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Chattanooga News Chronicle - September 21, 2018

San Francisco, CA Is cultural lynching still at work in utopic San Francisco? The City of San Francisco has waged a race war against Anna Ki- hagi, a successful African American real estate investor who has challenged the unjust practices in the properties under her management. So, what is her crime? Does she overcharge or dis- criminate? The answer is quite simple: her crime is being a successful black woman. In 1892, Ida B. Wells exposed the mob violence and lynching in the South that targeted successful black business owners. More than a century later, a successful black woman is still facing persecution in the predominant- ly white city of San Francisco. Kihagi was born in Sub-Saharan Africa and raised by English nuns in a boarding school from the age of eight. She is a passionate believer in the American dream, working tirelessly and earning admission to the presti- gious MBA program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylva- nia, later even working on Wall Street. She left Wall Street to pursue a career in real estate and has amassed consid- erable success acquiring and develop- ing properties. Kihagi has made it her mission to improve neighborhoods throughout California and better the lives of in- Experts disagree on whether a Dallas police icer could be credible in her explanation that she killed a black neighbor who lived above her, because she mistook his apartment for her own. Her story has been dismissed as implausible and self-serving by his family and their lawyers. Experts on police training and psychologists, however, are split as to the credibility of icer Amber Guyger's story about how she came to kill 26-year- old Botham Jean, and that credibility will be key to whether a grand jury will indict Guyger and whether she could persuade a trial jury the killing was tragic, but justifiable. Guyger, 30, has been booked on an initial charge of manslaughter in last week's killing of Jean. She said she only realized she wasn't in her own home after she had shot him and turned on the lights. Some are amazed that she was able to see the victim well enough to shoot him ... in the dark, but could not recognize she was in the wrong residence'. Source: L A Times. The murder trial of a cop will put use of force' in the spotlight in a Chicago courtroom over the coming weeks. The trial will focus on one night in 2014, 16 gunshots, a white police icer, the death of a black teenager and an essential question: Murder or self-defense? Chicago Police icer Jason Van Dyke faces murder charges in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, a shooting captured in a silent dashcam video that stirred outrage, upended politics and fueled the city's racial tensions. While the jury trial that begins Monday revolves around the events of Oct. 20, 2014, it also draws fresh attention to the problems a troubled department has wrestled with for decades. It's a new chapter but the same theme - police racism, violence and a code of silence, says G. Flint Taylor, a civil rights lawyer and frequent critic of the Chicago police. Source: Chicago Sun Times. In Republican ranks, there's a quiet uneasiness about fallout from the push to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's hoped-for U.S. Supreme Court nominee. Already burdened by an unpopular president and an energized Democratic electorate, the male-dominated GOP is facing a torrent of scrutiny about its handling of a sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh from his prep school days. She wants the FBI to investigate, pro-Kavanaugh people want to slide him into the nomination. Source: Everywhere there's news. As Georgia's top elections icial runs for governor, a federal judge said the state has stalled too long in the face of a mounting tide of evidence of the inadequacy and security risks of its voting system. Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, is in the midst of a closely watched race against Democrat Stacey Abrams, a former state House minority leader who's trying to become the country's irst black, female governor. He has repeatedly insisted Georgia's current voting system is secure. Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution. North Korea's Kim wants a new summit with Trump soon to continue denuclearization, South Korean leader says South Korean leader Moon Jae-in's comments came after a three-day summit with Kim Jong Un. There, Kim promised to dismantle a key nuclear site if the United States also takes steps. Source: MSNBC. com . It's being called the K-2 Epidemic, a synthetic marijuana that's turning up on the streets in larger cities, and throughout the suburbs. Also, if you're in a bigger city, it costs about $3 at any corner store because as of now, it's still legal. In short, substance abuse pros are saying K-2 is not new, just becoming more accessible, and younger people are trying it. In New York City, there's are neighborhoods being called 'Zombieland', because victims, according to law enforcement, are seen floating about the streets, when approached are unable to speak their names. Source: New York Times. The latest number of fatalities resulting from hurricane Florence was 13 as of Thursday morning. While visiting New Bern, North Carolina Thursday, Donald Trump surveyed the devastation Wednesday. There, he saw the broken yacht. It was beached in a resident's back yard. Is this your boat? Or . . . did it become your boat? Trump asked the man who lived in the house where the boat was now inadvertently and incongruously docked. No, it was not his boat. At least you got a nice boat out of the deal, he said, with a smile. Source: Daily Mail.

