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George Floyd riots damage just civil rights cause
When it comes to race relations, anyone who thinks rioting is the answer doesn’t grasp the question. Burning, looting and committing mayhem doesn’t bend the moral arc of the universe; it breaks it.
Peaceful protests over George Floyd’s killing have been overshadowed by images of rage-fueled violence and destruction. Resorting to rioting is strange because there is little disagreement that Floyd’s death in custody was senseless and criminal. Few defend the police who were responsible; they were quickly fired, one has been charged with murder, and the Justice Department has opened an investigation into the tragedy. Everyone is on the same side of this issue.
Yet rioting sparked and spread. There is no rational purpose behind people burning buildings, torching cars, breaking windows, spray-painting obscenities and the other actions that have left city blocks looking like war zones. Some say these are expressions of anger and frustration, and maybe so, but they are also unjustified, foolish and counterproductive. While peaceful protesters are trying to create sympathy and build understanding, the rioters have undone that effort with flying bricks and flaming city blocks.
Without empathy the term ‘community’ is redundant
This idea of belonging and imagined private utopias were characterised in the subvertive explorations of the mid-twentieth century works of David Hockney’s pictorial escapes in Domestic Scene (1963), retreats in his Cavafey poetry inspired The Beginning (1966), or differently in a more sexually liberating yet overtly violent esoteric excess William Borough’s novel Wild Boys (1971). However courageous in their time for avocation for same sex relations, in retrospect collectively they portray queer visibility as lacking in outward empathy and visibility for others. This has become confounded.
Such manifestos for a vision for a supposed utopia doesn’t widen for the inclusion for lesbians, transgender and BAME individuals. Also how does their context fit within the queer landscape of today given the lack of presence for others, especially where historically queer spaces and our representation are largely tailored and dominated by cis white gay men. This hasn’t largely been questioned to the extent till now in which Rosie Hastings and Hannah Quinlan’s practice observes and rightly exposes.
'In Survival Mode': The Pandemic Is Devastating the Black LGBTQ Community
After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Aiden James Nevils started getting followed. Nevils, who lives in Pittsburgh, is required by Pennsylvania’s statewide regulations to wear a face covering while entering essential businesses, such as drug stores, pharmacies, and laundromats. But when he goes to the grocery store in his blue-and-white-patterned mask, he has noticed lingering stares from other shoppers or security guards who trail closely behind as he’s picking up food for the week.
As a Black man, Nevils says he is viewed as “inherently dangerous,” a reality that's reinforced by centuries of racial biases that send the message that people of his skin color are “wrong, bad, or a menace to society.” Being a transgender man and having his face partially obscured by a mask only reinforces that stigma, he said. It’s essentially four strikes in a game where Black people barely get one chance to swing and miss.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every facet of American life, but perhaps no community has been affected as profoundly as Black LGBTQ people. People who live at this intersection of identity are not only more likely to face higher levels of scrutiny during a crisis in which racial minorities, especially Asian-Americans, are reporting a dramatic increase in hate crimes. They are vulnerable to the novel coronavirus in every conceivable way: from dramatic job loss to unique risks of infection that have yet to be adequately recognized by governmental authorities.
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I'm a black man in a Covid-19 hotspot. I don't have sympathy for people of color who won't social distance
I was walking home late one night recently when I ran into them. I froze, swore out loud and backpedaled.
A group of my neighbors had taken their house party to the street. Streams of smiling people without face masks spilled into the cul-de-sac ahead of me, blocking my only route home. Never mind that we live in a viral hotspot -- predominately black DeKalb County, which has the second-highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Georgia. They partied on as I waited for a path to clear.
I've been thinking about those neighbors as I read stories with civil rights advocates saying black people and brown people are facing harsher treatment by law enforcement officers for violating coronavirus safety orders.
But there's a question I never see addressed in any of those stories:
Why isn't there any moral outrage directed at those same black or brown people who refuse to take precautions that would protect their community?
If you are offended by law enforcement and hate arrest, do not run, resist or have a conniption fit ... stop the committing of the crimes. (Don't go near it, smell it or drink it.)
