Black Lives Matter

Barr Chokes Justice


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Eric Garner’s death at the hands of New York City police was one of several fatal encounters that gave life to the Black Lives Movement. It has been five years since Garner’s death and justice still has not been served. It’s events like this that totally justifies the BLM movement and protests, such as kneeling during the national anthem.

Garner was approached by cops on Staten Island on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes from packs without tax stamps. One of the police officers, Daniel Pantaleo put Garner into a chokehold while other officers held him on the ground. After the chokehold was removed, he pushed Garner’s face into the ground while four officers held him down. Garner told the officers he couldn’t breath eleven times before losing consciousness. None of the officers attempted CRP on Garner at the scene. He died an hour after arriving at the hospital.

Pantaleo denied choking Garner despite there being multiple cellphone recordings of it by bystanders. NYPD policy prohibits chokeholds but despite the no-chokeholds policy, an NYC Medical Examiner and an NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau determining that a chokehold was used (and disciplinary charges recommended), an independent autopsy finding hemorrhaging around Garner’s neck, and a $5.9 million out-of-court settlement with Garner’s family, Pantaleo is still an NYPD cop and not in prison for killing Eric Garner.

Attorney General William Barr also believes there shouldn’t be charges as he has ordered the Justice Department to drop the case.

The U.S. attorney in Brooklyn said the “evidence does not support charging Police Officer Pantaleo with federal civil rights violation,” despite the evidence that Garner is no longer alive. A secret grand jury chose not to indict Pantaleo, proving the adage true that you can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, but not a cop.

There was debate within the Justice Department over charging the officer, which started during the Obama administration and stretched into the Trump era of politicizing the department. I’m sure this decision weighs on Barr’s conscience about as much lying about the Mueller Report.

The cop wasn’t charged in Ferguson. The cop who killed a kid in Cleveland wasn’t charged. Now, this cop isn’t going to be charged. With decisions like this compounded by the fact we have an openly racist president, a political base cheering his racism on, and a complicit Republican Party, the Black Lives Matter movement is needed now more than ever. There are too many villains and not enough people speaking up. Now, we need heroes.

In a nation that has more outrage at a black athlete kneeling during a song than it does at police killing unarmed black men…and boys, and presidential hate rallies where the crowd chants “send her back,” it’s easy to lose faith in your country. But you have to remember that when Black Lives Matter is speaking out, that this is just as much their country as it is the Trump crowd.

Donald Trump and William Barr, and all those who follow them are working to tear this nation down by promoting hate. Where we can find faith is in the people who are fighting to save our country.

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Reparation Boy


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White conservatives like to get upset and pretend they’re being victimized. For these people, equal rights mean fewer rights for them. That’s their logic.

Gay pride parade? Then why don’t we have a straight pride parade? Black history month? Why can’t we have a white history month? Black president? Why can’t we have a racist president?

Now, with the talk of reparations for the descendants of slaves in the United States, white conservatives are once again getting upset. They argue that since they’ve never owned a slave and nobody alive in this nation was ever a slave, then why should there be reparations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell even believes that the “original sin” of slavery has been paid off since one of our 45 presidents was black. A president he stole from and swore to fight to limit to one term.

While nobody in the United States ever owned or was a slave, the entirety of American society is descended from the slavery era, which went from 1619 to 1865. After slavery was abolished, America still persecuted black Americans. Today, black Americans make less than their white counterparts. The average household wealth for African-Americans is 1/16th of that for white families.

Today, there are Americans whose parents were denied their right to vote. Today, there are Americans still being denied their right to vote. We even have a president who practiced housing discrimination based upon applicants’ race.

And, while you argue that you never benefited from white privilege, you never had to give your white son a lecture on how to talk to a cop so he doesn’t kill you for being white in public. I could argue that I never benefited from white privilege, but my talk was how to avoid getting a ticket, not avoiding being shot.

One of my copy editors made the point to me this morning, that people argue “if it hasn’t happened to me personally, then it’s not a problem.” White conservatives believe this is a case of people wanting something for free, but it’s not free. Black Americans paid for it. They’re still paying for it. Many of these people saying “get over it” are still waving a Confederate flag and demanding that their statues not be removed.

The inability to understand that society treats people differently depending on their race is about as sound as Joe Biden’s argument that racist pro-segregation senators respected him because they never called him “boy.” Why can’t we all just get along as well as white Joe Biden did with white racists?

