Wingspan Portfolio Advisors - A snapshot in Corporate Corruption, Abuse, and Racism



"They've taken off their robes, and now they sit in corner offices in business suits;
however they still think THE SAME"
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"For they WILL be evil people. For plain human people, both power and money can corrupt. For corporate "people" with no innate sense of fairness and no instilled morality, the corruption is a certainty."






















Be careful about the employment you take. Especially in Texas. A state known for Oil, Cowboys, Start-ups and Crooks.

A bad employer can do more than hurt you emotionally, financially, or cripple any other career prospects. A truly bad employer can make you withdraw from the Job Market entirely. The experience one gains from working with a ruthless and cutthroat employer can leave one permanently scarred.

I speak from experience. More people should speak from experience. I had over several years of work experience when during a period of unemployment after a layoff, I heard about a small company in Carrollton, TX which was hiring for Bank of America as a third party vendor. That small company was Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, located at 4100 Midway, Suite 1110, Carrollton, TX 75007. After interviewing for a position with the company I was hired on the spot.

The first few weeks working at Wingspan felt ok. The work was not too difficult and the management told us constantly we could become permanent with hard work. So we worked hard. All of us. However, in a short time, I began to notice what I felt were very unethical business practices by the company. I was instructed to lie on more than one occasion when speaking to Bank of America customers regarding loan documents. Management was non supportive and were at times outright racist against the African American employees. I, along with others, started to notice many white employees being hired permanent whereas the black employees were not even though their work was of high quality. Management also became openly hostile to black employees as well.

I left the company feeling disillusioned with Corporate America.

The last few days I worked at the company and I saw the warped mentality and lack of ethics of managers who treated the blacks with such contempt and back-handedness; and it became so depressing I didn't know if I could ever work for another company again.

I had a realization that Corporate America is the white man's domain. It is his world. We only play in it. For the first time in my life I understand the importance of African Americans to become entrepreneurs in higher numbers than we are currently. We will never be treated as complete equals working for white people in traditional corporate America. No matter our work ethics, values, education or experience we will always be pushed to second tier. I became resentful of corporate America and to this day liken Corporate America to crooks and crony capitalism.

It took months of health issues from the stress from the job, dealing with the racist comments such as when one of the managers referred to the black employees as "roaches" openly and to one male employee in particular as "nigger". When you experience that you will never get over it. It will mold your perception of white people, especially Southern Rednecks in positions of power, forever.

That is why I wrote this blog. Don't let white people no-matter what titles "THEY" give "THEMSELVES" take your dignity. Stand up for your dignity. At the end of the day they may take your job, but don't let them take your dignity.

Disclaimer: As we live in a litigious society where Freedom of speech is often threatened and the wronged are "intimidated" into silence, let me add that the views contained within this article and Blog (all posts) are based on the  experiences and observations of the writer and others who have chosen to come forward to let their voices be heard. All comments, descriptions, headings referencing the personal character of Blog subjects and any other subjects on this blog, are based on the personal opinions, experiences and observations of the Blog Writer and other Third Parties who contributed. You are not expected to accept my word as "Hard Fact", but to read and make up your OWN MIND. In the Words of Fox News "I Report and You Decide".

This blog is a personal, informal blog where I converse in a casual conversational tone with you, the reader, as I would a friend being informed of my experiences. Again, all statements are based on my "personal Experiences", and please be reminded that as they are personal experiences, they are factual to me, but you, the reader, are meant to be informed of my experiences and left to decide on your own accord.  

Thank you for reading. 

If You Want Career Advancement, Don't Work For Wingspan Portfolio Advisors

Unless you're not a minority.

Only a favored few can advance at Wingspan Portfolio Advisors. I witnessed this when I would see people, overwhelmingly whites, with no education or experience, advance quickly ahead of minorities who had both the education and mortgage experience. No one really would say anything out of fear of losing their jobs. Justin Belter and Melanie Pellegrino had all power in determining who would move ahead to that next promotion.

