Update: White Man Who Pulled Gun on Black Teens Could Face Hate Crime Charges
Mark Allen Barlett defends his use of the N-word: We use it because Black people use it.
UPDATE 1/24: Girlfriend Who Called The Black Teens Thugs Was Fired From Her Job
Dana Scalione, who on MLK day, screamed at and shoved Black teens for protesting was fired from her real estate job in light of Monday's incident.
They posted it on it's Facebook page :
The company also posted that she had been working at the company for seven years. In the responses that followed people calling for her termination and anger toward the company, they posted that, "We have to start respecting and loving one another. We are all human beings no matter of color, religion and beliefs."
They did ask that people not submit threats as it, "makes all of us no better than the people that hate."
Many praised the company's actions, and when one hoped Scalione would not find other employment in the area, the company's response was: "Let's hope not.":
Mark Allen Bartlett has a lot of explanations for his actions toward Black teens on MLK Day, but the video shows everything from him threatening to run over one of the protesters with his SUV, to using racial slurs, to pointing a gun at the teenagers.
Driving that point home, literally, was someone else in the community with a large truck replaying the video confrontation on large screens. On Tuesday, it was reported that the truck was seen on Brickell Avenue.
In a statement on Tuesday, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said she was "outraged at the reported acts depicted in the videos taken during this incident."
She assigned the hate crimes unit chief to "immediately investigate and handle this case."
"I am committed to filing the appropriate charges and to vigorously prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law," Rundle said.
The teens, who ran away from him scared as he hastily approached them with his gun pointed, were participating in an anti-violence effort known as "Wheels Up, Guns Down," honoring a Philly protest over the death of a Black biker, a few years ago.
And in the opposite spirit of both MLK Day and anti-violence, Bartlett defends his use of the n-word and said he was just trying to protect his girlfriend, Dana Scalione, from the protesting teens she called "thugs."
He told WPLG, "My first reaction is I have a gun on me. Whether I have a gun on me or not, I'm running to see and to protect my family. I had a gun though. It wasn't loaded. I ran out there. You can see I never pointed it. I never threatened anybody. I just needed it in case something were to happen."
Police reports said the gun was loaded. Video shows Bartlett ran up to the group of teens with the gun pointed at them.
"The reason why we use that word, the reason why Chinese people use the word, why Japanese people, European people, the reason why everybody uses that word is because Black people use that word," he said.
"So what's the first thing in my head or most people's heads? Unfortunately, it's the n-word."
Scalione, also interviewed, said that she was called names and no one calls the Black teens racist. "I don't believe they're racist. I don't believe they have a fundamental issue with a category of people. They're angry with me. It's situational."
So the use of the n-word by a white man holding a gun pointing at Black teens is just situational. She must not watch the news, ever.
"Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our nation's history and I'm hopeful this measure will swiftly pass the House," Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted.
It's 2019 and lynching still hasn't been properly outlawed. A bill, introduced by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), was cleared on Thursday in the Senate to make lynching a federal crime. The measure will now go to the House. Harris, Booker and Scott are the only Black members of the Senate.
Harris tweeted on Thursday:
BREAKING: Our anti-lynching bill, which would make lynching a federal crime, just unanimously passed the Senate. Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our nation's history and I'm hopeful this measure will swiftly pass the House.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 14, 2019
It's outrageous that lynching still isn't considered a federal crime. Congress tried and failed near 200 times between 1882 to 1986. About to ask the Senate to unanimously pass our anti-lynching bill. Let's right this wrong.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 14, 2019
Congress has tried more than 200 times to pass an anti-lynching law, but has failed. The Senate passed a resolution in 2005, apologizing to lynching victims.
The bipartisan bill acknowledges the harms of lynching, which is a form of domestic terrorism, and the federal government's failure to stop it.
It defines the crime as "the willful act of murder by a collection of people assembled with the intention of committing an act of violence upon any person."
In December, the Senate also passed the bill. But it was days before the 115th Congress went out of business, and the measure never reached the House floor.
"It's not the first time we've come down to this body to try to right the wrongs of history," Booker said on the Senate floor.
"For too long we have failed, failed to ensure justice for the victims of history and failed to make clear in the United States of America, in this great country, lynching is and always has been not only a federal crime but a moral failure."
According to the NAACP, "From 1882-1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States."
"Of the total, 3,446 of the victims were Black, accounting for approximately 72.7 percent; and 1,297 were white, which is 27.3 percent."
"These numbers seem large, but it is known that not all of the lynchings were ever recorded," the organization stated.
CNN analysts April Ryan and Don Lemon were up in arms over Sen. Kamala Harris' ethnicity.
"The LGBTQ is a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan, without wearing hoods with their antics of hate," said West Virginia delegate Eric Porterfield.
The community is holding Roosevelt School District accountable.
Noose images labeled "Back to school necklaces" were found at Roosevelt Middle School in Long Island, N.Y. The school district is investigating.
The interaction between Gayle King and Ralph Northam should have led to a bigger discussion.
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"I think that many times white people do not understand what blackface means," Sellers said.
The photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page of a man in blackface and another man dressed in a KKK costume is sparking a national conversation. The racist act of wearing blackface goes back to the mid-19th century. It's 2019 and Black people still have to explain why it's offensive.