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Would they have done this in an ethnically diverse community?
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Bland “was very combative,” DA Elton Mathis said. “It was not a model traffic stop … and it was not a model person that was stopped.”
By now you know the story of Sandra Bland. She was a 28 year old woman who moved to Texas to start a new job. She was pulled over by the police for a minor traffic violation. She was subsequently manhandled and arrested. The police say she committed suicide while in their custody. Her relatives contest this and a murder investigation is currently going on. I was reading an article about Bland and I was struck by the quote above from the DA. He said she was not a model person. What is a model person? Does model person mean complete compliance? What makes you a model person? Why is there always a need to demonize the victim even prior to all the facts being released? Perfection does not provide protection. Share your thoughts.
John McCain made Sarah Palin a star. he brought her and her brood to the big city and put a spotlight on them. She should be forever in his debt, but today she said John McCain and Donald Trump are both heroes. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
My response to Brother Ta-Nehisi’s new book should not be misunderstood. I simply tried to honestly evaluate the book at the level of Truth, Goodness and Beauty. Since I believe there will never be another Baldwin — just as there will never be another Coltrane, Morrison, Du Bois, Simone [as in Nina], Robeson or Rakim — the coronation of Coates as Baldwin is wrong. His immense talents and gifts lie elsewhere and lead to different priorities. He indeed tells crucial truths about the vicious legacy of white supremacy as plunder on a visceral level, yet he fails to focus on our collective fightback, social movements or political hope. Even his fine essays downplay people’s insurgency and resistance. The full truth of white supremacy must include our historic struggles against it. His critical comments in his essays about the respectability politics or paternalistic speeches of the black president in power (absent in his book) do not constitute a critique of the presidency — pro-Wall Street policy as capitalist wealth inequality, drone policy as U.S. war crimes, massive surveillance as violation of rights, or defense of ugly Israeli occupation as immoral domination. For example, none of the black or white neo-liberals who coronate Coates say that 500 Palestinian babies killed by U.S. supported Israeli forces in 50 days or U.S. drones killing over 200 babies are crimes against humanity. Yet they cry crocodile tears when black folk are murdered by U.S. police. Unlike Baldwin, Coates gives them this hypocritical way out — with no cost to pay, risk to take, or threat to their privilege because of his political silence on these issues. I love Coates’ obsession with Baldwin’s beautiful prose, and Coates does have beautiful moments too. Baldwin’s beauty is profoundly soulful, wise and eager to inspire others. Coates’ beauty is deliberately nerdy, smart and draws attention to itself. Hence, Coates’ obsession with beauty weakens the Baldwin-like truths of resistance to be told or the Baldwin-like goodness tied to social hope. Like a Blues man or Jazz woman, Baldwin offers his whole blood-drenched and tear-soaked soul in words and sounds to an incomplete world, whereas Coates offers his well-crafted words with a sad spectatorial self to a doomed world. In this Age of Ferguson, we indeed need different voices, yet the most needful voices should be Baldwin-like all the way down and all the way LIVE!
Did Bill Cosby rape over 30 women? He has been accused of this and he has been found guilty by the court of public opinion. Those who still want proof have been effectively stoned to death by that court. Whoopi Goldberg had her doubts, but she was subject to death threats for not getting on the same page with the masses. She got her”mind right” and now she can go and sin no more. There is no room for doubt he is guilty by public decree, but is it wrong to question the women or their motives? Is it wrong to think perhaps some of these women willingly engaged in sex with Cosby? Is it wrong to ask how did this black man rape so many white women and none of these women went to the police? I am not a Cosby apologist I just believe there are a lot of questions that need to be asked and not just to Cosby.
Young Starlet Turn Tech Activist
Shocked by the rising number of police brutality cases, Single Ladies star Chastity Dotson created ZAFA Protection System. ZPS is a free mobile application that sends out an alert to members of a community when there is a crime. This global neighborhood watch app allows citizens to come together, community build, and protect one another against incidents of violence.
Dotson is a multi-faceted artist and activist based in Los Angeles. She got her start in entertainment after studying at University of Southern California’s BFA acting program. Not long after graduating, she landed a role in the World Premiere of Charlayne Woodard’s “Flight” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, which drew rave reviews from the Daily Variety who called her “an arresting blend of vulnerability and steel will.” She then starred in Oliver Mayer’s “Young Valiant” where she played the title role of a fourteen-year old boy, and was celebrated as a “small miracle” by the LA Weekly.
Chastity has written and performed seven one-woman shows internationally and is now set to star in Marivaux’s The False Servant at the Odyssey in Culver City, CA in July.
Dotson’s growing list of screen performances includes: Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, N3mbers, CSI NY, Grey’s Anatomy, Raising the Bar, Without a Trace, Veronica Mars, Bones, The Mentalist, BET’s Single Ladies and most recently as a guest star on Major Crimes for TNT.
But, like so many others, Dotson was shaken by the violence of police officers against civilians. So, she sought out funding on Go Fund Me to create a neighborhood watch app—and reached her goal in three short weeks. With that funding Dotson created ZAFA Protection System or ZPS.
Benefits of ZPS are:
• ZAFA empowers communities to call upon each other to witness and protect against violent offenders
• ZAFA ensures that there is always a witness or a helper at the crime scene
• ZAFA allows for the immediate upload of footage to remote servers securing it in case of confiscations
• ZAFA has an alert system that covers up to 20 miles, with real time GPS coordinates and directions to the incident
• When a ZAFA alert is sent it not only gives the person in trouble the location of the nearest user but it also allows the user to communicate with the victim letting them know help is on the way
• ZAFA offers alert buttons that cover multiple violent offenses not just police brutality
This is just the beginning for the young tech entrepreneur, “Once the app is released, I plan to create ZAFA trackers. GPS buttons that will communicate remotely with the app. ZAFA will then be able to be used in the case of child abductions. Everyone deserves to be protected.”
The app will be available for free download on iPhone and Android. For more info, please visit zafaprotection.com.