Study Shows Deep Racial Divide on How Black, Latino and White Cops View Racial Equality, Police Brutality

Protesters and police officers seemingly have one thing in common, according to a new survey: Both agree that bad cops aren’t held accountable by the police force for poor performance. A recently released Pew Research Center survey conducted by the National Police Research Platform revealed that 72 percent of officers disagreed with the statement that bad cops are held accountable for their poor performance. Just 24 percent of respondents agreed that officers who underperform are held responsible, according to the poll.

The survey, which was conducted in 2016 and involved almost 8,000 police officers from departments across the country, offered a wide collection of data points on police attitudes about their jobs and the communities they work in. One glaring hallmark of the study is the deep racial divide police officers have on issues of Black equality. The study showed that an extremely high concentration of white officers believe that the country has achieved racial equity. According to the study “virtually all white officers (92%), but only 29% of their black colleagues, say that the country has made the changes needed to assure equal rights for blacks.” The views of white officers not only differ from their Black co-workers, but they also are at odds with the greater white population, where only 43 percent of all white adults said no more changes are needed, as measured in the center’s survey of the general public. Statistics also show that 53 percent of Black officers believed their white counterparts are treated much better in their departments/agencies when it comes to assignments and promotions. These views point to a long-held belief that the job experience for Black officers differs even when they try to fit in.

The Pew study also showed a continued racial chasm in the views of police officers over the protest movement that has swept the country over the past three years. Sixty-nine percent of Black officers believed that protesters were in part motivated by the desire to hold police officers responsible for their actions, while a mere 27 percent of white officers agreed that that was the purpose of the protests.

The differing perceptions of police officers by race continued into how they view the high-profile killings of Black people by the police. Seventy-two percent of white officers viewed these encounters as isolated incidents, while 57 percent of Black officers saw the incidents as part of a larger problem with policing. The survey also showed that white officers had a 16 percent higher probability to engage in an altercation with a suspect than Black officers.

The survey further demonstrated how Black and White police officers view the Black communities they are stationed in. Sixty-eight percent of Black officers said the police and community relations within Black communities are negative, while 60% of white and Latino officers believed relations with the Black community are positive. The study suggests that, at times, white officers are oblivious to their actions and the effect those actions have on the communities they patrol. Their concern was only for how it affects them personally. The Pew Research survey showed that the killings do indeed affect officers’ sentiments, but it’s mostly concerning their own safety. After the increased media attention to the recent string of deadly shootings of African-Americans, a majority of law enforcement personnel (86 percent) said they felt the fatal encounters between police and African-Americans have made their jobs harder. Another 93 percent said they’ve become more concerned for their personal safety as a result of high-profile police shootings of Black people.

By Tanasia Kenney/Atlantablackstar
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Speaker Ryan dispatched a security team to block delivery of a massive PP petition

In their first week back on the job, House Speaker Paul Ryan and his non-uterus-having Republican congressmen have announced an extremist effort to defund Planned Parenthood, a healthcare provider used by 1 in 5 American women in their lifetime:

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced last week that Republicans will move to strip all federal funding for Planned Parenthood as part of the process they are using early this year to dismantle Obamacare.
Image: Planned Parenthood via Twitter

Planned Parenthood volunteers lined up  at Speaker Ryan’s office to deliver the signatures of 87,000 men and women who stand with Planned Parenthood. Instead of accepting the petition delivery and moving on with his day, Paul Ryan instead dispatched a team of security. Although he had been greeting other constituents, his office was suddenly closed for business.

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To Boycott or Not to Boycott

A buddy of mine sent me a text about boycotting Black Friday from Nov 24 thru Jan 2….Before I begin my righteous rant I’m not even going to go into the history of Black Friday. If you don’t know the origin of the story by now, you shouldn’t be in the argument or the vicinity thereof. To brief yourself on the subject read Sarah Pruitt’s article What’s the Real History of Black Friday.

I’ve heard every argument for Black Friday and I call bullshit!. Look at it this way, why boycott if you’re pinching pennies to buy your children a gift they really want and you can get that same gift at a fraction of the cost(sorry that makes good financial sense). Doesn’t matter if you purchase your gifts a week before, the retailers are still getting your dollars anyway. Might as well save some coin! The other question, would I boycott…Hell yes! Problem is we’re not ready. We argue for freedom, justice, equality and self- determination. When Kaepernick took a knee we argued about the oppression of the flag and the racist history of the flag and how the United States Constitution wasn’t for you, we weren’t even considered a person. Yet we want to partake in European holiday that had nothing to do with enslaved Africans. Read the “Slave Narratives” how black were treated or mistreated. Some were plotting their escape while others enjoyed the time off in drunkenness. We fight tooth and nail to be a part of “Misgivings Day.”

