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L.A. Watts Times Vol. XXX, No. 1192
Thursday, August 12, 2010
L.A. Watts Times
Thursday, August 12, 2010
DECISION TO OVERTURN PROP. 8 RIGHT STEP IN DIRECTION OF EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL
Last week, US District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that Proposition 8, a voter initiative constitutional amendment that eliminated the right of same sex couples to marry, was unconstitutional “under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses.” While lawyers on both sides of the issue continue to battle it out in court, black people will once more find themselves engaged in this heated debate with the black church split down the middle. We know discrimination first hand. From thee days of slavery, through the Jim Crow era, and the Civil Rights Movement, we have been fighting since the firstt Africans arrived off the coast of South Carolina. Today the fight continues for equal rights forr all ng compeople, and that includes the same-gender loving ghts munity. While we do not believe that the gay rights movement is the same as the black Civil Rights Movement, there are similarities and when we discriminate against gays, we are discriminating against our own. As long as there have been black people on Earth, there have been black gays. They are not only our sons and daughters, but they are community leaders, teachers, business owners, politicians, authors, entertain-
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ers, doctors, and more. Black people in America today owe their civil rights to Bayard Rustin, one of the main architects of the Civil Rights Movement and the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It’s important to note that while white gays adopted the language of the civil rights movement, it’s been black gays who put into practice its core principles for their white counterparts to help them gain an understanding of the people and history behind it—many times while fighting issues of racism against blacks from within the gay community. Black people have a come a long ways from the days when the Massuh arranged our marriages, we were jumping over brooms, to being allowed to interracially fight marry. But the fi ght continues.
Gay and lesbian couples work, pay taxes, and contribute to society like every other couple and deserve the same rights and protections afforded to married couples. Gay couples who want to get married should have the right to under today’s laws. Anything less is a form of social injustice and as the conscious of America, it is not for us to aid in the oppression of others, especially our own. The black civil rights movement was essentially born out of and driven by the black church. While it is a fact that social justice and religion are inextricably intertwined in the black community, as is Christianity, allowing gays to marry is not going to change that. Black churches will not be forced to marry gay couples. Besides, it’s highly unlikely that a couple—whether gay or het heterosexual—would choose to get married somewhere they are not welcome. Th The black church will be as it has always been. Gays being allowed to get married will not change that. Wh While we still have a lot of battles to fight to win equali equality for all people, allowing same-gender loving couple couples to marry is a step in the right direction of guarantee anteeing equal liberties for all people. Gay Marriage: Jim Winstead, left, and Rodney Naccarato, right, from Hollister, Calif., pose with their son Ezekiel Winstead for a photo after receiving their marriage license on the ﬁrst day of same sex marriages at City Hall in San Francisco on Tuesday, June 17, 2008. This is Jim and Rodney’s third time getting married. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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Mitrice Richardson Update
SPECIAL REPORT BY JASMYNE CANNICK CONTRIBUTING WRITER DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Latice Sutton, mother of 25year-old Mitrice Richardson held a press conference on Aug. 10 in front of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office to plead for authorities to contact Richardson’s family
directly regarding the skeletal remains of a woman found Aug. 9 in Malibu Canyon. This took place after unconfirmed reports started surfacing in the media and on blogs that the women’s clothing also found near the scene matched the clothing Mitrice was last seen wearing before she disappeared.
Latice Sutton, mother of Mitrice Richardson, stands before the media pleading for authorities to talk to her about the remains found Aug. 9 in Malibu Canyon.
NBC’s reporter Beverly White listens outside of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office as Michael Richardson tells the media that he believes that his daughter is alive.
