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This Time Zimmerman Points his Gun in a White Woman’s Face. Same Result? | The BrownWatch: News for People of Color. – BrownWatch News

From [HERE] The latest conflict in racist suspectGeorge Zimmerman‘s life could come down — like so many others — to what is heard on a 911 emergency recording.

Zimmerman, 30, is scheduled to appear before a judge on Tuesday facing charges including aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief for allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, during a dispute on Monday. The judge will decide whether Zimmerman, who was taken into custody Monday afternoon and spent the night in a 64-square-foot cell, will be allowed bail.

Zimmerman is no stranger to the jail in Seminole County, having spent time there after he was charged with killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in Sanford, Fla., in 2012. Zimmerman also was sent to jail when his bail was revoked after questions arose about whether he had hidden assets when his initial bail was computed and when he lied about the status of his passport.

Eventually Zimmerman was freed on bail, but his movements were limited until a six-person jury (5 whites 1 Latino = no Blacks) acquitted him of murder charges in July in the shooting of Martin. During the trial, 911 tapes played an important role in establishing the chain of events that the jury considered.

In the current case, Scheibe, 27, called Seminole County authorities from her Apopka, Fla. home about 12:30 p.m. and complained that Zimmerman started an argument when she told him to leave, according to the arrest report from the sheriff’s office. Zimmerman began packing his belongings, including a shotgun and an assault rifle. She said she began putting his things in the living room and outside the house, and he became upset. She is a white person (see above photo).

The latest conflict in George Zimmerman‘s life could come down — like so many others — to what is heard on a 911 emergency recording and what white people think about it. In a white supremacy system, white life is more valuable than non-white life. [MORE]

Zimmerman, 30, is scheduled to appear before a judge on Tuesday facing charges including aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief for allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, during a dispute on Monday. The judge will decide whether Zimmerman, who was taken into custody Monday afternoon and spent the night in a 64-square-foot cell, will be allowed bail.

Zimmerman is no stranger to the jail in Seminole County, having spent time there after he was charged with killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in Sanford, Fla., in 2012. Zimmerman also was sent to jail when his bail was revoked after questions arose about whether he had hidden assets when his initial bail was computed.

At that point, the report says, he took the shotgun out of its case.

“You point your gun at my freaking face,” Scheibe is heard telling Zimmerman on the 911 call, also released by officials on Monday. “Get out of my house. Do not push me out of my house. Please get out of my house.”

There is a pause and she continues, saying to the dispatcher. “He pushed me out of my house and locked me out. … He knows how to do this. He knows how to play this game.”

Zimmerman, officials said, then barricaded himself inside the house. He called 911 to tell his side of the story.

“I have a girlfriend, who for lack of a better word, has gone crazy on me,” Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman denies pulling a weapon on his girlfriend and said it was she who smashed a table at the home they shared. He also told the dispatcher that Scheibe was pregnant with their child and that she had decided she would raise the child on her own. When Zimmerman started to leave, “she got mad,” he said.

At a Monday evening news conference, Seminole County Sheriff’s OfficeChief Deputy Dennis Lemma told reporters that Scheibe wasn’t pregnant.

Deputies eventually used a key to enter and push the furniture aside, Lemma said. Zimmerman put up no resistance when he was taken into custody.

Monday’s dispute was Zimmerman’s second domestic dispute involving police since he became a national name.  In September,  Zimmerman and his estranged wife were involved in a domestic dispute days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers. She was living in Lake Mary, Fla., and described to police how Zimmerman allegedly assaulted her father and threatened her and her father with a gun.

Zimmerman “is in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun and he keeps saying step closer and he is just threatening all of us,” Shellie Zimmerman told a 911 operator.

“He punched my dad on the nose. My dad has a mark on his face. I saw his glasses were on the floor. He accosted my father and then took my iPad out of my hand and smashed it and cut it with a pocket knife…. I’m really, really afraid.”

Lake Mary police recently said no charges would be filed against George or Shellie Zimmerman because there was not enough evidence.

Zimmerman has also been pulled over at least three times for traffic stops since his acquittal and at least one was caught on video.

