From Our Keepin' It Real Files:
Call White Supremacist Violence by its Name: Terrorism!
Richard Collins III was about to graduate from Bowie State University in Maryland. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army. He was airborne certified. He was a son, a friend, and active in his church.
To Sean Urbanski, aWhite University of Maryland student, all he could see was thatCollins was Black. At around 3 a.m.onSaturday, May 20, Collins waited for an Uber ride along with two friends who were students at UMD at an on-campus bus stop. Urbanski walked up to them, and, according to witnesses, said, “Step left, step left if you know what’s best for you.” Collins simply replied, “No.” He stood his ground. Urbanski then stabbed him in the chest and fled the scene. Collins died at the hospital. Urbanski, as has been widely reported, is a member of a racist Facebook group called “Alt-Reich: Nation.”
Queens, NY Hate Crime
In March a 28-year-old White supremacist traveled to New York for the express purpose of killing a Black man. Any Black man. Within hours, Timothy Caughman, a Black man from Queens, stumbled to a midtown police station bleeding. He had been stabbed, ultimately fatally, with a 26-inch sword. "What are you doing?" Caughman had asked his assailant.
James Harris Jackson gave police officers his answer: He hates Black men and has since his youth. His plan was to kill more people than Caughman. He considered taking an officers' gun and shooting more Black men. -CNN
NOOSE FOUND AT THE
AFRICAN MUSEUM: A noose was found May 31, at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
Basketball superstar LeBron James' Los Angeles home was defaced with the 'n-word', a day before the Cleveland Cavaliers player was set to take the court in the first game of the NBA finals. "No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being Black in America is tough," James, a three-time NBA champion, told reporters.
hree Men Stood Up to Anti-Muslim Attack. Two Paid With Their Lives.
An Army veteran, a recent college graduate and a student intervened as a man screamed anti-Muslim insults at two women in Portland, Ore., in May. Two of the men died in the attack, which occurred on a commuter train. Jeremy Christian, 35, of North Portland, Ore., was charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the attack. Christian, who the authorities said had a history of making extremist statements on social media, was ranting at, and talking disparagingly about, the two women, one of whom was wearing a hijab.
One of the women, 16, told he media said she is not a Muslim.
•TERROR: On June 17, 2015, racist Dylann Roof, then 21, hoping to spark a “race war” massacred nineinnocent Black men and women at the historic Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church while they were attending a Bible study. On January 11 of this year he was formally sentenced to death.
Lynching -- the indiscriminate killing of (mostly) Black people in the American South during the late 19th and 20th centuries by hanging, burning, dragging, drowning and shooting -- unleashed a wave of terror in African-American communities. The randomness and brutality of the violence was central to the way in which it spread terror. Black victims were lynched for any reason at all: failing to tip one's hat, insisting on repayment of a debt, false charges of rape or murder, and even being too prosperous.
The public nature of the crime was also deliberate. Lynchings were "message" crimes, designed not just to harm the individual but also to let all African-Americans in the community that they were not full citizens.
THE COUNT--Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror, documented by thethe Montgomery, Alabama based Equal Justice Inititive (EJI) , is amulti-year investigation into lynching in twelve Southern states during the period between Reconstruction and World War II. EJI researchers documented 4,075 racial terror lynchings of African Americans in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia between 1877 and 1950 – at least 800 more lynchings of Black people in these states than previously reported in the most comprehensive work done on lynching to date.
These examples of White Supremacy Terrorism in America are not even the tip of the iceberg...
Police Who Shot Tamir Rice Is Fired
–But Not For Killing The 12-Year-Old
Timothy Loehmann, the Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 as he held a pellet gun, setting off national protests, has been fired. Loehmann shot and killed Tamir outside a Cleveland recreation center, firing within two seconds after the patrol car he was riding in pulled up next to the boy. The officer who was drivingwas suspended for violations related to the shooting, but the administrative charges leveled against Loehmann did not even mention the 2014 episode. He was instead fired for lying on his employment application in 2013, a violation that came to light only after officials began investigating the officers after Tamir’s death.
•The police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., in 2016 — neither of which has resulted in criminal charges against the officers involved. Their deaths spurred protests across the country .