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AFRICANGLOBE - Paul Oliver, the owner of Oliver Arms in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is having a very good year. Business is up and customers are happy. Oliver saw a slight bounce in sales after the November election. He also saw his Black clientele increase as several of those customers signed up for his concealed weapons permit classes.
AFRICANGLOBE - My parents were born in 1914, in an America that looked eerily like what Donald Trump seeks to re-create today. They grew up in the ’20s and ’30s, during the Great Depression, in a period when racism, anti-Semitism and anti-immigrant eugenic beliefs were widespread. Nativism and the belief that Northern and Western Europeans form an innately superior race were mainstream ideas. The masses of Jews and other Southern and Eastern European immigrants who became the foot soldiers of America’s industrial revolution were despised as lesser, not-quite-white races.
AFRICANGLOBE - Last week, the Department of Justice filed hate crimes charges against 27-year-old white male Conrad Alvin Barrett for allegedly assaulting a 79-year-old Black man, knocking him to the ground and fracturing his jaw in two places. Police recovered video from the suspect in which he says he was looking for a Black victim, in order to test media reaction to the attack. Over the weekend, Fox News’ James Rosen filed a report on the incident that contained several misleading, or outright false, claims and significant factual omissions.
AFRICANGLOBE - “White society is incapable of acknowledging – or even perceiving, on the cognitive level – the violence that it daily perpetrates against Blacks.” A 17-year-old Black student is set upon by four White males that inhabit the same suite of rooms on a college campus. Over a period of almost two months, his tormentors force him into a closet and twice fasten a “U” shaped bicycle lock around his neck, once chaining him for at least ten minutes and bruising his lip in the attack.
AFRICANGLOBE - Despite growing awareness of hate crimes, the share of those crimes reported to police has fallen in recent years as more victims of violent attacks express doubt that police can or will help. Nearly 2 of 3 hate crimes go unreported to police..
AFRICANGLOBE - Shocking does not begin to describe the criminal allegations in this case, where victims were tied up and confined like zoo animals and treated like property akin to slaves.