As I was cleaning out my inbox, I ran across a few interesting stories that I had either been sent or starred for later review.
CNN.com: Police: Four boys sexually assaulted 8-year-old girl
(CNN) — Four boys ages 9 to 14 have been charged with sexually assaulting an 8-year old girl, police in Phoenix, Arizona, said Wednesday.
The girl was lured into a vacant storage shed by the suspects, who offered her chewing gum, police said at a news conference.
The girl was restrained while the boys — ages 9, 10, 13 and 14 — sexually assaulted her, police said of the July 16 incident.
All the suspects except for the 14-year-old live in the same apartment complex, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Andy Hill. The 14-year-old has been charged as an adult, Hill said.
Detectives said the girl was placed in the custody of Phoenix child protective services after the attack because of her parents’ attitude toward her.
The girl and the boys charged are all from families that have come to the United States from the West African nation of Liberia, police said.
What the hell is this? What ever happened to 9 year olds riding bikes? Her parents are blaming her? Can someone tell me why CNN found it necessary to mention the children were from Liberia? [Thanks Charles]
At yesterday’s White House Press Conference to discuss health care, Barack Obama was asked about the recent arrest of Henry Louis Gates. This response came the very same day as Dr. Michael Eric Dyson’s column, calling out the President to renew his pledge to eradicate racial profiling. [Thanks Margaret]
“To Gates’ credit, he realizes that racial profiling happens regularly to poor black folk, and he has pledged to do something about it. But another famous black figure associated with Harvard must renew his pledge to get rid of racial profiling and spare the nation the illusion that his success represents a post-racial America. While it’s not likely he’ll be unjustly arrested in his House, he’s got to make sure that the same privilege extends to millions of other black folk who don’t live on Pennsylvania Avenue.”
Did Obama address this as you would have liked him too?
Yes sistas, this is a real commercial! I have received confirmation that this was on the air!
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think this is cool by any means, but that is because I don’t ever want to see Black people made mockery of or publicly embarrassed . I realize that we probably do not own KGB, and do not own the networks that are airing this foolishness; however, I must ask do we have any responsibility to change our behavior that is producing these images, and serves for the basis of these types of commercials?
NPR: Rapper Feud Mirrors World Politics: Jay-Z Schools Us In U.S. Hegemony
George Washington University Professor and director of the Institute of Middle East Studies, Marc Lynch made a recent analysis of how fueds in rap music mirror world politics. [Much appreciated Kabrielle]
Professor Lynch writes,
The difference today is that we’re in a uni-polar world with the United States on top. In the rap world, Jay-Z is that guy.
The Game is the erratic wildcard.
“He’s North Korea; he’s Iran,” Lynch says. “He might not win, but he can hurt you if he drags you down into this extended occupation, this extended counterinsurgency campaign.”
Are we serious here? Am I the only one who hates to see good research dollars and airtime go to waste. As the director of Middle East studies, isn’t there a real conflict in Middle East that could use your attention? Get outta here with this mess. I’m just thankful this didn’t come from a professor at Bethune Cookman!