“I shouldn’t have to hear about my daughter’s case in the news and from the media,” she said filled with emotion and grief over the thought that her daughter could have possibly been identified as the remains found by authorities. Michael Richardson, Mitrice’s father, told the media that he believes
Funding for Black Farmers, Indians Stalls Again BY BEN EVANS AP WRITER WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite broad support, legislation to finalize $4.6 billion in settlements with black farmers and American Indians stalled in the Senate again Aug. 5 amid partisan bickering. Lawmakers from both parties say they support resolving the long-standing claims of discrimination and mistreatment by federal agencies. But the funding has been caught up for months in a fight over spending and deficits, with Republicans and Democrats arguing over how to pay for them. Republicans have repeatedly blocked Democratic proposals and did so again Thursday. This time, Sen. John Barrasso, RWyo., argued that the settlement in the Indian case needs work and made a counter offer that would change parts of it. An exasperated Sen. Byron Dorgan, DN.D., responded that it's not Congress’ role to renegotiate the case, which has been in court for 14 years and which the Obama administration is under a court-ordered deadline to resolve. “My colleague from Wyoming, I think, wishes he were one of the negotiators,” Dorgan said. “Nobody in Congress was a negotiator ... the question is whether we will meet our responsibility.” In the Indian case, at least 300,000 Native Americans claim they were swindled out of royalties overseen by the Interior Department since 1887 for things like oil, gas, grazing and timber.
They would share a $3.4 billion settlement in a class-action lawsuit originally filed in 1996 by Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe from Browning, Mont. For the black farmers, it is the second round of funding from a class-action lawsuit originally settled in 1999 over allegations of widespread discrimination by local Agriculture Department offices in awarding loans and other aid. It is known as the Pigford case, named after Timothy Pigford, a black farmer from North Carolina who was an original plaintiff. The government already has paid out more than $1 billion to about 16,000 farmers, with most getting payments of about $50,000. The new money is intended for people — some estimates say 70,000 or 80,000 — who were denied earlier payments because they missed deadlines for filing. The amount of money each would get depends on how many claims are successfully filed. Passing the funding for the two cases would fulfill a campaign promise by President Barack Obama to resolve long-festering complaints. John Boyd, head of the National Black Farmers Association, said both parties share the blame of leaving the work undone before the Senate adjourned for it’s month-long August recess. “It’s just partisan division, one party against another,” he said. “It’s an embarrassment for the American people that they can’t get a bill passed that everybody supports.”
his daughter is in Las Vegas, and as far he is concerned, that’s where all efforts should be focused. “My daughter is not in there,” said Michael Richardson, speaking in front of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office. “I saw my daughter in January in Las Vegas along with 80 other people who recently
saw her there. That’s where Mitrice is. She’s not the person found in the Malibu Canyon.” As of L.A. Watts Times press time, neither the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department nor the coroner’s office have made any announcements regarding a possible ID of the remains.
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Bob Johnson Argues that Wealth Gap Threatens African American Families In an address to members of Congress and participants attending a Congressional Black Caucus meeting, Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies, called for a national discussion about the growing wealth
gap which he referred to as a “wealth gap tsunami threatening African American families.” He cited the recent Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University study, among other studies, which conclude “the wealth gap
between white and African American families has more than quadrupled over the course of a generation; the racial wealth gap increased by $75,000, from $20,000 to $95,000; and, at least 25 percent of African Americans have no assets.” According to the U.S. Census data, “white household median net worth is 10 times that of Black households. The median net worth for African Americans was $11,800 compared to $118,000 for whites.” In response to addressing this compelling national crisis, Johnson stated that, “We must admit the harsh reality of a history of institutionalized racism and economic discrimination against African Americans is the primary cause of wealth disparity between Black and white Americans” and “we must be willing to talk about race recognition remedies at the highest levels of government as well as between Black and white Americans.” Johnson suggests that the wealth disparity between African Americans and whites compares to the “compelling national interest test” cited in the Supreme Court’s Adarand decision where the Court ruled ‘a racial or ethnic classification must serve a compelling interest and must be narrowly tailored to serve that interest.’ In his remarks to the Caucus, Johnson listed several race recognition policy initiatives
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U.S. President George W. Bush meets with Bob Johnson (L), Founder and Chairman, The RLJ Companies, and Kathy Boden (R), President, Blue House Water, at the Urban Trust Bank Oct. 23, 2006, in Washington, D.C. Urban Trust Bank opened in 2006 as a community bank designed largely for minority and urban customers. that could be discussed. For example, allow African American families earning less than $250,000 annually to defer all federal income taxes, without interest, provided tax savings are placed into a 401(k) type savings account which can only be drawn out at retirement or upon death at which time the government would be reimbursed for the deferred taxes. He pointed out that this would allow the gain on the 401(k) investment to be available to the families at retirement or passed on to future generations. “I wish the answers to close the wealth gap were as politically palatable and acceptable as proposals to make our public schools better for
minorities, to retrain minority workers for the new jobs market, and aggressively enforce laws against racial and economic discrimination. Over the years, this Nation has been committed to all of these objectives, but this effort will not close the Black wealth gap. I recognize that public policy based on race is extremely provocative and controversial but controversy should not prevent a reasonable dialogue about a societal dilemma that is real and economically devastating in its potential to millions of African Americans,” he concluded. Johnson’s complete remarks can be found below and at www.rljcompanies.com.
