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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/

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WHITE SUPREMACIST GOES ON 8 DAY HATE AND CRIME SPREE!

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

Aleksejs Saveljevs, a Brooklyn resident on Tuesday was indicted on 23 charges including a hate crime. In an eight day hate and crime spree, Saveljevs allegedly attacked an off-duty NYPD police officer, verbally abused two Black women with racial slurs. He stabbed one of them, a 57-year-old woman identified as Ann Marie Washington , it was later reported the, Washington suffered a collapsed lung. Saveljevs, would continue his violent spree, and brutally attack another psychiatric patient when he was confined.

For additional information use the link below:

https://atlantablackstar.com/2019/08/21/dna-links-psychiatric-patient-as-suspect-who-allegedly-called-two-women-black-b-s-stabbed-one-in-nyc-attacks-last-fall/

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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SPENTS MILLIONS TO PREVENT LAWS THAT COULD HELP VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE SEEK JUSTICE

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

In late 2018 Pope Francis, while speaking about victims of church sexual abuse, said:

“the pain of the victims and their families is also our pain, and so it is urgent that we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults”.

Despite, that statement by the leader of the Catholic church, which could sound inspirational to advocates for victims of sexual abuse, the church actually spent over $10 million dollars lobbying against bills that could make the church responsible criminally and civilly for the heinous crimes of their clergy.

According to a new study that was revealed by CBS News, in the eastern part of the United States, between the years 2011-2018 the church spent:

$5,322,979 in Pennsylvania

$2,912,772 in New York

$875,261 in Connecticut

$633,458 in New Jersey

$537,551 in Massachusetts

$134,345 in New Hampshire

$124,260 in Maine

$61,961 in Maine

Over $10.6 million in total to challenge bills that if passed into law, could challenge the current restrictions on the statute of limitations and make it a lot easier for adults who were sexually abused as kids to seek justice in a criminal and or civil court against the Catholic church.

For additional information use the link below:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/catholic-church-scandal-spent-10-million-lobbyists-fight-extension-statutes-of-limitations-child-sex-abuse-vicims/

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MY HISTORY WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ( Outline Of My Speech At Ccsf)

Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

POEM: A CONVERSATION WITH MY FATHER!

 

Today, I am going to share a poem I wrote and published about my late father, the poem is titled: “A conversation with my Father”.

 

“Kum Apem A. Apem Beba”

 

That is the exact Asante proverb, I said while speaking to my papa

 

translated from our Asante Twi, those words mean “Kill a thousand and a thousand more will come.”

 

Those are the exact words that our ancestors spoke when they went to war with the British Empire and won in 1823

 

So what that means to me is when I was a child and witnessed you get shot, while closing our family’s shop

 

That was in one of Detroit’s roughest spots

 

Yet you still went to work the next day

 

The only thing left for me to say, was that Asante warrior blood, is not just something that was passed down in our family DNA

 

But a code you actually live by day to day

 

As my father started to beam and smile at his proud son

 

I asked him to stay sitting with me, I will be finished in a little while

 

He said: o.k. Nana

 

Which is a word given to kings, Queens and Elders

 

But he calls me Nana, because I am named after my mama’s papa

 

I said “ you know what papa?”

 

Mama reminds me of the Asante Warrior Queen mother Yaa Asantewaa, who led the Asante Kingdom In a War Against British colonialism

 

I mean they both are strong beautiful queens who would go to war to protect their family

 

My father looked at me and smiled, giggled and kissed me on the cheek and said: Yes son I agree.

 

So why in the hell papa do you verbally demean and sometimes physically abuse mama, if she is supposed to be your queen?

 

My father knew there was nothing he could say to justify his sometimes explosive acts of violence

 

So, he said nothing and just looked at me very sad and silent!

 

 

Speech Intro:

 

As a kid like a lot of kids who grew up with an alpha-male and charismatic father in the house, I worshipped my father. To me he was a black Superman, an African Hercules, I seriously believed there was no one or nothing on earth he could not defeat if he had to.

 

I remember being next to him when he got shot in his head closing our family’s store in an extremely dangerous area of Detroit. A city he came to as an immigrant from Ghana, West Africa, to look for a better life for his family.

 

His idea of the American Dream was to open several liquor stores, all over Detroit and beyond, that we locally call “Party Stores”, that my father intended for my brother and I to inherit.

 

At one of those stores, I remember my mom walking in one day, it was after school, so my brother and I were in the store stocking shelves, when my mother walked in after her work, looking beat up and bruised like she just went 9 rounds with Mike Tyson.

 

She claimed she had gotten robbed, I believed her immediately, I had no reason not to.

 

At that time as an adolescent, I had seen another one of our family stores get burnt down to the ground, I had seen my father get shot and our family’s home get shot up after being mistaken for our drug dealing neighbor’s home. And at this time, Detroit was one of the most dangerous cities in America, if not the murder capital.

 

It would be years before I discovered my mother was not robbed and that she was beaten by my father after a hostile argument about his many affairs and financial issues. I would find out even though my father was far more verbally abusive than physically, there would be a few times in my teen years I would have to pull him off my mom. A  few times I almost came to bloody blows with the man whose blood coursed through my veins; if it was not for my mother’s interventions, there is a good chance that one of us would of killed the other one.

