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Mom, Daughter Who Hosted Texas Pool Party Explain What Happened Moments Before Cops Arrived

Lashauna Burks said her daughter simply wanted to celebrate the end of the school year with her friends on Friday by hosting a party that promised food, fun and music. However, the gathering at the Craig Ranch Community Pool in McKinney, Texas abruptly turned violent when two white women at a nearby pool began making racist comments at the black teen partygoers.

Watch the full video for a full explanation of the events that transpired before the police were called. 

So, there were two ways in which communities racially-segregated pools at the time. One was through official segregation, and so police officers and city officials would prevent black Americans from entering pools that had been earmarked for whites. The other way of segregating pools was through violence.

And so, a city like Pittsburgh, it did not pass an official policy of racial segregation at its pools. But rather, the police and the city officials allowed, and in some cases encouraged, white swimmers to literally beat black swimmers out of the water, as a means of segregating pools, as a means of intimidating them from trying to access pools.

And now Simone Manuel is the first African-American woman to win a medal in an individual swimming event. And that medal is gold.

This is huge deal… The stigma that black people cant swim, or black women don’t want to get their hair wet. And now a Black Woman is the FASTEST SWIMMER IN THE WORLD! This is awesome.

buzzfeed.com
When Will This Ever End?!: Texas Police Officer Suspended After Pulling Weapon On Teens During Pool Party
The officer was filmed aggressively handcuffing black teens before drawing his weapon to scare away others who had come to their aid.
By David Mack

Officers were called to the a local community pool around 7:15 p.m. local time to respond to a “disturbance involving multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave,” the McKinney Police Department said in a post on its Facebook page. Other calls also advised that the teens were “actively fighting,” police said.

“First responding officers encountered a large crowd that refused to comply with police commands. Nine additional units responded to the scene. Officers were eventually able to gain control of the situation,” police said.

However, video later emerged of one officer aggressively handcuffing and detaining teens who described themselves as bystanders, before wrestling a girl in a bathing suit to the ground and drawing his weapon on others who came to her aid.

After ordering a girl to leave the area, the officer can be seen throwing her to the ground and pushing her head down.

He is then seen pulling a weapon from his holster to scare off two males who had come to the girl’s aid.

The officer is also shown sitting atop the girl to subdue her.

“A fight between a mom and a girl broke out and when the cops showed up everyone ran, including the people who didn’t do anything,” the user who uploaded the video wrote on YouTube.

“So the cops just started putting everyone on the ground and in handcuffs for no reason. This kind of force is uncalled for especially on children and innocent bystanders.”

“This video has raised concerns that are being investigated by the McKinney Police Department,” police said. “At this time, one of the responding officers has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this [investigation].”

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brainstormed some good ol’ fashioned Domestic Apartment Complex AU on twitter last night, doodled some of the ideas during stream…

EDIT: IT DIDN’T SAVE MY CAPTIONS FRICK ok so I’ll just type them

1+2) D.VA introduces Lucio to anime. He discovers FMA. She doesn’t have the heart to tell him it’s the bread and butter of anime.

3) D.VA works at Gamestop.

4) Mechanic Junkrat! Works on cars and also in a scrap yard. Always filthy.

5) Roadhog and Junkrat are that One Family that are always in the community pool. Always.

6) Zenyatta adopts all stray dogs he finds. He has a million of them and he loves them very much.

huffingtonpost.com
BREAKING: Teen Speaks Out About What Happened When Cops Broke Up A Texas Pool Party
WASHINGTON -- When Miles Jai Thomas arrived at a party at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney, Texas, on Friday night, the pool was open to everyone -- until a security guard showed up an

WASHINGTON – When Miles Jai Thomas arrived at a party at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney, Texas, on Friday night, the pool was open to everyone – until a security guard showed up and removed black partygoers from the area.

“Then he started making up rules to keep us out,” Thomas, 15, told The Huffington Post.

A white woman at the pool started making racist comments, Thomas said, such as telling black teens at the party to get used to the bars outside the pool because that’s all they were going to see.

Grace Stone, 14, who is white, told BuzzFeed News that she and friends objected to an adult woman making racist comments to other teens at the party and that the woman turned violent.

When @Keef_Cakez beat that ass pic.twitter.com/EhB5mY2aus

— Miles(K-Bandz) (@k1dmars) June 6, 2015

This is when, according to Thomas, a 19-year-old black woman told the belligerent white woman to stop fighting with the teenagers. The white woman called the black woman a “young bitch,” then walked up to her. After the young woman said her age out loud, the older woman punched her in the face. Another unidentified white woman jumped in as well before Thomas, who was recording the incident, and his friends went to break it up.

It was after this incident that the cops showed up and “started cursing and yelling at us,” Thomas said. He described an officer manhandling a young girl, as shown in this video embedded above.

