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July 7, 2021


July 7, 2021

Protesters gathered outside the house of Edward Cagney Mathews in Mount Laurel, N.J., on July, 5 after video of his racist comments went viral online. (Jenay Gamble via Storyful)

A man who went on a racist rant gave out his address and said come ‘see me.’ More than 100 protesters did.

A man who police say yelled racist slurs in front of a residence in Mount Laurel, N.J., on Friday gave out his address to a person filming him, and then challenged them to visit his home. “Bring whoever,” the man police identified as Edward Cagney Mathews, 45, added. The video, which appears to show Mathews repeatedly calling his Black neighbor the n-word and a “monkey,” went viral. Three days later, protesters started showing up at the address listed in the video. By Monday morning, dozens of protesters had gathered outside Mathews’s door, chanting “We want Edward!” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. And, by the evening, the crowd appeared to have grown to more than 100. With a line of police officers guarding his house, Mathews briefly emerged during the protest and tried to apologize, the Inquirer reported, but protesters remained livid. As he faced charges for his behavior in the video, including harassment and biased intimidation, police later escorted Mathews out of his home with his hands behind his back. Protesters cheered, while some hurled food and water bottles at him. The incident followed more than a year of nationwide protests over the treatment of Black people and race relations in the United States. “He said to pull up. We pulled up,” Aliya Robinson, 43, who lives near Mathews, told the Inquirer. “We’re not going to tolerate this anymore.” Mathews could not be reached for comment late Monday, but he told the Inquirer his racist tirade was a result of him being drunk and the confrontation involved a long-running dispute over the homeowners’ association. He apologized. “I certainly wasn’t expecting an encounter like that and certainly wasn’t expecting to disrespect anybody,” Mathews said. “Let me be clear: That is no excuse for what I said, but I lost my temper.” Robinson and her daughter, Jazmyn, are among several residents who claim Mathews had harassed them and used racist language toward them before Friday’s incident, according to KYW-TV. Ashleigh Gibbons, 35, another neighbor, told the Inquirer Mathews has been harassing her for years. “I totally understand why the protesters were here today,” Burlington County Prosecutor Scott A. Coffina said at a Monday night news conference. In a statement early Monday, the Mount Laurel Police Department said the incident began at 7:50 p.m. on Friday, when a resident reported she was “continually harassed by her neighbor,” whom police identified as Mathews. After the video of him spread on social media, which racked up tens of thousands of views by Monday, police launched the investigation and then announced the charges. Coffina said at the news conference that his office is also charging Mathews with assault. The police department said in its statement that it does not tolerate hate or bias intimidation “in any form.“This type of behavior is totally unacceptable,” the statement adds. “We can assure our residents that incidents like this are thoroughly investigated and that those who commit such offenses will be held accountable for their actions.” Likewise, the Mount Laurel Township mayor and council said it rejected Mathews’s “horrible and dangerous behavior and acts of hate like it.” “This is not who we are and what our township stands for,” the statement adds. The video appears to show Mathews approaching one of his neighbors, and repeatedly getting into the man’s face. The unidentified neighbor, who is Black, tells Mathews to leave. But Mathews argues that he had a right to stand in front of the house and does not leave “Learn your laws,” Mathews allegedly says to the man. “It’s not Africa.” “I was born in America,” the man replies. A police officer shows up minutes later and asks Mathews to go back to his house. As Mathews continues to scream racial epithets, the police officer says, “Cut it out, dude.” Tia Brown, a protester at Mathews’s house, saw the video and said it was the police officer’s lax attitude that angered her, reported. “They had a conversation with him like it was nothing,” she said. Likewise, the Mount Laurel Police Department was criticized for not acting on complaints it received in the past about Mathews. A police spokesman, who did not return calls from The Washington Post late Monday, told the Inquirer that there had not been enough evidence to bring charges in the past. “We understand the frustration,” Kyle Gardner, the department spokesman, said. “The perception was that we did nothing about it. We’re doing the best we can.”

