On February 22, 2012, George Huguely, the University of VA lacrosse player who murdered his girlfriend, UVA women’s lacrosse player Yeardley Love, was found guilty of 2nd degree murder and felony theft—robbery. He was facing first degree murder, felony murder and some lesser crimes. Huguely who on the night of May 3, 2010 broke into Love’s apartment and after kicking in the bedroom door, brutally attacked her by hitting her head against the wall. He left leaving Love to die. She died of blunt force trauma to the head. Huguely and Love had an on again off again tumultuous relationship fueled with domestic violence and drinking. Huguely on prior accounts had choked Love and admitted remorse at not killing her in one Email. On May 10, 2010, he made good on his previous promise. The jury recommended a sentence of 26 years---the judge will sentence Huguely in April. The judge cannot increase the jury’s recommendation. Huguely hails from an upper class family in Chevy Chase, MD. … [Read more...] about UVA Huguely Verdict- A Lesson of Race and Class
Archives for February 2012
Asian American Knicks basketball player Jeremy Lin brings back the old reminder that we are not a post racial society yet. Minorities do not need the reminder. Most minorities know the world we are living in and it’s not post racial. The ESPN editor fired Sunday for using "chink in the armor" in a headline about Knicks basketball player Jeremy Lin said the racial slur never crossed his mind -- and he was devastated when he realized his mistake. The only thing he was devastated about was losing his job. "This had nothing to do with me being cute or funny," Anthony Federico told the Daily News. "I'm so sorry that I offended people. I'm so sorry if I offended Jeremy." ESPN also suspended anchor Max Bretos for 30 days after he used the same phrase on-air Wednesday while speaking with Knicks legend Walt Frazier. Bretos apologized on Twitter Saturday, posting, "Wanted 2 apologize 2 all those I have upset. Not done with any racial reference. Despite intention, phrase was inappropriate in … [Read more...] about Has Everyone Now Seen the Post Racial Memo?
The Voter Fraud Myth The biggest GOP lie in 2012 is that we need strict voter ID to protect the vote in November, 2012. There has been no source that even remotely suggests that dead people are voting or people are voting more than once or impersonating other voters. Somehow the Republicans have won the battle in the minds of many Americans that voter ID is a good idea. With 25% of African Americans in lack of appropriate photo identification, 18% of seniors lacking appropriate ID and 1 in 5 students without a driver's license, many will be disenfranchised by new laws that are unnecessary and based on the goal to disenfranchise the poor, African Americans, senior citizens and the youth vote. I discussed The Voter Fraud Myth on the Alyona show on RT (Russian TV) on February 14, 2012. The Voter Fraud Myth … [Read more...] about The Biggest GOP Lie in 2012 is Voter Fraud
Five years ago today, on a cold winter day, President Obama came to Springfield, Illinois to announce that he was entering the improbable quest for President of the US—at the symbolic place where President Abraham Lincoln lived. Five years later, no one could have guessed the turn the country would take with President Obama’s election. Five years ago, most people did not even think President Obama stood a chance of winning the Democratic nomination—let alone the office of President. He’s changed since 5 years ago and we as a country have changed. But, as Clint Eastwood said in the Chrysler Super Bowl ad, America is at half time. Jobs are returning and General Motor is alive. And our hope should not die, in spite of the GOP backlash against President Obama and America. President Obama says today that if you stick with him, he will finish what he started. This is what he started 5 years ago: WHAT HE SAID : "Praise and honor to God for bringing us together today. Thank … [Read more...] about President Obama Announced His Run for the Presidency 5 Years Ago Today
First Lady Michelle Obama has been seen recently making TV appearances doing push- ups on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, exercising with Late Night's Jimmy Fallon at the White House and feeding vegetables to a reluctant Jay Leno as her Let’s Move initiative turns 2 years old this week. Like many First Ladies before her—Laura Bush with her reading initiative, Nancy Regan with her Just Say No to Drugs, First Lady Michelle Obama has carved out her own special brand in promoting healthy eating to combat childhood obesity. Mrs. Obama and her Let’s Move Initiative are waging a battle against childhood obesity that causes many children and teenagers to suffer from debilitating diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes, normally reserved for older adults. Despite criticism from those who think children should be able to eat whatever they choose and whenever they choose without any regard for their health, childhood obesity has become a national security issue. More than one quarter of … [Read more...] about What’s Up with First Lady Michelle Obama and Let’s Move?
CNN’s suspension of Roland Martin following GLAAD’s demand to fire him for his Super Bowl offensive rants on Twitter shows two wrongs don’t make a right. If this were a football game, Roland Martin and GLAAD deserve a penalty for the way each handled the matter. But, Roland Martin does not deserve to be fired from his duties at CNN as political analyst as a result of the tweets. On Super Bowl Sunday during the David Bekham H& M ad, Roland Martin tweeted that: “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl” GLAAD issued a statement calling for him to be fired. Roland Martin halfheartedly issued a statement apologizing the day after his comments. I don’t know what Martin was thinking when he wrote the tweet and those following it. In reading many of Martin’s comments on his Twitter account, one has to wonder why he feels the need to comment on practically everything. A lesson for him is to reserve his … [Read more...] about Why GLAAD Was Wrong to Call for the Firing of Roland Martin