Posts Tagged ‘Racist Criminal Justice System’

Boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter Ends His Fight With Prostate Cancer

April 20, 2014

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who became a victim of the racist criminal justice system of our country and spent 19 years in prison passed away today at the age of 76. According to his friend, John Artis, prostate cancer was the reason for his death.

Hurricane Carter boxing career was cut short when he was wrongfully convicted of the shooting in Lafayette Grill in Paterson, New Jersey, where two White men and a White woman were killed. His case drew worldwide attention and Amnesty International considered him a “Prisoner of Conscience.”

After prison he moved to Toronto and spend the rest of his life there. In 2004, he founded Innocence International that talked about the injustice of America’s Criminal Justice. Mr. Carter’s was working on the exoneration of David McCallum, a Brooklyn man who has been imprisoned on murder charges since 1985. In an article that was published by The Daily News on February 21, 2014, he asks Brooklyn’s District Attorney Ken Thompson to free Mr. McCallum and grant him a full verdict hearing. This is what Hurricane Carter considers his “last wish to those with the legal authority.”

Rubin Hurricane Carter will not only be remembered in the Boxing and Sports community but his case who drew international attention and exposed the racist criminal justice system of our country will be a reminder that America’s justice system has not changed. Let’s hope that Mr. Ken Thompson will grant Rubin’s last wish and exonerate David McCallum.

Here are great articles that go into more detail about the life of Rubin Hurricane Carter.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/hurricane-carter-dying-article-1.1621747

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/21/sports/hurricane-carter-fearsome-boxer-wrongly-convicted-of-murder-dies-at-76.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/10811853/boxer-rubin-carter-dies-76

 

Here is ESPN’s Sports Century Documentary on Hurricane Carter. In this documentary it also talks about the inaccuracies of the film, Hurricane. Enjoy.

The court martial of Jackie Robinson

July 7, 2011

On July 6, 1944, Jackie Robinson refused to move to the back of an Army bus. The bus driver had the military police take Jackie into custody. During the questioning phase, Jackie felt that he was being asked racist questions and later confronted the investigating duty officer over his questioning. Jackie was court martial and charge with several charges including drinking in public, even though Jackie was not a drinker. When the court martial came around in August, 1944, Jackie was only charged with two counts of insubordination during his questioning. Jackie Robinson was acquitted by an all white panel of nine officers.

This is the Jackie Robinson that very few people know. The Jackie who always had the passion for justice and equality. Jackie Robinson had the courage to refuse to move to the back of the bus way before Rosa Parks did. I like to say that Jackie played an instrumental role in the civil rights movement. Although, he is best known for carrying his struggle in the baseball diamond, Jackie was a political activist by heart.

I admire Jackie Robinson for the amazing human being that he was. What Jackie’s court martial tells us today is that our “justice” system has not change at all. It continues to be a racist fucked up system.

Here is what I wrote about Jackie Robinson back in April. Check it out.
https://victorjara42.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/remembering-jackie-robinson/

Here is the movie trailer of the court martial of Jackie Robinson. Enjoy it.

http://www.videodetective.com/movies/trailers/the-court-martial-of-jackie-robinson-trailer/3294

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