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Friday
Sep192014

"Just a Nigger Warehouse." Construction Underway of Playground Surrounded by Barbwire at D.C.'s Cruddy, Boarded Up Homeless Shelter with no hot water, A/C or heat  

Fortress D.C. [photographs by Vince Brown]. Making sure there is a decisive borderline between the white gentrifiers and the criminalized Black poor, the D.C. Govt has created its very own white supremacy megaplex near the Stadium-Armory Metro station. All on a single litter-strewn campus sits a clinic for meth rehabilitation and sexually transmitted diseases, two jails (the CTF and the main jail), the former city morgue and the crumbling down D.C. General, an old hospital which now functions as the City's emergency shelter. This architectural and spatial arrangement keeps the Black 'lost and found' out of sight and out of mind. 

As explained by Mike Davis, in this racist environment 'white people's security has less to do with personal safety than with the degree of personal insulation, in residential, work, consumption and travel environments, from unsavory groups and individuals.'  

Finding that "D.C. General is a playground desert" [MORE] and merging urban design, architecture and the police apparatus into a single, comprehensive security effort, D.C. has started construction on a playground at its super foul homeless shelter. As you can see the playground is temporarily surrounded by barbed wire or a cage. Or perhaps the cage is permanent to keep the Black children more self contained and in greater confinement.  

Maybe a little cleaner place to stay than an alley, the shelter/hospital built in the early 20th century features no hot water, a/c or heat [MORE] and is often beset by dysfunction, decay and disease. For instance records show that a young Black girl woke up with so many insect bites on her legs and her bottom that she had to be taken to the hospital. [MORE] Sometimes, it is the estimated 600 children living there who suffer the most. [MORE]

Understand that this is a 'non-whites only' special project as nearly all the residents are Black or Brown. That is, it is occupied solely by niggers, which means victims of white supremacy. [In the absence of white supremacy, niggers would not exist. Nigger describes what is being done to us not who we are. MORE] This situation would never be acceptable if white children lived there. 

The city will spend approximately $450,000 to construct the playground and it is scheduled to be completed at the end of September. The Homeless Children's Playtime Project led the effort to have the playground built. [MORE]

The Department of Parks and Recreation website shows the closest public playground at 17th and C streets SE, about a half-mile walk from D.C. General. The playground is located on an unfenced triangle area of grass, sandwiched between three roads.

Although some white folks might be consciously oblivious to the racist warehousing of Blacks, to most white folks that is the entire point - and powerless pariah groups, such as homeless Black people, hopefully read the meaning immediately.

Friday
Sep192014

'What do you think all the guns & dogs are for?' Proposed Legislation Would Allow Some [gentrifying whites] to Carry Guns in D.C.

From [HERE] A federal judge ruled in July that the District's ban on carrying guns in public was unconstitutional, subsequently overturning a key component of the city's strict gun laws. The ruling briefly meant that pretty much anyone could carry a gun most places they wanted in the District, until a judge issued a 90-day stay on the ruling a few days later.

When that stay lapses on Oct. 22 and the judge's ruling officially goes into effect, the District now has a plan to ensure the city isn't a firearm free-for-all.

Today, city officials announced emergency legislation that would more narrowly define who would be allowed to obtain a concealed-carry license. (Open-carry is still illegal in the District.) Mayor Vince Gray said at a press conference this afternoon that he is confident the proposed regulations, assuming the D.C. Council passes them, would meet both constitutional muster and the safety needs of the city. The bill would require residents to prove they have a "legitimate need" to carry a gun a public.

People who say they need a license because they live in high-crime neighborhoods or because they simply love guns, for instance, would likely not qualify for a permit. A person who has a stalker, however, would be a candidate for the permit. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, who is white, says the city still has some work to do in defining what kind of personal threats would qualify for a permit. Applicants with a recent history of a dangerous mental illness would not be allowed to get a permit.

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Thursday
Sep182014

Another Mostly White Jury Assembled for re-trial of Detroit 'Race Soldier Cop' who Killed 7 Year old Black Girl with Submachine gun: 9 of 14 jurors are White [Detroit is 90% non-white] 

From [HERE] and [HERE] Another mostly white jury was seated this afternoon in the trial of a white Detroit police officer, Joseph Weekley, charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Black 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was shot during police raid more than four years ago. Weekley is a member of an elite Detroit police unit or "Special Response Team." 

