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Former DA’s Bombshell Affidavit Could Clear Bill Cosby

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When Judge Steven T. O’Neill ruled that former DA Bruce Castor couldn’t testify on behalf of Cosby because the judge claimed the former DA was “not credible,” Castor said he viewed that as an attempt to hurt him publicly and it was a measure of political and professional payback.

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Former District Attorney Bruce Castor: …there was “no question that Cosby relied upon my representation when he submitted to depositions in the civil case related to the allegations made by Constand.” (Photo: Screen capture from 2016 Reuters report video)

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent
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In a brand new court filing on Tuesday, former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor confirmed that the civil depositions used to convict Bill Cosby should never have been used at all and the comedian agreed to waive his Fifth Amendment rights and sit for the queries knowing that the documents would always be kept private.

And, even if unsealed – as it eventually was – Castor said his agreement with Cosby was that no future District Attorney could use them as a tool to prosecute the comedian.

In his bombshell filing, Castor also for the first time publicly acknowledges a long-standing feud between he and Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill, who presided over Cosby’s two trials, including the second trial that led to Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

With the new information, Cosby’s lawyers immediately filed a petition seeking to get the comedian released from prison.

They also renewed calls for O’Neill to recuse himself from the case.

Castor reiterated that he didn’t prosecute Cosby because there was no evidence and Andrea Constand had repeatedly changed her story, did not have credibility and was not reliable.

“Before being sentenced for a crime he did not commit, Bill Cosby filed a motion demanding that Judge O’Neill provide a full accounting of his longstanding feud with and bias against Bruce Castor,” Camille Cosby said in a statement issued Tuesday by family spokespersons Ebonee Benson and Andrew Wyatt.

“The motion explained that Mr. Cosby, after the feud was disclosed in an unsourced tabloid article, retained a former FBI agent to investigate the judge,” Camille Cosby said. “The former agent discovered that there was in fact a longstanding feud between the two that dated back to a 1999 political campaign for DA.”

To prove existence of the feud, Cosby’s team issued subpoenas requiring the testimony of Castor and other key witnesses on September 24, the first day of Cosby’s previously scheduled sentencing.

“On September 19, however, O’Neill issued an order denying the request for a hearing and falsely claiming that not once during his tenure as District Attorney, no one, including Castor, heard him ascribe any type of grudge or prejudice against the former DA, Castor” Camille Cosby said.

“The judge’s self-serving order, preventing as it did the testimony of Mr. Castor, successfully kept the truth from being disclosed not only in his courtroom but also in the court of public opinion,” she continued.

Camille Cosby retained a former prosecutor from Harrisburg, Pa., Brian Perry, to facilitate her efforts to uncover the truth. Perry has since interviewed Castor, who signed a notarized affidavit confirming O’Neill’s longstanding, deep-seated bias against him.

“In 1998 and 1999, as Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney, I campaigned for the Republican nomination for the position of Montgomery County District Attorney against Attorney Steven T. O’Neill, a private practitioner in Norristown, Pennsylvania,” Castor wrote in the affidavit.

“In or about January or February of 1999, at the Upper Moreland Township Building in Willow Grove, I engaged in a debate against Steven T. O’Neill,” he said.

Castor continued: “At that point, I was not aware that Judge O’Neill was or had been engaged in an extramarital affair with a female Assistant District Attorney employed by the Montgomery County District Attorney. At the election debate …the female assistant District Attorney was present. O’Neill oddly seemed distracted, unfocused, and nervous in the debate, despite the fact that as a trial lawyer, he was an accomplished public speaker.

“The next morning, I received a call from Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Frank Bartle, who indicated that he had just received a call from Bill Donnelly, a key supporter of O’Neill’s campaign and the political leader of the party that encompassed Upper Moreland Township.

“Mr. Donnelly informed Mr. Bartle who relayed it to me that he, Donnelly, thought placing the female assistant District Attorney in the front of the debate to distract O’Neill was playing dirty politics.

