Rest In Power Trayvon Martin

Remembering Trayvon Martin

By: Anti-Intellect 2/26/2013

             In remembering Trayvon Martin, I can’t help but look at his tragic and untimely death in a larger social context. It can almost be said with certainty that Trayvon Martin would still be alive today if the gender of his killer were different. Simply put, there are no widespread cases of women gunning down other people. The murder of Trayvon Martin is a feminist issue. It is my hope that his death will become a catalyst for further contemplation of both race and gender relations. There is something terribly wrong with the way that we socialize me in this world. That gun violence has almost become synonymous with maleness is something that deeply disturbs me as a feminist man. George Zimmerman did not just attack and kill Trayvon on that fateful night simply because he was Black. Both Trayvon and Zimmerman’s gender played a significant role in how things played out. Patriarchy is a social system that privileges men over women, but it also privileges stronger men over weaker men. That night, with that gun, George Zimmerman was the more powerful man, and he knew it. In honoring the life of Trayvon Martin, I will continue to use my voice as a Black male feminist to critically examine our notions of gender. It is the least that I could do for him. Rest in power Trayvon Martin.


Demetrius Martin cries as he remembers his brother, Trayvon Martin, during the 'March for Peace' at Ives Estate Park in honor of the late Trayvon Martin on February 9, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012 while Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Demetrius Martin cries as he remembers his brother, Trayvon Martin, during the ‘March for Peace’ at Ives Estate Park in honor of the late Trayvon Martin on February 9, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012 while Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Honor Trayvon Martin

A year after Trayvon Martin’s death, Sanford is healing

by Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider, Associated Press

Demetrius Martin cries as he remembers his brother, Trayvon Martin, during the 'March for Peace' at Ives Estate Park in honor of the late Trayvon Martin on February 9, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012 while Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Demetrius Martin cries as he remembers his brother, Trayvon Martin, during the ‘March for Peace’ at Ives Estate Park in honor of the late Trayvon Martin on February 9, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012 while Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


SANFORD, Florida (AP) — One year after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager thrust this small central Florida city into the national spotlight, life in Sanford is returning to its regular rhythm.

After the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at the hands of a neighborhood watch leader, civil rights leaders warned that Sanford risked its upscale reputation and could become a 21st century version of civil rights flashpoints like Selma, Alabama.

It seems that Sanford’s reputation has been maintained — at least for now. Downtown is abuzz with the activity of 1st Street shops and restaurants, not the sounds of marching protesters.

Literature lovers peruse Maya Books & Music. Craft beers are poured at The Imperial, a bar that doubles as a furniture store. At Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe, patrons feast on sauerbraten and listen to the house polka band.

But beneath the usual pace of life lurks the memory of what happened a year ago Tuesday in a nearby gated community.

Civil rights leaders said that if Martin had been white, the neighborhood watch leader, George Zimmerman, would have been arrested the night of the shooting. Zimmerman’s father is white, and his mother is Hispanic.

In the weeks after the shooting, thousands of people marched through Sanford, demanding Zimmerman’s arrest. T-shirts and posters of Martin sold rapidly on Sanford streets. The police chief lost his job.

The protests stopped after Jacksonville prosecutor Angela Corey took over the investigation and filed second-degree murder charges against Zimmerman a month and a half after Martin’s shooting. Zimmerman, whose trial is set for June, has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.

At the height of the protests last March, national civil rights leaders such as the Rev. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Ben Jealous had vowed to turn Martin’s shooting into a movement addressing equal justice under the law, as well as “stand your ground” laws enacted by states such as Florida that allow people to use deadly force if their lives are in danger. While those issues have retreated somewhat in the national discussion, they haven’t in Sanford, where race relations and concerns about traditionally underrepresented communities have moved to the forefront.

“It’s on our minds all the time,” said City Manager Norton Bonaparte, who is black.

Since the arrest, Sanford leaders have taken steps they hope will ease racial tensions in the city of 53,000 residents, more than a quarter of whom are African-American. Officials have held a series of community meetings in the predominantly black neighborhood of Goldsboro, established a community relations office, and appointed a human relations commission and a panel to review police-community relations. And they’ve studied how other communities, such as Rochester, New York, have overcome periods of tense race relations.

“Out of tragedy comes opportunity,” said Mayor Jeff Triplett, who is white. “There was a scab over the wound of race relations, and this event opened it up.”

Residents of Sanford’s historically black neighborhoods say that for the most part, they are encouraged by the dialogue that has emerged with city officials. Shantree Hall said she welcomes the scrutiny Martin’s shooting death has brought to Sanford.

“It’s not just local eyes that are looking,” Hall said. “It’s the international eyes that are looking too. Sometimes you can fall weak and can’t stand upon your own feet to fight a battle, but people look at that battle and fight it for you. And that’s what happened in Sanford.”

Natalie Jackson, a Sanford native who also is an attorney for Martin’s parents, said the city is slowly reaching a point of reconciliation.

“There’s something good that’s coming out of this, and that’s going to be the understanding,” she said. “I think Sanford will be a better community for it.”

But officials are aware that protests and racial tension could return during Zimmerman’s June trial or April self-defense hearing. It’s then that a judge will decide whether his defense argument is sufficient to allow for the case to be dismissed under the “stand your ground” law. Weighing on local leaders’ minds are the 1992 Los Angeles riots that followed the acquittal of three white police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King.

“History has shown it can happen if people feel justice isn’t served,” Bonaparte said.

“The community itself is standing fast, waiting to see what happens,” Turner Clayton, president of the Seminole County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said this month at a gathering to commemorate what would have been Martin’s 18th birthday. “Right now there is a lot of calm throughout the city. … They’re just laidback, waiting to see what goes on. So we’ll see.”

And while the fervor over the Martin shooting may have calmed for now, Sanford residents point out other problems, such as a recent rash of shootings between rival gangs.

