Truth Behind the Myth: Martin Luther King’s Dream

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Martin Luther King: The Most Dangerous Man in America

http://sincereignorance.com/2015/01/06/martin-luther-king-the-most-dangerous-man-in-america/

1.5 Million Missing Black Men and My Disappointment In Michael Eric Dyson

In New York, almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 and 54 are missing from everyday life. In Chicago, 45,000 are, and more than 30,000 are missing in Philadelphia. Across the South — from North Charleston, S.C., through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi and up into Ferguson, Mo. — hundreds of thousands more are missing.

They are missing, largely because of early deaths or because they are behind bars. Remarkably, black women who are 25 to 54 and not in jail outnumber black men in that category by 1.5 million, according to anUpshot analysis. For every 100 black women in this age group living outside of jail, there are only 83 black men. Among whites, the equivalent number is 99, nearly parity.

African-American men have long been more likely to be locked up and more likely to die young, but the scale of the combined toll is nonetheless jarring. It is a measure of the deep disparities that continue to afflict black men — disparities being debated after a recent spate of killings by the police — and the gender gap is itself a further cause of social ills, leaving many communities without enough men to be fathers and husbands.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/04/20/upshot/missing-black-men.html?_r=0&abt=0002&abg=0

http://newsone.com/3109431/1-and-half-million-black-men-missing/

http://www.alternet.org/drugs/drug-war-primary-reason-there-are-15-million-missing-black-men

http://newsone.com/3109431/1-and-half-million-black-men-missing/

Fourteen Examples of Systemic Racism in the US Criminal Justice System

 

The biggest crime in the U.S. criminal justice system is that it is a race-based institution where African-Americans are directly targeted and punished in a much more aggressive way than white people.

Saying the US criminal system is racist may be politically controversial in some circles. But the facts are overwhelming. No real debate about that. Below I set out numerous examples of these facts.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2010/07/26/fourteen-examples-systemic-racism-us-criminal-justice-system

I will be paraphrasing and add in some extra content, to see Bill’s list click on the link above. 

1) Surge of arrests within the last 4 decades, pertaining to the War on Drugs. Though White Americans sale more drugs and drug use is along similar enter-ethnic as Black Americans; Black people make up the majority of arrests.

2) Cops stop and harass Black/Latino Americans disproportionately. With policies like Stop & Frisk, among others.

3) Since 1970 arrests have skyrocketed; thanks in part to the Nixon administration perception of crime being a Black plague. Literally. After presidents like Ronald Reagan, Bush Sr., etc exacerbating it instead of getting rid of these unjust laws and policies.

4) Black Americans are excluded from jury duty illegally.

African Americans are frequently illegally excluded from criminal jury service according to a June 2010 study released by the Equal Justice Initiative. For example in Houston County, Alabama, 8 out of 10 African Americans qualified for jury service have been struck by prosecutors from serving on death penalty cases.

5) Trails are rare for Black Americans and this is historically true as well.

Trials are rare. Only 3 to 5 percent of criminal cases go to trial – the rest are plea bargained. Most African Americans defendants never get a trial. Most plea bargains consist of promise of a longer sentence if a person exercises their constitutional right to trial. As a result, people caught up in the system, as the American Bar Association points out, plead guilty even when innocent. Why? As one young man told me recently, “Who wouldn’t rather do three years for a crime they didn’t commit than risk twenty-five years for a crime they didn’t do?”

Americans need to wake up; Black Americans need to wake up. People like Ida B. Wells and so many sacrificed so much to push our ethnicity further in a society that routinely took so much from us, while kicking us in our face. The judicial system isn’t different in retrospect from the late 1800’s. The only difference is Black Americans fought harder. After slavery the so called slave class excelled quickly. They opened businesses, became educated, and were rapidly climbing up in society.  The society of that day didn’t like it; that is why Tulsa, Durham, Northern Manhattan, etc  were burned down. The majority of Black people lynched were those who owned land, and businesses. Now I am not saying the same thing to that extent is what is happening now. What I am saying is society hasn’t changed that much. American society still think of Black Americans as violent, non-thinkers, and any other negative trait you can think of. On top of that you have some Black people who think that is true as well. I refuse to be mentally weak and subservient. I know what is going on and talking points from Bill O’reilly, some of my friends, some of my relatives, the media, etc will not detour me. Especially those who haven’t researched these issues, studied the past; I am also optimistic at the same time. The perseverance from Black Americans have been amazing, but it is time for us to re-program ourselves and remember the past so we can create a brighter future.

http://racerelations.about.com/od/historyofracerelations/tp/Examples-Of-Institutional-Racism-In-The-United-States.htm

http://www.div17.org/TAAR/institutionalizedracism.htm

Police Departments: Civil Forfeiture

In many jurisdictions, the money can go to pay for salaries, advanced equipment and other perks. When salaries and perks are on the line, officers have a strong incentive to increase the seizures, as evidenced by an increase in the regularity and size of such seizures in recent years. Asset forfeiture practices often go hand-in-hand with racial profiling and disproportionately impact low-income African-American or Hispanic people who the police decide look suspicious and for whom the arcane process of trying to get one’s property back is an expensive challenge.  ACLU believes that such routine “civil asset forfeiture” puts our civil liberties and property rights under assault, and calls for reform of state and federal civil asset forfeiture laws.

Read more: https://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-reform/civil-asset-forfeiture

 

Emmit J. McHenry and Albert White: Inventor of .Com

In 1979, Emmit McHenry and a few associates start an engineering company name Network Solutions. For 16 years, he and his partners toiled away and built a solid company. They could not get money from the financial institute so they mortgage their properties and max out their credit cards. They were good engineers and got many contracts but the gem within Network Solutions was a contract with the National Science Foundation, which was to create the U.S. Government’s and World first domain name addressing system for the Internet. This was back when the Internet was just a government project, and its commercial potential hadn’t been realized.

Read more: http://www.blackinventions101.com/blackinventors.html

http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/emmit-j-mchenry-38

Years before Google, before tablets, heck, before the Internet was a popular term, and even before the first domain name was offered to the general public, a predominantly African-American team actually once controlled the Internet; or at least your domain access to it.  Few may know it today, but Al White was a vital part of that team and still thinks longingly about those heady days when sink or swim business decisions were made by the minute and when untold amounts of money were within grasp’s reach — if they just could have held out long enough.

http://thegrio.com/2012/06/28/black-founders-of-internet-domain-registry-network-solutions-reminisce-on-racial-barriers-in-tech-sector/

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