Fri Apr 26, 2013, 04:50 AM
MrScorpio (61,739 posts)
Every 28 Hours an African American is Extrajudicially Executed in the U.S.
by Rania Khalek on April 15, 2013
Updated at the end of the post.
Every 28 hours a black woman, man or child in the United States is executed by a person employed or protected by the US government according to a year-long investigation by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), which has thus far been virtually ignored by the news media, progressive outlets included.
Following the murder of Trayvon Martin, the MXGM embarked on a year-long study to determine the prevalence of extrajudicial killings of black Americans. The organization initially recorded around 120 killings in the first half of 2012, which came out to one black person murdered every 36 hours. That number climbed to 313 by the end of last year, forcing the MXGM to update its findings to every 28 hours in their latest report, titled “Operation Ghetto Storm“. That’s almost one black American killed every day by law enforcement, security guards and/or vigilantes, which the MXGM believes is more accurate since their numbers reflect only those killings that are reported by police departments and the news media. As the organization points out in the report, there exists no national tracking of police-involved shootings, so it’s impossible to know the full extent of the crisis.
The largest portion of those killed in 2012 (40 percent) were between the ages of 22 to 31, followed by 18 to 21 year olds at 18 percent. Children made up 8 percent of extrajudicially executed black Americans.
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Every 28 Hours an African American is Extrajudicially Executed in the U.S. (Original post)
Response to MrScorpio (Original post)
Fri Apr 26, 2013, 06:58 AM
Quantess (26,112 posts)
2. I appreciate the basic message of the article, but
the choice of the word "executed" instead of "killed" (or "murdered") takes away from the credibility.
Other than that, it's important to get the message out there.
Flame away if necessary.
Response to Quantess (Reply #2)
Fri Apr 26, 2013, 10:30 AM
treestar (53,449 posts)
Some of them could have been self defense.
And it was inspired by Trayvon Martin, who was not killed by a government officer.
Still the idea is there, living while black poses hazards others don't have.
Response to noiretextatique (Reply #6)
Fri Apr 26, 2013, 05:02 PM
Quantess (26,112 posts)
7. It detracts from the truth of the message because it sounds like hyperbole.
It's an exaggeration to use the word "execute" when executions did not literally happen. This is not the literal definition of "execute". I'm not a fan of stretching the truth or of misusing words. It makes me suspicious of the whole thing.
Maybe it reaches a certain type of audience, but it's a big fail for me. Propaganda is just not my style. I'm thinking, "what do you take me (the reader) for?" It takes away from the believability.