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3 UAlbany students indicted in CDTA bus attack

3 UAlbany students indicted in CDTA bus attack | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Three black University at Albany students were indicted for allegedly lying about an altercation on a CDTA bus in January that gained national attention and divided the school along racial lines. A subsequent criminal investigation and footage from cameras on the bus that early morning in January dispelled those claims and appeared to show that the friends were the aggressors, according to Albany County District Attorney David Soares' office. The announcement of the indictment Monday by Soares' office comes after negotiations last month broke down on a possible plea deal between prosecutors and the women's lawyers that could have resolved the high-profile case that has polarized the campus. Under the indictment, Agudio of Huntington on Long Island faces one charge of assault, three counts each of attempted assault and falsely reporting an incident, all misdemeanors, and three counts of harassment, all violations. The indictment also alleges Agudio repeatedly struck and attempted to injure a 19-year-old male passenger and attempted to hurt two other female passengers, ages 18 and 20.
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Is there not enough hatred and racism in the world without these foolish girls adding their rabble-rousing idiocy to it? Shame on them and kudos to the DA who tried to offer them a deal but would not back down from justice. 
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It’s the “clock kid” all over again: A 12-year-old Sikh boy is the latest victim of racist terrorism paranoia

It’s the “clock kid” all over again: A 12-year-old Sikh boy is the latest victim of racist terrorism paranoia | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In Dallas, Armaan Singh Sarai spent 3 days in juvenile detention after a classmate said his backpack held a bomb
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When this kid is cleared, and it sounds like that should happen quite easily, what should be done with the bully? The school authorities who acted without any consideration of reality? The police who acted without any investigation? The authorities who did not reveal the boy's whereabouts to his parents? I have no simple answers but I do know this is beyond wrong and once again from our friends in Texas. What is wrong with a country in which such anger and destructiveness lies so close to the surface. Am I the only one who weeps for America?

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EXCLUSIVE: Ex-tennis star James Blake tackled by white cops

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-tennis star James Blake tackled by white cops | Upsetment | Scoop.it
James Blake was slammed to the ground, handcuffed and detained by five plainclothes city cops Wednesday outside his midtown hotel.
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Let's be very clear, this would not have happened if Mr. Blake was a White man. No way. No how. He might have been stopped and his identification required, but being tackled and thrown to the ground. Nope. Remember the crime involved was a non-violent one so there was no reason for the police to think that whomever they arrested was violent based on that. Second, we have to wonder what would have happened had the friendly bystander not come along. You would think given Baltimore's recent settlement with the family of Freddie Gray that big city police departments might be on their good behavior, but that won't happen until individual cops are held responsible for assault under cover of authority. So, yes, NYC police department, time to do something about this rabid cop.

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This Black Driver’s Mistake Was Looking a Police Officer in the Eye

This Black Driver’s Mistake Was Looking a Police Officer in the Eye | Upsetment | Scoop.it
John Felton was driving to his brother’s house in Dayton, Ohio, on a recent night when he noticed a police car tailing him. Not wanting to give the officer any excuse to pull him over, Felton, who is black and was visiting Dayton from Michigan, tried to drive extra carefully....
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So to make eye contact while Black is different from making eye contact when White? There is something seriously wrong with that. It is pure and simple discrimination. That the police department is trying to make it a personal issue rather than a disciplinary one demonstrates that once again institutional racism is a problem in America. Should the cop be disciplined? I don't know, but certainly made an example. How about a simple statement saying something like,  This officer was wrong in his actions and we cannot condone such racist law enforcement. Future incidents will meet with disciplinary action." ?