“I responded that no one on the campaign had anything to do with the female’s attendance at the debate, and that was the first time I learned O’Neill was having or had an affair with the female assistant District Attorney, who worked in my office.”

The feud became real after Castor said he arrived at a political event in Harleysville, Pa., at around 11:30 a.m. He said he exited the event with a number of individuals, including his own wife, Chairman Frank Bartle and his wife, Bill Donnelly and State Rep. Bob Godshall.

“Our group encountered O’Neill as he arrived at the event with a woman that I later learned was his wife. I specifically recall Godshall asking O’Neill if the woman with him was his wife,” Castor said.

“This caused O’Neill to angrily accuse me, and the entire group, of running a smear campaign and trying to ruin his marriage and life. I remember O’Neill’s wife saying similar things at that time. They both reacted with what I thought was overly dramatic gestures and language,” he said.

“There’s no question in my mind that O’Neill blamed me and my political supporters for raising his marital infidelity in a smear campaign to defeat him,” Castor said.

“It is my belief that O’Neill has never forgiven me for this.”

Castor went on to describe his relationship with O’Neill over the next 16 years as strained and tense.

When O’Neill ruled that Castor couldn’t testify on behalf of Cosby because the judge claimed the former DA was “not credible,” Castor said he viewed that as an attempt to hurt him publicly and it was a measure of political and professional payback.

Further, Castor said there was “no question that Cosby relied upon my representation when he submitted to depositions in the civil case related to the allegations made by Constand.”

“Indeed, it strains my credulity that given Cosby’s resources and access to able counsel, there is any other reason but for my representation that Cosby would fail to invoke his Fifth Amendment protections,” Castor said.

“Indeed, Constand’s civil counsel, who took Cosby’s deposition and knew [that] what he had said that was incriminating for a criminal case, never asked me to review it with an eye toward re-opening the Cosby investigation,” he said.

Cosby’s attorneys said he should be released immediately.

“Mr. Cosby did not violate any conditions of bail and appeared for all required court proceedings,” his attorney wrote in court filings Tuesday.

“Subsequent to the jury returning its verdict, as a condition of bail, Cosby was confined to in-house arrest. Again, Cosby appeared for all court proceedings. Mr. Cosby seeks the reinstatement of bail as it existed prior to sentencing.”

Video from February 2016 — A Pa. judge refused to dismiss a sexual assault case against Bill Cosby on Feb. 3, setting the stage for the first criminal prosecution against him. (Reuters)

A Little About Me: I'm the co-author of Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway and her son, Stevie Wonder (Simon & Schuster) and Michael Jackson: The Man Behind The Mask, An Insider's Account of the King of Pop (Select Books Publishing, Inc.) My work can often be found in the Washington Informer, Baltimore Times, Philadelphia Tribune, Pocono Record, the New York Post, and Black Press USA.

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Motown releasing hip-hop album to mark 100th anniversary of Tulsa race massacre

ROLLING OUT – The 21-track collection gets to the truth of what happened in 1921 from May 31 to  June 1 when a White mob descended on the streets of Greenwood — then a prosperous Tulsa neighborhood known as Black Wall Street — and burned down the business district. The massacre destroyed roughly 1,500 homes, killing hundreds and leaving thousands of Black Tulsans homeless.

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By Michael “Ice-Blue” Harris

Motown Records is releasing a compilation hip-hop album called Fire in Little Africa commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, race massacre in 1921.

The 21-track collection gets to the truth of what happened in 1921 from May 31 to  June 1 when a White mob descended on the streets of Greenwood — then a prosperous Tulsa neighborhood known as Black Wall Street — and burned down the business district. The massacre destroyed roughly 1,500 homes, killing hundreds and leaving thousands of Black Tulsans homeless.

Fire in Little Africa, an album of original material, written and recorded by a collective of Oklahoma hip-hop artists, will be released on May 28 by Motown Records/Black Forum in partnership with Tulsa’s Bob Dylan Center and Woody Guthrie Center.

