Three New York City police officers will learn their fate Friday in a case over the shooting of an unarmed black man outside a nightclub on the morning of his wedding. The city is bracing for protests if the officers are acquitted. (April 25)
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
The justice system "let me down," Nicole Paultre-Bell said Saturday, a day after a not-guilty verdict for three New York City police officers charged in the killing of her fiance, Sean Bell.
"April 25, 2008, they killed Sean all over again," Paultre-Bell told about 250 supporters at the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network headquarters in Harlem, her first public comments since the verdict. She shared the stage with Bell's parents and Joseph Guzman, who was with Bell, 23, at the time of the shooting in November 2006. Paultre-Bell thanked those at the rally for their support. "It's still not over," she said. "Every march, every rally, I'm going to be right up front." Also Saturday, Reps. Gregory W. Meeks and Charles B. Rangel as well as other elected officials called for a federal civil rights review of the case. State Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Cooperman in Queens on Friday acquitted Dets. Michael Oliver and Gescard Isnora of manslaughter charges and Det. Marc Cooper of reckless endangerment. The three officers fired a total of 50 bullets.Cooperman said prosecution witnesses, including Bell's friends, contradicted one another so much that their testimony "had the effect of eviscerating" their credibility. The officers testified that they thought there was a gun in Bell's car before he was shot early Nov. 25, 2006, outside a Queens strip club -- just hours before he was to marry. No weapon was found. The shock of Friday's verdict hadn't subsided by Saturday morning. Bell's father, William Bell, asked the crowd at the rally, "Is this 1955 Alabama? Somebody has to answer that for me." Valerie Bell, Sean's mother, told the crowd that she didn't go through labor pains when her son was born because she had a C-section. But on Friday, she said, "that's when the pain started, and it was in my heart." Sharpton continued to rail against Cooperman's verdict, calling the ruling the worst attack on crime victims he'd ever heard of. He announced he would meet Tuesday with leaders of Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union to plan massive civil disobedience and that he would amplify calls for a Department of Justice review. Church, community and union leaders will meet to "plan the day that we who are calling for justice will close this city down," Sharpton said. People in the crowd cheered and chanted, "Shut it down!" The Bell case has been likened to the 1999 police shooting in the Bronx of Amadou Diallo, an African immigrant who was reaching for his cellphone when officers, mistaking it for a gun, fired 41 bullets. A judge acquitted the four officers, prompting widespread and violent protests in the city.
City Reacts to Verdict in the Sean Bell's Case
Friday, April 25, 2008
Here's more on the travesty
NYPD officers cleared in killing; rights leaders want probe
By TOM HAYS
NEW YORK - Civil rights leaders demanded a federal investigation and vowed to march through the streets in protest after three police officers were cleared of all charges Friday in the killing of an unarmed man cut down in a hail of 50 bullets on his wedding day.
The verdict by Justice Arthur Cooperman elicited gasps as well as tears of joy and sorrow. Detective Michael Oliver, who fired 31 of the shots, wept at the defense table, while the mother of victim Sean Bell cried in the packed courtroom. Shouts of "Murderers! Murderers!" and "KKK!" rang out on the courthouse steps.
Bell, a 23-year-old black man, was killed outside a seedy strip club in Queens in 2006 as he was leaving his bachelor party with two friends. The officers — undercover detectives who were investigating reports of prostitution at the club — said they thought one of the men had a gun.
The slaying heightened tensions in the city and stoked long-standing allegations of racism and excessive use of force on the part of New York City's police, even though two of the officers charged are black.
In announcing his verdict in the non-jury trial, the judge said that the inconsistent testimony, courtroom demeanor and rap sheets of the prosecution witnesses — mainly Bell's friends — "had the effect of eviscerating" their credibility.
"At times, the testimony just didn't make sense," the judge said.
Police had assigned extra officers to the courthouse and had helicopters in the air to help deal with any unrest. But within an hour, the angry, weeping crowd of about 200 people outside the courthouse had scattered, and despite a few scuffles, no arrests were made.
Oliver and Gescard Isnora were acquitted of charges that included manslaughter, assault and reckless endangerment. The third officer, Marc Cooper, faced lesser charges.
The verdict does not entirely resolve issues surrounding the case.
After the verdict, the U.S. attorney's office said it will look into the case and "take appropriate action if the evidence indicates a prosecutable violation of federal criminal civil rights statutes."
