Friday, August 03, 2012

Dante's Inferno Friday

Equality Movement Kisses Off Chick Fil-A

If you've been watching the talking heads and all things media, you can't help but get at least a snippet of the ordeal going down with the family owned entity Chick Fil-A and protesters citing the companies stance on equality issues. I've posted several items concerning the situation, but it was a direct Facebook post that I felt summed up the depth and passion surrounding this series of events. It was from LGBTQ ally Micha Walls whom was among those spearheading this citizezns action to rebuff the food chain. She is a talented and spirited individual who made a decision to be apart of speaking to the powerful on behalf of those being marginalized. Big props to Walls and all whom joined her for taking it to the streets seeking that equality must be realized by everyone. Included below is her personal post confirming her conviction to the cause:

Bryant and Saline County: I am selling my house and getting out of there. I don't even have the energy to tell everyone what that town did yesterday at Chick-fil-A, but I will briefly try. First, the manager of the Bryant store arrogantly told the media that his store "broke the all-time one day sales record by 3:00."
The manager is retired military, so how does that respect all of his thousands of fellow gay soldiers? (another topic all together) But that's not the whole story.

I posted yesterday that the Everett auto dealership was catering CFA for their employees, but it was way worse. Everett bought thousands of dollars of Chick-fil-A and opened their doors to the public to come have all they wanted for free. True story, point blank, fact. So the all-time sales record thing was actually because of one bigoted family spending their corporate profits to support a cause that hurts people I care about by denying them their civil rights. Sound familiar?

Here is my response. O'Dell and I have talked, and since he is Bryant's native son because of his amazing sports accomplishments, we are going to ask Bryant High School to remove his picture from the wall of legacy, and he is going to refuse the $500.00 Bryant Chamber of Commerce scholarship money he received with a strongly worded letter explaining why he cannot accept money from the chamber because one of its biggest members did things that deeply disrespected his family values and hurt his friends. (don't worry, he does not need the money, he got 7 different scholarships, and as far as being a legacy for Bryant, he will have many more honors in his lifetime, to replace this one.) #real talk
This is what our allies are doing for our community! What are you willing to do for your own liberation?

Chavis Carter Shooting Death While Handcuffed To Be Investigated By FBI

It's happened again. Another strange twisting and turning story of the death to a young black man entangeled with law enforcement. This time out its Chavis Carter of Jonesboro Arkansas which was found shot in head in the back of a police cruiser. The story had been making the rounds of the national media and was brought to the attention of  justice department contacts by local organization CAR.
According to Huff Post Black Voices, the investigation comes amid lingering questions over who pulled the trigger. Police said he committed suicide with a gun officers failed to find when they searched him. His family members said they believe he was killed by police who are attempting to
cover it up.

Carter suffered a single, fatal gunshot wound to the head. He was detained on Saturday night following a traffic stop in Jonesboro, about 2 1/2 hours north of Little Rock, after officers said they found marijuana and empty baggies. Officers searched him twice, handcuffed him and placed him in the back of a police car, police said. Not long after, police said, he was found slumped over, with his head in his lap and a gunshot wound to the head.
“We’ve been asked to get involved,” Kim Brunell, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Little Rock office, told The Huffington Post on Thursday. The bureau's ballistics experts will join the probe, she said.
Police said Carter retrieved a gun that he’d concealed, raised it to his head and pulled the trigger. A clear case of suicide, they said. The handcuffs, they said, were “double locked.”
“Any given officer has missed something on a search, you know, be it drugs, be it knives, be it razor blades," Sgt. Lyle Waterworth of the Jonesboro police told a local news station. "This instance, it happened to be a gun."

Several calls to the Jonesboro Police Department were not returned. But Chief Michale Yates told Jane Velez Mitchell on HLN that the death is "definitely bizarre and defies logic at first glance." As this story develops, COP 24/7 will update and link you to additional coverage.

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