What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones? | Mother Jones |#OYRchallenge

Aiyana Stanley-Jones, age 7, shot in her bed by Officer Joseph Weekely of Detroit SWAT on May 16, 2010. Out of all the articles published , Charles LeDuff captures this heart wrenching saga best. Not who, but “What Killed Aiyana Stanely-Jones?”Aiyana Stanley-Jones, age 7

The SWAT team tried the steel door to the building. It was unlocked. They threw a flash-bang grenade through the window of the lower unit and kicked open its wooden door, which was also unlocked. The grenade landed so close to Aiyana that it burned her blanket. Officer Joseph Weekley, the lead commando—who’d been featured before on another A&E show, Detroit SWAT—burst into the house. His weapon fired a single shot, the bullet striking Aiyana in the head and exiting her neck. It all happened in a matter of seconds.

via What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones? | Mother Jones.

via RISE IN POWER: Tribute to Aiyana Stanley-Jones – A Dawud Anyabwile Speed Painting Ft. ANILIMARS – YouTube. December 13, 2014

“Saints” Teach Gun ownership in Detroit | #OYRchallenge

America, the land of the free and home of the brave, is embroiled in a battle with on-going violent episodes in schools, city streets, homes, and other public venues. Do we re-think our politics, leadership choices, and daily behaviors leading up to these altercations? Why? We are in another era of highly politically charged rhetoric, party grievances, marginalization, quick fixes, and fast facts. We pick an object or race as the culprit. Race discrimination has garnered too much intellectual theory for a quick trip to the pulpit, so we look for something that won’t talk back. The buzz word for garnering votes is now, “Gun.”

Mixed-Race Open Carry Group Strolls Through Detroit. Guess Who Gets Arrested? | Crooks and Liars.

Gun ownership is one prominent battle of the day among communities across the US. The battle, mostly between urban crime-ridden communities suffering through gang violence, robberies, murders, and other poverty-related maladies; and suburban and rural gun-owning communities serves as fodder suppressing the voices of population marginalization, poverty, and a tanked economy.  Local and national politicians and pundits utilize this battle to garner votes, divert residents away from social corruption, and create discourse manageable by the poor and ignorant. The urbanites and insane claim guns kill people. They check social media posts and newspapers for daily reports of school shootings (infrequent, but occur), gun accidents, gun rallies, and any gun-related horror to support their problem. Most suburbanites and rural residents know that people kill people, since many have owned guns all of their lives without incident. No gun ever walked out of their closet and went on a rampage. Their doors are unlocked. Their children, at 12-year-old, attend small weapons training at the local fish and game clubs. The guns normally come out for sporting events or hunting and fishing trips. This is the heartland prospective. They are free; therefore any impingement on that freedom, as in the oppressed urban areas, must be halted immediately. And their politicians don’t want their guns tampered with either.

A group of multi-racial, – the article stressed “multi-racial,” gun owners took to the urban streets of Detroit to educate citizens on their right to carry guns and solicit questions on the particulars of national and local legislation guarding that right. The September 17, 2014 “Crooks and Liars” article goes more into the details of their interactions with law enforcement, mostly peaceful, and responses from residents, who spontaneously associated (as explained by one Black and female police officer) guns with trouble, until this group meekly explains their purpose. The group’s videos served to examine relevant points in the discourse of who are recognized as legitimate communities and those depicted as, and therefore adopt the persona of,  savage charges in need of protection and limitation; whether they personally embody these characteristics or not. Similarly, as with the word “Gun,” the groups chosen label may automatically bring the savage mind to recoil, – “Hell’s Saints.” But considering Detroit’s economic and social deprivation, reaching the bottom of most US urban areas, the moniker is definitely on point. Watch the videos.


News Photographer Arrested For Filiming Detroit Police Make an Arrest | Your Black World

Wright, 47, was arrested after she and a reporter came upon an arrest and she began filming. The footage shows a plain clothed man coming up to Wright and ordering her to stop filming, then Wright identifies herself as a reporter for the Detroit Free Press, to which the officer replies, “I don’t care who you are.” Then a scuffle ensues and Wright can be heard asking, “are you touching me?”

via News Photographer Arrested For Filiming Detroit Police Make an Arrest | Your Black World.


Antoine Martin: Detroit Dad Sets Up Facebook Sting To Catch Child Perv | Breaking News for Black America

Antoine Martin pictured did what all caring fathers would do if they suspected an adult male was using Facebook to sleep with their 13-year-old daughter: he set up a sting operation to catch the man, reports MyFox Detroit.

Martin began monitoring his daughter’s Facebook page and reading over her posts when he suddenly stumbled across a male adult who seemed to have taken a liking to his little girl. As Martin perused the back and forth cyber banter between his daughter and the male adult, he kept seeing inappropriate discussions.

via Antoine Martin: Detroit Dad Sets Up Facebook Sting To Catch Child Perv | Breaking News for Black America.


Detroit Has a New Emergency Manager Who Earns Nearly Twice as Much as the Mayor | Black Blue Dog

Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder, finally appointed a emergency financial manager to get Detroit back into financial stability.

Kevyn Orr, a partner in Jones Day, a Cleveland-based law firm, will have power to control all spending, including throwing out contracts, make cutbacks, sell of assets and suspend elected officials salaries.

via Detroit Has a New Emergency Manager Who Earns Nearly Twice as Much as the Mayor | Black Blue Dog.


Detroiter: This Is Detroit We’ll Squat In Your Crib If You’re Not Home | Breaking News for Black America

detroit squatingNot only did her neighbors welcome themselves into her home without an invitation; they popped open several bottles of her gin, cooked her food (crab legs, shrimp and a turkey).

The woman, who did not want to be identified, said her uninvited guests were “high as a kite” when she walked in on them.

via Detroiter: This Is Detroit We’ll Squat In Your Crib If You’re Not Home | Breaking News for Black America.


Black Racism | Locust blog

Detroit’s crime crisis is prompting such pessimism that 40 percent of residents plan to move within five years, according to a comprehensive poll of Detroiters’ attitudes about their city and leadership.

via Black Racism | Locust blog.