“Fire in Little Africa is a powerful and timely project that provides a platform and outlet for the incredibly talented and thriving music community of Tulsa, Oklahoma. I am honored and feel privileged to have Motown Records/Black Forum partner with Dr. View, the Bob Dylan Center and Guthrie Center to release this impactful hip-hop album,” Motown Records Chairman and CEO Ethiopia Habtemariam said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The album was recorded in Greenwood over a five-day period in March 2020. Studios were set up at the Greenwood Cultural Center and other locations, including the former home of 1921 massacre mastermind and Ku Klux Klan leader Tate Brady. The house is now owned by former NFL first-round draft pick and Tulsa native Felix Jones.

Fire in Little Africa has evolved into a communal hip-hop movement, and we’re excited that we get to share the flavor, history and legacy of Black Wall Street with the world, in collaboration with the amazing leadership of the Motown [and the] Black Forum family,” Stevie “Dr. View” Johnson, Ph.D., the manager of education and diversity outreach at the Woody Guthrie Center and Bob Dylan Center, told The AP.

“We’re grateful for Ethiopia’s foresight in providing us an opportunity to share our important stories with the world,” added Johnson, who also serves as an executive producer on the project. “There are Black Wall Streets across the diaspora, and we unequivocally know that Fire in Little Africa will inspire many people. In the words of Steph Simon, ‘everything is us.’ ”

Located in the Tulsa Arts District, the Woody Guthrie Center opened in 2013. The Bob Dylan Center is expected to open on the same block within the next year. Both are projects of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, the primary funder for Fire in Little Africa. The album is chronicled in a documentary film, which will be released later this year as well.

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COMMENTRY: The Floyd Case May Change The Worldview Of America

FLORIDA STAR — America is not immune to police misconduct. Since the Rodney King videotaped beating in 1991, the camcorder, now the (Cell Phone) has been critical in showing questionable police tactics throughout the country. There has been an outcry from black communities for decades that this is normal behavior by police when dealing with minority suspects. But video recordings have somewhat leveled the playing field of evidence.

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The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act establishes a Department of Justice task force to coordinate the investigation, prosecution and enforcement efforts of federal, state and local governments in cases related to law enforcement misconduct.
On May 25, 2020, Officer Dereck Chauvin was recorded with his knee in the neck of a handcuffed, face down George Floyd for over 9 minutes, while two other officers assisted in the restraint and one stood to watch.

By Reginald Blount

The George Floyd case is not just a case against officer Dereck Chauvin, it’s a case that could redefine how America is viewed across the globe. On May 25, 2020, Officer Dereck Chauvin was recorded with his knee in the neck of a handcuffed, face down George Floyd for over 9 minutes, while two other officers assisted in the restraint and one stood to watch. Several bystanders including medical professionals were pleading with the officer to allow Floyd to breathe. Chauvin continued with his knee on Floyd’s neck even after he appeared unconscious. The incident sent shock waves throughout the world. Paramedics arriving on the scene attempted to feel for a pulse in the unresponsive Floyd while Chauvin continued with his knee in Floyd’s neck.

America is not immune to police misconduct. Since the Rodney King videotaped beating in 1991, the camcorder, now the (Cell Phone) has been critical in showing questionable police tactics throughout the country. There has been an outcry from black communities for decades that this is normal behavior by police when dealing with minority suspects. But video recordings have somewhat leveled the playing field of evidence. It would appear that police and their legal teams have adjusted to recorded evidence by demonizing the victim’s credibility with the common explanations that drugs were in the victim’s systems giving them unusual superhuman strength or the Police feared for their life, thus causing further police aggression to control or kill the suspect.

The U.S. Supreme court’s 1985 decision that the perception from a police officer to use deadly force is squarely in the hands of that officer. This has proven problematic in the use of deadly force and has further complicated any reasonable means of justice for victims and their families by police actions.

An exoneration of Dereck Chauvin could have worldwide implications as America may be viewed as a nation of unfairness, unjust laws, and rules of engagement stacked heavily against its citizens, especially people of color. Evan a guilty verdict will not erase what the world saw on that May 25th evening, as a handcuffed defenseless George Floyd died in real-time at the hands of law enforcement.

