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AFRICANGLOBE - In the first year after 18-year-old Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer, Ferguson voters elected two African-Americans to the City Council, giving Black residents almost equal representation in the city for the first time in history.
AFRICANGLOBE - Perhaps, one day there will be a moment when a Black American who has suffered unjust loss and pain will tell the reporter who immediately asks them, “do you forgive the thug cop or racial terrorist who killed your loved one” and they will reply, “Hell no! Not now, not ever, and you can go f*ck yourself for asking such a question.”
AFRICANGLOBE - Heavily-armed members of a controversial right-wing "patriot" group added an extra dose of unease to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, early Tuesday. The Oath Keepers organization says its members — all former military, police and first responders — pledge to "defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic."
AFRICANGLOBE - Police maintained close watch Tuesday over protest-wracked streets in Ferguson after another night of demonstrations that left more than two dozen people in custody and brought new potential flash points.
AFRICANGLOBE - A young Black man is in a critical and unstable condition after being shot by police in Ferguson on the edges of a demonstration marking the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, which was once again dispersed by government thugs firing teargas.
AFRICANGLOBE - Days before he was shot and killed by a police officer Friday in Arlington, Texas, 19-year-old Christian Taylor feared for his life. “I don’t wanna die too younggggg,” the Black college football player posted July 30 on his Twitter account, which makes reference to his fear of dying and his distrust of law enforcement, especially around key dates in the deaths of unarmed Black men Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police.
AFRICANGLOBE - An online group dedicated to police officers posted a wildly offensive “memorial” to murdered Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown on the social medium Facebook. After an outcry, it now appears the tasteless post has been removed.
AFRICANGLOBE - For a century, the US has been ridiculing China while at the same time praising the “Freedom” here in America. When a country, that we are told is a bastion for human rights violations, and corruption, cites specific cases and calls the US out for its rampant violence and corruption, something is indeed awry.
AFRICANGLOBE - July 17 will mark exactly one year since a police chokehold in the New York City borough of Staten Island led to the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six. The killing of Garner was caught on video and fueled national and international outrage over police violence and brutality.
AFRICANGLOBE - The shooting and killing of an unarmed Blacks speak massive volumes as to the omnipresence of racial tensions/distrust between the Black community and white police officers in the United States. As an overt corollary, to all intent and purposes, these shootings and killings seem to concur directly with the March 1857 US Supreme Court Dred Scott decision to the extent that Blacks “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect” and that “slaves are not regarded as US citizens.”
AFRICANGLOBE - The public library in a small New Jersey town where police shot a man dead on Friday partially reopened on Monday, though it was far from business as usual. But unlike in larger cities or suburbs that have erupted in civil unrest since the murder of Michael Brown by a white police officer, Lyndhurst has remained calm. And residents of the prosperous, growing and largely white town who spoke to the media appear ostensibly sympathetic to the police since Friday’s death.
AFRICANGLOBE - While there are sharp differences in how Black and white people feel about race relations and interactions with police, a recent Pew Research poll does reveal that Blacks and whites agree on one thing: it was the right decision to charge the six Baltimore police officers in connection with Gray’s death.
AFRICANGLOBE - More than 40% of Black men in both the 20 to 24 and 35 to 54 age groups in Ferguson are missing. The problem of missing Black men extends to other age groups. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, while there are 1,182 Black women between the ages of 25 and 34 living in Ferguson, there are only 577 Black men in this age group.
AFRICANGLOBE - A lawyer for Jeffrey Williams, the 20-year-old man who was arrested and charged with shooting and wounding two police officers last Thursday outside the Ferguson police department now says he doubts his client was the gunman who fired at the officers. "One thing that is clear is that he has a large amount of bruising on his body that I noticed that I'm very concerned about. It appears that whatever statements he made, he was without the advice of counsel, and when I look at the bruising, it's hard for me assess if these were voluntary statements that he made."