TNS Weekly Recap: March 22-26

This week The North Star team covered Park Cannon's arrest in Georgia, the outlandish White House marijuana policy for staffers and more

Hey Everybody,

I hope you have been well this week. Can you believe that we are nearing the third quarter of 2021 already? Time seems to be speeding by. For this week’s recap, I invite you to check out all of the great, thought-provoking work generated by the team at The North Star. We covered the unbelievable arrest of Georgia State Representative, Park Cannon, the ridiculous marijuana policies impacting the White House staff, a pattern of previous misconduct among officers who killed unarmed Black Americans and so much more!

Some of the pieces featured below are still free to the public, but a lot of the content is exclusively for subscribers. If you have not signed up for a membership at The North Star, I strongly recommend you consider doing so. We are a Black-owned and operated independent media platform for liberation-journalism and our success and preservation are directly aligned with your support.

Love and appreciate you all.

Your Friend and Brother,

Shaun

This Week’s Articles

Weed In the White House: What Legalizing Marijuana Really Means by Kendi King

“In many cities that have already passed legalization laws, enormous taxes have been imposed on both buyers and sellers. Those looking to distribute marijuana now need licenses that can be difficult and expensive to obtain. While legalization makes marijuana sale and use safer, the tradeoff of course is subjection to strict government regulation.”

135 Unarmed Black People Were Killed by Police Officers with Previous Offenses of Violent Misconduct Since 2015. What the Data Tells Us by Donney Rose

“Patterns are important to analyze as they often point to the root of a problem. The data shows that there is a problem with American police in the South. There’s a problem with under-trained officers patrolling the streets with no sense of de-escalation. There’s a problem with officers who have received disciplinary action and have been able to move on to other police departments. There’s a problem with officers taking the violent behavior they exhibit at home with their spouses to their jobs.”

On March 4th, I made a prediction for today. Here's what happened next. By Shaun King

“On March 4th, 2021, I started a public experiment based on what my closest advisors told me they saw as a trend in my life and work over the past 7 years of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Ever since I’ve been a public leader, which is pretty much since 1997 when I started college as a student leader at Morehouse, I’ve always been my own best hype man. When I have a project or campaign on the horizon, as a strategy, I’ll announce that it’s coming days, weeks, or even months in advance. And for the first 34 years of my life, that always worked very well for me. But then, in 2014, after the police murders of Eric Garner, John Crawford, and Michael Brown, the Black Lives Matter Movement began. And the public opposition to my work quickly snowballed out of control.”

America is a Murder Weapon by Donney Rose

“America is a murder weapon. A repeat massacre. A pistol blowing a prayer’s head off. A blood-curdling pledge. A domestic abuser. A godless preacher. A schoolyard sociopath. A gun. Two guns. Twenty guns. A gun rack. A stockpile. An arsenal. An army of armed babies. A reload. A warehouse spilling over with magazines, and too many faces that have made front-page news. A marketing ploy of life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. An actual death certificate. A legislative lie.”

Boba Liberalism: A Conversation With Asian American Students on the Movement for Asian Lives by Kendi King


“When news of the Atlanta Mass Shooting came to light, I saw a number of well-crafted responses across media platforms. Eight people were murdered, six of them being of Asian descent, resulting in one of the most devastating hate crimes against Asian people in United States history. 

I thought of what I could possibly say or do in response to this horrific event, but quickly realized my own words would not be enough.”

Language Policing: The Very Nuanced Story of a Black Cop in Tampa Being Fired for Using the N-Word by Donney Rose


Let's elect the first Black woman as Mayor of St. Louis by Shaun King

“I have known Tishaura for years and she is one of the most brilliant, qualified, focused, prepared leaders in the entire country. Born and raised in St. Louis, after she went off to college and graduated from Hampton, a prestigious HBCU, she did what a lot of people who leave St. Louis to go off to college don’t do - she moved back home and decided to be a change-maker in the city. She started a business. And in 2008 she ran for office for the first time and received an astounding 85% of the vote to be elected in the Missouri House of Representatives.”

This brave Black legislator knocked on the Governor's door and they charged her with a felony by Shaun King

“I’ve said this many times here, but that’s because the systems and structures of justice, policing, and mass incarceration was not created to give Black people justice, they were created to punish us. The wheels are greased and move smoothly when a Black woman who dared to knock on a white man’s door is arrested, but suddenly, when a Black family needs justice of any kind, everything slows down to a grinding halt. This incident has certainly proven as much.”

Community News: Black woman in Oklahoma Attacked by Young White Men in Walmart Feels Unheard and Unsupported by Donney Rose

“As I see the people start to run, I go into fetal position so I am not stomped in the face,” Turner says two Black women who were in the store came to intervene after the other white customers watched offering no assistance. To add insult to injury, she recalls being told by a white woman in the store that she was “acting irrationally” after the young men who attacked her were separated from her.”

This Week’s Podcasts

The Breakdown with Shaun King: Ep. 427 - Did you know that Philando Castile was pulled over by police a staggering 53 times? Every day, as he traveled to and from his government job, he was harassed by local police. And the 53rd time they pulled him over was his last

“Racism is deeply baked into the fiber of America. It's full embedded in our systems and structures of policing. And it's not a bug, but a key feature. So much so that I don't think it will ever be extracted from these systems. So, one surefire way to reduce police violence in America is to reduce the number of times people interact with police altogether. As it is in the rest of the world.”

The Breakdown with Shaun King: Ep. 428 - Go look at my Instagram on March 4th

“On March 4th, 2021, I started a public experiment based on what my closest advisors told me they saw as a trend in my life and work over the past 7 years of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Ever since I’ve been a public leader, which is pretty much since 1997 when I started college as a student leader at Morehouse, I’ve always been my own best hype man. When I have a project or campaign on the horizon, as a strategy, I’ll announce that it’s coming days, weeks, or even months in advance. And for the first 34 years of my life, that always worked very well for me. But then, in 2014, after the police murders of Eric Garner, John Crawford, and Michael Brown, the Black Lives Matter Movement began. And the public opposition to my work quickly snowballed out of control.”

The Breakdown with Shaun King: Ep. 429 - I'm going back to work

“I've defended myself enough. Now it's time to get back to work.”

#InTheseTweets |55th Edition

“In These Tweets” is The North Star’s weekly cultural dive into trending topics on Twitter impacting our community, hosted by TNS Chief Content Editor, Donney Rose.

This week, Donney looks at This week Donney looks at reparations for Evanston residents, Miami spring break COVID scares and more

We are outchea in these tweets!”