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Barbie Bandits Prompt NAACP to Challenge Racial Disparity in Sentencing

Posted in Civil Rights, Community, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2008 by Noli

Courtesy of Cobb County

In February of 2007, these two young White women that have come to be known as the “Barbie Bandits” committed a bank robbery in Cobb County, Georgia.  Heather Johston, 19, and Ashley Miller, 20, were convicted of the bank robbery along with Benny Allen, a Black man that was the teller in the bank, and Michael Chastang, who was not present but supposedly helped plan the robbery.  Based on the disparity in the sentences, the NAACP believes that it’s time to address the lighter sentences that are afforded White people in comparison to African Americans that commit the same crime in Cobb County.

At sentencing, Johnston received 10 years probation and Miller received 2 years in jail and 8 years probation.  Allen received 5 years in prison, and Chastang received 10 years in prison.   Clearly there is a disparity…so I’m guessing that being young, White, and smiling and giggling when you rob a bank may cop you a break! [Atlanta Journal Constitution]

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13 Year Old Hailed as the Tiger Woods of Swimming!

Posted in Community, Sports with tags , , , , , , , on March 8, 2008 by Noli

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Thirteen year old Lia Neal from Brooklyn, NY is one of the youngest US swimmers to qualify for the Olympic trials in swimming.  Back when she was 12, she broke a 25 year old freestyle record and shocked the swimming community!  The product of an African American father and an Asian mother, she is being called the Tiger Woods of swimming…but we’ll just call her a Black Supergirl! [New York Daily News]

Voting is a BSW’s Duty

Posted in Community, Politics, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , on February 12, 2008 by Noli

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Today I voted in the Democratic primary.  Who I voted for doesn’t really matter, but I got up and went to the polls.  As I stood in the line, I thought about all of the people that fought and died for me, as an African American AND a woman, to have the opportunity to vote.  Exercise your right to vote, whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, for Hillary or Obama, McCain or Huckabee.  Your vote counts.