‘Driving while black’, a ‘crime’ in Missouri, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

#BlackTwitter After #Ferguson | The New York Times

14 August 2015

On the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, three prominent activists read their tweets from the past year and reflect on the challenges and legacy of the Black Lives Matter movement.

From the New York Times in the USA:

Panel Studying Racial Divide in Missouri Presents a Blunt Picture of Inequity

By MONICA DAVEY

SEPT. 14, 2015

A commission appointed by Missouri’s governor after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a white police officer is calling for sweeping changes across the St. Louis region on matters of policing, the courts, education, health care, housing and more.

In a 198-page report released to the public in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday afternoon, the commission lays out goals that are ambitious, wide ranging and, in many cases, politically delicate. Among 47 top priorities, the group calls for increasing the minimum wage, expanding eligibility for Medicaid and consolidating the patchwork of 60 police forces and 81 municipal courts that cover St. Louis and its suburbs.

The commission offers a blunt, painful picture of racial inequity in the region. Black motorists were 75 percent more likely to be pulled over for traffic stops in Missouri than whites last year, the report notes. The average life expectancy in one mostly black suburb, Kinloch, is more than three decades less than in the mostly white suburb of Wildwood, the report finds. And 14.3 percent of black elementary students in Missouri were suspended at least once during a recent school year, compared with 1.8 percent of white students.

September 14, 2015. Amnesty International USA Responds to Ferguson Commission Report: here.

See also here.

The Ferguson Commission won’t bring social change. Black Lives Matter will, by Steven W Thrasher. The commission took its cue from the social movement. So let’s not expect it to lead it: here.

BLACK MISSOURI FOOTBALL PLAYERS REFUSE TO PLAY UNTIL UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT RESIGNS At least 30 black football players have joined protests on the University of Missouri’s campus amid racial tension at the school, and some faculty members are now calling for a walkout. [AP]

Embattled University Of Missouri President Tim Wolfe Resigns. Wolfe faced pressure to resign because of his handling of racial tensions on campus: here.

University of Missouri president resigns amid protests over racist incidents: here.

BLACK AND NOT WEARING YOUR SEAT BELT? YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO BE TICKETED “Black people in Florida are being stopped and ticketed for minor seat belt violations nearly twice as often as white people statewide and up to four times as often in specific counties, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union.” [HuffPost]

8 thoughts on “‘Driving while black’, a ‘crime’ in Missouri, USA

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  2. Thursday 12th

    posted by Morning Star in World

    Student held over racist killing threat

    UNITED STATES: A student at Missouri University was arrested yesterday following online threats to “shoot every black person I see.”

    While a search suggested that 19-year-old Hunter Park did not have any weapons, the arrest highlights racial tensions at the university. Its president Tim Wolfe quit on Monday after protests over his attitude to “appropriation,” where cultural or racial identities are adopted by others.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-50d9-World-in-brief-Thursday-November-12#.VkTuW7_iMdU

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