November 10 - 16, 2019
Vol. 24, Issue 43
Greater Houston Edition
BLACK CHILDREN MATTER
“Your money and your vote are two of the most powerful tools you have. Be careful who you give them to.”
- Roy Douglas Malonson
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Jazz singer, Carmen McRae passes away. – 1994
Nat Turner is executed. – 1831
Singer/civil servant and jazz musician, Kenton Wesley Keith was born. – 1939
HOUSTON - Former Mayor of Dallas Ron Kirk was born in Austin, on June 27, 1954. While attending John H. Reagan High School, Kirk was elected president of the student body. He also played basketball and traveled in Europe with the school choir. Upon graduation in 1972, Kirk enrolled in Austin College, where he earned his B.A. degree in 1976 with honors in political science and sociology. From there, he went on to earn his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. Kirk then moved to Dallas and began practicing law with the firm of Bennett & Cain. In 1981, he left private practice and went to work for then Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen. When Bentsen was appointed U.S. Secretary of the Treasury by President Bill Clinton, Kirk accompanied him to Washington, D.C. In 1994, he left Washington and returned to his native Texas, where he became Secretary of State under Texas governor Ann Richards. Cont. aframnews.com
Albert Richardson patents the casket lowering device. – 1894
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The first African-American female National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice is born. – 1954
Ambassador, Joseph Higgins was nominated by then-President George W. Bush to serve as Ambassador to Botswana. – 2002
Partin’ the Waters petitions McDonald’s to show love to its own.
Drew Academy student, David Allen writes about Child Abuse.
Hair Dreams by Christal’s to celebrate 11th Anniversary.
Two students were shot and killed by police during a Civil Rights protest at Southern University. - 1972
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McConnell’s African-American Victory Sounds Another Warning Bell
enate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave one of the biggest hugs I ever saw to a political candidate. There was good reason for it. His hand-picked choice for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron just won big in that state’s election. Cameron is the first African-American to hold statewide office in Kentucky in decades. He is a staunch protégé of McConnell. Both he and Trump predictably waxed ecstatic over Cameron, he’s all they could hope for in a GOP office holder. Forget race for a minute, he’s a hard-nosed conservative who toes the Trump and McConnell rightist party line on everything from shutting down the border to keeping hands off everyone’s guns. In the coming months, Cameron almost certainly will be shoved by Trump, McConnell and the GOP to the head of the pack in the national limelight.
He’ll be hailed as a young, Black fresh face on the national scene, who refutes the conventional thinking that only a handful of bought and paid for odd ball Blacks back Trump and the party. Even better for McConnell, who’s up for re-election next year and could face a tough battle from a formidable Democratic challenger, Cameron can be waved around as a Black office holder who proves that McConnell still has the juice to get his way in local and national politics. That’s not all. Cameron’s win comes just days after Trump made a splash with his announcement that he’d launch “Black Voices for Trump” in Atlanta on November 8. Trump was unabashed in declaring that the group would barnstorm the country revving up Black support for his re-election. Just exactly who these Blacks are and what their role in the outreach campaign would be was left unsaid. However, that’s less important than just getting such a group off the ground. This and Cameron’s win both sound warning bells. Trump has repeatedly made clear that he believes he can get more than a few Black votes in 2020. Now he doesn’t completely delude himself, that he’ll get anywhere near a significant bump up in the Black vote, just a few more. And
that’s enough. He got nearly 10 percent of the Black vote in 2016, and while that’s not much of an improvement over what other GOP presidential candidates typically get from Blacks, it was far more significant than in the past, because of his naked, raw, race baiting. When you toss in another small percent of Black voters who did not support his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, that added up to over 1 million Black votes lost to Clinton. That deeply hurt her in the five states that decided the White House in 2016 and will decide the White House again in 2020. How? Trump won two of those states by a phenomenally paper-thin margin. If Blacks had gone to the polls in those states in anything close to the numbers they did for Obama in 2008 and 2012, Trump would have been a bare footnote in presidential election history. Clinton would have sat in the Oval Office. The other inconvenient political truth and cause for worry is that Trump touched a tiny nerve with Cameron and the Blacks who backed Trump or stayed away from polls. He shouted repeatedly that poor, underserved Black neighborhoods are supposedly a mess with lousy public schools, high crime and violence, and chronic joblessness and
