Still in the middle of another interview while getting settled at the new job.
You guys were saying?
You guys were saying?
In southeast Montana, thousands of miles from the birthplace of hip-hop, a man with the given name Christian Parrish Takes the Gun has been rapping to young people on the Crow Nation reservation. He calls himself Supaman, and he's been merging inner-city music with more local concerns for more than a dozen years.
"Native Americans grasp that culture of hip-hop because of the struggle," he says. "Hip-hop was talking about the ghetto life, poverty, crime, drugs, alcohol, teen pregnancy; all that crazy stuff that happens in the ghetto is similar to the reservation life. We can relate to that."
Supaman says he saw that crazy stuff as a kid. He says his parents were alcoholics and he spent lots of time in foster care before moving in with his grandfather. And for as long as he can remember hip-hop was playing in the background, like a soundtrack. When he was 24, Supaman decided it was time to make his own music. (Source)
Okay so I was looking at this online dating site and came across this one guys profile that seemed interesting until I got to the last paragraph. The first sentence...( well y'all seen my movie*). It's the last sentence that has me like WTF??? Wasn't the entire purpose of Jim Crow to reinforce his first sentence??
A Republican state lawmaker apparently regrets an entire career of making vile comments about AIDS, LGBTQ people, women, abortion and rape.And this is why women hate talking to men about rape.
Representative Lawrence Lockman of Maine was thrust into the national spotlight when blogger Mike Tipping posted a collection of offensive comments the first-term Republican has made through decades of extremist activism and advocacy. Maine Democrats called for his resignation Tuesday. He released a statement of regret (no, not an apology) the next day.
As director of the Pro Life Education Association in 1990, he was quoted as saying:
If a woman has [the right to abortion], why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t [in most cases] result in anyone’s death. (Source)
|Not my kids, so naturally...faces cropped out.|
Juror 8, who is African American, stated that she “never thought once, ’This is a black kid. This is a white guy.’” She said that the case “was about justice,” not race. When asked if race was a factor in the case, juror 4 said, “Sitting in that room, it was never presented that way.” To a certain extent, she is correct. The prosecution and the parents never discussed the huge elephant in the room, race. (Source)Suppose a man kills his wife. During the investigation, the prosecution uncovers a laundry list of dropped domestic violence complaints filed by the deceased against the husband. The autopsy revealed fractures and a history of other "unexplained" injuries going back years.
Although I commend jurors 4 and 8 for their commitment and fairness, I strongly reject the notion that this case was not about race. This case was about race on at least two levels. The first level is the actual crime. This case is about a racist white man who wanted to teach some young black “thugs” a lesson for not obeying his orders to turn their “thug music”. Such racial animus is further expressed in his jail letters complaining about thugs. The word “thug” is simply a more palatable word for nigger.Not only that, but if Davis and his friends had been a bunch of a white kids blasting their music - any music - Dunn would've never approached them to begin with.
The second level is the verdict. Like the Trayvon Martin case, the Amadou Diallo case, the Sean Bell case, the Emmett Till case and countless other cases, the Michael Dunn case is yet another example of black man being murdered and denied justice, at least for now. If no one else was in that vehicle, Michael Dunn would be free today.
...Nonetheless, none of that matters. For some, including the three holdout jurors in this case, one white man’s testimony carries more weight than three young black men’s testimony. Unfortunately, when some white people are presented with narratives that conform to their racist stereotypes about young black men, logic is negated and discarded. If Jordan Davis was a white boy or white girl, no juror would believe Dunn’s lie about seeing a gun. Again, this case was all about race.