In addition, relatives of the victims have sued the city, and those cases could either go to trial or be settled out of court with the potential for multimillion-dollar payouts.
Also, the officers, who had been on paid leave, still face possible departmental charges that could result in their firing. While the judge found that the officers' behavior was not criminal, he added, "Questions of carelessness and incompetence must be left to other forums."
The officers appeared somber later at a news conference. Each called the verdict fair. One apologized.
"I'd like to say sorry to the Bell family for the tragedy," Cooper said.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who represents Bell's family, demanded a federal investigation.
"This verdict is one round down, but the fight is far from over," the civil rights leader said on his radio show. He said he is organizing "economic withdrawal" and "civil disobedience" that could involve going to jail and marching on Wall Street, at the judge's house and at police headquarters.
"We are going to close the city down in a nonviolent, effective way," Sharpton said. "We're going to hit the pocketbooks. We're going to let you know that we are not going to be in any way diverted from exercising our civil rights."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said: "We don't expect any violence, nor is there any place for it."
The officers had complained that pretrial publicity had unfairly painted them as cold-blooded killers. They opted to have the judge instead of a jury decide the case, a strategy that appeared to pay off.
District Attorney Richard Brown said that despite losing the case, prosecutors had "revealed significant deficiencies" in police tactics that need "prompt and serious attention."
The case brought back painful memories of other New York police shootings, such as the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo, an African immigrant who was gunned down in a barrage of 41 bullets by police officers who mistook his wallet for a gun. The acquittal of the officers in that case led to days of protests, with hundreds arrested.
"An ugly pattern is emerging in New York," the Rev. Jesse Jackson said in Chicago after Friday's verdict. "This was a massacre. This was not a shootout. And the U.S. attorney general must give America the assurance that we all have equal protection under the law,"
The nearly two-month trial was marked by deeply divergent accounts of the night.
The defense painted the victims as drunken thugs who the officers believed were armed and dangerous. Prosecutors sought to convince the judge that the victims had been minding their own business, and that the officers were inept, trigger-happy cowboys.
Bell's companions — Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman — were both wounded; Guzman still has four bullets lodged in his body. Both testified. Guzman, a burly ex-convict, grew combative during cross-examination, and said of Isnora: "This dude is shooting like he's crazy, like he's out of his mind."
None of the officers took the stand. Instead, the judge heard transcripts of the officers telling a grand jury that they believed they had good reason to use deadly force.
The officers said that as the club closed around 4 a.m., they heard Guzman say, "Yo, go get my gun" — something Bell's friends denied.
Isnora claimed that after he warned the men to halt, Bell pulled away in his car, bumped him and rammed an unmarked police van that converged on the scene. The detective also said Guzman made a sudden move as if he were reaching for a gun.
Benefield and Guzman testified that there were no orders from the police.
With tires screeching, glass breaking and bullets flying, the officers said they believed they were the ones under fire. Oliver responded by emptying his semiautomatic pistol, reloading, and emptying it again. Isnora fired 11 rounds, and Cooper four. Two other officers who fired weren't charged.
When the smoke had cleared, there was no weapon inside Bell's blood-splattered car.
Limbaugh's comments on his syndicated show Wednesday prompted Mayor John Hickenlooper to say: 'Anyone who would call for riots in an American city has clearly lost their bearings.'"
Justice Cooperman delivered the verdict in State Supreme Court at 9 a.m. Describing the evidence, he said it was reasonable for the detectives to fear that someone in the crowd that night carried a gun. He added that many of the prosecution’s witnesses, including Mr. Bell’s friends and the two wounded victims, were simply not believable. “At times, the testimony of those witnesses just didn’t make sense,” the judge said."
NYPD Internal Memo
From NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond W Kelly
Title: Shooting blacks and getting away with it.
Now shooting blacks, oops I mean African Americans is not only fun but part of your duties as a member of the NYPD.That being said there are a few rules that must be followed:
* Keep number of shots under 50. NY judges and juries seem to think that's the cutoff for shooting one man so do yourself a favor and don't try shooting someone 51 times. That might raise a few eyebrows.
* Make sure you kill the innocent victim. That makes it much easier to get off since it's your word against his. No one misses a dead nigger, except maybe his nigger family.
* Don't worry about showing your badge or identifying yourself. I mean if you let them know you are a cop they might follow your instructions and then who would you get to shoot?
* Immediately find out if the victim has a criminal past. If he does it does not matter if he was saving babies from a burning building when you shot him white juries and judges will always give you the benefit of the doubt.