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Judge Releases 2nd LAX Dry Ice Bomb Suspect « CBS Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A man charged in connection with dry ice bomb explosions at Los Angeles International Airport was ordered released Monday on his own recognizance.

DiCarlo Bennett, 28, of Paramount, was released Monday after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Dabney determined he would not have to post bail.

His co-defendant, Miguel Angel Iniguez, 41, of Inglewood, was freed from custody six days after being arrested in October.

Bennett was charged with two felony counts of possession of a destructive device in a public place, while Iniguez, his supervisor, was charged of one felony count of possession of a destructive device near a plane.
As a ramp supervisor, Bennett allegedly placed two dry ice bombs near LAX terminals on Oct. 13. One exploded in an employee restroom in Terminal 2 and the second, which didn’t detonate, was placed outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Airport operations were disrupted by the explosions, but no one was injured.

Police allege Bennett planted the devices as a prank and because he was curious to see what would happen.

Iniguez allegedly made a third explosive device that detonated outside the Tom Bradley terminal, which caused no injuries.

Both men are scheduled to be back in court on Dec. 10, when a date will be set for a hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for them to stand trial.

Judge Releases 2nd LAX Dry Ice Bomb Suspect « CBS Los Angeles.

 

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How ‘Monday’ Became a Racial Slur | CocoaFab

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Next time someone mentions the word Monday, they could be referring to you as a racial slur.

Sound odd? It is.

In this Boston Globe story, they write that a police officer in Leominster called Red Sox player Carl Crawford “Monday,” and he lost his job because the word actually is a coded, offensive racist slur.
The officer, John A. Perreault, was off-duty and was at a minor league game earlier this summer. He was taunting the baseball outfielder who is black and was seen last season by fans as a symbol of the team’s collapse, according to the Globe.

Globe columnist Ben Zimmer writes that the word originated in 2006 on the east coast, writing: “It was the popular comedian Russell Peters, a Canadian of Indian descent, who put “Monday” on the map. In a January 2008 standup routine for Def Comedy Jam (widely circulated on YouTube), Peters tells of a Bostonian referring to blacks as “Mondays” and giving the same bigoted clarification that “nobody likes Mondays.” “White people are getting real…clever with their racism,” Peters jokes ruefully.”


How ‘Monday’ Became a Racial Slur | CocoaFab
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Burlington superintendent Collins: ‘I am sorry’ over handling of diversity issue

Burlington Schools Superintendent Jeanne Collins at a school board finance committee meetting on Tuesday, November 15, 2011.

Burlington Schools Superintendent Jeanne Collins at a school board finance committee meetting on Tuesday

She said that she has taken the criticisms to heart, that she will push diversity and equity much harder. She apologized for not acting more quickly to combat racism in the schools.

She does not plan to step down, however.

Burlington Schools Superintendent Jeanne Collins has come under fire this spring from critics who complain she has not done enough to resolve racial problems in the schools. Some have called for her resignation. Monday, she offered her position — part confession, part plan of action — in a statement published Monday at burlingtonfreepress.com and in today’s Burlington Free Press printed edition.

Jeanne Collins: ‘I have heard the criticism’

Collins said she regrets not having done more to promote diversity and expects to be more assertive in attacking what she called “disparities” in the school system. Refugee and immigrant students, many who came from Africa, have staged protests at Burlington High School and complained in the Statehouse about racism and unequal treatment in the school.

“To those of you who believe action has taken too long, and particularly to students in our district who have suffered from the racism which I know continues,” Collins wrote, “ I say I am sorry.”

Her statement drew a positive response from Rabbi Joshua Chasan, of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, who organized a private mediation session this month in an effort to reduce tensions. Chasan’s wife, Katharine, is a member of the School Board.

“Superintendent Collins provides leadership in her op-ed piece by apologizing, particularly to students, for the racism in our schools,” Chasan said in a statement at Monday night’s City Council meeting. “I’m looking for her prompt follow-up with detailed plans next week. In the meantime, I hope school commissioners will work with her to implement what I expect will be a plan to address the racism and inequity in the school district.”

