In demanding apologies, police unions show white supremacy is a core value – Daily Kos

Racism has a hard time hiding.

People love to deny its very existence, but it just has a way of telling on itself. Those who harbor prejudice on the inside eventually can’t help but let it out in a way, so ugly and toxic, that you soon wonder how they kept it disguised for as long as they had.

The leaked emails from Sony come to mind.

While the overwhelming majority of African Americans see some level of racial discrimination and devaluing of black life in the police murders of unarmed men like Akai Gurley, Kendrec McDade, and Eric Garner, it’s become far too easy for police (and society) to deny race played even a small role in any of these homicides. (Source: Read More)

NAACP Speaks Out Against Klan-Like Portrayals on Social Media

MEDIA ADVISORY

Immediate Release

December 15, 2014

Contact: Rev. Andre’ D. Knight, President, (252) 544-2949

NAACP Speaks Out Against Klan-Like Portrayals on Social Media

Rocky Mount, NC – Last week, CNN published pictures and an article about a group of high school girls from the Twin Counties who released a picture of themselves with cone-shaped hats and making signs of guns with their fingers. These teenagers are allegedly students at Nash Central High School in the Nash/Rocky Mount School System. According to local reports, the pictures released were done so by the girls on their Instagram page on the same day that the Ferguson Grand Jury refused to indict former law enforcement officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown. Copies of the page have gone viral throughout Rocky Mount and the nation and there are rumors of these young ladies being provided with police escorts during school hours because of the turmoil that their actions have provoked at school.

Rocky Mount Branch President, Andre’ Knight, stated “we are in the midst of a nation reeling from unjust verdicts given in the slaying of black men in Missouri and New York and literally tens of thousands of people across the nation taking to the streets to peacefully protest the tolerance of racism in America. The young ladies’ actions on their social media page have incited a storm of controversy here in the Rocky Mount area. They should be held accountable for their actions and the Nash/Rocky Mount School System should speak to our region about their intolerance for the support of hatred in school or out of school by any group, student, employee or elected official affiliated with the public school system.”

To date, there has been no public apology released from the students, their parents nor a statement from the Nash/Rocky Mount School Board or its Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Jackson. Knight further added, “it is a sad commentary that our elected officials and School Superintendent do not hesitate to make public statements and take action very quickly about gang-related incidents, conversation, clothing or messaging but will not even speak publicly about a very clear affiliation that these young ladies have made with the most violent and hate mongering organization in America, the Ku Klux Klan. White hats and hand signs indicating guns and shooting is not funny and should not be dismissed as a light matter. Even if the students were spoken to in private, some statement of remorse should be made to the public and some distancing between their actions and our public school leadership should occur.”

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What Has Changed About Police Brutality In America, From Rodney King To Michael Brown – ThinkProgress

The Political Agitator response: The following is very interesting: “I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but those riots were some of the best things that ever happened: They taught us who we are and what mattered,” Kathy Y. Wilson, who for years wrote a local column called “Your Negro Tour Guide,” told the Washington Post.

Amadou Diallo. Rodney King. Timothy Thomas. Looking at where we are today in the weeks after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, it can feel like nothing has changed in the way we police the police.

Many things haven’t. Juries acquitted police. Cops got their jobs back. And brutality happened again.

Some things have gotten worse. Like police militarization.

But some things have gotten better, or are still moving toward reform in the wake of a prominent brutality incident. A history of these incidents reveals that some major recent police reforms got their start after highly publicized episodes of police violence. But it was only after years or decades and dogged, persistent community-building that some progress started to manifest. (Source: Read more)

The Silence of the Lawyers

As another grand jury has let a cop walk away for gratuitously killing an unarmed black man, a loud silence reverberates through the country, just at it has for many years. It is the silence of the nation’s lawyers.

The fact is, we operate two criminal justice systems in the United States. One is for affluent white people, who when accused of crime are treated as citizens, as people with rights. They get the benefit of the constitutional protections we boast about in textbooks and television shows, protections like due process and trial by jury and proof beyond reasonable doubt. And they are often shown great leniency for very serious crimes, including homicide.

The other system is for poor people and racial minorities, who are treated more like trash to be removed from the streets. They are policed as if they enemy combatants; churned through overcrowded, underfunded courts that traffic in guilty pleas and long prison sentences for minor offenses; and harassed or killed by cops whose brutality would never be tolerated against those whose wealth and skin color entitles them to the privileges and protections of the first system. (Source: Read more)