Category: RTM News Reel Written by NewsOne Staff
Carrick High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania planned to have a Trayvon Martin Day during homecoming week but canceled after parents voiced concern, reports CBS Pittsburgh.
"I am a little worried about that with the different people, how they're going to react," said parent Jennifer Kagle.
Student Bryan Bergener said, "A lot of people were complaining, like, the school advisers to change it."
It brought up some controversy to the point where there were people giving mixed signals about it," said Homecoming Committee member Javon Jordan.
After getting numerous complaints, the school now says the theme has been cancelled.
Not all parents complained, though.
"If they want to wear the hoodies to represent him and the kind of person he was, they should do it," said parent Bruce Bergener.
Trayvon Martin Day was supposed to be Wednesday, October 8, but the day has now been designated Bucco Hat Day to bring "everyone together."
As previously reported by NewsOne, Trayvon Martin was 17-years-old when he was gunned down by George Zimmerman, 28, on February 26, 2012. Martin was profiled and stalked around the Twin Lakes gated community in Sanford, Florida, before an altercation between the teenager and Zimmerman led to him being shot at close-range through the heart.
Zimmerman wasn't charged with anything until Martins's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, pushed and fought for justice for their son, rallying support around the country.
Zimmerman was charged with 2nd-degree murder and found not guilty on July 13.
Since his acquittal, both his estranged wife Shellie Zimmerman and one of the jurors have voiced doubts about his innocence.
"George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can't get away from God," said Juror B29, known simply as Maddy. "And at the end of the day, he's going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with."
Apparently, justice for all is something that most Carrick High School parents only want mentioned during the Pledge of Allegiance
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 09:34
Category: RTM News Reel Written by by Aubrey Lynch
By Aubrey J. Lynch
The title "You Can't Blame White People" is a quote by Bill Cosby in a speech given on May 17, 2004 at an event sponsored by the NAACP commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown vs Board of Education. Mr. Cosby's point was, and continues to be, that black people need to take a good look at themselves and end what he believes to be our destructive practices that, in the considered opinion of Mr. Cosby, is at the root of the suffering of black people in America.
This phenomenally successful entertainer, entrepreneur, scholar and family man, holds the strong and well-publicized opinion that black people should pull up their pants, put their caps on straight, study hard, speak English correctly, take care of their children, conform to the norms of the US society and, by all means, stop blaming white people. If black people will do all of these things, then they can become full-fledged, productive members of this great nation. After all, Dr. Cosby is black and look how successful he has become.
I have tested variations of these sentiments with my own contemporaries, black males who graduated from college in the years between 1962 and 1972. I am completely disheartened by the prevalence of this kind of thinking among successful people. I have not yet heard one who goes beyond such thinking to examine the structural, cultural, societal and political determinants of success in America, especially in the years in question. To be fair, in a meaningful examination, we must limit our analysis to a well-defined period, since changes in society at large produce major changes in how people are likely to interpret cause and effect.
"You can't blame white people." The statement is a protest against the often heard lament, "White oppression is the cause of black troubles." Those who graduated in the early sixties would have lived to see, experience or hear lurid tales of the random terror inflicted on blacks by virtually any white person who chose to attack. The attack could be for whatever infraction the white person perceived or for no discernible reason. The society was structured such that there was no recourse for the injured black person. The white person was always deemed to be justified. Those of us who were in their formative years through the forties and fifties, have been seared with the terror that contact with white people could bring. A southern drawl, country music, the rebel flag, white hoods, burning crosses and stories of "strange fruit.," caused reactions in black people as predictable as a bell within hearing range of Pavlov's dogs. Black people know quite well the abuse of which a traditional white mindset is capable. It is, in effect, white terrorism.
In a society in which terrorists surround and torment their helpless victims, one would expect that mental illness would be rampant among the victims. I do not know of any investigation into the reasons why black people, as a culture, did not succumb to widespread mental illness, but instead, found ways to cope, to adjust, to endure, to survive, and then to prosper. They were able to do this in spite of being immersed in an unremitting sea of degradation and terror for which white people were solely, obviously and even proudly responsible. Arguably, that propensity to terrorize blacks still operates, though hidden, subtle, coded and plausibly deniable. Black people feel it intensely, even as whites deny it exists.