“Unfortunately, there’s a lot that’s still going on with violence in our community, with violence against other people,” resident Marc Booker said. “There’s a lot of people trying to pull together and understand that there needs to be unity.”


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press


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4 Famous Black Feminists You Never Learned About in School

Black History Month: 4 Famous Black Feminists You Never Learned About in School

by Saudi Garcia

Feminism, the age old F-word, is a key reason why millennial women are able to do the things they do.

Feminism has broken down barriers of inequality and liberated the daughters of a past generation to have it all: college educations, fulfilling careers, relationships on their own terms, and progressive status within their families. As women, we owe a lot to the feminist movement and to the leaders like Gloria Steinem who inspired a generation.

In honor of Black History Month, and in honor of the feminists women of color who have gone unacknowledged in the mainstream folds of the movement, I present to you a list of some of the most radical black feminists of all time.

Radical and revolutionary are terms that can be empty when not understood within their context. The following women are radical feminists because of their desire to bring attention to the plight of black women, which in some cases was and is different from the struggles of white women. Dealing with social conditions like slavery, structural racism, poverty and a denial of education, they called attention to the needs of black women in the U.S. in their own unique ways. And like other feminists, they were not afraid to be the first to do so.

1. Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964)

Cooper was a mixed race woman born in 1858. She was a fierce supporter of education for black women, believing that they could make deep contributions to society. She is best known for being the first black feminist and for publishing the book A Voice from the South. Despite her focus on Black American issues, she was traveled and lived in Europe, collaborating with black intellectuals there. Cooper lived to the age of 105 and saw slavery, emancipation, the Civil War, the early rise of the American feminist movement, World Wars I and II, and the Civil Rights movement.

For more on her, go here and here.

2. Amy Jacques Garvey (1895-1973)

As you might have guessed, Amy Garvey was the wife of Marcus Garvey. On her own, she was a leading Pan-Africanist and Black Nationalist. Her feminist contribution came in the form of highlighting the voices of Black women by publishing their writings in a column of the newspaper “The Negro World.” After her husband was expelled from the U.S., she came to lead the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), advocating and raising funds on its behalf.

3. Florynce Kennedy (1916-2000)

Kennedy was known to be the kind of lawyer who did not take “no” for an answer, and who refused to back away from controversial, high-profile cases. She fought her way to an admission at Columbia Law School after being rejected for being a woman. In 1948, Kennedy went on to be the second Black woman to graduate from CLS.

She opened her own practice in 1952 and went on to represent clients like female members of the Black Liberation Front, the Black Panthers and Billie Holiday. As a lawyer and social activist, she became active in struggles against racism, sexism and homophobia in the government, private corporations and media. In few words, Florynce Kennedy was a badass. How else can you describe the woman who helped found the Women’s Political Caucus, the National Black Feminist Organization,and the National Organization of Women, and who also was an early supporter of pro-choice legislation?

4. Cheryl Clarke (b. 1947)

Clarke is a female black lesbian poet in the style of a feminist favorite, Audre Lorde. Clarke received her Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University and has contributed to understanding the intellectual production of queer women in the Black Arts Movement. She is the author of several books of poetry and prose, but by far “After Mecca”: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement is her best known work. Clarke represents new directions for black feminists in the 21st century.

Though still contending with problems of structural racism and poverty, black feminists are now trying to continue the work of building coalitions across racial, ethnic, political, and sexual identities.

I leave you with this quote from famed scholar and Black feminist Angela Davis:

“For me, revolution was never “a thing to do” before settling down; it was no fashionable club with newly-minted jargon or new kind of social life–made thrilling by risk and confrontation, made glamorous by costume. Revolution is a serious thing, the most serious thing about a revolutionary’s life. When one commits oneself to the struggle, it must be for a lifetime.” — Angela Davis: An Autobiography, p. 162


Malcolm X – You Can’t Hate the Roots Of A Tree

Malcolm X – You Can’t Hate the Roots Of A Tree (Speech)

Transcript Included Below:

Why should the Black man in America concern himself since he’s been away from the African continent for three or four hundred years? Why should we concern ourselves?

What impact does what happens to them have upon us? Number one, you have to realize that up until 1959 Africa was dominated by the colonial powers. Having complete control over Africa, the colonial powers of Europe projected the image of Africa negatively.

They always project Africa in a negative light: jungle savages, cannibals, nothing civilized. Why then, naturally it was so negative that it was negative to you and me, and you and I began to hate it. We didn’t want anybody telling us anything about Africa, much less calling us Africans.

In hating Africa and in hating the Africans, we ended up hating ourselves, without even realizing it. Because you can’t hate the roots of a tree, and not hate the tree. You can’t hate your origin and not end up hating yourself. You can’t hate Africa and not hate yourself.

You show me one of these people over here who has been thoroughly brainwashed and has a negative attitude toward Africa, and I’ll show you one who has a negative attitude toward himself. You can’t have a positive toward yourself and a negative attitude toward Africa at the same time. To the same degree that your understanding of and attitude toward become positive, you’ll find that your understanding of and your toward yourself will also become positive.

And this is what the white man knows. So they very skillfully make you and me hate our African identity, our African characteristics. You know yourself that we have been a people who hated our African characteristics. We hated our heads, we hated the shape of our nose, we wanted one of those long doglike noses, you know; we hated the color of our skin, hated the blood of Africa that was in our veins. And in hating our features and our skin and our blood, why, we had to end up hating ourselves. And we hated ourselves.

Our color became to us a chain–we felt that it was holding us back; our color became to us like a prison which we felt was keeping us confined, not letting us go this way or that way. We felt all of these restrictions were based solely upon our color, and the psychological reaction to that would have to be that as long as we felt imprisoned or chained or trapped by Black skin, Black features, and Black blood, that skin and those features and that blood holding us back automatically had to become hateful to us. And it became hateful to us.

It made us feel inferior; it made us feel inadequate made us feel helpless. And when we fell victims to this feeling of inadequacy or inferiority or helplessness, we turned to somebody else to show us the way. We didn’t have confidence in another Black man to show us the way, or Black people to show us the way. In those days we didn’t. We didn’t think a man could do anything except play some horns–you know, make sound and make you happy with some songs and in that way.

But in serious things, where our food, clothing, shelter, and education were concerned, we turned to the man. We never thought in terms of bringing these things into existence for ourselves, we never thought in terms of doing for ourselves. Because we felt helpless.

What made us feel helpless was our hatred for ourselves. And our hatred for ourselves stemmed from hatred for things African. After 1959 the spirit of African nationalism was fanned to a high flame, and we then began to witness the complete collapse of colonialism. France began to get out of French West Africa, Belgium began to make moves to get out of the Congo, Britain began to make moves to get out of Kenya, Tanganyika, Uganda, Nigeria, and some of these other places.

And although it looked like they were getting out, they pulled a trick that was colossal. When you’re playing ball and they’ve got you trapped, you don’t throw the ball away–you throw it to one of your teammates who’s in the clear. And this is what the European powers did.

They were trapped African continent, they couldn’t stay there –they were looked upon as colonial and imperialist. They had to pass the ball to someone whose image was different, and they passed the ball to Uncle Sam. And he picked it up and has been running it for a touchdown ever since.

He was in the clear, he was not looked upon as one who had colonized the African continent. At that time, the Africans couldn’t see that though the Unites States hadn’t colonized the African continent, it had colonized twenty-two million Blacks here on this continent. Because we’re just as thoroughly colonized as anybody else. When the ball was passed to the United States, it was passed at the time when John Kennedy came into power. He picked it up and helped to run it. He was one of the shrewdest backfield runners that history has recorded. He surrounded himself with intellectuals–highly educated, learned, and well informed people.

And their analysis told him that the government of America was confronted with a new problem. And this new problem stemmed from the fact that Africans were now awakened, they were enlightened, they were fearless, they would fight. This meant that the Western powers couldn’t stay there by force. Since their own economy, the European economy and the American economy was based upon their continued influence over the African continent, they had to find some means of staying there.

So they used the friendly approach. They switched from the old, openly colonial imperialistic approach to the benevolent approach. They came up with some benevolent colonialism, philanthropic colonialism, humanitarianism, or dollarism. Immediately everything was Peace Corps, Operation Crossroads, “We’ve got to help our African brothers.” Pick up on that: Can’t help us in Mississippi. Can’t help us in Alabama, or Detroit, or out here in Dearborn, where some real Ku Klux Klan lives. They’re going to send all the way to Africa to help.

One of the things that made the Black Muslim movement grow was its emphasis upon things African. This was the secret to the growth of the Black Muslim movement. African blood, African origin, African culture, African ties. And you’d be surprised–we discovered that deep within the subconscious of the black man in this country, he is still more African than he is American. He thinks that he’s more American than African, because the man is jiving him, the man is brainwashing him every day.

He’s telling him, “You’re an American, you’re an American.” Man, how could you think you’re an American when you haven’t ever had any kind of an American treat over here? You have never, never. Ten men can be at a table eating, you know, dining, and I can come and sit down where they’re dining. They’re dining; I’ve got a plate in front of me, but nothing is on it. Because all of us are sitting at the same table, are all us are diners? I’m not a diner until you let me dine. Just being at the table with others who are dining doesn’t make me a diner, and this is what you’ve got to get in your head here in this country. Just because you’re in this country doesn’t make you an American.

No, you’ve got to go farther than that before you can become an American. You’ve got to enjoy the fruits of Americanism. You haven’t enjoyed those fruits. You’ve enjoyed the thorns. You’ve enjoyed the thistles. But you have not enjoyed the fruits, no sir. You have fought harder for the fruits the white man has, you have worked harder for the fruits than the white man has, but you’ve enjoyed less. When the man put the uniform on and sent you abroad, you fought harder than they did. Yes, I know you–when you’re fighting for them, you can fight.

The Black Muslim movement did make that contribution. They made the whole civil rights movement become more militant and more acceptable to the white power structure. He would rather have them than us. In fact, I think we forced many of the civil rights leaders to be even more militant than they intended. I know some of them who get out there and “boom, boom, boom” and don’t mean it. Because they’re right on back in their corner as soon as the action comes.

The worst thing the white man can do to himself is to take one of these kinds of Negroes and ask him, “How do your people feel, boy?” He’s going to tell that man that we are satisfied. That’s what they do, brothers and sisters. They get behind the door and tell the white man we’re satisfied. “Just keep on keeping me up here in front of them, boss, and I’ll keep them behind you.” That’s what they talk when they’re behind closed us. Because, you see, the white man doesn’t go along with anybody who’s not for him. He doesn’t care are you for right or wrong; he wants to know are you for him. And if you’re for him, he doesn’t care what else you’re for. As long as you’re for him, then he puts you up over the Negro community. You become a spokesman…

Brothers and sisters, let me tell you, I spend my time out there streets with people, all kinds of people, listening to what they have to say. And they’re dissatisfied, they’re disillusioned, they’re fed up, they’re getting to the point of frustration where they begin to feel, “What do we have to lose?” When you get to that point, you’re the type of person who can create a very dangerously explosive atmosphere. This is what’s happening in our neighborhoods, to our people.

I read in a poll taken by Newsweek magazine this week, saying that Negroes are satisfied. Oh, yes, Newsweek, you know, supposed to be a top magazine with a top pollster, talking about how satisfied Negroes are. Maybe I haven’t met the Negroes he met. Because I know he hasn’t met the ones that I’ve met. And this is dangerous. This is where the white man does himself the most harm. He invents statistics to create an image thinking that that image is going to hold things in check.

You know why they always say Negroes are lazy? Because they want Negroes to be lazy. They always say Negroes can’t unite, because they don’t want Negroes to unite. And once they put this thing in the Negro’s mind, they feel he tries to fulfill their image. If they say you can’t unite Black people and then you come to them to unite them, they won’t unite, because it’s been said that they’re not supposed to unite. It’s a psycho that they work and it’s the same way with these statistics.

