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There will be no justice for Rekia Boyd, the 22-year-old unarmed Chicago woman who was fatally shot by an off-duty cop in 2012.
On Monday, Judge Dennis Porter found Detective Dante Servin not guilty. Servin faced charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless discharge of a firearm, and reckless conduct.
Despite Porter’s belief that Servin unloaded his firearm—which he referred to as “an intentional act”—he said prosecutors failed to prove that Servin acted with reckless intent, which must be proven when charging an individual with manslaughter. “The evidence does not support the charges on which the defendant is being tried,” the judge said.
Boyd was fatally shot on March 21, 2012 when Servin, who was off-duty at the time, approached Boyd and a group of friends near Douglas Park for being rowdy. Servin said he saw Antonio Cross reach for a gun during the conflict, and only fired because he felt his life was in danger. One of the bullets fatally struck Boyd. Police never found a weapon on Cross.
"Think of how the global response was to act like poor Swift had been abused and bullied by scary Kanye. He never touched her. And she never made a face of disgust that came close to Drake's horror. And yet there are many who still think he should be apologizing to her, like what he did was a heinous crime. So now imagine if Taylor Swift was tongued down by Snoop onstage and she looked like she wanted to vomit afterwards. What you'd have to imagine next would be Snoop being carted off in handcuffs, because there's a good chance he'd get charged with something. ... Here's one more thing to imagine: Imagine we can all see past narrow, dangerous ideas of hypersexual male masculinity to recognize that no means no regardless of who is saying it."
"In Black Prophetic Fire, West offers a sweeping assessment of contemporary black life: “Black people once put a premium on serving the community, lifting others, and finding joy in empowering others,” he wrote. “Black people once had a strong prophetic tradition of lifting every voice.” Today, however, “Black people have succumbed to individualistic projects in pursuit of wealth, health, and status. ... [They] engage in the petty practice of chasing dollars.”
West offers no empirical proof for these claims; like so much of his recent work there are assertions without sustained and compelling arguments, and certainly no polls or studies that prove the increase in black materialism, or individualism, or the decline in black prophetic beliefs and behavior. West’s failure to carefully chart the history and ethical arc of prophecy leads him to wild overstatement."
"The helmet hair was a telltale sign that the hairdresser may have used chemical relaxer on Edley’s hair—without her parents’ approval or her own knowledge. Like that of many other African American women and girls, Edley’s naturally kinky hair was a typical target of chemical relaxers, which provide a smooth appearance more reminiscent of Pantene commercials than their own natural locks.
Since long before women took irons to their long tresses in the 1960s, they’ve relied on a variety of treatments to make their hair straight—and some of those have been regulated for use of toxic chemicals. Early formulations of the Brazilian blowout treatment, which temporarily smoothes out frizzy hair, caught the attention of federal regulators for containing high levels of the carcinogen formaldehyde. ... See MoreSee Less