Questions Arise Over DOJ’s Failure To File Charges In The Kendrick Johnson Case
The Justice Department has ruled there will be no charges filed in the 2013 death of Kendrick Johnson, the 17-year-old who was found dead inside a rolled up gym mat at his Valdosta, Georgia high school.
Though local and state investigators ruled Johnson’s death a freak accident, his parents, Kenneth and Jackie Johnson, have always believed their son was murdered. The Johnson family filed a $100 million wrongful death suit shortly after their son’s death, but it was withdrawn earlier this year.
On Tuesday, Christian Boone, Public Safety Reporter from The Atlanta Journal Constitution, spoke with Roland Martin on NewsOne Now about the DOJ’s ruling and reaction from the Johnson family about the Department of Justice’s failure to act.
One of the most troubling aspects of the Kendrick Johnson case revolves around the missing surveillance video from cameras in the school gymnasium. Martin said there are “camera angles that showed what was happening in the gym, but when it was time for the portion of the tape to see him in the mat, the video goes blank.”
Donald Trump Said Well-Educated Blacks Had Advantage Over Well-Educated Whites
A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll revealed that about 88 percent of African-Americans have an unfavorable view of Donald Trump.
In essence, out of every four Black voters, three of them can’t stand the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee.
Trump may be feeling the same way about the African-American community.
Trump seems to have had a tenuous relationship with African-Americans dating back several decades. In a video recorded in 1989 and unearthed by MotherJones.com, Trump uttered a few very interesting comments about Blacks and the workforce.
A portion of his controversial remarks included the following statement:
“A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market. I think sometimes a black may think they don’t have an advantage or this and that… I’ve said on one occasion, even about myself, if I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I believe they do have an actual advantage today.’’
On Tuesday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin and his panel of guests discussed Trump’s so-called desire to be a “well-educated Black,” because they were so much better off than educated Whites.
Roland Martin, Sen. Cory Booker, & NewsOne Now Sound Off On Senate Gun Control Fail
Members of the U.S. Senate have proven they’re all talk and no action and failed to pass common sense gun control legislation.
In the wake of the Orlando Massacre, lawmakers in Washington, D.C. expressed outrage over the horrific shooting, a desire to move on gun control legislation, and agreed to a vote in the Senate to pass a bill on the issue.
Soon after, the NRA came out and threatened to make lawmakers pay if they supported any legislation on guns.
On Monday, they had an opportunity to vote on a total of four pieces of legislation that would enact a measure of gun control in the United States. All four bills were rejected. One of the bills would have instituted a waiting period for anyone whose name was found the terror watch list.
After the vote, Sen. Cory Booker talked with NewsOne Now about the Senate’s failure to move on gun legislation and what it would take for change.
The Pre-K to Prison Pipeline: Black Preschoolers Labeled ‘Violent,’ ‘Problems,’ Suspended Nearly 4 Times More Often Than Whites
As calls for criminal justice reform get stronger, more attention is being paid to the school-to-prison pipeline.
Policies that treat African American students like criminals just for being black contribute to them not being invested in their own education.
Our students are sometimes receiving harsh punishments for simples things like being fidgety or agitated, or even flipping a pencil.
A newly released study by the U.S. Department of Education says that black students are suspended or expelled almost four times as much as white students and it starts as early as preschool.
While only 18-percent of African American students are enrolled in our nation’s preschools, black students account for 48-percent of the suspensions.
That’s compared to white students who make up 43 percent of preschools and only 26-percents of suspensions.
Assistant Professor of Psychology at Winston-Salem State University, Dr. Dawn Henderson, has been studying this troubling trend.
WealthyU: Lump Sum Distribution: Look Before You Leap!
In today’s unpredictable economy many companies are offering their employees buyouts as a way to shrink the size of their pension plans, which ultimately reduces the companies financial obligations.
So if you are offered a buy-out should you take the lump sum payment now or should you hold on to your pension plan?
America’s wealth coach Deborah Owens joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to tell you which option might be better for you and why.
Author Explains Why Women Should Date Multiple Men At The Same Time
Ladies, when you’re shopping around for a new car, shoes or clothes you give yourself options. So why doesn’t that theory apply to your dating life?
That question is answered in the new book Date, Girl: 143 Reasons Why I Believe Women Should Date Multiple Men.
All that and more in this special edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast