Why Bill Cosby Crimes Shouldn’t Be Explained Away

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Bill Cosby will not face criminal charges for two of his alleged rapes. This still does not mean he is innocent and it definitely does not mean that he needs the support of the Black community. Since Bill Cosby was arrested people left and right have questioned whether or not he committed the crimes, the morality of the victims, and furthermore blamed everything on the fact that Bill Cosby was a successful Black man.

For decades, Bill Cosby was a pillar in the Black community. He had a statue in Disney World, several honorary degrees, and always had commentary on what the Black community was doing wrong. Now, all of that is gone and finally his crimes against women are recognized.

Over 50 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Several comedians have come forward and said that they’ve always known that Bill Cosby was a rapist. However, there are still individuals in the industry who would rather deny the validity of the victims’ stories so that can redeem Cosby by hearing his side of the story.

They believe that this is a part of a conspiracy to bring down a strong Black man. He is not the man that we need to rally behind. There are other Black men and women who are victims of true crimes that the media is too quick to forget. Trying to explain away Bill Cosby’s crimes does nothing for the Black community. Not everyone is saint. Every community has its monsters masquerading as saviors. Bill Cosby needs to face punishment for his crimes without being protected by the Black community.

The Lesson We’ve Learned from the “Affluneza” Teen

 

On Wednesday December 30th, the “affluneza teen”, Ethan Couch, and his mother will be brought back to the United States. This of course happened after he and his mother fled to Mexico. Now captured, the question everyone is asking—Will they finally face punishment for their atrocious crimes?

Back in 2013, Ethan Couch killed four innocent civilians while driving drunk. At the time of this accident, Ethan was 16 and sentenced to 10 years of probation. Why such a light sentencing for such a serious crime? Well Ethan was not responsible for his actions because he suffered from affluenza, a disease of the privileged. He was never told right from wrong and got everything he ever wanted.  He went to rehab; however for Ethan, probation was only a suggestion and he fled to Mexico with his mother.

It’s no surprise that Ethan did not stay. His reason for fleeing is the same reason that Lindsay Lohan can have multiple counts of drunk driving and still have a career. Money talks louder than rulebooks—also you have to have the right complexion for protection.

Ethan is a rich white male in America. The law was made for him. But for the rest of us, our lives are in constant danger and our rights are denied. This story of Ethan and his gross disrespect for human life and law is not unique to him. It is the story of several privileged millennials who believe that they are above the law.

In 2016, people need to take responsibility for their actions. Ignoring the issues of race and privileged has created a society where Black lives are lost, no longer protected, and not wanted. When we compare Black teens such as Tamir Rice, Emmett Till, or Trayvon Martin to Ethan Couch, what we see is a hatred and disregard for Black lives. Our lawful society would rather have a rich teen that is responsible for killing four people than our innocent Black teenagers.

The privileged are staying privileged. The rest of us are not. If society continues on this course, then the separation between the races, the rich, and the poor will only continue growing. There’s a virus haunting America and it’s been living with us for centuries. This virus is killing innocent Black men and women, and if we stay silent about our outrage, then we will continue dying.

 

Spring Valley, SC and the School to Prison Pipeline of Black girls

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The video of  Ben Fields assaulting a young black student at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina is disgusting to watch as a young black student is being slammed and flipped over out of her desk. The hard reality is the place that students go on to pursue their aspirations and dreams to contribute to their country violate their basic civil liberties and becomes a pipeline to prison.This video was an example of the School to Prison Pipeline of  Black Girls. The officer there, Officer Ben Fields was a School Resource Officer. After Columbine, the influx of school resource officers in schools began happening in the early 2000. Since the zero tolerance policy has been enacted the policy by federal government was used to punish any infraction of a rule, regardless of accidental mistakes or ignorance in schools.During that time, the number of officers in schools arose from 9,000 to 400,000 SROs.

The sad thing is that the young lady was living in foster care after her mother had passed away. Statistics show that children out of foster care have a higher than likely chance to be at-risk youth and that young girl certainly was that at the moment, vulnerable and probably pissed at the world that she has to live under her conditions for the use of force to be used over a cell phone. The zero tolerance culture dominates as result of that policy that Instituted the cell phone bans, there has been more police in schools.Kimberly Crenshaw and the African American policy form have already pointed out the way that black girls are routinely pushed out of “education” due to the School to Prison Pipeline.When a student from a predominantly white neighborhood is discipline they go through all procedural steps in order to not criminalize that young student, on the other hand African American students get disciplinary action given to them based off of talking back or their attitude. These instances have caused higher suspension rates particularly among those of color and treating black kids like prisoners. When white middle class students are throwing chairs at a teacher the calm the situation down. Mass shooters of schools and churches are often racist and hate women such as the shooting in the state South Carolina.