Reginald Blount is a former city council candidate, retired military veteran, public policy analyst for the newly formed National Frontline (Jacksonville), and Adjunct Professor at FSCJ. He holds a master’s degree in public policy and is a graduate of the Naval Post Graduate School SSDCO program.

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‘I Just Want My Baby Home’ Says Distraught Mom of Unarmed Black Man Killed by Police

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “My son was 20-years-old,” Katie Wright reminded journalists and community members, just hours after her son’s fatal police encounter. “He got pulled over for having air fresheners in the car that I just gave him,” she forcefully explained. “All he did was have air fresheners in the car, and they told him to get out of the car.” Brooklyn Center police officials claimed officers pulled Wright over for a traffic violation.

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Katie Wright said as officers pulled her son over, he called her. “I heard someone say ‘Daunte, don’t run,’” she recalled.
Katie Wright said as officers pulled her son over, he called her. “I heard someone say ‘Daunte, don’t run,’” she recalled.

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

Katie Wright, the mother of the 20-year-old African American man shot and killed by police a short distance from a Minneapolis courtroom where former cop Derek Chauvin stands trial for the murder of George Floyd, is searching for answers.

Wright, and a frustrated community that still has not wrapped its head around Floyd’s very avoidable murder, said there was no reason for officers to shoot Daunte Wright, Sr.

“My son was 20-years-old,” Katie Wright reminded journalists and community members, just hours after her son’s fatal police encounter.

“He got pulled over for having air fresheners in the car that I just gave him,” she forcefully explained. “All he did was have air fresheners in the car, and they told him to get out of the car.”

Brooklyn Center police officials claimed officers pulled Wright over for a traffic violation.

The incident occurred at about 2 p.m. in the 6300 block of Orchard Avenue in Brooklyn Center.

Police officials said Wright, the father of a one-year-old son, had an outstanding warrant.

When they attempted to arrest him, Wright retreated inside his vehicle.

“One officer discharged their firearm, striking the driver, and the vehicle traveled several blocks before striking into another vehicle,” authorities wrote in a statement, which failed to address why police shot the unarmed Wright.

A female passenger in Wright’s vehicle reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

“People in the Twin Cities, especially young Black people, are outraged by the police killing of Daunte Wright,” Mel Reeves, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder editor, declared.

The Spokesman-Recorder, one of the 230 African American-owned newspapers and media companies represented by the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), has continued to cover the trial of Chauvin, who faces multiple counts of murder in the death of Floyd last May.

“Wright was unarmed, and there is no apparent or logical reason why Brooklyn Center police would have shot him during a traffic stop,” Reeves remarked.

Al McFarlane of Insight News also expressed concern about the latest incident.

Insight News also is a member of the NNPA.

McFarlane said his newspaper is monitoring the matter and he also plans to discuss it on his “Conversations with Al McFarlane” radio program that airs at 1 p.m. daily in the Twin Cities.

Katie Wright said as officers pulled her son over, he called her. “I heard someone say ‘Daunte, don’t run,’” she recalled.

Wright said her son’s girlfriend answered the phone when she called back.

“He got out of the car, and his girlfriend said they shot him,” Wright uttered as her voice trailed. “He got back in the car, and he drove away and crashed, and now he’s dead on the ground. Nobody will tell us anything. Nobody will talk to us. I asked them to please take my son off the ground, he’s been there since 1:47 this afternoon.”

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said he would closely monitor the situation as National Guard troops arrived to quell potential conflict between police and a still-on-edge community.

“Gwen and I are praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement,” the governor tweeted.

As frustrated individuals from the community shouted and chanted their displeasure with police, officers donned riot gear, fired flashbangs, and sprayed chemicals on protestors who marched toward the Brooklyn Center Police Department headquarters.

“He was only 20 years old, and he didn’t deserve to be shot and killed like this,” Katie Wright demanded. “I don’t want all of this, all of this. I just want my baby home. That’s all I want is I want him to be home. I don’t want everybody out here chanting and screaming, yelling, I just want him home, that’s it.”

