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UN report on Black American reparations

“U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of ‘racial terrorism,’ says U.N. panel”


Chairperson Mireille Fanon Mendes France (centre) and other members of the UN Expert Group on People of African Descent brief the press in Washington, D.C., on their fact-finding mission to the United States. Photo: UNIC Washington/Liam Murphy. Chairperson Mireille Fanon Mendes France (centre) and other members of the UN Expert Group on People of African Descent brief the press in Washington, D.C., on their fact-finding mission to the United States. Photo: UNIC Washington/Liam Murphy.

The “Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent on its mission to the United States of America” (August 18th 2016) was reported by the Washington Post under the headline:

“U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of ‘racial
terrorism,’ says U.N. panel”

But only two of its 36 recommendations had to do with reparations.

In January 2016 the United Nations sent Frantz Fanon’s daughter and two other human rights experts (from South Africa and the Philippines, pictured above) to the US to study the human rights of Black Americans. From the 19th to the 29th they visited the cities of New York, Washington, Baltimore, Chicago and Jackson, Mississippi…

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killer cops


betty-shelby Officer Betty Shelby of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who killed Terence Crutcher in 2016.

Killer cops are police officers who kill the citizens they promised to serve and protect. Among rich Western countries, they are most common in the US, where they are infamous for killing Black people. They kill Native Americans at an even higher rate.

The numbers: The police in England and Wales killed 55 people from 1990 to 2014, about two a year. The US is about six times larger, so you would expect maybe 12 a year. The US is more violent with a murder rate five times higher, so make that 60 a year. In 2015 the number was 1,146, almost 20 times higher. And even if you count just unarmed Whites, it still comes to 104.

It is partly structural:

Killer cop privileges in the US:

  • Administrative leave: paid vacation for killer cops!
  • The blue wall…

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Keith Lamont Scott



Keith Lamont Scott (1973-2016), a disabled Black American man, married with seven children, was killed by police in Charlotte, North Carolina. That was at 3.54pm on Tuesday September 20th 2016. It comes right on top of news of the killing of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Police say Scott was armed, his family says not and they seem very certain of it.

Every day Scott waited for his son to get off the school bus.

His sister:

“He sits in the shade, reads his book, does his studies, and waits on his kid to get off the bus. He didn’t have no gun. He wasn’t messing with nobody. All they did, them jump-out boys, them undercover detectives, they jumped out their truck, they said, ‘Hands up! He got a gun! He got a gun!’ POW POW POW POW. That’s it.”

Police Chief Kerr Putney:

“The officers gave loud, clear verbal…

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Trust In Police Is Declining

Social Action 2014

A recent poll reveals that trust in the police is going down. John Iadarola, Jimmy Dore, and Michael Shure, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. https://www.tytnetwork.com/join

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Young Americans are about equally likely to say they’ve had an encounter with police, but young black adults are much more likely than whites to say they’ve been arrested, harassed or know someone who has been, a new GenForward poll says.

Twenty-eight percent of blacks say they have been arrested after encounters with law enforcement, 24 percent say they’ve been personally harassed by police, and 53 percent say they know someone who has, according to the poll released Wednesday.
The numbers are much lower for whites and Asian-Americans, while Hispanics fall in between.

Breaking it down, 22 percent of Hispanics, 15 percent of whites and 10 percent of Asians-Americans…

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The 13th Amendment Abolishes Slavery, Except for Prisons

Thought Provoking Perspectives

(3)This is an important book that explains how black people are still viewed as nothing by Famed activist, author, and television personality Marc Lamont Hill. Hill sat down for an exclusive interview where he spoke about his new book, “Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond.” He revealed that he got the idea for the book after visiting Ferguson following Mike Brown’s death, which he compared to a modern day lynching. Hill added that while waiting on a proposal for the book, similar police brutality deaths took place, prompting him to take a closer look at the situation as a whole.

During the conversation, Hill shared his thoughts on the police and how he has a heightened expectation of them to protect us, but he added that he thinks the world would be a better place if we watched our communities and didn’t…

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Colin Kaepernick Pledges $1 Million Donation to Social and Racial Justice Charities


Colin Kaepernick Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers signs autographs for fans after a 31-21 win over the San Diego Chargers on September 1, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

article by Natasha Alford viathegrio.com

In the midst of controversy over his protest of the national anthem, Colin Kaepernick is using the spotlight to address the issues he says inspired his stance.

At Thursday night’s preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, Kaepernick pledged a $1 million dollar donation to groups which address issues of racial and social inequality.

He didn’t offer specific details about which groups would receive donations but explained his intentions.–Veterans show support for football star with #VeteransForKaepernick tweets “I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and to be able to make the kind of money that I do and I have to help these people,’’ said Kaepernick. “I have…

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White Supremacists Enter Houston’s 3rd Ward Carrying Confederate Flags & Racist Slogans

United States Hypocrisy

Armed with assault rifles, confederate flags and white supremacist slogans, a group of the extreme fascist right-wing calling itself ‘white lives matter’ stood on the grounds of the Houston Chapter of the historic civil rights organization – the N.A.A.C.P. – to sing the praises of police officers who’ve killed unarmed Black people and decry activists who’ve spoken out against police abuse. They claimed to be exercising their “second amendment right to defend ourselves”, despite their going into the overwhelmingly black third ward to spread their toxic agenda.

Perhaps not surprisingly these white supremacists with their stated pro-cop agenda were barricaded and protected by police officers. It goes without saying that the response to this demonstration on the part of police was completely different from their response to Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Imagine for a moment organizers of a #BLM march carrying assault rifles and wearing bullet proof vests! You can’t imagine it…

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Obama Administration to End Federal Use of Private Prisons


A government report found that violent incidents were more common in private prisons. (GETTY IMAGES)

article via bbc.com

The U.S. Justice Department will phase out use of privately owned prisons, citing safety concerns. Contracts with 13 private prisons will be reviewed and allowed to expire over the next five years .”They do not save substantially on costs and … they do not maintain the same level of safety and security,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said explaining the decision.

The majority of US prisoners are held in state-run prisons. On Wall Street, the stocks of private prison companies declined sharply after the news was announced.  By Thursday afternoon, Corrections Corporation of America stock had plunged by nearly 50%.  An Inspector General’s report released this month found that private prisons saw higher rates of violent incidents and rule infractions in comparison with government-run institutions.

Jonathan Burns, a spokesman for the Corrections…

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Texas Scaling Back Jail For People Who Can’t Afford Fines

Social Action 2014

It’s not a crime to be poor. In theory. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. http://tytnetwork.com/join

“A proposal to help Texans who cannot afford to pay their traffic tickets elicited sharp, and in some cases racially charged, responses from several judges and law enforcement officials across the state.

“Don’t think by giving them this help that they are going to go out and get Insurance-No not going to happen. What is going to happen is our court loses and once again the defendant wins no lesson is learned, and where is the Justice,” wrote Lisa Myrtle, the chief clerk at a Bowie County court, near the Texas-Arkansas border. “Remember the day in Ferguson when the Payless shoe store got looted? Well guess what no a single pair of work boots were taken. Go…

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