When they think that an explosive era is coming up, then they grab their press again and begin to shower the Negro public, to make it appear that all Negroes are satisfied. Because if you know you’re dissatisfied all by yourself and ten others aren’t, you play it cool; but if you know that all ten of you are dissatisfied, you get with it. This is what the man knows. The man knows that if these Negroes find out how dissatisfied they really are–even Uncle Tom is dissatisfied, he’s just playing his part for now–this is what makes the man frightened. It frightens them in France and it frightens them in England, and it frightens them in the United States.

And it is for this reason that it is so important for you and me to start organizing among ourselves, intelligently, and try to find out: “What are we going to do if this happens, that happens or the next thing happens?” Don’t think that you’re going to run to the man and say, “Look, boss this is me.” Why, when the deal goes down, you’ll look just like me in his eyesight; I’ll make it tough for you. Yes, when the deal goes down, he doesn’t look at you in any better light than he looks at me…

I say again that I’m not a racist, I don’t believe in any form of segregation or anything like that. I’m for brotherhood for everybody, but I don’t believe in forcing brotherhood upon people who done’ want it. Let us practice brotherhood among ourselves, and then if others want to practice brotherhood with us, we’re for practicing it with them also. But I don’t think that we should run around trying to love somebody who doesn’t love us.

Keeping Your Natural Hair Moist

3 Tools that Promote Moisture in Natural Hair


Moisture doesn’t just come from the products we apply to our hair, it can also come from what we use to manage and care for it. Check out 3 tools that promote moisture in natural hair:

1. Satin Pillow Case/Scarf
You should all be familiar with this by now. At night you should protect your hair from the drying effects of polyester/cotton sheets and pillowcases, especially if you move around a lot like me. The satiny smooth material of the pillowcase/scarf will keep your style in place and keep dryness at bay. Don’t forget to line your hats and headwraps with this material or something similar.


2. Humidifier
If you live in a very cold/very hot dry climate or experience harsh temperatures, you may want to invest in a humidifier. This puts moisture back into the air. You can use it at night before going to bed. It is also good for your skin and prevents illness by keeping the mucosal lining of your nostrils lubricated to ward off germs.

3. Shower filter
Chlorine and calcium deposits from hard water can wreak havoc on hair (and skin) causing it to become dry, brittle and dull. A filter can keep these deposits from coating the hair. I purchased a filter from Home Depot for $20. Every 6 months, I purchase a replacement cartridge for only $10. It is so worth it! No more dry skin or hair in the winter!


Ladies, do you use any of these tools? How have they impacted your hair’s moisture level?


“Beat That Pussy Up Like Emmett Till” – Lil Wayne

Rapper Future Defends Lil Wayne’s Hurtful Reference to Emmett Till

by Maria Lloyd

Following outrage from the African-American community over Lil Wayne’s hurtful reference to Emmett Till on rap artist Future’s song titled “Karate Chop”, respected music industry executive LA Reid, Epic Records, and Lil Wayne himself have denounced their support of the lyrics and vowed to remove it when the official song is released. In other words, all parties involved seem to be in agreement that Lil Wayne hit below the belt; however, rapper Future does not appear to be on board with his manager, record label, and colleague.

In a recent interview with MTV, the rapper did not disclose how he feels about the outcry, instead, he focuses on discussing the song and saying it was “a hot song.” Here’s what he said: ”Man it was a hot song. You know what I’m saying? We did it from a good place with great intentions. Just being — uh — just to add some life onto the song — the record. You know what I mean? It was did from a good place. Good, good art. He didn’t have no bad intentions. Wasn’t even thinking about it like that. It was used in a different way, but I understand. So at the end of the day we’re gonna move on from it and find a way to build.”  The 27-year-old newcomer’s arrogant response to the matter will probably seal his fate and future (no pun intended) in the music industry.

There is no way a person who knows the story of Emmett Till would allow a colleague to slander Till’s legacy with vulgar lyrics that are to be promoted and distributed to a young, African-American audience. Future and Lil Wayne are prime examples of what the black community has been missing for decades: Knowledge of self. As Rev. Jeremiah Wright once told a congregation: Teach children “African-American history and not the one taught by our enemies who distort our history, diss our history.” It is obvious that neither Future nor Lil Wayne have had any real understanding of black history. So, who’s to blame for their ignorance? The entire black community.

Ever since the drug epidemic, the black community’s division has become more evident. Far too many well-to-do African-Americans have turned their backs on those who are in poverty, including the children, and refuse to lend a helping hand. These same “self-aware” — if you will — African-Americans will quickly criticize the uneducated, “unaware” population of African-Americans when they do and/or say things that are embarrassing to the community at large. We were once a village. A tight-knit community that watched out for one another and took pride in building a family under one roof, but unfortunately, those traditions have left us. Today we pride ourselves on having a 72 percent out-of-wedlock childbirth and skyrocketing high school drop-outs, high school pregnancies, and HIV/AIDs infections.

So, instead of condemning persons who are part of the Millennial generation, attempt to understand the source of their ignorance and lend a helping hand. Educate them. Love them. Respect them. If they refuse your help, your education, your love, and your respect, it the community’s responsibility to silence that individual so that they do not infect the next generation of youth with their ignorance. We’ve allowed far too many ignorant individuals to lead our children into darkness. In 2013, let’s vow to stop ignorance and disrespect at the door, as a community. If we don’t reclaim our community, uneducated rappers and athletes will continue to do it for us. Now ask yourself: “Do I want my child to interact with that person?” If your answer is no that is the person who needs the community’s help. Every African-American has an obligation to reach back and mentor someone from a poverty-stricken community. Yes, it is your obligation.


The Young Turks Weigh In:

‘Shut that N*gger Baby Up!’