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COMMENTARY: Racism and Its Deadly Cousins

POST NEWS GROUP – There is a long history of bigotry and legal discrimination that directly targeted Asian immigrants and Asian Americans. Over the past year, that hostility was inflamed by bigoted rhetoric from former President Donald Trump describing COVID-19 as the “Kung flu” and warning that if he weren’t re-elected Americans would have to learn Chinese.

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Benjamin Jealous, Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, is sharing campaign space in Prince George’s County with other Democrats. Gov. Hogan does not appear to have a campaign office in the county.
Religion scholar Bradley Onishi and others point out that Jim Crow apartheid and anti-race-mixing laws were not only defended as necessary to protect the sexual purity of individual white women, but also the racial and religious purity of White Christian America.

By Ben Jealous, President of People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation

What does it say about our country when we don’t have time to absorb the impact of one mass shooting before news of the next one comes across our phones and TV screens?

Grief upon grief.

This column is not about gun culture or laws that make it easier to buy an assault rifle than to register to vote. We need to talk about those things.

But we also need to pay attention to one response to the Atlanta spa killings: the way some conservatives rushed to insist that race and racism had nothing to do with the murders.

It is true that the man who confessed to the Atlanta killings said they were not racially motivated. He reportedly told police that he was struggling with a “sex addiction” and the killings were a way to “eliminate temptation.”

There’s a lot in that statement to unpack, and a lot of smart people have been unpacking it over the past two weeks.

Marcela Howell, who leads In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Agenda, was among the Black women who spoke in solidarity after the killings. “While law enforcement officials have announced that the shooter’s motivation was ‘sex addiction,’ we know that sexual violence and racism are often intertwined when it comes to violence against women,” she said in a statement.

“As Black women, we know that our Asian-American sisters are disparately impacted at the intersections of racism, sexism, and xenophobia,” Howell said.

There is a long history of bigotry and legal discrimination that directly targeted Asian immigrants and Asian Americans. Over the past year, that hostility was inflamed by bigoted rhetoric from former President Donald Trump describing COVID-19 as the “Kung flu” and warning that if he weren’t re-elected Americans would have to learn Chinese.

As Howell and many other activists and scholars have pointed out since the killings, racism in this country is deeply connected to sexism directed at women of color. And racism and misogyny are both intertwined with the history and culture of conservative white evangelicalism in which the Atlanta shooter was apparently steeped.

Kathryn Gin Lum, an associate professor of American religion at Stanford University, said the killings reflected “a toxic brew” of racism, sexism, and religion. That toxic brew has been used to justify anti-Asian laws and stoked anti-Asian violence going back to the 19th Century.

Religion scholar Bradley Onishi and others point out that Jim Crow apartheid and anti-race-mixing laws were not only defended as necessary to protect the sexual purity of individual white women, but also the racial and religious purity of White Christian America.

Black women and Asian women have often been both fetishized and demonized as hypersexual temptresses threatening the innocence of and purity of white Christian men. Young people raised in churches that emphasize “purity culture” are taught to have deep shame about their sexual feelings, and girls and young women’s bodies portrayed as threats to boys and young men.

We don’t yet know, and may never fully understand, just how all these influences combined in the mind of this particular young man who chose to commit multiple murders.

But we can and should push back against law enforcement officials, conservative pundits and religious leaders who dismiss the reality of systemic racism or refuse to recognize the ways that women of color are particularly harmed by the mixture of racism and sexism that plagues our culture.

Ben Jealous serves as president of People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation.

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Nation of Islam Clarifies Capitol Attacker Not a Member and Condemns Violence

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In a statement to the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the trade association of the 230-member Black Press of America, officials at the Nation of Islam said Noah Green, who killed a police officer in the attack and died from injuries sustained during his action, was not a member of the Nation of Islam. The organization also denounced the violent attack, noting that its members and leaders are appalled by violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol last week.

