What’s so appealing about slavery that half-baked imitations of it keep appearing in our schools? Initially, the problem came up whenever a mostly white high school or a white HBCU professor held mock slave auctions. Now, an elementary school in New Jersey is dealing with the backlash of thinking it was a good idea to have students draw slave auction posters.
A girl’s basketball team from Plainfield High School in New Jersey was welcomed to a school they’d be playing against with a black dummy with a string tied around its neck and a basketball at the end of it.
While changing in a classroom at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, New Jersey on Saturday morning, the team noticed the dummy which also had bulging eyes and its mouth appeared to be open as if it were gasping for air.
Tensions seemed to constantly grow this weekend following an explosion in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, followed by the location of multiple bombs in both New York and New Jersey.
After a shootout with police, authorities have captured Ahmad Khan Rahami, who they claim is a prime suspect in the bombings. Rahami was also injured and brought out in a stretcher with one arm covered in blood, according to CNN.
Police departments and their supporters can defend their actions all they want. They can even try and lean on the old and tired excuse that police shootings of unarmed people of color are a rarity. They’d be wrong, but they can still try. But one thing they can’t do, is tell people that they shouldn’t be afraid of police. Not after incidents like the one a young black boy in New Jersey experienced which could’ve easily escalated and resulted in his arrest or worse, death.
According to WABC-TV, Legend Preston, 10, was playing with a basketball by his house in Newark, New Jersey when the ball rolled out into the street. He went after it, only to see police officers running towards him with their guns drawn. Out of fear, he ran.
On Monday evening, the Associated Press reported that Hillary Clinton has officially gotten the number of delegates that are necessary to secure the Democratic presidential nomination.
Students from three Newark high schools have walked out of class in protest of the state’s control of New Jersey’s largest school district.
Community activists and parents joined students from Science Park High, Arts High School and Central High School as they walked out of class on Tuesday.
Tara Walker made history on Friday when she became the first black female firefighter for the New Jersey City Fire Department.
In the department’s entire 143-history, there has never been an African-American female on the squad.
A New Jersey woman’s vehicle was vandalized and spray-painted with racial epithets, including the N-word earlier this week.
Marcella Seachrist walked out of her home Monday morning to see the offensive language painted across her 1996 Jeep. The culprits also slashed the woman’s tires.
Can rap lyrics be used against you in court? The Supreme Court of New Jersey is considering just that. Next month the Court is expected to rule on whether rap lyrics written by defendants can be used during their trial(s).