Annual standardized test scores on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) show a yawning achievement gap between high-income and low-income students in the district. English language learners have among the lowest scores, a fact that African students complain they’ve been blamed for unfairly when they see the fault as lying with the school’s approach to teaching them.

Last fall, the district’s Task Force Report on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion concluded that students of color are not being treated equally in city schools. The Task Force repeated a recommendation that Burlington parents of color have made repeatedly for at least a decade: Hire more teachers and administrators of color to reflect the increasing diversity in the district.

That report stirred a backlash from some Burlington teachers who have argued that Burlington High School is not in need of drastic change.

Sara Martinez de Osaba, director of the Vermont Multicultural Alliance for Democracy, has offered support to the immigrant students and has called for an acknowledgement in Burlington schools of racism’s toll. In the wake of the superintendent’s statement doing just that Monday, de Osaba issued her own statement.

“It is unfortunate that it has taken the community’s call for the superintendent’s resignation to finally hear acknowledgment that racism exists,” de Osaba said. “It is unfortunate that the most vulnerable students, the very African ELL (English Language Learner) students conveniently blamed for low test scores, had to organize a protest and a meeting with BFP (Burlington Free Press) staff in order to be recognized as intelligent and independent thinking young adults. It is unfortunate that years of complaints raised by parents, students and brave staff that pointed to disparate treatment were disregarded as either isolated incidents or exaggerated accounts.”

De Osaba said Collins’ statement gives her hope: “It will be good to see what that translates into.” But she also cautioned that solutions must address underlying issues.

“There are those who think that tutoring is a solution; that is someone who does not have an inkling of the deep-seated problem of racism,” she said. “Tutoring will not erase humiliation and isolation suffered by students of color at the hands of staff and other students.” In addition, the school district should examine why so many educators of color have left the school district, de Osaba said.

In her article, Collins said she plans to spend more time in the schools visiting students to hear directly about their experiences. She also said she was “moved by the students who had the courage to protest the continuing verbal abuse suffered by children of color, often by other students.”

“In the coming days, I will be announcing a series of aggressive actions to attack disparities in the school system,” she wrote.

She did not indicate what those actions will be.

“It is not my intention to step down,” Collins wrote. “We will create an environment where all students, regardless of race, ethnicity or class, are respected and related to with equity.”

She acknowledged the district is facing “a crisis” and vowed she would not wait till next fall to address it.

“We will not tolerate acts of racism in our schools, whether by students or staff,” she wrote. “I recently met with all the administrtors of our schools to draw a clear line with accountability for such acts.”

“We will enter next school year with plans to ensure that our staff in every school knows of my insistence on zero-tolerance of racist acts and statmenet in our schools and in the community,” she wrote.

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20120521/NEWS02/120521021/Burlington-superintendent-Collins-am-sorry-over-handling-diversity-issue

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black residents offended by home owners association email warning: “If you see any group of young black males in the neighborhood after school, chances are they are up to no good and should be reported as suspicious persons”

Residents offended by home owners association email warning of 'young black males'

A Neighborhood Watch sign stands outside the gated The Retreat at Twin Lakes community where Trayvon Martin was shot by George Michael Zimmerman while on Neighborhood Watch patrol March 20, 2012 in Sanford, Florida.

A home owners association (HOA) in Walnutbend Texas sent an email to its members asking them to report “any group of young black males” to authorities. The email was motivated by an assault at a local convenient store that occurred Monday night.

The email described in Mondays attack as being black, and went on to request of its members that, “If you see any group of young black males in the neighborhood after school, chances are they are up to no good and should be reported as suspicious persons to the Constables.”

Samantha Howell, a resident in the neighborhood who has four sons that walk to school, is concerned that her sons will be profiled and have the police called on them for simply trying to make it to school. “That’s very disturbing,” Howell said, “because they’re not doing anything. They were just walking home from school.”

Other residents in the neighborhood didn’t seem to mind the tone of the email stating that, if a crime has been committed in the neighborhood, residents should do whatever they can to limit other assaults.

http://www.thegrio.com/news/residents-offended-by-home-owners-association-email.php

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