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“Just comply”: Fox News hosts recommend black men stop “resisting arrest” if they don’t want to die

“Just comply”: Fox News hosts recommend black men stop “resisting arrest” if they don’t want to die | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Cops wouldn't make "bad decisions" if "the perp didn't run away" VIDEO
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Perhaps if Black men (and women) could assume that they would receive courteous and lawful treatment at the hands of police, this advice would make better sense. But when a Black woman doesn't put out her cigarette, which she is smoking in her car, and ends up incarcerated and dead, well, that raises a question. Sure, fleeing over a traffic stop is dumb and should result in serious punishment, but firing that gun was totally wrong and every thinking person knows that were Mr. Dubose a white man the shot would not have been fired. Of course, the real problem is that Fox commentators are not what one might call thinking people. I wonder what they'll have to say about today's news that evidently the juvenile justice system in St. Louis is totally different for Blacks and Whites. Hmm, what s surprise that one is——not!

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Briar Creek Road Baptist Church Fire Ruled Arson

Briar Creek Road Baptist Church Fire Ruled Arson | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Charlotte Fire Department investigators have determined a fire that destroyed part of the Briar Creek Road Baptist Church early Wednesday morning was intentionally set.
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Why are we back in the sixties? Perhaps this is the last gasp of the crazy White supremacists, but I sadly doubt that.

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Four Black Officers Held At Gunpoint by Racist Cops Who Assumed They Were Criminals

Four Black Officers Held At Gunpoint by Racist Cops Who Assumed They Were Criminals | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Dashcam footage has emerged of the moment four African-American parole officers were stopped and held at gunpoint by local cops in upstate New York.

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If they hadn't had badges and weren't in a clearly marked state car, this might seem like an understandable situation. After all an anonymous citizen was apparently frightened by seeing a state car with four uniformed Blacks in it. Yep, no racism here.

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He was yelling for help, begging for the beating to stop. Now his classmates have his back.

He was yelling for help, begging for the beating to stop. Now his classmates have his back. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A campus comes together in solidarity with their classmate after he was beaten by police.
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Meanwhile, of course, the police have made no admission of anything.  Assuming he had been using a false ID, which he wasn't, how would that justify a police assault?  He was turned away from a business; is that a violation of law? Ultimately, the greater question is what would have happened if this young man's skin had been a different shade. Sadly, most of us know the answer to that question, which is why every police department in the country becomes open to question.

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Millennials Are More Racist Than They Think

Millennials Are More Racist Than They Think | Upsetment | Scoop.it
News about race in America these days is almost universally negative. Longstanding wealth, income and employment gaps between whites and people of color are increasing, and tensions between police and minority communities around the country are on the rise. But many claim there’s a glimmer of hope: The next generation of Americans, they say,...
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Apathy is maybe the greatest current threat to American society, for it allows all injustice and iniquity to flourish. 

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Strange How No One Is Calling Texas Father And Son Murderers Who Shot At Cops ‘White Thugs’, Isn’t It? | FreakOutNation

Strange How No One Is Calling Texas Father And Son Murderers Who Shot At Cops ‘White Thugs’, Isn’t It? | FreakOutNation | Upsetment | Scoop.it

A Texas father and son  face charges in connection with a violent interstate crime spree, in which a North Carolina husband and wife were killed during a home invasion and two police officers were wounded during a shootout, and yet they both lived though the ordeal.

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The issue of racism is often in how people react to the news, and indeed how the news is told. Crazy is a code word for white man with problems who should be taken into custody with care while Thug is usually a code word for black man who is dangerous and should be shot on sight.

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Toronto Man Arrested While Depositing Money Into His own Bank Account

Toronto Man Arrested While Depositing Money Into His own Bank Account | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Frantz St. Fleur has accused Scotiabank of racially profiling him, leading to his arrest in April.
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This is what racism looks like. This time in Canada, but it is so common throughout North America and is so totally wrong. I am not sure how the bank should make amends, but clearly the employee has to be dealt with and the bank has to take some kind of socially meaningful position as well as some form of compensation to their victim. A hundred dollars? That doesn't even compensate him for his time.