I can remember applying with many of my highly qualified minority coworkers for position openings that would become available. One day after clearly being very impressed with my qualifications, the HR Director at the time (Wingspan has gone through several) went specifically to Mr. Belter's office to get his "permission" to promote me. I had never seen anything like that. Isn't HR suppose to make those decisions going off of qualifications? Why didn't the HR Director at Wingspan Portfolio Advisors see something wrong in white males, who consistently had far less qualifications than black employees for the positions they were being awarded, say something? Because he would have been terminated. Good Ol'boys are called Good Ol'boys because they are expected to go along with the program. They benefit as well as everyone in their clique. At the end of the day the HR director of a small, micromanaged company like Wingspan, where the managers are 99% white males, southern born and bred, wanted to keep his job as well. So he simply "followed orders" and overlooked the qualifications of so many hardworking minority candidates who he knew never had even the remotest chance of moving up at Wingspan Portfolio Advisors.

33 year old "Senior VP" Justin Belter
at Wingspan Portfolio Advisors


 I also can't understand why anyone would send the intimate pictures of himself with his spouse smoking "guda" and drinking and getting SLOBBERED back to their boss, the EVP Jason Dickard? I have never seen anyone so close to their boss where they would post this kind of a picture to be seen not just by the EVP Jason Dickard but by ALL STAFF..

Photo Removed as my dignity will not allow me to show the poor woman in such a drunken state.

I SIMPLY CANNOT POST THE PICTURE OF JUSTIN BELTER'S WIFE GETTING HAMMERED HOLDING A $4.00 BOTTLE OF CHEAP WINE IN SOME SLEAZY GETUP DOWN IN MEXICO WITH HER LEGS GAPED WIDE OPEN LIKE SHE'S EITHER WAITING ON "HER JOHN" OR "A PAP SMEAR" THAT MR. BELTER HIMSELF POSTED ONLINE. 

I HAVE MORE SYMPATHY FOR THE WOMAN THAN EVEN HE DOES.. AND THAT SAYS A LOT AS "HE" MARRIED HER.

SHAME ON THE DOTING "HUSBAND" TO PUT HIS WIFE, IN SUCH A COMPROMISING SITUATION AS BEING DRUNK AND OUT OF SORTS, ON DISPLAY. THIS SHOWS HIS ARROGANCE. AND ALSO HIS STUNNING STUPIDITY.

WAY TO RESPECT YOUR TRASH JUSTIN BELTER. AND TO THINK THESE WERE THE PICTURES HE SENT WINGSPAN'S "TOP REDNECKS" TO GET AHEAD. SHAME. EVIDENTLY IT WORKED. AND TO THINK "THIS" WAS THE GUY WE HAD TO GO TO AND TRUST HIS "JUDGEMENT".. HA! NOW THAT'S LAUGHABLE. ABOUT AS LAUGHABLE AS MELANIE PELLEGRINO SNAGGING A VP SLOT WHEN SHE DOESN'T KNOW HER ASS FROM A DOOR KNOB.



Way To Keep "It Classy",  Mr. Senior VP..
Why Put Your Wife Out There Like That?

We Could Have Done Without Seeing Your "Gut" dude.. Geez.
Wingspan Sure has high standards in promotions.. 
Is There a Labor Shortage of VP's?



Now who all wants to bet that if a black employee, ANY BLACK EMPLOYEE, at Wingspan would have sent pics of himself and his wife getting wasted like this to our managers, the VP's, that we would have automatically been rewarded not just with one promotion, but two all the way up to a SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT. Damn Near Overnight.

And who all wants to bet that if a black male, had managed to knock up his wife their would have damn near been a public company broadcast to cheer the guy on? Nah.. It wouldn't have happened. While "WE" were busy trying to keep our damn jobs, the white males of Wingspan were living the LIFE. While "WE" were being threatened, harassed and Terminated over any minor issue, The white males were clearly not held to the same standards. There was a serious double standard. 


This is where white privilege comes into play. In Corporate America, white corporate leaders look at younger white male employees as "Sons". There is an race based "affinity" there and because of this they are quicker to excuse errors, character flaws and lapses in judgment and open doors of economic advancement that would not be opened to fellow black employees. Black employees are simply viewed as "employees". The procedural aspect as it pertains to write ups, terminations, evaluations, etc. are mostly for "black employees". The white boys get "babied". They get away with much more. Far more than black employees would ever hope to get away with simply because of their white skin. 98% of Corporate Leaders in this country are WHITE MALES. They simply want people who look them sitting beside them in positions of power at the decision table. For wrong or right, this puts white males at an automatic advantage in corporate America. The "Affinity Advantage". Where everyone in leadership looks mostly like them. And desires them to share their positions of power with.
 
