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George Zimmerman’s Father Says the “True Racists” are Black

George Zimmerman’s father Robert recently released an e-book called “Florida v. Zimmerman: Uncovering the Malicious Prosecution of my Son, George.”

In it, he rails against various aspects of his son’s legal woes.

In one of the chapters – “Who Are the True Racists” – Zimmerman says that the “true racists” are a variety of African Americans; namely, specific individuals and organizations that have expressed support for Trayvon Martin’s family. 

Think Progress took the liberty of posting Zimmerman’s list of racists:

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Nelson Mandela’s Wife Thanks World for Love and Support

Beloved freedom fighter and former South African President Nelson Mandela is still is still in serious condition with a lung infection.

He has been hospitalized for ten days.

As the world continues to pray for his recovery, his wife – Graca Machel – expressed the family’s thanks for “bringing us love, comfort and hope. “

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Affirmative Action Debate: Is Class a Bigger Barrier to Success than Race?

Many fear that an upcoming Supreme Court decision will strike down the practice of affirmative action.

And as HuffPost’s Justin Pope points out, such a decision could spark debate on whether or not class – rather than race – is a larger barrier to economic success.

From the Huffington Post:

Polling on affirmative action varies widely depending on how questions are phrased, but an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday showed strong feelings about using race in college admissions: Just 22 percent of Americans support letting universities consider applicants’ race as a factor, and 76 percent oppose the practice. The proportions supporting racial preferences were similar for blacks (19 percent) and Hispanics (29 percent) as for whites (20 percent).

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EEOC Claims BMW, Dollar General Discriminate Against Blacks

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claims that BMW and Dollar General have engaged in discriminatory employment practices against blacks:

The commission said BMW effectively fired 70 black employees with criminal histories from a facility in South Carolina, even though many had been there for years. One woman with 14 years under her belt was let go after a misdemeanor conviction surfaced that was more than 20 years old and carried a $137 fine, according to the EEOC’s lawsuit.

The agency also alleged that retailer Dollar General revoked job offers to two black women after conducting criminal background checks. In one case, the EEOC said that the records were inaccurate but that Dollar General declined to reconsider the woman’s application. The other involved a six-year-old drug conviction.

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Although the commission said employers are allowed to conduct background checks, it charged that the companies’ blanket policies of not hiring candidates with criminal records amounted to discrimination against African Americans. Justice Department statistics show that blacks accounted for 37 percent of those behind bars last year, even though they make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population.

Read more at The Washington Post.

This news is especially troubling given the increased number of blacks, especially black youth, going through the criminal justice system. If blacks with non-violent criminal records cannot get or maintain jobs, then how can they avoid going back to jail? Thoughts on this report? Sound off below!!!!



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Lessons Learned from Attending a Predominately White Institution

In just a few days, I will be graduating from one of the most “prestigious” universities in the country. This act will place me in a legacy of Black and Brown kids who graduated from institutions that have no true understandings of difference and inclusion, despite whatever their liberal mission statements may boast about. However, though my graduation is bittersweet, I cannot regret my choice. For attending such a problematic institution has taught me such invaluable skills. I’ve detailed the perils of attending such an institution in another blog, but here I want to actually reflect on the skills I’ve garnered. To my fellow peers who attend predominately white institutions, I intend for this to be a moment of celebratory reflection. A reflection on how powerful, resilient, and talented we continue to remain, even in the face of repeated acts of chaos. Of course, A few of these are not restricted to PWIs but college in general, but overall, here are the seven things I’ve learned from attending a predominately white institution (in no particular order):

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REPORT: Whites Are Minority in Children Under 5 Years-Old

According to census data, nearly half of all children in the U.S. under the age of 5 years-old are minorities.

Furthermore, whites are a minority among babies, and will be in the minority of children under the age of 18 in 5 years.

Read more at the Huffington Post

The imminent tip to a white minority among young children adds a racial dimension to government spending on early-childhood education, such as President Barack Obama’s proposal to significantly expand pre-kindergarten for lower-income families.

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Sesame Street Teaches Kids About Incarceration

We talked a lot about the criminal justice system and prison industrial complex, especially as it pertains to black youth. The astronomical number of people who have been incarcerated and the effects their imprisonment has on those individuals, their families, and the communities they leave and sometimes return to is part of that discussion. Yet we often ignore the way that children are impacted by this. Sesame Street has made headlines recently for including incarceration as part of their “Little Children, Big Problems” series:

The long-running PBS children’s education show launched the ‘Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration’ educational program earlier this week.

Organizers say the campaign is aimed at helping kids aged three to eight in the U.S., which has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

A toolkit of resources has been uploaded onto the Sesame Street website including videos, printable brochures, eBooks and apps.

‘The incarceration of a loved one can be very overwhelming for both children and caregivers,’ reads a message on the website. ‘Here are some tools to help you with the changes your child is going through.’

Read more at The Daily Mail.

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Beyond the Masculinization of Race Issues

The Trayvon Martin case has remained in the nation’s conscious. Just about every news source is covering the trial and the nation is still dialoging about what should happen to the man who killed him. With the national attention this case has received, I can’t help but think back to Rekia Boyd and wonder why there was such a difference in the coverage of her murder and little to no national outrage or civil  mobilization surrounding it.

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New Poll Says Blacks Are Less Concerned about Violations of Privacy

A new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center revealed that blacks have less of an issue than others with the government encroaching upon citizens’ privacy:

Fully 45 percent of all Americans say the government should be able to go further than it is, saying that it should be able to monitor everyone’s online activity if doing so would prevent terrorist attacks. A slender majority, 52 percent, say no such broad-based monitoring should occur,” according to the story by Jon Cohen, general manager and director of polling for Capital Insight, the independent polling group of Washington Post Media.

Among African Americans, however, 55 percent said those extra measures were acceptable, while 44 percent said they were not. The overall survey of 1,004 respondents nationwide included interviews with 128 non-Hispanic African-Americans.

Read more at the Maynard Institute.

Why do you think the black people polled tended to be more OK with government surveillance? Would numbers have been different if the government was currently being headed by a white person or a Republican? Thoughts on these findings? Sound off below!!!!



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Multiple Shootings in Chicago

Summer has not even officially begun and yet reports of multiple people dying or being injured by gun violence that we often associated with warmer weather have started coming in. Just yesterday in Chicago, 11 people were injured and one person was killed. Here’s just a sample of what’s happening primarily on the city’s south and west sides:

A 19-year-old man was shot in a drive-by attack about 8:25 p.m. Monday in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said. He was walking in the 5200 block of South Fairfield when someone passing by in a red vehicle shot him. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

About 8 p.m., a person was shot with a BB gun in the 3100 block of West Lake Street, Fire Media Affairs said. Paramedics took the person to Stroger Hospital.

About 5:30 p.m., a bullet grazed a man’s head in the 1400 block of East 66th Place in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side. He was in good condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.

Read more at the Sun-Times.

As we get closer to summer, it seems inevitable that the violence in Chicago and other cities will only increase, if serious intervention does not happen. How can we work to make city streets in black neighborhoods safer? Are you bracing for a violent summer? Thoughts on the continued violence in Chicago and other cities? Sound off below!!!!