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Warren family event memorializes Trayvon and others, calls for end to violence

Published: Sun, April 1, 2012 @ 8:45 p.m.

Warren family event memorializes Trayvon and others, calls for end to violence

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Dozens of families gathered in Warren’s Packard Park on Sunday to memorialize Trayvon Martin and to call for an end to violence in Warren, the Mahoning Valley, the nation and the world.

“We want to send a message to stop the violence, stop the hate,” said Shabrea Lewis, a participant.

The event combined solemn tributes and serious calls for nonviolence amid a carnival atmosphere to attract young people that included a children’s jumping tent, games, cotton candy and Skittles.

Martin, the 17-year-old unarmed teenager shot and killed in Florida last month, was carrying a bag of Skittles and wearing a hooded sweat shirt when the gunfire erupted.

“Trayvon’s death is not about hoodies. It’s about the combination of a male, an African American and violence,” against them, said Warren City Councilwoman Helen Rucker, one of the speakers at the event.

She added that police, city leaders and the community must all be held accountable toward preventing such violence.

She said residents must stand up and “never condone inappropriate behavior in our communities.”

She said like Sanford, Warren has had its share of grievances against the city police department, includcharges of brutality.

Rucker, however, said those relations have improved under the administration of Chief Tim Bowers and with the intervention of the U.S. Justice Department.

The event also called attention to another tragedy affecting children last month in Warren: a house fire March 3 on Austin Avenue that killed two adults and two young girls.

Other participants in the event Sunday included radio personalities and Warren Mayor Doug Franklin.


1greene(167 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

49 shootings during the third weekend in March, in Chicago. 46 were Black on Black. Where is the outrage??

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2doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Chicago, isn't that the home of the clown politician who put the hoodie on and got booted off the floor of congress last week?

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3Traveler(606 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

said it better then i every could

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4furor(7 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago


Recently, I received an e-mail from a college professor who shows a video of one of my speeches in her classroom. She explained that she was in need of a citation for a claim I had made in the video, to the effect that although blacks and Latinos are far more likely than whites to be searched by police after a traffic stop, it is whites who are more likely--four times more likely in fact--to be found with drugs or other contraband on us, on the much less frequent occasions when we're the ones searched.

I happily obliged, sending her the web link for a 2005 Department of Justice report, in which the data can be found. Apparently, she was being challenged by one of her white male students, who was certain the claim must be wrong. Of course. Because everybody knows black and brown folks are the ones with all the drugs. Armed with his high school diploma, he felt confident challenging the person who is academically certified to teach him something, as if her years of experience and research counted for nothing, and as if mine (twenty-plus at this point) were irrelevant to the search for truth.

The truth is, folks of color (especially African Americans) are well aware of the negative stereotypes held about their racial group by an early age. Indeed, recent evidence indicates an awareness of these stereotypes by as soon as the third grade, and rarely later than the fifth: around the age of, say, eleven. This awareness--which is not due to liberals bringing it up, but rather, the result of black and brown folks living with the mistreatment that stems from the stereotypes and being exposed to them in media and elsewhere--has been found to dramatically impact academic performance. Even (and especially) among highly capable and motivated students of color, the fear of living down to a stereotype has been shown to generate such anxiety that it can suppress performance, relative to ability, thereby perpetuating the very performance gaps that feed the stereotypes about black intelligence in the first place. In other words, whether or not white racism is discussed, the knowledge of its existence is sufficient to negatively impact black and brown success. Talking about racism isn't the problem: racism itself is.


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