There are numerous studies on the internet and off which reinforce what I am saying. The power structure in this country has always been exclusively white and male. This creates a tremendous advantage for those starting off who are white and male. They are quickly trusted to handle greater responsibility than those who classify as minorities. Simply because they "Resemble" the existing power structure. That's why you can have scenarios where black employees are told if they leave work without permission they will be terminated, whereas white employees can leave work without permission and not face termination. The rules apply to both. However, they are only enforced with black employees.
For all of the purported "racial progress" we have supposedly made in this country, all one has to do is take one look at the board rooms and corporate leadership across this nation and they will realize America still has a long way to go. These positions are still overwhelmingly filled with WHITE MALES. I'm tired of being offered lower pay and lesser responsibility because I am a black minority than white males with the same and often fewer qualifications than I. Like Malcolm X said they say "go to school and get a degree" and when you get the degree they say "you're over-qualified". And without the degree they say "you're under-qualified". It's like you're damned if you do and damned if you don't if you're not a white male. Justin Belter started off with no experience, had average work quality and in a few years time was made Senior VP. From the pictures posted you can see how he spent a lot of his time. This is WHITE PRIVILEGE. Edward Snowden, the NSA Leaker and high school dropout, who managed to score a job making $122,000 a year with only his GED has NOTHING on this man when it comes to WHITE PRIVILEGE.

During my employment at Wingspan, the white males would literally walk in off the street, get hired (sometimes without even valid ID's), hung over from the night before, bitch all day about how inept management was, leave without permission early which for blacks would be terminable offenses, and HR, Justin Belter, Melanie Pellegrino and Jason Dickard would consistently take these guys and try to groom them for management. These same guys who honestly could have cared less about the job. That was the mindset of Wingspan Portfolio Advisors.

I would observe my white male coworkers not only bitch and moan about management, but become openly hostile with management and they would be coddled. I would observe the quality of their work and see how many people would have to work to correct their work, and yet they kept their jobs and had promotions ready for them if they wanted them.

I would see white employees who had trouble doing the job go under training one, two, and up to three times until they would be transferred to an easier position or have a position created for them. These opportunities were never afforded equally to black employees.

The Human Resources clerk at the time was a black male and he had access to the pay scale of all employees. He stated he became so disgusted at the enormous pay disparity he resigned. He said he simply couldn't work at Wingspan Portfolio Advisors anymore making less than white guys who had less experience and who had just started to work there.This is what many employees did. They just quit. The few who dared to complain had their days numbered. They would quietly be dismissed.

There was not just a little double standard at Wingspan Portfolio Advisors. There was an enormous double standard at Wingspan Portfolio Advisors. This was whispered about in circles by the black employees. We could see what was happening. However, many of us simply wanted to keep our jobs and Wingspan was the type of company that if you complained of racism, they would find a way to terminate you. For any reason. Justin Belter did this to other employees. He watched one black female until she came to work late one minute and he walked over and terminated her employment. On the spot. She had been a good worker. But she had taken exception to the way Melanie Pellegrino had yelled at her and she was tired of the verbal abuse. This was all it took to remove her. This showed the rest of us that we were not expected to have any dignity while working at Wingspan Portfolio Advisors.

These guys were extremely dirty. Very underhanded and cut throat and racist. They held racist biases against blacks, were uncomfortable working with blacks, and were suddenly, thanks to Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, in powerful positions where they managed black employees and where they could act out on their biases and prejudices and wield undue influence in the lives of their black employees. There was a LOT of verbal abuse. Racist jokes. With blacks being referred to once by Melanie Pellegrino as "roaches" and of course Justin Belter calling a black male coworker a "Nigger" forcing the guy to storm out the building.

