Judge revoked $5M bail, and instead held Sam Woodward without bail citing he's a danger to the community.
Samuel Woodward, age 21, stabbed Blaze Bernstein, age 19, a University of Pennsylvania student, 20 times in a park in January after luring him out on the premise that it was a date. In September, he was charged with murder and a hate crime, and DNA evidence was cited as proof on a knife and bloody sleeping bag.
"Black people have always been underestimated. The Black college experience is still an exceptional way to train young people," said Senator Art Haywood, a Morehouse Graduate.
What Kamala Harris, Alma Adams, Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams all have in common, in addition to being influential in U.S. politics, is they're graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities ( HBCUs) — Howard University, North Carolina A&T, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, and Spelman College.
Approximately 40 percent of the members of Congress are HBCU graduates, according to the Network Journal, a Black professional and small business magazine. And recipients of The United Negro College Fund and Thurgood Marshall Foundation scholarships graduate from college at rates well above the national average.
"We're producing outstanding leaders in all of the major professions," said Harry L. Williams, president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and former Delaware State president.
"Anytime you can look at (HBCU) success stories, it just enhances their relevancy and continues to move them forward in a positive way."
This year, a record 38 women of color were elected to Congress. Many of them are HBCU graduates.
The prospect of so many Black-college graduates being elected to statewide office in the same year is unprecedented, Keneshia Grant, an assistant professor of political science at Howard University, said.
And they are touting their HBCU training. Abrams expressed her disapproval of legislation plans for education that did not include those institutions.
As a Spelman alumna, I share the concern raised by @RepRichmond. HBCUs are vital for economic independence. https://t.co/C5DtYKPukP
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) February 16, 2016
Gillum responded to President Trump's tweet attacking him about his lack of Ivy League education:
Mr. @realDonaldTrump, I am a graduate of THE Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) — an HBCU founded on October 3, 1887. Google it. 🐍 https://t.co/I8uOokptJA
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) October 30, 2018
Art Haywood is one of four Black state senators in Pennsylvania, and one of two from Morehouse.
"If the two Black state senators had come from Harvard or Yale, then those schools would get all the credit," Haywood said.
"Black people have always been underestimated," Haywood said. "I don't think there's any more validation required. The Black college experience is still an exceptional way to train young people."
Of politicians like Abrams and Gillum, the president of HBCU Dillard University Walter Kimbrough said they are sending a message: "It's a reaffirmation, not only for students but for families, that you can go to an HBCU and compete with anyone."
Approximately 13 percent of HBCU graduates are CEOS, 40 percent are engineers and 50 percent are professors at non-HBCUs, according to the Network Journal.
The HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities study shows how the United States economy benefits from HBCUs: $14.8 billion in economic impact. In addition, graduates predominantly come from low-income areas, giving them and the communities the opportunity to break cycles of poverty and open doors to successful and lucrative careers. Individual graduates can earn $927,000 within their lifetime, $130 billion collectively over their lifetime.
School board says the teachers exercised poor judgement during a team building exercise; suspended them with pay.
For Halloween, several teachers at Middleton Elementary School in Canyon County, Idaho, wore red, white and blue, and stood behind a fake brick wall with "Make America Great Again" written on it. Meanwhile, another group wore sombreros, mustaches, and held maracas. Initially posted on the school's Facebook page, outrage among parents forced the post to be removed.
"These automated calls are being sent into homes just days before President Trump arrives," said Abigail Collazo, Stacey Abrams' spokeswoman.
Janet Sabriu teaches hater a lesson with recording him: "It's not okay, racists." He apologizes to her after backlash.
A white man screamed racist hateful speech out of his car window at Janet Sabriu, a citizen and Houston voter on her way to the polls.
Alongside Sabriu on the road in the Spring Branch neighborhood, the white man criticized Sabriu's driving and yelled, "That's not how we drive in America. Trump's deporting your illegal cousins, today, b----."
Sabriu asked Geirer if he was going to vote, to which he responded, "Learn English… it's my country."
The Latina, who has been a Houston resident for 9 years and is a U.S. citizen, pulled out her cellphone to record the racist rant, which occurred on Thursday. She posted it on Facebook, where she goes by the name Janet Espejel, and it has gone viral with over 3.7 million views.
Sabriu said of her recording the incident, "That's the best lesson you can show somebody."
"It's not okay, racists. It's not okay [to allow] bullying," she told the television station. "We have to stop all this hate, and the only way is respecting everybody; every human being."
