The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.
Racism is more than an economical, social issue… it’s a real life health issue. People are dying because of racism, they are experiencing mental breaking points…. they are victims of systematic emotional and physical abuse. Hell, people can’t even speak about it without facing economic ramifications. People can’t organize against it without facing death. We risk everything just by existing.
by Bro. David Muhammad of 99Problems.org
1. Spooner was known by his neighbors, police, and local officials as a gun collector. In the past reported burglary, Spooner alleged that four shotguns were taken.
2. The police had already done an investigation several days prior of burglaries at Spooner’s residence, including an interview with Simmons’ family, concluding that no one in from his household was involved. Patricia Larry, Simmons’ mother, had only lived in the home for a month.
3. Spooner saw Alderman Bob Donovan, a casual acquaintance, at a restaurant earlier that morning, venting his anger at the police response to his home being burglarized, stating “there are other ways to deal with situations” that police couldn’t solve.
4. Simmons and his mother were taking out the garbage when, Spooner confronted and threatened Simmons. His mother attempted to verbally defend her son against the accusations when Spooner drew his 9mm.
5. Spooner shot Simmons with a 9mm handgun five feet away from him in the chest, in front of his mother.
6. Simmons was shot once in the chest with his hands raised. He ran to escape and collapsed at the corner, while Spooner attempted to shoot him in the back, and tried to fire a third shot.
7. After police arrived, Darius’s body remained on the sidewalk, while police questioned his mother, Patricia Larry, in a squad car for approximately two hours.
8. During the police investigation of the shooting, they searched Ms. Larry’s home again. Finding nothing, they then proceeded to arrest his older brother for having truancy tickets.
9. In contrast, Spooner’s family was allowed to go into the home and remove “items” despite it being the crime scene.
10. John Spooner was given a $300,000 bail, (only $30,000 would have to be posted for him to be free). This is uncommon when the charge is murder in the first degree.
You may ask, in a city with such high rates of violent crime, particularly among people of color, why this case matters?
In the same way that the Frank Jude case exposed the racist element of the Milwaukee Police Department, this tragedy reveals the pervasive mindset that sees black and brown youth as criminals, guilty until proven innocent. Already, the media has attempted to portray the confessed murderer as a sad victim of crime, who had enough and decided to take it out on the wrong person. For Milwaukee media, Spooner is being characterized as “Falling Down” versus “Menace II Society.”
A deeper look reveals that even the police showed more sympathy for the murderer than for the victim or his family. Even many in the black community, upon first hearing about it, summed it up as “Southside Milwaukee” racism; as though it was the fault of the mother for living across the viaduct from the predominately black north side.
The incident also exposes the deep segregation of Milwaukee’s urban communities. Many in the black community still do not travel across the viaduct that Father Groppi led marchers across in the ’60s. The 16th Street area is now the heart of the Hispanic community, with many African-Americans calling it home. It is worth noting, that it was the Southside Organizing Committee and Alderman Jose Perez, who came to aid the family, offering a sign of potential black and brown coalition building.
What is clear is that Spooner was a white hold out in a neighborhood that had turned Hispanic and black, two communities who suffer violence daily but still don’t generalize about its perpetrators. Spooner on the other hand, was armed to the teeth and, installed surveillance cameras, had a dog, and still didn’t feel safe. Perhaps he was more threatened that a black family had moved in, just one month earlier, automatically making a 13-year-old boy a suspect in his eyes.
I need this a) to have more notes and b) to get discussed on mainstream news so that white people will actually see it. yall privilege is out of control.
oh but i do, he lied in wait stalked and pursued a victim while being told not to by authorities….
"The aggravating factors of first degree murder are a specific intent to kill, premeditation, and deliberation. In addition, murder committed by acts such as strangulation, poisoning, or lying in wait are also treated as first degree murder.”
This is the best thing ever.
It makes me smile so much.
my grandmother told me the same thing, before zionism jews and arabs were all good, they even lived in the same houses!!!!
Bringing this back because it’s awesome and should have more notes.
If you care about human beings and their right to walk freely down the street without facing harm… if you care about human beings regardless of color, sex, pgp, or creed and their murderers running free…. if you think its wrong to hold someone else’s life as less than simply because he is black than sign the petition for Trayvon Martin. sign it because you are aware this world isn’t fair. you are aware that being a person of color in this world means that you may be shot and killed and your white murderer runs free. sign this because no parent should have to bury their child especially because of racism. Justice for Trayvon Martin.
Sign the petition, share the petition and call and email these people and tell them to release the 911 tapes and arrest Trayvon’s MURDERER
Bill Lee (Sanford chief of police) 407.688.5070 email: email@example.com
Jeff Triplett (Mayor of Sanford) 407.688.5001 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
City Attorney for Sanford FL 407.322.2171 email: email@example.com
A. Bryant Applegate (County Attorney) 407.665.7257
Trayvon Martin a 17 year old black boy, was murdered by his white neighbor (zimmerman) while walking home from the store. His white neighbor said that he shot 17 year old Trayvon in the chest in the name of self defense. Zimmerman exited his car to shoot Trayvon after calling 911…. police only found Skittles and Ice Tea on the murdered boy. Zimmerman was not arrested. This is what America is for black people in 2012. so yes, Professor Bell was right, Civil rights was a sham. You cant even walk in your own neighborhood without being shot and then the white counterpart (because lets face it if he were black he wouldve) going free possibly to kill ANOTHER black neighbor walking home from the store. You cant even count on the police to not kill you. 2 murders of unarmed black males in new orleans BY THE POLICE. THIS is america. THIS happened THIS week. now look me in the eye and tell me its equal here. tell me that my life carries the same value as a white persons. lie to me. tell me these sweet american lies.
JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN.
and i’m starting a petition to the D.A. i’ll circulate in a moment.
Martin, 17, a high school junior who lived with his mother in Miami, was visiting his father and stepmother at their home in Sanford, a suburb of Orlando, on the weekend of Feb. 26. During halftime of the NBA All-Star Game, Martin’s family said he walked to a nearby convenience store to get some…
shot by his own neighborhood watch. being black in america….. i’m going to say this again because i think it needs to be said. THIS is the family President Obama needs to be reaching out to. FUCK sandra fluke and her feelings of being called names while PoC have been called way worse for way longer on the SAME program and she was silent as all the shit. This young intelligent (not that THAT even fuckin matters) black boy was shot and killed by his own neighborhood watch because he was black and obviously black people are too dangerous to live in an affluent white neighborhood. and for all the white people SILENT about this issue because they dont care or havent even bothered to look into how their white privilege literally KILLS us can suck all the AIDs dicks in the world. and yes thats vulgar and yes its coming from a place of hate and YES YOU DESERVE IT.
(Source: The Huffington Post)
"Blacks who kill white are statiscally put to death most of all." - CNN