we hadn’t seen before.

Evans: No, no, no. What I was saying is that in modern history you would have thought that having the first African-American president would have been a great moment of healing where every child – remember the focal point in America is everybody have the American dream and the American dream is…

Second female participant: Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Bill Clinton, poor, white child from the South. Single mother. Grows up to become president.

Evans: Grow up to be whatever you want to be.

First female participant: Isn’t this an example of where there is advancement at some levels but in the community, for example, in Ferguson you’ve got 67% black population and 95 percent white policemen. Is that not sort of – do you think that there are grassroots problems that haven’t been solved? That can’t be the fault of the president, surely.

Evans: No, I think it is because they’ve become a political voting bloc which is a convenient mechanism where every election rolls around, you hit the hot-button issues rather than actually ever resolving the core issues.

Second female participant: But how is that taking them backwards? How is that taking the relationship backwards?

Evans: Well because the net effect is rather than solve the core problems that result in a higher incidence of African-American youth being unemployed, being imprisoned, otherwise having not the opportunities – which is that they don’t have the education, they don’t have the support structures, they don’t have the family structures.

Rather than address any of those core issues, which in fact lead to the problem. What you have instead is, a kind of self-imposed unit here that is an available unit that every time an election rolls around, we push the button, we make sure… we know 92 percent of African-Americans are going to vote with the president. [H/T Political Insider]

UN Committee Slams US Police for Use of Excessive Force Against Blacks

ray albers1 350x265 UN Committee Slams US Police for Use of Excessive Force Against Blacks

UN Committee Slams US Police for Use of Excessive Force Against Blacks

The United Nation’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) called out U.S. police for using excessive force against minorities, according to a Reuters report. The recommendation comes as protests erupted over the fatal shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Mo. The shooting led to civil unrest and clashes between the police and protestors. The clashes have led to a $41 million lawsuit filed on behalf of the “Ferguson Five,” who allege they were arrested, tear-gassed and shot at with rubber bullets by police while peacefully protesting.

Reuters reports that CERD reviewed the treatment of minorities and found that blacks in particular are victims of discrimination. Noureddine Amir, CERD’s vice chairman, told reporters, “Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing,” Reuters reports.

Noureddine Amir also said:

“The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown. … This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials.”

Reuters reports that a panel of 18 experts interviewed a U.S. delegation as part of its review of racial issues in the U.S. The panel said “Stand Your Ground” laws should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense.” Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen who was gunned down by volunteer neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, testified. Ron Davis, father of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was gunned down by Michael Dunn during an altercation over loud music, attended the Geneva session.

Eric Garner was recently killed by a NYPD officer who held him in a chokehold during his arrest over selling loose cigarettes. Ezell Ford, a mentally challenged man, was killed days after the Michael Brown shooting, by two LAPD officers while he was in handcuffs.

 

Trayvon Martin’s Mom: “If They Refuse to Hear Us, We Will Make Them Feel Us”

Sybrina Fulton on Meet the Press 350x157 Trayvon Martins Mom:  If They Refuse to Hear Us, We Will Make Them Feel Us

Trayvon Martin’s Mom: “If They Refuse to Hear Us, We Will Make Them Feel Us”

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, penned a letter in Time.com to the Lesley McSpadden, the mother of slain teen Michael Brown and one sentence has hit a nerve with some folks.

Fulton ended the letter with a call to action (some have called it fiery):  “If they refuse to hear us, we will make them feel us.” She appeared on CNN this morning and explained what she meant, saying it was a call to vote. The Drudge Report and others ran with that statement, implying that it was a call to violence. Really? Wow.

Here’s an excerpt from Sybrina Fulton’s letter to Lesley McSpadden:

Facts, myths, and flat out lies are already out there in Michael’s case. Theories, regardless of how ridiculous, are being pondered by the pundits. My advice is to surround yourselves with proven and trusted support. Through it all, I never let go of my faith, my family, or my friends. Long after the overwhelming media attention is gone, you will need those three entities to find your ‘new normal.’ Honor your son and his life, not the circumstances of his alleged transgressions. I have always said that Trayvon was not perfect. But no one will ever convince me that my son deserved to be stalked and murdered. No one can convince you that Michael deserved to be executed.

But know this: neither of their lives shall be in vain. The galvanizations of our communities must be continued beyond the tragedies. While we fight injustice, we will also hold ourselves to an appropriate level of intelligent advocacy. If they refuse to hear us, we will make them feel us. Some will mistake that last statement as being negatively provocative. But feeling us means feeling our pain; imagining our plight as parents of slain children. We will no longer be ignored. We will bond, continue our fights for justice, and make them remember our children in an appropriate light. I would hate to think that our lawmakers and leaders would need to lose a child before protecting the rest of them and making the necessary changes NOW…

Trayvon Martin was gunned down by a wannabe cop, neighborhood volunteer watch captain, George Zimmerman in February 2012 as he walked home from a convenience store. Like Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin was unarmed.

Tea Party Leader Jesse Lee Peterson Says Michael Brown a “Thug” Because He Ran From Cop

jesse lee peterson 350x180 Tea Party Leader Jesse Lee Peterson Says Michael Brown a Thug Because He Ran From Cop

Tea Party Leader Jesse Lee Peterson Says Michael Brown a “Thug” Because He Ran From Cop

(OPINION) — Tea Party lunatic Jesse Lee Peterson, during an appearence on “The Steve Malzberg” show said he is disturbed that “thugs” like Michael Brown, the unarmed teen who was gunned down by a white police officer on a Ferguson, Mo., street, and Trayvon Martin, are “given the benefit of the doubt.” Really dumbass?