* Last but not least keep your damned mouth shut and use the allotted time given you before you have to explain what happened. This time is used for your PBA lawyers to tell you what happened and how you will tell the investigators your story. DO AS TOLD.
* If you follow these rules you may loose your job but you wont go to jail. After you get fired you can join the New York Fire Department. The best part about that is that there are no blacks there.That's it girls and boys.
Now go shoot us a nigger. Thank you.
If there was ever a child who should be an icon for Stop Child Abuse, then Ciara should be it. Watch her tragic story, and then go hug your loved ones. I had ony 4 photos of Ciara to work with, but I think you will get the message. The background music is "Strange Way" by Firefall. Her tragedy should never be repeated, - KWH
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
In northeastern Ohio, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History has received a letter from Odawa Indians requesting the return of two wooden ceremonial bowls. The Cleveland Museum of Art is talking with Italian authorities who want several antiquities returned."
Friday, April 18, 2008
Below is a look at local athletes and others the FBI says have received hate mail from Pepper Pike resident David Tuason, who was charged earlier this month. Prosecutors said he threatened to kill or maim them. Nearly all were black men who dated white women or were children of interracial couples. Ollie Thomas, who is black, believes he was targeted because he ran for class president at Mentor High.
Mentor High School track athlete
Received: Around May 30, 2003.
Thomas ran track at Mentor but was in the news more in May 2003 because of the school's controversial senior class president election, an election filled with accusations of ballot-stuffing and racial discrimination. It resulted in co-presidency at the predominantly white school between Thomas and Bob Kinner.
Supreme Court Justice
Received: Around July 25, 2003.
Thomas is married to a white woman.
Former Kent State women's
Received: Around April 14, 2007.
Photo of Peoples with her parents, an interracial couple, appeared in The Plain Dealer on Dec. 12, 2006, accompanying a story about the basketball player transferring to Kent State.
Revere High School girls
Received: Around Oct. 10, 2007.
Nance is the daughter of former Cavaliers player Larry Nance, who is black, and Jaynee Nance, who is white. A story and picture of Nance about her decision to play for the University of Dayton appeared in The Plain Dealer on Sept. 28, 2007.
Received: Around Feb. 4, 2008.
Jarreau married a white woman.
Received: Around Feb. 6, 2008.
Seal is married to model Heidi Klum, who is white.
Strongsville High School football player
Received: Around March 3, 2008.
Woods, who is biracial, is often in the news for his athletic achievements. The Cincinnati recruit was pictured with stories on the cover of The Plain Dealer's Sports section and Locker Room section in February.
Tuason is also suspected of sending letters to the following people:
ST. IGNATIUS SOCCER TEAM
Barry Rice and Justin Morrow
Received: Nov. 30, 2004.
Both Rice and Morrow, who are black, were pictured with their Homecoming dates, who were white, in The Plain Dealer's Locker Room section on Nov. 18, 2004.
ST. EDWARD HIGH SCHOOL
Unspecified athletes or students
Received: Dec. 2, 2004.
Miami Dolphins defensive lineman and former Akron player
Taylor married a white woman.
New York Yankees shortstop
Jeter is biracial.
Diggs married a white woman.
SOURCES: FBI, indictment,
Plain Dealer research.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Author: HENRY EICHEL, Staff Writer
* Staff writers GREG BARRETT, KATHLEEN MCCLAIN and DAVID PERLMUTT
ALLENDALE, S.C. :
Nearly four years before he was charged with killing 10 Charlotte women, Henry Louis Wallace escaped prosecution for sexually assaulting at least three women in South Carolina, authorities said Tuesday.
Lack of evidence, lenient prosecution and overburdened courts left Wallace, a convicted felon still on probation, a free man until this week.
On Tuesday, Barnwell County authorities charged Wallace with murdering Tashanda Bethea, 18, by strangling her and pushing her body into a pond. Wallace confessed to the March 1990 slaying on Monday, Sheriff Joey Zorn said.
Zorn said Wallace was ``our No. 1 suspect'' at the time of Bethea's murder, but was not arrested because of a lack of evidence.
The day after Bethea's body was found, on April 1, 1990, Wallace was arrested and charged with the attempted rape of a 16-year-old Barnwell girl.
He was never prosecuted. Instead, 14th Circuit Solicitor Randolph Murdaugh III allowed Wallace to enter a program normally reserved for first-time, nonviolent offenders.
