HOME Manage Profile Sign In Register Terms of Use Contribute Content A People Who Matter: Photos The Afro-Centric Web Black Business Directory Discussion Forums Wisdom and Truth Song and Spoken Word Memorial of Racism Calendar of Events Blog Timeline Timeline Special Focus: * Middle East Conflict * South Africa (Namibia) Blog Timeline Constitution of a United People Mind Body Spirit Contact Us (Feedback) Survey References Used

Memorial of Racism
Never ignored.  Not forgotten.
Law Enforcement Timeline

Phil Stair, Government Official
Flint Michigan
Genessee Country Land Bank Sales Manager

Before resigning from his post, Phil Stair's was a public official who worked for an organization responsible for managing tax-foreclosed properties. His resignation was forced by the release of a voice recording, in which he offered simplistic, racist explanation for the water crisis occurring in Flint Michigan since 2014, making the following statement:

"Flint has the same problems as Detroit: f-ing niggers don’t pay their bills. Believe me, I deal with them..."

In 2014 the Flint River became the drinking water source for the city of Flint, Michigan. Due to insufficient water treatment, over 100,000 residents were exposed to contaminated water with high levels of lead in the drinking water. A federal state emergency was declared in January 2016 and Flint residents were instructed to use only bottled or filter water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and bathing, and are expected to do until 2020. Several lawsuits have been filed against government officials on the issue.
Institutional Racism: Racist Government Officials
The Racket of Racism
by Romany Malco

The Value of Racist
Apology After the Fact
Gwen Ifill
Peabody Award Winner
Newscaster, Author
Sep. 29 1955 - Nov. 14 2016

First Lady, Michelle Obama was compared to incoming First Lady, Melania Trump andd held up for ridicule, using the age-old trick, often used by racists, of comparing Mrs. Obama to a simian creature --- an ape in this case.
Michelle Obama Compared to
Melania Trump by Racists
Sometimes we are so busy living -- seizing the day, seeking and protecting our greatest freedoms and liberties, that we forget acknowledge the source, and how deep-seated and deliberate hatred is for our humanity.

I am basically anti-complaining and making "daily" observations about the hatred harbored by racists and the various ways their vileness manifests, as if taken by complete surprise.  But, this link, and other content in this section of the website, is to promote the certainty about what we fight against, when our ever present struggle is discounted and reduced to trivia, as we are chastised to not "play the race card" and to "get over it".

By understanding the mind of the racist, and how they grovel in the depth of vileness, that every nuance of racism is comprehended.

The Mind of the Racist in the 21st Century

So many good observations, points and counter-points made in this discussion.  Some standard rhetoric, and some new bold ideas. 

A shocking paraphrase:
"It will take 280 years for African Americans to catch up to whites, and 80 years for Mexicans -- because they have already surpassed us, because they are not black and unlike black, they have a homeland that produces something."

Blacks and Wealth

Democracy in Black
⇓ White America, at least those with access to the media, has been largely overwrought and inexplicably irate over "Black Lives Matter". Their response has been pointedly poisonous, with focus on defaming, character assassinations, and villifications. They stand before the public, promoting false and biased realities, exposing themselves as short-witted and desparate. The overreactions to a simple pleas for equality and justice have been very revealing.

For all of their machinations, the observation shared above is the only truth, or message, that they have successfully conveyed.
I See Your True Colors Shining Through
⇓ Bill O'Reilly, political commentator (The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel) uses his public platform to spew racial epithets without shame or apology.  He appears to "phone-in" reckless connect-the-dot presentations with fantasy and illogical inferences presented as facts.  He clearly exists to pander to and inflame public towards embracing elements of hatred.
2016 Nominee for
⇓ This registers as a caring and protective act by the judicial system.

Most Black people would be instantly and acutely aware that an action such as this would never be sanctioned in the case of a Black defendant.
Judicial Bias

How They are Selling It:
Whites Posing as
Black Lives Matter Supporters

⇓ The Message Being Sold
Black Lives Matter are "domestic terrorist", committing "terrorist acts".

0:31-0:45 superimposing white orchestrated voices, chanting "What do we want? Dead cops now", over video feed
0:46-1:00 White protestors posing as supporters of Black Lives Matter, chanting "Pigs in a blanket. Fry them like bacon".  Despite the fact that they appear with a sprinkling of about 20 Black folks, who were most likely willing to make their acting debut for a few extra dollars.

Self-Evident Truth:
Racist whites are devious, wicked, and hateful...and in this case, so very desperate. And, as with all social deviants, since the beginning of mankind existing in community --- shameless.

