TNS Weekly Recap: 5/9-5/13/22
This week the team at The North Star covered the brutal police killing of Quadry Sanders, the battle around abortion rights and more!
ARTICLES THIS WEEK
Quadry Sanders Was Killed Due to a Hyper-Violent Culture of Policing that Wages War on Black Bodies. Let's Start There. by Donney Rose
As Quadry is on the ground reeling from the initial shots fired at him, the police are screaming at him to “quit reaching,” while his hands were still raised in surrender. The first cop fires seven more shots at him, then the other cop fires four additional shots. After the smoke is clear, Quadry’s body is only spared three bullets. The other 12, enough to file charges against his assailants, and to permanently end Quadry’s ability to tell his side of the story.
I Know Why The (Un)Caged Bird Sings a Prison Song and Other Vestiges of Jim Crow Louisiana. by Donney Rose
I come from a place where Jim Crows have always convened around courthouses, callously stealing time and killing hopes of justice. They have held a vendetta against Black bodies ever since they were no longer able to hover over chained ankles, spending generations tooling and re-tooling the law to benefit ex-enslavers…
Eldonie Mason is an entertainment and fashion attorney, as well as a business entrepreneur, and now, a published children's author. A Native of the Caribbean island of Antigua, her first book titled The Adventures of Princess Anyah of Antibarba: The Fishing Expedition, centers on a Caribbean princess. The idea came to Eldonie after her 5-year-old niece commented that she herself could not possibly be a princess since “princesses are all white and have long hair.”
Ron DeSantis Wants to Eliminate a Considerable Portion of Florida's Majority Black Voting Districts. Because He's Ron DeSantis... by Donney Rose
Per DeSantis’ office, the redrawn congressional map is “neutral on race and party affiliation” and abides by state and federal constitutions. Which could possibly be somewhat believable if DeSantis had not spent the past three years in office strategizing ways to thwart the Black vote and targeting civil and human rights activists.
Laws and public policy have a material impact on the quality of life for millions of people. The potential reversal of Roe will impact the entire section of the American population that possesses a uterus in the most consequential and incredibly personal way. These are people that I know. These are people that you, the reader, know. You may be among the millions of people subject to this ruling and the host of laws sure to follow Roe being struck down.
PODCASTS THIS WEEK
The Breakdown with Shaun King: Ep. 606 - I Don't Believe the Democratic Party Will Protect a Woman's Right to Choose (May 9, 2022)
Last week, in one of the biggest leaks in American history, we learned that the Supreme Court is VERY close to overturning Roe v Wade. And even though Democrats control the House, Senate, and Presidency, I just don't believe the party will do what needs to be done to protect a woman's right to choose.
Why? Because it would require 4 things that Democrats actually need right now.
A strategy to make that plan happen.
In fact, I am not sure the party has any of those 4 things - and they need all 4.
The Breakdown with Shaun King: Ep. 607 - The US Senate Passes Bills When It Wants To. Just Not For African Americans (May 10, 2022)
Yesterday the US Senate UNANIMOUSLY passed a bill to have the government provide security for the families of the Supreme Court. And now they are about to pass a bill for $38 BILLION in aid for Ukraine. Biden only asked for $33 billion.
So, they don't mind working together. They just don't like working together for ANY serious priorities for African Americans.
And what burns me up, is in 2022, we still have victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 out here fighting for justice. We still have the living relatives of Emmett Till, who was murdered in 1955, out here fighting for justice. That's 101 years and 67 years respectively that they have been fighting - and they can't find justice anywhere!!
This morning the Apartheid Government of Israel targeted and assassinated revered Palestinian American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. This is a war crime. Let me unpack and explain what we know so far.
The Breakdown with Shaun King: Ep. 609 - What Israel did today is one of the grossest things I've seen in my entire life
Today, in the funeral procession of assassinated Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, the police of Apartheid Israel literally attacked the men carrying her casket, beating them with sticks, causing them to momentarily drop the casket.
In all of my years as a historian, an activist and a journalist, I've never seen this before. It truly was an abomination that really goes beyond words. However...
My only hope is that like when the world saw the photographs and videos of white supremacist police in the Jim Crow South turning their fire hoses on Black boys and girls, and unleashing dogs on them, it so exposed their ugly bigotry, that it was seen as a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement that led to the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.
Because here's the thing, if you are low enough to beat men carrying a casket during a funeral procession, there is nothing you won't do. Israel can no longer pretend before the world that it has some moral high ground. That facade has crumbled. We must all stand up and speak out against the Apartheid state of Israel and its unending human rights abuses.
THIS WEEK’S SONG OF FREEDOM
Each week The North Star will be sending out a weekly song of inspiration, hope, and liberation from our These Songs of Freedom playlist. This week’s freedom song is Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler) by Marvin Gaye. Listen on here Apple Music or here on Spotify.