Killer-cop Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 270 months, or twenty-two and one-half years, in prison for the murder of George Floyd. However, all experts agree that with “good behavior,” he will likely spend no more than fifteen years behind bars.
Today’s (June 25) sentencing hearing opened with “victim impact statements” from both the murdered victim’s and the convicted murderer’s families.
In the case of George Floyd’s family, two of his brothers and one nephew gave hard-to-watch, tearful and heart-wrenching statements about the murder of their loved one. People, particularly black people, across the country, across the world, cried right along…
Chicago’s major (“mainstream”) media all report that this just past, unconscionably deadly, July Fourth weekend recorded up to eighty-eight people shot, including as many as fourteen killed, across this troubled city’s mostly black South and West Sides.
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) reports that from Friday the 2nd through early Monday morning, gunshot victims ranged in age from twelve to thirty years old.
Indeed, following these reports, Chicago Alderman Anthony Napolitano declared that this city is now undeniably a bonafide, certified, “war zone.” …
In 1976, after finally winning his first Grammy for “Best Album,” folk songster Paul Simon gave one of the most astounding acceptance speeches of all time. After thanking his fans, his producers, fellow musicians and singers, musical engineers… and even his parents, he then said:
“But most of all I want to thank Stevie Wonder for not making an album this year.”
You see, Simon thanked Stevie because for the previous two years running, Stevie Wonder had won successive Album of the Year Grammies, and indeed, after skipping ‘76, he won again in 1977.
…in? Thin does not equal healthy. Why is it not okay to show an appetite if you are a larger person? Why is this such a taboo in this society? And so often a larger person feels the shame and despair already and then feels it from the humans a…
This body shaming seems to be limited mainly to "Western" societies. In most of Africa, the "larger" women are considered the most "beautiful." Is that still "body shaming" but in the other direction?
We can’t let [the failed coup d’état] go because it directly connects with our legacy of racism and hate in this country that stems from the genocide of the indigenous Americans and the enslavement of African Americans. The legacy of that is institutional racism and white nationalism; and if we don’t deal with it directly and explicitly in every institution, it will continue to persist and grow and permeate; and it will lead to a Donald Trump in the future. ~ Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY)
Newly elected Representative Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) was in the Capitol building on January 6. He…
Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please. They do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing, already given, and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. …
The jury deliberating R. (Robert Sylvester) Kelly’s fate will reconvene and continue its deliberations as to the guilt or innocence of this not-so-young-man tomorrow (Monday, September 27, 2021).
If God is real, if truth is true, if justice is just…then the jury will take no more time than necessary to declare his guilt and sign the papers affirming thereof.
Here in Chicago, black people have known and complained about this so-called “brother” since at least the death of his so-called 15-year-old “wife,” died in a convenient plane crash.
Kelly’s trial for molesting and trafficking underage black girls, including a widely…
Now comes word that a civil rights investigation into the police murder of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old innocent black man walking down the streets of Aurora, Colorado, has revealed that his death was the direct result of racially biased policing by the Aurora Police Department(APD). An exhaustive and official report was issued last week by Colorado’s state attorney general to that effect.
The report determined, among many other things, that not just the APD but the Aurora Fire Department as well regularly and consistently violated state and federal laws through a pattern and practice of racial bias. …
The one and only thing America will never run out of is white people.
— Dick Gregory, The Plug Nickle Night Club, Chicago, circa 1968
This world is white no longer, and it will never be white again.
— James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son, 1955
The classic 1957 science fiction film, The Incredible Shrinking Man, opens with “Scott” and wife “Louise” relaxing alone on a yacht in the middle of the ocean.
While Louise is below decks, Scott is enveloped by a mysterious, creeping mist. Months later, Scott begins noticing that his clothes no longer fit. He suspects…
The election of Donald Trump in 2016, in my opinion, was divine intervention. It was a miracle. He is almost God-sent.
— Larry Elder, 2019
White supremacy and white oppression, as manifested over the course of the last five centuries in the form of white settler colonialism and imperialism, could never have “succeeded” without cooperation and collaboration from and with African, black, red, brown and yellow collaborators.
Beginning circa 1444, when those first Portuguese “trade” ships appeared off the west coast of Africa, unscrupulous, and perhaps unknowing, African chiefs and subalterns facilitated European traders in rounding up and selling their…