Fortunately, racists are only capable of creating (and perceiving) caricatures of Black people, making this attempted propaganda hideously obvious. Same of what Bill O'Reilly, 2016 nominee for I'm-Racist-Just-For-The-Hell-Of-It, delivers in news-light form.
Racist Propaganda: Black Lives Matter


The White man has protection and privilege.  He's allowed to resist following police instructions.  He's allowed to resist arrest.  He's allowed to use physical force against police.  He's allowed to leave the scene, run around the parking lot and paddle fight the police.

The Black man has death.

This is but one, extremely tragic, degree of the unwelcome experience of racism.
#IfItWereABlackPerson #WhitePrivilege

This is the laziest reporting that I've ever witnessed.  None of his propositions actually lead to obvious conclusions.  He justs takes the liberty of inserting random conclusions, poised against discordant facts, all suited to supporting his well-known agenda of bringing about the distruction of the Black community and its members.

I don't understand how he maintains an audience, when he clearly mocks their intelligence.
Most Ridiculous "Connect-the-Dots" Session Ever
Masquerading as Factual Reporting

Murder of Alton Sterling (R.I.P.)
Shot and Killed by Police at Close Range

Murder of Philando Castile (R.I.P.)
Shot and Killed by Police at Close Range

⇓ Although seemingly subdued by two officers and not exhibiting any brute, combative force against them, Alton Sterling was shot at close range by one of the police officers (after the other officer announced "Gun, Gun". In the aftermath, as is standard operating procedure, his not so stellar past, leading up to that day, was paraded before the public, as unspoken justification for the shooting.

On July 5, 2016, although seemingly subdued by two officers and not exhibiting any brute, combative force against them, Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was shot several times at close range by one of the two Baton Rouge Louisiana Police Department officers. Police were responding to a report that a man that was dressed in a red shirt was selling CDs, and he had used a gun to threaten someone outside a convenience store.The shooting was recorded by multiple bystanders.

In the aftermath, as is standard operating procedure when a Black man is unjustly murdered, Alton Sterling's not so stellar past, leading up to that day, was paraded before the public, as an offering of justification for the shooting. Mr. Sterling (known locally as "CD Man") had a criminal record, which included a 2009 conviction for carrying a semi automatic gun while in possession of marijuana.

However, store owner, witness and video recorder of the incident, Abdullah Muflahi, said that Sterling had started carrying a gun a few days prior to the event because other CD vendors had been robbed recently. Muflahi also said that Sterling was "not the one causing trouble" during the situation that led to the police being called.

On July 6, 2016, 32-year old Philando Castile was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer, after being pulled over for a broken tail light. Diamond Reynolds, his girlfriend, live-streamed a video on Facebook immediately after the shooting. It shows her interacting with the armed officer as a mortally injured Castile lay slumped over, moaning slightly and his left arm and side bloody.

After Mr. Sterling's death, protests were held in Baton Rouge, along with a request for a civil rights investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

By 12:30 a.m. on July 7, about three hours after Mr. Castile's shooting, protestors gathered at the scene, "peaceful but visibly angry". More than 200 people were present. After news of Castile's death spread, crowds of protestors gathered outside the Minnesota Governor's Residence in St. Paul, chanting Castile's name and demanding that Governor Mark Dayton make a statement. That night, demonstrations in St. Paul continued, remaining "peaceful but forceful".

On July 7, 2016, Micah Xavier Johnson fired upon a group of police officers in Dallas, Texas, killing five officers and injuring nine others. Two civilians were also wounded. Johnson was reportedly angry over police shootings of black men. The shooting happened at the end of a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest against police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, which had occurred in the preceding days.

On July 17, 2016, Gavin Eugene Long shot six police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Three died and three were hospitalized, one critically. Long was shot and killed by a SWAT officer during a shootout with police at the scene.
Murder of Two Black Men
by Police within
Two Consecutive Days

⇓ The Red Cross apologized for the “Be Cool” posters in a statement that was posted online:

The American Red Cross appreciates and is sensitive to the concerns raised regarding one of the water safety posters we produced. We deeply apologize for any misunderstanding, as it was absolutely not our intent to offend anyone. As one of the nation’s oldest and largest humanitarian organizations, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in all that we do, every day.

To this end, we have removed the poster from our website and Swim App and have discontinued production. We have notified all of our partner aquatic facilities requesting they take down the poster. Our organization has emphasized to our partners and on social media that it was absolutely not our intent to offend anyone and apologized for this inadvertent action. We are currently in the process of completing a formal agreement with a diversity advocacy organization for their guidance moving forward.
Red Cross Racist Pool Safety Poster

Jesse Wesley Williams
1981 – Present
Actor, Activist
At the 2016 BET (Black Entertainment Network) Awards, upon receiving a humanitarian of the year award, Jesse Williams delivered a powerful acceptance speech, giving voice to many in the African American community.

