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The Racism & Social Injustice Catch-All
I don't know if this fits here, but a cool piece:

And the Beat Goes On

“Skating goes deep for us,” said a regular at the Sunday night party in Newark. Despite rink closures, the mostly black skate scene thrives underground.

"The connection between African-Americans and adult skate nights is deeply linked to the country’s wrenching history of segregation. That relationship, which includes racist policies and the rich culture that rose up in reaction, is the subject of “United Skates,” a documentary that opened this weekend in New York and Los Angeles and will be shown on HBO in February.

Guided by Tina Brown and Dyana Winkler, who are first-time directors, the film details the insidious machinations that have kept black and white skaters apart, dating back to the Jim Crow era. It also celebrates the art and style of the black night-skating scene.

There’s a certain urgency to the scene. Rinks in major metropolitan areas have been shuttering over the last decade, largely felled by gentrification."

"Phelicia Wright, a property manager in Los Angeles who skates in many styles, appears in the film. “At church, you leave your problems at the altar,” Ms. Wright said. “At the rink, we leave our problems on the wood.”

The night skate scene forms its own intimate community. At Branch Brook, many participants have known each other for decades. “I found it incredible that people would leave their bags on the floor, rather than use the lockers,” Ms. Winkler said. “It would be seen as disrespecting your family if you stole from someone.”"

"Respect for the rinks runs so deep that at the peak of the gang wars between the Crips and Bloods in Los Angeles in the ’80s, places like Skate Town (in Bloods territory) and World of Wheels (Crips) were considered exempt from the conflict."

"But the skating world’s sense of community belies the history of violence and prejudice imposed upon it. During segregation, rinks kept black and white patrons apart. “Skate-in” protests in the 1960s paralleled that day’s sit-ins.

Photos from that era by Richard Avedon show black skaters carrying signs that say things like “Put Down Hate and Let’s Skate,” while others show Ku Klux Klan members holding their own placards bearing swastikas.

Even after integration, many rinks kept blacks and whites separate by advertising special nights with coded names like “Soul Night” or “Martin Luther King Jr. Night.” In the ’60s and ’70s, if black skaters came during a white night, Ms. Brown said, “some rinks would hire thugs to trip them on the wood, or rink owners would claim they didn’t have skates to rent in those patrons’ sizes.”

Even today, many rinks have signs that read “no saggy pants,” or “no hip-hop music,” which some interpret as discouraging African-American patrons. Other rinks ban smaller custom wheels, a style favored by many black skaters, because, the rinks say, those wheels harm the wood floors."

"But when you talk about destruction

Don't you know that you can count me out (in)"

"Bitchin'! Is this in 3-D?"

"No, but your face is."

"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"

"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"

A Florida sheriff allegedly tried to deport a U.S. citizen to Jamaica. He’s from Philadelphia.
I'm a few days late on this one, but we have even more racist shit unearthed from Steve King.  This one is a 2017 interview he did with a racist, far-right internet personality.  In the interview, King called the Congressional Black Caucus "the self-segregating congressional black caucus" and a "grievance committee."

Quote:Republican Rep. Steve King once appeared on a far-right podcast that frequently gave a platform to white nationalists and whose host has argued that some races are less intelligent than others.

King, who was just elected to his ninth term in Iowa, took part in a 45-minute interview for the Freedomain Radio podcast, hosted by far-right internet personality Stefan Molyneux in September 2017, a CNN KFile review of King's media appearances reveals.

In the interview, King called the Congressional Black Caucus "the self-segregating congressional black caucus" and said that the group was a "grievance committee" that hijacked Martin Luther King Jr.'s message.
Ten prior convictions?  Yes, but ten years for stealing $33 worth of underwear?

Quote:A divided Illinois Appellate Court panel on Tuesday upheld a 10-year prison sentence to an addicted homeless man who had robbed $33 of underwear from a Family Dollar Store in 2015.

Appellate Judge Terrence Lavin, writing for himself and Appellate Judge Mary Anne Mason, stated that it is not the job of the appellate court to substitute its judgment for the decision of the trial judge. In this case Circuit Judge Mary Margaret Brosnahan had imposed the harsh sentence on defendant David Lundy, who had 10 prior convictions.

