Ah, racial profiling, Will it ever end?
Looks like New York City, with Bill deBlasio coming in this January, might finally be safe for minorities to walk the sidewalks without fear of random and humiliating, arbitrary police stops. Certainly Mike Bloomberg and his police Chief Kelly were all for stop and frisk and the terror it inflicted on their city. But up state, in Rochester, things have gone even further. It's stop and arrest -- skipping the frisk part.
Three Black high school kids, waiting for the school bus to come and take them to basketball practice were arrested a week ago when police officer told them to “disperse,” even though witnesses said they did nothing wrong.
Disperse? Isn't that usually a term usually reserved for crowds, mobs and unruly gangs? It's hardly appropriate for three high school students waiting at an established bus stop for their bus. Isn't that why they call it a bus stop? They boys explained why they were there and that's when the police did what they set out to do initially. They arrested these three Black teenage boys.
Oh, did I mention that all three are honor students as well as athletes? And did I forget to say that none of them had ever been arrested before?
This is what happens when racists are cops. I bet a simple, "We're waiting for the school bus" would have been fine if these were white kids. But they weren't. And as such, they were singled out.
The police have their own account of this incident. According to WROC-TV:
A police report claimed that the boys were blocking “pedestrian traffic while standing on a public sidewalk…preventing free passage of citizens walking by and attempting to enter and exit a store…Your complainant gave several lawful clear and concise orders for the group to disperse and leave the area without complaince [sic].”
Coach Scott [also African-American] arrived just as the boys were being handcuffed and was also threatened with arrest.
“He [the police officer] goes on to say, ‘If you don’t disperse, you’re going to get booked as well,’” Scott recalled. “I said, ‘Sir, I’m the adult. I’m their varsity basketball coach. How can you book me? What am I doing wrong? Matter of fact, what are these guys doing wrong?’”
Check out this short news piece to get the fuller story -- but this kind of bulls**t has got to stop.
Who really pays much attention when they go shopping as to corporate political leanings or support when they need an item? If you can't find your hammer or drill, you just go to the closest hardware or Home Depot-ish store and grab one.
Hungry and in a hurry, you might just pick the next fast food store that comes up on the right, so you don't have to cross traffic on your way to sating your grumbling stomach.
For most of us, if we need a new pair of jeans, we walk into the mall, see who's got a sale and grab a pair. They're jeans, for Chrissake, not evening wear for the Oscars red carpet ceremony.
The bottom line is for most things, we really don't care where we get them -- price and convenience are the guidelines. But maybe we should take a moment and realize that there's more to our decisions. There's financial backing of a company that gives it power to drive away the competition as well as get their political missions funded. Recently HuffPo posted an interesting look at corporations and what they stand for. It's entitled, 8 Brands with Religious Affiliation. The quotes below are from them.
Perhaps you heard of Hobby Lobby. They're a crafts store with many branches across the country as well as having a large, internet E-tail business. They have over 560 stores nationwide. They also happen to be a right-wing Christian run outfit. They are so inclined that this year they refused to carry and Chanukkah merchandise or materials until public outroar made them change their mind. They also are outwardly anti-Obamacare, having filed a federal lawsuit against the ACA for mandating contraceptive coverage in their insurance.
Is this a place you want to support?
How about Forever 21, the youthful appealing casual attire outfit? They are considered a Born-Again Christian run chain. How so? Their founder, Do Wo Chang had demanded the following:
— John 3:16 is printed on every bag: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Not a bad message, but do I need to advertise this on every shopping bag from them? If religious backing is that important to you, then the next time you buy chicken to make at home or for a barbecue, don't forget to buy Tyson Brand. They're so evangelical Christian that they provide counseling services for all employees from their evangelical in-house Chaplaincy Program, Would you like a prayer with those hot wings?
But you know who else falls into this Christian category? In and Out Burgers. Yeah, that big dog'll hunt -- for double barbecue cheese burgers, and a side of the Holy Ghost.
Now if Mormonism is more to your liking, next time you travel, stay at a Marriott. In your night stand,
you'll find another religious text alongside your Gideon's Bible: the Book of Mormon.
Now if only it was a DVD of those South Park guys' play, I'd stay there for sure. Oh, and just so you know, don't go looking for any porn on their pay TV in-room service. That's all been taken out. You'll just have to settle with regular TV or video's of the complimentary breakfast available from 5:30 AM until 9:30 AM.
Here's a twofer if you're interested in that kind of bonus-- Chick-fil-A. This company is both openly anti-LGBT AND devoutly Southern Baptist. How can you hate that?
Truett Cathy, the founder and CEO of Georgia-based Chick-fil-A, says he closes all 1,700-plus locations on Sundays for two reasons: "One, that there must be something special about the way Chick-fil-A people view their spiritual life and, two, that there must be something special about how Chick-fil-A feels about its people." He also believes that giving employees Sunday off "as a day for family, worship, fellowship or rest" is the secret to attracting quality people to the company.
If you're Seventh Day Adventists or Jewish and celebrate Saturday as your Sabbath, I guess you're excluded from the fun and frivolities Chick-Fil-A has to offer it's employees. But there's someplace for everyone.
Have no fear, Seventh Day Adventists, you aren't without a retail outlet of your own. It's the delectable darling of the desserts, Little Debbie Snacks.
And though the Company Statement begins with a faith-infused Family Statement — "The McKee family acknowledges the providence of God in our continued success." — you'd be hard-pressed to find evidence of the founders' Seventh Day Adventist faith without an encyclopedic knowledge of NASCAR.
The point of all of this is that we do say things by where and what we buy. Our spending power sends a message either by support or by boycott. I'm not preaching any of those, but merely wish to point out some of your choices. Shop however you like. And your reasons can be random, based on convenience, price, location or perhaps by personal choice to support those who believe the same way as you do.
I just thought it's interesting to let you know where you shop makes a statement about who you are.
Now, getting back to NASCAR...
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