This award, this is not for me.
This is for the real organisers all over the country. The activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students, that are realising that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do.

It's kind of basic mathematics, the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize.

Now this is also in particular for the black women, in particular, who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you.

Now what we've been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people every day. So what's going to happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.

Yesterday would’ve been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday, so I don’t want to hear anymore about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on a 12-year-old playing alone in a park in broad daylight, killing him on television then going home to make a sandwich.

Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better to live in 2012 than 1612 or 1712.
Tell that to Eric Garner.
Tell that to Sandra Bland.
Tell that to Darrien Hunt.

Early Life
Jesse Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois to Reginald Williams, an African American and Johanna Chase, of Swedish descent, and is the oldest of two three sons born to the couple. After his high school graduation, each of his parents began teachin in the public school system.

Williams graduated from Temple University with a double major in African American Studies and Film and Media Arts. Upon obtaining his degree, he taught American Studies, African Studies, and English in the Philadelphia public school system for six years.

In 2005, Williams began to study acting and was one of 14 actors chosen to participate in the New York Actors Schowcase presented by ABC Television. Since 2006, he has appeared in a number of television series, films, and theatre productions. In 2012, he established a production company, known as farWorld, Inc.

In 2009, he began appearing as Jackson Avery in the popular television series Grey’s Anatomy.

In May 2016, Williams released a documentary film he directed entitled “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement”.

Williams is the youngest member of the board of directors at The Advancement Project, a civil rights think tank and advocacy group. He is also the executive producer of Question Bridge: Black Males, a multifaceted media project, art exhibition, student and teacher curriculum and website, focused on the black male identity and the diversity within the demographic. He has written articles for CNN and The Huffington Post, and has been a guest on Wolf Blitzer's The Situation Room.

In October 2014, also known as Ferguson October, Williams joined thousands in Ferguson, Missouri, to protest the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
Voice for a People:
2016 BET Awards
Acceptance Speech
The web is notorious for being confrontational, how racist commentary often appears unprovoked, as if a natural inspiration of some.
Unprovoked Racist Commentary
Race Baiting
Confrontation seems to be a natural element of the web.  And in many public forums, once it is perceived that you are of the Black race, immediate judgement comes, along with demeaning, inflammatory adjectives to describe you, or any of commentary that you might share.  

Race baiting, is rooted in a common bullying tactic, intended to intimidate and open the door to a hoped for emotional response, so that a sense of power and control might be gained.  If successful in eliciting an emotional reply, a barrage of highly inflammed, derogatory statements generally follow.

Witness to the example shared, the person identifying as Black used the term "haters" (without any direct reference to racism), but in reply, the commentator was quick to jump to judgement and infuse more of a racist undertone, and then attack the person for being "extremely ignorant and immature".
Comments Intended to Provoke Defensiveness and Anger

Leadership Response:
Upon an African American, U.S. Postal worker, Glen Grays, exiting his truck, to deliver a package, in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, a vehicle recklessly speeds by, and according to interviews, Grays' said that he shouted at the men, after the vehicle nearly ran him over. 

Upon hearing the screams of the postal worker, the driver immediately stops and backs the car up, and four plain clothes police officers emerge from the unmarked vehicle, and proceed to manhandle, handcuff and arrest the worker. Witnesses provided cell phone video of the incident.   

After the video of Grays' arrest surfaced in March, the New York Police Department removed three officers from their normal posts while investigating the incident. Their supervisor, Lt. Luis Machado, who was among the officers who arrested Grays, was placed on modified duty.

Two months later, the disorderly conduct charge filed against Mr. Grays was dropped by the court.

Black U.S. Postal Worker
Arrested While on the Job
Without Criminal Activity
A 23 year old Russian woman, working in a government research and development
office, in St. Petersburg, posted this picture on here social media account, with the caption "Today
at the office we hanged a black man." The woman, Anastasia Storozhilova, claimed that they
were reenacting old American movies, when questioned regarding the post.
Russian Government Workers
Use Effigy of Black Man to Lynch
at Office Party

Committed to the Work
Eddie S. Glaude
The video of the incident speaks for itself.
Cops Beat Black Teen for Jaywalking

Afro Hair Pride March Brazil
Marcha do Orgulho Crespo Brasil

Black Churches Burned
In St. Louis, Missouri, from October 9 - October 18, 2015, 6 Black churches were burned by arson. No arrests were ever made.
St. Louis, Missouri:
6 Churches Burned within 10 Days
By a single eyewitness account, supported by graphic images, a young Black man was brutalized, beatean to a bloody pulp, by a grocery store security guard for simply “trying to buy food”, at the market with an EBT card.

