The family of Eric Rivers, 20, filed a complaint against Madison County Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger, who is white, accusing him of striking Rivers at the market on May 8 in Canton, Miss.
“This is 2014, not 1960, where someone could slap a young man and call out, ‘Run, n—–, run,'” former Canton Mayor William Truly, now president of the Canton branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told the Clarion-Ledger.
An apparent witness, Tammy Westbrook, told the newspaper Rivers was offering to help flea market vendors unload their goods when Weisenberger slapped him twice, then yelled “run, n—-, run” as he fled. Westbrook and her sister, a vendor at the flea market, recalled that they thought Weisenberger was a law enforcement officer because he was wearing a security guard’s uniform.
Weisenberger did not respond to the Clarion-Ledger’s requests for comment.
The local NAACP head told the newspaper that he plans to file further complaints against Weisenberger and expects a grand jury will eventually hear the case.
“No citizen should have to face justice before a judge who holds such a high degree of racial animus and hatred,” Truly said Friday in a news conference, as quoted by the Clarion-Ledger.
Tuesday Reads: Same as it ever wasPosted: May 27, 2014
Did you enjoy your long weekend? The cats and I have been getting Temple acclimated to City life and the rule of Miles. Temple is an extremely bright and friendly dog! She’s been charming the neighborhood too. It’s fun to see all these recent transplants see the basic Louisiana dog for the first time. The Catahoula leopard dog really has the most beautiful coat you’ve ever seen and it comes in a variety of colors and patterns. I was surprised to learn that it was the first true North America Dog Breed. Temple is a Silver Leopard Catahoula cur with a mix of something that’s not clear. She’s a little on the small side which is fine by me.
Speaking of Louisiana Curs, the administration of La Tech decided to “honor” Phil “marry a teenage girl so she’ll pluck your ducks for ya” Robertson in a really sneaky last minute ploy to avoid bad publicity and responses. I can only assume they’re trying to get his money. Still, the local GLBT student body association and some professors walked out in protest.
On Friday afternoon, a group of Louisiana Tech students involved in Prism, the organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and their allies on campus, were alerted to the fact that the university would honor Phil Robertson from the popular reality TV show Duck Dynasty at the commencement ceremony held on Saturday.
Students only found out about Robertson’s role in commencement from faculty members, who also found out about the award the day before the ceremony.
Only a few months ago, Robertson came under fire for anti-LGBT comments in his interview with GQ Magazine. As soon as they found out about the recognition of the reality TV star, Prism members and other students at LA Tech began organizing a social media action to let the university know they did not support the university’s actions.
Students, faculty, and people across the state posted Facebook statuses and tweeted at Louisiana Tech using the hashtag #NoHonorInBigotry to send a message to the university.
Hannah Ellsworth, President of Prism, said, “We wanted to make a statement displaying our disapproval of the honoring, and for several reasons, including the minimal time we were given to react, a social media campaign was the best way to do this. Faculty, staff, and students didn’t have any time to give input since no one new until the day before.”
The social media campaign accompanied a walk-out by several faculty members during the commencement ceremony.
Prism is a coalition member of Equality Louisiana (EQLA), a statewide coalition of over 30 LGBT and allied organizations. The student organization had the support of EQLA and other advocates.
I am surprised at the number of people who think that a university should just allow anybody to stand up and represent them as an “honored” alum no matter what they say because “free speech”. I’m sure if Ol’ Phil had done a program knocking jeebus and white people those same people would be hollering about the hate and religious persecution they feel.
In Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana, an Indy car Track is worth more than a child with Down’s Syndrome. Jindal shifted 4.5 million dollars in state funds from helping persons with disabilities to fund an Indy-style Race Track.
Several budget changes made by the Senate Finance Committee Sunday has state senators scratching their heads, but one — the shifting of $4.5 million from helping persons with developmental disabilities to pay for development of an Indy-style race track — has raised concerns for a number of lawmakers.
Even some senators on the committee said Monday they believe that action could be overturned when House Bill 1 is debated by the full Senate, even though Gov. Bobby Jindal promised the developer the state would supply the money.