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Michigan cop stops black man on street for walking with hands in his pockets during cold day

Michigan cop stops black man on street for walking with hands in his pockets during cold day | Upsetment | Scoop.it
It may be freezing in Pontiac, Michigan, but if you’re a black man out for a walk it’s probably best to keep your hands out of your pockets
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Perhaps it might make more sense to question those who are made nervous by a man walking with his hands in his pockets. Perhaps it might make more sense to ask this officer to clarify just how he was told people were made nervous. Perhaps it make more sense to explore the racist attitudes of this particular cop. Just perhaps.

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‘We ain’t taking no n*ggers here’: Kentucky fire chief refuses to help black family in traffic accident

‘We ain’t taking no n*ggers here’: Kentucky fire chief refuses to help black family in traffic accident | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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Amazing how once he's called on it this piece of shit backs down. Meanwhile, if I lived in Bullitt County Kentucky, I'd be embarrassed and surely wanting this guy out of town. More importantly, I'd be asking myself if my community was maybe what is wrong with America. 

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A Question of Environmental Racism in Flint

A Question of Environmental Racism in Flint | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Civil rights advocates say that the Michigan city’s health crisis smacks of the kind of discrimination that causes the disproportionate exposure of blacks to polluted air, water and soil.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I do not know that racism was at the heart of the bad decisions or the failure to act when problems became clear, but I do know that government is supposed to protect the most vulnerable not hang them out to dry, or in this case to soak in unhealthy water. Over and over, however, government at all levels has demonstrated its inability to take those little people and their needs into serious consideration. We can blame bureaucracy, we can yell racism, we can shout for free market solutions: all of that is crap. Until there are penalties for those who fail public trust, nothing will change. For a governor to say, "I let you down" without himself being forced to step down is as meaningful as saying next time we'll have cadmium in the water or arsenic instead of lead. Until public officials are really accountable to the public there is no possibility of good government. The question is will the people of Michigan hold the Republican party responsible for this disaster. That is the way to force real change, and it is why we need more than two parties in this country. Going from Tweedle-dy to Tweedle-dum doesn't make for real change, just musical chairs. 

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Are 4 Native Alaskan Men In Jail For A Murder They Didn’t Commit?

Are 4 Native Alaskan Men In Jail For A Murder They Didn’t Commit? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Racist investigators and a lack of evidence have cast doubt on the conviction of 4 native teens in a 1997 Alaska murder. So why are they still in jail?
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Justice cannot coexist with racism—not racism towards Blacks, Native Americans, or any other group. Clearly, justice has not been served in this case, and the state of Alaska should take a g hard look at itself.

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Escape from New Orleans: As waters rose, a white suburb across the Mississippi closed a key bridge to fleeing residents

Escape from New Orleans: As waters rose, a white suburb across the Mississippi closed a key bridge to fleeing residents | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The harrowing story of 300 people, city employees and their families, who battled floodwaters — and the local officials who stood between them and dry ground.
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Of course it is really the story of American racism close up and ugly, of a White community trying to stop Blacks fleeing the Katrina flooding of New Orleans from crossing to safety. Bull Conner may be behind us, but when you read this excerpt you may hear his nasty voice and smell his dogs' breath.

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Analysis Finds Higher Expulsion Rates for Black Students

Analysis Finds Higher Expulsion Rates for Black Students | Upsetment | Scoop.it
While black students represented just under a quarter of public school students in the 13 Southern states studied, they made up nearly half of all suspensions and expulsions.
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In case you were wondering about whether this might not be racism but realism, consider this:  in a study of students in Texas ,  in situations where laws require schools to suspend or expel a student — such as when the student brings a gun or drugs to campus — whites are more likely to be suspended or expelled than blacks. It would be interesting to see similar studies of the treatment of Hispanic students in the southwest and Texas, and of course of Native American kids in  the Dakotas, Montana, and of course the southwest. As a society we must stop condoning institutional racism.

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These 11 images show just how to respond when a hate group tries to set up shop near your home.

These 11 images show just how to respond when a hate group tries to set up shop near your home. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
WARNING: You might see a picture of rural America you're not used to.
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Good for these folks. It is imperative that we all keep speaking out against hatred, racism, and the organizations that spread those viruses.

