Thursday, June 21, 2012

Man kicked out of bar because of his race

A 21-year old Harvard-bound student was kicked out of a Raleigh, NC sports bar named Downtown Sports Bar and Grill because he was black and a police officer did basically nothing to help as it's been done many times before there. Make sure to read the entire article via the link below.

After a Harvard-bound 21-year-old said police refused to help him when he was kicked out of a Raleigh, NC sports bar for being black, other spurned patrons came out of the woodwork to claim they had received the same racist treatment. Now their grassroots campaign to shut the bar down is gaining traction. Who needs the cops when you've got social media on your side?

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Last Saturday, June 16th, Wall and two other friends arrived at Downtown Sports Bar and Grill around 12:30 AM. "You need a membership to come in tonight," the bouncer told them. "I've never seen you here before." The friends were confused, since the bar is better known for its all-you-can-eat wings and massive TVs than fancy private parties — and because the people in line before them walked right in after showing their ID.

The only difference between those people and my friends and I was our race. Still, we stood at the door in bewilderment asking "What?" as he further tried to explain that we weren't going to be able to come in because of our "non-member" status. However, as he was explaining this, a police officer walked up to where he was standing to tell him something unrelated. As soon as he caught sight of the officer beside him, he said "Never mind, y'all go ahead." This was the first interesting ordeal of the night, but not the last.
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After he cleaned the table, it looked as if he was headed back behind the bar when he came up to me and said "Either buy a drink or leave right now." Again shocked, I replied "I'm just waiting for my friend to come back from the bathroom." He responded, "I don't care, get a drink or leave right now." I said "Okay" and began texting. He walked away from me, then went and sat with his back to the bar as he stared me down. Being non-confrontational, I looked towards the bathroom, waiting to see my friend come out so that we could leave. I also took notice of how many of the people surrounding the bar and the club area didn't have drinks in their hands. I felt as if I was singled out. The common denominator, again, was that I was the only black person around. After staring me down for about 30 seconds, he walked back over and said "Are you going to buy a drink, or are you going to leave?" I replied, "As soon as my friend comes from the bathroom." Before I cold utter another word, he grabbed my right wrist and my left arm and threw them behind my head in an effort to constrain me, although I was speaking to him a calm and non-aggressive tone and didn't once even gesture. He then used excessive force to push me through the crown and out of the club while I was still in this "headlock" of sorts, before pushing me out of the front door. As soon as he grabbed me, I let my body go limp because with the degree of force he was already using, I didn't want him to think I was trying to fight back. I accepted that he was on an ego-trip, and let him guide me through the club in this position before pushing me out. I was completely shocked and more saddened that this was happening than angry.
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After Wall told his family about his night, his 21-year-old cousin called him and asked the name of the bar that had thrown him out. She gasped when he told her it was Downtown Sports Bar and Grill, because she had been barred from entering the same spot earlier that night. "The only common denominator in her and my own dealings with the bar was one single factor: race," Wall wrote. "We were both African-Americans trying to enter and enjoy a bar that seemed to only welcome those not like us."
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It's 2012 and stuff like this still happens.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Adidas pulls sneakers after claims of racism

Adidas is pulling their new sneakers, JS Roundhouse Mid, after claims that it is racist because of the shackle-like ankle cuff. Read the whole story via the link below.

(CNN) -- German sports apparel maker Adidas has withdrawn its plans to sell a controversial sneaker featuring affixed rubber shackles after the company generated significant criticism when advertising the shoe on its Facebook page.

The high-top sneakers, dubbed the JS Roundhouse Mids, were expected to be released in August, according to the Adidas Originals Facebook page. "Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?" a caption below a photo of the sneakers read.

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After creating an online uproar, Adidas has announced it is canceling plans to sell the instantly controversial JS Roundhouse Mid – a basketball sneaker destined to forever be known as the "shackle shoe."

The shoe – which contains a shackle-like ankle cuff -- created an uproar after Adidas posted images to its Facebook page Monday. Critics said it invoked slavery.

In announcing it was withdrawing plans to offer the shoe to retailers, the company defended the JS Roundhouse Mid as "nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott's outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery," but nonetheless apologized for offending consumers.

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The designer, meanwhile, says the inspiration for the shoes was a cartoon character and toy from the 1990s called My Pet Monster, which is purple and blue and is restrained by orange shackles.
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Jesse Jackson was interviewed on CNN about these Adidas sneakers.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Racially offensive show on local government channel

A commenter made us aware of a local government channel in the city of LaGrange, GA that televises a show where a white woman dresses up as an African caricature called "Mama Jama" and many have found it racially offensive. Click the link below to read more and sign the petition.

It's not okay to reduce an entire culture or ethnicity to a silly caricature -- and that's exactly what Troup County School Board member Debbie Burdette does when she dresses up as an African caricature called "Mama Jama." Burdette uses this character to promote child literacy -- a noble endeavor, for sure. However, many find it racially offensive when Burdette, a white woman, dresses in traditional African clothing to play the "Mama Jama" character. Burdette says that the costume gets the attention of children, but surely she can come up with a costume that is sensitive to multicultural issues. This petition asks the City of LaGrange to remove the "Mama Jama" show from LGTV, the local government channel. Please click on the Petition Letter tab above for more details.
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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Is Stop and Frisk really just racial profiling?

What do you think about the "stop and frisk" program? Is it really just a way to racial profile someone? Does it really help stop criminals? Yvette Clarke is trying to end that program.

NEW YORK – Elected officials charging racism are trying to end a New York City police policy that permits officers to stop someone and pat him down for weapons or contraband if they suspect criminal activity.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the program is preventing crime. Opponents say it overwhelmingly targets racial minorities.

Rep. Yvette Clarke, a Democrat from Brooklyn, met Thursday with Justice Department officials to request an investigation of the practice.

Clarke says the program, known as "Stop, Question and Frisk" or "Stop and Frisk," amounts to racial profiling. It is based on a 1968 Supreme Court ruling that police could stop people on the basis of "reasonable suspicion."

Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin approved class action status for a lawsuit that alleges the practice subjects people to race-based illegal searches.

The NAACP, Al Sharpton's National Action Network and the Service Employees International Union are planning a protest rally June 17 in New York.

A study by the New York Civil Liberties Union found a sharp increase in the number of people stopped under the program: up more than 600% from 97,296 in 2002 to 685,724 last year. The study said 90% of those stopped were neither arrested nor ticketed, and about 87% were black or Hispanic.

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Bloomberg said at a press conference May 16 Stop and Frisk has taken 6,000 guns off city streets in the past eight years and has saved the lives of 5,600 people over the past decade.

Councilman Jumaane Williams, said the program is a failure in stemming gun violence. Police found one gun for every 3,000 people stopped, he said.

"The policy is either accidentally, incidentally or purposely racist, however you slice it," he said.
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Racist subway rider gets prison time

A woman is getting five months in prison for her racist drunk tirade on a subway. It will probably be lowered but at least she is getting something.

Jacqueline Woodhouse, whose drunk and racist tirade on a subway went viral on YouTube, has been sentenced to five months in prison.

The 42-year-old woman pleaded guilty "to causing alarm and distress" earlier this month for the Jan. 23 incident. She was sentenced Tuesday to 21 weeks behind bars, though she can be released in as little as 10 weeks, The Daily Mail reported. The sentence also includes a five-year public transportation ban while Woodhouse is inebriated.

This isn't the first time Woodhouse has been in trouble with the law for public racism. In December 2008, she was fined for harassing a man on the train over whether or not he had paid taxes.
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