Biden, a liberal, is committing the same sin white conservatives commit on a daily basis. He’s having it explained to him by Cory Booker, a black man, and in return, Biden has demanded Booker apologize to him.  What’s next? Is Biden going to refer to Obama as his black friend?

The bill currently in Congress will not dole out cash to every black American if passed. It will only give a study on reparations. It’s designed to someday make the nation wake up and confront the damage inflicted upon it by slavery that lingers today. We need to move on from being a nation of sorry, not sorry.

We need a better answer than saying reparations have been made because we elected a black president when you didn’t even vote for that president yourself.

The descendants of those who profited from slavery are arguing the bill has been paid when they refuse to even look at the IOU.

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A Meme Choke Hold


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The police of this nation and their defenders point out the unfairness of labeling all cops as racist or profiling black males. But what is true is that there is a culture of profiling, brutality, and racism among the nation’s police.

This is proven by the Plain View Project. The PVP examined the public profiles of police officers from eight jurisdictions since 2017 and their findings were published last Saturday in Injustice Watch and BuzzFeed News. What they found goes beyond disturbing.

The project found thousands of posts and memes that were racist, conspiratorial, and expressing a desire to use tasers and deadly force on suspects.

A captain in the Philadephia Police Department shared a meme featuring Sammy Davis Jr. with the caption, “Instead of hands up don’t shoot, how about pull your pants up don’t loot!” A comment from another Philly cop about a young black male accused of shooting an elderly woman called for a firing squad.

One meme shared by an officer showed a police dog baring its teeth, with superimposed text that read, “I hope you run, he likes fast food.”

A cop in York, Pennsylvania posted on Facebook, “Too bad this MF didn’t resist and meet a very violent and painful demise. Would have saved the taxpayers a LOT of money,” regarding a black male suspected of killing a detective.

The project matched about 14,400 listed officers to public Facebook profiles.

The Phoenix Police Department says they’re going to look into the matter. St. Louis claims they’re looking into it as well. Other departments examined are in Dallas; Denison, Tex.; and Twin Falls, Idaho; and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.

The Philadelphia department has placed 72 cops on desk duty, pulling them off the streets while an investigation is being conducted. Perhaps every police department in the nation should be conducting a continuous effort to monitor all officers’ social media posts. Every cop in the country should have his social media posts looked at. If they find cop brutality hilarious, then they shouldn’t be a cop.

The project’s founder, Emily Baker-White said three major trends emerged in the posts she and her colleagues collected: posts that seemed to endorse violence by officers or members of the public, posts that appeared to show bias against minority groups, and dehumanizing language that referred to protesters or people of color as “animals” or “savages.”

She also said, “One of the most disheartening things in the posts we saw are the comments under them. Some of them are by citizens, and some are by police officers. There’s very much a pile-on culture, where someone may say something violent and the folks under that will ramp it up and say something even more violent or discriminatory. The feedback loop there has led a lot of people to lean into their worst instincts.”

The Phoenix Police Union is upset over the investigation and accusing it of an anti-cop bias. He highlighted how Phoenix police have used Facebook to raise money for charity and left out posts like the one by Officer Joshua Ankert who congratulated George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin for walking after dark while being black, the day after his trial and thanked him for “cleaning up our community one thug at a time.”

In Phoenix, 73% of the city’s 2,937 police force is white, while 19% is Hispanic, in a city that is 43% Hispanic. With 42% of the city being white, the police department is not representative of its citizens. That may be where the problem begins in all communities.

Another Phoenix cop, Rueben Carver III posted, “It’s a good day for a choke hold.” No, Officer Rueben, it’s a good day to fire some racist cops.

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Dirty Trickster Lives Matter


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Conservatives are livid and up in arms over the way Roger Stone was arrested last month.

According to Stone, 29 FBI agents and U.S. Marshals were used in the pre-dawn raid to arrest Trump’s longtime adviser last month in Miami. Since this was conducted during Trump’s government shutdown, several of the agents volunteered for the assignment. Who wouldn’t want to arrest a guy with a Nixon tattoo on his back?

Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano called it “Gestapo-like.” Senator and southern dandy Lindsey Graham sent a letter to the FBI demanding they justify their tactics. Sean Hannity wailed about the injustice.

Former Sheriff and pardoned criminal Joe Arpaio decried the use of armored vehicles, even though he once sent one piloted by Steven Seagal to bust a cockfighting ring. Seagal used the footage for a TV show and was later sued by the accused for killing his puppy during the raid. These conservatives are really hard on dogs.

Donald Trump, who once said police should bang criminals’ heads against the top of squad cars as they’re being placed in the back seats, was also upset.