But in a stinging dissent Appellate Judge Michael B. Hyman wrote that the “sentence punishes Lundy more for the numerous difficulties brought about by his economic status (impoverished), illness (drug addiction), and condition (homelessness) than for the offense for which he was convicted.”

Hyman noted that Lundy had committed his most serious offense, robbery and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, more than 22 years ago. “Since then, Lundy has been convicted of drug offenses and theft,” he wrote. “No violent crimes.”

His dissent cited the words of former South African President Nelson Mandela, “A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
I don't know about y'all but I feel a lot safer knowing this maniac is behind bars..
It's been a while since we have had any updates on the 2016 Nazi stabbings in California.  It turns out that the eight anti-fascists stabbed or beaten by the Nazis were all charged, but no prosecutions for any of the Nazi attackers:

Quote:California law enforcement pursued criminal charges against eight anti-fascist activists who were stabbed or beaten at a neo-Nazi rally while failing to prosecute anyone for the knife attacks against them, according to police records reviewed by the Guardian.

In addition to the decision not to charge white supremacists or others for stabbings at a far-right rally that left people with critical wounds, police also investigated 100 anti-fascist counter-protesters, recommending more than 500 total criminal charges against them, according to court filings from civil rights attorneys.

Meanwhile, for men investigated on the neo-Nazi side of a June 2016 brawl at the state capitol, police recommended only five mostly minor charges, none related to stabbings.

Lawyers produced new records this week as prosecutors in Sacramento prepared for a hearing in their long-running case against three anti-fascist counter-protesters, who have been charged with rioting and assault.

For two of the counter-protesters facing potential prison time, law enforcement officers surveilled their social media activity and cited their leftwing politics and affiliation with Chicano and indigenous rights groups as evidence against them, the police reports revealed.

None of the defendants heading toward trial were accused of the stabbings of anti-fascists.

The documents have raised fresh questions about California police agencies’ handling of rightwing violence and extremism, renewing accusations that law enforcement officials have shielded neo-Nazis from prosecution while aggressively pursuing demonstrators with leftwing and anti-racist political views.

Prosecutors have in the past vehemently denied that the investigation was biased and have said in filings that stabbing victims have not been cooperative.

The Guardian previously interviewed two victims who were injured, then pursued by police – Cedric O’Bannon, a black journalist and stabbing victim who ultimately was not charged, and Yvette Felarca, a well-known Berkeley activist whose case is moving forward on Thursday. Previous records also revealed that police had worked with the neo-Nazi groups to target the anti-racist activists.
"Food stamp access during childhood is linked to a 5 percentage point reduction in heart disease and an 18 percentage point increase in high school completion rates, compared to those who lacked access."

Quote:The economists focus on people born between 1956 and 1981, who were young children when the program was expanding, and who grew up in families with a parent with less than a high school education. They find that access to the program as a young child significantly improved economic outcomes and health status as an adult.

In particular, food stamp access as a child was associated with much lower risk of metabolic syndrome as an adult and, especially for women, higher levels of educational attainment and income along with lower participation on means-tested benefit programs. For example, food stamp access during childhood is linked to a 5 percentage point reduction in heart disease and an 18 percentage point increase in high school completion rates, compared to those who lacked access.

This evidence contradicts some critiques of food stamps, which misleadingly argue that it’s an inefficient and ineffective program.
Hey, look, it's Louie Gohmert being stupid.  It must be... any day of the week?

Quote:Holy crap!

Appearing on Fox Biz, Louie Gohmert says "George Soros is supposed to be Jewish but you wouldn't know it from the damage he inflicted on Israel and the fact that he turned on fellow Jews & helped take the property that they owned."

Stuart Varney quickly moves on

The video is at the link.
A great response to the Gohmert nonsense:

Quote:The most perfectly Fox Business thing is that at 7:30am in the prime pre-market hours, with Dow futures down 425 points, the conversation is about George Soros being a fake Jew who collaborated with the Nazis in WWII

And a slight correction to that tweet:

Quote:(Correction: this was at 10:15am, 45 mins after markets opened. I maintain that it's the most perfectly Fox Business thing)

Hey, that's more correcting than Stuart Varney did.
Federal authorities have charged a Michigan man with sending threatening, anti-Semitic and sexually violent messages to Detroit journalists and an elected official.

