Opinion is Not Fact

In the second week of the George Zimmerman trial last week Dr. Shiping Bao, the medical examiner for Trayvon Martin was called to the stand, and his testimony was utter magic. The defense team questioned Dr. Bao about a change in his opinion and this was his response, behold:

Based on another autopsy I did in our office. We have a case very similar to Trayvon Martin’s case three weeks ago. First, I need to explain to you what is opinion. Opinion can be changed. That’s why you asked jury to be open minded, to have open mind, right. Opinion there’s no truth or force just right or wrong. If you have new information, you have new experience, if you read a new book, you will change your opinion. If someone never change opinion, you can call mentally retarded or you never learn, right.

Just wow.

Also on today’s #TWiBRadio, went in on medical examiner Dr. Shiping Bao and his testimony in the George Zimmerman trial (21:00) and Twitter’s quality handling of Flight 214’s crash in San Francisco (39:00).

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And this morning on #amTWiB, L.Joy, Imani, and the rest of the #TheMorningCrew discussed extreme measures including nature’s extreme response to climate change (18:00), the veteran’s extreme response to the rainbow flag (44:00), and Ljoy’s suggestion to deal with gun violence in Chicago (57:00).

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I feel as if I’ve had to explain #TheBlackRule more in the past year than I’ve had to my entire life.

I’m almost positive I’ve even explained it on this platform before. #TheBlackRule: When mothers of  Black children explain to them that they must never disobey a police officer for fear of them being hurt or killed. We’re told to make we don’t move too fast. We’re told not to seem as if we’re getting “fresh” with the police. We’re told to make sure we don’t do anything that can possibly be described as “reaching for a weapon.”  These rules weren’t told to Black kids due to paranoia. It was told so that young Black kids would live to see their 18th birthday. If you don’t believe that Blacks, even in 2013, are consistently nervous about police interaction, check out this video of a 14 year old boy who was tackled and choked by officers. His crime? He didn’t jump when they said jump and looked at them with a “dehumanizing stare.”

So just in case you aren’t clear. Don’t look at a cop the wrong way or have body language that could be a problem. Then you’ll get choked out cause you deserved it.

Today on #TWiBRadio, we discuss cops tackling puppy wielding teenagers, the Supreme Court giving the okay to collect DNA upon arrest and the Zimmerman defense team continues to smear Trayvon Martin’s name – but this time they’re sorry.

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And this morning on #amTWiB, #TheMorningCrew 125 year-old HBCU St. Paul’s College to close June 30, one senator wants an entire gang arrested, and can you fight bullying through text message?

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When Is It Okay to Kill Unarmed Black Kids?

What should you do if you’re a news organization covering an ongoing controversial murder case where the defense makes a website full of material that might poison the jury pool of that trial? Well if you’re CBS Miami, you publish all those materials and put a murder victim’s character on trial. (Warning: This links to an autoplay video)

Great job media: while the legal system tries George Zimmerman for murder, the media is trying Trayvon Martin for black criminality.

Today on #TWiBRadio, we discuss the media’s epic and racially tainted fail during their coverage of the George Zimmerman trial, Michelle Bachmann’s list of reasons she’s not seeking another term  (it’s totally not that FBI investigation), and the tale of how I almost died.

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And this morning on #amTWiB, #TheMorningCrew discussed Wal-Mart dumping hazardous waste in California, a Fortune 500 turning a Women’s safe-house into a luxury hotel, and does obesity start in the womb?

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So Trayvon Martin & the Boston Marathon Bomber…

What’s that you say? Those 2 people couldn’t possibly be in the same sentence? Well then you must not understand how the radical right wing mind works…

This is real life: Limbaugh compared media coverage of Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to the media coverage of the murdered unarmed 17 year old Trayvon Martin–since they’re described as kids and younger pictures were posted. Obviously this is some sort of huge attempt to show the innocents of these 2 criminals!

Except for that pesky being stalked & killed for no reason thing that happened to one of them.

On today’s #TWiBRadio I drop this little tidbit on the rest of the team with out warning–they weren’t ready. Also, we remember the ‘Four Little Girls’ of Birmingham 50 years later, Dr. Norma J. Goodwin of discusses Minority Health Awareness Month, and more. Listen here:

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And this morning on #amTWiB, the morning crew discusses which meat is most likely to make us sick, Pres. Obama delivering the keynote address at a Planned Parenthood gala  and a local Republican mailer that was really, really white. On purpose.

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Also I’d like to invite you over to check out some of the new posts that we’ve been publishing at This Week in Blackness.  With the addition of Jack and Jill Politics and Balloon Juice’s own Imani Gandy and the Angry Black Lady Chronicles we’re throwing a lot of great content out there. Plus we’ve created forums, a social sharing space and more magic. Swing by and check out what’s going on at TWiB! 


Tucker Carlson, Glenn Beck, and a Rejected White Girl Walk into a Bar

Today on #TWiBRadio, we watch the editor of Conservative Black Chick, Crystal Wright and Tucker Carlson completely miss the ever-loving point.

And then Glenn Beck and company do not hear the same things we hear:

So Melissa Harris-Perry wants to steal your children if they don’t drown at the hands of incompetent Negroes who just stole your spot at Yale.

I mean, that’s reasonable.

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And this morning on #amTWiB, L.Joy and company discuss the Trayvon Martin settlement, cancer mortality rates in Black women, and making poor kids throw out their school lunches.

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UNC Apparently Likes Rapists

The University of North Carolina took revenge against one of their students, a rape survivor, who reported on their failed administrative policies on sexual assault. After the initial report, she discussed her experience with The Daily Tarheel and as a result, the school is bringing her up on honor code violations. Officially, she is being charged with:

II.C.1.c. – Disruptive or intimidating behavior that willfully abuses, disparages, or otherwise interferes with another … so as to adversely affect their academic pursuits, opportunities for University employment, participation in University-sponsored extracurricular activities, or opportunities to benefit from other aspects of University Life.

That’s right, she’s being charged with abusing her rapist. It should be noted that she never named her assailant.

On today’s #TWiBRadio, I beam in from the Great Northern Tundra (Minnesota) and we discuss this story with #AfterBlack‘s Josh Homer as well as denials of the drone program and apparently used nooses are what’s hot in the streets. Check it out:

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And this morning on #amTWiB, we keep the conversation going on the UNC rape case and discuss the Trayvon Martin case a year later. Check it out:

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