A woman, Zoe Marks, visting from Edinburgh, Scotland and in Oakland, California for less than four hours, shared a post on Facebook with her personal account of the incident. 

Meanwhile, she told the Oakland Tribune that she witnessed an argument between the cashier and the victim, as he tried to use an EBT (food stamp) card.  She said that the victim was not shouting, nor was he violent or disruptive.  She also added that the man wasn’t a threat to anyone and that she felt safe until the armed security guard came and attacked him.

Black Man Brutalized by Security Guard at Whole Foods for Trying to Buy Food, COMPLEX: Pop Culture, by Debbie Encalada, http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2015/09/black-man-beat-up-by-security-guard-at-whole-foods-for-trying-to-use-ebt-card, September 4, 2015
No Crime Committed
Beaten and Discarded
Like Trash. Why?

A group of 10 Black women (and one white woman), members of a book club, were taking a relaxing, three-hour, scenic trip through the Napa Valley, aboard the Napa Valley wine train -- an annual ritual of their "Sisters on the Reading Edge" book club.

As the women enjoyed themselves in conversation and laughter, they were cautioned by train staff to lower both their voices and laughter, due to a complaint, or complaints, of fellow passenger(s). By the perception of the women, they had maintained a level of conversation, laughter and decorum, no different from any of the other passengers on board. However, train staff eventually kicked them off the train.

A company employee falsely reported the women a being verbally and physically abusive toward other guests and staff, on social media. A statement which was screen-captured by one of the women, before it was retracted and removed.

In September 2015, it was announced that the family of the late Vince DeDomencio, founder of the Napa Valley Wine Train, had sold their wine train interests to Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd, of Seattle, and Brooks Street, a California real estate development and investment company.

On October 1, 2015, the women announced that they would sue the Napa Valley wine train for $11 million for having been unduly victimized and lied about by the company.
Audible Laughter & Celebration
Cause of Black Women Being Thrown
Off Wine Tasting Train
Sandra Annette Bland
1987 - 2015
On July 10, 2015, in Prarie View, Texas, 28 year old Sandra Bland was stopped for failure to signal a lane change. One day later, the police department reported finding her hanging from her jail cell, her death latter ruled a suicide. Claims of family and friends, and release of a dash-cam video, made this ruling seem highly implausible.

According to an audio transcript of the encounter, Saundra was adamant and vocal about protecting her rights. At one point, the officer asked her to extend the courtesy of extinguishing her cigarette, as the smoke bothered him. She denied his request on the grounds of her right to smoke inside of her private vehicle. In anger, the officer asked her to exit her vehicle, and with her refusal, the officer attempted to forcibly extract. She was pinned to the ground and arrested.
Questionable Arrest Leads to
Questionable Death While in Custody

Black Churches Burned
In South Carolina, from June 19 - June 28, 2015, 8 Black churches were burned down, the last one being Mount Zion AME (pictured above). Mount Zion AME was also burned down by the KKK in 1995 and rebuilt with contributions from all over the world.
South Carolina:
8 Churches Burned within 10 Days
From top row, left to right, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, Myrah Thompson, (center row) Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, (bottom row) Daniel Simmons, Clementa Pinckney and Cynthia Hurd.

Dylann Roof, a 21 year old white supremacist, shot and killed these nine people in their church, in Charleston, South Carolina. Following the arrest of the cold blooded killer, he complained of hunger, at which time the arresting officer's obliged him by stopping at fast food restaurant, enroute to the police station

April 2016 Update
Roof faces 33 federal charges including hate crimes, obstruction of religion and firearms offenses. Authorities have said evidence showed he had white supremacist views and that he targeted the victims because of their race.
Twenty-one year old Joseph Meek will plead guilty to federal charges he lied to investigators and concealed knowledge of his friend's plans for a deadly mass shooting.  Meek faces a maximum of eight years in prison, four years of supervised release and more than $500,000 in fines on the two counts.

Welcomed into a Church Bible Study
Avowed White Supremacist Prays & Kills 9

White male, 21 years old, murders 9 people.  When arrested, he complains of hunger and the police stop by McDonalds to relieve his discomfort.

Police officers would never consider relieving the hunger of a 21 year old Black male, who just killed 9 white people in their church.

#IfItWereABlackPerson #WhitePrivilege
White parents objected to Black childrens attendance at a
pool party to which they were extended an invitation. After a loud, verbal dispute developed with some of these parents, the police were called and notified that the Black children "didn't belong there".

Based upon the call, the officers were immediately aggressive towards the Black youth. , using profane words and threatened to shoot the young teens.

