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Your Black News: White Vigilante Katrina Episode Finally Getting Traction

December 18, 2008 Leave a comment

1229541239-largeThe way Donnell Herrington tells it, there was no warning. One second he was trudging through the heat. The next he was lying prostrate on the pavement, his life spilling out of a hole in his throat, his body racked with pain, his vision blurred and distorted.

It was September 1, 2005, some three days after Hurricane Katrina crashed into New Orleans, and somebody had just blasted Herrington, who is African-American, with a shotgun. “I just hit the ground. I didn’t even know what happened,” recalls Herrington, a burly 32-year-old with a soft drawl.

The sudden eruption of gunfire horrified Herrington’s companions–his cousin Marcel Alexander, then 17, and friend Chris Collins, then 18, who are also black. “I looked at Donnell and he had this big old hole in his neck,” Alexander recalls. “I tried to help him up, and they started shooting again.” [...]

Herrington shouted at the other men to run and turned to face his attackers: three armed white males. Herrington says he hadn’t even seen the men or their weapons before the shooting began. As Alexander and Collins fled, Herrington ran in the opposite direction, his hand pressed to the bleeding wound on his throat. Behind him, he says, the gunmen yelled, “Get him! Get that nigger!”

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[FYI: This is by no means "news" to those who consistently payed close attention to Katrina's latest developments. For more info on this, pls. visit: http://www.cwsworkshop.org/katrinareader/node/573].

Your Black Politics: Rosa Clemente Asks: Who Is Truly Progressive?

November 6, 2008 Leave a comment

In the wake of the left media’s unconditional loyalty to Barack Obama, and many so-called “progressives’” uncritical support of his presidential bid, a line of demarcation must be drawn to, henceforth, easily distinguish between ‘true progressives’ and star-struck neo-liberals. Rosa Clemente, V.P. of the Green Party and veteran activist, seeks, in this clip, to unequivocally define who/what a true progressive is, and who/what isn’t (she names names):

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