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The Bullet Next Time: An Open Letter to My Unborn, Black Son

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Every time you see someone sticking up a 7-11, the kid is wearing a hoodie. […] When you see a black or Latino youngster, particularly on the street, you walk to the other side of the street.

Geraldo Rivera, defending George Zimmerman and placing the blame on Trayvon’s choice of apparel. (via jonathan-cunningham)

Not only on choice of apparel, but on choice of walking on the street as a black youngster.

You walk to the other side of the street because you are a racist, Geraldo!

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So sticking up a 7-11 deserves to get you shot and killed now? I guess in the minds of a lot of middle-class white folks …

Of course, Rivera’s logic contradicts itself. If Black youth are so scary just by existing that supposedly reasonable people go to lengths to get away from them, wasn’t ZIMMERMAN the one “asking for trouble” by actively pursuing Trayvon? But hey, racism has its own internal “logic.”

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Tell me again about Zimmerman being Latino and how that means he didn’t kill Trayvon because of racism. Anti-black racism is alive & well.

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Suit Contends Black Children Exposed to Lead Poisoning For Study


A leading medical research institute in Baltimore stands accused of intentionally allowing black children, some as young as 12 months, to become increasingly poisoned by lead as part of a study conducted during the ’90s. The Kennedy Krieger Institute constructed experiments meant to address the chronic problem of lead poisoning for poor children in the city, seeking to measure the efficacy of lead removal procedures in low income areas. Unfortunately, the study authors chose to place defenseless African-American infants and toddlers knowingly into housing that was not up to code regarding lead paint and dust contamination in order to do so. A class action law suit filed on Thursday against Kennedy Krieger seeks justice for these unethical methods.

Why should anyone be surprised that Black Americans are often distrustful of healthcare professionals?  And what exactly have the IRBs of which institutions like my own Research I university are so proud achieved, if this happened 20 years after the end of Tuskegee?

I can’t even pretend to be shocked. To this day I toss away at least half of the exhortations to enroll kids in studies unless they are generalized “observe your kid at their school” ones because I don’t trust medical studies to be on the up & up.