Category: RTM News Reel Written by Amber Bogins
Thousands of American Muslims convened for longest-running American Muslim convention.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA begins its annual Peace Conference known as Jalsa Salana today in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In accordance with Islamic guidelines to be loyal to one's homeland, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA proudly hoisted the United States flag to begin the proceedings followed by the traditional Islamic weekly Friday sermon. Speeches on the beginning day discussed the spread of Islam worldwide, khilafat, and worship. The Community is among the nation's oldest American Muslim Organizations and has been the leading Muslim voice of denouncing terrorism in the United States with a message of peace and moderation. Thousands of American-Muslims, dignitaries from the U.S. and Pennsylvania State government, as well as hundreds of non-Muslims attended the convention.
"This year's theme is service to humanity and education. At a time when a great deal of confusion exists on what Islam stands for, and what Muslim-Americans stand for, this peace conference stands out as a beacon of understanding, tolerance, and peace," Mansoor Qureshi, MD, President, Ahmadiyya Muslim community
Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 11:17
Category: RTM News Reel Written by Stephanie Bechara, WCJB-20
You might not realize it, but Paula Deen's troubles and the George Zimmerman trial have one thing in common-- Race. The topic of racial slurs has turned out to be very popular on social media. Most people have strong opinions about whether or not they should be used. While these politically loaded words have different meanings to different people-- we can agree on something, they've opened a discussion of race in our society. We want to warn you that there may be words that some find offensive.
Racial slurs, words that can be used to insult others on the basis of race, ethnicity, or nationality. A term surrounding paula deen who admitted to using racial slurs in the past. And George Zimmerman who is being accused of racially profiling the 17 year old young man he shot and killed last year. Steven Noll part of the university of florida's history department says that even though these terms have become more common, that doesn't make them any more acceptable. Noll said, "I think it leads to desensitization. If you hear it so many times it becomes acceptable. I think the key is once again, history matters and the history of those terms are pretty judgmental and negative."
Using index cards I asked people how they felt about words such as: honky, cracker and the n-word. Bertha Wicks a Gainesville resident views it as a problem. A problem so big it won't ever come to an end she added. "No i don't think they're forgetting the meaning of them i just think they never really did get rid of them. They always continue to use them," Wicks said.
Joseph Harper another Gainesville resident says the problem will only go away, if people stop using those words. "I think it just perpetrates it. It just encourages it. It makes it socially acceptable and these words should not be socially acceptable," Harper said.
According to Noll, deen and zimmerman aren't the only ones battling this issue. Noll says race affects everyone and that most people struggle with their prejudices all the time. "I don't think we're moving past that. And history tells us a lot of the baggage that words bring to the table when you speak them," Noll said.
Only one person i spoke to today, thought the media was blowing these issues out of proportion. According to this young man who couldn't go on camera, these words are less demeaning because of rap music and their popularity among the younger generation. However Noll says the english language is so rich, people shouldn't feel forced to use these terms.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 10:45
Category: RTM News Reel Written by Antoinette Harrell, Peonage Research-Photo Credit: Walter C. Black, Sr.
DARK DAYS UNFOLDING: BLACK AND WHITE BOYS' BODIES AT DOZIER REFORM SCHOOL
SOON TO BE EXHUMED
Behind the clear blue skies, white sandy beaches and hundreds of themes parks in the sunshine state of Florida that attract millions of people throughout the year, there is a dark ghostly shadow in Marianna, Florida.
Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, also known as the Florida Industrial School for Boys, was a residential school for both black and white boys from 1900 until 2011. The infamous reform school has made headline news for the inhumane treatment of both black and white boys who were confined there.