In court, he called himself "the Rosa Parks of 9/11 truth."
Four Florida officers are on administrative leave after one kicked a handcuffed suspect in the head; the police report says the suspect told paramedics he was bipolar and has schizophrenia and was not taking his medication.

Quote:Four police officers in Coral Springs, Florida, are on administrative leave as the department investigates bystander video that shows one officer apparently kicking a handcuffed suspect.

In the cellphone video, obtained by CNN affiliates WSVN and WPLG in Miami, three law enforcement officers struggle with the suspect in the street before they walk him over and sit him on a curb.

A bystander who recorded the video Tuesday night told WSVN another officer kicked the suspect in the head while the man was sitting on the ground. The man was in handcuffs and was cooperating, he said. 

"I could not believe that this was actually happening right in front of me," the bystander told the Miami TV station. 

In the video, an officer kicks at the suspect. 

One officer told the colleague to stop, a witness told WPLG.

In an arrest affidavit, a detective writes she tried to stop the suspect, Gabriel Narcisse-Beckford, 28, but he ignored her and kept walking. The detective said she tried to grab him by an arm but he pulled away and walked into traffic.

When the detective tried to grab the suspect again, the man took a fighting stance, according to the affidavit. 

The detective and an officer wrestled the man to the ground, and the suspect grabbed the detective's gun but could not get it out of the holster, the affidavit said. 

After the suspect stood up, the other officer used his Taser, and Narcisse-Beckford fell down, according to the affidavit. A third officer put handcuffs on the suspect, and then they moved him to a curb, it said. 

The detective wrote: "Narcisse-Beckford continued to move his body while agitated which led (another detective) to believe he was attempting to stand up. (The detective) struck him with his knee on his right side to remain seated."

The report said the suspect told paramedics he is bipolar and has schizophrenia and was not taking his medication. 
Ah the old “but he was going for my gun” line.

"Why did she do it?"
"Why are you the fucking Police?"

A Rhode Island school district hired a collection agency to recover unpaid student lunch balances:

Quote:Rhode Island's Cranston School District hired a collection agency to recover unpaid student lunch balances.

In a letter to parents, Raymond Votto Jr., chief operating officer of Cranston Public Schools, said the district has previously tried to collect outstanding lunch bills "without much success."

"In an effort to reduce our unpaid balance, the District has retained the services of a collection agency. The company is Transworld Systems and they will begin their collection efforts effective January 2, 2019," the letter said.

Votto said between September 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018, the school district wrote off $95,508. He said the unpaid balance for the current academic year is $45,859.

"The District lunch program cannot continue to lose revenue," Votto said.

Lunch at a public elementary school in Cranston costs $2.50 per day. For middle school and high school students, it's $3.25 a day. Votto said parents who owe $20 or more and who haven't paid off the balance within 60 days will receive a letter from the collection agency starting next year.
What a bunch of fucking misers. Merry fucking Christmas..
New Mecklenburg County Sheriff, Garry McFadden, checked off one of his campaign promises on his first day in office by ending ICE's 287(g) program at the Mecklenburg County Jail.  The program allowed deputies to act as immigration officials.

Quote:New Mecklenburg County Sheriff, Garry McFadden, is checking off one of his campaign promises on his first day in office by ending Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)'s 287(g) program at the Mecklenburg County Jail.

The program allows deputies to act as immigration officials. This was a quick turnaround, taking just hours after becoming sheriff. Ending 287(g) was a major pledge for Sheriff McFadden while running for office. He says his goal is to help rebulild public trust.

McFadden was sworn in Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte as the county's first African-American sheriff.

Just hours later, he held a ceremonial signing of his letter to ICE, notifying them that the sheriff's office is ending 287(g).

The program has been around at the county jail since 2006. He says Mecklenburg County was one of only approximately 78 counties nationwide that voluntarily agreed to  this type of arrangement.

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