The panel — made up of 10 women and 4 men, five of whom are African American — will hear opening statements in Joseph Weekley's retrial Thursday morning in the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice. Two of the jurors eventually will serve as alternates. This trial begins 15 months after Weekley’s first trial ended with the mostly white jury [11 white] unable to agree on a verdict. [MORE]

Lawyers for both sides and Wayne County Circuit Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway agreed on the jury after the dismissal of 68 potential jurors over three days of jury selection, including 25 dismissed today.

Weekley, 38, faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, a felony and careless discharge of a submachine gun causing death, a misdemeanor, in the fatal shooting of Aiyana. [MORE]

The night Aiyana Jones was killed, Detroit police's Special Response Team were searching for murder suspect, Chauncey Owens, who was engaged to Aiyana's aunt, in connection with the May 14, 2010, murder of 18-year-old Jerean Blake. Weekley was a member of this SWAT unit. After obtaining a search warrant, police kicked in the front door of the home on Lillibridge, where Owens was thought to be hiding. 

They threw a flashbang grenade into the downstairs flat of a multi-family home about 12:40 a.m. and Weekley was accused of firing the bullet that struck and killed the girl, who was sleeping on the couch in the front room of the home. The "flash-bang" light-emitting grenade was meant to distract suspects. 

Weekley was first through the door, with a shield in one hand and a gun in the other. He claims he accidentally pulled the trigger when Aiyana’sgrandmother, Mertilla Jones, grabbed his submachine gun. She denies that she interfered in any way.

During Weekley’s first trial, a fellow officer, Shawn Stallard, testified that he did not see anyone struggle with Weekley. He said Detroit police are trained to push away anyone who tries to grab an officer’s gun or to move the weapon in a “J’’ shape to keep control of it.

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Wednesday
Sep172014

White Judge Gives White Prosecutor 60 Day Extension for Mostly White Grand Jury to Decide Whether there is Probable Cause to Charge White Cop with Murder of Unarmed Black Teen [Michael Brown] 

What is White Collective Power? White supremacy is racism. It is the only functioning form of racism there is- as there is no place in the world where non-whites dominate whites or are operationally superior to white people. Understand that racism is not primarily about individual bigotry, minor inconveniences, mean words and disrespect. Rather it is about the superior, dominate position of whites and the institutions that maintain vast unequal power and resources in order to keep Blacks subordinate. [MOREand [MORE]

From [HERE] A judge has given an extension of 60 days to the grand jury considering whether to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Mo., police officer who killed Michael Brown, 18. The jury must decide by Jan. 7 whether Officer Wilson, who is white, will be criminally charged in the death of Mr. Brown, who was black and unarmed.

Edward Magee, a spokesman for the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney, said Tuesday that the grand jury was still hearing evidence, but “we don’t believe it’s going to take” until January for the jury to decide.

The grand jury’s regular term expired last Wednesday, leaving it with only Mr. Wilson’s case to consider. The jury is hearing evidence in that case “when all 12 of them can get together,” Mr. Magee said.

Robert P. McCulloch, the prosecuting attorney, who has been the county's elected prosecutor for more than two decades, could have filed charges himself but chose to take the case to a grand jury. He also put together the grand jury whcih is mostly white with 9 white people and 3 Blacks. [MORE]

McCulloch's father was a police officer killed in a shootout with a black suspect, and several of his family members are, or were, police officers. His 23-year record on the job reveals scant interest in prosecuting such cases. During his tenure, there have been at least a dozen fatal shootings by police in his jurisdiction (the roughly 90 municipalities in the county other than St. Louis itself), and probably many more than that, but McCulloch’s office has not prosecuted a single police shooting in all those years. At least four times he presented evidence to a grand jury but — wouldn’t you know it? — didn’t get an indictment.

One of the four: A 2000 case in which a grand jury declined to indict two police officers who had shot two unarmed black men 21 times while they sat in their car behind a Jack in the Box fast-food restaurant. It was a botched drug arrest, and one of the two men killed hadn’t even been a suspect. McCulloch at the time said he agreed with the grand jury’s decision, dismissing complaints of the handling of the case by saying the dead men “were bums.” He refused to release surveillance tapes of the shooting. When those tapes were later released as part of a federal probe, it was discovered that, contrary to what police alleged, the car had not moved before the police began shooting. [MORE]

Wednesday
Sep172014

Mentally ill Black Veteran's Death in Overheated Rikers Cell is Ruled Accidental [was charged with trespassing] 

From [HERE] The death of a mentally ill Black veteran in an overheated cell at Rikers Island this year was accidental, the New York City medical examiner’s office ruled on Friday in a case that drew scrutiny to abusive conditions at the jail complex.