BRIEFS Lawyer Agrees to Work ‘Grim Sleeper’ Case for Free (AP) — A Los Angeles man suspected of the “Grim Sleeper” slayings of 10 women has a new attorney who says she will work for free. Lonnie Franklin Jr. appeared in court Aug. 9 with his new attorney and had his arraignment rescheduled for Aug. 23. His lawyer, Louisa Pensanti, says she will work pro bono and has experience handling multiple murder cases. Franklin is charged with 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. He was arrested in July after authorities said DNA evidence linked the mechanic to the series of killings. The slayings occurred from 1985 to 1988, and again from 2002 to 2007. The 14-year pause led to the killer’s nickname of the “Grim Sleeper.”
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Rep. Waters Denies Ethics Violations in Bailout (AP) — Los Angeles-area congresswoman Maxine Waters denies improperly favoring a bank her husband held stock in during the federal bank bailout. In a speech at First A.M.E. Church in South Los Angeles on
Aug. 7, Waters repeated calls to have ethics charges against her made public as soon as possible. Waters says she did nothing improper when she arranged a meeting between the Treasury Department and an association of minority-owned banks in September 2008. OneUnited Bank, where her husband was a stockholder, attended the meeting and received $12 million from the $700 billion federal bank bailout three months later. The Congressional Ethics Committee has charged the 10-term Democrat with violations.
Obama Marks 45th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Americans on the 45th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act to honor the legacy of those who helped make the law possible by exercising the rights they fought hard to guarantee. The 1965 law guaranteed blacks the right to vote. Its passage was spurred by the unprovoked and bloody attack by Alabama state troopers on peaceful marchers crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma to Montgomery on March 7, 1965.
Obama says the law marked the culmination of decades of work by such civil rights activists as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks to fulfill America’s promise of equality. He says all Americans should exercise their right to vote and continue working to promote equality.
SC Man Indicted in Shooting, Dragging Case NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a white South Carolina man on charges he killed his black friend and dragged his body behind a truck. Prosecutor Jerry Peace said 19year-old Gregory Collins was indicted Aug. 6 for murder, desecrating a body and possessing a weapon during a violent crime. Peace said it becomes a case on the active docket. Collins was arrested in June and accused of killing 30-year-old Anthony Hill. Authorities say Collins shot Hill, then dragged his body 11 miles behind a truck. The New Black Panther Party has held protests and rallies in Newberry, asking federal authorities to charge Collins with a hate crime. About two weeks ago, a judge decided not to issue a gag order in the case.
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African Diaspora CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — A government spokesman announced that the second round of Guinea’s presidential election will be held on Sept. 19. The presidential decree read out on state TV by presidential spokesman Mohamed Kasse ends weeks of speculation and political wrangling following the June 27 first round of the presidential vote. The top candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo, got 44 percent of the vote, shy of the majority needed to avoid a runoff. The election results needed to be confirmed by the courts, but once they were confirmed in July, candidates accused the transitional government of dragging its feet and not announcing the date of the second round in a vain attempt to hold onto power. Guinea has survived decades of dictatorship, including most recently the one-year rule of an eccentric army captain whose forces led a massacre of hundreds of people.
