Monthly Archives: October 2016

‘Stand Your Ground’ laws only apply when the targets are black people

The “stand your ground” law only applies when the shooter is white and the victim is black.

These laws have been hotly contested since the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martinby self-appointed neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman. In 2013, Zimmerman was acquitted of the fatal shooting because of self-defense arguments, to which a jury determined that he used reasonable force to propel Martin’s alleged “attacks.” Despite uncontroverted testimony showing that Zimmerman was initially following Martin, even when a 911 dispatcher said “we don’t need you to do that,” Zimmerman was found not guilty of all charges.

Stand your ground laws remove a white individual’s duty to retreat before using force – even deadly force – in self-defense against a black person. For the past 10 years, they have been backed by powerful gun lobbyists, anti-black legislators, and conservative media. Currently, 33 states (Florida being the first) have some form of stand your ground laws, and like most laws, they have been grossly misapplied ever since.

Read the full article on The Grio.

Deborah Danner deserved help and patience, not fatal bullets

Deborah Danner, a 66-year-old black woman, was known by the local police. But that didn’t stop them from killing her Tuesday evening.

The NYPD responded to a 911 call complaining about Danner, who had schizophrenia, yelling and screaming at residents. According to police, a uniformed sergeant approached Danner, who was naked and armed with scissors.

She was persuaded to put down the scissors but then allegedly picked up a baseball bat and attempted to hit the officer. She then purportedly charged at the officer with that bat — without delay, the sergeant opened fire into her torso twice. Instead of using a trained practice like a stun gun or another method of de-escalation, which he should very well know as someone in the force for eight years, he used his service gun.

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In Search of Ourselves: Black Men Reflecting on Liberation

At the #BlackMaleReimagined conference at the Kennedy Center, I joined a panel featuring Darnell L. Moore, Tiq Milan, Mychal Denzel Smith, and Jamil Smith. Listen in as we discuss boyhood, manhood, masculinity, rape, consent, and so much more.

Kim Kardashian’s robbery is no laughing matter, whether you like her or not

To the shock of many, on late Sunday, reality television star Kim Kardashian-West was robbed at gunpoint of jewelry worth an estimated $10 million. Although the investigation is ongoing, we know that Kardashian-West was alone in her Paris apartment when two men tied her up and gagged her, then fled with three other accomplices.

At the time of the robbery, her husband, Kanye West, was performing in Queens before he abruptly walked off the stage upon hearing the news. It didn’t take long before social media got wind of the shocking story and accused the reality star of staging a publicity stunt. Others simply had no sympathy for the selfie-taking pop culture diva whatsoever.

Read the full article on The Grio.