“So a cop grabbed her arm and flipped her to the ground after she and him were arguing about him cursing at us,” Thomas said.

When two teens went toward the cop to help the girl, they were accused of sneaking up on the cop to attack.

“So a cop yelled ‘get those motherfuckers’ and they chased [us] with guns out. That’s why in the video I started running,” Thomas said.

“I was scared because all I could think was, 'Don’t shoot me,’” he said.

About 20 people were handcuffed during the incident, Thomas estimated. McKinney Chief of Police Greg Conley said in a press conference that one arrest was made, according to BuzzFeed News.

This story is developing and will be updated as we hear back from people involved in the incident.

The REAL truth about what happened at the pool party in McKinney, Texas, from the event organizer

June 8, 2015: The mainstream media is putting out a LOT OF MISINFORMATION regarding the McKinney POLICE POLICE BRUTALITY CASE. Here are all the REAL FACTS:

1 - A resident of the COMPLEX IN QUESTION in McKinney Texas, named Tatiana Rose, invited a group of friends OF ALL RACES to the pool in her SUBDIVISION. Yes, she LIVES there.
2 - A bunch of GROWN White women started berating the Black teenagers with RACIAL SLURS, telling them to “go back to their SECTION 8 HOUSING.” Most of the children at the event live either IN OR VERY NEAR the subdivision.
3 - The White teenagers in the group STOOD UP for their Black friends, and joined them in CONFRONTING the racist GROWN WOMEN.
4 - One of the White GROWN women assaulted a 14 year old girl - SLAPPING HER IN THE FACE - and that’s when things got out of control.
5 - NO TEENAGER is accused to assaulting, vandalizing, or doing ANYTHING other than being loud and upset.
6 - When the police were called, they did not ask ANY White person, including the White teenagers that ATTENDED TATIANA’S PARTY, onto the ground. Only BLACK TEENS were profiled by the police.
7 - A few Black teenagers that LIVED IN the subdivison, but were NOT AT TATIANA’S party - were ordered to the ground by the CORRUPT police.

And FINALLY …

The police OFFICER who was on video being abusive was NOT FIRED … and he was NOT SUSPENDED. He was placed on “ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE” meaning he is STILL GETTING PAID AND STILL HAS HIS GUN. He has NOT been charged with ANY CRIME either.

The HOST Of The POOL PARTY In McKinney Texas SPEAKS OUT … There Were A LOT Of Misconceptions About What REALLY HAPPENED … And She Clears It ALL UP!! (FULL Story WITH FACTS Here - bit.ly/1FKRBBX)

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Mediatakeout

on Monday, June 8, 2015


H/T: Mediatakeout.com

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Mark + his pool

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Muslims gather money to rebuild burnt Black churches
CHARLESTON (Web Desk) - Muslim charities have come together to raise money to rebuild African American churches that have been target of arson in the United States. Eight black churches have been burned down since the Charleston shootings in church that took lives of nine members of African American community.

“ALL houses of worship are sanctuaries, a place where all should feel safe, a place we can seek refuge when the world is too much to bear. We are calling on you to help add our support to faith communities across the country pooling their resources to rebuild these churches.”

“We want for others what we want for ourselves: the right to worship without intimidation, the right to safety, and the right to property.”

DONATE HERE

It’s a fact that ableism, homophobia, and racism influence countless aspects of people’s everyday lives. Micro-aggressions, stereotypes, internalized prejudice, flagrant bigotry, institutionalised discrimination… There are also other matters to consider: accessibility, hair or skin care, limited dating pools, communities, culture, etc.

When none of these elements are acknowledged in realistic fiction, I notice. When the absence of those elements is praised, I notice especially.

And I wonder — perhaps uncharitably — are diverse characters only OK as long as they’re not too diverse?

—  Great article by YA author Corinne Duyvis on “incidental diversity” in books and the decline of the issues book. Lots worth thinking about. 

Written for the @sterekwriters Summer Bingo Tournament. For the prompt: Swimming Lessons

Really it’s Derek’s own fault for choosing to move back into the house. Living under the same roof as his parents again is one thing, but living with his sisters is entirely another.

School being out of session means his nephews are in rare form bouncing around the house. And since he’s the only one of his siblings without a “real” job (“grad school doesn’t count, you nerd,” Cora likes to tell him), he’s usually the one stuck with babysitting duty. And he loves the boys, he does, but it’s difficult to get any work done on his thesis when cooped up inside with a couple of stir crazy eight-year-olds.

So. Community pool it is. Laura signed the boys up for swimming lessons four days a week without telling Derek until the night before their first one, but Derek doesn’t have it in him to complain too much. At least it’ll get them all out of the house for a little while, and maybe wear the boys out enough that they’ll be content to laze around in front of the TV for few hours afterwards while Derek writes.