The inmate, Jerome Murdough, died on Feb. 15, when temperatures in his cell in a mental health unit at Rikers climbed to over 100 degrees.

Mr. Murdough, 57, died of hyperthermia caused by exposure to the heat, said Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office. The heat’s interaction with an antipsychotic medication he was taking for a schizoaffective disorder contributed to his death, she said.

Ms. Bolcer said she could not comment on whether the ruling had any legal consequences, adding that only medical considerations were taken into account.

Even so, the ruling that the death was accidental raised questions about culpability.

Mr. Murdough’s death provoked outrage among the city’s elected officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, and focused media attention on the conditions at Rikers Island, where inmates frequently endure severe abuse and neglect. Last week, the family of another inmate who died at the jail, Bradley Ballard, sued the city, claiming that he had been locked in a cell for seven days last year and denied food, water and medication he needed to control his schizophrenia and diabetes.

On Monday, the city announced that it had hired a management consulting firm [more white people], McKinsey & Co., to recommend changes to improve Rikers.

Mr. Murdough was arrested a week before he died and charged with trespassing after a police officer found him in the stairwell of a public housing building in Harlem. He told the officer that he had sought shelter there from the cold. [MORE]

Wednesday
Sep172014

President Meets with White Man Cured of Ebola. State Department orders 5,000 Body Bags for African outbreak  

Dr. Kent Brantly, who was Cured of Ebola met with Obama in White House yesterday. [MORE] From [HERE] The U.S. Agency for International Development ordered 5,000 body bags from a Florida company last month as part of its planned response to an outbreak of the Ebola virus in western Africa. 

And as President Obama prepares to enlarge America's aid to affected countries, a company that makes protective clothing says the State Department, which oversees USAID, has invited bids for 160,000 hazmat suits.

The body-bag purchase came on August 19, just after the World Health Organization said the epidemic had killed 1,000 people. That death toll is now greater than 2,400.

The size of the contracts indicates how seriously governments are taking the threat, especially considering that all 5,000 body bags were destined only for Liberia – one of three countries whose citizens have been hammered with new disease cases and paralyzed with fear.

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Wednesday
Sep172014

Annual report from the U.S. Census Bureau: The Poverty Rate for Blacks is Three Times Higher than Whites 

From [HERE] When it comes to income and health insurance coverage, the average U.S. household is doing about the same as it was last year — but today’s annual report from the U.S. Census Bureau confirms that we are living in a time of historic income inequality. 

Households in the 95th percentile (whose incomes exceed those of 94 percent of U.S. households) earned an average of $196,000 in 2013, while those in the 10th percentile brought in only $12,400. The median household: just $51,900. 

Examining this data since 1967, when the Census Bureau began measuring real household income — just a few years into then-President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty policy initiatives — incomes for the bottom half of Americans have stagnated, while those of the top 10 percent have enjoyed a more than gradual ascent, particularly since the late 1980s.

The most commonly used measure of income inequality, the Gini ratio or Gini coefficient, has surged since 1967, from 0.36 to nearly 0.46. (This index ranges from 0 — representing a state of perfect equality, where everyone has the same amount of resources — to 1, a state of absolute inequality in which one individual owns everything). South Africa is among the world's most unequal countries, with a 0.63 ratio. Sweden among the most egalitarian, with a 0.23 ratio.

Today's census data reveal other disparities as well. For example, in 2013:

  • The average full-time female worker earned just $0.78 for every $1 paid to a comparably employed male. 
  • The poverty rates for blacks (27.2 percent) and Hispanics (23.5 percent) far surpassed those of Asians (10.5 percent) and non-Hispanic whites (9.6 percent).
  • Children (19.9 percent) and working-age adults (13.6 percent) were far more likely to live in poverty than those 65 and older (9.5 percent), many of whom qualify for Medicare and Social Security.
  • On the flip side, thanks in part to public health insurance programs for minors, children were much more likely to have health insurance than working-age adults. Just 7.6 percent of children were uninsured, compared to 18.5 percent of adults under 65. Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the overall rate of uninsured has dropped from 15.5 percent to 14.5 percent.
Wednesday
Sep172014

According to Bureau of Justice Statistics the total U.S. prison population grew in 2013 

If you don't understand white supremacy you will only be confused by Racial Disparities in the Criminal "justice" system [MORE].

