WHITE MAN THREATENS TO “PUT A BULLET” IN A BLACK GRANDMA AND HER GRANDSON

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

Joseph Magistro, on September 23, 2019 was arrested and charged with a hate crime, criminal mischief and menacing with a weapon.

Reportedly, Magistro a 33-year-old White man racially-terrorized a 67-year-old Black grandma and her 17-year-old grandson. Magistro, allegedly threw weights in the senior-citizen’s windows and caused $2,000 worth of damage to her home, Magistro, who was armed with a shotgun stated he would “put a bullet” in them.

“You n—ers don’t belong in this neighborhood,” Magistro said according to the Nassau District Attorney’s Office. “This is a white neighborhood. I’ll put a f–king bullet in you right now.”

According to the Atlanta BlackStar:

Debbie Loughman, a neighbor who lives across the street from the alleged victims, told News 12 the teenager posted about the incident on Facebook.

“I guess they’d just moved in here a couple weeks ago, he said, and they’ve already was fighting with the neighbor who I believe maybe was accusing him of stealing a package and was being attacked by him,” Loughman said.

Magistro’s bond is 30k ,and as of this writing, he is still in jail and his bond has not been paid.

For additional information use the link below:

https://atlantablackstar.com/2019/10/02/man-held-on-30k-bond-after-threatening-black-family-with-shotgun-you-ners-dont-belong-in-the-neighborhood/

WHITE MAN WHO TERRORIZED BLACK FAMILY WITH BURNING CROSS IN FRONT OF THEIR HOME GETS 11 YEARS IN PRISON

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

On Tuesday, a White supremacist man from Mississippi was sentenced to 11 years in prison, because he and a friend burned a cross in front of the house of a Black family to racially intimidate them.

Months ago Louis Revette, a 38-year-old man and his co-conspirator pleaded guilty to performing the crimes they were charged with, which included the federal felonies of using fire in the commission of a federal felony, interference with housing rights and a federal civil rights violation from the incident that happened in October 2017.

“I want everyone to know I’m not proud of what happened,” he told people in the court. “I hate what I did. I cannot even believe I did that. I’ve never done anything like that before in my life.”

“Those who instill fear and terror into our neighbors and our fellow citizens because of the color of their skin will face the full weight and force of the law from the U.S. attorney’s office,’ Mike Hurst, the U.S. attorney for Southern Mississippi, said in a statement from the Justice Department. “There is absolutely no place in our society or our country for this type of behavior, and we will do all that we can to prevent these racist acts and bring to justice those who are intent on committing these crimes.”

Revette’s co-conspirator, Graham Williams is scheduled to sentenced on November, 5 2019, and he could face up to 30 years in prison.

For additional information use the link below:

https://atlantablackstar.com/2019/09/11/mississippi-man-burns-crosses-outside-black-familys-home-slapped-with-11-years-in-prison/

BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT: BENJAMIN BANNEKER

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

Benjamin Banneker was born on November 9, 1731 in Baltimore county, Province of Maryland, in British America. His mom, Mary Banneky was a free Black person, and his father Robert, was a freed slave from Guinea.

Banneker would learn to read by studying the family’s bible, and he would begin to learn and become exceptional in mathematics once he began attending a Quaker school.

His Excellence in mathematics would help make him a great inventor. One day he saw a traveling salesman with a pocket watch, and since no watches existed in colonial America at the time, he used his mathematics skills to invent his own watch. He would craft the watch entirely out of wood, and reportedly it ran perfect for the next 40 years.

Not only was Banneker a great mathematician and inventor, but his greatness would extend to astronomy. In 1789, Banneker predict the occurence of a solar eclipse, and to the shock of his skeptics, the eclipse would take place on April 14th, just as hee predicted.

Banneker, would also become an anti-slavery advocate, after he read Thomas Jefferson’s doctrine that “all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness “, which was a total contradiction to Jefferson’s own actions as a slave owner. Banneker would write to Jefferson, telling him that Blacks were equal to Whites in intelligence and therefore were entitled to the same rights, protections and privileges as White men in America. To prove his point on the intelligence of his people, Banneker would include with his letter a copy of his almanac, which was a yearly publication that documented coming eclipses, holidays, and the hours of the day that the sun would rise and set, also included were anti-slavery essays, calling for the abolition of America’s original sin of slavery.

Jefferson would write back to him, with somewhat of a new understanding on the issues of race. A friendship would be formed between the two men, and remained intact even after Jefferson became president of America.

Because of his genius and his friendship him Jefferson, Banneker would be selected to be one of the men to survey the original boundaries of Washington D.C.

When the French city planner Pierre Charles L’Enfant, quit and took his plans back with him to France, Banneker would reproduce the plans by memory.

After dedicating his entire life to science and the improvement of humanity, Banneker would die in 1806 at the age of 74.

For additional information use the links below:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Banneker

https://www.amazon.com/100-African-Americans-Shaped-American-History/dp/0912517182/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=100+african+americans+who+shaped+american+history&qid=1564373498&s=gateway&sprefix=100+afr&sr=8-1