The Independent weightily titles its interview with John Legend as “John Legend interview: Donald Trump will be impeached, it’s just a matter of when Congress has the guts to do it” with the subtitle: “Musician and actor talks his recent album Darkness and Light, shaking up the academy voting system and a growing sense of victimhood among the most privileged people in the world”
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the 109 year old civil rights organization, will not renew the contract of its president, Cornell Brooks, and will “recast” its mission by conducting “a systemwide and strategic revisioning process that will ensure that the NAACP can address these 21st century challenges.”
Reading between the lines isn’t difficult; the NAACP will become more like Black Lives Matter and less like a mainstream organization dedicated to advancing the economic interests of blacks.
Black-on-black homicide is rampant, but professional agitators couldn’t care less.
Another cell-phone video that didn’t make it to CNN or MSNBC: Last November, 33-year-old Antwan McNutt beat a man to death with a bottle of liquor on the South Side of Chicago. Onlookers took video and posted it to Facebook; no one intervened to help. McNutt, who was charged with murder this week, has prior convictions for manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance, attempted aggravated carjacking, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and battery and resisting arrest, according to DNA Info. But he was back on the streets committing more mayhem, contrary to the “mass incarceration” conceit that black males are targeted with endless draconian punishment for minor transgressions of public order.
A viral student brawl in a once-thriving school highlights public evasions about racial gaps in education.
Last week, my high school alma mater in the prosperous Montgomery County suburbs of Philadelphia went viral. A video of a student brawl injuring four security officers and eight teachers appeared on YouTube, bolstering long-whispered rumors of the district’s decline. Four students were taken into custody; one of them, 18 and charged as an adult for four counts of aggravated assault, is still in jail as I write. All four of the students were black females.
I haven’t visited Cheltenham High since I graduated in the faraway American Graffiti era, but I ventured back for a packed emergency community meeting about the May 4 events. In addition to memories, I found a stark illustration of the nation’s evasions about racial gaps in education.
Mayor John Tory told a gathering of black community leaders Saturday that the actions of Black Lives Matter-Toronto (BLM-TO) convinced him and city officials to create a Toronto Action Plan to confront anti-black racism in the city.
That 35-page draft plan with 77 recommendations – unveiled Saturday at City Hall – was the result of 41 “community conversations” (yes, 41!) by 800 residents between January and March.
The “Plan” is the usual “free money for rent-seeking grievance mongers” scam we’ve all come to know and love.
According to Southern California Public Radio (SCPR), the officers arrested him, not for disrupting the meeting but for allegedly grabbing a female officer. He was later charged by the city attorney with misdemeanor battery and he refused a plea deal, which took the case to trial. He was reportedly convicted of resisting arrest, but the court could not reach a decision on whether to charge him with battery.
“Harvard’s institutional foundation is in direct conflict with the needs of Black students,” Woods continued. “There is a legacy of slavery, epistemic racism and colonization at Harvard, which was an institution founded to train rising imperialist leaders.”
One particularly optimistic affirmative action opponent is Vijay Chokalingam, author of Almost Black – How I Posed as Black to Get into Medical School. Choklaingam is confident that the days of the race-based admission policy are nigh, referencing President Trump’s choice of Neil Gorsuch as the main reason for his optimism.
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the white only section of a Montgomery, Alabama, bus and take her assigned place in what was then called the “colored” section. For that highly courageous and moral action Ms. Parks has been justly celebrated ever since as “the first lady of civil rights,” a true heroine for fighting the despicable evil of segregation.