In 1992, Wallace was also charged in Rock Hill with raping a teenage acquaintance at gunpoint. Buried in a backlog of other cases, those charges still haven't come to court.
On Tuesday, as Wallace made his first court appearance in Charlotte, the 28-year-old restaurant cook was also questioned in the 1987 murder of an Allendale, S.C., woman.
His appearance in Mecklenburg District Court touched off anguished sobs from the sisters of one of the women he's accused of killing.
At the sight of Wallace in an orange jail jumpsuit, hands cuffed behind his back, Virginia Adams cried,''Oh, Jesus!'' and rocked forward, sobbing. Wallace has been charged with murdering Adams' sister, Caroline Love, and 10 other women.
After District Judge David Cayer said he would appoint a public defender. A probable cause hearing was set for April 6.
Wallace, already on supervised probation for S.C. larceny and burglary convictions, had missed meetings with his Charlotte probation officer, said N.C. probation and parole branch manager George Pettigrew. Wallace had served 3-1/2 months in a state prison in Allendale on those charges.
It was in Allendale that Wallace was first charged with a sexual assault.
Allendale Police Chief J.H. Grant said a 16-year-old girl and Wallace were on a date March 31, 1990. After visiting two Allendale nightclubs where Wallace bought beer for the girl, Grant said he drove her to a motel.
According to an Allendale police report, ``(The) suspect grabbed her and knocked her to the bed and tried to disrobe her. During the struggle, victim alleges suspect produced a weapon and pointed it at her head, saying they had to make love. Victim kept on screaming. Finally, suspect took victim home. . . . ``
The girl's mother swore out an arrest warrant, Grant said. Wallace was arrested in Barnwell on April 2, 1990, and spent at least eight days in jail before being released on bond.
Wallace was charged with assault with intent to have sex with a minor female. But court records show he was allowed to enter the Pre-Trial Intervention program designed for nonviolent, first-time offenders.
That happened despite the violent nature of the assault charge, Wallace's 1988 burglary conviction, the fact that he was already a suspect in Bethea's murder and his failure to show up for trial in October 1990.
Even though Wallace never completed the required counseling sessions and community service necessary to avoid prosecution under the PTI program, he still was never prosecuted, records show.
``I'll be damned if I can remember'' why Wallace was never prosecuted, Murdaugh, the circuit solicitor, said Tuesday. ``I have 6,000 cases a year coming through my office.''
The day before Wallace's arrest in that incident, on April 1, 1990, two fishermen in western Barnwell County found the body of Tashanda Bethea.
Barnwell Sheriff Zorn said Wallace quickly became the prime suspect because witnesses had seen Bethea with him shortly before she disappeared on March 18 - and also because Wallace was in jail in Allendale on the attempted sexual assault charge.
Investigators found no physical evidence, and Wallace denied any involvement in the murder.
But during a 90-minute taped session with Zorn and one of his deputies late Monday afternoon, the sheriff said, Wallace admitted killing Bethea ``down to the fine details.''
Zorn said Wallace appeared relaxed and eager to talk. Wallace told him he was confessing ``to give something back to the family'' of the victim.
According to Zorn, Wallace described what happened this way:
He was driving in downtown Barnwell shortly after dark when he saw Bethea walking along the street and offered her a ride. He drove 8 miles west of town and pulled onto a dirt road near the pond, and told her ``this is where you get out.''
Outside the car, he took a .357 Magnum pistol from his pocket and threatened her with it. They had sex, and he asked her if she planned to tell anyone and she said yes.
He then put her in a choke hold from behind, rendering her unconscious but still alive.
He put her in the backseat of his car and drove about two-tenths of a mile and again took her from the car. As Bethea regained consciousness, Wallace again choked her, cut her throat and wrists with a box-cutting knife, dragged her into the pond and watched her sink.
Wallace washed and vacuumed his car to erase evidence.
Allendale police Officer Demetrious Davis, who said he has known Wallace for years and played basketball with him, assisted in Grant's interrogation of Wallace. He asked Wallace, ``Henry, were you able to sleep at night?'' Wallace replied, ``Off and on.''
Meanwhile Tuesday, Grant said he has developed evidence linking Wallace with yet another murder. Grant said he will travel to Charlotte today to question Wallace in the May 1987 murder of Pernetta Riddle, 22, of Allendale.
Riddle was raped, and she was strangled with one of her headbands, which matched the way some Charlotte women died, Grant said.