If we want to get serious about boycotting we have to completely get out of the business of celebrating European holidays. I understand we live in a ready made world but can we not make our personal stamp and create our own belief systems. Think for a second, didn’t we have a truth, a practice or belief system before we were exported here and made to forget that rich history. Read the works of Cheikh Anta Diop, Robin Walker, Ivan Van Sertima,Yosef Alfredo Antonio Ben-Jochannan. Our history is presented to us as slavery to the Civil Rights Movement.

The question remains, what do you want? If you want to boycott from Nov 24 to Jan 2, we can’t partake in “Misgivings Day” by spending it on traditional fare such as turkeys which alone bring in roughly $670 million. If we want self- determination we have to come out from  under the thumb of tradition and be a separate people in order to be taken seriously.

I receive funny looks when I tell people I don’t partake in American holidays especially from white people. It didn’t start out this way but  I’m happier for it. The argument continues to be an economic boycott for justice. We are not a unified group so a massive boycott is not in our best interest. We have to focus on one company. Let’s take Coke for instance, the group that created fat white Santa, Funny, yet true.

Coke doesn’t really spend money with black businesses so lets buy stock and become major stake holders (companies are beholden to share holders). This is called a power play: your money is your voice. We didn’t created the rules but we must play by them at times. We also must fight injustice by voting for those who have a divested interest. We have to chose people we want and back them financially, we also can’t be scared to chose people who look like us. We have to be completely divested and not partake in European holidays, until then I can’t take your boycott seriously. So much more can be added, this was just a primer!

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North Carolina Cop Placed on Leave After Video Shows Him Slamming Teen Onto Floor

A North Carolina police officer captured on video body slamming a high school student has been placed on paid administrative leave, police and school officials said Tuesday. Widely circulated footage shows the officer picking up the female student by her torso and then throwing her down hard onto the floor. The incident stemmed from a…

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Feds, Alabama compromise over driver’s license office closures in black communities

Alabama, a voter ID state, and federal transportation officials have reached a deal after many driver’s license offices that mostly served African-American communities were found to be in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Alabama agreed to expand driver’s license office hours after the US Department of Transportation (DOT) launched an investigation into the closure or reduction of service of 31 part-time offices that were largely in the state’s Black Belt and impoverished rural communities. The announcement came on Wednesday after the DOT determined that the stoppages disproportionately affected black residents.

The closures were announced in September 2015, leading to a DOT investigation that concluded the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) plans would cause “a disparate and adverse impact on the basis of race, in violation of Title V” of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Hill reported.

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Is the CIA editing your newspaper?

Here is a great overview by Ed Jones of why corporate media are the arch-exponents of “fake news”. The media are overwhelming owned and controlled by billionaires and gargantuan corporations, who depend on the support of other corporations for ad revenue, and employ journalists from a narrow, privileged class whose careers depend on maintaining access to elite sources. It would be simply astounding in these circumstamces if we had anything resembling a pluralistic media.

The data concerns UK outlets, but the same principles apply in the US.

One section makes especially disturbing reading. It is the little-discussed matter of the intelligence services’ deep penetration of most western, and in some cases non-western, media organisations. In short, US intelligence services – and to a lesser extent British ones – have for many decades fed information to sympathetic journalists in key positions inside the “free” media, working with them hand in glove. Additionally, the CIA has sought to put its own people into publications to shape directly editorial content and influence public opinion. In some cases, these people may have reached very senior positions.

Nick Davies, of the Guardian, dedicated a whole chapter of his book Flat Earth News to documenting these practices. Strangely, that chapter is rarely mentioned. Journalists who praise the book instead concentrate on his less revealing concept of “churnalism” – journalism compromised by constraints of time and resources.

Jones adds other sources who make much the same point:

Richard Keeble, professor of journalism at the University of Lincoln, … has written on the history of the links between journalists and the intelligence services. … He quotes Roy Greenslade, who has been a media specialist for both the Telegraph and the Guardian [and is a former editor of the Mirror newspaper], as saying: “Most tabloid newspapers – or even newspapers in general – are playthings of MI5 [Britain’s FBI].”