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poverty. He dumped the blame for that squarely on the Democrats who run and have run most of these cities for decades. Trump doubled down on that slam with a handful of carefully choreographed appearances with high-profile Black preachers, at name Black churches. This was just enough to take the hard and sharp edge for some Blacks off the almost-set-in-stone image of Trump as a guy with a White sheet under his suit. Trump has added to that for 2020. He repeats and will continue to repeat the line that Blacks are doing better, living better, working more than at any other time in living memory. He made it all happen on his White House watch, says him. It’s a good gag line but there’s just enough in it to sway some into buying into the myth of Trump the job and prosperity for all creator. “Black Voices for Trump” will run ads hammering the Democrats again for their alleged indifference to and outright aid and abet of Black suffering in the inner cities, and touting the GOP’s emphasis on small business, school choice and family values as the best path to Black advancement. This pitch again always has some appeal to many Blacks. Cont. aframnews.com
I’m a Black teacher working in a public high school in a mostly African-American region, I cannot reveal my location and identity at this time because it could compromise my job and what I’m about to disclose. We all know that since the Civil Rights many of the public attacks on people of Color have disappeared from plain view but still exist in the dark, this is exactly one of those things against Black people that are occurring right now under our noses but no one sees it. One thing I learned from the system is that most of these attacks are exerted not on adults but on Black children. They attack childhood so they secure that when these children grow up they will be the Black adult population struggling for jobs and ending up in the prison system. It’s diabolic. Now, my story. I was in some teacher conferences back in September in which we did training to get parents involved with their children’s school or their children’s education. Concerned Teacher & Citizen
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OPINION & EDITORIAL
We MUST Understand By Roy Douglas Malonson, Publisher
The Black Epidemic
“The death penalty has been one of many examples where racial discrimination has played out. You can see it in the simple fact that someone convicted of the same crime is more likely to face the death penalty if they are Black.” - Pete Buttigieg ince this country’s inception, African-Americans have suffered more inhumane and insidious forms of mistreatment and discrimination than any other race or culture represented in these United States. Our forefathers were forced into slavery for the sake of building wealth for the majority; and in the name of Making America Great. With the abolishment of slavery came a more sophisticated form of oppression - Jim Crow laws. This era in Black history only existed to establish a pattern of legalized bondage of which Black folks would still be controlled and discriminated against. Continuing through the Civil Rights period, each century brought on a more subtle way to control and
undermine the advancement of Blacks in America. What slavery was to Our ancestors on yesterday, is what mass incarceration and the slaughter of innocent Blacks is to Our race today – The Black Epidemic. But, first let’s be clear on just what an “epidemic” actually is. According to Webster, “epidemic” defined is, something which affects or tends to affect a “disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community or region at the same time, excessively prevalent.” The American Civil Liberties Union reveals that at least one in three African-American boys born today can be expected to go to prison in his lifetime. As it is, the American prison system costs $80 billion a year, proving to be quite a lucrative business for investors – with innocent Black men and women serving as the single most-precious commodities. Perhaps, the saddest reality about this phenomenon rests in the fact that it was all done by design. What has become in my opinion, The Black Epidemic, stemmed from a tactful plan which was set into motion decades ago as a modern form of slavery and oppression for Africans living in America. Guilty or not, if a Black
man or woman even looks like he or she might be thinking about somethingthen imprisonment it is. To add insult to injury, even once it has been found that a Black person has been found innocent of a crime and having been unjustly incarcerated, it still takes the judicial system longer to rectify the situation and clear their names in comparison to innocent Whites. In 2017, the National Registry of Exonerations concluded, “Blacks wrongfully convicted of murder, for example, spent an average of three more years in prison before being released than Whites who were cleared.” It’s the Black Epidemic. Simply put, locking up innocent Black folks and sentencing them to death has become a natural part of American society. Wrongfully convicted cases involving Black people are so common and widespread that once it’s noised in mainstream media, it’s treated like just another walk in the park. The point is, it’s so redundant that people aren’t even shocked anymore – now that’s what you call an epidemic – The Black Epidemic, that is… Thus, I will close with the words of a REAL American CRIMINAL, Charles Manson. “Just because you’re convicted in a court room doesn’t mean you’re guilty of something.” - AANI
Partin the Waters
By Omowale Lithuli-Allen
We MUST Step Up, McDonald’s MUST Step Up!
