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Race Continues to Take its Toll in America

(Source: Times Union)

Twenty years have passed since the verdict in the Rodney King beating case, and yet the problems of police brutality and racial profiling remain with us.

On April 29, 1992, a mostly white jury found four Los Angeles Police Department officers not guilty of assault with a deadly weapon and excessive force against 25-year-old Rodney King following a high-speed chase on March 3, 1991. Police struck King more than 50 times with their batons, tasered him and kicked him in the head. Unlike most such incidents, this one was captured on videotape. (more…)


British Police Officer to be Charged With Racially Abusing Man During 2011 London Riots

(Source: The Washington Post)

A London policeman will face criminal charges for allegedly racially abusing a black man detained during last year’s London riots, prosecutors said Tuesday, reversing an earlier decision not to charge the officer.

The Crown Prosecution Service said there was enough evidence to charge Constable Alex MacFarlane with “a racially aggravated public order offense.”

A 21-year-old man who was detained during the week of riots, but not charged, recorded a police officer using a racial epithet as he arrested him. (more…)

Ethics Expert Apologizes for ‘offending’ Remarks on Trayvon

(Source: USA Today)

Southern Baptist expert Richard Land, the voice of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, borrowed his diatribe on President Obama’s Trayvon Martin remarks but, oops, failed to credit the sources for whole paragraphs of invective.

He even stood by his Trayvon-Obama comments when they came under fire.

But then a Baylor grad student blogger caught the quotes in Land’s regular radio br0adcast — where Land never mentioned any sources — and checked the language against the footnotes on his website where the original authors of the language were cited. (more…)

Senate Panel Holds Hearing On Racial Profiling Bill

(Source: NPR)

Civil rights groups are lobbying Congress to put an end to racial profiling, the practice of targeting people because of their race or religion. A bill before Congress aims to do just that. On Tuesday, a Senate Judiciary panel heard from victims, police and lawmakers.

The story begins in February 2001, when President George W. Bush delivered an address to Congress in which he promised to stop racial profiling. Then came the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“In the national trauma that followed, civil liberties came face to face with national security,” says Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin. (more…)

Trayvon Martin: What It’s Like to Be a Problem

(Source: The Nation)

Steven Jonhson, 3, joins a “Justice for Trayvon Martin hoodie rally” on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Trayvon Martin was not innocent. He was guilty of being black in presumably restricted public space. For decades, Jim Crow laws made this crime statutory. They codified the spaces into which black bodies could not pass without encountering legal punishment. They made public blackness a punishable offense. The 1964 Civil Rights Act removed the legal barriers but not the social sanctions and potentially violent consequences of this “crime.” George Zimmerman’s slaying of Trayvon Martin—and the subsequent campaign to smear Martin—is the latest and most jarring reminder that it is often impossible for a black body to be innocent.


Shaima Al Awadi: Hijab or Hoodie, it’s always about race panic

(Source: Occupy | Decolonize | Liberate)

Iraqi mother, Shaima Al Awadi, dies after being beaten with tire iron. The racist note next to her body. Social media full of outrage.

Hijab or Hoodie, it’s always about race panic: Trayvon Martin?

Hoodies and Hijabs: Uncovering Injustice
Wake Forest and Salem Students, organized by Muslim peers, came together to show solidarity with Trayvonn Martin and Shaima Al Awadhi. Students are calling on our community leaders to condemn hate crimes and make sure our community is a safe place for everyone.

(Source: Occupy | Decolonize | Liberate)

Trayvon Martin and the history of lynching

(Source: Lenin’s Tomb)

What is lynching?  In its prevalent forms in American history, it appears as the administration of racial formations through terror.  The mutilation, shaming and degrading of black bodies, and also the corpses being retrieved and displayed as trophies, was intended to maintain the symbolic subjection of black people to, in bell hooks’ formulation, “white supremacist capitalist patriarchy”.  I stress the symbolic as a material element in racial oppression, because the problem of etiquette, of racial manners, was invariably central to such violence.  Night-riders and lynch mobs were the enforcers of this etiquette.  We know it’s a peculiar problem in Jim Crow, the thousand and one rules and codes that crowded the field of sociality, exchange, transport, production and so on.

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