Conservatives claim Stone was not a flight risk, doesn’t own a gun, and isn’t a danger to society. How can law enforcement be confident he’s not a gun owner or a flight risk? How can they be sure he wouldn’t destroy evidence? As for that “danger to society” thing; anyone who helps Russia install a national security risk like Donald Trump into the presidency is a danger to society.

Roger Stone compared his treatment to that of Osama bin Laden, who in case you don’t remember, is now dead and is lying at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. He also compared it to the arrests of El Chapo and Pablo Escobar. El Chapo is currently in prison and on trial, and Escobar, like bin Laden, is dead. The fact that Roger Stone is able to walk freely on the streets right now, breathe air, and issue stupid statements proves his treatment wasn’t anything like bin Laden’s, Escobar’s, or El Chapo.

Stone also said the agents terrified his wife and dogs. I wonder if Seal Team 6 traumatized bin laden’s dogs during their raid. It is nice that animal welfare is now a concern for Roger Stone, who once gave the Wicked Witch warning to a colleague against testifying against him and Trump, promising to get him and his little dog too.

They also complained that CNN was there to film the arrest and accused the FBI of tipping off the network. CNN says they were watching Stone’s home which is very believable as everyone, including Stone, was publicly expecting him to be arrested soon.

Stone is upset he wasn’t able to conveniently schedule his arrest, because rich white guys should be allowed the courtesy to choose how they’re arrested.

This outrage is very selective. Did any of these critics of the FBI defend Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, or the hundreds of other public cases of police brutality against unarmed black men? Did they defend Trayvon Martin who was stalked for wearing a hoodie shortly before he was shot and killed by a wannabe vigilante?

It’s like how they’re upset over the descriptions the MAGA hat-wearing Catholic Covington kids received from the press and celebrities. One of them has hired a lawyer and is threatening to sue a list of news outlets and celebrities for libel, which conservatives are cheering. This is being applauded by the same conservative news outlets that accused David Hogg and other survivors of the Parkland shooting of being “crisis actors.”

Conservatives are so good at selective outrage; they should put in a bottle and market it. I’m sure it tastes like Kool-Aid.

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Milwaukee’s Best


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One Milwaukee police officer was suspended 15 days for tasing NBA player Sterling Brown. Another received ten days, and a third received two. What do you want to bet that next season a player in the NFL will receive a longer suspension for kneeling in protest of police violence?

A police officer confronted Brown January 26, around 2:30 AM because his car was straddling two handicapped parking spaces in an empty lot at a Walgreens in Milwaukee. He called for backup and at least three more police cars arrive. After asking Brown questions the police tased him. Later, the police decided not to charge Brown.

The police department claimed Brown was confrontational, but they changed their story after releasing the video captured from an officer’s body camera. It took them four months to review the tape and release it to the public.

Did it take them four months to see they were wrong? No. It took them four months to decide how to take responsibility for their actions. This brings the question; how can we trust the police’s account when there’s not a recording?

Critics of kneeling athletes lie about the reason they’re protesting. The same people ignore the reason for the protests, which is police brutality toward black Americans. Donald Trump, as president has attacked black athletes, questioned their patriotism, has called for their firing while calling them “sons of bitches,” and said maybe they shouldn’t be in this country. Regarding the Sterling Brown situation and too many like it to mention, he’s been silent. But he does tweet on a daily basis about the perceived injustices he receives.

Maybe the people who don’t care that all Americans aren’t being treated equally shouldn’t be in this country.

The Milwaukee Bucks have supported Brown over this arrest. Brown is suing the police department and said he chose to speak up about the incident on behalf of Laquan McDonald, Stephon Clark and others in the black community who have died in encounters with police. With this campaign, Brown has an opportunity to be the most valuable player on and off the court.

No one should be tased, handcuffed, and arrested over what should have amounted to a parking ticket.

In his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech in 1968, Martin Luther King said, “Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for rights.” He was assassinated the very next day. Our president, who will never say anything close to the magnificence or bravery of King’s words, says people who protest for rights shouldn’t be in this country.

This is exactly why protests should continue.

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Royal Racism


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I think the thing that bums me out the most about the wedding between Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle is that I remember the wedding between Prince Charles and Diana. God, I’m getting old.

A lot of people seem to be making a stink about Meghan being of mixed race. I thought maybe it was being overblown until I saw a headline in a British publication saying something about Markle, who was born in Los Angeles, being “straight outta Compton.”

