We Should Be Happy Antonin Scalia Died

Everyone always says: “Just be patient. Once all the old racist, misogynist white men die, everything will be fine.” If that’s true, then perhaps, this week’s news about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death should be considered a collective step closer to the goal of dismantling systemic racism.

To be honest, Scalia was trash. It’s been a few days since he was found dead and that truth is still evident. People (mostly conservatives) will defend his record, calling him a patriot or some other term that is actually violent towards non-Whites. But, most folks know that Scalia’s actions while on the SCOTUS were primarily in support of the oppression of non-whites, women, and other marginalized groups and the maintenance of institutional racism. His death, then, is not really very sad.

Two 911 Dispatchers Suspended After Quintonio LeGrier Murder

Quintonio LeGrier called 911 three times on Dec. 26. His first two calls were ignored by dispatchers, even though he claimed his life was in danger. After the third , dispatchers sent Officer Robert Rialmo to the scene where he would shoot and kill LeGrier and a neighbor named Bettie Jones.

The first two dispatchers who chose to not send police to the scene have been suspended by the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, according to The Chicago Tribune. 

12 Protesters Arrested After Blocking Traffic In Downtown Chicago

Twelve protesters were arrested Tuesday (Feb. 16) morning after protests stopped traffic in downtown Chicago. The protest was led by Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) and spoke out against raids targeting undocumented families in the region.

According to ABC7, the group managed to block traffic on Congress Parkway for more than an hour, starting at 8 a.m. They were specifically protesting the Regional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Office.

Demonstrators sat on top of ladders, linked their arms and chained themselves together as they chanted “Unafraid, unafraid.”

North Carolina Begins Testing Welfare Applicants For Drug Use

For years, there have been assumptions about welfare recipients based on myths, such at the belief that they’re mostly drug addicts. Over time, this myth has grown so much that people started to push for drug testing to be a necessary part of applying for welfare.

North Carolina has just released the results from their first string of drug tests among welfare applicants.

The Black Panthers Are Finally Getting Air Time

The Black Panther Party, a revolutionary Black Nationalist and socialist party with a large and radical agenda based around activism of all sorts, is getting a documentary.

PBS will air The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution tomorrow, February 16, at 9PM/8 CST. The documentary explores the Black Panther Party by focusing on “its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought a movement derails.”

BYP100 Feature: Read the ‘Agenda to Build Black Futures’ Now

BYP100 has created the Agenda to Build Black Futures and it is a must-read.

They have outlined problems, solutions, and their proposed agenda for the preservation Black lives on their website.

The problems that BYP100 are fighting include the state of Black Youth in the U.S. economy where “it is hard to measure the extent of harm done to Black bodies, minds and souls as a result of systemic and longstanding economic violence, but we have to look at some of the numbers”, the unemployment rates among millennials, corporations that are making a profit on the prison system by creating products and services for them, the devaluation of Black women, the marginalization or trans- and queer Black people, and barriers that halt the Black community to garner wealth and assets.