The double Rs killed my nephew. That advice doesn't work for the parents or the children...it only helps quicken our obliteration. 12-May-2020
California man to plead guilty to conning ‘black-ish’ star
A California man who allegedly wooed and conned “black-ish”star Jenifer Lewis and a trio of other women out of their own money has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud.
In a plea agreement filed Friday in a federal court in Los Angeles, 57-year-old Santa Monica man Antonio Wilson — whose aliases include “Dr. Tony Mariot” and “Brice Carrington” — admitted to the federal charge, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement, The Associated Press reports.
NY Daily News
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Asian American eligible voter population has ballooned 139 percent in 20 years: report
As the U.S. moves closer to the November election, the number of Asian American eligible voters will hit a record high, a new report from the Pew Research Center revealed Thursday.
The report examines the Asian American electorate, which is made up of more than 11 million eligible voters. Among the significant findings, the research noted that the number of those voters ballooned by 139 percent in the past 20 years, making Asian Americans the fastest-growing demographic of eligible voters compared to all other major races and ethnicities. In contrast, the white electorate grew by 7 percent in the same period.
Christine Chen, executive director of the civic engagement nonprofit APIAVote, said the group has amassed enough influence to have a profound impact in some races and, in some cases, swing districts.
After employees receive threats, one city is forced to nix rule requiring face masks in businesses
An emergency proclamation requiring face masks in stores and restaurants in Stillwater, Oklahoma, was nixed after store and restaurant owners received threats.
The proclamation was issued Thursday. Among other things, the order made businesses require patrons to cover their faces to combat the spread of coronavirus.
But on Friday, Mayor Will Joyce softened the rule to encourage, not require, face coverings, after several reports emerged of employees being verbally abused and being threatened with physical violence while trying to enforce the order -- all in just three hours of the rule going into effect.
"Many of those with objections cite the mistaken belief the requirement is unconstitutional, and under their theory, one cannot be forced to wear a mask. No law or court supports this view," said City Manager Norman McNickle in a statement. "It is further distressing that these people, while exercising their believed rights, put others at risk."
McNickle went on to explain the importance of face coverings in preventing the spread of coronavirus. The masks have been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Another wave of coronavirus will likely hit the US in the fall. Here's why and what we can do to stop it
Mobile Phone Data Show More Americans Are Leaving Their Homes, Despite Orders
Texas park ranger pushed into water after reminding crowd about social distancing
California restaurant defies statewide order, opens for dine-in service
Coronavirus: Armed protesters enter Michigan statehouse
COVID-19 continues killing African Americans at shocking rates
‘I apologize to God for feeling this way.’
First Responder Mom Slams Son for Throwing Large Chicago Party Captured in Viral Video
The mother of a 26-year-old man who threw a crowded house party at their home in Chicago says she’s “astounded” by her son’s actions — and that she was out working her job as a first responder when it happened.
The woman, who asked to remain anonymous because of her occupation, told NBC news station WMAQ that she had no clue her son had thrown the party Friday night, and only realized what happened when police arrived three days later to issue her a citation.
Why coronavirus looks different to black America
Baltimore turns to aerial surveillance as homicides continue
Starting Friday, the roughly 600,000 people living in Baltimore will be constantly recorded whenever they step out under the open sky.
Marvin L. Cheatham Sr., for one, knows he could be watched as he goes to a doctor’s appointment or visits friends. He’ll be spied upon in his back yard, and as he steps into his car, and when he drives around the city, his entire trip will be recorded, too.
All his movements will be captured, and he’s OK with this — even though police will have no search warrant, and the overwhelming majority of Baltimore’s citizens will have committed no crimes — because the city is so besieged by violence.
“I am so upset and angry about all these people that have died, I’m willing to give up some of my rights, as bad as that sounds, and I’m a staunch civil rights person,” said Cheatham, who led his local NAACP chapter in the 1990s. “I had 19 homicides two years ago in my neighborhood.”