The final act was to pull and throw a young girl about, forcing and pinning her face to the ground.
Officer Becomes Unhinged
Threatens to Shoot Black Youth
and Wrestles and Pins Young Girl to Ground

North Carolina. Walter Scott is stopped for a broken brake light. Eventually he is
shot to death, by the officer firing multiple times as he fled. The officer can be heard
shooting instructions to the dead man, and with without a response, he bends down to handcuff Walter Scott's lifeless body.
Although Walter Scott ran away with his back turned to the officer, the officer stated that
he feared for his life at the time of the shooting.
Walter Scott
Broken Tail-light Leads
to Death of Black Motorist
In August of 2014, Sgt. Arthur Scott (inset bottom left) complained about a racist cartoon used in a police training session, a 1908 cartoon depicting San Diego Police Department's first black patrolman, Frank Carter (inset top left), as a monkey in uniform. Immediately after the session, he reported the cartoon as inappropriate to a supervisor. Soon after, Sgt. Scott was unwillingly reassigned to another workplace.

On January 21, 2015, Sgt. Arthur Scott filed a lawsuit against the city and the police department for harassment and retaliation.
Police Department Uses Racist
Cartoon for Training Seminar

Eric Garner
1970 - 2014
Murder Captured on Video
Although the New York City Police Department banned the use of
choke holds, the restraining maneuver that cuts off the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain,
an NYPD officer used this very same maneuver to restrain Eric Garner, contributing to his
untimely death.

Mr. Garner was approached by two officers on the suspicion of selling single
cigarettes. His ardent complaint of harrassment instigated the officers to attempt his arrest.
Upon waving his arms free of two officers trying to control his movement, the officers immediately
become aggressive, one instantly wrapping his neck into a choke hold, mounting his body and twisting him to the ground.
Two other officers arrive to join in the capture. Mr. Garner repeatedly beg relief for
his inability to breath, until rendedered unconcious, and then dies.
Black Husband and Father
Choked to Death by Police
Without Crime Being Committed
The Crime: Suicide by Gunshot to Chest While Handcuffed in Back
On March 2, 2014, White and a friend visited a local convenience store, where they purchased cigars. There was a fight outside between two unidentified men, neither of whom had any connection to White. Minutes later White and his friend were stopped by two sheriff officers. A small amount of marijuana and cocaine was found in White’s pocket, leading to his arrest.

White was handcuffed with his arms behind him, frisked twice for contraband and weapons, and placed in the back seat of the squad car. He was then driven away from the scence, but never made it inside of the station.

The Sheriff’s Office insists that White shot himself, while seated in the back of the squad car, with his hands handcuffed behind his back.

Coroner's Report
Points to an Egregious Lie
The coroner's report, released six months later, states that White was shot in the front, not the back, that the bullet entered his right chest and exited under his left armpit. The report also cited forensic evidence that the gunshot residue in the wound did not indicate a close range shooting. Despite the conflicting details in the reports, and despite the fact the White's parents reported that he was left-handed, the coroner ruled White's death a suicide.
On the Case
U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lafayette, Louisiana as well as the state police and the FBI

No criminal charge have been filed. According to a report, there was insufficient evidence to “disprove the official account that Victor White III shot and killed himself while handcuffed in the back of a police car.”
Police Report:
22 Year Old Shoots and Kills Self
While Handcuffed in Back of Squad Car
The Los Angeles Police Department is under scrutiny again. This time it's for sending almost 80 officers to break up a college house party. Most of the partygoers were African-American students from the University of Southern California.

USC senior Nate Howard organized the party that was shut down by the police. At a protest on campus Monday he condemned the response.

"Seventy-plus officers?" he said. "What else was going on at that time in the community that you needed to be at a party of students getting ready to graduate?"

Howard says LAPD sent officers in riot gear and a helicopter to break up his party after they received noise complaints. Students were handcuffed and detained, and six were arrested. Howard says it was a peaceful event: registered with campus police, student IDs checked at the door — no fights, no guns — just black college kids having fun.

"And here we have LAPD who are still trying to make us live in 1963!" Howard said. "Brothers like me go to college, they go to college, they look like me, they look like us! Here we are!"

At a community meeting, LAPD Captain Paul Snell said his officers responded to a noise complaint and felt threatened, so they called for help. Routine. But when it was time for audience questions, white USC students got up and said it was all about race. Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a senior at USC, was partying with friends across the street. No one there was arrested.

"My house was treated with respect and the only difference between the two parties was that racial component. And if you're going to deny that, then I'm sorry, I'm just not going to stand for it," said Tither-Kaplan.

Scott says there's an investigation in progress and that he doesn't want to see an incident like this repeated.