Those of us who lived through that period of open terrorism and survived to see the remarkable changes that have occurred in a lifetime, are often well aware that the changes did not come cheaply or as a result of an excess of humanity among white people. The fight has been long, often brutal and with many dead ends on the path to the current day. The terrorism could have resulted in symptoms among black people akin to post traumatic stress syndrome. A form of mental illness. Instead of a mental illness, the reactions of black people to the terrorists who surround us have resulted in behavior that does not conform to the norms of the dominant white society. These are the behaviors that Dr. Cosby describes and condemns.
My observation is that young black people know quite well that since both whites and successful blacks are telling them that they are wrong and to help themselves, there is no help on the way.
The good Dr. Cosby knows that history as well as I or any other black person who lived to feel the terror. For those, like Dr. Cosby, who are not only brilliant and talented, but likely had the benefit of circumstances that they don't think to mention, it is easy to give what they believe to be solid explanations for why the burden of picking oneself up rests solely on the backs of the downtrodden. However, it does not speak well of one who is so wealthy and secure to take it upon himself to admonish so publicly and persistently those who must survive under a continuing onslaught of criticism without help.
I would expect a great deal more than that from such a revered figure.
Last Updated on Sunday, 20 October 2013 19:23
Category: RTM News Reel Written by News One
In the latest installment of “White People Who Want To Be Black,”
Hannah MontanaMiley Cyrus hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend and made reference to her now infamous MTV Video Music Awards performance, twerking and white people — as if she isn’t “white people.”
Initially Cyrus only twerked in videos. But once black rappers from Juicy J to Kanye West (for whom White blondes are found and tickets were sold.
This cultural epiphany led to a Wikipedia page on twerking, a much ridiculed ABC investigative report]on twerking and 73-year-old grandmother Joan Wind helping New Orleans bounce diva Big Freedia break the Guinness World Book of Records for twerking in New York’s Herald Square.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2013 10:24
Category: RTM News Reel Written by News One
While some are undoubtedly on to the next news items since shooter George
Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering teen Trayvon Martin this summer, there still remains many in this country who haven’t been able to “move on.” Los Angeles-based singer Gina Loring clearly falls in to the latter group, with her new song, “For Trayvon Martin,” where she wonders what the world would have missed if your life had ended at 17.
In a five-minute video, Loring passionately sings:
You were somebody’s baby,
You were somebody’s child,
Now you are my angel watching from the sky
The video then shows photos of celebrities, Moms, Dads, artists, religious leaders, and more at the age of 17 and then shows another photo of what they look like now to underscore what accomplishments can be achieved when we aren’t cut down in our youth.
Actress Marla Gibbs of “The Jeffersons”, TV host Shaun Robinson of “Access Hollywood,” and musician and MC Kelvin “Pos” Mercer of De La Soul are just some of the faces displayed as Loring sings:
Who knows the man you would have become.
Who knows the things that you would have done.
Will never know what you could do.
Can’t get back, can’t get back what was stolen from you.
They say be afraid of night
Well I’m more afraid of men who don’t know wrong from right.
The video ends with the following statement:
“We come together in solidarity, compassion and peaceful protest to speak up against injustice… We remember you, we honor you, and we vow to use our lives for the betterment of humanity so that your death was not in vain.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 08:15
Category: RTM News Reel Written by News One
Fox & Friends co-host Anna Kooiman fell hook, line and sinker for a fake story that claimed PresidentBarack Obama is personally funding “The International Museum of Muslim Cultures” during the government shutdown and attempted to call him out on it during a segment of the October 5th show.
“During this shutdown, people will have to deal with some of their favorite parks and museums being closed,” Obama told reporters. “Just keep in mind, they will always be there. The Grand Canyon and the Smithsonian are not going anywhere.” Obama continued, “The International Museum of Muslim Cultures is sacred. That is why I have taken it upon myself to use my own personal funds to re-open this historic piece of American culture.”
Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2013 10:32
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