Since then, Grant said he has established that Wallace, who was home on leave from the Navy then, was in Allendale around that time. Grant said that physical evidence from the crime scene, on which he wouldn't elaborate, now leads him to suspect Wallace.
Caption:Photo by the Associated Press: Emotional day: Kathy Love (center) is consoled by friends and family as she leaves the courtroom in tears Tuesday after a first appearance there by Henry Louis Wallace. Wallace is charged with killing Love's sister, Caroline Love.photo
Monday, April 14, 2008
The discussion was disturbing. Chicagoans and Native Americans alike should be alarmed. One of the big issues discussed week was the transportation of radioactive waste to Yucca Mountain, if the site receives the approval being sought by the DOE from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission."
A board covering a shattered window in the Boys and Girls Club on Main Street, the charred shell of a nearby house, its roof and second story mostly burned away suggest a waning sense of pride in the place.
McLaughlin, on the Standing Rock reservation in north-central South Dakota, is becoming less like home and more like the midway at a criminals' carnival.
South Dakota's reservations have seen an explosion of juvenile and drug-related crime in recent years, the result of a system where offenders see no officers to arrest them, no means to get them to court and no place to put them if convicted.
Efforts to deal with the problem are stymied by a lack of money, complicated jurisdiction laws and sovereignty issues.
Everybody, it seems, has a story about crime."
Home to some 50,000 indigenous people from four different ethnic groups – the Kogi, Wiwa, Arhuaco and Kakuamo, all descendants of the Tayronas - the Sierra Nevada is the the world’s tallest coastal mountain range and one of the world’s most unique ecosystems."
Sad, lonely men who cannot be happy without putting down other people. I wish they get a life and stop telling people what to do or threaten others with physical harm.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Hat tip: LetsTalkSeriously regarding the man who wrote hateful letters to Black celebrities in IRs:
Feds: Man threatens black celebrities
By MEGHAN BARR, Associated Press Writer Thu Apr 10, 2:16 AM ET
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio man has been indicted on charges that he threatened to blow up the U.S. Supreme Court and attack black men, including a justice on the court, according to an indictment filed Wednesday.
David Tuason, 46, targeted black men known to affiliate with white women, well-known white women who had relationships with black men, and children of mixed-race parents, federal authorities said.
Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg confirmed that a threat was made against Clarence Thomas but refused further comment. Thomas is the only black justice on the court.
FBI spokesman Scott Wilson declined to name those targeted, citing privacy issues. He would not specify whether Tuason attempted to carry out attacks. The threats began in Cleveland and branched out across the nation, Wilson said.
Wilson said Tuason sent the communications as far back as 20 years and that the threats were sent to places where the targets worked or may have attended functions.
"It's been a very long, enduring case," Wilson said. "Basically it's a case we never gave up on."
An message seeking comment was left after-hours Wednesday at the Cleveland office of Federal Public Defender Dennis Terez, who authorities say is representing Tuason.
According to the indictment, Tuason sent a letter to the Supreme Court building in July 2003 in which he threatened to blow it up. The letter was addressed to an associate justice of the court referred to as "CT."
Tuason claimed "CT" would be "castrated, shot or set on fire...I want him killed."
The letter contained several racially charged remarks.
The indictment says letters were also sent to several Ohio sites, including the Kent State University women's basketball team, several Ohio high schools and the Severance Hall home of the Cleveland Orchestra.
The earliest letter was sent to a high school track team in Mentor in May 2003, according to the document. The most recent threat, to a high school football team in Strongsville, was mailed March 3, according to the indictment.
Investigators said Tuason also sent threatening e-mails to office personnel at Jordache Enterprises.
The threats he's accused of are mostly alike, promising physical violence against black men associated with white women.
Tuason, of Pepper Pike, Ohio, was indicted on two counts of transmitting threatening interstate communications and six counts of mailing threatening communications.
The indictment was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland.
Tuason is in the custody of U.S. Marshals. Each interstate communication charge carries a penalty of up to 10 year in prison and each mail charge carries a penalty of up to five years.
"As far as we know, it's a one-man operation," Wilson said.
I got this article from blogger Siddity regarding the White coach who was fired because of his marriage to a Black woman.
