It’s blatant in-your-face racism with a dangerous side order of road rage thrown in. A Houston woman says someone tried to run her off the road while calling her the n-word. Just when you thought we were a post-racial America…not! Joining us on the Factor is Kenisha Singleton who has been through a crazy 24 hours and she’s lucky to be alive.
A September Wall Street Journal poll shows 70 percent of Americans think race is a major problem in this country, particularly following the Charlottesville protest. Here’s a breakdown. Twenty-eight percent of the people view race relations as very bad while 42 percent said it was fairly bad. Then there were those who had their heads in the highest cloud. Twenty-six percent of those lilliputians said when it comes to race, it’s simply a wonderful world.
Let’s have that conversation that leaves many of you a bit uncomfortable and slightly squirming in your seats. Just how bad are race relations in this country and what’s causing it? On the Factor is Dr. Robert Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam in Houston, and talk show host Attorney Charles Adams.
Dozens of family members, friends, and fans filled a bar in east downtown Houston for the premiere of a new video by a Houston rap legend.
Willie D’s Coon 2 was greeted with enthusiasm and applause during its big debut at King’s Court Thursday night.
It is part two in a series of videos created by the member of the Geto Boys.
He says the video’s release is time to coincide with the release of his latest single by the same name.
Willie D says the video highlights those in the African American community who sellout their own so that they may be accepted by mainstream media.
He’s expected to do at least 5 versions of the song and video.
The event was hosted by King’s Court owners J. Patel and Ankur Jariwala.
It was sponsored in part by 8th Wonder Brewery in downtown Houston.
Willie D also interviewed Houston rap legend Lil Troy for his podcast before the big party.
Here are some of the pictures I snapped at the event that lasted til nearly midnight!
Brown says the gunman told police, “The end is coming,” and is threatening to kill more officers. He also told police the garage is rigged with bombs and other bombs were also possibly downtown.
The search for the gunman stretched throughout downtown, an area of hotels, restaurants, businesses and some residential apartments. The scene was chaotic, with helicopters hovering overhead and officers with automatic rifles on the street corners.
SWAT officers were on scene hours later and a large perimeter was erected throughout the western side of downtown Dallas.
Family members identified the civilian injured as Shetamia Taylor. Her sister says she was shot in the back of her calf as she shielded one of her sons from the shots. She was rushed to the hospital and into surgery but is expected to be okay.
“When we got [to the hospital], he was covered in his mom’s blood, scared,” said Taylor’s sister, Theresa Williams. “All he could do was run up to my sister and myself and hug our necks.”
Williams said Taylor was alert when she was taken into surgery and said she was most concerned about the lives of officers being lost.
A female suspect was taken into custody by Dallas police. Brown says two other suspects were arrested and being questioned after they were seen with camouflage bags and fled downtown in a vehicle. They were stopped just south of downtown. Sky4 footage showed many police cars surrounding a vehicle stopped on Interstate 35.
A person of interest turned himself in after police circulated pictures of him online. Dallas police released him shortly after 1 a.m. after questioning him. Footage shows that he was in the crowd of protestors and not shooting when shots rang out at the end of the march.
Brown says he is not confident that all suspects have been accounted for, and Dallas police will continue to work throughout the night to search for them.
The shooting happened just before 9 p.m. as the protestors were ending the march near Lamar and Main St.
The rally and protest began at 6 p.m. and remained peaceful until the shooting. Several officers were even posing for pictures with protestors as the crowd began marching.
Video footage from the scene in downtown Dallas showed that protesters were marching along a street in downtown, about half a mile from City Hall, when the shots erupted shortly before 9 p.m. and the crowd scattered, seeking cover.
The protesters had gathered after a Minnesota officer on Wednesday fatally shot Philando Castile while he was in a car with a woman and a child in a St. Paul suburb. The aftermath of the shooting was live streamed in a widely shared Facebook video. A day earlier, Alton Sterling was shot in Louisiana after being pinned to the pavement by two white officers. That, too, was captured on a cellphone video.
“There has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement,” said President Barack Obama. “We are horrified over these events and we stand united with the people and police department in Dallas.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement saying he has directed the Texas Department of Public Safety director to offer “whatever assistance the City of Dallas needs at this time.”
“In times like this we must remember — and emphasize — the importance of uniting as Americans,” Abbott said.
