The Wait Continues For Justice For #FreddieGray

The wait continues for justice for Freddie Gray. A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the case of Officer William G. Porter as jurors deliberated three days only to continue to be deadlocked:

At trial, prosecutors accused Porter not of brutality but indifference, saying he “callously” failed to take simple steps required by Police Department rules — securing Gray with a seat belt and getting him medical attention when he asked — that could have saved his life.

During closing arguments, Deputy Chief State’s Attorney Janice Bledsoe held up a seat belt and clicked it for jurors.

“That’s all it would have taken,” she said.

Porter is the first of six officers to be tried for Gray’s death while in police custody.

Team Blackness also discussed W. Kamau Bell’s call for white people to come and get your boy Trump, Rutgers University cancels a black feminism class, and a look at little diversity there is in tech.

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We’re Back … And The World’s Still Terrible

Last night’s GOP debate was a lot of fearmongering talk about ISIS. Let’s also not forget Ted Cruz’s love of the word “carpet bombing,” Ben Carson’s need for boots on the ground, and Trump making bold statements about not only representing the Republican party as opposed to running independently and his call to ban Muslims from entering the US.

Team Blackness had a lot of words–some fueled by whiskey–about the debate, the Planned Parenthood attacks, Daniel Holtzclaw’s conviction and other news that has happened in the last month while we’ve all been moving.

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Racist College Campus Incident #30,042: Harvard Law School

Have you heard people saying that the racist incidents at the University of Missouri are just isolated incidents and not indicative of culture of racism on college campuses? Well, you can tell those people to put it in their pipes and smoke it. Students at Harvard Law School found that all the portraits of tenured African-American law professors, which are displayed in the main building, had black slashes of tape across their faces. And this was the morning after students had rallied in support of national calls for racial justice on campuses:

Leland Shelton, the president of the Black Law Students Association, told ThinkProgress that he viewed the incident as a hostile action. It “wasn’t done by an ally. It wasn’t in support of black students and black professors,” Shelton said.

Team Blackness also discussed former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle questionable defense of his pedophilia, the House approves the Syrian refugees bill, and more outrage in Minneapolis in response to Jamar Clark’s death at the hands of police.

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Kasich’s U.S. Department Of Jesus

So you know that whole separation of church and state this nation was supposedly founded on? Well, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich feels differently. In fact, he’d like to form a government agency to push Judeo-Christian values to China, Russia, Iran and the Middle East. ‘Cuase that’s a good use of government time, energy, and funding:

“We need to beam messages around the world” about the freedoms Americans enjoy, Kasich said in an interview with NBC News Tuesday. “It means freedom, it means opportunity, it means respect for women, it means freedom to gather, it means so many things.” He defended creating a new government agency at a time when fellow Republican presidential candidates discuss eliminating government agencies to making the government smaller. “There’s nobody who’s spent more time shrinking government and cutting budgets than I have.”

Team Blackness also discussed Ben Carson’s questionable grasp of foreign policy and more Republicans being the worst when it comes to refugees.

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Filed Under: Little Shop Of Racist Horrors

So this is incredibly disturbing: two brothers in South Carolina are facing charges that they treated Christopher Smith, a mentally handicapped black employee, like a slave, beating him regularly and paying him what amounted to less than $3,000 a year in salary. He also lived in a cockroach-infested apartment described as “sub-human.” Two attorneys are filing a civil suit on Smith’s behalf after he was rescued by social workers after an anonymous tip:

Smith was routinely called the N-word, according to the suit. He was savagely beaten with a frying pan, hot tongs, butcher knives, belt buckles and fists. He worked 18-hour shifts Monday through Saturday and 11-hour shifts on Sundays with no breaks, receiving little pay. … He was targeted for abuse by the Edwards brothers, they said, because he is black.

 

Team Blackness also discussed a House member who claims he’s not racist concerning Syria because he had a black roommate, Democratic presidential nominee fails on Black Lives Matter, and what an “anti-white” symbol looks like.

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