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A list of reasons why you can’t ‘stop the violence’ in Chicago

The following post originally appeared on The Nommo Gathering Black Writers Collective, a Chicago-based group of writers. The group was founded by writer/activist Stephanie Gadlin, and includes a host of authors, poets, playwrights and other creatives. The post appears under the original title, “10 Reasons Why You Can’t ‘Stop the Violence’ in Black Chicago.”

By: Nommo Writers

  1. Violence in Chicago has been normalized as a justified means of resolving conflict among groups and individuals. This notion is reinforced by the U.S. Govt.’s frequent invading and destruction of other nations it is in disagreement. Violence is the normalized response among people in contact in the United States and has been since the founding of this nation in 1776. The 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states people have the right to self-defense and to bear arms (own guns, knives, etc.); and in Chicago people can own weapons, conceal them and use them in acts of aggression. It is up to the courts to decide who was the true aggressor and the warranted threat level.

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16-year-old drugged and raped, finds out via social media after peers make fun of incident

Shared: Jada, a 16-year-old from Houston, Texas, claims she was drugged and raped at a high school party, and that pictures of her assault were then posted online

A 16-year-old Houston girl says she found out she was drugged and raped via social media.

While it is not our policy to disclose the identity of rape victims, the teen, along with her mother’s blessing, does not want to hide her identity. Jada told KHOU 11 that she has nothing to hide, and wants the people who did this to be caught. 

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Clothing company in hot water after matching black child’s face with body of monkey

A children's clothing line is under fire after this T-shirt featuring a monkey's body was seen paired with the face of an African-American boy.

A children’s clothing line is coming under fire after a t-shirt featuring a monkey’s body was paired with the face of a black boy on a cardboard cut out.

The combination was first spotted on Twitter Wednesday, and is now creating an uproar. The company, Just Add A Kid, is chalking it up to “a total misunderstanding.”

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University agrees to remove Confederate flags from campus following protests

After a wave of student-led protests on campus, officials at Washington and Lee University have agreed to remove Confederate flags from the main chamber of its Lee Chapel.

The changes came after a group of black students protested that the historic Virginia school was unwelcoming to minorities.

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Dress Code or Racial Profiling? Bar Louie Offends Customers

 

I understand that businesses want to protect their brand, but are they protecting their band or racially profiling? When can racial profiling be justly called? From personal experience, I can say that some businesses would rather lose a few customers than to open their minds and doors to a more diverse crowd.

I remember I was out with a few friends. It was a lovely day and we wanted to enjoy the festivities of Saint Patrick’s Day like everyone else. Going to a small bar, we waited in line only to find the bouncer telling my male friend that his pants were too baggy. My friend who was wearing fitted, boot cut jeans with a casual shirt and jacket was caught off guard by the bouncer’s reason for not allow him, which ultimately was all of us into the bar. Looking inside the bar, the customers were all white as the bouncer was and I was pretty much tired of the indirect prejudices so I said: “Just tell us the REAL reason why you don’t want us at this bar?”

Meanwhile a white guy gladly walked in WITH baggy jeans and I was beyond appalled.

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League City becomes first to officially ‘ban’ undocumented immigrant children

A small town in Texas has become the first city to officially ban undocumented immigrant children.

League City council members passed a resolution Tuesday evening that makes it illegal for undocumented children to enter the municipality. 

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Video: C-SPAN callers use Civil Rights show to complain about white oppression

 

When C-SPAN’s Washington Journal invited its viewers to weigh in on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, several callers dialed in to advocate for “white pride.”

They even suggested that black people owe them, well all white people, for ignoring discrimination against the Irish and Italians. 

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Guest Post

A teacher explains why his students are raising funds to bury their classmates

The following post was written by Byron L. Smith. It originally appeared on Brothers on Sports under the original title, “A Teacher Explains Why His Students Are Doing Fundraisers to Bury Their Classmates.”

By: Byron L. Smith

I was once employed at a high school that had a group of students who went from classroom to classroom on Monday mornings carrying a big plastic jar with a slot in the lid to collect money to help pay for the funeral of someone who had been senselessly murdered. For three straight Mondays I pushed some money through the slot in the lid of the Burial Fund Jar. On the fourth occasion the jar was brought to my classroom I kept my wallet in my back pocket because I thought to myself, I’m not rich. I’m not a member of Congress. I can’t afford to keep doing this on a teacher’s salary. Young people shouldn’t be killing one another.

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BYP100: ‘violence in Chicago is very personal’

More than 80 people were shot in Chicago over Fourth of July weekend.  15 of the victims have died. Residents in the city are fed up with the senseless violence, but many feel helpless.

But members of the BYP100 are taking a stand against the tragedy, even if it means being in the thick of it. During an interview with NPR, BYP100′s National Coordinator Charlene Carruthers explained how the organization is combating the violence, and that it’s very personal. 

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Former inmate creates million dollar company

A man who spent four years behind bars has started a million dollar company in hopes of helping inmates.

Fredrick Hutson started Pigeonly soon after he was released from prison for his involvement in marijuana trafficking. 

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