French Police Captured on Video Assaulting African Women (GIN) — Videos of a police assault on a protest by African women and children have been widely circulating on the Internet. The footage shows the officers
trying to move African squatters from the north-east Parisian suburb of La Courneuve. The group of about 60 women had been living in the street since being evicted from their tenement homes on July 8 to make way for a new housing project. At one point, a woman is shown being pulled by her legs across the ground, her baby — who she had been carrying on her back — dragged along the concrete after her. Most of the protesters were legal migrants from the Ivory Coast and had been in France for more than a decade, according to Michael Hoare, a spokesman for Droit au Logement (Right to Housing). The footage, shot on July 21, comes as President Nicolas Sarkozy targets gypsies and immigrants who he threatened to strip of their passports if they attack police. The video can be seen at: www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/7923190/Videoshows-French-police-dragging-pregnant-women-and-children-alongground.html.
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Claims He’s Tried to Engage West HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says his attempts to engage
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali militant group with links to al-Qaida has banned three Christian aid agencies from its territory. Al-Shabab says in an Aug. 9 statement that World Vision, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency and Diakonia must immediately leave Somalia because the groups were actively propagating Christianity in the overwhelmingly
metro.net President Robert Mugabe the West have been rebuffed — making no reference to his recent outburst against Europe and the United States. Mugabe referred to his strained foreign relationships in a speech Aug. 9, a holiday commemorating Zimbabwe’s fallen heroes. Mugabe says he sought to engage the European Union and the United States to get them to remove sanctions against his regime, but found they kept “shifting goal posts.” On Aug. 1, during a state funeral for his sister, Mugabe told Western nations to “go to hell” after alleging that they interfered in Zimbabwean affairs. Diplomats from the United States, Germany and the European Union walked out of the funeral.
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Muslim country. The group has also warned other aid agencies against taking up the work of the banned organizations, saying they will face “appropriate disciplinary measures.” Officials of the aid agencies were not immediately available for comment. Al-Shabab, the militant group that claimed responsibility for twin blasts in Uganda during the World Cup final, has already banned several U.N. agencies and aid groups.
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Tiger practices at PGA with a coach at his side Foley, who works with Mahan, says â€˜possibility is thereâ€™ for partnership
SPORTS BEAT B Notes, quotes and things picked up on the run from coast-to-coast and all the stops in between and beyond. Itâ€™s been four years since many have heard about Justin Gatlin. The former Olympic Games champion made a smashing comeback recently in Estonia. He won the 100-meter in 10.24 seconds. Gatlin beat J-Mee Samuels by .07 seconds. The USAâ€™s Rubin Williams finished in third place in 10.54 seconds. Gatlin won his second 100meters race with 10.17 seconds in the Ergo Games in Estonia. Gatlin wasnâ€™t the only sprinting star of the week. Tyson Gay upset world record-holder Usain Bolt in 9.84 seconds in Stockholm, Sweden.
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about Barry Bonds. His federal court perjury trial date is set for March 21, 2011. He faces 11 felony charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. The San Diego Chargers are counting on Fresno State rookie running back Ryan Mathews, 6 feet and 218 pounds, to replace the traded LaDainian Tomlinson. Tomlinson will be doing his thing with the Marc Sanchez-quarterbacked New York Jets. Mathews signed a five-year contract with the Chargers thatâ€™s reportedly worth nearly $26 million. The Miami Dolphinsâ€™ Ronnie Brown and the Tampa Bay Buccaneersâ€™ Carnell â€œCadillacâ€? Williams were teammates at Auburn University. Brown says if it hadnâ€™t been for injuries, he and Williams would
Coach Phil Jackson has added Chuck Person to his Lakers coaching staff. Returning with Jackson are assistants Jim Clemons, Brian Shaw and Frank Hamblen. And the beat continuesâ€Ś How bad can Tiger Woods get? Tiger shot a five over par 75 in the third round in the Bridgestone Invitational. In a field of 88 Tiger, finished 80 at the end of three. With the way heâ€™s been playing lately, Woods, with 14 majors to his credit, can forget about breaking Jack Nicklausâ€™ record of 18 majors, this year or any other year in the future. Woods is scheduled to play starting Aug. 12 in the PGA Championship. Woods has won the PGA Championship four times. The L.A. Times stated on Aug.
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