He continued to hurl insults at her, "You need a gay friend to help you with your makeup and clothes... Ugly tacky, sticky, skanky bit*h."
Sabriu said she wanted an apology and of defending against racists, she told KHOU, "Speak up. Don't be afraid. That's the only way that we can stop all this hate is just showing and exposing the people because I think the majority (are) good people that don't want this to continue."
While social media quickly identified the racist as Charles Geirer, by Saturday, he was using an alias, Kevin, to apologize to Sabriu, as he started receiving death threats.
He back tracked his vulgar name calling and his racist comments and traded them for an apology stating he suffers from bipolar disorder, and that he reacted poorly in his car that day. He also said he never would've yelled if he knew Sabriu's two-year-old daughter was in the backseat of her car. Of his disorder, he said "it's very real" and "not an excuse."
"All I want to say to her is, 'Miss, I'm so sorry, I hope you can understand more, and I wish you nothing more than love and happiness for your family,' " he told KTRK News.
Houston police tweeted that they were aware of the incident and investigating:
The @houstonpolice Department is aware of this incident and investigators have been assigned to determine what, if any, crime was committed. Regardless of our finding, the behavior exhibited is abhorrent. #RelationalPolicing https://t.co/6eLkUYt6Pc
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) October 27, 2018
Reader Question: Would you record a racist or bigoted rant if you witnessed it, or experienced it yourself?
Susan Westwood's rant against two Black sisters in front of their apartment building gets her fired.
Two Black sisters in North Carolina were harassed standing outside of their apartment building by a white woman who couldn't believe they could afford to live there, in her perceived "white space."
Leisa and Chele Garris, residents of Camden Fairview Apartments in SouthPark in Charlotte, were waiting for AAA to jump their car when Susan Westwood began hurling racist threats at them.
Videos of the Oct. 19 incident were shared by Chele Garris on Facebook and have gone viral.
"Do you live here?" Westwood says. "I'm white … and I make $125,000 a year and I want to make sure that you're all up in here."
She also told them she was "f**king fabulous," before she threatened to "bring out my concealed weapons."
"Is your boyfriend here? Is your baby daddy here? Nobody cares, I'm white and I'm hot," Westwood said. "You're hanging around in a place you don't belong."
Another White Person Harrasing African American People www.youtube.com
Elijah Anderson, a Yale sociology professor, writes about the concept of "white space" in his upcoming book, "Black in White Space":
"In the white space, white people … stigmatize anonymous Black persons by associating them with the putative danger, crime and poverty of the iconic ghetto, typically leaving Black people with much to prove before [trust]. The tolerated Black person in the white space is one who is 'in his place.'
"Such a person is less likely to disturb the implicit racial order—white people as dominant and Black people as subordinate."
So a Black person who isn't in her right place, for example, here in this recorded incident, warrants a threat.
In the video, Chele Garris calls 911 and tells dispatcher that the incident is happening in front of her home.
"My car's bad. I called AAA. This lady is bothering me in front of my door. Do you hear her?"
"It surprised me," she tells a police dispatcher. "I've been living here for over a year and I've never been treated this way. I'm a resident just like her."
Charlotte PD said they've issued Westwood, "four criminal summons, including two counts of communicating threats and two counts of simple assault."
A police incident report says the woman made threats of "bodily injury" and the victim told police "that she believed the threat could be carried out."
In North Carolina, communicating threats (aka terrorist threat, malicious harassment, when someone threatens to kill or physically harm someone else), is subject to being "f**king fabulous" in a jail cell, house arrest or electronic monitoring her hot self, probation or fines for her recently unemployed backside.
While Westwood bragged in the video that despite what Garris and her sister did, she said:"I will still make $125,000 Monday morning."
Not if social media has anything to say about it.
@GetSpectrum @Ask_Spectrum for those helping to email and contact spectrum, you all are greatly appreciated! Someone just provided me with these contacts. pic.twitter.com/oj08Mw5tKY
— this planet is ghetto af (@_StaceeJ) October 27, 2018
Sense of entitlement, meet reality.
She was fired on Sunday from Spectrum Enterprises, Charter Communications:
"The incident recorded in Charlotte is a blatant violation of Charter's code of conduct and clearly disregards the company's commitment to inclusion and respectful behavior," it said. "As such, Ms. Westwood's employment with the company has been terminated, effective immediately."
"It's so upsetting to know that today we have overt racism still going on in 2018," Garris said.