Keeble goes on to say:

Bloch and Fitzgerald, in their examination of covert UK warfare, report the editor of ‘one of Britain’s most distinguished journals’ as believing that more than half its foreign correspondents were on the MI6 payroll [the British equivalent of the CIA – my emphasis]. And in 1991, Richard Norton-Taylor revealed in the Guardian that 500 prominent Britons paid by the CIA and the now defunct Bank of Commerce and Credit International, included 90 journalists.

Keeble has given many more examples in his book chapter of the intelligence services infiltrating the media and changing the politics of the time, including around the miners strikes and Arthur Scargill in the 1980s and during the lead-up to the Iraq war in 2003. …

David Leigh, former investigations editor of The Guardian, wrote about a series of instances in which the secret services manipulated prominent journalists. He claims reporters are routinely approached and manipulated by intelligence agents and identifies three ways – providing examples for each in his article – in which they do it:

• They attempt to recruit journalists to spy on other people or themselves attempt to go under journalistic “cover.”

• They allow intelligence officers to pose as journalists “to write tendentious articles under false names.”

• And “the most malicious form”: they plant intelligence agency propaganda stories on willing journalists who disguise their origin from readers.

Remember that those who should be exposing the intelligence services’ manipulation of the mainstream media are the very same mainstream media that are already compromised. In other words, this story of systematic “fake news” planted by our intelligence services is almost impossible for the media to tell because it would expose a very uncomfortable reality: that they are not, as they claim, watchdogs on power, but rather the lapdogs of the powerful.

If all this still seems hard to believe, please watch this video of a senior German journalist admitting that he was recruited by the US intelligence services (h/t Antonio Nascimento). Udo Ulfkotte covered the Middle East for the Frankfurter Allgemeine for 12 years, and says he regularly acted as a conduit for CIA propaganda. He adds that many of his colleagues were doing the same, willingly promoting CIA disinformation.

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A disappointing end for McCrory

We send our coldest regards to the puppet(the ineffectual man) 

It was the Last Roundup for Pat McCrory, a governor with a blank slate of a record who was ignored and disrespected even by his fellow Republicans in the General Assembly for his four years in office. But the governor had one final chance to redeem his pride and demonstrate strength and statesmanship.

He failed.

In signing two bills that outrageously take away appointive powers and other authority that resides in the governor’s office, McCrory rolled over. And in the process, the more he kept trying to explain himself, the worse he looked.

The bills, courtesy of the GOP leaders in the General Assembly, shift some appointive power away from the governor’s office, and require that Gov.-elect Roy Cooper’s Cabinet appointees be approved by the Senate. The state superintendent of public instruction, now to be 33-year-old Republican Mark Johnson, will have new powers over public education. And Cooper will have fewer than one-third the patronage appointments McCrory had.

This disgraceful overreach by GOP lawmakers is for one reason: Cooper is a Democrat, and he is a strong leader who upended McCrory’s re-election in a year when Republicans got the presidency and voters returned U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, whose record is lackluster, to Congress for a third term. McCrory was the sore thumb among Republicans, and legislative leaders fear Cooper’s political skills. So with the excuse that Democrats once took powers from Republican leaders — true, but not on this scale — they proceeded to walk all over the separation of powers principle of democratic government.

Ironically, of course, this governor once got help from former Gov. Jim Martin, a Republican, and former Gov. Jim Hunt, a Democrat, to defend the powers of the governor. McCrory successfully battled legislative leaders over the constitutionality of lawmakers’ creation of some independent commissions. Both Martin and Hunt agreed the maneuvers were illegal.

Even as he signed off on the bills curbing Cooper’s rightful authority, McCrory seemed to want it both ways. He said, for example, that he thought the provisions to make Cooper’s Cabinet go through the Senate was “wrong and short-sighted.” He said the issue needed to be resolved by the legislature and the governor-elect, as if that would be remotely possible. And then he signed the bills anyway.

The governor, as if to show his strength, also tried to take credit for stopping Republican lawmakers from “packing” the state Supreme Court with two additional judges to counter the Democratic majority that will exist after the swearing in of Mike Morgan to replace Republican Bob Edmunds. There are two problems with the governor’s claim: the head of the state Republican Party ridiculed the media for reporting the possible move to pack the court because the issue was non-existent, and GOP leaders themselves put down the story. McCrory just gave them up and proved that there was indeed talk of such a move.

McCrory could have vetoed the bills, whereupon he would have been overridden. But at least he would have made a stand for the separation of powers to protect the authority of his successors. But once again and for a final time, the governor failed a test of leadership.

By Chris Seward/News&Observer

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