The Louisiana Legislature is poised to take $4 million of your tax dollars away from supporting disabled Louisianians in order to give it to a corporate indycar event at a private racetrack owned by a multi-millionaire. That is not spin:
“We’re taking money away from the disabled community and giving it to motor sports?” Claitor asked during the committee meeting.
“The answer to your question, Sen. Claitor, is yes,” said Sen. Jack Donahue, R-Mandeville, the committee’s chairman, in response.
After the meeting, Donahue said he was optimistic that more money could be found for services for people with disabilities as the budget advances through the legislative process. Money had to be put toward IndyCar, he said, because Jindal had promised $4.5 million in upgrades to NOLA Motorsports Parkin Avondale as part of the deal to lure the event to New Orleans.
NOLA Motorsports is owned by Laney Chouest, a multi-millionaire co-owner of Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO). He seems like a fine enough chap, one devoted to building a world class racetrack. Now, of course, he’s done it with his own fortune. Good for him. He even opened it to the public, so normal folks could go racing or go-karting around his prize.
But the idea that we need to pay for $4m in “track improvements” to “lure” a billion-dollar national racing league to New Orleans for a race almost no one cars about, INSTEAD of patching our meager budget for the disabled, is absolutely sick. Just because Jindal “promised” the billionaire owners he’d scoop some tax dollars up for them. Absolutely sick.
But, the more you think things will change for the better, the more it because clear that there are quite a few people that will not get with the program. I may complain about Louisiana, but the one thing that I can say is it is never as bad here as it is in Mississippi.
So, even though we are inching towards marriage equality and our first woman president, we still have to deal with the violence that comes with those men that think women should be available to them sexually at all times.
A California man allegedly fired his gun at three women Saturday morning who refused to have sex with him and his friends.
The women, estimated to be between about 18 and 19 years old, had gone to the home of three men late Friday night in the northern California town of Stockton, according to Stockton Police. After the men asked to have sex and the women refused, the men kicked the girls out, Stockton Police Department Public Information Officer Joseph Silva told ThinkProgress. When the women started to leave, multiple shots were fired, but none of the women were injured, Silva said. The women fled the area to a nearby Buffalo Wild Wings, where they called police.
All three girls corroborated the story, according to Silva. The security guard in the building also heard the shots and called the police independently. Silva said eight shell casings were found at the crime scene, but the men cannot be found. He does not know whether the gun was possessed legally.
The suspected gunman is Keith Binder, 21. But police have not yet arrested or charged him, saying the case is still under investigation and Binder has not been located. Two other men were at the scene, but police only know their nicknames: “Little D” and “Little Eggy.”
The incident occurred around 1:45 a.m. Saturday morning — just hours after Elliot Rodger took took seven lives in Santa Barbara, Calfornia, over what he described as retribution for women’s lack of sexual interest in him.
We’ve talked a lot bout rape culture and misogyny. We read these stories that are so shocking! I wish society spent as much time teaching our straight young men not to rape women as us mothers of girls spend teaching our daughters to avoid being the victims of rape, sexual harassment, and battery. Men in our society and nearly all societies get the idea that women are available to them at all times in any way they desire and they are in no way at fault for anything that happens. As a matter of fact, even our media makes up excuses for them.
Just as past school shootings in America, the media has reacted by isolating the event as a monstrous and heinous act with no precedent. Rather than seeing Elliot Rodger as a product of society, the media has depicted him as a bloodthirsty madman, a mere glitch in the system. And yet the facts show a very different story.
What happened in Santa Barbara is nothing less than a hate crime, and yet mainstream news outlets are distilling the issue to “mental illness” and “premeditated mass murder.” Although we should be shocked by Elliot Rodger’s actions, we should not be surprised. In fact, most school shootings share chillingly similar characteristics. It’s time we stop treating these incidents as anomalies and start recognizing the deep societal issues at play.
The thing that makes me the most mad is the folks that claim that when the GLBT community or women or minorities stand up to say this is not just “boys being boys” or religious people whose rights to believe whatever should be respected or “just” another mentally ill person they are being intolerant. It trivializes and mischaracterizes every one’s concerns and further enables these outrageous examples of entitlement and privilege. Besides, why tolerate bigotry and bullies?
So, some times it just seems that it is and will be the same as it ever was.
What’s on your reading and blogging list today?