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ISIAH FACTOR UNCENSORED: ANALYSIS OF THE DEREK CHAUVIN VERDICT IN THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD!

Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted on all charges in the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for second-degree manslaughter.

Floyd died in May 2020 after Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd’s neck while he pleaded, “I can’t breathe.”

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HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY KIM OGG ON THE DEREK CHAUVIN VERDICT!

Statement from District Attorney Kim Ogg on the Derek Chauvin verdict

Justice is a process and these jurors showed tremendous courage in reaching a just verdict. 

Millions saw the video, which we all found devastating.  Our thoughts are with the family and friends of George Floyd, a Houston son whose murder is a defining moment in American criminal justice. 

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ARE ASIAN AMERICANS THE TARGET OF INCREASED HATE?

An analysis of police department statistics has revealed that the United States experienced a significant hike in anti-Asian hate crimes last year across major cities.

The analysis released by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, this month examined hate crimes in 16 of America’s largest cities. It revealed that while such crimes in 2020 decreased overall by 7 percent, those targeting Asian people rose by nearly 150 percent.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder and director of demographic data and policy research nonprofit AAPI Data, told NBC Asian America that while the uptick cannot be entirely attributed to the Trump administration’s incendiary, racist rhetoric about the coronavirus, he believes former President Donald Trump’s wielding of the fact that the virus originated in China and repeated elevation of the “China virus” rhetoric did play a part in fostering hate.

“What Trump did is that he weaponized it in a way,” Ramakrishnan said. “Trump’s rhetoric helps set a certain narrative in place — and presidents have an outsized role in terms of shaping narrative. They don’t call it a bully pulpit for nothing, and especially Trump, the way he frequently used Twitter as well as press conferences and off-the-cuff remarks to campaign rallies to frame the narrative in a particular way, it likely played a role.”

The analysis revealed a surge in cities such as New York, where anti-Asian hate crimes rose from three in 2019 to 28 in 2020, a 833 percent increase. Los Angeles and Boston also experienced notable rises, from seven to 15 and six to 14, respectively. Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., experienced a decline from six to three anti-Asian hate crimes. Chicago remained unchanged, with two crimes each year.

Though New York accounts for a sizable portion of the increase, Ramakrishnan said the increases in other cities are significant.

“We also know that first-generation immigrants tend to underreport acts of racial discrimination and hate crimes, but the fact that we are talking about change data suggests a meaningful shift that likely means not just greater reporting, but actually greater occurrence,” he said.

According to the analysis, it’s likely that overall hate crimes declined due to the pandemic and a subsequent lack of interaction in public areas and other gathering places including public transit, commercial businesses, schools and houses of worship.

The first spike in anti-Asian hate crimes occurred in March and April last year. However, it occurred alongside a rise in Covid-19 cases and ongoing negative associations of Asian Americans with the virus, the analysis noted.

Ramakrishnan explained that research on Trump’s use of racist language in reference to other groups shows that his language did have a profound impact on how people behave toward marginalized groups.

He said a 2020 study that examined Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants during his presidential campaign — when he referred to them as “rapists” and declared that “when Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best” — found that the inflammatory remarks emboldened certain members of the American public and gave them license to express deeply held prejudices. Researchers dubbed this the “Trump effect” or “emboldening effect.”

“Trump’s rhetoric on Latinos in 2016 actually changed people’s attitudes and behavior towards Latinos,” Ramakrishnan, who worked on the study, said. “So they were more likely to be punitive towards Latinos in the workplace.”

A separate study revealed that the use of “China virus” language to refer to the coronavirus, particularly by GOP officials and conservative outlets, has already resulted in a shift in how many people in the U.S. perceive Asian Americans. The significant uptick in discriminatory coronavirus speech that occurred on March 8 — the day Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., tweeted about the “Wuhan virus,” which coincided with then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s interview the day before on “Fox and Friends” in which he referred to the “China virus” — was followed by a rapid reversal of a decadelong decline in anti-Asian bias.

“Research suggests that when people see Asian Americans as being more ‘foreign,’ they are more likely to express hostility toward them and engage in acts of violence and discrimination,” Rucker Johnson, a public policy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-author of the study, previously told NBC Asian America.

The new report, however, compares figures from 2019 and 2020, which does not include recent graphic attacks on Asian American elders earlier this year that have prompted significant media coverage in recent weeks. Many outlets have attributed the attacks to rhetoric that Trump used during his tenure. But Ramakrishnan cautioned against defaulting to a “simplistic understanding of what’s going on.”

“There’s a complex variety of factors, but the fundamental reality is that there’s an increase in the number of Asian Americans who feel unsafe,” he said.

He said more data on the current situation will become available in another year, and until then, it’s difficult to definitively declare that there’s been an increase in hate crimes of late. It’s possible, Ramakrishnan said, that what Asian Americans were going through a year ago was just as bad or worse but failed to receive the kind of media attention they’re getting now.