NBC News: Maine’s controversial Republican governor, Paul LePage, said that out-of-state drug traffickers with names like “D-Money” often “impregnate a young white girl” while visiting the area to sell heroin.
“These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty … these types of guys … they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home,” LePage said, according to the Portland Press Herald. “Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road.”
Peter Steele, the governor’s spokesman, said in a statement that LePage was “not making comments about race.”
“The governor is not making comments about race. Race is irrelevant,” he said. “What is relevant is the cost to state taxpayers for welfare and the emotional costs for these kids who are born as a result of involvement with drug traffickers. His heart goes out to these kids because he had a difficult childhood too. We need to stop the drug traffickers from coming into our state.”
LePage is swiftly coming under fire for the remark. Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s campaign issued a lengthy statement Thursday night blasting the governor’s “racist rants.”
“Governor LePage’s comments tonight are not only offensive and hurtful but they try to cover up the very real epidemic of drug abuse facing people in his state and across the country. LePage’s racist rants sadly distract from efforts to address one of our nation’s most pressing problems,” said the campaign’s Marlon Marshall.
The Clinton team also sought to link LePage to her Republican rivals for presidency.
“Sadly, Governor LePage’s comments aren’t too dissimilar from the divisive, misleading and hateful rhetoric we’re seeing from Republicans across the country these days,” Marshall said.
LePage has endorsed GOP candidate Chris Christie and campaigned with him in early primary state New Hampshire, where Christie has emphasized his plans to address addiction.
LePage is no stranger to controversial comments. He has compared the IRS to the Gestapo and suggested that President Barack Obama “go to hell.” He also denied reports that he once told a told a crowd that Obama “hates white people.”
He’s also facing an impeachment threat from some in the state legislature over charges of abuse of power. As of late last year, his approval rating in the state was only at about 32 percent.
29 year old Conrad Barrett will be in federal court this morning in Houston to face sentencing for what prosecutors call a racist attack.
It was back in 2013 when Barrett went out looking for someone Black to knockout as part of a the then popular knockout game.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruben Perez says Barrett found that victim in Katy walking down the street.
That person was a 79 year old African American man who found himself punched in the face and knocked out by Barrett.
The senior citizen was hospitalized and his face left permanently disfigured by the racist attack.
Barrett has entered a guilty plea and will be in federal court Friday morning for his sentencing.
The victim, who spoke with the Factor back in 2014, says he believes Barrett wanted to kill him.
Perez says Barrett’s goal as part of the knockout game was to video tape the attack.
Barrett was charged under the federal hate crime law!
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The federal government has reached a $24 million agreement with Japanese auto manufacturer Honda to settle claims the company discriminated against minority auto loan seekers.
The Department of Justice and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Tuesday that Honda has agreed to make changes to its auto financing process after the company faced allegations that it charged minority car buyers higher interest rates on vehicle loans.
“We commend Honda for its leadership in agreeing to impose lower caps on discretionary markups and for its commitment to treating all of its customers fairly without regard to race or national origin,” said Vanita Gupta, who is head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
“We recognize that dealerships perform a valuable service in connecting customers with lenders and that they should be fairly compensated for that service,” Gupta continued. “We believe that Honda’s new compensation system balances fair compensation for dealers and fair lending for consumers. We hope that Honda’s leadership will spur the rest of the industry to constrain dealer markup to address discriminatory pricing.”
The federal complaint that preceded Tuesday’s agreement alleged that Honda charged African-American car buyers an average of $250 extra over the course of a loan, while the company was accused of charging Hispanic buyers an average of $200 extra. Asian and Pacific Island buyers were charged an extra $150, according to the complaint.
Under the agreement to close the case, Honda said it would limit the discretion its auto dealerships have in setting interest rates for potential auto buyers. The company also said it would pay $24 million to car customers who have complained about racial discrimination.
The financial protection bureau said the settlement of the Honda case would set a precedent for other auto lenders.
“The CFPB is committed to creating a fair marketplace for all consumers, and other auto lenders should take note of today’s action,” the agency’s Director Richard Cordray, said in a statement. “Honda’s proactive decision to move to a new pricing and compensation system demonstrates industry leadership and represents a significant step towards protecting consumers from discrimination.”
Honda officials said, meanwhile, that the agreement with federal regulators “shows our commitment to work together to be part of the solution and to establish the path forward that best supports our Honda and Acura customers and dealers with clear and convenient financing options.