While some children scream with excitement of the rides - and all the other amusement that can be found in a beautiful theme park; Richard Huntly, John Bonner, Johnny Gaddy and Arthur Huntley whom are a part of an organization called " Black Boys At Dozier Reform School", as children
they screamed with pain and agony from the beatings and abuse they received from the employers at Dozier. "I worked as a field crew, and my job was to take the garbage to the pit and I seen what appeared to be human fingers and bones that didn’t look like a cow or animal bones, one
of the boys said you better shut up if you want to live," said Gaddy.
Richard Huntly fought back tears as he stood on the black side of the campus recalling those horrible and evil days at Dozier for the first time in over fifty years. One of the memories he recalled is having part of his toe cut off as a young boy working in the sugarcane fields. "I remember distinctly the beatings I got - and the beatings still haunts me to this day, Bonner says," I get choked up inside just thinking about the - beatings." Huntley face sadden as he recall getting beat because he couldn’t remember the face and name of one of the milk cows and which milk
stall the cow should go into.
According to the "Documentation of the Boot Hill Cemetery (8JA1860), At the Former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, Marianna, Florida., Interim Report Division of Historical Resources Permit No. (1112.032) The interim report provided a summary of archaeological and historical investigation
into the creation and initial identification of graves at the Boot Hill Cemetery in Marianna for Boys. As a result of their investigation, a record of 98 deaths was found in historical documents, including boys ages 6-18 years and two adult staff members. The deaths occurred between 1914-1973.
"Reports of children being brutally whipped and chained to the walls in irons as well as peonage cases was reported. After spending countless of hours researching peonage cases in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., I found many cases of peonage in Florida that were reported to the
Department of Justice by Mary Grace Quackenbos, special assistant U.S. attorney." The state of Florida held men and children against their will to work in turpentine and lumber camps. Huntly, Bonner, Gaddy and Huntley said they worked like slaves in the fields, cutting and dragging logs,
planted vegetables and raising animals.
On July 23, 1963, sixteen blacks, seven of which were teenagers, was arrested for a sit in at a local lunch counter. Four of the juveniles, Samuel White, Audrey Nell Edwards, Joe Ann Anderson and Willie Carl Singleton were arrested. The four teens who became known as the "The St.
Augustine Four" spent a month in the county jail five months in a reform school in Marianna and Ocala for having attempted to be served a hamburger at the lunch counter.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 13:52
Category: RTM News Reel Written by News One
In an emotional interview with Anderson Cooper, Trayvon Martin‘s stepmother, Alicia Stanley, opened up about her inconsolable grief at the loss of a boy she helped to raise for 14 years, Zimmerman’s guilt, Trayvon’s character and being ignored by Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin.
Her voice shaking with pain and tears in her eyes, Stanley explained that she had helped raise Trayvon since he was 3-years-old, and that he was at her home with his father and her daughters “90 percent” of the time.
“Trayvon was a kind person, a loving person,” Stanley told Cooper. “He loved children, babies. You know before this happened, I really believed he would have been working with children; he adored children. He’s not what the media make him out to be…this thug.”
Stanley said that when the media started coming around, Tracy Martin stopped communicating with her and she didn’t understand why.
“He would just he was busy.”
Martin and Stanley eventually divorced. Trayvon was visiting his father at the home of...
Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 07:27
Category: RTM News Reel Written by News One
Rachel Jeantel, 19, the last person to speak with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, 5 minutes before he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman 29, took the stand today and her testimony has lead to questions of credibility and whether she helped or hurt the prosecution’s case.
As previously reported by NewsOne, Jeantel initially lied about her age, as well as why she didn’t attend Martin’s funeral. She also changed her story between the time of her interview with Martin family attorney, Benjamin Crump, and her deposition. These facts were all used to optimal advantage by Zimmerman’s defense team, including Don West — who told a ridiculously inappropriate and unprofessional knock knock joke to open the trial — who relentlessly badgered, insulted and led Jeantel until her demeanor began to show how insulted she was by their line of questioning.
Once again sharing the details of that last phone call, Jeantel claimed that Martin said a “creepy a** c...
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 08:20
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