From [HERE] Due to expanding prison populations in the majority of states, the total U.S. prison population grew in 2013, according to a new report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The 1,574,700 inmates in state and federal prisons at yearend 2013 represent an increase of 4,300 prisoners since the previous year. (The rate of incarceration declined from 480 prisoners per 100,000 population to 478 per 100,000 during the year due to increases in the overall U.S. population.) The new figures come after three years of modest decline from a high of 1,615,500 prisoners in 2009.

“These figures challenge premature and overly optimistic forecasts of the end of mass incarceration,” stated Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project. “Tackling the prison juggernaut will require broader reforms to reduce prison admissions and sentence lengths.”

An analysis of the new figures by The Sentencing Project documents the following:

  • Prison populations affected in large part by trends in California.

The three-year decline had in large part reflected a substantial reduction in the prison population in California, as mandated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision. Although many states experienced at least modest prison declines in recent years, between 2009 and 2012 the California population reduction accounted for 84% of the national decline. The California decline stalled in 2013, with a 1.1% rise in the state’s inmate population.

  • Substantial reductions in three states in the past decade.

Three states – New York, New Jersey, and California – have achieved prison population reductions of about 25% in recent years (1999 – 2012 in New York and New Jersey, and 2006 – 2012 in California). During this period crime rates in these states generally declined at a greater rate than the national average.

  • Racial disparities in incarceration rates are profound, but declining.

Black men were 6 times as likely to be incarcerated as white men in 2013, and Hispanics were 2.4 times as likely. Among women, blacks were 2.2 times as likely to be incarcerated as whites, and Hispanics were 1.3 times as likely.

These figures, particularly for women, represent a substantial shift in the racial dynamics of incarceration since 2000.  The rate of incarceration declined by 19% for black men from 2000 to 2013, and by 45% for black women. Conversely, incarceration rates for white men rose by 4% and for white women by 50% during this period. Changes for Latinos were modest: a decline of 7% for men and a rise of 10% for women.

Wednesday
Sep172014

Racial impact statements will help Oregon lawmakers evaluate effect of proposed legislation on Non-whites

From [HERE] Calling them "a good first step toward justice," state Sen. Chip Shields on Tuesday outlined how he hopes new "racial impact statements" will address racial disparities in criminal sentencing and child welfare cases in Oregon.

Shields, a Portland Democrat, said Oregon now joins only a handful of states in allowing legislators to get an assessment of how legislative proposals might affect minorities [what's that?].

"The idea is that more information is better," he told about 100 people gathered for an informational forum on the topic. "These will help determine if a child welfare bill or sentencing proposal has a disproportionate effect." A bill allowing two legislators to formally request a racial impact statement easily passed during the 2013 legislative session. Bills introduced into next February's 2015 session will be the first batch for which the new law will apply.

Momentum behind the effort to draft such statements is drawn from statistics showing that, among other things, African Americans make up about 2 percent of Oregon's general population, but about 10 percent of the state's prison population.

African Americans are nearly six times as likely to be in prison than whites in the state, according to Oregon Department of Corrections statistics. [MORE]

Wednesday
Sep172014

Video: White Albany Cop Tasered Black Teen Surrendering on his knees - [100 mph police chase b/c headlight was out]

From [HERE] and [HERE] A police video released Tuesday shows an Albany County sheriff's sergeant firing a Taser at a Black teenager who was kneeling in front of police officers with his hands on his head at the end of a high-speed chase across two counties.

The video, taken from a dashboard camera in a police cruiser, prompted Sheriff Craig Apple to suspend Sgt. Vincent P. Igoe Jr. last month and launch an internal investigation into the sergeant's use of force. The video shows Igoe firing his Taser through the smashed back window of the vehicle as the 16-year-old suspect, Kelijah Fink, huddles in a back seat of the car and refuses to get out. The first shot missed. Igoe then quickly reloaded his Taser and fired a second time at the teenager after he had emerged from the vehicle and dropped to his knees. Apparently, both shots were unjustified. 