So, it’s not just white Americans freaking out when they see a black person in a situation they deem unusual, like sitting in a coffee shop, or a library, or selling a house, walking in a white neighborhood, breathing air, etc. The Brits can do it too.

Markle is half black and half white. I wouldn’t have known this if it wasn’t pointed out. It’s not that I’m so open-minded as much as I can be oblivious at times. I can be really oblivious. Once in my early 20s, I didn’t realize a friend of mine was Latino until I read an article about him, and his last name is Ramirez. See? It’s especially weird because I cover and talk about race so much.

It’s a good thing that society isn’t just becoming tolerant, but accepting reality. From a mixed couple in a Cheerios commercial to the royal family, we’ve come a long way. But then again, we have people freaking out because they see two black guys at Starbucks and people are voting for Donald Trump. You may not be racist if you voted for Donald Trump, but racism is not a deal breaker for you.

We still have a long way to go.

I did watch the royal wedding this morning. But I didn’t wake up at 4:00 AM to watch the coverage. I’m usually up at that time drawing. I was watching it on MSNBC and saw anchors I respect totally geek out and become starstruck when the newly married couple passed them in their carriage. But, I’m a guy. I didn’t really enjoy going to my own wedding.

This is another bonus cartoon. I wanted to do the race subject and I had another idea on the subject that made a stronger point, but I knew adding the wedding would probably get it more attention and make more publications. One aspect I struggled with in my decision was Markle’s skin tone. She’s half black, yes. But, technically, she’s not a dark-skinned person. I imagine you would have to be a fiercely dedicated racist to get upset if you saw her at Starbucks.

Now, I’m taking the rest of the night off. I’m going to eat a club sandwich, eat some ice cream later, and appropriately, I plan to watch Black Panther.

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Color Me Starbucks


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When I started my self-syndication business a few years ago, I needed to collect the contact information for every editor in the nation. It was a daunting task made even more difficult with the lack of internet in my home at that time. So, I went to McDonald’s nearly every day to use their Wi-Fi.

Visiting every newspaper’s website in the nation is extremely tedious. Some make it very hard to find the contact information. I understand not wanting to be spammed, but it’s like some newspapers don’t ever want to hear from their readers. But, I’d sit at McDonald’s, sometimes up to six hours at a time collecting this information. Sometimes, I only bought a cup of coffee. Know how many times I was harassed for loitering? Zero.

Maybe nobody bothered me because of my sparkling personality. Maybe it was because they really didn’t mind anyone hanging out for hours without giving them business. I saw quite a few other people using their Wi-Fi without purchasing. But maybe, the reason I wasn’t bothered was because of my white privilege.

There are not a lot of white people who admit to having white privilege. On the contrary, you often hear a white person say they know what it’s like to be a minority because once, they visited a foreign country, walked through a different neighborhood, or was the only white person in a restaurant or at a party. Bullshit. Even when you are the only white person in a place, you’re still white when you leave. You do not face a lifetime of discrimination in a nation with a long history of disparity in treatment and justice. At the very least, if you’re white then you have an extremely low chance of being arrested for sitting at Starbucks.

Yes. Starbucks. That liberal Utopian franchise that’s setting an example for other corporations to follow for social responsibility.

The corporation has instituted environmentally friendly policies like using wind energy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and contributing to clean water projects globally. Partners, which are what they call their employees, join community projects, like tree planting.

One former employee, er, partner, described a problem with the company and said to Shaun Frankson, a business strategist who also blogs, “All the pieces for a great culture were present. We all were told exactly how to live the company values. However, management failed to live by example, so quickly each employee started to deviate from the desired culture and create subcultures based on each branch managers behaviors.”

Maybe, that’s the problem at the Philadelphia Starbucks that had two black men arrested who were waiting on a friend before ordering. Perhaps the sub-culture at that location is, black is suspicious, and I’m not talking about the coffee.

The location of this Starbucks is in a very ritzy part of Philadelphia. It’s two blocks away from a luxury apartment building where rent can go as high as $10,000 a month. And yet, while making up only three percent of the population black men account for 67 percent of stops by the police. This is not a subculture. This is national.

Starbucks is going to close every single one of their more than 8,000 stores for an afternoon in May to provide training to their employees to treat all of their customers alike, even the black guys.

I’m not sure all the racial ills of this nation can be cured in a single afternoon, or if it will make anyone victimized feel better, but at least it’s a start. Maybe the entire nation should shut down for an afternoon and learn to treat everyone the same.

Even the black guys.

Here’s the video.

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