Saturday, December 19th 9:00PM Eastern/ 6:00PM Pacific
It likely would have been expecting too much to have consecutive weeks of enforcement officers being convicted of terrorizing black people. A week after Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty in Oklahoma, the first of six trials against the Baltimore, Maryland officers accused of killing Freddie Gray concluded in a mistrial. There’s no conclusion on when – or if – a re-trial will be scheduled or how this will impact the five pending trials. In Chicago, Illinois officer Jason Van Dyke was indicted for the murder of 17-year-old Laquan MacDonald; he’ll be arraigned later this month. Whites are spewing tremendous rhetoric about improving the criminal justice system as a result of these cases; in New York they indicated alterations to the practice of solitary confinement – they did not commit to eliminating the practice. Beyond their highfalutin words, pathological White patterns and practices remain. A Northern California prison was indicted for an “entrenched culture” of Racism and violence that one victim described as having a “KKK… feeling”. On a good note, Serena Williams was branded the 2015 Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated. Many White Supremacists were enraged that the black tennis titan won the award over a horse. More tellingly, Sports Illustrated connected the achievement to Williams’ decision to forgive and forget by returning to Indian Wells for the first time since a 2001 display of tackiness and Racism from thousands of White spectators.
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