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Nice try, but completely non-factual.

"Blacks make up 16.6 percent of Florida’s population but account for 31 percent of the defendants invoking the stand your ground defense. Black defendants who invoke this statute are actually acquitted 8 percentage points more frequently than whites who use this very same defense."

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http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-10-28/opinion/ct-oped-1029-guns-20131029_1_ground-laws-blacks-ground-defense

Boom

Some more sources if the above is not good enough for some people

http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/16/blacks-benefit-from-florida-stand-your-ground-law-at-disproportionate-rate/#ixzz2ZLLvPZjN

http://www.tampabay.com/stand-your-ground-law/fatal-cases

http://www.newsherald.com/opinions/letters-to-the-editor/the-racial-statistics-behind-stand-your-ground-1.186953

Also crime in Florida from 2007 and on is down across the board while gun permits and ownership were on the rise.

pick that fucking mic back up

So the first article takes data from another shitty article in which both articles are not statistically significant. In addition the source article says:

"Some cases may have changed significantly since the original media reports as a result of further investigation or court events. As a result, some summaries may be incomplete or contain outdated information. 

Some cases are still pending and no determination of guilt has been made.”

So the first reblogger’s argument is from data in which “the results are not statistically significant” (that is quoted from the first article) and in which the data is innacurate.

So let’s look at some larger samples:

From PBS:

John Roman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, recently conducted a study examining racial disparity using FBI data on 43,500 homicides from 2005 to 2009, the most recent years for which data was available.

So he reanalyzes FBI data about racial disparity in sentencing and then he goes on to analyze Stand Your Ground states in particular:

At FRONTLINE’s request, Roman analyzed the pool of 43,500 homicides by race in states with Stand Your Ground laws* and those without them. Because he wanted to control for multiple variables — the races of the victim and the shooter, whether they were strangers, whether they involved a firearm and whether the murders were in Stand Your Ground states — Roman used a technique known as regression analysis, which is a statistical tool to analyze the relationship between different pieces of data.

Using this analysis, Roman found that a greater number of homicides were found justified in Stand Your Ground states in all racial combinations, a result he believes is because those states yielded more killings overall.

Roman also found that Stand Your Ground laws tend to track the existing racial disparities in homicide convictions across the U.S. — with one significant exception: Whites who kill blacks in Stand Your Ground states are far more likely to be found justified in their killings. In non-Stand Your Ground states, whites are 250 percent more likely to be found justified in killing a black person than a white person who kills another white person; in Stand Your Ground states, that number jumps to 354 percent.

Look at his data:

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He admits that his data enforces the need for a comprehensive investigation when specifically analyzing white on black shooting, however, the fact that Stand Your Ground states is just as racist are the rest of America is telling enough.

Arguing that Stand Your Ground benefits people of color completely ignores that the whole prison industrial complex is racist. Stand your ground is a part of an entire racist system.

So now for debunking the remaining articles.

Each of these articles compares the raw numbers of crime and then says that because there is more Black on Black crime (which are mostly due to racial socioeconomic differences), a majority of black people benefit from stand your ground.

For example: “Black Floridians have made about a third of the state’s total “Stand Your Ground” claims in homicide cases, a rate nearly double the black percentage of Florida’s population.” THIS STATEMENT DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING. It’s like saying “Oh more black people were arrested as a result of racism in sentencing, of those these, a whole bunch of them used Stand your Ground, therefore Stand your Ground isn’t racist”.

If anything, this highlights how systematic inequality serves to further prison industrial complex.

More sources on racial disparity in prison sentencing:

Race and the Drug War

Racial Disparity in Sentencing

tl;dr Stand Your Ground is equally as racist as the prison system as a whole.

(Source: vangoghmygod, via freebroccoli)

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To the surprise of no one, it’s shown that there is institutional racism prevalent in the school system.

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If ever in slavery’s 250-year history in North America there were a kind master or a contented slave, as in the nature of things there must have been, here and there, we may be sure that Mr (sic) McQueen does not want us to hear about it. This, in turn, surely means that his view of the history of the American South is as partial and one-sided as that of the hated Gone With the Wind.

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James Bowman is angry that 12 years a slave doesn’t have happy slaves.

“Yes, there was much cruelty and hardship in the slave-owning South, as there has been in most of the rest of the world most of the time, and Mr. McQueen’s camera is all over that. But it strains ordinary credulity to suppose that there was nothing else.”

What the fuck. Like neoliberals are normally quite racist, but this is a whole fucking level worse. “what about the happy slaves” Are you fucking kidding me??

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In bleak situations, incremental improvements can be mistaken for big time progress. So it goes with Hollywood’s consistent inability to include actors of color.

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Hollywood’s ‘Race Problem’ Is Worse Than You Think

A study of the roles that have earned black men Best Actor nominations reveals that this is a historical problem. […]

 Sidney Poitier won in 1963 for playing a black itinerant worker in “Lilies of the Field,” a movie based on a novel by the same name. Jamie Foxx won in 2004 for playing Ray Charles in “Ray,” and Forest Whitaker won in 2006 for playing Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland.” The only black man to win Best Actor for a role that could have been played by a white actor is Denzel Washington, who won in 2001 for his turn as a LAPD detective in “Training Day.”

