A professor at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. is caught up in major controversy after a social media post has resulted in demands for his termination and death threats.
Mario Manago, a 12-year-veteran of the U.S. Air Force was fired and convicted of a federal crime for being six minutes late to a meeting with superior officers. He’s now forced to find new employment and an employer willing to look past his curious criminal conviction.
President Donald Trump’s recent comments about who should not control the nation’s economy shine light on the ways that his biases against poor, Black, and LGBTQ people have become central to his administration.
President Donald Trump is continuing his mission to undo as much of Barack Obama’s legacy as possible. Last week, the president spoke in Miami about the U.S.’s relationship with Cuba. During his head-scratching speech, he called on the country to send back one of the country’s most famous residents.
Once again, the government has paid out a settlement for a crime that wasn’t deemed a crime in criminal court. Michael Brown’s family has reached an undisclosed settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the city of Ferguson, Mo.
Seriously, I need someone to sit me down and break down the U.S. legal system.
People have already been visually upset since Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty in murdering Philando Castile last July. The intensity of that anger likely only increased when dashcam footage of the fatal traffic stop was made viewable to the public.
I’m sure my relationship to Bill Cosby and his brand is similar to that of millions of other people. Before I reached adolescence, he’d already taught me weekly life lessons as Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show and made me laugh with his G-rated comedy routines. To show how deep my family’s appreciation of the Cosby brand goes, my grandfather even has two cats named Rudy and Bud. However, I’ve taken many steps back in my support – for obvious reasons.
The police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile last July was found not guilty. Despite a recording of Castile’s last words and a lengthy history of him basically being harassed by local police, no one will be held responsible for his death.
In other instances of police violence, we often see the parents and loved ones of the victims being used as mouthpieces of local leaders seeking to pacify any tensions in the community. They set them up at a podium and instruct them to ask for peace ad privacy, essentially dismissing the anger felt by everyone else.
Philando Castile’s mother has not let herself become one of those people.
One of the earliest lessons I learned as child was “you can’t win if you don’t try.” The logic showed me that the critical ingredient to success was actually doing something to be successful. Now, as I look at the repeated miscarriages of justice where it concerns slain and oppressed Black people in the United States, I don’t see the system as failing. It just isn’t trying and was never meant to address the grievances and harms committed against Black people.
I hate having to write that, just like I hate having to write about a 32-year-old Black man having his life taken because of anti-Blackness and systemic racism only to have his killer walk free.
Yet, here we are.
Seattle police officers shot and killed a pregnant mother of four on Sunday. Charleena Lyles, 30, had called the police to report a burglary before officers arrived, allegedly found her brandishing a knife, and shot her in the same apartment as her children.