NATIONAL NEWS

It feels like the early 1990s again in America. That's when Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill stepped into an unforgiving public spotlight to accuse U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. He was con- irmed anyway. Now, California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford has come for- ward to accuse U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual as- sault. He was a prep school senior, she, a 15-year-old girl. She wants the FBI to hear about it. Trump's boys, and a few girls, of course do not. And therein lies the battle. Courageous, and fraught with questions, the controversy is this: Doesn't Ford have the right to confront her accused assaulter - and to that point, doesn't he have the right to confront his accuser? Why doesn't he want to get at her on this - no pun intended. By the way, Ford has passed a polygraph test, and Kava- nagh's people are trying to defend him and rush the nomination through. Why? Much of this comes from the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Associated Press. And I don't mind saying so, because I've studied it, and because it takes a bold media to not be afraid of so-called powers that be. So, what's different about Anita Hill and Christine Ford coming forward? While the scenes are similar, a great consideration must be given to the chang- ing tone of the times. One, men aren't afraid to ... well, they weren't afraid ... to do what they want with women. You know, like grab their pu--ies; kiss them when they feel like it, and have sex with them when they feel like it. Or hit them or batter them or minimize their intellect. But here are the things that give even more pause, to name a few reasons women stay stuck in silence and should STOP IT and SPEAK UP! * the #MeTooMovement is strong, and got a lot of good old boys kicked offtheir jobs. Remember, other old boys had to do the 'kicking'; * these men were well-known and in high numbers, and were slick for many years doing their trash. It didn't just happen 'days before the event'. This crap is a pattern of behavior; * women hold onto painful secrets of sexual harassment and assault for years and years because they know they will be disbelieved, mocked, humili- ated and/or denied work if they step forward to accuse powerful men; * and does anyone really find it hard to believe that even in a culture of male privilege responsible for producing the perversions of men as varied as Kevin Spacey, Donald Trump, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Garrison Keillor, Bill Cosby, Leslie Moonves, Al Franken, Louis CK, Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes, Brett Ratner, Russell Simmons - that they should ALL be held accountable? Could not this same culture also produce a drunken prep school senior who as- saulted a 15-year-old girl at a party?; * anyone who believes Donald Trump would try to stack the court with anyone but chauvinist pigs and people who would protect his own wrong do- ings, please stand up. Oh, is nobody standing? I assure you I am sitting so firmly on this I might as well be taking a knee. If I could do so easily, I'd take TWO knees! Please! Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation is being dragged through the mud like Clarence Thomas. When Anita Hill tried to convince the public that Thomas had no business being anybody's Supreme Court Justice because his behavior toward her was abhorrent, he was nominated and posted up on a lifetime po- sition anyway. She was extremelly convincing - Thomas was an assaulter, a sexual pervert, and showed her his most deviant self. Now comes Kavanaugh, who's accuser - just one so far - getting hit with the same type crap.

MARTY's MONTAGE

by Marty Lyn

Trust Kavanaugh? Take A Knee In Protest!

National News Briefs

staff report

Anna Kihagi, a real estate investor in San Francisco.

City of San Francisco Falsely Accuses Successful African American Real Estate Investor and Charges Her $2.5 Million

habitants. One of her first renovations was a dilapidated motel in Richmond, California. A place that was once teem- ing with drug dealers, prostitution, and criminal activity has become re- spectable, low-income housing that is enjoyed and admired by tenants and neighbors alike. Kihagi remains fear- less in challenging bureaucracy head- on to make improvements to neigh- borhoods while preserving the unique lavor of the area and its tenants. Despite her proven betterment of residences in San Francisco and be- yond, Kihagi has faced enormous ad- versity from the city, leading her to believe that San Francisco is one of the most racist cities in America and not the sanctuary city it claims to be. Many tenants leading the charge against Kihagi were subletting their units for thousands of dollars in prof- its, as much as $40,000 per year. White privilege has enabled these individuals to violate their leases while villainizing Kihagi in the process. Lynching is an important aspect of racial history and racial inequality in America, because it was visible, it was so public, it was so dramatic, and it was so violent. Bryan Stevenson One would hope that Americans had outgrown the cruelty Stevenson describes, but volatile displays of rac- ism are still prevalent, particularly in Kihagi's case. Angry white tenants convinced even uninvolved and unin- terested tenants to spread public ha- tred. One bragged, My lady wants to punch [Kihagi] in the eye! The City of San Francisco also participated in this defamation, with one city attorney asking organizing members for meet- ing notes. Tenants have keyed Kiha- gi's car with profanities, etched racist messages onto her buildings, and even trespassed to tamper with work under- taken on the properties. The building inspectors dismissed more than 50% of complaints; some were filed with false names, automatically invalidat- ing them. However, Judge Bradstreet ruled that the tenants never intended any harm, despite the various acts of violence proving the contrary. The question remains: What is Ki- hagi's crime? Enforcing contractual agreements with white tenants is no crime, yet tenants have lied, slandered, and waged a campaign of harassment the likes of which have not been seen since the days of the antebellum south. The only thing they have not done is dragged her into the street and tied the rope around her neck.

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