Late yesterday, a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd.
By now, we probably have all seen the video footage of Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground by putting his knee on his neck. For anyone who has, it was hard not to conclude that then police officer Chauvin used excessive force and murdered George Floyd.
Yesterday, the system worked and held that police officer accountable for his actions. Though it should have been pretty clear to any objective observer what happened, every person has a right to a trial and to make their case. Chauvin did that and the justice system held him to account.
There has been much controversy about an election law recently passed in the state of Georgia. The law’s provisions include such things as a requirement for a photo ID to vote in person, tightening validation provisions around mail-in ballots, and a provision that most of us would not think of but which forbids passing out food and drinks to people standing in line to vote.
Liberal politicians have screamed charges of racism and voter suppression. Corporations such as Delta Airlines have joined in and Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB) announced that they are moving this year’s All-Star game out of Atlanta because of the outrage. Yesterday, Manfred announced that the game would be held in Denver, presumably because Colorado was much less ‘racist’ than Georgia in how it handled election. Yet, the actual reality is quite interesting, as is the intellectual integrity of Manfred and MLB.
For college basketball fans, March Madness is always a time of bracketology and Cinderella stories. One of the Cinderella stories this year has been Oral Roberts who is a #15 seed from a minor conference who made it to the Sweet 16.
This year, the politically correct ‘woke’ culture has decided that’s not such a fun story. Prior to the Sweet 16 games this past weekend, radical leftist groups called for the NCAA to make Oral Roberts forfeit the rest of its games. Because of some rule violation, or an ineligible player? No, it seems that the religious school does not believe in same sex marriage. And so in the intolerance of the ‘ban everything I disagree with’ mentality of modern radicalism, Oral Roberts basketball team should be forbidden to play in the NCAA because of the religious beliefs of the school.
Kenosha, Wisconsin District Attorney Michael Gravely announced late this afternoon that police involved in the August shooting of Jacob Blake will not be charged.
In the incident, which led to days of riots, police were responding to a domestic violence call and confronted Jacob Blake, a black man who ignored police warnings and instructions. As police tried to get him to stop so they could talk to him, Blake refused and continued to walk to his car. Blake opened the car door where a knife was visible and within reach (which Blake later confirmed was true). The officer shot Blake seven times in the back, leaving him paralyzed below the waist.
In a statement, the District Attorney said that the officer “felt he was about to be stabbed” and if the case were brought to court, they could not prove that the officer did not act in self-defense.
As we were preparing for our Thanksgiving celebrations, you may have missed a Supreme Court ruling in a case out of New York. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions on attendance at churches and synagogues was unconstitutional.
That is the simple, and immediate issue, at hand. But the ruling was far more significant.
You thought the battle over segregation was fought and won decades ago? Apparently not.
The King County, WA (Seattle) has been holding employee ‘listening sessions’ to discuss racial equality. However, it seems that their view of ‘equal’ also means ‘separate but equal’ training. The library system hired consultants to run the sessions, which were held in racially segregated sessions.
The consultants discovered widespread “institutional racism” in the library system but it’s unsure exactly what that means because, according to some participants, if employees reported “not experiencing or witnessing racism while working at KCLS” they were told they were likely suffering from the false consciousness of “internalized racism.” In other words, they had experienced it but they just weren’t smart enough to know it.
UK’s black Women and Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch delivered a strong and clear condemnation of the Black Lives Matter movement and critical race theory on the floor of the House of Commons — saying such ideologies have no place in British schools and that she would oppose them in every way.
Her statement was unequivocal and clear on why she opposes the radicalism of the organization while supporting equality
New buzz words or movements often spring up in the political world: ‘politically correct’ is now ‘woke’, for example, and in the fight against racism, some are trying to promote a new ‘approach’ and so we have a new preferred term. Anti-racism, also known among proponents as ‘critical race or social justice theory’, is the latest.
But when you have ‘anti-racists’ and white supremacists agree, you know that there is something unsavory going on.
As the country struggles with unequal application of justice and trying to find ways to make sure the law applies to call equally, one of the most often cited needs is for more minority police chiefs and leaders in police departments around the country that can better understand the issues involved and better relate to minority communities.