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Mr. Noah Green’s alleged use of an automobile as a weapon and the alleged possession of a knife as reported, violates our teachings. We absolutely disavow this act that resulted in the senseless loss of life. It is shocking for us to learn that someone who was attempting to be a part of our ranks may have been involved in something as tragic as this.
Mr. Noah Green’s alleged use of an automobile as a weapon and the alleged possession of a knife as reported, violates our teachings. We absolutely disavow this act that resulted in the senseless loss of life. It is shocking for us to learn that someone who was attempting to be a part of our ranks may have been involved in something as tragic as this.

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
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The Nation of Islam has clarified and contradicted mainstream media reports that erroneously identified the individual who recently attacked the U.S. Capitol as one of its members.

In a statement to the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the trade association of the 230-member Black Press of America, officials at the Nation of Islam said Noah Green, who killed a police officer in the attack and died from injuries sustained during his action, was not a member of the Nation of Islam. The organization also denounced the violent attack, noting that its members and leaders are appalled by violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol last week.

Here is the full statement from the Nation of Islam:

Brothers and Sisters of the Black Community, members of the press, and the American People: We have prepared this statement to answer some of the many inquiries that we have had over the last few days about Mr. Noah Green. Naturally, we, like most of you, were disturbed watching the news of an assault on the U.S. Capitol where one police officer was killed, one was injured, and Mr. Green was killed.

We speak on behalf of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the members of his family, all of the registered Muslim members of the Nation of Islam, and all people of good will everywhere, in that, we are in sympathy with the victims of this tragedy. And we are in sympathy with the families of these victims. And we, like you, can only offer them condolences and our deepest sympathy for their loss.

Our prayers are for the full recovery of the officer who was injured.

The Nation of Islam has no history of violence against the government. Federal, state, and local law enforcement are all well aware of our history.

We have held four national marches, including the Historic 1995 Million Man March, which we know to be one of the largest gatherings in the history of the United States of America and the most peaceful on the U.S. Capitol grounds.

We had a good working relationship with the U.S. Capitol police during each of these historic events.

It is being reported that Noah Green was a “follower” of the Nation of Islam. This young man, Noah Green, we believe may have attended our Saviours’ Day convention in Detroit, MI in February 2020.

In March of 2020, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we closed our Mosques, and began conducting meetings and classes remotely. A search of our records indicates Noah Green was not a registered member of the Nation of Islam.

It appears that in late summer (August-September) of 2020, he started the process to begin his study to become a member, but he did not complete the process.

He did make a donation to the Saviours’ Day Gift. Every year, the followers and supporters make a charitable donation to the Nation of Islam’s Saviours’ Day Gift charity. Every donor who makes a donation of $1000 or more is issued a Certificate of Completion. This certificate does not establish that the donor is a member in good standing in the Nation of Islam.

Mr. Noah Green’s alleged use of an automobile as a weapon and the alleged possession of a knife as reported, violates our teachings.

We absolutely disavow this act that resulted in the senseless loss of life. It is shocking for us to learn that someone who was attempting to be a part of our ranks may have been involved in something as tragic as this.

But we respectfully say to the members of the media and to the American people, Timothy McVeigh confessed that he was a Christian, but nobody blames the church for his misconduct.

No one would blame Jesus or their pastor for unlawful and immoral behavior that is contrary to the teachings of Jesus. You have criminals, people that do horrific things, but we never know their religion. It’s not important because religion does not teach criminal behavior. Criminal behavior is an aberration.

Criminal behavior is a violation.

Criminal behavior is absolute rebellion toward what God teaches through the mouth of His prophets.

When thousands of American citizens engaged in an attempted insurrection, attacking the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, resulting in the deaths of five persons and injuring many, the news media did not question what their religion was.

Nowhere in the teachings of Islam, nowhere in the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, could we countenance any man taking the life of an innocent human being. For us, human life is sacred.

And the violation of human life is a violation of God, Himself, because He’s the giver of life and He’s the ultimate cause of death. But He doesn’t give us the right to kill innocent people. That is against our law.

We are taught “to never be the aggressor in word or in deed,” for Allah (God) hates aggression and is not with the aggressor.