As for those arrested, they've been released and their charges may or may not be dropped, but their responsibilities as students haven't gone away.

USC Students Allege Racial Profiling by LAPD, NPR:codeswitch, by Shereen Marisol Meraji, npr.org/ , May 8, 2013
Police Single Out, Shut Down Party and Arrest
Students at Black USC Fraternity House but
Allow White Fraternities to Continue Celebration

James Craig Anderson
1962 - 2011
and his murderers
James Craig Anderson (1962 - 2011) and his murderers. One evening, a trio of young white, Mississippi males (pictured above) decided to, according to testimony, "go *uck with some n*gg*rs".

While out on their mission to create havoc, they spotted James Anderson in a parking lot, attempting to break into his vehicle, after losing his keys. They approached him, beat him and robbed him. As Anderson staggered away, one of the perpetrators hit and ran over him with a high-speed truck. The incident was captured on surveillance cameras. James Anderson was unable to recover from his injuries and died days later.
Racist on the Hunt
Select and Kill Innocent Man
Sherrice Iverson
2nd Grader
1989 - 1997

The life of seven year old, second grader, Sherrice Iverson, was taken by an 18-year old Jeremy Stohmeyer, who killed her inside of a bathroom in the Primadonna Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1997.

Just before starting for home, just after midnight, LeRoy Iverson dropped his 14-year old son and his 7-year old daughter off in the arcade area of the Primadonna Casino resort, already filled with the children of other Las Vegas gamblers, and proceeded upstairs to the casino floor. During this era, hotels had begun catering to families with children by dedicating entire floors to video arcades to entertain children and parents were encouraged to live their children while they gambled.

Captured on Video
Jeremy Stohmeyer(r) and David Cash(l), who if were young African males, both would certainly have been charged with murder and sentenced to life in prison for the heinousness of the crime.  But being white, and Sherrice being African, David Cash got a pass from society and the justice system and went on to attend U.C. Berkeley and resume his life and planned. Please review his vile quotes below, which remind me of George Zimmerman of present day.  

About 3-1/2 hours after being dropped off by her father, 18-year old Jeremy Stohmeyer struck up a conversation with Sherrice.  As the conversation ensued, he started playing tag with her. He began chasing her around the casino arcade for a few minutes and then followed her into a women’s restroom. According to court testimony, once he went into the bathroom with Sherrice, he began to throw paper towels at her. Soon he grabbed her, putting his hand over her mouth and took her into a stall and sexually abused her. His friend, David Cash, walked in on Strohmeyer, saw him violating little Sherrice, and heard Strohmeyer state the words:  “Shut the fuck up or I will kill you”.  After witnessing the assault upon Sherrice, Cash left the bathroom and was followed less than 30 minutes later by Strohmeyer, who immediately confessed to him that he had molested and killed little Sherrice.  Sherrice was found propped up and strangled inside the restroom stall. 

Cash said nothing to anyone about this crime. A few days later, two fellow students of Strohmeyers went to the authorites after identifying him from a security tape played on the local news as the killer. Strohmeyer was arrested and charged with murder, kidnapping, and sexual assault. Strohmeyer pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

David Cash, Accomplice
On the other hand, David Cash, who witnessed the start of the crime and stood watch outside of the restroom, as accomplice, for 30 minutes until his friend Jeremy Stronhmeyer completed his murderous acts upon the child, escaped punishment, and went on to attend U.C. Berkeley.

The Callousness of Cash
Cash told the Los Angeles Times that he did not dwell on the murder of Sherrice Iverson. "I'm not going to get upset over somebody else's life. I just worry about myself first. I'm not going to lose sleep over somebody else's problems." He also told the newspaper that the publicity surrounding the case had made it easier for him to "score with women." During that interview Cash himself told Nora Zamichow of the Los Angeles Times that, just before he and Strohmeyer joined Cash's father for a car ride back to the young men's homes in Long Beach, Cash asked him if Sherrice had been sexually aroused. "Why would you ask if the little girl was aroused?" said the Times reporter. "I don't know, it's just the way I think," Cash answered.

During a separate interview with the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Cash told the press that he was going to profit from the killing by selling the movie rights to the incident: "I'm no idiot ... I'll get my money out of this one day." And went on to say "The simple fact remains I don't know this little girl ... I don't know people in Panama or Egypt who are killed every day, so I can't feel remorse for them. The only person I know is Jeremy Strohmeyer", and according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram Cash mentioned that he felt more sorry for Jeremy than for Sherrice because, after all, he had lost his best friend, and once again said he did not know the girl or her family, but still insisted that he did nothing wrong. Cash would constantly say to news reporters "What have I done?"