 

I would go on to hate my father for years until I discovered that he was suffering for years with depression and suicidal thoughts, dementia and he was also dealing with various other mental health issues.

 

The hate I had for him would soon turn into a deep sadness and for the rest of his life, until his death last year we shared an improved relationship.

 

Fast forward two decades, I get a call from a “loved one”, late in the night. Despite the fact he works in law enforcement, he calls me for advice. He tells me his wife just snapped and battered him and their daughter.

 

I tell him to call the cops. Even though he knows he should, it takes me a while to convince him, he does not want to breakup his family and he does not want it to cost his wife her job.

 

Finally after his 5 year old daughter also tells him to please call the cops on his wife and her mom; who had this point had stormed out of the house, he eventually calls the cops.

After she finally was arrested a couple dayd, it would be discovered that she had stopped taking her anti-depressants medications, which made her go crazier than a cat on catnip.

Since them his wife has been taking better care of her mental health and they are now a relatively stable family.

 

Thesis:

You should learn that domestic violence is a lot more complicated than we’ve been led to believe.

 

What:

Like the old saying goes: Love the sinner, hate the sin.”

Yes, people who commit domestic violence must be punished, but within that punishment, they must also be given the proper psychological treatment.

 

Why:

 

Too much do we as a society look to label people for life as evil and bad, without looking to see what they are going through to make them act that way.

We have to keep in mind that hurt people hurt people.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHITE SUPREMACIST TERRORIST,  DYLANN ROOF SENTENCED TO DEATH

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

Dylann Roof will now have to spend the rest of his life, figuratively speaking in hell.
After a 12-person jury sentenced the white supremacist and domestic terrorist to death on tuesday, for the evil crime of killing nine black church goers, including senior pastor and state senator Clementa C. Pinckney at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, South Carolina, om June 17, 2015.

For additional information use link below:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/dylann-roof-sentenced-death-murdering-9-black-churchgoers-article-1.2942967

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THE GEORGIA COP WHO MADE-UP STORY ABOUT BEING SHOT BY A BLACK MAN, FACES FOUR FELONY CHARGES 

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

A police officer in Jackson, Georgia who made-up a story about being shot by a black man faces four felony charges, including giving false statements to police, because on September 13, police officer Sherry Hall claimed that while on patrol around 12am, according to her report she saw a” 6ft tall, 230 lbs black man wearing a green shirt and black jogging pants”, loitering on the side of the street.

She claimed that “after she exited the vehicle, he became very argumentative” which led to him pulling out a gun and shooting her in the lower part of her vest.

As the Georgia Bureau of Investigation started to investigate officer Hall’s case, her story immediately began to unravel, it soon became obviously to them that officer Hall fabricated the entire story, no doubt placing the well-being of many black men in that area, in danger of cops seeking retribution for a fellow officer, who they believed was wounded in the line of duty. According to the Root.com GBI Special Agent in Charge Joe Wooten said: ” the investigation revealed that there is, and never was , a suspect at large in Jackson, Georgia. ”

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINK :

http://www.theroot.com/articles/news/2016/09/sherry-hall-ga-cop-black-man/

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BLACK🌍HISTORY SPOTLIGHT : H. RAP BROWN

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

H. Rap Brown (Hubert Gerold Brown), the former civil rights activist and chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee ( SNCC ), was born on October 4, 1943 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

In 1967, he was arrested in Cambridge, Maryland, and charged with inciting a riot, after giving a powerful and fiery speech. Brown would make the FBI’s ten most wanted list, after failing to appear in court for charges of inciting a riot and bringing a gun across state lines, Brown would eventually go to trial in Bel Air, Maryland.

On March 9, 1970, William Payne and Ralph Featherstone two officials in the SNCC organization were blown up in their car en route to the courthouse in Bel Air, Maryland, where Brown was to be put on Trial. The two main theories are first that the two men were assassinated on their way to the courthouse and the other is the two associates of Brown intended to set off the bomb at the courthouse to disrupt the trial.

Brown would disappear and be on the run for approximately a year and a half, which would come to an end after he allegedly attempted a robbery at a bar, which resulted with a shootout with New York City police officers in 1971.Brown would spend the next five years of his life from 1971-1976, at Attica Prison, after he was convicted of robbery. While incarcerated Brown converted to Islam and change his name to Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin. After he was released from prison, he would open a grocery store and become a community activist and Muslim spiritual leader in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

It is theorized that Brown now Al-Amin life took a turn for the worst when he allegedly became associated with the Dar Ul-Islam movement.

On March 16, 2000, in Fulton County, Georgia, when two Sheriffs came to deliver an arrest warrant for failure to appear in court for a speeding citation, somehow he and the sheriffs engaged in a shootout, one of the two sheriff deputies died and the deputy who survived identified Al-Amin as the shooter.

Almost exactly two years to the day of the shootout, on March 9, 2002, he was convicted of 13 criminal charges and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Short speech by H. Rap Brown

For additional information use link below : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._Rap_Brown