What Happened to Sandra Bland?

Sadly, as I celebrate my birthday today I must also join my sisters in mourning the loss of another Sigma sister. We don’t yet know what happened to her in that jail cell, but she shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

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Black women are stuck between a place of activism and complacence, each rooted in fear. Who will fight for you? Yes, the minute you speak up for your rights, you are at risk. But what risk is greater? Speaking up, or staying silent and allowing your rights to disappear?

#SandySpeaks #WhatHappenedToSandraBland

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Anthony Mackie Believes AA Oscar Snubs Are Legitimate

Anthony Mackie is not surprised by Selma’s Oscar snub, mainly because people are tired of talking about race.

The statement below speaks volumes about the image of Black men in media:

“Like my nephew wanted to grow dreadlocks. I’m like fine, I’ll sit you down and I’ll watch The First 48 with you and everybody you see on that show, that’s doing something wrong, they’re black dudes with dreadlocks. So, do you want to be seen as part of the problem or do you want to be an individual?”

“Let’s just say you have locks and you walking down the street. The police pull you over and say you fit the description of somebody.  You start yelling and arguing with the cops. Next thing you know you pressed up against the wall going to jail for something you’re not even involved in just because you look like somebody and you don’t know how to handle yourself,” Mackie said.”

Read the full article here.

Police investigating shots fired at Castleton Square Mall | Fox 59

I am concerned about the use of social media intelligence in criminal cases.

How accurate is social media? Is it an extension of human reality?

What happens to the traditional burden of proof set forth by law? In this age of hacking, failing to log out, and lost devices, how can a prosecutor say they were convinced ‘beyond a reasonable doubt” that a defendant committed a crime based on social media intelligence?

http://fox59.com/2015/01/03/police-investigating-shots-fired-at-castleton-square-mall/

In Defense of the Hoodie

I always thought scapegoating was stupid.

Blame the hoodie, not the thief.
Blame the hoodie, not the shooter.
Blame the hoodie, not racist police.
Blame the hoodie, not prejudiced society.

Now here we are, making laws against articles of clothing, hoping to deter crime. Blacks are not the only race of people to wear hoodies, but maybe they are the most dangerous and intimidating race of people to ever wear hoods on American soil.

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Image courtesy of KuKlosKnights.com http://kuklosknights.com/forsale3.htm

It is one thing for business owners to ban hoodies from their establishments for private fear of what clothing can do. It is another for congressmen to draft legislation to protect its constituents from an article of clothing.

People who wear hoodies aren’t always criminals. Hoodies are comfortable components of my wardrobe. I am wearing one as I write this.

Despite the negative reputation hoodies have obtained over time, hoodies have physically harmed no one.

Things like this incite unwarranted fear of hoodies.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/01/03/3607687/oklahoma-hoodie-ban/

Dame Dash Details Experience Selling Crack | HipHopDX Mobile

I love how Dame Dash chooses to speak on the business aspects of his former drug-dealing days rather than glorify the violence. The economic decisions he had to make are similar to choices being made by young men today. Social circumstances have not improved since Dame Dash’s first job. Things may have actually become worse…

http://www.hiphopdx.com/m/index.php?s=news&id=30152