RACE RELATIONS BLOG: Thursday, August 18, 2005

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Lutcher, Louisiana Police Chief Accused Of Dealing Drugs

LUTCHER, La. -- Lutcher Police Chief Corey Pittman was arrested by federal drug agents Wednesday on drug-dealing charges.
The Drug Enforcement Agency said an undercover drug operation has been ongoing for the past three months, during which time undercover agents allegedly bought drugs from Pittman on five different occasions.
The DEA said the sales of crack cocaine and the prescription painkiller hydrocodone netted Pittman $5,200.

Pittman is a former St. James Parish sheriff's deputy who was elected police chief in October 2002. He was a popular first-term chief, and residents said a crackdown on drug dealers was one of his campaign promises.
"I think it's dirty, because people we looking up to to protect and serve us, they going out and selling the dope," said one resident.

BTK KIller...Long History of European Sadism against Women

The witch-hunts waxed and waned for nearly three centuries, with great variations in time and space. "The rate of witch hunting varied dramatically throughout Europe, ranging from a high of 26,000 deaths in Germany to a low of 4 in Ireland." (Gibbons, Recent Developments.)

Despite the involvement of church authorities, "The vast majority of witches were condemned by secular courts," with local courts especially noted for their persecutory zeal (Gibbons, Recent Developments). The standard procedure in most countries was for accused witches to be brought before investigating tribunals and interrogated. In some parts of Europe (e.g., England), torture was rarely used; but where the witch-hunts were most intensive, it was a standard feature of the interrogations. Obviously, a large majority of accused who "confessed" to witchcraft did so as a result of the brutal tortures to which they were exposed. About half of all convicted witches were given sentences short of execution. The unluckier half were generally killed in public, often en masse, by hanging or burning.

Aphrikan's Observations in the Tropics

I walk around my island a lot and observe many things. In my observations, a subject in particular caught my attention. The subject that I am willing to discuss here and also hopefully to get feedback to understand this "phenonmenon".
As I walk around my island or go out with my friends to chill out, I notice something and other people here have noticed it too. It seems that White people have a strong tendancy to let go their racial inhibitions and either flirt, date or even marry someone outside of their race when either just visiting or making the islands their home. Whenever I walk around town or hang out at a local club, the day or night is never complete in which a White male has flirted with me. I must say that it is not only limited to White men but also White women have a tendancy to let go as well. They do not feel intimidated to flirt with or dance with a Black male, sometimes even a Rastafarian when in the islands.
What is the basis for this release of racial tension? Why is it different stateside as oppose to the Caribbean? Would a White male in a crowded elevator flirt with a Black female in the same way as he would on a crowded calypso dance floor? These are the questions that enter my mind sometimes when I observe human behaviors. What about the psyche of some White males or females that determine that it is okay to let go on their racial inhibitions of sexuality? Is it just a plain fetish to see what its like or is a deep feeling of wanting to know more about a person different to them?
The White males I have come into contact with are pretty nice and are friends. However, some were upset to find that I was already taken. I wonder if the environment being that it is a tropical, exotic island makes racial inhibitions take flight? Maybe just reading too much into my observation..it could be just the Cruzan Rum. *smile*

Black or white? Egyptian immigrant fights for black classification

From Correspondent Joan MacFarlane
DETROIT (CNN) -- An Egyptian immigrant is suing the U.S. government because they've told him he's white when his entire life he's been black.
Mostafa Hefny was born in Egypt and has always been proud of his Egyptian culture and his African ancestry. But when Hefny immigrated to America, the U.S. government told him he was no longer a black man.
"I was not told by Immigration that I was white until I passed the exam for citizenship and then I was told I am now white," he explains.
Hefny initially laughed when told of his new racial classification, but he's no longer chuckling. He recently filed suit against the U.S. government to get his race classification changed back from white to black.

"It hurts me. It definitely hurts me," Hefny says. "It hurts me because I am unable to reconcile my reality as a black person."
In addition to the emotional hurt, Hefny says that when the government changed his race, they also changed his social status.
"Definitely, I would've had more opportunity for advancement and even for hiring had I been considered black," he says. "I was prevented from applying and requesting positions and other benefits for minority person because I knew I was legally white."
Origin determines race
One of the problems with the naturalization process, in Hefny's opinion, is that race is classified by geographic location and not ancestry. That's part of the immigration process his lawsuit hopes to change.
The lawsuit targets Directive Number 15 of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. The directive defines black as a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. A white person is defined as having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa or the Middle East.

Moving On Up: African Americans are succeeding...

When the news on minority business growth was released last week, news touting the 45 percent growth in African American owned business, 31 percent growth in Hispanic owned business, and 22 percent growth in Asian owned business, several forces could be credited for this success. There were the demographic trends - the population of people of color has been growing more quickly than the majority population. There were simple trends of size and scale - minority business had been a blip on the screen for so long that it had nothing to do but to grow. There were gurus, heroes and advocates, the creation of the federal Minority Business Development Agency and the hard work of folks like Earl Graves at Black Enterprise Magazine. But before all that, there was John H. Johnson, the founder of Johnson Publications, Ebony and Jet magazines. Johnson wasn't the first Black entrepreneur, but he was one of the first public cheerleaders for African American economic success.

US troops hold children hostages in northern Iraq: police

Below is an exert from two different sites. Please post your opinion in comments.

US troops hold children hostages in northern Iraq: police

US troops held five children as hostages to demand handover of insurgents near a northern Iraqi town on Tuesday, police said.

"The US forces surrounded the village of Mazraa near Baiji and detained five children under 10 years old, calling on the residents by loudspeakers to hand over several other children showed on TV channels celebrating the killing of US soldiers after roadside blast last week," a police source from Baiji told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The US troops threatened to sweep the village by Wednesday morning to detain the other children and suspected insurgents, he said


"Al-Qaeda" 911 Suspects Found Alive

hijacker in the suicide attacks on Washington and New York has turned up alive and well.
The identities of four of the 19 suspects accused of having carried out the attacks are now in doubt.
Saudi Arabian pilot Waleed Al Shehri was one of five men that the FBI said had deliberately crashed American Airlines flight 11 into the World Trade Centre on 11 September.
His photograph was released, and has since appeared in newspapers and on television around the world.
Now he is protesting his innocence from Casablanca, Morocco.

Israeli forces storm Israeli settlements in Gaza Strip (LIVE WEBCAM)

About 1,500 hard-line Jewish settlers and their supporters from outside the Gaza Strip had barricaded themselves inside. Police and soldiers encountered resistance at other settlements, after more than half the Gaza settlers had left voluntarily.
Click above for LIVE COVERAGE of the standoff.

Man killed by Swat Team (video)

This is a video from Charlotte,NC where a gunman is shot and killed by swat. WATCH

John Gotti tapes revealed (VIDEO) TAPE 1