Meanwhile, his wife's social media refers to Nazi death camps as "work camps."
A Halloween event for families, "Trail of Treats," took place in Owensboro, Ky., and one father thought it would be a good idea to dress his 5-year-old as Adolf Hitler and himself as a Nazi soldier.
Bryant Goldbach's response: Anyone that knows us knows we love history.
The public and social media were not amused.
Goldbach said on Twitter, in defense of his son, that people came up to him shouting obscenities and threatening to rip that costume off him.
This dude is f*cking nuts. “Tolerant left." 😂. You can't justify this one man. #nazidad pic.twitter.com/EazvMd4Vt5
— Amber Burdette (@AmberBurdette) October 26, 2018
He initially was angry, telling people how dare they threaten a child.
He continued, "Yes liberalism is alive and well. And we had the displeasure of dealing with the fruits of the so called 'Tolerant Left.'"
When the backlash continued, Goldbach then told the The Owensboro Times, "I wasn't trying to make a statement or put my son in any position. It was bad judgment. I want people to know I am sorry."
"My brother is half-Iranian," Goldbach said. "I have Black friends. My last name is Jewish."
Local Rabbi Gary Mazo at Temple Adath B'nai Israel said:
"The fact that the father apologized is important; the fact he did not know the costumes would be offensive is a very sad reflection on our society.
"A good rule of thumb would be: 'if your costume calls to mind an event where millions were killed, choose another costume.' As we are learning through Megyn Kelly's words as well, costumes where someone dresses up deliberately to mock someone's race, religion or nationality should be avoided. If the purpose of Halloween is to have fun - bigotry, anti-Semitism and racism are not fun. That should be common sense. This is not being "politically correct" this is simply being respectful, understanding and kind.""
While Goldbach performs in both Civil War and World War II reenactments and dressed as a Confederate soldier for Halloween last year, he denied being a racist, referring to white supremacy as "disgusting."
But wait—if he didn't know the costumes we be offensive, why does it still smell like racism? Let's ask his bride, MaryAnne Goldbach, because she's not shy about her anti-Semitism. Posts recovered by Huffington Post showed comments in response to the backlash:
"This is what the mass media has portrayed the Holohoax. The truth is the media is controlled by Zionists. The so-called 'gas chambers' were delousing showers. He created work camps, not death camps."
Social media uncovered that Goldbach has had some rhetoric posted on his social media account:
"White pride doesn't mean hate… There is no need to feel guilty because of the past. If that offends you, your racist" said a flyer.
He lives in my town. He owns Goldbach's Watch Repair on Frederica St. It is not fake pic.twitter.com/OGS5x832Ev
— Les Hail Yes (@LesHailYes) October 26, 2018
They also claim that he works for Verizon and that his kids are in danger of his parenting:
This is Bryant Goldbach, an employee of yours in Owensboro, KY. He enjoys cosplaying himself and his family as nazis. And follows a few dozen Nazi/right wing extremist groups on social media. But I'm sure he just “appreciates history" pic.twitter.com/paUuepYRmE
— Tom Wolfson (@tom_wolfson) October 26, 2018
@CNN @NBCNews @GMA @TODAYshow Saw this man who calls himself Bryant Goldbach from Owensboro, KY and works for @verizon. This is not ok. @MSNBC @14news pic.twitter.com/DPdeuRhf4O
— Amber Burdette (@AmberBurdette) October 26, 2018
Someone from children's protective services needs to do an interview with the parents! I fear these kids will be taught hate to harm others.
— Mary Elizabeth 2Ω3Ω (@OldSoul_1111) October 27, 2018
This tone-deaf act happened just days before a shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue that ended 11 lives.
Social media users call out the couple for racist and tone-deaf photos.
John Milton and his wife bragged about their wedding photoshoot consisting of being held at gunpoint atop a volcano, saying their vows "while a civil war is brewing," "cruising" through a ghetto, and carrying "Blood diamonds" and an AK47.
Milton, a former investment banker turned travel photographer, had the wedding photos featured under the title "Outside the Box Congo Wedding Shoot with the Leica M10." On Instagram the couple said, they "wanted to make sure we didn't have the typical goofy wedding shots."
"After the Congo wedding we needed an epic honeymoon," Milton said of his photos. "Therefore we decided upon a daring adventure in an Islamic region of Africa where sadly enough modern-day slavery still exists."