The stun gun's second shot struck Fink, who became briefly paralyzed by the electrical shock and was quickly handcuffed.

Igoe's use of force was also scrutinized four years ago when he fatally shot a Latino man while on patrol near the Albany International Airport. The man was walking alone in the dark and Igoe said he opened fire as the man threw a chunk of concrete at him. On Tuesday, DeNigris said Igoe, a 12-year veteran, had used a Taser only twice in his career before last month.

Just Comply. To the extent that you might be dealing with a racist cop - you must comply with their just and unjust commands. Legal truths aside, if you are Black or Latino your reality is white supremacy and your main goals should be to avoid death, injury and greater confinement. If you want to do something about this unjust system that has made us powerless that is fine - but it won't be tonight, on the side of the road, in a one-on-one encounter with an armed racist suspect.  

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Wednesday
Sep172014

LA School Police Department (LASPD) has obtained 61 (sixty one) M16 assault rifles, three grenade launchers and even a mine-resistant armored vehicle (MRAP) 

[No Guns in School really means No Guns in White Schools] From [HERE] The branch of the Los Angeles police assigned to securing the city’s schools is deployed with an almost military-grade arsenal, recently disclosed documents have revealed. Under a Defense Department program known as the 1033 Program that provides police with surplus military gear, the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) has obtained 61 M16 assault rifles, three grenade launchers and even a mine-resistant armored vehicle (MRAP).

The LASPD’s haul wasn’t the only one by special school police forces, though it was the largest by a wide margin. San Diego’s school police have their own MRAP, while the LA suburb of Baldwin Park picked up three M-16s.

The weapon acquisitions, first revealed by the site MuckRock, were apparently made all the way back in 2001, although the MRAP was obtained this past summer.

Steve Zipperman, chief of the LASPD, told the Los Angeles Times that the assault rifles, originally capable of firing hundreds of rounds per minute, had been converted into semi-automatic weapons used for training in the event of a school shooting, and that the MRAP was intended for a possible crisis situation where police would have to move groups of children.

Zipperman also tried to assure citizens that the department had no plans to use the grenade launchers, whether for firing explosives or non-lethal weapons like tear gas. The launchers, he said, are available in case the LASPD is called upon to assist the LAPD during emergency situations, though he said such a request has never been made.

Following the public disclosure of the the weapons’ existence, Zipperman has indicated the department is rethinking its possession of them.

The increased use of military equipment by domestic police departments has come under increased public scrutiny in recent months, in particular following protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting death of Michael Brown. Police in Ferguson were subjected to widespread criticism over their use of military gear, armored vehicles, and heavy weapons to contain rioters in the city.

Wednesday
Sep172014

LA Mayor Supports LAPD Use of Drones for "hot pursuits" and "emergency situations" 

From [HERE] A few days after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signaled his support of a state bill that would allow limited use of drone technology by law enforcement agencies, a community group was protesting at City Hall Monday in opposition to what it called the “militarization” of LAPD and the proposed police use of drones. In photo, Garcetti is seen wearing his US Navy camouflage while speaking at an event in 2012. The now-mayor of Los Angeles gave the military notice that he would move to inactive status, Garcetti announced last year [MORE].

Members of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and the Drone-Free LAPD, No Drones, LA! Campaign held banners and signs on City Hall’s south steps beginning at about 9 a.m.

Supporters of the group said the risk of the police abuse is too great to allow LAPD to use the two drones it owns, the Los Angeles Times reported shortly after the campaign was launched last month.

The drones were obtained in May from the Seattle Police Department but had been locked up in federal care while the department crafts a police for their use.

In a news release sent out just minutes before the planned protest Monday, the Los Angeles Police Commission said the LAPD’s two Draganflyer X Unmanned Aerial Vehicles had been transferred Friday from federal custody to that of the LAPD’s Office of Inspector General. The drones won’t be used until the Police Commission has approved their use, according to the statement.

“I want to assure all that there has been no decision that UAV’s will be utilized in the city of Los Angeles,” said commission President Steve Soboroff in the release.