That’s one man over 85 years of Academy Awards. […]

Hollywood is even worse at including women of color in award-winning performances, (Halle Berry is the only black woman to ever win the Oscar for Best Actress, in a “Monster’s Ball” role with a complex and controversial relationship with race), and this year’s Emmys were a shockingly white-male affair. “12 Years,” “The Butler,” “Fruitvale” and “Mandela” all cleared an extra hurdle: they are are all independently financed films that were created without the interest or fiscal support of the major movie studios.

True equality in the Best Actor race doesn’t mean only rewarding black men in roles white men could never play. Instead, we’ll know when Hollywood casting directors and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences view people of color as deserving of equal opportunities to shine when a black man in the role of a fictional caring father, son, teacher, student, doctor, author or otherwise non-racially coded character is nominated for and wins Best Actor.

Until then, however, let’s raise a glass to this year’s class of outstanding performers, because maybe, just maybe their success in this year’s awards rat race will jostle the shamefully whitewashed powers that be within the industry. Forgive me for not getting my hopes up.


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White Gun Nut Shoots Himself, Blames Imaginary Black Guy”

Literally this guy shot himself, and then he made up shit:

A few weeks ago, Shasta Regional Medical Centerreported a gunshot victim toRedding, California Police. When they arrived at the hospital, Posada (the ‘victim’) initiallyclaimed  that he was just minding his own business on a sidewalk when a black man approached his and pointed a handgun at his head. The gun fetishist, that not even his own mother could love, proceeded to say that he“pushed the gun to his side and was shot in his abdomen“.

He had described the black male suspect as 6 feet tall, 185 pounds, and in his late 20s. Posada said that the man had been “wearing a black hoodie-style sweatshirt, blue jeans and black, high-top shoes with silver stripes,” the The Record Search Light reported. (CrooksandLiars)

Since everyone knows invisible black guys in dark hoodies are way more dangerous, the police pursued the case based on the gun nut’s story. But they became suspicious after discovering no blood on the sidewalk.

Wow

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People of Color More Likely to Serve Time in Private Prisons

According to a new studyby University of California at Berkeley researcher Christopher Petrella, people of color who are sentenced to prison are more likely than their white counterparts to serve their time in private institutions.Katie Rose Quandt points out at Mother Jonesthat those private prisons have higher levels of violence and recidivism (PDF) and provide less sufficient health care and educational programming than equivalent public facilities.
In Petrella’s study, age and race work in a very specific way when it comes to private prisons. FromBill Moyers:

Why would African American and Latino prisoners be cheaper to incarcerate than whites? Because older prisoners are significantly more expensive than younger ones. “Based on historical sentencing patterns, if you are a prisoner today, and you are over 50 years old, there is a greater likelihood that you are white,” Petrella explained to BillMoyers.com. “If you are under 50 years old — particularly if you’re closer to 30 years old — you’re more likely to be a person of color.” He cited a 2012 report by the ACLU which found that it costs $34,135 per year to house a non-geriatric prisoner, compared with $68,270 for a prisoner age 50 or older.


In addition to suffering from general racism in the justice system, we also get the shittier prisons too. 

People of Color More Likely to Serve Time in Private Prisons

According to a new studyby University of California at Berkeley researcher Christopher Petrella, people of color who are sentenced to prison are more likely than their white counterparts to serve their time in private institutions.Katie Rose Quandt points out at Mother Jonesthat those private prisons have higher levels of violence and recidivism (PDF) and provide less sufficient health care and educational programming than equivalent public facilities.

In Petrella’s study, age and race work in a very specific way when it comes to private prisons. FromBill Moyers:

Why would African American and Latino prisoners be cheaper to incarcerate than whites? Because older prisoners are significantly more expensive than younger ones. “Based on historical sentencing patterns, if you are a prisoner today, and you are over 50 years old, there is a greater likelihood that you are white,” Petrella explained to BillMoyers.com. “If you are under 50 years old — particularly if you’re closer to 30 years old — you’re more likely to be a person of color.” He cited a 2012 report by the ACLU which found that it costs $34,135 per year to house a non-geriatric prisoner, compared with $68,270 for a prisoner age 50 or older.

In addition to suffering from general racism in the justice system, we also get the shittier prisons too. 

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the federal agency responsible for granting trademarks, said in a letter that it would not issue a trademark to “Redskins Hog Rinds” because the word “Redskin” is considered “derogatory.”

"Registration is refused because the applied-for mark REDSKINS HOG RINDS consists of or includes matter which may disparage or bring into contempt or disrepute persons, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols," the letter read. The letter also cited online dictionary definitions of the word that say "Redskin" is a "dated" and "offensive" term used to refer to Native Americans.

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