‘Shut that N*gger Baby Up!’ Yells Airline Passenger Before Slapping Child

joe rickey hundley & jonah bennett

*No, he didn’t!

Just when we think we’ve heard it all in terms of racists remarks and actions, along comes the story of a white airline passenger who not only told the mother of a crying child to “shut that nigger baby up,” but then proceeded to allegedly slap the 19-month-old baby across the face.

This all happened on February 8 aboard Delta Air Lines Flight 721. As a result – according to a US District Court affidavit – Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, has been charged with simple assault. Hundley, is president of an aircraft parts manufacturer headquartered in Hayden, Idaho, according to The Smoking Gun.

In an interview, Hundley denied striking the toddler or using a racial slur, though he did acknowledge that he “asked the mother to quiet the child.” Hundley, who said he was traveling to Atlanta to visit a hospitalized relative, described himself as “distraught” on the flight, during which he said he consumed a single alcoholic drink.

As detailed by FBI Agent Daron Cheney, Hundley was traveling to Atlanta from Minneapolis in seat 28A on the MD-90 twin-engine jet. He was seated next to Jessica Bennett, who shared seat 28B with her son Jonah.

Bennett, 33, told investigators that the “aircraft was in final descent” to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when her child “started to cry due to the altitude change.” Bennett added that she “was trying to get [her son] to stop crying, but he continued.”

At this point, Bennett recalled, Hundley used the racial epithet as he told her to shut the child up. He then allegedly “turned around and slapped” the toddler in the face “with an open hand, which caused the juvenile victim to scream even louder.” The slap, Bennett said, “caused a scratch below [the child’s] right eye.”

If any of this is true, Mr. Hundley should be grateful he’s still vertical. He’s very lucky he didn’t strike the child of any number of mothers we know. We’ll just leave at that. But, what would you do?

In the meantime, as we said at the top, this low life was only charged with simple assault, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Atlanta. If convicted of the misdemeanor count, he faces a maximum of one year in prison.

Check out the full report at The Smoking Gun.


Some of The Most Devastating Moments in Black History

So Many Tears: The Most Devastating Moments in Black History

Words By Amber Mckynzie

From Emmett Louis Till to Trayvon Martin, there has never been a shortage of violent or discriminatory acts towards the Black community. And the crime: being born with a skin color that could never be light enough. Beyond slavery—for the past 55-plus years—monstrous crimes have been committed with little recourse or repercussions.

Being in the wrong place at the wrong time became a perpetual justification for racist opportunity, and authoritative figures often looked the other way when they weren’t helping carry out a crime. On average, it took more than 30 days to charge a White person with a crime committed against a Black person, and years to convict—if it ever got to that.

Realizing that “an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” Black Enterprise looks back at some of the most horrific and gruesome moments in Black history. Soon many will realize history is just a year behind.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse Jackson and Hosea Williams standing on the balcony outside the Lorraine Motel before King was shot.

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Murder

While visiting Memphis, Tennessee to aid workers in a labor strike, Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down while standing on the balcony outside his room at the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968. King’s assassin, James Earl Ray, was not found until two months later after an “international manhunt.” Ray—who plotted King’s murder during the first few months of 1968—did not confess to the civil rights leader’s assassination until March of 1969, where he was then sentenced to 99 years in prison. The Alton, Illinois-born killer didn’t see thirty years of his sentence: he died in prison April 23, 1998.

King’s murder “sparked riots and demonstrations in more than 100 cities across the country,” and continues to be the source of motivation to change civil liberties for African Americans worldwide.

Malcolm X rushed to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital after his assassination.

Malcolm X Assassination

At the tender age of 14, Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, told his English teacher that he wanted to be a lawyer when he grew up. To his dismay, the teacher responded, “One of life’s first needs is for us to be realistic… you need to think of something you can be… Why don’t you plan on carpentry?” Understanding that school meant nothing to Blacks, Malcolm dropped out of school at 15.

After turning to street life, as school was no longer a priority, the Nebraska native was arrested in 1946 and sentenced to 10 years for larceny. While in prison, several siblings visited a 21-year-old Malcolm and explained their decision to join the Nation of Islam. After several visits, the soon-to-be civil leader decided to convert to Islam as well. Thus, in 1952, when released from prison, Malcolm changed his last name to X. He then worked closely with Nation of Islam leader, Elijah Muhammad. “By the early 1960s, Malcolm X had emerged as a leading voice of a radicalized wing of the Civil Rights Movement, presenting an alternative to Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of a racially integrated society achieved by peaceful means.” But things changed in 1963 when X learned “his hero and mentor had violated many of his own teachings, most flagrantly by carrying on many extramarital affairs.” One year later, Malcolm decided to leave the Nation of Islam, but not everyone was in support of his decision.

On February 21, 1965, three years before Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, Malcolm X was shot 15 times while getting ready to deliver a speech at Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan. The civil rights leader was pronounced dead upon his arrival to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Three men were later convicted of his murder– Talmadge Hayer, Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson.Malcolm X Assassination

At the tender age of 14, Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, told his English teacher that he wanted to be a lawyer when he grew up. To his dismay, the teacher responded, “One of life’s first needs is for us to be realistic… you need to think of something you can be… Why don’t you plan on carpentry?” Understanding that school meant nothing to Blacks, Malcolm dropped out of school at 15.

After turning to street life, as school was no longer a priority, the Nebraska native was arrested in 1946 and sentenced to 10 years for larceny. While in prison, several siblings visited a 21-year-old Malcolm and explained their decision to join the Nation of Islam. After several visits, the soon-to-be civil leader decided to convert to Islam as well. Thus, in 1952, when released from prison, Malcolm changed his last name to X. He then worked closely with Nation of Islam leader, Elijah Muhammad. “By the early 1960s, Malcolm X had emerged as a leading voice of a radicalized wing of the Civil Rights Movement, presenting an alternative to Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of a racially integrated society achieved by peaceful means.” But things changed in 1963 when X learned “his hero and mentor had violated many of his own teachings, most flagrantly by carrying on many extramarital affairs.” One year later, Malcolm decided to leave the Nation of Islam, but not everyone was in support of his decision.

