To the Heather Mac Donald’s article in The NYPost

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Recently I’ve read the article of The City Journal contributing editor prof. Heather Mac Donald.

Commenting the video this author wrote: “…single mothers are generally overmatched in raising males. Boys need their fathers. But over 72 percent of black children are born to single-mother households today, three times the black illegitimacy rate when Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote his prescient analysis of black family breakdown in 1965.”

But what’s the cause of such instability of black families?

First of all it’s unemployment. Everlasting lack of job results in the tremendous level of poverty and stress. Inability to support their family undermines husband’s authority and self-esteem so that they decide to leave and not to be freeloaders.

Moreover, it’s widely known that police arrests Afro-Americans more often then whites. Of course, such policy also tends to increase the number of broken black families.

That’s why recent protests aren’t just flash mobs of ill-bred black teenagers but at least a sign of social illness.

As always youngsters are just more active and spunky to protect the interests of their families and their race as well. They are tired of seeing police violence, their mothers’ desperation and of expecting the better future.

P.S.

“Magnitudes more black men are killed by other black men in Baltimore and other American cities than by the police”. Does Mac Donald make excuses for the police violence? More white men are killed by other whites than by the police. Does it means that it’s normal for the police to kill a couple of innocent whites???

Baltimore Orioles’ Executive Vice President statement on Baltimore riots

Freddie Gray is dead and Baltimore is in flames. People are pointing fingers in all directions and yet no one seems to have any genuine answers. The a 25-year-old Baltimore resident had his spinal cord snapped while in police custody on April 12. Six officers have been suspended over the incident and an entire metropolitan area has since erupted in violence.

 A Baltimore sportscaster, Brett Hollander took to Twitter after the mayhem began to condemn the protests as counter-productive to the community. The radio host was quickly met with a harsh retort from the most unlikely of candidates; an executive for the hometown baseball team

John P. Angelos, the Executive Vice President of the Baltimore Orioles and son of majority team owner Peter Angelos, gave an eye-opening statement in response to Hollander’s critique of the demonstrations and also elegantly summed up the current state of affairs in Maryland’s largest city.

Please read the entirety of Mr. Angelos’ defense of protesters below. It is well worth the read.

“Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society. MLK, Gandhi, Mandela, and all great opposition leaders throughout history have always preached this precept. Further, it is critical that in any democracy investigation must be completed and due process must be honored before any government or police members are judged responsible.
That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.
The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, an ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ball game irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.”

April 28, 2015

ANTI-MEDIA Staff

Million Hoodies – FAQ

Million Hoodies believes that the political and cultural stage is set for a youth-led movement. Young people have increasingly become aware that mass criminalization and over policing of communities of color is breaking communities apart. They feel the need and energy to change current cultural and political conditions around policing and mass criminalization, and win against the prison industrial complex.

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What are Million Hoodies chapters?

Chapters are a part of the Million Hoodies Action Network, a national network of local movements working in solidarity with one another to transform their communities to shift the social and cultural conditions that continue to tear a part Black and Brown communities. What Million Hoodies chapters do locally will vary from place to place and is up to the leaders of that chapter to determine, but at the core, Million Hoodies chapters are led by those committed to build a sustainable human rights movement that embodies the values and principles of the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice.

Million Hoodies chapters involve high school, undergraduate, and graduate students registered as a student group on campus and/or local community members with a minimum of 5-10 members engaged.

What do Million Hoodies groups do?

Whatever is most crucial to empowering and protecting young people of color from profiling, police brutality, mass incarceration, and gun violence in your community, whether it be education, recruitment and team-building, direct action, campaigning and policy change, or working directly with local elected officials and decision-making entities.

If you’re just starting out, start from the beginning and start small. Host a movie screening, then work your way toward a kickoff meeting. Hold a protest, and start making some noise in local media.

When key moments arise such as a critical decision about the murder of another unarmed Black person by the police or a national stand against mass criminalization, we also hope that Million Hoodies groups will take action in solidarity, knowing that our voices are louder and more persuasive when we take action as a national movement.

What should I expect from the Million Hoodies Action Network?

The Million Hoodies Action Network are in the process of expanding their infrastructure to support local affiliates and chapters. Keep a look out for new updates, but right now, you can expect:

  • To be regularly connected with those interested in ending the mass criminalization of Black and Brown communities and gun violence
  • To be connected to other organizers in the Action Network through listserves, convenings, and trainings
  • To receive support on chapter building, working through big questions and barriers, and on leadership development and basebuilding
  • To be connected to national campaigns and to organizers nationally through the Action Network

Their site: http://www.mhoodies.org

“Letter from Birmingham Jail” in action. #March2Justice

On April 16 in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed in Birmingham, Alabama.

While incarcerated there, he wrote, smuggled out of jail, and had printed his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” a moving justification for the moral necessity of non-violent resistance to unjust laws.

He wrote: “My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word “tension.” I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood. (…) We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was “well timed” in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”

The whole letter is available here. It seems to be so innocent and naive today when  hundreds of guiltless black people are jailed or killed by the police… in spite of all non-violent and sometimes violent actions taken by our forefathers.

But we are to defend ourselves, our relatives and children.

Yesterday a group of who started in NYC Monday walking to DC join near Comcast.  Over 400 people took to the streets of New York to protest the recent police killing of Walter Scott and the deaths of many others that have taken place at the hands of law enforcement this year, the New York Daily News reports. As many chanted “We are the people and we’re angry,” “Shut It Down,” and the common chant, “No Justice, No Peace”.

I want to believe that such united actions can overcome shameful racial injustice in our country. It already has resulted in positive changes effects. For example, Chicago offers $5.5 million ‘reparations’ package to police torture victims. Authorities admit their guilt. It’s fine. But we need true changes in PD attitude to black people. That’s why we should continue our struggle till the victory of human rights and justice.

Missouri Police Will Restrict Tear Gas After Ferguson Lawsuit

TIME

Three Missouri police agencies have agreed to limit their use of tear gas as part of a settlement in a lawsuit over the protests in Ferguson.

The plaintiffs in the suit alleged that police departments had used excessive force in dealing with protests that were sometimes violent in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown in August and after a grand jury’s November decision not to indict the police officer who shot him, Reuters reports.

The settlement requires police to warn protestors before using tear gas and give them time to disperse, unless harm is truly imminent. A U.S. district judge will retain jurisdiction over the suit through 2017 in order to enforce the agreed-upon terms.

[Reuters]

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White man charged with slugging black ex-Cardinals player

A black former St. Louis Cardinals player said a white man punched him at a gas station in an unprovoked racial attack.

Curt Ford, who played parts of four seasons for the Cardinals, approached a gas pump at the same time as another man about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The 54-year-old Ford backed up and moved to another pump while the second vehicle drove past the pump and pulled into a parking spot directly in front of the store.

The second man, later identified by police as 37-year-old James Street, got out of his car and shouted racial slurs at Ford before walking into the store, investigators said.

Police said the two men encountered each other again as Ford walked into the store to pay for his gas and Street was leaving.

Street approached the former ballplayer and punched him in the face before driving away, police said.

The newspaper reported that a police source said Street made a reference to Ferguson, Missouri, where protests have raged for months following the police shooting of an unarmed black man.

“Go back to Ferguson, you n****r,” Street said, according to the source.

Street was charged with one count of assault motivated by discrimination in the third degree, a class D felony.

Ford declined to describe what happened, saying he had difficulty speaking because his face was swollen.

But he said the incident may prompt him to move away from the city where he played pro baseball in the late 1980s.

“I’m going to let the authorities handle this situation, but I’ve had enough of St. Louis,” Ford said.