Georgia family demands justice for black jogger who was shot dead in broad daylight after being chased down by two white men who thought he was a burglar before one pulled the trigger
3 men sue Montana Council of Boy Scouts, claim sexual abuse
Aberdeen man admits sexually abusing young girl more than 16 years ago
Sexual harassment including indecent exposure has got worse since lockdown, say women
A Police Officer Hit A 14-Year-Old And Pinned His Head To The Ground While Detaining Him Over A Cigar
A California police officer punched a 14-year-old black boy in the chest and pinned his head to the ground while detaining him for possessing a cigar in an incident that was captured on video.
The video, which was posted to Twitter by the boy's family and their friends, shows a Rancho Cordova police officer beating the teen as he struggles on the ground. After it was shared tens of thousands of times, authorities said the incident was under review — but also that the boy resisted detention as the officer attempted to investigate a potential crime.
"It’s important to put video footage into context, especially in relation to a use of force incident," Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Tess Deterding said in a statement.
REVEALED: Gunman, 43, with a history of domestic violence 'shot and killed four teenagers and a woman in a Milwaukee home then called 911 to say his family was dead'
Man Allegedly Beats, Stabs Mistress To Death With Tequila Bottle, Box Cutter, After She Flew Out To See Him
Paedophile grandfather, 76, who molested his five-year-old grandson the day before his birthday is let off prison over fears he might get coronavirus
Mum accused of trying to kill her own baby boy by poisoning him with bleach pleads not guilty to attempted murder
Pregnant N.J. Restauranteur Who Appeared on MasterChef India Killed in Apparent Murder-Suicide
'It's taking us out': Oprah Winfrey warns coronavirus is 'ravaging' the black community and reveals concern for her own health after battling pneumonia six months ago
Oprah Winfrey has warned African Americans to take the coronavirus outbreak seriously because it is 'ravaging our community' and 'taking us out'.
The TV mogul said the coronavirus outbreak continued to have a devastating impact on black communities across the United States but that people weren't getting the message about the risk of asymptomatic carriers.
Speaking to CBS This Morning on Tuesday, Winfrey said it was important for black people to understand that pre-existing conditions including diabetes and asthma put them at greater risk if they contracted the virus.
She also voiced concerns for her own health, saying she was staying indoors because she suffered from pneumonia last year and that her 'lungs never really fully cleared'.
Black grocery workers feel increasingly vulnerable to coronavirus
African American pastors call for equal treatment for people of color in coronavirus response
Tiny Louisiana parish has highest Covid-19 death rate in US
Michael Che Says He’ll Pay Rent For 160 Apartments in Honor of Grandmother Who Died of COVID-19
Only about 20% in my gay senior pit have taken precautions to fight coronavirus. Is it mental health ignorance with suicidal tendencies or the grandeur delusions of being a villain that takes over the world? I don't care, but the next time they interrupt how I cook and eat my meals, how to say who what cares, how to undress and especially when I see you crying because I dared to remove a bush... (it saves the environment!).. I wont give a damn. 15-Apr-2020
7-Year-Old Pa. Boy Was Found Fatally Shot in Middle of Street, and Officials Offer $65,000 Reward
The Chester Police Department and other local officials are offering a reward hoping to find out who fatally shot a 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy, according to multiple reports.
At about 9 p.m. on April 5, police responded to a call in the Highland Gardens neighborhood where the found a boy in the middle of the street, according to the police department’s Facebook page.
Sinsir Parker was shot in the face and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Florida man freed from jail because of coronavirus killed man next day, police say
Mother vows she’ll get personal justice after teenage lesbian daughter killed
Cook County Detainee Attacks Guard, Steals Keys and Releases Other Inmates
Jussie Smollett allegedly had a sexual relationship with his ‘attacker’ at a gay bathhouse
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‘She Was Being Chased’: Teen Fatally Stabbed In Suspected Gang Initiation
All those using their power to appeal to leaders to free proven criminals should prevail...with the stipulation that said criminal must live with them, they provide all life necessities and if they commit a crime, the celebrity/caretaker serves the time. Don't dump them back on us.