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White America’s Waco insanity: The shocking realities it ignores about racism & violence

White America’s Waco insanity: The shocking realities it ignores about racism & violence | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The response to the Twin Peaks shootout says everything you need to know about how white privilege really works
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While the police in Texas did a wonderful job of handling this explosive situation, the point Brittney Cooper makes about the way this extensive and explosive White criminal behavior was dealt with in comparison to the way police routinely respond to even a whiff of Black violence is damning of American law enforcement and reveals the extent of our racism as a country.

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Dante and David apply for the same job but only one gets an interview. Here's the rest of their day.

Dante and David apply for the same job but only one gets an interview. Here's the rest of their day. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
If you've ever wanted a side-by-side illustration of how racism seeps into everyday situations like job hunting, driving, and even going to the doctor, this video from Brave New Films breaks it down flawlessly.
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This is the institutionalized racism that haunts America. For those who do not understand the concept of social justice, I suggest you imagine yourself being a black person and a white person in each of these situations. Can you allow yourself to feel the rising gorge in your throat as time after time you are treated differently in one skin as opposed to the other?

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Lawyer: Martese Johnson is a respected leader, did not produce fake ID

Lawyer: Martese Johnson is a respected leader, did not produce fake ID | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Martese Johnson’s lawyer described his client as a well-respected leader at the University of Virginia.
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Meanwhile on Fox News an all white panel condemned teaching about police violence as part of Black History Month in a Virginia school district. Perhaps it's time for the fools on Faux to shut up and stop spewing their hate, which feeds racism and police violence.

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America's Forgotten Mass Lynching: When 237 People Were Murdered In Arkansas

America's Forgotten Mass Lynching: When 237 People Were Murdered In Arkansas | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In 1919, in the wake of World War I, African American sharecroppers unionized in Arkansas, unleashing a wave of white vigilantism and mass murder that left 237 people dead.
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Every time I read about a police officer shooting a Black person my immediate thought is to all the dead who have gone before. Perhaps in that situation the officer was in real danger or truly protecting others, but it will take a great deal of White blood before the scales are even. I think of Lincoln's words in his second inaugural, "until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn by the sword." Shame on us as a nation if we refuse to recognize the sins of our history. Even greater shame if we do not recognize that we continue those sins in our attitudes of today.

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Cop Handcuffs and Beats African American Military Police Officer

Cop Handcuffs and Beats African American Military Police Officer | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An Orlando police officer is being scrutinized after he illegally arrested and beat a military veteran. The entire Orlando Police Department is now being
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Dare we call this racist? Dare we say it is symptomatic of what I and others have been saying about far too many of this nation's police? Might I suggest that every Black family in America contact Disney and tell them that they will not be visiting Disney World until the Orlando police department is totally restructured? Want to be that that will make a faster and bigger difference than all the protests in the word?

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Black Teenager Taken Out Of School And Jailed For A Month Without Probable Cause, Lawsuit Claims

Black Teenager Taken Out Of School And Jailed For A Month Without Probable Cause, Lawsuit Claims | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In September, police took a 17-year-old African-American boy out of high school in Cincinnati, Ohio, and arrested him on the suspicion that he had participated in an armed mugging. There was no evidence connecting him to the alleged crime, his public...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Yet another example of institutional racism in America. Would a white boy have been arrested on such a flimsy case? When do we as a country grow beyond this kind of crap? This was a kid with no history of being in trouble whose family attested he was at home in bed; the cop should never have arrested him. The police no longer understand probable cause, and the courts no longer are setting limits.

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Deep South justice in Ferguson

Deep South justice in Ferguson | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Why Michael Brown’s death strikes a raw nerve.
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I know there are many who will say, "Well, that's not today." But it really is. If you look at the numbers of young black men in jail and the numbers shot by police. If you look at the distribution of power in communities like Ferguson with its huge black majority and white political structure. If you look at the disproportionate part of the town's income that comes from fines against the poor blacks. Yeah, the world has changed a lot less than we want to think,

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