Black men nearly 3 times as likely to die from police use of force

Black men nearly 3 times as likely to die from police use of force

Black men nearly 3 times as likely to die from police use of force, study says By Jacqueline Howard, CNN Updated 5:21 PM ET, Tue December 20, 2016 (CNN)Gregory Gunn. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Terence Crutcher. Those are just a few of the names of black men who were killed in high-profile police shootings in 2016. Now, as the year comes to an end, a new study reveals disturbing data on how much of a racial Black men are nearly three times as likely to be killed by legal intervention than white men, according to the study, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health on Tuesday. American Indians or Alaska Natives also are nearly three times as likely and Hispanic men are nearly twice as likely, the study suggests. “It affirms that this disparity exists,” said Dr. James Buehler, clinical professor of health management and policy at Drexel University in Philadelphia, who authored the study. “My study is a reminder that there are, indeed, substantial disparities in the rates of legal intervention deaths, and that ongoing attention to the underlying reasons for this disparity is warranted,” he said. Disparity disclosed in death certificates Buehler analyzed national vital statistics and census data on legal intervention-related deaths, from 2010 to 2014, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Wide-Ranging Online Data for Epidemiological Research (WONDER) database system, which includes county-level death certificates. The data showed 2,285 legal intervention deaths for that time period. While the data did not provide details on the circumstances surrounding the legal intervention deaths, Buehler said that they allowed for him to take...
Mexican conglomerate Uinvision continues to buy and control Black media while Black viewers are obvious to how others control their image

Mexican conglomerate Uinvision continues to buy and control Black media while Black viewers are obvious to how others control their image

TV Network’s history of racism and colorism may not bode well for website formerly owned by The Washington Post Company By Jillian Báez Two weeks ago Spanish-language television giant Univision announced its acquisition of TheRoot.com, one of the top African American news websites. Coverage of the merger was quite celebratory and echoed co-founder Henry Louis Gates’ statement that “This bold new partnership between Univision and TheRoot underscores the ties that have long bound people of color together throughout the Western Hemisphere and is a sign of even greater levels of communication, collaboration and exchange between these culturally vital groups of people.” But while Gates is obviously optimistic about the venture, I’m a little skeptical. Univision has some issues that no one has talked about that might impact things. For one thing, it’s digital presence, Fusion, is struggling to get traffic to its own website. Secondly, the parent company’s history as a serial consolidator and nasty habit of broadcasting racist content makes me cautious about this venture. Under Univision’s ownership, BounceTV now offers original programming including two sitcoms, a comedy show and soon its first scripted drama. Univision is the largest Spanish-language television network in the U.S. and the fifth largest network overall. A look into Univision’s history helps to make sense of the network’s acquisition of The Root. Univision emerged from a consolidation of Mexican tycoon Emilio Azcárraga’s Spanish International Network (SIN) and the Spanish International Broadcasting Corporation in 1987. Hallmark purchased Univision in 1988 and sold the network to entrepreneur Jerrold Perenchio, owner of  Mexico’s Televisa, and Venezuela’s Venevisión. In 2006, Broadcasting Media Partners acquired Univision. Currently, Univision owns the...
United Nation; US owes African Americans Reparations for slavery and terrorismfor

United Nation; US owes African Americans Reparations for slavery and terrorismfor

The history of slavery in the United States justifies reparations for African Americans, argues a recent report by a U.N.-affiliated group based in Geneva. This conclusion was part of a study by the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a body that reports to the international organization’s High Commissioner on Human Rights. The group of experts, which includes leading human rights lawyers from around the world, presented its findings to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, pointing to the continuing link between present injustices and the dark chapters of American history. “In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,” the report stated. “Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the pastracial terror of lynching.” Citing the past year’s spate of police officers killing unarmed African American men, the panel warned against “impunity for state violence,” which has created, in its words, a “human rights crisis” that “must be addressed as a matter of urgency.” The panel drew its recommendations, which are nonbinding and unlikely to influence Washington, after a fact-finding mission in the United States in January. At the time, it hailed the strides taken to make the American criminal justice system more equitable but pointed to the corrosive legacy of the past. “Despite substantial changes since the end of the enforcement of Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, ideology ensuring the domination of one...
George Curry, noted journalist and publisher joins the ancestors

George Curry, noted journalist and publisher joins the ancestors

George Curry, the legendary columnist, commentator and champion of black journalists, died of sudden heart failure on Saturday. He was 69. Curry grew up in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he was childhood friends with Bernard Lafayette, the current chairman of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. “This is a tragic loss to the movement because George Curry was a journalist who paid special attention to civil rights because he lived it and loved it,” Lafayette told Trice Edney News Wire. Curry began his career as reporter for Sports Illustrated and The St. Louis Dispatch. In the 1990s, he was the editor of Emerge, an edgy political and cultural publication with the tag line “Black America’s Newsmagazine.” In 1993, the cover depicted Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas wearing an Aunt Jemima-style handkerchief next to the word “BETRAYED.” Curry was the first African-American to be elected president of the American Society of Magazine Editors. After Emerge folded in 2000, Curry led the news service for the National Newspaper Publishers Association for nine years. He wrote a syndicated column that was published in black newspapers all over the country, and he frequently appeared as a commentator on television and radio news programs. NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates interviewed Curry on numerous occasions. In 2012, she spoke to him about how the media approached the murder of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was shot to death by a white man in Florida. Bates reported: “Syndicated columnist George Curry says the black media have a long history of highlighting anti-black violence, which mainstream media often picks up on later. ” ‘The black press plays a...
The Oscars does it again

The Oscars does it again

A year after host Neil Patrick Harris quipped that the Oscars were honoring Hollywood’s “best and Whitest,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled a slate of nominees Jan. 14 that once again included no Black actors or directors, prompting a dismayed revival of the “OscarsSoWhite” hashtag. Many also expressed regret that the highly admired N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” failed to score a best picture nod, despite being recognized in other contests. In acting categories, omissions included Idris Elba in “Beasts of No Nation” and Will Smith in “Concussion.” Director Ryan Coogler of the successful “Rocky” spinoff “Creed” also failed to make the cut. Those voicing disappointment included the academy’s president herself, Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “I really was disappointed,” Ms. Isaacs told the Associated Press when asked about “Compton,’’ which received only a screenplay nomination Theater shooter thanks man accused of Black church slayings (for, some noted on Twitter, its White screenwriters, not its Black cast or director.) “Fabulous movie, fabulous movie.’’ But Ms. Isaacs, who is Black, added that the Oscar nominations are part of a much broader conversation in the entertainment industry about diversity—and that change would happen, albeit slowly. “What is important is that this entire conversation of diversity is here and we are talking about it,” Ms. Isaacs said. “And I think we will not just talk, because people will say, ‘well don’t just talk, you gotta do,’ (but) talking gets to the doing, and we are going to do … It is an industry-wide situation and we need to continue this conversation. We need to bring in new talent, to nourish...