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There have  been too many recent encounters that  black people are having to deal with as a result of police brutality such as in Baltimore, Maryland and Ferguson, Missouri. I don’d believe in respectability politics when it comes to talking about civil rights or micro-aggression because if that’s the case if a man feels as though his wife disrespected him and he slapped her does that give him a ride to put his hands on her?NO so miss me when you say “if you would just pull up your pants” ,analogy, “then the officers would have taking you seriously”… therefore you would have gotten shot at?!.Kidding me. That’s what’s going on with this little girl in South Carolina and The School to Prison Pipeline is particularly high in our communities.You have to look at the intersectionality of race, class, and gender. Women face high rates of domestic violence and it’s mixed in with rape culture. Sexual assault on campus often go unresolved. If this was a white female student would he have reprimanded her they way he did the young lady in the video?
There is a long history of criminalizing black people and I do believe that this officer was doing just that.As a southern State that fought to take down a symbol of hatred and go through a mass shooting in Charleston in which nine people were gunned down during church service.South Carolina has a major past of racial hatred. There is no justification for officer Fields to have done this and was improper protocol his procedures. Perhaps we should have waited for the story to turn into her being to death the way Eric Garner was choked to death in New York City by NYPD because he has improperly arrested. This young lady deserves justice for her body being dragged across a room and sustaining scars physically, psychologically, and to those young black, queer,straight, gay, lesbian, bi , cis, trans non-conforming women that experienced this in silence.

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What Too Street Really Means


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The successor of the James Bond series, Anthony Horowitz announced that he felt Idris Elba was too “street” to play James Bond. Horowitz even presented another Black actor who he felt was a little less street. After learning that Idris was too “street”, I was left wondering what in the world it meant for someone to be too “street”. Street has never been the adjective that I’ve used to describe Idris Elba. Too handsome—yes. Too talented—of course. Too street—nope. My first introduction to Idris Elba was when he played the prick boss in the U. S version of The Office.

In the quest to discover whether Idris was too “street”, I went into Idris’ filmography. Perhaps in the all the films and television shows that he’s been in, Idris has only played Street Guy Number 1. So far in his career, he’s played a general, Nelson Mandela, a detective, a dedicated husband, a hustler, and he’s the voice of a doctor in the sequel to Finding Nemo.

Idris has also played a con man, a psychotic home intruder, and a tormented DCI. Idris has been acting since 1994. He’s a talented chameleon with the ability to transform into any person that the movie or television show demands. I’m pretty sure that Idris would be able to play Bond. Let’s not forget that the original Bond wasn’t the best character: he was an alcoholic who slapped women.

I suppose in a lot of his movies and television shows Idris has walked on several streets. Maybe that has qualified him as being too “street”. When you start to read between the lines of Horowitz’s statement, which he has since apologized for, you realize that too “street” is an outdated code for Idris’ blackness.  Horowitz has a certain image that he believes Bond should have. It’s fine to believe there’s someone else better suited for the role; however, using the adjective of too “street” is insulting to Idris and his capabilities as an actor.

What do you think is Idris too street or is he the perfect Bond of your dreams?

“I’m no longer afraid” 35 women tell Their stories on being assaulted by Bill Cosby

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There are 46 women who have come forward and have spoken out on the sexual assault they encountered by Bill Cosby. The 35 women in the New York Magazine cover are the ones who were willing to be photographed and interviewed. On the post cover one chair is left empty for the ones that have not come forward publicly. Continue reading ““I’m no longer afraid” 35 women tell Their stories on being assaulted by Bill Cosby”

What happened to Sandra Bland? Demand Justice for Sandra Bland

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Sandra Bland of Illinois was found dead in a Texas jail cell after she was arrested during a traffic stop.

Sandra, 28, was stopped by a Texas state trooper on Friday, July 10 and found dead at the Waller County, Texas, jail on Monday, July 13 the Chicago Tribune reports. The Texas authorities say Sandra Bland died by suicide, but her family and friends don’t believe that is the case Continue reading “What happened to Sandra Bland? Demand Justice for Sandra Bland”

Meek Mills warns Donald Trump about El Chapo

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Donald Trump has gained intense public scrutiny because of his statements about Mexican immigrants being “criminals” and “rapists” during his Republican campaign opening speech. Continue reading “Meek Mills warns Donald Trump about El Chapo”