When Ameneh Bahrami rejected a man’s marriage proposal, he turned bitter and threw acid into her face leaving her with extreme disfigurements. She went through 19 agonising operations and is permanently blind, but this didn’t stop her wanting justice on the man who ruined her life. In court, the judge wanted the accused to serve a lengthy prison sentence and pay full compensation to Ameneh, but she had different ideas: She asked if she could have exact revenge, by injecting acid into the man’s eyes. The court allowed it as a capital punishment, and arrangements were made for Ameneh to inject 20 drops of acid into her attacker’s eyes to blind him.

However, in a last-minute act of peace and bravery, Ameneh decided to pardon her attacker. Strapped to a bed, he kicked and spat at her while he awaited the injection, but she could not ruin someone else’s life, no matter what he’d done to her. She told everyone: “I couldn’t do it, I knew I could not live with it until the end of my life. I knew I would have suffered and burned twice had I done that.”

I’ll tell you the most believable thing about [Orange Is The New Black] is the idea that Piper only got 15 months for running dope money…I’m a white blonde girl who went out and willfully fucked up and committed armed robbery, and I got five years. There were tons of black girls in my prison who were holding onto a bag of dope for a couple of days, and they always seemed to get, like, 10 years. If you ever find yourself in prison and wonder why there’s tension between white and black, shit like that is probably one of the reasons.

Report: The Justice Department is Ready to Sue the Ferguson Police

CNN says that the Justice Department will demand that the Ferguson police correct whatever tactics are leading to a pattern of racial discrimination. If they refuse, the Justice Department will move forward with a lawsuit to force changes. The Justice Department could also ask a judge to order court supervision of the police department’s dealings with minorities.

More here: http://bit.ly/1LfpQXi

According to Idaho police, the two intoxicated men walked into the Post Falls Walmart and proceeded to remove BB guns from boxes, before loading one and firing it four times while in the store.

Walmart store security contacted police, saying the two men “started shooting the gun in the store and made comments that they were going to shoot the store up.”


The two men exited the store before police arrived, but officers and sheriff’s deputies were able to set up a perimeter and take them into custody without incident.

It’s interesting to compare this incident of two guys carrying around BB guns in a Wal*Mart with another incident of a guy carrying around a BB gun in a Wal*Mart.

They’re totally different.

In the case in Ohio, the guy was just walking around with an unloaded airsoft rifle and someone called the police, who arrived and immediately shot him to death. In this case, the guys were drunk and actually shooting the guns in the store … and they were calmly, appropriately arrested by police.

So, what accounts for the difference?

I guess we’ll never know.

College Majors as lines from Hamilton
  • Psychology:Some men say that I'm intense or I'm insane
  • Chemistry:SHA-BOOM
  • Accounting:We need to handle our financial situation
  • History:But Jesus between all the bleeding and fighting I've been reading and writing
  • Business:Shake hands with him, charm her
  • English:He started retreatin and readin every treatise on the shelf
  • Creative writing:You built me palaces out of paragraphs
  • Criminal justice:Stay out of trouble and you double your choices
  • Pre Med/Nursing:Stay alive
  • Education:Give us a verse, drop some knowledge
  • Theater:Yo yo yo what time is it? SHOW TIME!
  • Music:You changed the melody every time
  • Foreign language:I came from afar just to say "bonsoir!"
  • Political Science:Don't modulate the key then not debate with me
  • Current Affairs:How lucky we are to be alive right now, history is happening
  • Fashion:I think your pants look hot
  • Philosophy:You want a revolution, I want a revelation
  • Theology:I'm searching and scanning for answers in every line
HELL NO! The time for remorse would’ve been when my husband was yelling to breathe. That would’ve been the time for him to show some type of remorse or some type of care for another human being’s life, when he was screaming eleven times that he…can’t…breathe. So there is nothing that him, or his prayers or anything else that would make me feel any different. No, I don’t accept his apology. No I couldn’t care less about his condolences.

Esaw Garner

Eric Garner’s wife’s response to the lack of indictment for Daniel Pantaleo and NYPD for extrajudicially executing her husband Eric Garner. A reporter asked how she feels about Pantaleo’s “apology.” Because once again, centering White “feelings” is more important than a Black woman’s grief, a family’s grief, and the impact of State violence and anti-Blackness on Black people. 

Marissa Alexander released from jail

Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother whose case became a rallying cry for anti-racism activists and survivors of domestic violence, was released today after three years of incarceration.

Alexander had faced up to 60 years behind bars for firing a single shot near her abusive husband, unable to convince a jury she had feared for her life. A hearing Tuesday confirmed the terms: Having pleaded guilty to assault in exchange for credit for time served, she will be subject to two years of electronic monitoring and house arrest, except for approved appointments and employment.

Circuit Court Judge James Daniel acknowledged that the case had drawn national attention but claimed his decision was “not based on any public opinion of any larger issue of public interest or social concern, but on the specific facts of the case.”  