On February 21, 1965, three years before Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, Malcolm X was shot 15 times while getting ready to deliver a speech at Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan. The civil rights leader was pronounced dead upon his arrival to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Three men were later convicted of his murder– Talmadge Hayer, Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson.

Emmett Till's 1954 Christmas photo.

The Untimely Death of Emmett Till

A black man sleeping with a White woman during the Civil Rights Movement was unheard of, but whistling at one was just as bad. Unfortunately, 14-year-old Emmett Louis Till learned that the hard way. During the summer of 1955, Till was visiting his family in Money, Mississippi when he caught himself interacting in an “unacceptably” flirtatious manner with a 21-year-old White woman named Carolyn Bryant in Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market. Carolyn happened to be the wife of the store’s owner.

Four days later, not realizing the boundaries between blacks and Whites were different down South than in the Midwest, the promising Illinois native found himself in the hands of the White woman’s husband and his half-brother, Roy and J.W. respectively, at 2:30am. After taking Till to the Tallahatchie River, the two men brutally beat and shot him; “tied him up barbed wire to a large metal fan; and shoved his mutilated body into the water.” Emmett’s uncle, Moses Wright, told police his nephew was missing, but three days passed before his body was recovered from the waters.

Addie Mae Collins, 14, Cynthia Wesley, 14, Carole Robertson, 14 and Denise McNair, 11.

The Birmingham, Alabama Church Bombing

On September 15, 1963, Addie Mae Collins, 14, Cynthia Wesley, 14, Carole Robertson, 14 and Denise McNair, 11, were found dead in the basement restroom of Birmingham, Alabama’s 16th Street Baptist Chuch after a bomb exploded through the church corridors. Back then, “Birmingham was the most segregated city in America, and had the longest history of aggressive racial violence. Birmingham was called ‘Bombingham’.”

As a hub of worship among the Black community and meeting grounds for civil rights leaders, the 16th Street Baptist Church became a primary target for Ku Klux Klan members. The bomb went off at 10:22am on the east side of church building, stopping the scheduled 11:00am service. The explosion was the third to happen in 11 days, “just after a federal court order had come down mandating the integration of Alabama’s school system.” Without question, outrage poured throughout the streets of the Heart of Dixie’s largest city. Countless protests and violence swarmed the hearts of thousands as the Black community came together to mourn the loss of four innocent girls.

The FBI was informed of the KKK’s involvement in the church bombing in 1965, specifically focused on Klan leader, Robert E. Chambliss. But because former president J. Edgar Hoover was head of the government organization during the initial investigation, no leads were followed in the case because he didn’t believe in the Civil Rights Movement. It wasn’t until 1977, five years after Hoover’s death, that Alabama Attorney General Bob Baxley chose to reopen the 16 Street Church bombing case. Chambliss was convicted of murder later that year, but didn’t live to see 10 years of sentence. He died in 1985.

Missing poster released for civil rights' workers, James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner

The Mississippi Murders of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner

For two days, James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner—now known as the Mississippi civil rights workers—were beaten, tortured, shot and buried by the Mississippi White Knights Ku Klux Klan chapter and officials of Neshoba County, near Meridian, Mississippi. The three men were working together in the Civil Rights Movement, helping Black people register to vote. The chapter’s Imperial Wizard, Sam Bowers, did not like Schwerner’s involvement in Black voter registration and decided he needed to be killed—he was a White civil rights activist defying White supremacy. So on June, 21, 1963, Chaney, a Black man, Goodman and Schwerner were returning from a trip to Philadelphia, MS when they were pulled over for speeding by Cecil Price, Deputy Sherrif and a White Knights’ member. Price held the three men in custody while the Klan prepared to end their Civil Rights brigade.

Even though the deputy sheriff later released Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman, “The three activists were later chased down in their car and cornered in a secluded spot in the woods where they were shot and then buried in graves that had been prepared in advance.” The men were reported missing, but their bodies not immediately found as local authorities were in no mood to aid the investigation.

It wasn’t until June 21, 2005, 41 years after the KKK began to slowly torture the three Mississippi civil rights’ workers, that Edgar Ray Killen, “known as an outspoken white supremacist and part-time Baptist minister,” was convicted of three counts of manslaughter and sentenced to 60 years in prison.

One of James Byrd, Jr.'s only remaining pictures.

The James Byrd, Jr., Texas Murder

“In Texas, they lynch Negroes.” James Farmer, Jr.—played by Denzel Whitaker in the Harpo Films movie, The Great Debaters, 2007—said those five words on stage as he debated the topic of civil disobedience being a moral weapon in the fight for justice. “My teammates and I saw a man strung up by his neck and set on fire…what was this Negro’s crime that he should be hung in a dark forest filled with fog? Was he a thief, a killer or just a Negro…My opponent says, ‘nothing that erodes the rule of law can be moral,’ but there is no rule of law in the Jim Crow South.”

No matter the year, the Jim Crow South lives on, especially in small towns like Jasper, Texas. Nearly 15 years ago, on June 7, 1998, James Byrd, Jr. was murdered for no other reason than the color of his skin. As three men—Shawn Berry, Lawrence Brewer and John King—offered Byrd a ride home, the 49-year-old soon found himself chained to the back of Shawn Berry’s pick-up truck. The men dragged Byrd along an asphalt road for three miles. “Byrd was said to be conscious during most of the harrowing ordeal, finally dying by way of a decapitation after his body hit a culvert in the road.”

While Berry, Brewer and King were immediately arrested, and all men charged with capital murder, the small town of Jasper, Texas—with a current approximate population of 8,000—unhappily found itself in the public eye. It’s reported that King and Brewer met in prison when joining a White supremacy group years before the murder. Shawn Berry was spared the death penalty as evidence proved he was “not” a racist. He currently sits in a Texas prison serving out his life sentence. Brewer and King were both given the death penalty—Brewer was killed by lethal injection in September of 2011. To no public surprise, the night before Brewer’s execution he said, “he felt no remorse and would do it all over again.” King continues to wait for his execution.

Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. together as friends.

Hip-Hop’s Deadliest Murders: Tupac & Biggie

The murders of two of hip-hop’s greatest, Tupac Amaru Shakur and Christopher “B.I.G.” Wallace, literally divided a nation. Two promising stars—one signed to Death Row Records and the other signed to Bad Boy Records, respectively—who were once friends, died at war with each other just six months apart.

The coastal rap feud began in 1994 when Biggie asked Tupac to come over to Quad Studios in Midtown Manhattan. After walking on the elevator to go upstairs, Pac was jumped, robbed and shot. When B.I.G.’s entourage realized what happened, they rushed downstairs to help Shakur but it was too late. The war between the rappers commenced, as Tupac believed his friend, the Notorious B.I.G., set him up.

The hostility between Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace forced America to take sides—you were either Team Pac on the West Coast or Team B.I.G. on the East Coast—there was no in between. Tupac was gunned down on September 6, 1996, outside of the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas. He died seven days later at Las Vegas’ University Medical Center. Many blamed Wallace and Combs for Pac’s murder, but no one had sufficient evidence to back up the claims. Then, six months later, on March 9, 1997, the Notorious B.I.G. was hit four times in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, CA. “Reports shows that although he was shot four times, it was a single bullet that ended his life…entering the rapper’s right hip, and fatally pierced several organs.”

The streets of New Orleans flooded after Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Katrina

The week leading up to Hurricane Katrina, government officials warned the residents of New Orleans, Louisiana and its surrounding areas to evacuate immediately. Forecasts showed a Category 5 hurricane making its way to the Gulf region, and the results weren’t destined to be pretty. But like many people who endure tropical storms on a regular basis, the 450,000-plus N.O. occupants and their counterparts felt no extreme need to get up and go. But on the morning of August 29, 2005, many wished they heeded to government warning. It’s reported that an estimated 80% of residents packed up and left mandated evacuation areas, but as winds blowing between 100 – 140 miles per hour carried across 400 miles of land, an approximate 10,000 people took shelter at New Orleans’ Superdome while thousands of others chose to wait out the storm in their homes.

The relentless rain was one thing, but the overbearing storm surge is what truly helped rip the city of New Orleans and surrounding towns apart. “Eventually, nearly 80 percent of the city was under some quantity of water.” From broken levees and drainage canals to torn up roof tops, many residents never saw such a disaster coming. “The Coast Guard, rescued some 34,000 people in New Orleans alone…Yet the government—particularly the federal government—seemed unprepared for the disaster.” Even former president George W. Bush didn’t recognize the storm’s immediate damage, making him slow to react to such an urgent situation.

A memorial is set up for Sean Bell on the streets of New York.

The Sean Bell Shooting

On November 25, 2006, just hours before 23-year-old Sean Bell’s wedding, undercover police officers fired 50 shots into the would-be groom in the wee hours of the morning. Bell was leaving his bachelor party, which took place at a Club Kalua, a Queens, New York strip club that was under police surveillance.

When leaving Club Kalua, Bell and his friends got into their silver Nissan Altima and turned a corner away from the club where they were“struck by a black unmarked police minivan bearing several plainclothes officers.” In an effort to back up and go the other direction, Bell hit the sidewalk, almost running over one of the undercover officers. Moments later, police responded by letting nearly 50 rounds of bullets rip into Bell’s Altima. The groom-to-be “was shot in the neck, shoulder and right arm, and was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.”

Initially charged with manslaughter, Detectives Isnora, Cooper and Oliver were acquitted of all charges in May 2008. Droves of people blocked bridge and tunnel entrances in an effort to shut down the city. Many held signs that read, “We are Sean Bell. This Whole Damn System is Guilty.” And with Reverend Al Sharpton as their leader, the public flocked to 1 Police Plaza “and five other key locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn to protest the acquittal of three cops who killed Bell in a 50-bullet barrage on his wedding day.”

More than one million people sat homeless after Haiti's 7.0 earthquake.

Haiti’s Catastrophic Earthquake

In January 2010, the United States Ambassador to Haiti said the earthquake that took place in that country was a “catastrophe for the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation.” The country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, suffered excessive damage with bodies and building structure scattered along the ground.

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake was noted as “the most powerful [earthquake] to hit Haiti in a century.” The ground shaking was so intense that its movement “could be felt strongly in Eastern Cuba, more than 200 miles away.” One hundred days after the earthquake hit, the head of the United Nations estimated that at least 300,000 people had died due to horrific disaster, at least 300,000 were wounded and more than one million people were left homeless.

Now, three years later, after numerous donations and aid to rebuild a disaster-stricken country, many are asking, “Where did the money go?” Over the years, there have been a plethora of allegations against contracting companies and charities stating that all donations and aid have been squandered away by those in charge. Michèle Pierre-Louis, Haiti’s former prime minister, told the The New York Times, “When you look at things, you say, ‘Hell, almost three years later, where is the reconstruction’?” He continues, “If you ask what went right and what went wrong, the answer is, most everything went wrong. There needs to be some accountability for all that money.”

While several organizations have been held scrutinized for their conduct, not all are using Haiti’s earthquake as a get rich scheme. The “American Red Cross has spent nearly all of its $486 million in donations…establishing permanent housing,” while the Haitian government “has committed to paying tuition for 900,000 children.” Rebuilding the community and the economy won’t be easy as the earthquake’s total damage equates to $7.8 billion.

A young Trayvon Martin pictured before he was murdered.

We. Are. Trayvon.

The death of Trayvon Martin sent waves of protests across the country, and for the first time in history, America realized it wasn’t safe to wear a hoodie in a suburban neighborhood at night. Just 17 years old, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in his father’s Retreat at Twin Lakes neighborhood in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012, only one year ago.

