Beyond Black & White » News http://www.beyondblackwhite.com Chronicles, Musings and Debates about Interracial & Intercultural Relationships Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:59:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Daniele Watts Faced with Lewd Conduct Charges http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/daniele-watts-faced-lewd-conduct-charges/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/daniele-watts-faced-lewd-conduct-charges/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:05:18 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=34138 According to TMZ… “Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts may be convincing in the movies, but not in real life because she’s just been charged with lewd conduct for allegedly having sex in her car outside CBS Studios. Watts went on a campaign against the LAPD … accusing cops of racism for cuffing her after people complained they were banging […]

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According to TMZ

“Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts may be convincing in the movies, but not in real life because she’s just been charged with lewd conduct for allegedly having sex in her car outside CBS Studios.

Watts went on a campaign against the LAPD … accusing cops of racism for cuffing her after people complained they were banging in the Mercedes in Studio City.  Watts, who claims she and her BF were just making out, walked away from cops in a fury, so they cuffed her and brought her back.

Prosecutors listened to the LAPD audio — obtained by TMZ — and realized what was up.  Armed with various witnesses and photos of Watts straddling her BF with her breasts exposed, she and the BF were each charged with lewd conduct in public.

The crime is punishable by a maximum of 6 months in L.A. County Jail.

I’m disgusted at how this woman cried wolf, but charging her with a crime seems a bit excessive. At this point, she might as well kiss her career adios. 1021-daniel-watts-crying-instagram-1

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Cop allegedly sexually assaults eight Black women – where are the women’s groups? http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/cop-allegedly-sexually-assaults-eight-black-women-womens-groups/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/cop-allegedly-sexually-assaults-eight-black-women-womens-groups/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 06:39:19 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=33869 Like many of our readers, I have been monitoring the story of the Oklahoma police officer accused of sexually assaulting eight black women. After weeks without news, I came across this Buzzfeed article from last month. This section stood out to me:  Oklahoma NAACP President Anthony Douglas first learned of the Holtzclaw case on Thursday, Aug. […]

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Like many of our readers, I have been monitoring the story of the Oklahoma police officer accused of sexually assaulting eight black women. After weeks without news, I came across this Buzzfeed article from last month. This section stood out to me:

 Oklahoma NAACP President Anthony Douglas first learned of the Holtzclaw case on Thursday, Aug. 21 — the day Holtzclaw was arrested — while at a rally showing support for the people of Ferguson, who were still protesting the death of Michael Brown and the Ferguson police’s display of force in response to their protests. Local media began calling for Douglas’ reaction to the Holtzclaw case. On the heels of the Ferguson, Douglas prepared for a storm. But it never came.

 “Where’s my media and where’s my women’s groups?” he asked BuzzFeed News on Thursday.

Douglas said Ferguson had no impact on how he approached the Holtzclaw case, but the media spectacle in Missouri made him examine how the media was “not providing the coverage as it should be brought to light.” Douglas’ contribution to the mostly local coverage has been to call for the Department of Justice to “look at whether this fits a pattern of racial profiling.” The president views Holtzclaw’s targeting of black women as a hate crime.

 “[People] have not grasped the severity of the case,” Douglas said. “I don’t look at this gentleman as a sex offender or a rapist. I look at him as a racist, because he racially profiled and targeted African-American women.”

 

It appears that Douglas followed up by formally requesting the Department of Justice to open an investigation. And his comments raise a good point. In an era where banners are being flown over NFL stadiums regarding domestic violence being committed by players and congressional hearings are being held about sexual assault on college campuses, where’s the scrutiny on sexual assaults perpetuated by officers of the law? A quick google search revealed officers all across the country accused of assaulting women while on duty:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/tulsa-sheriffs-deputy-accused-sexual-assault-25557139

http://www.suntimes.com/news/4602321-418/cops-accused-of-sex-assault.html#.VByUQfldXbo

http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/crime/2014/08/20/14162700/

http://5newsonline.com/2014/08/15/fired-fayetteville-officer-pleads-guilty-to-sexual-assault-gets-5-years-probation/

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/24677-police-departments-ignore-rampant-sexual-assault-by-officers.

http://www.thenation.com/blog/181365/police-violence-we-arent-talking-about#

 

On the heels of abuses at several women’s prisons (arguably the most vulnerable women of all), what exactly is NOW doing in response to this epidemic? Or does Gloria Allred only show up when a huge payday is involved – are poorer, black women unconnected to wealth not good enough?