Yet these guys were promoted. They were white males in Texas and of course they could do no wrong. No one can tell me that there is not a double standard in Texas. Blacks are at the bottom of the Totem Pole when it comes to Promotions, Hiring, Pay, etc. I know that there are good companies out there, however, I do strongly believe that what I experienced while working at Wingspan Portfolio Advisors is reflective of the work experience of many minorities, especially black minorities, who work in the state of Texas. I initially thought that Dallas would have been different. If this is as "good as it gets" in Texas, then I might as well get the hell out because I can't imagine being someplace where the racism is any worse.

I was wrong to believe that the lone one or two black faces in management, that you will find at any company in Texas or otherwise, meant that the company was inclusive of blacks. This is often not the case and these "lone rangers" who have been selected to grace the offices of management at these companies are usually just "Tokens". Tokens to be propped up before a court to show that the company can't possibly be racist. In Wingspan's case there was Kevin Conn. Yet Wingspan was very racist and unbelievably it was usually Kevin Conn they went to and ordered to perform very questionable terminations and other employment related matters when it came to the black employees. This earned Kevin Conn the reputation of a "Snake" in black circles.

I never did get comfortable working under Justin Belter, Melanie Pellegrino or Jason Dickard, because these guys would look at me and other black workers like a deer looks at Headlights. They were clearly uncomfortable working with black people. I now believe, looking back, that they had honestly never really been around blacks. They seemed very uncomfortable and would stand at a distance and stare at us.

I would often see Jason Dickard as well, walking the floor, with a scowl on his face, looking side to side, from black employee to black employee. This too made me very uncomfortable. But I labored on. The black employees of Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, I can honestly say, put forth five times the work as white employees, who were largely nonchalant and laid back. They would play. They would joke with each other. They would come to work out of dress code all the time. And we would later hear that they had been promoted. There would be no fan fare. Just whispers.

The racism at Wingspan Portfolio Advisors was "insidious". It was deeply rooted. Sometimes overt. Very subtle. The constant promotions of the lesser qualified white candidates would be whispered about. This was done on purpose. The company knew what it was doing. This hurt a lot of black employees deeply. Probably more deeply than the pay disparity which was also taking place at Wingspan Portfolio Advisors. I can honestly say that on this one, HR was complicit in the racism because every white employee that started at Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, many of them right out of college, working alongside black employees who also held college degrees and had years of mortgage experience as well, started off at a much higher pay rate than what we were earning.

These white employees were open about their salaries. They must have thought we all were making what they were. They were naive. Or maybe they weren't and they simply didn't care about the company being sued because of the pay disparity.

The problem with the HR Director going directly to Mr. Justin Belter, who was in his mid 20's at the time, far younger than many others he "managed" who also happened to have far more experience than he did in "everything" pretty much was that Mr. Belter was friends with several of the white males and he was uncomfortable with blacks. Justin Belter also had a reputation for being openly hostile to black employees, even referring to one black male as a "Nigger" forcing the guy to explode and quit on the spot. This resulted in many of the individuals getting promoted, as stated above, having less qualifications than blacks. Some of these people could barely speak a coherent sentence.

At Wingspan Portfolio Advisors my white coworkers were consistently moved ahead of me, and not just me, but many other minorities with relative ease. The position I had applied for with several other highly qualified black candidates went to a white G.E.D. recipient who had a criminal background, absolutely no mortgage experience and who "enunciated" like she was educated in the back of a Barn; and to boot she had an absolutely awful attitude. She was argumentative with everyone and nasty with everyone. Go Figure.. She won out for the promotion over several minority candidates who had more qualifications than her in every category one could imagine.

This is what we experienced working as black employees for Wingspan Portfolio Advisors. SHEER RACISM. 

I take it that very small, redneckish companies work far different than the much larger established ones where one's merit, experience and education holds more weight.

After Being Allowed to Play God with the Career Advancements of many of his higher (than himself) qualified minority subordinates, this guy jet sets off to a beach in Mexico.. When the vast majority of minorities working for Wingspan were without vacation time, sick time, health insurance and where we were constantly threatened if we missed "One Day" of work we would be terminated. Yet this guy starts with all the rest of us and because he is one of the "FEW" white guys working at Wingspan at the time, he is essentially quickly promoted to be an Overseer of all the rest of us who were even more highly qualified than he was..

