White Students Hazed Black Arkansas Teen By Placing Noose Around His Neck, School Board Reacts

brashblacknonbeliever:

In the predominately White town of Wynne, Ark., an incident last week involving a 14-year-old African-American boy, who was reportedly hazed by fellow White junior varsity football players by placing a noose around his neck, has reached a fever pitch. With racial tensions high in the northeastern Arkansas town, the school board was dogged by questions from both the parents of the involved and outside media—resulting in the expulsion of two students from Wynne High School for the rest of the semester.

Local ABC news affiliate KATV-7 reported on the school board meeting last night (October 3) where over 150 people gathered outside. Much of the hearing was closed to the public, and when the board members emerged, Superintendent Carl Easley did not offer many details regarding the case although a decision was made. Just this morning, it was reported by several outlets that two students will be suspended for the rest of the semester—a much lesser sentence than Easley originally sought.

The victim’s aunt was displeased with the outcome. “It would have satisfied the family if the two young men were expelled for the year. That would have been the right thing,” said Tresha Light. Although students and parents alike say the kids were most likely horsing around with a towel, it appears that there are several sides to the story after police interviewed over 30 students regarding the incident.  The victim’s aunt relayed the story on behalf of her nephew that the students built a dummy that was hung in effigy prior to placing a noose around his neck.

With Wynne on the media map, Blacks and Whites are clearly divided on the issue with some thinking the school district may have overreacted. Still, there’s a cautious tension in the air as evidenced by a local CBS affiliate KTHV-11.

The victim’s mother, fearing racial retaliation, has asked news outlets to not identify her son in the case.

Someone please explain to me, like I’m fucking two, how in the hell this is an “overreaction?” If anything, this is a major case of an under-reaction. In my opinion these kids should have at the very least been expelled for the whole damn year or at the most went to court behind this shit.

Oh, and when you’re offering your explanations for this shit white people, don’t you dare give me that “but they’re just teenagers” excuse. If that black boy was old enough to have something this horrifically racist done to him (which will haunt him every day for the rest of his life), these white kids are old enough to face the full repercussions of their actions.

(Source: womanistgamergirl)

Asian-American soldier was forced by comrades to crawl 100m on gravel while being pelted with rocks hours before he killed himself

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The parents of a New York City Army private who committed suicide in Afghanistan have been told distressing new details of the racial bullying and mistreatment their son endured at the hands of his comrades.

A spokeswoman for Chen’s parents said investigators told them that on the day of his death, he was forced to crawl 100 metres on gravel with his equipment on as fellow GIs threw rocks at him.

Speaking through an interpreter, his mother said her 19-year-old son was called ‘dragon lady’ and derogatory phrases.

Soldiers made him give orders in Chinese while they mocked him. He was also forced to do multiple push-ups and sprints.

Private Danny Chen, who grew up in New York’s Chinatown area, was found dead in a guard tower at Combat Outpost Palace on October 3 after apparently committing suicide.

Eight U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan have been charged in connection with multiple counts of negligent homicide, assault and involuntary manslaughter.

Chen’s parents met with Army officials at the Fort Hamilton base in Brooklyn, where Army officers released the results of their investigation.

They later held a news conference where they revealed the distressing new details. 

On the day of his death, Chen was forced to crawl on gravel while soldiers threw rocks at him.

He was separately taunted and mocked, all because he was the only Chinese-American in his unit, said Elizabeth OuYang, a spokeswoman for the family.

‘Almost immediately after he arrived, Danny was required to do exercises, which quickly, within a few days, crossed over into abuse,’ she said.

The alleged anti-Asian bullying and taunting started during basic training when fellow soldiers used a mocking accent while calling him Jackie Chen; others allegedly told him to ‘go back to China’.

On September 27, OuYang said a sergeant dragged Chen out of bed and over gravel, which left him with shoulder bruises and cuts on his back. The top two leaders of the platoon knew about this, she said, but chose not to report it.

His mother, who wept throughout the conference, told reporters that the pain of her only son’s death still has not subsided.

His father urged that the trial of eight fellow soldiers, for an array of counts from dereliction of duty to negligent homicide, should be held in the United States, not in Afghanistan.

‘The family has been through absolute hell,’ OuYang added. ‘They must have the right to face those who are found guilty.’

The family also is awaiting answers from 25 questions they asked the Army, they said, which promised a response by January 13.

Investigations continue into Chen’s death. It is now no longer clear whether Private Chen, who was from the Chinatown area of Manhattan did in fact take his own life.

Hundreds of supporters held a vigil recently after demanding officials address the treatment of Asians in the military, reported MSNBC.

His cousin Banny Chen read out a letter sent by Private Chen in February at the vigil last Thursday, which said: ‘Everyone knows me by Chen’.

‘They ask if I’m from China a few times a day,’ he wrote. ‘They also call out my name Chen in a goat-like voice sometimes for no reason.

‘People crack jokes about Chinese people all the time. I’m running out of jokes to come back at them.’

Around 400 people were at the vigil and march in Manhattan as Occupy Wall Street protesters also got involved.

Asian Pacific Americans civil rights group OCA has expressed outrage at what happened and have their own theory on why he was allegedly abused.

‘They did it because they knew that there was an environment that they would get away with it,’ an OCA spokesman said, reported NBC New York.

FAMILY ENCOURAGED

Relatives of Private Chen said they are encouraged to learn of the charges brought.

His father Yen Tao Chen said the family realises he will never return, but the news ‘gives us some hope’.

First Lieutenant Daniel J. Schwartz, Staff Sergeant Blaine G. Dugas and Staff Sergeant Andrew J. Van Bockel were all charged.

Sergeant Adam M. Holcomb, Sergeant Jeffrey T. Hurst, Specialist Thomas P. Curtis, Specialist Ryan J. Offutt and Sergeant Travis F. Carden were also charged.

All eight soldiers are of 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

(via fascinasians)