Soon after the discovery of the crime, media scrutiny turned to Leroy Iverson, with stress and focus on examining issues of his ultimate culpability for the crime.

Cash would later go on to be called the “Bad Samaritan” because of his inhumane disregard for the humanity of little Sherrice, for not immediately reporting to the casino owners or the police the murder of Sherrice. Fellow students at the university he attended sought to have him kicked out of the university for not stopping the crime or alerting authorities while the crime was going on. But, nothing came of that.

However, Sherrice Iverson’s murder led to the passage of Nevada State Assembly Bill 267, requiring people to report to authorities when they have reasonable suspicions that a child younger than 18 is being sexually abused or violently treated. The impetus for the bill stemmed from the inaction of a witness, and friend of the murderer, who stood by and did nothing during the commission of the crime.

The “Sherrice Iverson” bill, introduced by Nevada State Assembly Majority Leader Richard Perkins (D-Henderson), provides for a fine and possible jail time for anyone who fails to report a crime of the nature that led to the creation of the bill. The bill was enacted in 2000.

As a result of her murder, hotels in Nevada increased security in their arcades, often having a security guard even in small arcades.

Blatant Disregard of Black Lives
Seared in Our Memories
and Never to Be Forgotten

The Issue is Race
(The Phil Donahue Show)

Rodney King
1965 - 2012

Following a high-speed chase, 25 year old Rodney King, a taxi driver was beaten by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department. By coincidence, George Holiday captured a videotape of the entire beating from his balcony. At first, he contacted
the police about his videotape, but they ignored him. He then sent the footage to KTLA, a local news station.

The four officers charged with assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force were found not guilty. However, the federal government obtain a grand jury indictments for violations
of King's civil rights. On April 16, 1993, two of the officers were found guilty and imprisoned, and the other two were once again found not guilty.

George Holiday's video of the beating was the first of its kind -- concrete evidence of police
brutality against a Black man. The L.A.P.D. Police Chief, Daryl Gates, called the images an
"aberration", not to be believed at face value. And, when the four officers charged were found not guilty, a riot erupted in Los Angeles. By the time the National Guard arrived, 53 people had lost their lives, and over 2,000 had been injured.
Black Motorist Receives Severe Beating
by Police after Failing to Yield & Chase

H Rap Brown
Revolution is an Evolutionary Process
Malcom X 
Corn Hill Methodist Church
Rochester, NY
February 16, 1965

- Excerpt -
When they want to suppress and oppress the Black community, what do they do? They take the statistics, and through the press, they feed them to the public.

They make it appear that the role of crime in the Black community is higher than it is anywhere else. What does this do? This message—this is a very skillful message used by racists to make the whites who aren’t racists think that the rate of crime in the Black community is so high. This keeps the Black community in the image of a criminal. It makes it appear that anyone in the Black community is a criminal. And as soon as this impression is given, then it makes it possible, or paves the way to set up a police-type state in the Black community, getting the full approval of the white public when the police come in, use all kind of brutal measures to suppress Black people, crush their skulls, sic dogs on them, and things of that type. And the whites go along with it. Because they think that everybody over there’s a criminal anyway. This is what—the press does this.

This is skill. This skill is called—this is a science that’s called “image making.” They hold you in check through this science of imagery. They even make you look down upon yourself, by giving you a bad image of yourself. Some of our own Black people who have eaten this image themselves and digested it—until they themselves don’t want to live in the Black community. They don’t want to be around Black people themselves.
Using the Media
to Suppress and Oppress
the Black Community
Bloody Sunday:  the voting rights march in Selma, Alabama was a catalyst for the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, paving the way for black voters across the country to exercise their right.
Protests for Voting Rights
and the Voting Rights Act

White policeman rips an American flag away from a young Black boy, having already confiscated his ‘No More Police Brutality’ sign. Jackson, Mississippi
Police Rips U.S. Flag
from Hand of Very Young
Human Rights Protestor
Motel Owner Pours Acid
into Pool Filled with
Black Children

Political Maturity
Malcom X

Unity - Forget Differences

Common Problem

Foolish to Allow Yourselves
to be Beaten and Brutalized
without Protection or Defense of Self
As shown, clockwise from top left, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair.
Bomb Kills 4 Girls
16th Street Baptist Church
Birmingham, Alabama
Police Use Attack Dogs to Control
Peaceful Black People
Seeking Human Rights

Ruben Stacky
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The killing of another human being is a family affair, attended and "enjoyed" by my men, women, and children. 
Family Activities of Whites
Include Lynching of Black Men

John "Jack" Holmes
San Jose, California

Black Male Stripped
Nude for Lynching
for the Pleasure of White Males
Nearly 100 years after an upcropping of free states  in the United States, the majority of African-descended people were still persona non grata, regarded as unwelcomed and held to ridicule.

