Notable Links: 4-13/12 (New Format)

Shoot first…Then ask the dead man what his intent was…The American Way

I understand that every person has a right to defend themselves. I understand the constitutional right to bear arms and all that politically correct shit…

But….Where is the line drawn? 

Reading while white: crime statistics

Whatever White Americans do is normal – no matter how high or low their numbers, they commit crimes at the proper rates. Always. This is a given. Because there is nothing wrong with them. To think otherwise would be racist! They are the measure against which everyone else is judged.

Do The Poor Have Any Social Responsibilities To Their Communities?

Who is Rick Ross?  He quite possibly is the Steve Jobs of crack cocaine marketing.   In OUR black communities. 

But now he has repented, or so he says.  He wants to make amends to the community he helped destroy.  And we should forgive and allow him to do what he feels he can to make restitution.  My issue with Freeway Rick Ross is this: where was your heart of love for your black community back then?  Did you feel you had any responsibility to your community or was poverty your excuse? 

The Idealization and Demonization of Blacks: How It Affects Us

Blacks in American society have been understood in either demonizing or idealizing ways as represented in society or the media. Some blacks are idealized for their “coolness”, sexuality, beauty and athleticism. On the other hand, others are demonized as being lazy, sexual monsters, ugly and animalistic. It seems that when a black person has something to offer – beauty, athleticism or entertainment – they are “forgiven” for being black.

Yes, Trayvon’s Death Is an LGBT Issue. No, LGBT Politics Aren’t Limited by White Privilege

In a recent opinion piece titled “All aboard the Trayvon bandwagon,” Washington Blade editor and co-owner Kevin Naff accuses 28 national LGBT groups of hype-riding because they issued an open letter opposing racial profiling and expressing solidarity with Trayvon Martin’s family and friends.

Sepia’s Mutiny’s Closure Is a Reminder: Blogging While Brown Ain’t Easy

When bloggers at the South Asian American website Sepia Mutiny announced that the site would close last month, readers were saddened, but not necessarily shocked. Since it began in 2004, the blog had become an all-important virtual community square to talk about everything from politics and cultural identity to fiction. But in recent years, the website faced many of the same challenges that have plagued bloggers of all stripes—white and of color, broke and economically self-sufficient.

Five Myths About Crime in Black America–and Statistical Truths

In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death, we’ve seen a lot of discussion of the larger societal issues that play into how and when people are perceived as criminals. There were hoodies, there were marches, and there were frank talks from parent to child about how to minimize the danger of being a young person of color. On the other side, there were justifications of George Zimmerman’s actions: a smear campaign against Martin’s character, and plenty of writers explaining that statistically, blacks are simply more dangerous to be around.

That framing ignores the realities behind the numbers. Here are five myths about crime and people of color.

Bun’s Beat: Bun B on the Trayvon Martin Case

Bun B: The Trayvon Martin case isn’t just about race or culture, it’s about bullying.

4-12-12 Links Roundup: 

The Politics Of Fat: We Have To Keep Struggling To Liberate Ourselves From Self-Hatred 

Ozzie Guillen makes the one mistake he couldn’t afford

Trayvon Martin: The Problem With The ‘Some Of My Best Friends Are Black’ Defense

Just Say It

If a man treats women like second class citizens simply because they have a vagina, it’s easy to call him a sexist. When someone fondles little boys or little girls, no one hesitates to use the word pedophile. Someone who practices domestic violence is an abuser. Someone who tells lies is a liar. And someone who steals is a thief.

Playing the Friendship Card: White Lies, White Denial and the Reality of Racism

I swear, if I hear one more transparently racist person insist they aren’t racist because they have black friends, I am going to shoot them. But not because I’m violent. I’m not violent. And this I know because I have friends who are pacifists.

What Would W.E.B. DuBois Say? Black Brigands Waylay White Man in St. Patrick’s Day Attack

The Trayvon Martin murder has encouraged many good white conservatives to come out of the woodwork and confess their love of black people. The former are now obsessed with “black on black” crime as they plead and prey for our salvation. They ask, “where are Al Sharpton and other such ‘troublemakers’ and ‘race hustlers’ when white folks are attacked by black goons?” “What of fairness!” “Who is protecting us?”

“Batman” arrested after threatening to blow up hospital

As the famous caped crusader, Batman is known for hunting down the infamous criminals of Gotham City and saving many lives in the process.

But for one would-be superhero, he has managed to land himself in hot water for behaviour which is out-of-character for Bruce Wayne.

Christopher Schwartz, known as ‘Bar Harbor Batman,’ has made appearances at parties and summer parades in the Maine area dressed as Batman.

George Zimmerman Court Affidavit: Zimmerman Confronted Martin

George Zimmerman, the Florida man who claimed self-defense in the February shooting death of Trayvon Martin, made his first court appearance Thursday. Zimmerman spoke once during the proceedings, answering “Yes, sir” when Judge Mark E. Herr asked whether Mark O’Mara was his attorney.

At the hearing Judge Herr said “Zimmerman confronted Martin,” an action that’s been widely debated by lawyers on both sides.


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