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“The Pursuit of Happiness in the Shadow of Stand Your Ground and 21st Century Second Amendment Rights”

In Articles on February 16, 2014 at 7:23 pm
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During the Zimmerman trial, the talk on one side of the issue was all about the 2nd Amendment, self-defense, and guarantees to one’s liberty and the “pursuit of happiness” highlighted in the founding documents of the United States of America…What about the “pursuit of happiness” for these victims, particularly victims that happen to be Black, young, male, and wrongfully stereotyped?

NEW YORK CITY/ PITTSBURGH (February 14, 2014) – (Courtesy Global Grind)

The God-given right to pursue happiness as extolled in the Declaration of Independence and protected in codification via the United States Constitution in its present form should not and must not be shifted around in a shell-game manner only to be enjoyed by pre-selected winners and losers in America…the adherent support of constitutional rights and personal liberties for some Americans never seems to reverberate in tone or deed to the communities of citizens in most need of basic civil rights protections. Lost in the newly-vamped definitions of social justice and racial perspective is the notion of innocent until proven guilty while Black…When White men can assault and kill Black young men with the benefit of the doubt while Black men are presumed dangerous and guilty upon first contact, there is no longer a pursuit of true happiness, balance, or civic justice nationally. The foundation of equality and constitutional ethics becomes nothing but a slab of faulty lies and poetic hubris.”

 

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LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (February 12, 2014)

In Audio on February 16, 2014 at 5:47 pm
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CLICK PICTURE FOR PODCAST: Are we facing yet another Zimmerman verdict and another round of societal excuses and woes like we did in 2012-2013?

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (February 12, 2014) – PODCAST TOPIC:The Michael Dunn and another explosive moment for race relations in America.

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

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Another DWB and Another Sign of a Critical Time for Black Men in America

In Articles on August 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

From “driving while Black” disparities to gaps in education, employment, and incarceration rates, Black men continue to be devalued in modern American society.

To some, it might be hard to tie together Black male millionaires and celebrities with the plight of those struggling in the worst of Chicago’s neighborhoods, yet one clear tie is increasingly relevant.

 

You never want to hear about it happening to any of the brothers out there. We all know how it goes.

Nice car. Nice look. Nice drive on a nice day. Suddenly, red and blue lights appearing not-so-nicely in the rear-view mirror.

At this point of time, it doesn’t seem to matter what the status or money of the driver is: if he’s Black, it’s a real-life possibility that you can still be pulled over for Driving While Black.

And while it does not make me any angrier than normal that a public friend of mine was the latest Black male celebrity to be pulled over in another apparent DWB incident, it does prompt my awareness that the trends in America for Black men – all Black men – are not good, collectively speaking.

On one end, there are well-known successes such as director Tyler Perry and BET late night host TJ Holmes getting pulled over in metro Atlanta (where both have made their homes for years). On another end, there are Black men going through stop-and-frisk measures on New York City streets. From another perspective, there are Black men seamlessly being more incorporated into the New Jim Crow system, complete with exorbitant incarceration, school dropout, and homicide rates. From all viewpoints, the message is clear in 2012: the value of life expectations, civil rights, and societal contributions – even societal involvement – of Black men is on the decline in America.

When (Driving While Black) is seen along with the other downward trends in Black America concerning Black males – from education to employment to household dynamics – it is merely a symptom of a disconcerting trend about the plight of all Black men in America, regardless of socioeconomic background.

 

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