Monday, July 27, 2015

The Martin Luther King Drive/Street/Boulevard/Trail/Highway Challenge

The Confederate Flag must go, as must all memorials/grave stones/drawings/statues/and memories of the Confederacy. 

Every street and school must be renamed. 

It must all go, even the mural of Lee, Jackson, and Davis on Stone Mountain
Dare take the challenge?


But the question one must ask is this: if Confederate symbols/flags/memorials must go, shouldn't we reevaluate the more than 900 streets/drives/boulevards/trails/highways named after Martin Luther King? 

Indeed, how many fatal and nonfatal shootings are there a week on streets named after Martin Luther King? [City streets named for Martin Luther King Jr. struggle across U.S., NJ.com, 1-20-14]:
A walk down the 6-mile city street named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. yields plenty of images that would surely unsettle the civil rights leader: shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores. 
The urban decay along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in St. Louis can be found in other major American cities, from Houston and Milwaukee to the nation’s capital. 
"It’s a national problem," said Melvin White, a 46-year-old postal worker in St. Louis and founder of a 3-year-old nonprofit group that is trying to restore King’s legacy on asphalt. "Dr. King would be turning over in his grave." 
Nearly three decades into the observance of Monday’s federal holiday, the continuing decline of the most visible symbols of King’s work has White and others calling for a renewed commitment to the more than 900 streets nationwide named in the Atlanta native’s honor. The effort centers in St. Louis, where the small nonprofit is working to reclaim MLK roadways as a source of pride and inspiration, not disappointment over a dream derailed. 
White’s goals are ambitious, his resources admittedly modest. A neighborhood park is planned across the street from the group’s headquarters. An urban agriculture project to encourage residents to eat healthy and grow their own food has preliminary support from nearby Washington University, one of the country’s wealthiest private colleges. Above all, Beloved Streets of America wants to build community from the ashes of what was once a thriving retail corridor when White was a child. 
The template can be found just a mile away. Delmar Boulevard, which saw a similar decline, is now a vibrant retail corridor packed with restaurants, nightclubs, a renovated movie theater and a boutique hotel. The renaissance earned Delmar recognition in 2007 as one of "10 Great Streets in America" by the American Planning Association. 
Journalist Jonathan Tilove, who wrote a 2003 book based on visits to 650 King streets nationwide, called the King byways "black America’s Main Street.""Map them and you map a nation within a nation, a place where white America seldom goes and black America can be itself," he wrote. "It is a parallel universe with a different center of gravity and distinctive sensibilities. ... There is no other street like it."
Martin Luther King Drive/Street/Boulevard/Trail/Highway reprint a place where black America can be itself, and in turn create "shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores," from sea to shining sea...

So the Martin Luther King Drive/Street/Boulevard/Trail/Highway Challenge begins: can any ascertain the number of fatal/non-fatal shootings on streets named after King in a day; a week; a month?

If the number far outpaces the aggregate of fatal/nonfatal shootings for a similarly named drive/street/boulevard/trail/highway found nationwide (George Washington, perhaps?), then perhaps it's time we rename every drive/street/boulevard/trail/highway named after Martin Luther King.

For it seems a drive/street/boulevard/trail/highway named in his honor is the greatest harbinger of destruction, desolation, destitution, and degradation imaginable; then again, it's just a place where black America can be itself...


Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Moment Like this will set it all Off: Cleveland Cop Surrounded by Hostile #BlackLivesMatter Crowd, Uses Pepper Spray to Restore Order

It will be a moment such as this one from Cleveland today that sets it all off...[Cleveland RTA releases statement about officer who pepper-sprayed crowd during Movement for Black Lives conference, Cleveland.com, July 26, 2015]:
 A Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority police officer let loose pepper-spray into a crowd after the crowd surrounded a police cruiser holding a boy in custody, according to an RTA statement. 
The incident happened about 4:40 p.m. Sunday near a bus shelter on Euclid Ave at East 24th Street during the Movement for Black Lives national conference. 
Video of the incident quickly went viral on social media. 
According to the RTA, "officers on routine patrol peacefully removed an intoxicated 14-year-old male from a bus. Police said the juvenile was intoxicated to the point where he was unable to care for himself." 
Police then escorted the boy to the bus shelter, where officers intended to collect information before taking him to police headquarters where he would have been released to a parent or guardian, according to the statement. 
A crowd gathered near the scene within minutes, so officers put the boy in the back of a cruiser for his safety, the statement said. 
"The crowd then surrounded the car, and attempted to remove the juvenile from the car," the statement said. "By this time, several other law enforcement agencies had also responded. 
"The crowd kept the police car from leaving the area. A transit Police officer used a general burst of pepper spray in an attempt to push back the crowd, to no avail." 
The boy was then taken to nearby paramedics and was eventually released to his mother about 5:45 p.m., according to the statement. 
RTA officials are investigating the incident. It is unclear if any members of the crowd were injured. 
The Movement for Black Lives national conference, which was held this weekend at Cleveland State University, meant to draw attention to police brutality and race relations.
There is no reason for a white person to be a cop anymore; daring to uphold law and order (or help a 14-year-old black kid whose under the influence of alcohol) will get your surrounded by blacks prepared to remind the country #CopLivesDontMatter.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Only a Matter of Time Now: Black Clergy Agitate For Disorder in Cincinnati

