Stop profiling our boys!
The Zimmerman verdict disappointed and enraged millions this weekend—but perhaps no group of people was more struck thanBlack mothers, who worry daily about the dangers their sons face because they are profiled without consequence. These are women that ESSENCE seeks to serve and support every day.
In response to the Not Guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder case, ESSENCE is launching a powerful movement aimed at stopping the racial profiling of our sons.
Starting Tuesday, July 16, we’re launching , a counter-stereotyping campaign designed to challenge negative images of young African American men.Actually, #HeIsASuspect.
Let's stick with the Merritt Landry story out of New Orleans, the black crime capital of America.
You remember Landry, right?
Well, his story is just beginning. [NAACP, civil rights groups call for investigation into bond for Marigny homeowner who shot teen, NOLA.com, July 31, 2013]:
The president of the New Orleans Chapter of the NAACP, along with community members and civil rights activists, joined Wednesday to call for a "complete and thorough" investigation into the bond that was granted the homeowner who shot a 14-year-old boy he believed to be an intruder at his Marigny residence last week.
Merritt Landry, 33, a building inspector for the Historic District Landmarks Commission, was arrested Friday morning after police said he shot Marshall Coulter while the teen was inside the fenced-in area outside Landry's home in the 700 block of Mandeville Street about 2 a.m.
He was released a few hours later in a process that usually takes much longer and in a manner that the District Attorney's Office said lacked proper documentation.
Danatus King, president of the New Orleans Chapter of the NAACP, and a group of about 15 community members from various civic organizations gathered in front of the steps of the NAACP headquarters to address the issues associated with the initial bond that was granted to Landry by Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Franz Zibilich.
King asked for the United States Department of Justice, the New Orleans Office of Inspector General, the Louisiana State Judiciary Commission and "all other responsible government agencies" to take part in the investigation.
"The reported actions of Judge Zibilich have caused great concern in our community. For many in our community, the reported actions of Judge Zibilich have destroyed the trust and confidence that blind justice will be applied in the case of the shooting by Mr. Landry," King said.
[Two women, toddler carjacked in the Marigny Saturday night, NOLA.com, 8-4-13]:
New Orleans Police are searching for a pair of men who carjacked two women and a 3-year-old girl as they were getting into their vehicle in the Marigny neighborhood Saturday night. The robbery occurred in the 500 block of Marigny Street about 8:30 p.m., according to authorities.
The women had just returned to their parked car and were in the process of putting the toddler and their belongings in the vehicle. Two men approached, one armed with a pistol, authorities said.
A sketch artist produced renderings of the two suspects after meeting with the victims. The first suspect is described as being about 18 to 20 years old. He is about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build and was wearing a white T-shirt. He was armed with a black-colored pistol, authorities said.
The second suspect is about 20 years old. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium build and was wearing a dark-colored cap.Both suspects are black, as almost every suspect tends to be in New Orleans.
According to a report conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and analysis by the New Orleans Police Department, murders in New Orleans are highly concentrated in three geographic areas: Central City, St. Roch and New Orleans East. The Department of Justice report shows that most of the perpetrators and victims are unemployed African‐American males between the ages of 16‐25 with criminal records and little education.
•Gender: 86.5% of victims are male.
•Race: 91.5% of victims are African‐American.
•Age: Over half of the victims are under 28.
•Criminal History: 65% of victims have a prior felony; 33% have a prior arrest for illegal fiream possession.
•Gang Activity: Only 1% of victims are associated with gangs.
•Employment: 55.9% of victims are unemployed.
•Gender: 95.1% of perpetratorss are male.
•Race: 97% of perpetrators are African‐American.
•Age: Over half of the perpetrators are under 23.
•Criminal History: 83% of perpetrators have a prior felony, 40% have a prior arrest for illegal fiream possession.
•Gang Activity: Only 2.9% of perpetrators are associated with gangs.
•Employment: Over 55% of perpetrators are unemployed.
What percent of the murders in New Orleans are black-on-white?