While walking home from a 7-Eleven, after purchasing skittles and iced tea, neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, noticed the young Miami, FL native looking “suspicious,” and called the police to report the teen’s actions and whereabouts. As police told the 28-year-old neighborhood captain to wait until help arrived, Zimmerman decided to take matters into his own hands and confront Martin before police emerged on the scene.

When the 911 call was made to report Trayvon’s “peculiar” behavior, the dispatcher asked George if he was following the kid. When he replied, “Yes,” he was then told, “We don’t need you to do that.” But as history shows, Zimmerman didn’t listen.

After Martin was shot dead, the neighborhood watch captain was brought in for questioning for five hours, only to be released uncharged. It wasn’t until 48 days after Trayvon’s death that Zimmerman—who had been hiding out for weeks—was charged with second-degree murder on April 12, 2012. While there have been plenty of shenanigans pulled by George and his family since his arrest to obtain the public’s sympathy card, a trial date has finally been set for June 13 of this year.

But through all the hate and all the tears, the Martin’s family spokesperson, Ryan Julison, made one point very clear: “It’s irrelevant to what happened on Feb. 26, does not change material facts of the situation, specifically that had George Zimmerman not left his vehicle and heeded the police dispatcher’s guidance, we wouldn’t be here today.”


Christopher Dorner Becomes First Human Target For Drones On US Soil

POLICE plan to use spy drones in the hunt for a Rambo-style ex-soldier and policeman who has murdered three people and vowed to kill again.


They believe burly, heavily-armed Christopher Dorner is holed-up in the wilderness of California’s snow-capped San Bernardino mountains 80 miles east of Los Angeles.

The burnt-out shell of his pick-up truck was discovered in the nearby resort of Big Bear, where residents and tourists have been warned to stay indoors as the search continues.

Yesterday, as a task force of 125 officers, some riding Snowcats in the rugged terrain, continued their search, it was revealed that Dorner has become the first human target for remotely-controlled airborne drones on US soil.

A senior police source said: “The thermal imaging cameras the drones use may be our only hope of finding him. On the ground, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.”

Asked directly if drones have already been deployed, Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz, who is jointly leading the task force, said: “We are using all the tools at our disposal.”

The use of drones was later confirmed by Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Ralph DeSio, who revealed agents have been prepared for Dorner to make a dash for the Mexican border since his rampage began.

He said: “This agency has been at the forefront of domestic use of drones by law enforcement. That’s all I can say at the moment.”

Dorner, who was fired from the LAPD in 2008 for lying about a fellow officer he accused of misconduct, has vowed to wreak revenge by “killing officers and their families”.

In a chilling, 6,000 word “manifesto” on his Facebook page he has threatened to “bring warfare” to the LAPD and “utilise every bit of small arms training, demolition, ordinance and survival training I’ve been given.”

Dorner, 33, who rose to the rank of lieutenant in the US Navy and served in Iraq before joining the LAPD, also ominously warned that he has shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles to “knock out” any helicopters used to pursue him.

Last night, Brian Levin, a psychologist and professor of criminal justice at Cal State University, San Bernardino, said: “We’re talking about someone who basically perceives that a tremendous injustice has been done to him that took his life and identity.

“Now he is, quite literally, at war.”

Dorner’s rampage began last Sunday when he shot dead Monica Quan, 27, the daughter of a former LAPD captain, and her fiancé Keith Lawrence as they sat in their car outside their home in Irvine, California.

Three days later, he stole a boat at gunpoint from an 81-year-old man at a yacht club in San Diego, near the Mexican border. He abandoned the boat when he could not get its engine to start.

The thermal imaging cameras the drones use may be our only hope of finding him. On the ground, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.

A senior police source

The following day, last Thursday, he was involved in a shoot-out with police in Cornona, 110 miles north of San Diego. The officers, one of whom was wounded, had been guarding one of his intended online targets.

Later that day, in nearby Riverside, he killed one police officer, whose name has not yet been revealed for security reasons, and wounded a second after opening fire on their car at a set of traffic lights.

As the manhunt for him broadened across numerous police jurisdictions, police mistakenly shot and wounded a mother and daughter delivering newspapers in a pick-up truck similar to Dorner’s.

That incident, in the LA suburb of Torrance, was astonishingly followed two hours later by another in the same area, when police again opened fire on a pick-up. This time, there were no casualties. Hours later, Dorner’s actual pick-up truck was found on a forest road near Big Bear City.

“He had torched it,” a San Bernardino police spokesman said. “We assume it may have broken down before he set fire to it.”

Since then, the huge manhunt for Dorner has focused on an area where hundreds of log cabins, both owned and rented out to tourists, are dotted around the mountainside.

“There is a strong possibility he is using an empty or abandoned one as a bolt-hole,” the police spokesman added last night.

LAPD police chief Charlie Beck, who has pleaded on TV with Dorner to surrender, accepted he might be “difficult to find”, adding: “He knows what he is doing. We trained him and he was also a member of the armed forces. It is extremely worrisome and scary.”

Police have also pleaded with local residents not to try to mount a civilian vigilante force or try to aid in the hunt for the fugitive.

However, one Big Bear resident, Dennis Pollock, said: “I did 12 years in the Marine Corps. Give me a sniper rifle, some gear, and point me in his general direction and get out of my way.”

Another local said: “We know every inch of this terrain and could be a real help to the cops, but all they’ve told us to do is stay at home and lock all our doors.”

Last night, America’s National Weather Centre warned that the hunt for Dorner could be further hampered by an expected snowfall of up to 6ins in the mountains. Wind gusts of up to 50mph are also forecast, creating an extreme wind-chill factor in the already freezing conditions.

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said: “To be honest, he could be anywhere right now. Torching his own vehicle could have been a diversion to throw us off track. Anything is possible with this man.”