Alexander’s case has long sparked outrage about the unequal application of the law for both black Americans and women. Alexander was prosecuted by Angela Corey, who was also the prosecutor in the trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the February 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin. Corey did not appear at Tuesday’s hearing.


Outrageous case. Finally Marissa was released! Her prison sentence was really terrible idea! Our criminal justice system is something special. Black woman in fear for her life shoots hurts no one and faces up to 60 years in prison. White police officers kill hundreds of people every year, tell that they feared for their lives and this excuse always helps them to be acquitted. That’s crazy.

Last month, when Glenn Ford was released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, the state of Louisiana “gave him a $20 debit card for his troubles.” That, plus the four cents he had left in his prison account, was all he had.

How do you build up the material accumulations of a lifetime overnight? How do you do it with no money? Where do you even begin?

Ford’s friend John Thompson had a clever idea: Do what millions of Americans do when they are hoping that other people will buy them a whole bunch of stuff. Build an Amazon registry.

The Amazon Wish List is here.

Read the whole piece here.


The Special Hazards Of Jail For African-Americans

Five hundred dollars would have gotten Sandra Bland out of jail before she died. She and at least four other black women have died in jail since mid-July. They died before going to trial, before being convicted of any crime. Most could have left jail and gone home if they had enough money for bail.

You don’t have to be convicted of a crime to be victimized by a racist system 

Fact: 5.3 million African American men are denied the right to vote based on a past felony conviction.

That means more than 13% of the general African American population (39 mil) and 28% of the male African American population (18.5 mil) are prohibited from voting.

—  Ten Facts About The Racist Criminal Justice System

Felony Disenfranchisement is highest in the former slave states and states with a history of civil rights violations like Florida and North Carolina. Today’s red states—particularly in the bible belt—where the Republican voting base is strongest, appear to have vested racist and political interests in permanently separating Black people from their right to vote.

This link provides information on each state’s voting laws for those with a felony record.

America Does Not Give A Damn When Black Children Are Shot

Last night, 13 people, including a 3-year old boy and several teenage kids, were shot in a mass shooting in Chicago.  

And nobody cares.

When the Sandy Hook shootings took place, the nation mourned.  The next day, the country came to a standstill.  Every news station was talking about it.  The families of the victims were inundated with gifts and money from around the country.  The outpouring of material support was so overwhelming that Newtown had to decline further gifts because they literally had no place to put them.  They had so many donations that they had to give away much of what was given.

When the Navy Yard shootings occurred recently, again, it was front page news.  National news outlets were immediately analyzing the situation.  Timelines were established.  Profiles of the victims, as they became known, were run.  Profiles of the shooter followed.  The shooting dominated the 24-hour news cycle.

And yet when 13 people get shot in Chicago, the nation barely takes notice.  At best, it is relegated an interesting tidbit placed in the side-bar.

Here is the front page of NBC News:

Fox News:

The New York Times:

The LA Times:

CNN, to their credit, appears to be the only national news outlet which felt this story was worth front-page exposure, though I highly doubt it will be there for long:

Why is it that when 13 people get mowed down in a Black neighborhood in Chicago, including a 3-year old boy who was shot in the face, it is not a national day of mourning?  Where is the outpouring of support for the families of the victims?  Where are the touching profiles by news anchors about the lives of the people that were shot?  Why is it a national tragedy when 26 people get shot in Newtown Connecticut, or 13+ people get shot in the Navy Yard in D.C., but the nation barely bats an eye when 13 people get shot in Chicago?

Perhaps it’s about expectations.  We expect people in poor Black neighborhoods to get shot, so it doesn’t shock us.  But when people get shot in a cozy white suburb, or in a military installation, it is a big surprise.  These areas are supposed to be safe, unlike low-income minority neighborhoods, riddled with idleness, crime, and violence.

But think about the implications of that statement.  This means that culturally, we value the lives of poor Black people less.  We simply don’t care when poor Black people die because we expect it to happen.  If only they had been lucky enough to be born White, or in a better neighborhood, they might be worth more sympathy.

Some might argue that people living in crime-ridden neighborhoods have only themselves to blame.  But mobility costs money.  Structural racism makes it difficult for many people in poor Black neighborhoods to lift themselves out of poverty.  And it’s not for lack of trying:  83% of children from low-income families have at least one working parent.  So the old “culture of poverty” canard does not explain the plight of people in low-income communities.

What’s really going on here is that America does not give a damn when Black children are shot.  Or about Black bodies in general.  There will be no national outpouring of support for the victims of the Chicago shooting.  The world will not stop turning in America today.  Radio hosts and news anchors have not set aside other news items to focus on the victims, or to ask tough questions about whether policy changes can prevent another tragedy.

Instead, they will keep talking about the Navy Yard shooting while 3-year old Deonta Howard, pictured above in some of the screenshots, sits in critical condition in a Chicago hospital with a hole in his face where his cheek used to be.

Race still matters in America.  If you needed any indication of that, look at the screenshots above, and ask yourself how many Black children would have to be shot for it to qualify as a national tragedy.  The number would probably scare you.  And it should.