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Tuesday
Sep162014

NYC Prosecutors Seek Only Probationary Sentence for Cops who Beat Black Teen in Bronx Alley 

Just do what you're told brother. The refinement of white supremacy requires the use of racial shadowboxing, wherein Black people programmed in service of white domination are put in high places to do the work of racists. In the criminal justice system, the deceptive result is the appearance of justice. Here, Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson stands behind racist suspect Raymond Kelly. Recently, brother Johnson also sought no charges for guards at Rikers Island who strapped 2 inmates to gurneys, took them to a clinic in a mental health unit and beat them so badly "that blood splattered the walls" and witnesses described feeling sick to their stomachs. [MORE]

From [HERE] Two police officers were convicted on Monday of misdemeanor attempt assault in the 2011 beating of a Black teenager in an alley near their Bronx police precinct station house, the district attorney’s office said. The two officers, Jose Ocasio and Joseph Murphy, were seen on surveillance video punching and kicking the teenager, Tyre Davis, in the head, face and body shortly after 3 a.m. on Feb. 18, 2011.

The video, uncovered in the course of an Internal Affairs Bureau investigation into the assault, helped lead to the conviction of both Officer Ocasio, 31, and Officer Murphy, 29, on charges of attempted assault, a misdemeanor, and harassment, a violation.

The Bronx district attorney, Robert T. Johnson, will ask for probation for the officers at their sentencing next month, his office said.

Earlier on the night of the assault, Mr. Davis, who was 17 at the time, had been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct stemming from "blocking street traffic", prosecutors said.

Inside the 46th Precinct station house, near the Grand Concourse, Mr. Davis argued with both Officer Ocasio, who arrested him that night, and Officer Murphy, who prosecutors said had had contact with Mr. Davis the week before.

After Mr. Davis was given a summons and released, the officers followed him down the block and around a corner into an alley at 210 East 181st Street. It was there that a surveillance video camera recorded the assault, which left the teenager with swelling and abrasions to his face and head. He returned home and told his mother about the attack; she reported it to the police.

His lawyer in his civil lawsuit claims the officers beat the teen "with a level of viciousness and bodily disregard that most people would not use against a dog." [MORE] The teen said, one punched him in the right ear, the other in the forehead. He said he fell and hit his head on a brick wall during the 30-second attack. "I thought I was going to die," he said. [MORE]

Monday
Sep152014

Baltimore Cop on Video Sucker Punching Black Man in Bogus Arrest for Loitering - $35 Million lawsuit filed 

From [HERE] Kollin Truss, a Black man is seeking $35 million after he says a Baltimore police officer, Officer Vincent Cosom beat him up for no reason at all.

The video tape shows the victim being punched in the face repeatedly. The officer throws looping haymaker blows that land to the face or head of Truss. Apparently, the two had words in a liquor store after the cop asked him to leave the store. The officer waited for him outside and shortly thereafter approached him and sucker punched him. The officer claim he had probable cause to arrest Truss for loitering.

In a statement of probable cause, when Cosom asked him to leave, he says Truss stated `[expletive] you. I will see you when I get outside.”  

Truss was charged with misdemeanors, including assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication. The charges were dropped. [MORE]

Monday
Sep152014

Harvard Professor says racism is to blame for the slow response to the Ebola outbreak

From [HERE] Why has the global response to the Ebola outbreak been so slow? “I think it’s racism,” says Dr. Joia Mukherjee.

“I think it’s easy for the world — the powerful world [10% or less is white], who are largely non-African, non-people of color — to ignore the suffering of poor, black people," says Mukherjee, a professor at Harvard Medical School and chief medical officer at the Boston-based non-profit Partners in Health.

Race isn't the only reason she believes it's easy to dismiss the issues. "I think it’s also classism," she says. "These are not countries that contribute massively to the global economy, so it’s easy to just otherize this problem."

For Mukherjee, the notion that "it’s not going to impact us" is short-sighted, both from a health standpoint and a moral one.

"First of all, it may very well impact us if we don’t get it under control," she points out. "But, perhaps more importantly, from a humanity perspective — not a humanitarian, but humanity perspective — we’re one humanity. And the suffering of people in Liberia or Sierra Leone is no different than suffering where I live in terms of impact on a mother, a father, on brothers and sisters.”

Along with a small team of doctors and operations staff, Mukherjee will depart for Liberia on Monday. She and a team from Partners in Health will begin laying the groundwork for an ambitious, multi-year project aimed at stopping the Ebola outbreak in the region.

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