Because you care? Using Black people's experience as a way to display this notion that you care and can't possibly be racist, while being completely tone-deaf to the exploitation you are committing IS RACIST.
Perspective: Trump does it all the time by carefully placing behind him at rallies Latinos and Blacks, and white women, too. (And even once being astonished on stage when he met a Latino border patrol agents who speaks English well.) So there's your comrade, Milton. Trump. Let that sink in.
Social media brought this eurocentrism to light. Milton took down his social media account soon after.
Of course anyone with sense is condemning it, but one special lady:
Ok, so the new rule is No Black People in Expressive Art. Cool.
— Celine zoppelt (@CZoppelt) October 26, 2018
She must agree with Milton's view of himself and his art.
In his 2016 interview, he claimed his first career was a bit too vain:
"Being an investment banker usually means you become quite self-absorbed. Photography allows me to get away from "me" and concentrate on the world around me."
He also said, "Upon my retirement I realized I am still young enough (45) to start leading an impactful and adventurous life. I've seen too many successful people around me who are not enjoying their wealth, not really living (working too hard, not playing hard enough)."
Others who saw Milton's art aren't racist:
Imagine the level of ignorance it takes to bring your white ass to DR Congo and stage a wedding shoot using black folks, civil war, and poverty as props. pic.twitter.com/VqMueqaZrJ
— Justin McC (@JD_Mccarroll) October 23, 2018
Thank you for making such a comment, #JohnMilton a such hypocrite, he come to Congo taking pictures and making people to think he cares so much about the people of Congo. Using the pain and the struggle of Congo people in the picture to have a fun on her wedding.
— Dr. Flavien Shirandi.,PhD (@Talkshirandi) October 26, 2018
Arrested inside his Trumpagada covered white van. Apparently not a "false flag" after all.
The U.S. Justice Department has arrested a South Florida man in connection with mailing of pipe bombs to political opponents of Donald Trump, including many Black politicians.
The shooter, confronted by another white man in the parking lot, said, "Whites don't shoot whites."
Gregory Bush, a 51-year-old white man, shot two Black people dead at a Louisville, Ky., Kroger store on Wednesday. One man was shot in the back of the head, and then multiple times as he lay on the floor in the store, and a woman was shot in the parking lot.
Maurice Stallard, the father of Kellie Watson, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's chief racial equity officer, was shopping for poster boards with his 12-year-old grandson when he was executed.
"This is America 2018 right here. Racism and discrimination," Hamdia Ahmed said.
Police said the woman called 911 because she was "uncomfortable." She gets fired from her actual job.
Hilary Brooke Mueller, a white woman, decided that she was the police, security and a private investigator, on top of being racist.
Mueller blocked D'Arreion Toles of St. Louis, a Black man, from entering his own apartment building, Elder Shirt Lofts, and proceeded to harass him and follow him to his apartment.
She kept asking what unit he lived in and to show his keys. Toles, stayed calm and asked her repeatedly to move and told her she had no right to question him. Surprise, Mueller said she did, because she lived on the third floor.
"You are blocking me into my building. This is my building as well. So, I need you to get out of my way," said Toles.
She said she was "uncomfortable," to which Toles replied that was her issue, not his.
Toles recorded her and the video went viral.
Once inside the building, she continued to ask him questions and followed him into the elevator and to his apartment. Once he pulled out his keys, she changed her tune and tried to introduce herself as his neighbor.
Toles said he wanted nothing to do with her. He later answered his door to police that were called on him!
"I was kind of blown away, shocked and like wow," said Toles. "I am just glad I had my camera out. If I did not have my camera out, I feel it could have gone a totally different way."
The Metropolitan Police Department in St. Louis said it responded to a 911 call that "was made because the caller did not know if the male subject was a tenant."
Mueller's actions not only didn't sit well with her neighbor Toles, but also didn't sit well with her employer, Tribeca Luxury Apartments. She was fired on Sunday.
The company, not affiliated with the Mueller and Toles' residence, said, in a statement, that the interaction was "disturbing."
"The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds," the statement said. "We are proud of this fact, and do not, and never will, stand for racism or racial profiling at our company. After a review of the matter, the employee has been terminated and is no longer with our company."
The local news station tried to interview Mueller and buzzed her unit and also called numbers listed for her, but she never answered.
Toles reflected on the incident. "At the end of the day, why would she call the police on me? I just walked in and went to my house."
"It's pretty sad."
Reader Question: Do you think Toles was justified in his responses; should he have expected the police to be called? Should he have called the police?