Published on Dec 8, 2016
VICTIMS OF MISFORTUNE is a feature-length, social change documentary that will give a historical and current look at America’s criminal justice system and the discriminatory policies that people with a criminal background face, post conviction/release.

Victims Of Misfortune will also take a closer look at America’s system of indentured servitude putting the practice in proper historical context. The United States has 5 percent of the world population, with around 25 percent of the world’s prisoners (over 2.4 million people behind bars). Nearly $70 billion is spent annually on probation/parole, prison and detention centers for immigration detainees. Once these people are released from prison or have a criminal record, they are then discriminated against for employment, housing, education, governmental benefits and some even deported.

The goal of Victims Of Misfortune, is to boldly confront the problems of America’s criminal justice system, immigration reform, public policies, the impact of prison labor on American workers and also provide valuable solutions to those people who are being discriminated against. This feature-length documentary will be avail­able for use in order to raise consciousness and organize for reform.

Victims of Misfortune will be directed by filmmaker, Levon Hinton. Mr. Hinton has combined over 17 years of research studying incarceration and public policies as it relates to people with criminal records. Over the last several years, Mr. Hinton has produced or contributed to several documentaries relating to celebrities, hip hop culture and he has even contributed content to Brave New Films documentary: Koch Brothers Exposed directed by Robert Greenwald.

If your school, workplace, organization, or religious institution can host a screening, please contact the director.

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President Obama opens up on racism he faced while in White House – AOL News

President Obama has often been guarded when discussing racism, but in a CNN interview about his legacy he addressed the issue straight on.

Obama told Fareed Zakaria, “I think there’s a reason why attitudes about my presidency among whites in Northern states are very different from whites in Southern states. Are there folks whose primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign, the other? Are those who champion the ‘birther’ movement feeding off of bias? Absolutely.”

The president denied that his troubles with Congress were race-related, but his former adviser David Axelrod, who also appeared on the program, expressed a different view, asserting, “It’s indisputable that there was a ferocity to the opposition and a lack of respect to him that was a function of race.”

Axelrod spoke further of a highly placed Republican who commented, “you know, we don’t really think you should be here, but the American people thought otherwise so we’re going to have to work with you.”

A recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center indicates most have little hope of such attitudes towards race improving under Donald Trump.

The results indicate, “Nearly half of U.S. voters (46 percent) expect Trump’s election to lead to worse race relations, while just 25 percent say they will improve (26 percent say there will be no difference).”

According to a November 23 poll from CNN/ORC, the president will leave office with a 57 percent approval rating — the highest level he’s had since September 2009, when it hit 58 percent.

Source:  President Obama opens up on racism he faced while in White House – AOL News

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Sheriff Defends Delayed Arrest of Joe McKnight’s Confessed Killer, Quotes Epithet-Laden Online Comments | Colorlines

Sameer Rao DEC 7, 2016 3:45PM EST

Parish Sheriff Newell Normand found it appropriate to quote racist and homophobic slurs from an online commenter while rebuking criticism that he initially let Ronald Gasser free because he’s White.

In the days following Joe McKnight’s death, Sheriff Newell Normand of Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish has faced critique that he delayed arresting Ronald Gasser—the White man who confessed to killing the Black ex-NFL player—because of his race. He responded to those critiques by quoting racist and homophobic epithet-laden social media comments during a press conference yesterday (December 6).

According to The New Orleans Advocate, Normand insisted that race played no role in Gasser’s release hours after his initial arrest. He went on to say that McKnight shared responsibility for his own deadly shooting on December 1. “Let us not try to make this out to be something that it is not,” he said. “What we had were two adult males engaged in unacceptable behavior.” Normand cited the need to complete a full investigation as the reason for the delayed arrest.

Normand then addressed online abuse that he said was lobbied against city officials, including Mark Spears, Jefferson Parish Council’s lone Black member. Spears stood beside Normand during last week’s press conference about the shooting. “It’s not fair for him to be called ‘You punk ass, Uncle Tom coon, we saw you sell out to him, you rat-ass, faggot punk,'” Normand read, quoting epithet-laden social media comments.

Normand’s rant was captured by Fox 10 Phoenix in the video above. The Wrap noted that the MSNBC telecast was cut short by anchor Tamron Hall, who apologized for the profanity and explained that Normand continued to use “racial slurs and homophobic remarks that we did not prepare and did not honestly expect from the sheriff of a police department.”

When asked later in the press conference why he used the epithets, Normand replied, “I hope it gets everybody to realize how crazy we’re getting.”

Gasser confessed to the road rage killing and now faces manslaughter charges. He was initially booked and released by authorities, prompting calls for justice from critics, including the local NAACP chapter and community advocacy coalition Take Em Down NOLA. “We’re not satisfied with the charges, that’s the bottom line,” NAACP chapter president Gaylor Spiller told The Advocate. “The man should be charged at least with second-degree murder.”

In Louisiana, manslaughter is charged for killings that are “committed in sudden passion or heat of blood immediately caused by provocation sufficient to deprive an average person of his self-control and cool reflection.” It carries a possible sentence of 10 to 40 years. Second-degree murder involves an offender who “has a specific intent to kill or to inflict great bodily harm.” A guilty verdict could bring a sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Source: Sheriff Defends Delayed Arrest of Joe McKnight’s Confessed Killer, Quotes Epithet-Laden Online Comments | Colorlines

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