JURY SHOULD HEAR COACH'S CLAIMS HE WAS FIRED FOR INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE: COURT
BY THOMAS ZAMBITODAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, April 2nd 2008, 4:00 AM
Ex-Iona coach Craig Holcomb says he was axed over interracial marriage to Pamela Gauthier. Theodorakis/NewsA white former Iona College hoops coach scored big Tuesday in his two-year battle to prove he was fired because his wife is black.The 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan said a jury should hear Craig Holcomb's claims that top-ranking officials at the Westchester school allowed racists to oust him from his job as top assistant to axed Iona basketball coach Jeff Ruland.The court said a lower-court judge was wrong to toss out Holcomb's discrimination claim and sent the case back to trial.In a first-of-its-kind decision, the court ruled that even though Holcomb is white, he still can make a claim that he was discriminated against because of his association with a black woman.Holcomb accused Iona Vice President and former Athletic Director Richard Petriccione of repeatedly using the N-word to refer to black players and of calling a Nigerian employee a "jungle bunny."In 2000, Holcomb says, he asked Petriccione if he'd received the invitation for his wedding to Pamela Gauthier, an African-American. According to Holcomb, Petriccione responded: "You're really going to marry that Aunt Jemima? You really are a n----r lover."Petriccione also drew a racially tinged comparison between his players and those at rival Fordham, Holcomb said."Everybody at Fordham thinks they have these good black kids and Iona has n-----s," Petriccione said, according to Holcomb's complaint.Petriccione has denied making the remarks.School officials say they were "extremely perplexed" by the court's decision and claim that Holcomb was fired for poor performance."Diversity is one of the tenets upon which Iona's foundation and history is built," the school said in a statement. "The college is firm in its resolve to vigorously defend itself in this case."Holcomb was fired in 2004 after refusing to resign and now teaches physical education at a Westchester high school."He's very happy to have his chance to have his day in court so that he can let the truth be told," said Holcomb's lawyer Jeffrey Udell.firstname.lastname@example.orgAnother source with some additional information:COURT: DISCRIMINATION LAW COVER WHITES WHO MARRY BLACKSBy Kenneth J. St. OngeApril 3, 2008Anti-discrimination laws extend workplace protections to employees who have personal relationships with those of another race, a federal court in New York has ruled.In a first of its kind decision, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that lower federal courts were wrong in ruling that a white basketball coach fired from Iona College was not discriminated against because of his marriage to a black woman.Former assistant coach Craig Holcomb, who was fired from the New Rochelle, N.Y. college in 2004, alleged in a lawsuit that the school fired him because he was married to a black woman.He was one of two assistant coaches – the other of whom was black – fired by the school. At the time he was fired, Holcomb was an assistant to Jeff Ruland, a white former NBA All Star and Iona Alumnus whose long-time girlfriend was a black woman and friend of Holcomb's wife.In court papers, Holcomb showed evidence that an athletic director and a vice president at the school – two of the five officials responsible for firing him – used racial epithets and took other discriminatory actions against African-Americans.Of central concern in the case was decision to ban Holcomb's wife, Ruland's girlfriend and high school recruits – most of whom were black – from alumni booster parties. Holcomb contended the move was part of a pattern of discrimination by school officials, one which ultimately cost him his job.The school, however, contended that the firing of Holcomb and another assistant was due to their job performance. It also said that it had wanted to fire Ruland – the highest-paid employee of the school – but felt it would be too costly given his contract.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Media Matters - On Hannity & Colmes , Coulter again made Obama-Hitler comparison, said Clinton "would enjoy torturing" detainees
As Media Matters for America noted, in her April 2 column Coulter wrote of Sen. Barack Obama's 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance: "Has anybody read this book? Inasmuch as the book reveals Obama to be a flabbergasting lunatic, I gather the answer is no. Obama is about to be our next president: You might want to take a peek. If only people had read 'Mein Kampf' ..." Mein Kampf, or "My Struggle" as translated from German, is the 1925 autobiography of Adolf Hitler and an exposition on National Socialist political theory, the ideological foundation of the Nazi Party.
Other conservative pundits have made Hitler references when talking about Obama. As Media Matters noted, on the February 11 broadcast of Fox News Radio's Tom Sullivan Show, host Tom Sullivan aired what he called a "side-by side comparison" of a Hitler speech and an Obama speech. On the February 22 edition of CNN Headline News' Glenn Beck, National Review Online editor-at-large Jonah Goldberg compared Obama and former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Hitler.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Democracy Now! | 1968, Forty Years Later: A Look Back at the Orangeburg Massacre When SC Police Opened Fire on Black Students Protesting Segregation