Josh and Beck are a handful on a good day, but they seem fairly well contained now, racing each other from wall to wall across the shallow end. The instructor (“call me Stiles” he’d said at the start, which the boys had loved and Derek had scowled at) watches with a smile on his face and doesn’t bother correcting their form.

So far the guy hasn’t even gotten fully into the pool, or even taken his shirt off, just sitting on the edge with his legs kicking idly about in the water while he observes the kids. But if this is just some sort of glorified babysitting deal, Derek has absolutely zero problems with that. He brought a book with him and he knows the boys are already competent enough in the water to make lessons fairly superfluous anyway.

“Alright, high dive time!” Stiles shouts out of nowhere, and that definitely catches Derek’s attention.

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the signs and visions of summer
  • aries:sunburns, sea breezes, watermelon, sand in your sandals, fire pits, hair falling over your shoulders
  • taurus:planes, clouds, unknown languages, eye contact, sunglasses, your favorite sneakers, getting lost but feeling safe
  • gemini:suburbs, neon lights, bicycles, community pools, a hole in your t shirt, empty movie theaters, falling asleep on a friends couch
  • cancer:fruit from the farmers markets, sitting in the bed of an old truck, the city on a friday night, diners, the perfect photograph, bare feet in tall grass
  • leo:chalk on the sidewalk, smoothies, concerts, rooftops, fireworks, the neighborhood kids' lemonade stand,
  • virgo:thrift stores, night drives, record players, lake houses, open windows, watching the sunset, sleeping in
  • libra:post cards, good books, driving with the windows down, grilling out, popsicles melting, staying up too late
  • scorpio:tan lines, holding hands, warm thunderstorms, midday hikes, swimming to the bottom of the pool, shortcuts through alleyways
  • saggitarius:zip lining, walking the dog, chipped nail polish, walking only with one ear bud in, people watching, day dreaming, pool chairs
  • capricorn:late night phone calls, sleeping over at a friends', curtains that sway in the breeze, sun dresses, photos taped to the wall, half empty water bottles
  • aquarius:birds chirping, open blinds, fireworks, burnt marshmallows, diving boards, kisses on the cheek, beach towels
  • pisces:the sound of waves crashing, picnics, tree climbing, late night junk food runs, short skirts, vines growing up the walls
tell me again how we drowned ourselves in the community pool
last august. filled ourselves with crimes and sank like sorrow
 
to the bottom. remember? even when our bodies broke themselves
trying to float, our hearts were paperweights. tell me about
 
how we caught rays of sunlight and tangled them in our skins,
kissed the sins out of each other until we were holy once more.
 
tell me how we pretended the chlorine water was angel tears,
rinsed our corpses with shaking fingers and abandoned them
 
when we were clean. we wouldn’t need them anymore.
—  but the ache of living never fades | a.c. for @svcredstars | want one?
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The chaos that emerged at Craig Ranch North Community Pool on Friday in McKinney, Texas is believed by many to be an example of police misconduct and racial bias. As NPR reported, least 10 units were sent to address the concerns of residents of Craig Ranch North about "multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave.“ Residents claimed that many teenagers of various races arrived at the private Craig Ranch North Community pool on Friday when they were informed of a party occurring their via Twitter.

Details of what led homeowners to call police to the scene have not been confirmed, but many onlookers said the teenagers began to fight, allegedly jumping the fence, pushing their way into the private pool, and accosting the pool security guard. The video above, which begins at the height of the chaos, shows a McKinney police officer grabbing a 15 year old African American girl who had been slow to obey his order to leave the area. The officer twisted her arm around her back, pulled her hair, and pinned her to the ground while kneeling atop her back.  

All this occurred to a child in a swimsuit, unthreatening and unable to conceal a weapon. When several teenage bystanders rush to help the young girl, Corporal Eric Casebolt drew his firearm and pointed it at them. Prior to the incident, Casebolt had been handcuffing several African American boys who were already sitting on the curb, compliant. Craig Ranch North Community members are praising the actions of police, however. One white resident said the guards behaved correctly in response to kids threatening security guards and using profanity.

McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley said a formal investigation into the incident has been opened and that the department is committed to treating all persons fairly under the law. Those words overlook what some have described as a history of racial tension in McKinney. In 2004, the Department of Justice questioned the McKinney Police Department’s tactics. In 2009, the City of McKinney settled a lawsuit that alleged it was blocking the development of affordable housing suitable for tenants with Section 8 vouchers in the more affluent western portion of the city, where the city is 86% white. 

It’s additionally troubling that this case, like others where African American children interact with law enforcement, highlights the tendency by both police and media to refer to black children as adults. Referring to individuals who are clearly children as young men and women skews the perception of the reader to believe these individuals were somehow more of a threat and somehow more guilty than a white child in the same situation.