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Clinton laughs with Pastor Noel Jones, left, and Ambassador Sidney Williams at the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, California Sunday. (Photo Credit: AP)
For some reason I just knew this photo would have one of the “major” black pastors of the day in it. Sitting with the money changers? Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, huh? lol
Bill Clinton embarked on a pre-Super Tuesday tour of African American churches in Southern California Sunday, in what some involved in the organizing claim is intended to let the former president speak directly to African American voters after the controversy that erupted over his remarks in South Carolina.
“This is a wonderful, wonderful election for America. We ought to be able to have a few disagreements without discord,” he told an audience of African American parishioners during his first stop at the City of Refuge Church in Los Angeles. The Clinton campaign says the tour is part of a larger effort to reach out to all California communities.
At his first stop, the former president never directly addressed his remarks in South Carolina, but he appealed to the audience for understanding.
“I’m not against anybody. I’ve never been more proud to be part the Democratic Party in my life,” he said. “I get why this is a hard election. I waited my whole life to vote for an African American for president. I waited my whole life to vote for a woman for president. And sometimes I look up at sky and say God you’re playing with my mind again.”
Clinton was introduced by California Rep. Maxine Waters, an influential member of the Congressional Black Caucus, who directly addressed the tension between supporters of the two candidates: “Let us not turn on each other. Let us not look at each other cross eyed. Let us not start hating each other,” she said. – CNN.com
The Associated Press reports that three reputed white supremacists were convicted Friday of attempted murder, assault and committing a hate crime for stabbing a black man.Joseph Dale McCool, 21, of Yucca Valley, Anthony Scott Allen, 24, of Big Bear City, and Ryan Christopher White, 29, of Joshua Tree were convicted by a jury after nearly three days of deliberation for the 2006 stabbing and kicking of Charles Washington as they used racial epithets.
The jury found that Allen did not use a knife, but McCool and White did.
Their cohort Chad Timothy Wilson, 21, struck a deal and pleaded no contest to being an accessory to the attack after the fact. He was sentenced Thursday to three years probation and one day in jail, authorities said. McCool, Allen and White were scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 2.
On Dec. 8, 2006 the four men made a stop in Claremont, a college town about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, while en route to a white supremacist rally at the West Los Angeles Federal Building, prosecutors said. As many as 12 white men exchanged words with two black men outside a liquor store, and the confrontation led to the attack on Washington, authorities said.
An L.A. museum show of African American photography finds out just how volatile two simple words, black and box, can be.
When they settled on the title, which also worked as an organizing theme for their current photography exhibition at the California African American Museum, they weren’t thinking poetically. They saw “the box” as a camera, the actual apparatus used to still a moment, provoke a narrative or cue critique. What they didn’t quite count on was what artists would read between the title’s lines, or how charged the words “blacks” and “box” in close proximity might be. “The artists were having these real expectations,” says guest curator Lisa Henry. “They’d say, ‘That’s a weird title,’ or, ‘What do you mean?’ ”
There was a certain power in the words’ juxtaposition: It was an incantation of sorts that pulled in an array of work from the show’s 33 invited artists, an intergenerational roster that includes instantly recognizable names — Charles Gaines, Betye Saar, Lorna Simpson — and others to watch for. As Moniz and Henry began to consider the pieces collectively, they couldn’t ignore a not-so-subtle thread that looped through many of the pieces and the emotional conversations that attended it.
What was the box? “Stereotypes.” “A school of thought.” “A niche.” “The museum.” “The brain.” “Fear.” “A frame.” “Blackness . . . . ”
The concentration of works that deliberated, deconstructed or dabbled in notions of identity gave Moniz pause. “I was shocked if not dismayed,” she admits. “I wasn’t thinking about blackness at all. Except that the artists were black.”
The show, as she and Henry had conceived it, was to highlight California’s groundbreaking photography traditions through the prism of African American artists, says Moniz, the museum’s visual arts curator. Juxtaposed against rare historic images of African American life in California drawn from the Steve Turner collection, it would be not just a survey of black artists living or trained in California, but a way to root around, exploring the medium and how African Americans “commemorate or critique” it. The topic seemed wide open, but “the exception to the rule were the folks who didn’t focus on race,” she says. “Race is still at the forefront of people’s thinking in terms of their artistic endeavors. I had expected something different on the whole.”
Still, there was nothing monolithic about the responses. As the work was laid out end to end, grouped by aesthetics, not by racial charge, ultimately much of it spoke to the complexity of experience — both in the pieces’ ambition and their subject matter.
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*Weeping for the state of my Black Sisters* This is so so sad. Some reports are saying that the fighting was over a man. That’s a mess…a dayum mess.
Guardian UK: ”The girls said they were supposed to show up and talk about it; it wasn’t supposed to escalate into this physical, violent situation,” Gares said.
At one point, as many as 30 women were involved in the fight, with some possibly trying to break it up, police said.
After the fighting, four women, including Blanche and the other woman involved in the dispute with Bishop, began walking away. Bishop became upset and drove a convertible into the group of four, Gares said.
Associated Press (LA) — A pregnant woman was killed and two other people were injured when a woman rammed her car into them during a planned street fight involving as many as 30 young women, authorities said.
The driver of the car, Unique Bishop, 21, fled after Monday afternoon’s fight but later turned herself in to authorities and was booked for investigation of murder, police said. She was being held on $1 million bail.
“It was totally an intentional act to kill the woman. It was the driver’s way of settling the dispute. It was a horrific act,” said LAPD Deputy Chief Charlie Beck.
Dozens gathered at the gas station and watched as Bishop got into her car and drove it into the group. One of the victims was pinned against another car, police said.
The woman killed was eight months pregnant and another victim was in critical condition and expected to lose her leg, authorities said. None of the victims’ identities were released.
“We have seen women around gangs before, but we haven’t seen anything like this event before,” said police Cmdr. Pat Gannon.
LA Daily News | The much-publicized crackdown on a Latino gang that unleashed a three-year campaign to drive blacks out of a mixed neighborhood in South Los Angeles has ripped open a dirty and very painful secret: Latinos and blacks can and do commit hate crimes against each other. And the violence can be just as deadly as the worst Southern Klan, Aryan Nation or Skinhead attacks.
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles say Latino gang members committed or are suspected of complicity in 20 killings during its reign of terror in the area. The arrests and indictment of the gang members came barely two months after the slaying of three black students in Newark, N.J., by illegal Latino immigrants, some with alleged gang ties.
But two years before the Newark killings, Latino men were robbed, beaten and even murdered in Plainfield, N.J., Jacksonville, Fla., and Annapolis, Md. And seven members of a Latino family were murdered in Indianapolis. The attackers in all cases were young black males. The men attacked were mostly undocumented workers, and police speculate that the attackers regarded them as easy prey for robbery since they would be reluctant to report the attacks to the police. Continue reading