he American community is going to have to air some more dirty linen and do a lot of explaining to poster-
City of Houston has honored his life work by naming a street in his honor. Carroll Oliver was cut down by senseless violence. For many years we negotiated with Mr. Oliver to supply meals for our student peer leaders that were mobilized by the Fifth Ward Enrichment Program and Communities in Schools. Mr. Oliver provided deep and generous discounts to cater for hundreds of youth. On several occasions, we had to lean on Mr. Oliver to employ
Recently, community leaders and residents joined Mayor Sylvester Turner in unveling Carroll Oliver Way. Renaming Fifth Ward’s “Callis Street” in honor of the local businessman who was gunned down in a senseless shooting in the parking lot of his 5th Ward McDonald’s location. ity. All indicators continue to support that violence, particularly senseless gun violence is endemic to America. The random and senseless nature of gun violence tells us that bullets have no name. Businessman and community leader Carroll Oliver was often the vendor of choice of the Dr. Martin Luther King Workshop and Rally. The
a troubled student from a poverty background. A smile would develop deep inside of me when I saw that student in the McDonald’s uniform at the Lockwood-I 10 store. The gun violence in inner-city neighborhoods has been unrelenting during the past 50 years. Jeffrey Canada, in his book, The First Stick Knife Gun, revealed the gun in-
dustries steady drive for profit in the 1990’s. Small but lethal caliber .25 and .32 automatics with fancy names such as Vipers were introduced to the American public and the flooding of urban communities with Saturday night specials followed the marketing strategy. During a Center for Disease Control and City of Houston Health Department youth violence prevention program during the mid- 1990’s, inner-city youth peer leaders were surveyed and most said they could acquire a gun within a few hours. While we do not know who the misguided assailants were that extinguished the bright light of Carroll Oliver, however we do know that flawed gun acquisition policies do not make us safer. Perhaps the best way to honor Carroll Oliver is for someone who has clues to the identify of the thugs that killed Mr. Oliver is to snitch to CRIMESTOPPERS. Wouldn’t it be nice for McDonald’s to post a $1 million reward to solve this heinous crime??? Whenever I grieve for the victims at Columbine, Charleston or Sandy Hook, a tear will be shed for Carroll Oliver and his family. The explaining that I mentioned at the beginning of this article will have to be directed at our children and grandchildren. Cont. aframnews.com
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By Roy Douglas Malonson
HOUSTON - Rodney Reed is scheduled to be executed on November 20. Reed, who was convicted for the rape and murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, Texas in 1998 has maintained his innocence since his arrest. Reed has been on death row for the past 21 years but there is substantial evidence that exonerates Reed and points to Ms. Stites’s fiancé, former police officer, Jimmy Fennell. Rodney Reed is a Black man and Stacey Stites was a White woman. Reed has claimed that he and Stites were involved in a sexual relationship at the time of the murder. Now, new witnesses that include Stites’s cousin and a co-worker, corroborate Reed’s claim that the two were romantically involved. In a taped interview, the co-worker reveals how Stites told her that she was having sex with a Black man named Rodney and that she was afraid what Fennell, her fiancé would do if he found out. Jimmy Fennell was originally a prime suspect in the case, and despite his conflicting statements about where he was at the time of the murder, he was ultimately shielded from prosecution for Stites’s murder. But, according to Reed’s attorneys, former Bastrop County Sheriff’s Officer Wayne Fletcher, has come forward with evidence that Fennell’s motive for killing Stites was that he had discovered
that Stites was “fucking a ni%&$#”. At the trial, the prosecution’s case relied on a time of death between 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on April 23, 1996. According to the prosecutor, Reed intercepted Stites on her way to work, gained entry to the truck she was driving where he sexually assaulted her and strangled her to death. This apparent random attack resulted in no fingerprints, hair or other evidence connecting Reed to the truck even though he supposedly drove the truck to a remote location after the crime. The state buffered their position with testimony from experts stating that the sperm found on the decedent was left from a sexual assault contemporaneous to the murder. “The evidence supporting Reed’s innocence is uncontradicted and undeniable, and without the Supreme Cour’s intervention, I fear the State of Texas may execute an innocent man.” - Bryce Benjet, Reed’s lawyer and senior staff attorney at the Innocence Project.