He also said there’s likely a confluence of factors that have contributed to the recent attacks on elders, and it cannot be neatly summed up by solely the heightened anti-Asian sentiment witnessed throughout the pandemic.

Ramakrishnan said there could be a combination of the effects of poverty and financial struggle as well as opportunity at play.

“Not everyone reacts to economic deprivation in the same way. And even if someone wants to do something, they might not find the opportunity to do it. So in some ways, Asian elders seem to be softer targets than others for this activity,” he said.

The availability of vaccines for older people, along with Lunar New Year festivities and shopping, could have contributed to more older Asian Americans being out in the community, Ramakrishnan said. And many of the older victims were attacked in areas that had already struggled prior to the pandemic and were hit particularly hard by the economic impacts of the virus.

“Many of these Chinatowns are in places that are low income and also suffering economically. So that might be one set of explanations as to why this phenomenon is taking this particular shape,” he said. “On top of that, we live in an age of viral social media, and … especially the shock value of some of these videos increases awareness and maybe anxiety in the community.”

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HOUSTON’S GROWING BIKING COMMUNITY!

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IS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S OPERATION LEGEND ABOUT LAW AND ORDER OR POLITICS?

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CYNTOIA BROWN LONG MONDAY NIGHT AT 10:30 PM ON ISIAH FACTOR UNCENSORED!

Cyntoia Brown Long and her husband J. Long!

Coming Monday on Isiah Factor Uncensored… An exclusive interview with Cyntoia Brown Long and her husband and my good friend J. Long… She talked about life after prison and how she’s trying to make a lasting impact after being freed on the murder charge! #CyntoiaBrown#JLong @j.longjfam

More about Cyntoia:

Cyntoia Brown Long (born January 29, 1988) is an American woman who was convicted of the murder and robbery of Johnny Michael Allen. Brown, who was 16 years old and involuntarily being prostituted at the time of the murder, claimed that Allen had paid her $150 to have sex with him, and that she feared for her life during their encounter, leading her to shoot him. Prosecutors argued that Brown killed Allen while he was sleeping in order to rob him. Brown was found guilty of robbing and murdering Allen and sentenced to life imprisonment.

She would have been eligible for parole at the age of 67. After renewed interest in her case in 2017, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam commuted her original sentence to 15 years and Brown was released on August 7, 2019.[1] Her story is detailed in the 2011 documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story and in her memoir, Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System.

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AN EXCLUSIVE WITH JANIE FOXX ON GEORGE FLOYD!

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A CONVERSATION WITH THE MOTHER OF AHMAUD ARBERY!

THE MOTHER OF A GEORGIA MAN WHO WAS GUNNED DOWN WHILE JOGGING SAYS SHE WANTS AN EYE FOR AN EYE WHEN IT COMES TO JUSTICE.

OUR ISIAH CAREY SPOKE EXCLUSIVELY WITH THE MOTHER AND FAMILY ATTORNEY FOR AHMAUD ARBERY.

HE JOINS US LIVE FROM HIS HOME WITH A LOOK AT WHAT’S TO COME ON THE FACTOR UNCENSORED TONIGHT AT 10:30. ISIAH?

WELL GUYS AS WE ALL KNOW BY NOW ARBERY WAS SHOT AND KILLED BACK IN FEBRUARY WHILE JOGGING THROUGH A GEORGIA NEIGHBORHOOD.

POLICE HAVE SINCE ARRESTED FATHER AND SON GREGORY AND TRAVIS MCMICHAEL FOR THE MURDER OF THE 25 YEAR OLD.

WE SPOKE WITH ARBERY’S MOTHER WANDA COOPER JONES AND HER ATTORNEY LEE MERRITT.

WE ASKED HER HOW SHE FELT THAT HER SON’S WAS DORMANT UNTIL THE ACTUAL VIDEO WAS LEAKED OUT.

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DON’T FORGET ABOUT TAMINA!

The community of Tamina was established by freed slaves nearly 150 years ago.

And in 2020 they still don’t have a modern sewer system, fire hydrants, or even one location to determine if the residents of the predominantly Black community have the Coronavirus.

This is Our America in the era of Covid 19!

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WALLER COUNTY, TEXAS TACKLES THE CORONAVIRUS!

WHILE MAJOR METROPOLITAN CITIES LIKE NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, AND HOUSTON ARE GETTING LOTS OF ATTENTION BECAUSE OF COVID 19 – SOME SMALLER MORE RURAL COMMUNITIES ARE GETTING THE SIDE EYE.

PLACES LIKE WALLER COUNTY, TEXAS… IT’S WHERE RESIDENTS RECEIVED THEIR FIRST TEMPORARY TESTING SITE FROM THE STATE JUST LAST WEEK…

A COMMUNITY OF 50-THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO RECEIVED ONLY 120 TESTS.

ISIAH CAREY INTERVIEWED WALLER COUNTY JUDGE TREY DUHON ON ISIAH FACTOR UNCENSORED!