In 1931, the popular song writing team of Ray Henderson and Lew Brown (Louis Brownstein), wrote “That’s Why Darkies Were Born”.  Based upon all written, historical accounts found, this song was not written as an expression of racism, but instead has been recorded as being intended as conciliatory satire.  It became a "number one hit" for Kate Smith, one of the most popular singers of the time.  In addition, it was covered by Paul Robeson, a notoriously popular ‘Black’ singer, actor, and social activist, as well a few others.

Despite its overall appeal to the mainstream, I find both the title and lyrics offensive and unsettling.  The use of drogatory pet names assigned to African-descended people will always be offensive and a mark of racism, no matter how redefined.

The Lyrics:

Kate Smith, Singer
1907 – 1986

Someone had to pick the cotton,
Someone had to pick the corn,
Someone had to slave and be able to sing,
That's why darkies were born;

 Someone had to laugh at trouble,
Though he was tired and worn,
Had to be contented with any old thing,
That's why darkies were born;

Sing, sing, sing when you're weary and
Sing when you're blue,
Sing, sing, that's what you taught
All the white folks to do;

Someone had to fight the Devil,
Shout about Gabriel's Horn,
Someone had to stoke the train
That would bring God's children to green pastures,
That's why darkies were born.

Paul Robeson, Singer, Actor
Social Activist, Lawyer, Athlete
1898 - 1976


Duluth, Minnesota
Killing, a social event. From postcard created to commemorate event and sent via U.S. mail. Duluth, Minnesota
3 Black Men Dead from Hanging
While White Men Pose
to be Featured on Popular
"Lynching Postcard"

William Brown
Omaha, Nebraska
White America (and some abroad) enjoyed sending and receiving postcards of inhumane cruelties inflicted upon Black Americans. William Brown, burned alive, and then charred and dismembered body hung from tree. Members of the community pose for picture that is to made into a postcard momento. Omaha, Nebraska
Postcards of Death
Dismembered, Burned Alive,
with Charred Remains Hung from Tree
John Richards
Goldsboro, North Carolina

As common practice in some communities, pants pulled down to expose genitals before a group of mail onlookers. Coffin stands ready at side.
Postcard Photo Opportunity
Black Man Hung
from Tree with Pants Down

Bennie Simmons
Anadarko, Oklahoma

Postcard sample.
Soaked in Oil
Hung from Tree and Set Afire
From the 1860s to the 1920s, towns across the U.S. violently expelled African residents, under threat of death.  At least 12 different counties in eight states banished their African populations. More than 4,000 African residents were expelled from their homes, losing several thousand acres of their legally owned lands to white residents in the process.

White residents lashed out against them, terrorizing their families and communities through gun shots fired into their homes and against their persons, burning and killing indiscriminately, sweeping entire counties clear of Africans to make them racially “pure.” 

Today, these communities remain virtually all white.

Additional Info:
Book: Amazon Books: Buried in Bitter Waters
YouTube Documentary: Banished

Racial Cleansing
Practiced Against Africans
in the United States
1860s - 1920s

Spotlight: Forsyth County Georgia

Virgil Jones, Robert Jones
Thomas Jones, and Joseph Riley

Postcard sample.
Four Black Men
Russellville, Kentucky
Lee Hall, ears cut off, hung from a tree, and bullet hole in head. Wrightsville, Georgia.
Lee Hall, Wrightsville, Georgia
Ears Cut Off, Shot in Head, Hung from Tree
Hung Like a Captured Animal
St. Louis, Missouri

Stripped Nude
Hands and Feet Shackled
for Audience of White Males

Charles Mitchell
Urbana, Ohio
George Meadows
Pratt Mines, Alabama
Maintaining Control with
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Forced into the indignity of providing nourishment from her body, to sustain the life of the child of her oppressor, at the risk of the well-being of her own. Forceably demeaned into sharing an intimate part of her life.
Indiginities Suffered:
Forced to Expose and Nurture
Slave Owner's Child from Breast

"During slavery and the Jim Crow era in the United States, African Americans were brutalized and mistreated in almost every way imaginable. If there was a way to kill, maim, oppress, or use an African American for any reason, it more than likely happened. If the skin from an African American might be used for leather shoes or handbags, then pretty much all atrocities were possible and probable."
Franklin Huges, Jim Crow Museum

Black Babies Used As Alligator Bait
From Slavery to 1930s
Human Leather - African Skin
Used for Shoes and Handbags
Slavery - 1800s
Slave Transport Planning Diagram
Slave Transport Planning Diagram
Image Thumbnail