Archive for the ‘justice’ Category

Baltimore

May 11, 2015

“Nobody got in nobody’s way
So I guess you could say
It was a good day
At least a little better than the day in Baltimore”

— Prince

More:

“Prince Is Dropping a Song, Guitar Solo for Baltimore,” Asawin Suebsaeng, Daily Beast

“Prince takes the stage for ‘Rally 4 Peace’ show in Baltimore,” Lacey Johnson, Reuters
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Eric Garner, July 17, 2014.

December 4, 2014

Eric Garner, July 17, 2014.

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Law & Order in America

August 19, 2014

Law & Order in America
If you go to Ferguson Missouri, don’t jaywalk or shoplift cigars. The punishment is summary execution. And don’t sit in your own car in your aunt’s driveway or you’ll be arrested. And police will stop you when you drive or walk away, too.

If you’re black, anyway. And not just in Missouri.

Related:

“Amnesty International Calls For Investigation Of Ferguson Police Tactics,” Mollie Reilly, The Huffington Post

“It’s not just Ferguson: America’s criminal justice system is racist,” Ezra Klein, Vox

“One nation under siege: Law enforcement’s shameful campaign against black America,” Jenn Rolnick Borchetta, Salon

“The ugly history of racist policing in America,” Dara Lind, Vox

“Existing While Black,” Martin Longman, Washington Monthly

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Chutes & Ladders

March 19, 2014

Chutes & Ladders

“A meritocracy requires more than simply making it possible for people at the bottom to climb the ladder of opportunity. It also involves chutes of accountability for those at the top. These are two sides of the same coin: the skilled must be able to rise, but grandees caught with their snouts in the trough must also come tumbling down. ‘We cannot have a just society that applies the principle of accountability to the powerless and the principle of the forgiveness to the powerful,’ writes Chris Hayes in his sweeping meditation on meritocracy, Twilight of the Elites.‘ And yet: ‘This is the America in which we currently reside.’”

— “There is no meritocracy: It’s just the 1 percent, and the game is rigged,” Thomas Frank, Salon

Related: See the fascinating Wikipedia entry on Snakes and Ladders.

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Florida: Play Loud Music, Get Shot Dead

February 16, 2014

Florida: Play Loud Music, Get Shot Dead

If you play loud music in your car while in the parking lot of a Florida convenience store on a Friday night, expect to be shot dead. It’s not murder.

If you stop your car for a few minutes in the parking lot of a Florida convenience store on a Friday night and you judge the music emanating from another car poses a threat to your life, remove the 9 millimeter pistol from your glove compartment and blast away. It’s not murder.

If you stop your car for a few minutes in the parking lot of a Florida convenience store on a Friday night and you instigate a confrontation with a group of teenagers in another car, remove the 9 millimeter pistol from your glove compartment and blast away, even as the other car is leaving the scene with the dead body of a young man you have just shot dead lying in the backseat. It’s not murder. It’s Florida justice.

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Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass

February 14, 2014

Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

— Frederick Douglass (ca. 1818 — 1895), Speech on the twenty-fourth anniversary of Emancipation in the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. (April 1886)

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What It Was About

August 30, 2013

What It Was About

The 2013 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

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Florida Justice

July 17, 2013

Florida Justice

 “… if you stand your ground with your fists and you’re black, you’re dead.”

David Simon

David Simon was a police reporter at the Baltimore Sun from 1982 to 1995 before writing Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and writing and producing television programs.

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A Tweet from Utah

June 18, 2010

A Tweet from Utah

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff announced the execution of convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner with three tweets from his iPhone. Mr. Shurtleff live-streamed his post-execution press conference.

Mr. Gardner had no last words before his execution by firing squad. We do not know if he had any last texts or tweets.

More:

“Utah firing squad death announced on Twitter,” BBC News.

“Too Much: Utah Attorney General Tweets Execution,” Michael Suen, Geek-O-System.

 

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Giuliani Golf Joke Tour

May 21, 2009

Giuliani Golf Joke Tour

Former Duke “Blue Devil” Golf Team member Andrew Giuliani is making headlines this week — not as a pro golfer, but for helping Federal Judge Wallace W. Dixon launch a second career in standup comedy. Mr. Giuliani is the son of former New York mayor and failed Republican presidential candidate Rudolph “9-11” Giuliani and one of his former wives, newscaster-actress Donna Hanover.

Andrew Giuliani was thrown off the Duke University golf team for being a bad sport and a bad golfer. Naturally he sued the university and golf coach for breach of contract; what spoiled brat wouldn’t? Duke just awarded young Mr. Giuliani his degree; he filed Civil Action No. 1:08—cv—00502 in Federal District Court and turned pro (after a fashion).

The result of the legal action: a star is born. Not Mr. Giuliani but Judge Dixon, whose opinion on the case delighted duffers and editors alike, making hilarious headlines:

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