This is our teaching. In fact, all of us who are members of the Nation of Islam have been instructed not to carry any weapons—not so much as a penknife— not on our persons and not in our homes. We do not rely on weapons of war to defend us. We rely on our belief and our faith in Allah (God).

We condemn the wicked mischaracterization of some media reports trying to tie this tragic incident to the teachings of the Nation of Islam and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, and all people of good will should do the same as well.

So, most of us, like you, are questioning why would this young man allegedly do such an act? If he did, what happened to him? What caused this? The family released a statement published in the Washington Post saying of Noah Green, he “was not a terrorist by any means.” He had been studying for his master’s degree in business administration but had also suffered from “depression and potential mental illness.”

It has also been reported in an article from CNN, that he shared on social media, “I have suffered multiple home break-ins, food poisoning, assaults, unauthorized operations in the hospital, mind control.”

This young man had struggled in his early life but overcame much as a student to graduate with a degree in finance. He had a wonderful, noble idea to help the black and brown people through his knowledge of finance. “I am sure,” Minister Farrakhan states, “had he been blessed to come through the crisis that he was going through, he would have been a star in the mission of the resurrection of our people. We need to know what happened to our brother.”

So, our research is continuing into what happened to this young man and we cannot rest until we find out what caused him to take a turn like this. We are saddened by the loss of this brother with such great potential.

With heavy hearts we offer sympathy and condolences to his mother, father, family and friends.

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COMMENTARY: Public Policy and Gun Violence

SAN DIEGO VOICE AND VIEWPOINT — Passing laws that make it harder to purchase guns by people who should not have them is not a threat to the Second Amendment right to “keep” and bear arms. It reaches a point that the people who commit these murders with guns are partners with those who refuse to pass the necessary laws to block or slow their purchase. We must start voting for people who hold office on the basis of what they do on these issues once in office and make their terms “one time” if they fail to address these issues. We can only do this using the ballot box and the ability to organize against those who are against us.

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The gun violence of the past week is another issue to be added to the voter suppression actions of radical right wing Republicans who care more about themselves than the oath of office they took when elected.
The gun violence of the past week is another issue to be added to the voter suppression actions of radical right wing Republicans who care more about themselves than the oath of office they took when elected. (Photo: i

By John E. Warren, Publisher, The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint

In the past seven days, we have experienced a tremendous loss of life due to gun violence from Atlanta, Georgia to Boulder Colorado and the other five states that have reported deaths by gun violence. In some areas we now know that shootings that don’t result in deaths are often excluded from these reports. A closer look reveals that the American people currently want more gun control, at the time of these tragedies, but the lobbyists for gun manufacturers and gun owners have created a money barrier between what most people want in terms of safety and the politicians who are bought off and refuse to act because of fear of losing either campaign contributions, or having their political contributions go to those who run against them.

Public Policy is the process by which the will of the people is translated into political action, resulting in laws that make changes. Public Policy by nature, will always have two sides: The Pros and The Cons. What we must do as citizen participants in the political process is become, and stay, aware of the issues on either side. Passing laws that make it harder to purchase guns by people who should not have them is not a threat to the Second Amendment right to “keep” and bear arms. It reaches a point that the people who commit these murders with guns are partners with those who refuse to pass the necessary laws to block or slow their purchase. We must start voting for people who hold office on the basis of what they do on these issues once in office and make their terms “one time” if they fail to address these issues. We can only do this using the ballot box and the ability to organize against those who are against us.

The gun violence of the past week is another issue to be added to the voter suppression actions of radical right wing Republicans who care more about themselves than the oath of office they took when elected. To fail to honor that oath is “malfeasance in office” and grounds for legal complaints with their State Attorney Generals, or Recall. We must not be afraid to use the full weight of the law, including calling a “hate crime” a “hate crime” when the gun use reveals a pattern, beyond the actual murder of those killed, by the use of guns as a weapon of choice.

Gun violence and voter suppression laws represent the two sides of public policy. We must learn to recognize and take action if we are to literally survive.

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