By Julian Mark July 6, 2021 at 11:15 a.m.

By Julian Mark. Julian Mark is a reporter on The Washington Post’s Morning Mix team. Before joining The Post, he covered housing and policing for Mission Local in San Francisco.


July 7, 2021

Sunday Igboho: Protest hits Ibadan over DSS raid

Punch Newspaper-July 7, 2021

Supporters of wanted Yoruba activist Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho have taken to the streets of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to protest last Thursday’s midnight raid by the Department of State Services on the residence of the Yoruba nation activist.

The protesters gathered in front of Igboho’s house in the Sooka residence of Ibadan from where they took to the streets around 12 noon on Wednesday.

They were heard chanting “No retreat, no surrender!” “Oodua Nation!” “Sunday Igboho is not a criminal!” amongst other phrases.

A leader of the protesting youths, whose name was unknown as of the time of filing this report, addressed the gathering before they took off.

He said they would march to the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji; and from there proceed to the Government House, amongst other places.

“It is a peaceful demonstration; we are marching there to demand the release of the detained persons. We are not afraid of teargas, we are marching to demand the rights of our people.

“We want them to bring the killers of Adogan and Alfa to book.

“The government must pay the N500m damages as requested by Igboho’s lawyer for the destruction of his house and property during the invasion.

“We want the Obas to make this happen within seven days,” he said.

The PUNCHhad earlier reported that the DSS invaded the residence of Igboho in a Gestapo style around 1am on Thursday. Though Igboho had escaped the raid, his house and cars were riddled with bullets while bloodstains splattered over the floors of the house. The DSS also said it killed two of his associates in a gun duel. Thirteen of Igboho’s guards and close associates were later paraded in Abuja on Thursday evening.

The secret police had since declared Igboho wanted. The activist is being accused of stockpiling weapons to allegedly destabilise the country under the guise of agitation for Yoruba nation but he has since denied the allegation, saying he protects himself with charms and not weapons.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday, lauded the raid. He said Igboho is a militant who conducts acts of terror, adding that the regime won’t condone any act by secessionists.

However, the DSS raid had been condemned by many Nigerians including human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, who described it as a “nocturnal coup”, arguing that no law in Nigeria allows security agents to arrest anyone in the dead of the night.

Also, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, had condemned the invasion which he described as “bizarre”.

Similarly, Southern governors, on Monday, resolved that security agencies must notify them as the chief security officer of their states before they carry out any operation within their domain.

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July 7, 2021

Spike Lee says Black people are ‘being hunted down like animals’

Director was speaking at Cannes, where he is the festival jury’s first Black president Ellie Harrison 2 hours ago comments   This video file cannot be played.(Error Code: 232011) Spike Lee cracks open champers as Trump loses presidency Spike Lee has commented on racial injustice in America, saying Black people are being “hunted down like animals”. The director was speaking at the Cannes film festival on Tuesday (6 July), in response to a question at the first day’s press conference about his 1989 film Do the Right Thing. In one scene in the movie, a young Black man called Radio Raheem is killed by police. “I wrote it in 1988,” said Lee, who is the president of the jury that will pick the winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or. “When you see brother Eric Garner, when you see king George Floyd murdered, lynched, I think of Radio Raheem; and you would think and hope that 30 motherf***ing years later, that black people stop being hunted down like animals.” Recommended Giancarlo Esposito: ‘I hope Disney will always support what their stars say, but they have to be careful’ Annette star Adam Driver appears to get so bored during Cannes standing ovation he starts smoking a cigarette Dilip Kumar death: Legendary Bollywood actor and ‘tragedy king’ dies aged 98 The statement drew loud applause from the journalists in attendance. Lee was wearing a “1619” cap, in reference to the year the first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia. He also condemned populist political leaders when answering a question about anti-LGBTQ+ laws in Georgia: “This world is run by gangsters: Agent Orange [Donald Trump], there’s a guy in Brazil and Putin. That’s it: they’re gangsters. They have no morals, no scruples. That’s the world we live in. We have to speak out against gangsters like that.” Lee is the first Black president of the Cannes jury. The Cannes film festival runs until 17 July. It opened last night with Annette, starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard.


