Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pleading to be treated like "We The People" in 2016

One by one, parents and other members of the of the African American community, took the stand in District Court and pleaded for a seat at the table in the Huntsville desegregation case. 
More than a half century since her grandfather sued to end dual schooling in Huntsville, Catherine Hereford took the witness stand in an attempt to fill his shoes.
"I want to continue the work my grandfather did and see it through to completion," Hereford told U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala on Monday in a crowded federal courtroom in downtown Huntsville
At stake is who gets a seat in the negotiations to end the city's long-running desegregation case.
Everybody has a seat at the table except those who are impacted the most   
"Since the filing of the Consent Decree in this case, the DOJ has failed to adequately represent the interests of African-American students in the Huntsville City Schools," reads the motion filed Friday.
Not surprisingly Huntsville City Schools and the DOJ want to keep it that way
"Please don't put us in a position that it's so unwieldy we cannot deal with," said J.R. Brooks, the school board attorney, in his closing appeal to the judge. He said that four new plaintiffs could open the door to even more new plaintiffs.

And the Judge thinks it's "growing pains"? 
The SPLC repeatedly commended the proposed consent order's objectives and efforts but argued it "does not comprehensively address many of the issues with HCS discipline procedures and practices, nor has the court been fully apprised of the issues during this litigation."
The Montgomery-based organization concluded in its 10-page letter that the plan risks being a "temporary fix" or "exacerbating" the situation unless it adds four revisions:
Meaningful judicial oversight;
Robust accountability measures;
Significant due process protections;
An expeditious time frame.
The SPLC criticized the proposed consent order as being written in "vague and overbroad terms that create uncertainty" and make it hard for the court to enforce.
It also seeks language that requires the school district to provide attorneys to students/families brought to disciplinary hearings in they can't afford one; obligations to report ongoing data; and a time frame for implementing reforms.
So here Black Parents and Community leaders go again.  Pleading to be heard.  Pleading for a seat at the table.  Pleading to be treated like human beings.  My question is why do we have to beg? 
I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, why Democracy means, everybody but me. Langston Hughes

Monday, July 18, 2016

Huntsville City Schools Black/Brown/Poor Children are still "Waiting For Superman" Redux

Huntsville City Schools March 11, 1963 -March 11, 2016  (Huntsville Times file)
Hopefully Superman, in the form of  U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala, will put on her cape, leap tall buildings in a single bound, and allow new plaintiffs to join the long standing Huntsville City Schools desegregation case.
Black parents in north Huntsville are urging a federal judge to allow their four children to join the 53-year-old lawsuit to desegregate Huntsville City Schools.
The parents filed a motion in U.S. District Court late Friday that argues the U.S. Department of Justice does not represent the concerns of local families.
"The DOJ has failed to maintain regular communications with the African-American community in Huntsville," reads the motion. "It has not held a single meeting with the said community."
Birmingham attorney Mark Debro filed the motion, which also contends that the Justice Department has ignored complaints from those affected in Huntsville.
Debro seeks to have four children substituted for the original plaintiffs or otherwise added as intervenors alongside the Justice Department.
Why this action is even necessary.
So, the North Huntsville Collective says the plan is OK and they plan to monitor it persistently, after they said the plan failed north Huntsville Schools. Really? And how do they plan to monitor a plan that can't be monitored? And what makes them believe this administration and this school board are going to listen to them about anything? Heck, they won't even allow black elected officials and community leaders to hold a press conference on the steps of the Merts Center. They won't allow citizens to comment at public meetings without writing down their questions and having them read by a Mime. They no longer televise citizens comments because citizens might actually be informed instead of misinformed. They have teachers and parents afraid to speak out. So good luck with that persistent monitoring thingy.
Ironically the legendary Civil Rights Pioneer who iniated the desegregation law suit, Dr. Sonnie Wellington Hereford III was laid to rest last week. It's a shame he died with Huntsville City Schools looking the same way it did on March 11, 1963.  Hopefully, Judge Haikala will enable a new generation of plaintiffs to finally complete the work he started.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

EYE love how "Freedom of Speech" applies to everyone but African Americans #WhitePrivilegeMeans

In case you've been living under a rock, the first black Miss Alabama, Kayln Chapman James was suspended from her job for daring to publicly express her innermost thoughts and feelings about current events on live on Facebook.   Gasp!   EYE mean, how dare she exercise her first amendment rights in the land of the free and the home of the brave?  She should know by now democracy applies to everybody but Black Folks, especially since we have an African American President, but EYE digress.
Public TV station suspends former Miss Alabama for comments

Kayln Chapman James isn't only one being ostracized, crucified, and arrested for speaking out and taking a stand , the WNBA Minnesota Lynk Basketbal team found out Freedom isn't Free  too.


EYE want you to compare and contrast the actions of these women of color to what former United States Congressman (yes you read it right) Joe Walsh threatened President Obama's life on Twitter. 

Now, compare and contrast the consequences Joe Walsh faced.

Lemon asked Walsh if he stood by his words on Twitter.
"Yeah. Oh, absolutely, because I stand by what I meant, Don," Walsh said. "I didn't intend to say everybody go threaten Barack Obama or incite violence against Barack Obama. I don't know of a sane person that would do that. That's not what I meant, Don."
He told Lemon he made that remark because he's "pissed off" and "there really is a war on our cops."
EYE will wait.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Can EYE Rant about #Drones #MicahJohnson #WhitePrivilegeMeans #Drones #USA and #BlackLivesMatter?

There used to be a radio disc jockey who used to say "If you are scared then say you are scared"  EYE am telling you right now EYE am scared of my government and for my country.  Whew. Feels good to finally get that out.  Why am EYE scared?  Because a drone was used to blow up an American citizen without a trial yesterday.  Let that sink in.
(RPI) The Dallas shootings have ushered in a very new world for U.S. citizens. For the very first time, a drone has been used on U.S. soil to kill an American without trial or charges.
The suspected shooter in yesterday’s tragic killings, U.S. Army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson, was, according to police and press reports, holed up in a parking garage and would not give himself up. After hours of what police claimed were fruitless negotiations with Johnson, a weaponized robot was sent to where he was hiding and blown up, taking Johnson with it.
EYE don't know if Micah Xavier Johnson is guilty of being a cold blooded cop killer or not and we will never know now because the Dallas PD decided to be judge, jury, and the executioner, which ironically is what the #BlackLivesMatter Movement is protesting against.
At this point nearly everything we know about Johnson comes from the Dallas police. Some of it does not ring true.
We don't know what we don't know.  We know what Fox News and the cable networks want us to know. Personally EYE am more afraid of the media  and the police than EYE am of the Black Lives Matter Movement.  The Black Lives Matter Movement is about saving lives, not taking lives.  
Fox News wants you to be afraid, very afraid, of Black Lives Matter.
Meanwhile The Bahamas just issued a travel warning to the United States of America.  You know, the land of the free and the home of the brave.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has taken a note of the recent tensions in some American cities over shootings of young black males by police officers,” the statement read. “We wish to advise all Bahamians traveling to the US but especially to the affected cities to exercise appropriate caution generally. In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police. Do not be confrontational and cooperate.”
EYE was afraid to write this post, but EYE was more afraid not to write this post, because this is no who or what we are as a country.  We have to fix this people, because if we don't, it's not going to matter who the President IS.

RedEye tiptoeing away from the computer to go pray for our country and the world.