Well... only a matter of time now. [Prominent black minister feels betrayed by UC president's decision to release police shooting report: Rev. Damon Lynch III tells Ono to release video, WCPO.com, July 24, 2015]:
Several pastors feel betrayed by University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white UC police officer. And they're challenging Ono to defy prosecutor Joe Deters and release the officer's body cam video. 
A prominent black minister, the Rev. Damon Lynch III, and a diverse group of pastors say it was unfair for UC to release the police incident report Thursday while Deters withholds the video. The pastors say the incident report only give the officer's side of the story, and they're asking Ono to release the video now – with or without Deters' consent, whether Deters sues UC or not. 
"They only gave out the side -- the police officer side -- which serves to vindicate the officer and not the entire story so the community and the family can know what really happened on that fateful day," Lynch told WCPO Friday. 
"We're asking UC, which still has a copy of the tape, to release it." 
Following Officer Ray Tensing's killing of Sam Dubose during a traffic stop Sunday, Ono invited the pastors to meet with him Thursday and informed them that he was ordering UC police to stop patrolling off campus. Tensing pursued Dubose to a Mount Auburn street because Dubose's Honda Accord didn't have a front license plate. 
Lynch has been a long-time spokesperson and advocate for police reform. He stepped to the forefront after the fatal shooting of Timothy Thomas, an unarmed black teen, by white Cincinnati police officer Stephen Roach that led to riots in the city in 2001. 
Dubose's family and their supporters -- as well as the media -- have been clamoring to see Tensing's body cam video. WCPO and other media outlets announced Friday that they would sue the prosecutor's office to release the video. WCPO's editorial board called for the video's release earlier this week. 
Ono tweeted Thursday that he had asked Deters to let Dubose's family see the video. 
Ono said at a news conference Wednesday that he was prepared to release the video after the shooting but deferred to Deters, who said he would withhold it during the investigation. On Thursday, Deters said he wouldn't release it until the grand jury had seen it. On Friday, Deters said his office plans to complete its presentation to the grand jury by the end of next week. 
According to the police incident report, Tensing said Dubose was dragging him with his car and Tensing feared he would be run over when he fired a single shot that killed Dubose. 
Another UC officer responding to the scene, Phillip Kidd, backed up Tensing's account, saying he witnessed Dubose's 1998 Honda Accord dragging Tensing and Tensing firing one shot, according to the report. 
Cincinnati police from Districts 4 and 5 have agreed to increase patrols in the neighborhood areas around UC's Uptown campuses, Ono said in a statement Friday.
The lawless and riots in Baltimore that culminated with the historic empty stadium baseball game between the Orioles and the White Sox on April 29th started off in similar fashion to what we are witnessing in Cincinnati. 

Only a matter of time now...



Friday, July 24, 2015

No More "Hulking Up": Hulk Hogan's 'Racist' Comments from 8 Years Ago Make Him a Non-person to the WWF/WWE

In June of 2013, Paula Deen became the No. 1 public enemy for using the dreaded n-word... in 1986

To describe a black criminal....
Donald Trump and Hulk Hogan: Real Americans


In July of 2015, Hulk Hogan has become the No. 1 public enemy (with the World Wrestling Entertainment organization not only terminating Hogan's contract, but scrubbing all mention of him from their site in a move normally reserved for murderers like Chris Benoit) for using the dreaded n-word... in 2008. [Hulk Hogan Fired from WWE After Reports of Racist Rant, Hollywood Reporter, July 24, 2015]:
The wrestler has since apologized: "Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it." 
The WWE has fired Hulk Hogan after reports surfaced that the wrestling legend went on a racist N-word-filled tirade. 
"WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan)," the company said in a statement Friday morning. "WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide." 
The WWE has not confirmed the specific reason for ending its contract with Hogan.  
According to a "joint investigation" by the The National Enquirer and Radar Online, the decision came down after additional footage from Hogan's 2012 sex tape leaked, showing the wrestler making racist comments about his daughter Brooke's boyfriend, whom he believed to be black. 
"I’d rather if she was going to f— some n—er," Hogan reportedly said on the tape. "I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n—er worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! 
The WWE has since scrubbed all mentions of Hogan's name from its website. A source tells THR that a replacement judge will appear in Hogan's place on Tuesday's episode of WWE Tough Enough. Further details will be announced on Tuesday's episode. Additionally, the WWE will no longer air previous episodes of the series that involve Hogan. 
According to USA Today, Hogan is also no longer present on the WWE Hall of Fame page. All merchandise has been removed from WWEShop.com. 
According to a separate report by Marc Lamont Hill, citing transcripts from the tape, there is additional audio of Hogan calling The Rock, real name Dwayne Johnson, the n-word as well as "samba." 
In a statement to People, Hogan has apologized for his comments, saying: "Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it."
Oh. My. God.

A conversation eight years ago becomes grounds for terminating an employee who is indisputably responsible with building the very foundations Vince McMahon built his entertainment empire upon...

Welcome to life in the USSA, an open-air Gulag, where every man is his own commissar...