Philadelphia Eagles quarterback MICHAEL VICK, after adopting a dog back in October. He was recently spotted inside a pet store in New Jersey attending a training / obedience course for his dog.
(via the New York Daily News)
I understand people not liking Michael Vick to a certain degree but it’s incredibly off-putting when people are like, frothing-at-the-mouth passionately angry about him being allowed to play football again or, idk, be alive
Especially when it’s people who have never gotten remotely as mad over NFL players with histories of abusing women
Like, what is the fucking point of the justice system if we’re not going to allow people to do their time and then come back and have lives again, might as well just shoot anybody who’s committed a crime if we’re going to be like that
Black man tangentially involved in the abuse of dogs does hard time and still gets shit for it, white man directly involved in multiple sexual assaults gets a slap on the wrist from the league and nobody cares
Honestly, it sounds like he is legitimately trying to ensure that his kids grow up respecting and caring for animals so that they would never treat animals cruelly—against all odds (considering how we structure and run our institutions), a case of real rehabilitation.
Gay and transgender youth, particularly gender nonconforming girls, are up to three times more likely to experience harsh disciplinary treatment by school administrators than their heterosexual counterparts.
As with racial disparities in school discipline, these higher rates of punishment do not correlate to higher rates of misbehavior among gay and transgender youth.
LGBT youth make up 13-15 percent of the juvenile justice system, even though they make-up only 5–7 percent of the population overall, and 60 percent of these youth are black or Latino.
This high rate of contact with the system is due in part to harsh school sanctions often based on their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity."
Joseph Weinberg & Michael Biernbaum, Conversations of Consent: Sexual Intimacy without Sexual Assault (via cocknbull)
96%…wow just wow.
but someone please tell me how jim crow is over. please. and why the hell we don’t talk about this as an aspect of rape culture.
On June 19, 1982, Vincent Chin was at his bachelor party at Fancy Pants, a strip club in suburbanDetroit. Two white out-of-work autoworkers, Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz, began trading insults at Chin from across the bar. “It’s because of you little *expletive deleted* that we’re out of work,” witnesses say Ebens yelled at Chin.
At the time, anti-Japanese sentiment was high. Many blamed the decline of theU.S.auto industry onJapan– I remember the pressure to buy products with a “Made inAmerica” sticker or patch on them, even though I was just a boy. Vincent Chin, a 27 year old Chinese American draftsman, was not Japanese, and had nothing to do with the auto industry.
After the altercation, Chin and his friends parted ways, but Ebens and Nitz weren’t done. They went looking for Chin, reportedly paying a friend $20 to help look for him. They found him at a McDonalds, dragged him outside, and one of them held Chin down while the other brutally beat him with a baseball bat. Four days later, Chin died – five days before his wedding.
Both Ebens and Nitz got three years’ probation, a $3,000 fine, and $780 in court costs. To this day, neither of them have spent a day in jail.
I will repeat that: Ebens and Nitz sought out an unarmed man, held him down, and beat him to death in front of witnesses, and to this day they haven’t spent a single day in jail.
Justice is not even on our side when we act in self defense. CeCe McDonald, a local transgender African American, defended herself when she and her friends were verbally and physically assaulted outside Schooner’s inSouth Minneapolis. She faces three years in a men’s prison for defending herself.
I’m not saying that I like the prison-industrial complex of this country. However, I do believe it is worthwhile to look at the inequalities. Koua Fong Lee was driving a car that malfunctioned, and another family was killed in the accident. He did not flee the scene – and his own family was in his car – and yet no one believed him when he insisted it was an accident. His own family was in his car – why would he endanger their lives as well? He spent three years in jail before the Toyota recall put his allegations that the brakes malfunctioned into a new light, and he was freed.
Contrast that to Amy Senser, who killed Anousone Phanthavong in a hit-and-run, knocking him nearly 50 feet, fled the scene, and did not turn herself in until days later, after she had consulted her lawyers. She was not jailed during the trial, and though she is convicted of two counts of vehicular homicide, and though there was expert testimony that Phanthavong was flung onto her car and there was no way she could not have known she hit a person, the jury inexplicably sent her a note saying they believed her.
Who you believe says a lot about you.
And the list goes on. John T. Williams. Oscar Grant. Chonburi Xiong. Michael Cho. Cau Thi Bich Tran. Tycel Nelson. And these are just the more well-known names. How many more dozens, or hundreds, of nameless brown people are killed twice: once by murder, and again by a racist judicial system.
30 years later, and we can’t forget Vincent Chin. And we shouldn’t.
Notice how the author of this article doesn’t divorce the murder of Vincent Chin from all the other murders of POC - but draws the parallels that this is part of the larger system. We can focus in on our particular struggles, but the moment we forget that it is, indeed, part of a larger struggle, is when we start helping white supremacy hide it’s tracks - turning each of our struggles into “isolated incidents” when there is really one problem manifested in many ways.
bao phi is good people. as soon as i saw the url i figured it was him.
Wow — made an argument on the Occupy Boston facebook page that cops are not our friends and especially not the friends of people of color, who are routinely abused and beaten by the police. Was responded to by someone who argued that “perhaps one should stop committing crimes if they don’t want to receive “abuse” or be “routinely beaten” from the police.” This responder’s comment was then applauded by the Occupy Boston facebook administrator!
Yeah, there’s no problem with racism in the Occupy movement at all …
In 1991, two young women went missing after visiting the abandoned Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis Missouri — a popular hang-out with local teens — with their cousin. The cousin told the police an impossible tale: that the girls had been pushed from the bridge, but he was ordered to jump by an unknown assailant and survived the nearly 80-foot fall into strong currents with no injuries and dry hair. The police were naturally skeptical of his account and, within hours, he confessed to killing the girls.
