Hate crime, Racially motivated, Racism in America

Emmett Till’s Horrific Murder Still Breaks My Heart to this day!!


Every time I hear the story or think about the story of Emmett Till, it breaks my heart and pains my soul.

And now almost 63 years later the federal government has quietly revived its investigation into the murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American boy whose abduction and killing remain among the starkest and most searing examples of racial violence in the history of the South.

Till was born and raised in 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, and while visiting relatives in Mississippi, Till, then 14, was lynched and brutally murdered because he had allegedly whistled at a white woman.

Somehow, even after Carolyn Bryant Donham (the alleged victim of Till’s vicious “whistling”), recanted much of her original story, and the men who killed Till admitted they did it once they were acquitted for the crime — describing Till as a confident young man who told them, even as they beat him, “I’m as good as you are

The Justice Department has renewed inquiry into this case, which it described in a report submitted to Congress in late March, was “based upon the discovery of new information.” It is not clear, though, whether the government will be able to bring charges against anyone: Most episodes investigated in recent years as part of a federal effort to re-examine racially motivated murders have not led to prosecutions, or even referrals to state authorities.

The Justice Department declined to comment on Thursday, but it appeared that the government had chosen to devote new attention to the case after a central witness, Carolyn Bryant Donham, recanted parts of her account of what transpired in August 1955. Two men who confessed to killing Emmett, only after they had been acquitted by an all-white jury in Mississippi, are now dead.

Yet the Till case, which staggered the nation after the boy’s open-coffin funeral and the publication of photographs of his mutilated body, has never faded away, especially in a region still grappling with the horrors of its past. Even in recent years, historical markers about the case have been vandalized.

For more than six decades, Emmett’s death has stood as a symbol of Southern racism. The boy was visiting family in Money, Miss., deep in the Mississippi Delta, from Chicago when he went to a store owned by Ms. Donham and her then husband, who was one of the men who ultimately confessed to Emmett’s murder. Emmett was kidnapped and killed days later, he had been beaten, shot and had a barbed wire wrapped around his neck tethered to a cotton gin fan and then tossed into the Tallahatchie River.

This case was never concluded which sends one clear message: 63 years and the American justice system continues to prove it doesn’t care for innocent black lives.

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Murder, Not guilty verdict, Police Shooting, Racial tension, racial unrest, Racially motivated, Racism in America, Racist

Officer who shot Philando Castile found not guilty on all counts


Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year, was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter Friday.

He also was acquitted of two counts of intentional discharge of firearm that endangers safety.

Castile’s death garnered widespread attention — and sparked nationwide protests over the use of force by police — after his girlfriend broadcast the shooting’s aftermath on Facebook Live.

Several members of the Castile family screamed profanities and cried after the verdict was announced, despite warnings from the judge that everyone in the courtroom should remain composed.

“Let me go!” yelled Castile’s mother, Valerie.

The families of Castile and Yanez were escorted out of separate courtroom exits. At least 13 officers were present in the small courtroom.

Outside court, Valerie Castile said she was disappointed in the state of Minnesota:

“Because nowhere in the world do you die from being honest and telling the truth “The system continues to fail black people,” she said. “My son loved this city and this city killed my son and the murderer gets away! Are you kidding me right now?”

“We’re not evolving as a civilization, we’re devolving. We’re going back down to 1969. What is it going to take?”

Black lives don’t matter, not here in the united snakes of America.

Officials in St. Anthony, Minn., where Yanez worked as a police officer, said he will not return to the police department from leave after the trial. They said they have decided “the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city.”

Boycott, Conversations Of A Sistah, NBA

Should LeBron James Lead A Sit Out For Tamir Rice?


lebron-james-produces-first-ever-nba-fashion-show-for-all-star-weekend-1103070-TwoByOneTwitter activists are pressuring Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James to stage a sit out until the prosecutor’s office indicts a cop for the murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice last year.

On Monday, the prosecutor’s office announced there would be no indictment against the cop who shot Tamir 2 seconds after exiting his patrol car on Nov. 22, 2014.

Twitter.com activists have since pressured LeBron to lead a sit out protest of the entire Cavaliers team.

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Using the Twitter hashtags #NoJusticeNoLebron for #TamirRice, the activist are urging LeBron to use his platform for justice for Tamir Rice.

But not everyone agrees.

What do you think?

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So….Not ‘One’ was Indicted For Sandra Bland’s Jailhouse Death?


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Sandra Bland was pulled over on July 10 by a Texas state trooper for making an improper lane change. Dashcam video showed their interaction which quickly became confrontational and she was arrested for assault. Y’all know the story!

Bland was taken in handcuffs to the county jail in nearby Hempstead, about 50 miles northwest of Houston, and remained there when she couldn’t raise $500 for bail.

She was discovered dead in her jail cell three days later, hanging from a cell partition with a plastic garbage bag used as a ligature around her neck.

Like the family’s attorney Cannon Lambert said on Monday, “the grand jury’s decision is consistent with what the family believes has so far been an attempt by authorities to cover up the events which took place after Bland’s arrest”.

The consistency of their decision is also unwavering with the open murders of black men and women at the hands of authorities during slavery and the civil rights era, only then they hung us from trees.

In today’s systematic society of justification for killing men and women of color, they’re hanging us from jail cells and killing us in the street behind a badge, their authority and the guise of self-defense and fear. 

Until there is Justice, there will never be any peace!

Civil Rights, DOJ, George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin

The DOJ will “NOT” Charge Zimmerman For Killing Trayvon Martin


 

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While we all await and hold our breath for Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department on two separate investigations, one sparked by the summer shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, the department is going to first announce its findings in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

According to ABC News the Justice Department will not be filing charges against the self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman for the killing of the unarmed teen.

Although it seems Martin was killed like yesterday, Thursday marks three years to the day since Trayvon was killed. Federal prosecutors concluded there is not enough sufficient evidence to prove Zimmerman, of Sanford, Fla., intentionally violated Martin’s civil rights, sources told ABC News.

In Sanford, race-related tensions had been simmering for nearly a century, but Martin’s death “was the proverbial ‘straw that broke the camel’s back,’” bringing “those issues to the surface,” the new Sanford police chief, Cecil Smith, recently told federal officials.

Privately and publicly, Justice Department officials have been telegraphing all along that they were unlikely to file charges against Zimmerman.

How disappointing, I’m glad Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning, yes he needs to hit the road! Seems he failed to see the obvious handwriting on the wall.