July 7, 2021

A Black man navigates Rio’s racial divide

7 Jul 2021

Felipe Luther spends his afternoons studying for a degree from one of Brazil’s top universities, tucked in the green hills of Rio de Janeiro above the ritzy beaches of Leblon and Ipanema.

He spends his nights hauling rubbish in those wealthy communities below.

“When I tell my classmates about my job, they’re often shocked,” Luther said in an interview with Reuters news agency.

In 2017, he got a full scholarship to the social sciences programme at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio (PUC-Rio), a private school that has minted central bank presidents and movie stars.

Luther’s rare opportunity and daily routine are reminders of the disparities in Brazilian society and Rio in particular, where a police raid killing dozens in May stirred fresh debate about the dangers and disadvantages facing Black men like him.

Luther, 38, had previously passed up college for work to support his family, including a job sweeping streets with the municipal cleaning agency since 2009.Felipe visits his university in Rio de Janeiro which is closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak [Pilar Olivares/Reuters]Studying at PUC-Rio has put Luther’s dreams within reach, while bringing him face-to-face with the overwhelmingly white elite of a country where 54 percent of people have African ancestry.

In 2000, the national census found white Brazilians were five times more likely to have attended university than their Black, mixed-race and Indigenous peers.

“Because there are so few Black people at this renowned university, many view Black folks as servers, not as fellow classmates,” Luther said, recalling awkward run-ins on campus.

In one case, a woman mistook Luther for a lift operator. In another, someone tried to pay him for a cup of coffee, confusing him with cafeteria staff.

“It hurts, in a way, because you get the impression that you don’t belong there,” he reflected.

Brazil’s educational inequalities have only grown during the pandemic, as remote classes force students to rely on resources at home, widening a gap between the haves and the have-nots.

For months, Luther was reading at night by candlelight in Niterói, across the bay from campus, where his student residence often lacked power. He charged his phone and laptop at work and used them to study until his street-sweeping shift from 9pm to 5am.

“For my course, which demands a lot of reading, I need a better computer than the one I got. But some people aren’t even given a computer,” he said, noting the array of challenges for disadvantaged students forced to study from home.

“Not all phones are good enough for working, and not everyone has a phone … or enough internet data to download their readings.”

Recent events in Rio have underscored even greater challenges Luther faces as a Black man.

In May, police stormed Jacarezinho, a poor community in northern Rio, in a raid targeting the Red Command drug gang. The hours-long shoot-out killed 27 men in the neighbourhood and one officer, making it one of the deadliest police operations in the city’s history and drawing backlash from human rights groups.Luther collects rubbish that sunbathers left behind on Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro [Pilar Olivares/Reuters]Luther said he lives in constant fear of police violence and makes a point of staying off the streets in certain neighbourhoods at night.

“Even if I were rich or very famous, I would still be living in a Black body in a city, a state, a country where Black people seem expendable,” he said.

More than three-quarters of the almost 9,000 people killed by Brazilian police over the last 10 years were Black men, according to Human Rights Watch.

Despite threats, Afro-Brazilian culture continues to thrive in Brazil as it has for centuries.

Twice a week, Luther visits a local “terreiro” to practise Umbanda, a religion with origins in West African spiritual traditions. Dressed in all-white clothing with beaded necklaces hanging over his chest, Luther participates in dances, songs and rituals with fellow believers.

Once he gets his degree, Luther says one of his goals is to begin teaching college prep courses in low-income communities, opening the door for the next generation of aspiring students.

“I want to give back to other young people by allowing them to hope that this is possible,” he said.




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