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Ferguson, MO Reminds Parents With Black Autistic Young Men of Their Worst Nightmare http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/ferguson-mo-reminds-parents-black-autistic-young-men-worst-nightmare/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/ferguson-mo-reminds-parents-black-autistic-young-men-worst-nightmare/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 02:47:07 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=33348 In light of the recent events surrounding the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri I again have to face one of my worst nightmares. Although my son Elijah is biracial, he appears to be a young black man who could at any time find himself the target of police violence.  I am a former Magistrate […]

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Elijah 1In light of the recent events surrounding the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri I again have to face one of my worst nightmares. Although my son Elijah is biracial, he appears to be a young black man who could at any time find himself the target of police violence.  I am a former Magistrate so I more than understand that the job of a police officer is often thankless and that fine, upstanding officers put their lives on the line every day.  Still, I know there is a large element of black men whose only crime is being black.  For those who are profiled, harassed and arrested for no good reason I lament.

I am fearful for my son.  I won’t always be there to protect him.  Elijah is moderately autistic and is clueless about the world around him.  That is the only thing that protects him – the fact that he does not think in the abstract so he doesn’t know that he is a young black man.  The same thing unfortunately also endangers him considering that he does not know he is a young black man who could be targeted.  So having a young black man in America gives me reason to fear, but add moderate autism to equation and my fear is ten-fold.  There is story after story justifying my fear.

Elijah can be trained on how to react to a police officer’s order, but no amount of training would help him if 5 officers are all yelling at him to get on the ground or to hold up his hands.  Elijah would be perplexed and stare into the mouth of one officer and wonder what in the world is going on.  He would not react as he is delayed and ponders a few minutes before he does or says anything.  So as the mother of a young black man who is also autistic, my fear is tenfold.  I can’t imagine any situation where Elijah may face a police gun as he will always need supervision for his own safety.  He cannot defend himself in society and is unaware of danger and how evil some people can be.  But many things can be put in place that would allow my son to be in the presence of police.  Someone could see him somewhere and report a suspicious person, or he could get away from an aide and simply elope away.  There are many scenarios that one could possibly imagine that may all have the same terrible ending.

I am not alone in my fear for a special needs child.  Many parents of children and adults with special needs share my fear and with good reason regardless of their race.  We dream the same nightmare and eventually have to resign ourselves that our children will be ok, hoping that the case we hear on the news or read about online is not our own child.  I can’t function with a constant mindset of constant worry so I pray that God protects my son.

I don’t know what police departments across the country are doing to positively address racial profiling practices that plague our communities.  But I hope efforts between the police and community groups can start a dialogue and curtail the practice.  I do know however, some profiling is necessary to keep us safe.

With all the possible scenarios that could endanger my son with the police I realize that all police interaction need not be bad or negative.  In fact, it’s mostly positive.  This past Wednesday, I attended a seminar and interactive screening of Be Safe The Movie sponsored by The Autism Society of Los AngelesAutism Unites, Mychal’s Place (from where my son receive services) The Culver City Police Department and the writer/producer of the film, Emily Iland. The seminar was quite informative.  The movie shows autistic teens and adults how to interact with the police with several scenarios.  Members of the CCPD including Chief Scott Bixby and several distinguished captains and officers were hand to speak to and instruct participating teens and adults.   Every police department should be partnering with autism advocacy organizations promoting awareness, education and understanding of those on the Autism Spectrum.  Shockingly, I learned that teens and adults with autism are seven times more likely to be involved with law enforcement because of their inability to communicate.   Many times autistic individuals exhibit behavior deemed inappropriate which can quickly escalate if they become stressed or agitated.  The police are trained how to confront and deescalate the situation and gain control thereby preventing possible tragedy.

Chris Akubuilo meets members of the Culver City, Calif., police department. Akubuilo has autism, and his mother is worried about his safety when he interacts with police. Photo Credit:  Rebecca Hersher/NPR

Chris Akubuilo meets members of the Culver City, Calif., police department. Akubuilo has autism, and his mother is worried about his safety when he interacts with police.
Photo Credit: Rebecca Hersher/NPR

I was interviewed by NPR for All Things Considered during their coverage of the event.  I simply reiterated that I have feared for Elijah since he was diagnosed with Autism  in 2003.  I am very thankful for the efforts of some police departments that proactively seek programs and partnerships that promote good communication with special needs children and adults.  I applaud positive, instructional or educational interaction with officers and pray that is the only circumstance my son will find himself in the presence of police, ever.

 

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A Picture Says 1000 Words… http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/picture-say-1000-words/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/picture-say-1000-words/#comments Sat, 04 Oct 2014 05:13:25 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=33759 I took this screenshot of the individuals arrested during protests in Ferguson. This picture is poignant on so many levels that I really don’t need to add any commentary. But I WILL ask this question: Can you recall a time when “the brothers” were gathered in the courthouse, arrested on behalf of a black woman […]

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I took this screenshot of the individuals arrested during protests in Ferguson. This picture is poignant on so many levels that I really don’t need to add any commentary.

