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Ronica Copes, a resident of the Long Island suburban neighborhood, received the hate letter, written in bold capital letters, on Thursday, warning her family that they did not belong in the neighborhood because “Lindenhurst is 84% white population.” The letter writer goes on to say that her family should leave “as soon as you can.”
We have repeatedly been forced to accept the notion that an officer’s perception of black suspects is a justification for the use of force, even where the force is excessive and/or lethal. All the while, there is seldom, if ever, a discussion about the perception of the police in the minds of black suspects, or black people in general. It goes beyond notions of authority and speaks directly to the natural instinct of survival. What is the response to the notion that the perceived threat to life and bodily harm by police blue is a greater threat to me, an unarmed black man, during a police encounter than my blackness and suspected criminality is to a group of 13 police officers?
It was the best graduation present ever for a son who hadn’t seen his mom in many months. Petty Officer 2nd Class Vera Turner surprised her son, Steven Turner, Jr., at his high school graduation in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday. The 16-year Navy vet returned home after a nine-month deployment at Guatanamo Bay, Cuba, according to AL.com.
In the 1970s, the fictional community of Gateway City, based on St. Louis, struggles to survive in the changing political climate after the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. We are introduced to Gateway City through Guts Tolliver, a hard-boiled heavy-now-turned-legitimate businessman: He has decided not to kill people anymore—unless they really, really deserve it. “The night Dr. King went down in Memphis, Guts had steered his sedan through streets aflame and undergone a change of heart.” Asim, editor-in-chief of The Crisis, the magazine of the NAACP, is a master of crafting fiction that is at once highly entertaining but also socially conscious.
“Almost 1 in 3 adults in the United States has a criminal record … this creates a serious barrier to employment for millions of workers, especially in communities of color hardest hit by decades of overcriminalization,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), who is the ranking member on the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.
Today, we black Americans serving in uniform can be proud of our ancestral and professional lineage. Just as those before us, we vow to serve our nation even as racially polarizing issues abound today. From Ferguson, Mo., to Baltimore, Trayvon Martin to Eric Garner, black military members receive regular reminders that our nation is still imperfect—a reality that hits hardest when we are out of uniform and experience racial discrimination.
Lawson says in many cases, like this patient, he found that doctors were misdiagnosing them as schizophrenic. PTSD, an anxiety disorder characterized by symptoms of flashbacks, nightmares, hypervigilance, being hyperreactive, and withdrawal, among other symptoms, is a diagnosis where veterans are given financial relief, whereas schizophrenia isn’t a diagnosis eligible for financial aid.