Friday, November 07, 2014

Flashing Signs!

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The consequence of not voting. Voting is extremely important for Americans. They say that your voice doesn't matter. If you supported the party that loss, then you can't be mad that you didn't vote.

The junk food media leads into stupid discussions about politicians doing unprofessional or unbecoming things around their constituents.

The racist right continues to rear its ugly head after this election. This local junk food media story from Minneapolis got attention of The Huffington Post and the Daily Kos.

TWO THINGS TO GET OFF MY CHEST.

ONE: IF YOU ARE COMMENTING ON THIS AND ANY OTHER STORY ON JOURNAL DE LA REYNA, PLEASE LEAVE A NAME AND A MESSAGE. ANY COMMENTS FROM ANONYMOUS USERS WILL BE DELETED. NO EXCEPTIONS.

TWO: IF YOU'RE NOT AWARE OF THE OUTRAGE METER BY THE CONSERVATIVES (ALSO KNOWN AS THE RACIST RIGHT), A WHITE WOMAN STANDING NEAR A BLACK MAN. THAT IS DOG WHISTLE FOR RACISTS. THEY HATE INTERRACIAL COUPLES. EVEN THOUGH THIS IS JUST A GRASSROOTS ATTEMPT TO GET PEOPLE TO VOTE. THE VERY MENTION OF A WHITE WOMAN NEAR A BLACK MAN PISSES THE WHITE EXTREMISTS OFF. THIS IS A PROGRESSIVE MAYOR WHO WANTS TO ENCOURAGE THEM KNOT HEADED BLACK FOLKS TO VOTE.

IT MAY BE PART OF THE CONDESCENDING LEFT'S ATTEMPTS TO WRANGLE BLACKS AND LATINOS OUT TO THE POLLS. BUT THIS WEEK'S REPUBLICAN VICTORY IS A CERTAIN REASON FOR AN IN-DEPTH LOOK INTO ENCOURAGING HIGHER TURNOUT.

They want to clear the air over an apparent racially motivated story created by a disgruntled law enforcement officer and a turdporter who leans conservative.

The mayor of Minneapolis, Betsy Hodges is under fire for appearing in a YouTube video in what seems to be making a "gang sign" with an ex-convict.

Hodges teamed up with the charity Neighborhoods Organizing for Change for a get-out-the-vote effort one week before Election Day. She posed with Navell Gordon, a former resident of the iron college. He got served for drug possession and illegal gun usage. He's reformed and trying to at least repay his debts to society.
He poses with the mayor and takes a picture. That got the disgruntled officer pissed. He decides to gin up a racial panic by tipping off a local turdporter who probably acts like an anchor on Loserville.

Gordon who has been advocating for ex-convicts to vote is being smeared by this disgruntled cop.

KTSP hasn't responded to the concerns but are aware that their report gave them a great deal of controversy.

While that may look like just an innocently pointed finger, to KSTP and local law enforcement, it's apparently a "known gang sign." KSTP noted it was tipped off to the photo by law enforcement sources, who said they were browsing Gordon's Facebook page while doing "investigative work."

"She's putting cops at risk," Michael Quinn, a retired law enforcement officer, said in KSTP's report. "The fact that they're flashing gang signs back and forth at each other, showing solidarity with the gangs, she's legitimizing what they're doing, she's legitimizing these people who are killing our children in Minneapolis."

John Delmonico, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation, wondered if Hughes would "support gangs in the city or cops."
Two thumbs up is a "gang sign too".
Based on what police told the station, KSTP reports there's "no evidence" Gordon is in a gang but he does have "connections to gang members." KSTP reports a spokesman for Hodges told them, "The man in the photo is well regarded by the nonprofit that employs him and the mayor is simply 'pointing at him' in the photo."

KSTP reporter Jay Kolls has defended the station's interpretation of the photo, suggesting the point is actually a symbol of a local gang called the Stick Up Boys.

Kolls did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post.

“Law enforcement sources alerted KSTP-TV to a photo they believed could jeopardize public safety and put their officers at risk, especially given the recent increase in gang violence," said Joe Johnston, director of public affairs for 5 Eyewitness News. "Multiple sources from several law enforcement agencies told 5 Eyewitness News the photo had the potential for undermining the work they are doing on the streets. 5 Eyewitness News blurred the individual’s face and did not name the group he was working for because police called into question only the judgment of Mayor Betsy Hodges.”
Mayor Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis. She is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. This political organization supports the Democratic Party.
This isn't the first time Gordon has been targeted while trying to get out the vote. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported in September that while collecting signatures for a petition to restore felons' voting rights, Gordon was tackled and handcuffed after a brief exchange with an officer, who then threatened to shoot witnesses who were protesting the incident.

The Minneapolis Police Department has been under scrutiny for a number of high-profile incidents, as well as a recent American Civil Liberties Union report that found blacks in the city are far more likely to be arrested for minor crimes than whites. While the mayor has worked to smooth over some of the department's issues, the Star-Tribune reports she has also criticized the police:

In response to the news report about Gordon and Hodges, Nekima Levy-Pounds, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School and the founding director of the civil rights legal clinic Community Justice Project, penned an op-ed in the Star-Tribune titled "Dear White People: Mayor Betsy Hodges is Not in a Gang." She wrote about how she met Gordon and was impressed by his efforts to make change.

"This young man personally knocked on thousands of doors during the election season to help get out the vote and educate community residents about the impacts of felon disenfranchisement in Minnesota," Levy-Pounds wrote.

"As a young black man with a criminal history, he has experienced numerous challenges in attempting to successfully reintegrate back into society," she continued.

1 comment:

Sensei Aishitemasu said...

Great piece.

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