Yet this man, who is white, has never spent a day in jail. Instead, the police arrested four local youths who were also on the bridge that night. Three of the young men, all African-American, received the death sentence. The fourth young man, who is white, received a 30-year sentence and will be eligible for parole soon.
Reggie Clemons is one of the youths that received the death sentence, even though prosecutors conceded that Reggie neither pushed the women nor planned their deaths. The prosecutor simply theorized that Reggie was an “accomplice” even though there is no physical evidence linking Reggie to the crime for which he received the death penalty: no fingerprints, no DNA, no hair or fiber samples.
Many of Reggie’s claims have never been heard in a court of law because of procedural rules that have barred the presentation of important evidence. After reviewing the evidence, two federal judges voted to overturn his death sentence and found that Reggie was denied a fair trial. But Reggie’s sentence of death remains.
So many people were up in arms yesterday…now that Troy Davis is gone, will you continue to fight or were you just hype for the moment?
Click the link to head to amnesty.org and learn more about Reggie’s case, sign the petition—do something. We have lots more time to act.
The judge in his case has requested clemency, not least because he had inadequate legal representation which led to the suppression of mitigating factors in his case.
And again, for those who say that the death penalty in the United States is not about race—Derrick Mason is a Black man accused of killing a white woman.
You can contact Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to ask him to reconsider his denial of clemency in this case.
A 14-year-old boy got into a fight at a school bus stop and the school district’s police officer responded by shooting him to death
SAN ANTONIO (CN) - A 14-year-old boy got into a fight at a school bus stop and the school district’s police officer responded by shooting him to death, the boy’s mother says. She says the cop had been reprimanded 16 times in the previous 4 years, suspended without pay 5 times, and “recommended for termination for insubordination,” but the school kept him on the force “without remedial training.”
Denys Lopez Moreno sued the Northside Independent School District, of San Antonio, the district’s Chief of Police John Page and the alleged shooter, Daniel Alvarado, in Federal Court.
Lopez says her son, Derek, got into a fight with another boy at a school bus stop and punched the other boy once, in November 2010.
“Defendant, Alvarado, having responded to a call regarding a bus with a flat tire, witnessed Derek strike the other boy. He ordered Derek to ‘freeze.’ Derek hesitated and then ran from defendant Alvarado,” according to the complaint.
“In his patrol car, Alvarado began chasing Derek in the neighborhood across the street from the high school. Alvarado lost sight of the boy in the neighborhood and returned to the location of the school boy fight. At that time, he called dispatch. Dispatch recordings reflect that his supervisor directed Alvarado to stay with the other boy and to ‘not do any big search over there.’
“Ignoring his supervisor’s orders to ‘stay with the victim and get the information from him,’ Alvarado placed the second boy into the patrol car and sped into the neighborhood to search for Derek.”
Lopez says her son jumped over a fence and hid in a shed in the back yard of a house. The homeowner saw him, called 911, and alerted a neighbor, who pointed Alvarado in Derek’s direction. Lopez says her son never left the shed, never approached the house or threatened the homeowner or her daughters, and posed no threat to anyone.
Nonetheless, she says: “In violation of NISD police department procedures, Alvarado drew his weapon immediately after exiting the patrol car. With his gun drawn, he rushed through the gate and into the back yard. Within seconds from arriving at the residence, Alvarado shot and killed the unarmed boy hiding in the shed.”
Jesus fucking christ.
Two boys have a fist fight & a cop shoots one to death, but we’re supposed to teach our kids to trust authority? Yeah…no. Whether anyone wants to face it or not, police forces across the country contain some deeply flawed individuals who have no business with a badge or a gun. You cannot tell at a glance which one you’re dealing with & thus you cannot trust the police.
I am not talking about the birds and the bees. I am talking about the talk that Black mums have to have with their sons. My brother turned 13 last month and my mum had to have the talk with him
When the police are trying to stop you
- Don’t make any sudden movements.
- Don’t reach into your bag
- Don’t reach into your pocket
- This is to prevent you from being shot
When the police are searching you
- Be compliant and passive
- No sudden movements
- Remain calm, don’t get worked up.
- Other than replying to their questions, remain silent at all times
- When speaking, keep your tone in check
- This is to prevent you from being shot or arrested
My mum told me that black parents have to have this talk. I asked her why and she replied
“We have to, for their safety and our sanity. Because in our collective memory, stories like Stephen Lawrencef still burns in our mind. For Black Moms, Having the “Police Talk” With Our Sons is Parenting 101”
There is a stalemate between the police and the communities they allegedly protect and serve. With good fucking reason. For black people, no matter how law-abiding we are, no matter how much we respect the dangers the police face as they do their jobs, history has instilled a fear of encounters with police officers, a fear that’s especially intense for our young black men.
I was there when my brother got this talk. It is one of the clearest memories I have. I could quote it to you.
It makes me sad and mad as fuck this is how it has to be. But even 13 seems to be cutting it close, now that I am thinking of the 13 year old boy who got shot down in Chicago not too long ago. My father gave me a similar talk when I was 8 to know about what my brother and I might experience. Changed my life. Scared the shit out of me. Was real as fuck. But it has to happen. It’s literally a matter of life and death.
I’m in Chicago & that 13 year old was just the latest in a long string of police victims. Black mothers here have this talk with all of their children regardless of gender. I was 12 the first time a cop harassed me (completely with calling me a nigger), & I’ve seen them harass kids younger than that in some neighborhoods. When kids as young as 7 can be falsely accused of rape & murder because of their skin color you never ever teach your kids to believe in Officer Friendly. I had this talk with my oldest son at 6 & he’s already relayed a version of it to his 5 year old brother.