Peterson said criminals in America, “especially black criminals,” are let off too easily. Spoken like a true hypocrite. He added, “I’ve said from day one that Michael Brown is a thug.” How did he reach this conclusion? Because Michael Brown was “running the cops, period, because good folks do not run from police officers, they follow their instructions,” according to a video posted by Right Wing Watch.

Listen to venom being spewed by Jesse Lee Peterson about Michael Brown:

Jury Selected in Theodore Wafer Murder Case in Shooting Death of Renisha McBride

renisha mcbride Jury Selected in Theodore Wafer Murder Case in Shooting Death of Renisha McBride

Jury Selected in Theodore Wafer Murder Case in Shooting Death of Renisha McBride

A jury has been selected in the murder trial of Theodore Wafer, the Dearborn Heights, Mich., homeowner charged in the shooting death of a drunk but unarmed teen Renisha McBride as she sought help after a car accident.

A jury of seven men and seven women — four black (two men and two women) — was seated after nearly 70 potential jurors were questioned on Monday and Tuesday.

Renisha McBride’s aunt had expressed concern that too many black women were being dismissed from the jury. This comes as defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter wasn’t happy that the prosecution dismissed several jurors who were gun advocates.

Opening statements in the Renisha McBride murder case will start on Wednesday.

There are parallels to the Trayvon Martin murder case, as the defense sought to introduce information about Renisha McBride holding what appears to be a gun, having wads of money and marijuana. The judge did not allow that to come into evidence. You will recall, Trayvon Martin was on trial even though George Zimmerman was the one who pulled the trigger.

One Year After Being Acquitted for Trayvon Martin’s Murder, George Zimmerman Claims He’s Homeless

george zimmerman mugshot3 350x205 One Year After Being Acquitted for Trayvon Martins Murder, George Zimmerman Claims Hes Homeless

One Year After Being Acquitted for Trayvon Martin’s Murder, George Zimmerman Claims He’s Homeless

George Zimmerman was acquitted nearly one year ago for the murder of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. While he may have escaped prison for the teen’s murder, he’s living in a hell-hole of his own making. He is reportedly unemployed, broke and homeless. He now begins divorce proceedings with his estranged wife, Shellie. As they say, karma will catch up with you. It never fails. He has only to look at former NFL great O.J. Simpson.

According to a financial affidavit Zimmerman filed last month, he only has $650 in his bank account and $14,000 in assets, mainly his pickup truck. He is reportedly $2.5 million in debt. His brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., who sparked outrage with racist tweets about Trayvon Martin, said his brother doesn’t have a home, but moves around sleeping at the homes of friends and supporters.

I have to ask, how does George Zimmerman manage to spend more than $3,000 a month, and claim to be homeless and virtually penniless?

 

 

Mark Cuban Apologizes to Trayvon Martin’s Parents for “Hoodie” Comment

mark cuban 350x215 Mark Cuban Apologizes to Trayvon Martins Parents for Hoodie Comment

Mark Cuban Apologizes to Trayvon Martin’s Parents for “Hoodie” Comment (Credit: Inc. Screengrab)

Mark Cuban found himself in hot water after saying he would cross the street if he saw a black kid wearing a hoodie. Cuban was making the point that beyond Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling, everyone has their own inner prejudices that they instinctively and irrationally act on.

Cuban said, “If I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I’ll move to the other side of the street.” Of course, he was taken to task on Twitter and ended up apologizing to Trayvon Martin’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin for his remarks. So, it’s okay to prejudge a black teen but not a white teen wearing a hoodie?

Um, I guess we know how he will vote over kicking Donald Sterling out of the league for his racist rant.

Frank Taaffe Now Says Pal George Zimmerman Racially Profiled Trayvon Martin

frank taaffe 350x228 Frank Taaffe Now Says Pal George Zimmerman Racially Profiled Trayvon Martin

Frank Taaffe Now Says Pal George Zimmerman Racially Profiled Trayvon Martin

Frank Taaffe, who staunchly defended George Zimmerman during his trial for the murder of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, now says he believes his friend racially profiled the teen. Um, no news there…we already knew Trayvon Martin was racially profiled by wannabe cop Zimmerman.

Taaffe, who was unceremoniously dumped as a regular guest on HLN’s “The Nancy Grace Show” after reports of his ties to a white nationalist radio show, told News13 he believes Zimmerman would not have followed Trayvon Martin if he “had been a white kid on a cell phone.” Again, we knew this…

Taaffe said, “What I know of George and his tendencies and also my opinion is that he racially profiled Trayvon Martin that night because if that had been a white kid on a cell phone, walking through our neighborhood, he wouldn’t have stayed on him the way he did and that’s a fact and I believe that in my heart.”

Gee, I wonder why Frank Taaffe is suddenly so apologetic to Trayvon Martin’s parents after trashing the teen on national television, night after night. Well, he credited the recent tragedies in his life for his change of heart.  He expressed his condolences to the teen’s parents saying, “I’m sorry that you lost your son. I know what that’s like and I wish things had been different.”

Taaffe said, “I can only ask the country to forgive me and today I believe that he racially profiled him based on the color of his skin. He said he has no book deal or a TV show, adding, “I’m just working on me right now and getting right with God.”

I am guessing Frank Taaffe owes George Zimmerman’s estranged wife, Shellie, an apology too for trashing her on Nancy Grace and Dr. Drew’s shows.

 

 Frank Taaffe Now Says Pal George Zimmerman Racially Profiled Trayvon Martin