But I WILL ask this question: Can you recall a time when “the brothers” were gathered in the courthouse, arrested on behalf of a black woman being victimized?

I’ll wait.

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Yes; Daniele Watts Should Apologize for Crying Wolf. http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/yes-daniele-watts-apologize-crying-wolf/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/yes-daniele-watts-apologize-crying-wolf/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:50:19 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=33476 When I heard the initial reports of Daniele Watts and her boyfriend, Brian had broadcast about alleged police targeting of an interracial couple, I like many others, stood behind them in support. I even spoke with Brian personally to get more in depth information. He failed to reveal additional details of the interaction that would […]

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When I heard the initial reports of Daniele Watts and her boyfriend, Brian had broadcast about alleged police targeting of an interracial couple, I like many others, stood behind them in support. I even spoke with Brian personally to get more in depth information. He failed to reveal additional details of the interaction that would have disproved their claims that TMZ acquired, and all of us who rallied in support stood with egg on our faces. It wasn’t just BB&W who was fooled, but Los Angeles activists who rallied in support behind Daniele against the Los Angeles Police Department. Photography and audio called into question Daniele’s claim that the police officers racially profiled her and assumed she was a prostitute. It also proved that Daniele acted like a complete douche bag. Refusing to show her identification, she had the nerve to say, “I know my rights! I played a cop on T.V.!” (Jesus be a publicist…)

Daniele and Brian’s non-event was not only a distraction, but potentially erodes support from legitimate claims of police brutality and racism, which we know DOES happen. And for that, Daniele and Brian should apologize to the activists who are doing real work on the ground to take time to address what essentially turned out to be a temper tantrum by a self-entitled whiner. She also should apologize to the LAPD and the police officers she besmirched. 

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So will Daniele and Brian apologize for making a mockery of the real issues related to police misconduct? Probably not. But she’ll be sorry when her acting prospect dry up.

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Why are Some Folks Defending Child Abuse as ‘Black Culture?’ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/folks-defending-child-abuse-black-culture/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/folks-defending-child-abuse-black-culture/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:14:39 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=33390 By Zac OnBothSides That thing you’re doing, where you defend child abuse along cultural lines, please stop it.  Adrian Petersons’ actions are not a referendum on how an entire culture disciplines their children. So you don’t have to defend it thusly.  And if you are connecting his actions to something traditional that supposedly the rest […]

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That thing you’re doing, where you defend child abuse along cultural lines, please stop it.  Adrian Petersons’ actions are not a referendum on how an entire culture disciplines their children. So you don’t have to defend it thusly.  And if you are connecting his actions to something traditional that supposedly the rest of us don’t get, just take a deep breath and realize that’s utter nonsense.

I’m convinced many vocal supporters of Mr. Peterson decided they didn’t need to read the details. Except, that the details are all that matters in this case. This is not about spanking, or how group A raises their children versus how group B does it. This is about blood being drawn, genitals being injured, and multiple abrasions – all of that on a four year old child.   I’d rather folks just say, ‘You know what- I’m okay with ALL of that”  as opposed to saying he was wrong but he didn’t know any better. Because, ( wait for it…) this was how he was raised!  Please stop it.

This is also a slippery slope. One that I reject. If we are going to be apologists for the actions of those who use ‘It’s how I was raised’ as an excuse then we better rethink how angry we get at racists. I mean, after all,  babies aren’t bigots, so something happened during the course of their being raised-something was repeated, or taught, fused to the very marrow of that person who now walks amongst us harboring those intense feelings of hate.

Sorry, I’m not going for it.  I don’t care what you’re Grand-pappy told you about the ‘coloreds’- you will get no safe haven here.  The effort it takes to remain in a cocoon of ignorance vastly exceeds the minimal effort required to understand that no one deserves to be judged based on their ethnicity.

And if your defense of Adrian Peterson goes like this- “Well, what about the white father who just killed his 5 children”? You’re doing it wrong.  He should spend eternity in hell, immediately if not sooner. But unless you think all white parents are murders then what’s the point?  Mr. Peterson, in my opinion, didn’t fail as result of something cultural; he failed because his ignorance opened the door to something criminal, and he absolutely should have known better.

National stories are never solely about the main actors- this is about all of us. It’s also about a troubling trend that has far too many participants of all races. A trend wherein the idea of taking personal responsibility for ones actions is often the last resort.

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