Chris Tucker, Judge Marvin Arrington, Judge Belinda Edwards and Bill Cosby hold hands in prayer. ( view more pictures )
Judge Marvin Arrington, who ordered white lawyers out of his courtroom last month, and Bill Cosby spoke at a forum for at-risk youths from the Atlanta area last week. Chris Tucker also attended the event and urged audience members to find something they’re passionate about, otherwise it’s very easy to get into trouble, he said.
Cosby, who has criticized the black community in the past, noted the apathy among black Americans about violence, drugs, profanity and teenage sex has sunk to a level of asking someone to “pass the salt”.
“Our children are trying to tell us something,” Cosby said to the invitation-only crowd of about 600, which included teenagers identified as “at-risk” by juvenile authorities.
Judge Arrington said Cosby contacted him two weeks ago and said, “‘I want to come to Atlanta and help you with your fight to try to turn these young people around.’” He added, “These young people are worth saving.”
WHITE JENA TEEN PLEADS GUILTY
Jeremiah Munsen, 18, of Grant Parish, LA, admitted to placing two large nooses on his truck Sep. 20th and driving past a group of marchers gathered at a bus depot in Alexandria, about 35 miles south of Jena, where the march took place in protest of the treatment of the six young, black men now known as the “Jena 6“.
“The defendant used a noose to threaten peaceful civil rights marchers who were in Louisiana to rally against racial intolerance,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Grace Chung Becker.
Munsen, who faces up to a year in prison, will be sentenced at an August 15 hearing.
CYNTHIA MCKINNEY BELL VERDICT
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Over the weekend, Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney published her thoughts regarding the decision of a judge to acquit three NYC detectives of all charges in the shooting death of Sean Bell.
“While we might be outraged at the Sean Bell decision itself, it comes directly from the flawed jurisprudence that gave us the Dred Scott Decision in 1857, Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, Bakke in 1978, Croson in 1989, Adarand in 1995, Gratz in 2003, and all of the Ward Connerly-inspired attacks on the very same affirmative action hard won by students facing water hoses and dogs; men and women facing jail, lynch mobs and death.”
McKinney mentions other murder victims in NYC that have “defined police-’communities of color’ relations over two generations,” in addition to other cities around the country where blacks have been killed by law enforcement officers.
“While the corporate press would have us believe that reporting on what a former Vice Presidential nominee says about a Presidential candidate is a discussion of race, the prospects are that black and brown men and women will continue to be murdered by police officers who, fundamentally, seem scared of black people. That fear apparently extends to the larger community because juries construct ways to let murderous police officers escape just punishment.”
[ Read McKinney's statement in its entirety. ]