Since Reed’s conviction, nationally-recognized forensic pathologists have all concluded that Reed’s guilt is medically and scientifically impossible, yet the State of Texas has repeatedly denied DNA testing of the murder weapon, a belt that was found at the scene of the crime.
COVER STORY These forensics pathologists place the time of the murder before midnight, when, according to Fennell, he and Stites were home alone together. The experts also report that the evidence supports Reed’s claim that he and Stites had sex in the early morning hours on April 22, 1996. Their report shows that the prosecutor’s reliance that sperm can remain intact at most 26 hours after sex is contrary to all credible science and that in fact, sperm can remain intact for at least 72 hours. The experts’ reviews of the sperm taken from Stites would have been far more numerous if intercourse was contemporaneous with her death. The former Travis County Medical Examiner who testified at Reed’s trial has since recanted his testimony and changed his opinion. In a sworn statement, Dr. Roberto Bayardo states that his finding “very few” sperm indicated that Mr. Reed and Ms. Stites had sex “not less than 24 hours before her death” was wrong. Crime Lab Director Brady Mills has also acknowledged in a written statement that the data and scientific literature supports the 72-hour timeframe and not the contemporaneous timeline testified to at trial. A retraction was also filed by LabCorp Technical Leader Stephanie Sivak who admits that the trial testimony was in error. Additional forensic ev-
idence disputes Reed’s guilt. In a letter Reed’s lawyers wrote to Governor Greg Abbott, they reveal that according to renowned forensic pathologist Michael Baden, M.D., the state’s theory of Reed’s guilt is both “medically and scientifically impossible.” Dr. Baden noted postmortem changes in Stites’s body—including the manner in which blood settled in her face, neck and shoulder—indicate that her body was lying face down for at least 4-6 hours before it was laid face up on the side of an unpaved road. Further, post-mortem purge fluid was discovered in the truck. This fluid takes hours to develop in a body, indicating
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that Ms. Stites was dead for hours prior to being transported in Fennell’s truck. Forensic pathologists Werner Spitz, M.D, and Leroy Riddick, M.D. have confirmed this analysis. Even though Dr. Baden testified to these opinions at a 2017 habeas hearing, and the State has never contradicted these experts, Reed remains on
death row. Reed’s lawyers believe that Fennell’s statements and actions near and after Stites’s murder implicate him and they look to a number of facts that support their theory: • Fennell gave contradictory statements of his whereabouts at the time of Stites’s murder. Cont. aframnews.com
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Do the Write Thing Competition: Child Abuse
David & his mother, Dolexia Allen at the Do The Write Thing Awards. By David Allen
DREW ACADEMY Thousands of people are abused every day. Child abuse is a form of abuse that can take a toll on anyone. Child abuse can hap-
pen anytime, anywhere, with anyone. Abuse is wrong and needs to be stopped. The effects from different forms of child abuse affects a person’s devel-
opment and self-growth. Thelma Davis said, “Learn new ways of living instead of repeating what you lived through.” A 35-year-old woman left three kids in a hot car by themselves. They were found with high levels of carbon monoxide in their system. A 2-year-old was behind the driver’s seat, an 8-year-old laying on the back seat, and a 3-year-old in the arms of the woman. They were in dirty clothes, had various cuts and scrapes, and had very dirty fingernails. When I was in the 5th grade, I had a friend who was a victim of child abuse. Her name was
Elizabeth and she was my girl-best-friend at that time. She came to me one day and told me about it. She was hit, kicked, punched and sexually assaulted by her older brothers and father. I asked her, why doesn’t she just call the cops? And she said, she’d tried. When the cops arrived, she was hidden. There wasn’t even an investigation. One day she came to school with bruises and scrapes, and I was really mad. l planned to tell the school, but she said that was the reason she looked so bad. She had told the school about it, and once again
David at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Summer Ag Camp Ceremony where he was awarded Top Camp Cadet. (l-r) Greg Akin, David Allen, Roy Douglas Malonson & Earnest Washington, Jr. her family got away. A couple weeks later she stopped talking, and then during recess she went to the restroom and tried to kill herself with scissors. After that, I never saw her again. The last I heard
of her was that she had run away and was selling her body. I wish that I would have told someone instead of keeping quiet because I might have made a difference. Cont. aframnews.com
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