YEAH..IF YOU ARE A MINORITY.. HERE'S YOUR WELCOME TO TEXAS.

If you are one of the JP Morgan Folks out of Florida, Welcome to the Texas Way of Doing Business.
Wingspan Portfolio Advisors is again, a "very" small company where the management team are all related and very insulated from policies, rules and procedures other team members down the chain have to follow.

For the HR director to essentially overlook my qualifications, so that my lesser (than myself) qualified manager could pick and choose which "favorites" would get promoted showed that you cannot expect fairness at this company.

No matter the lies they consistently give in those meetings they have every 15 minutes which are often about nothing, where they often repeat what they said in the meeting 15 minutes prior; don't believe a word of it. These guys can't be trusted to do what's right. It's just a bunch of classless rednecks parading around as cultured and educated individuals and this couldn't be farthest from the truth.

My Racist Company Fires Minorities. What Can I Do About It?



by CBSNews

Dear Evil HR Lady, I work for a small family business where HR functions are handled by accounting and the department manager. I manage a very small workforce that contributes a great deal to the bottom line. I have recently conducted interviews for a position that is soon to be available. The problem is that the best candidate is a minority, and the owners of the business are racist. They are not overtly racist, they just put the microscope on every minority I hire, especially minority women. My direct supervisor is not a member of the family, but everyone else above me is. I feel that I would not be helping this candidate to hire her since I can guarantee that I will be asked to terminate her before her probationary period ends for "unsatisfactory performance." If I do not hire because my higher ups are racist, then am I guilty of discrimination? I have decided to hire the most qualified person, who is a minority, but I can count the calender days until I am instructed to terminate. What do I do?

Well, this is a sticky situation, isn't it? If the economy were humming along at full speed, I'd tell you to forget about these losers you work for and find a new job. Employers who don't treat their employees fairly soon end up without any good employees, because the good ones leave. That will happen to these people eventually, but in a bad economy, it's easier to keep people who normally wouldn't put up with you. However, I would start looking for a new job anyway because this isn't a place you want to be associated with.

But for the here and now, you need to take control of the situation. Your department contributes to the bottom line. That means other people are dependent upon your work for their paychecks. That gives you some leverage. Let's use it.

First, you need to have clear, objective, quantitative measures for success. This is a critical point. It needs to be established, in writing, what is expected of the new hire. Personally, I'm a fan of SMART objectives. These are objectives that are:

S--Specific M--Measurable A--Achievable R--Relevant T--Time Frame

Once you've written these up, get them approved by your boss and (to be safe) your boss's boss, who is part of the racist family. You need to have their approvals in writing, so that when the time comes you can effectively defend your new hire. Be careful with the SMART objectives: Make sure they're what you want to live and die by, because you'll have to do just that.

With the SMART job objectives in hand, go ahead and make an offer to your best candidate. Go over the details with her and explain that in the past many people have been terminated during the probationary period. Explain that these objectives are new, that they are designed to make sure everyone is on the same page, but again, that other people have been terminated during the probationary period. (And not that you asked, but I really dislike probationary periods. Having a probationary period says, "There will become a time in which you are no longer an at-will employee," but we'll deal with that some time in the distant future.)

To be fair to the candidate, you need to let her know that there is a possibility she'll be terminated. This is especially important if she's leaving another job. Explain that this is not going to be an easy job and that the family sometimes has a hard time accepting outsiders.

Then bring the candidate on board and work with her to make sure she meets the SMART objectives. If the powers that be want to fire her, you'll have solid evidence in your little hand that she has met all of the objectives. When they say, "But it's the probationary period, we can fire anyone at any time," you can say, "Yes, that's true, but this function is critical for the bottom line of the company. If I terminate someone who is clearly meeting the objectives we all agreed on, it's going to look like racial or gender discrimination. If she sues, we'll most likely lose, because how would we defend ourselves? Terminating her would be a poor business move, since she is meeting all the objectives."

Using the "we" form instead of "you" will help soften the blow that you're telling these people they're racist idiots. In fact, they probably won't pick up on it. All you're saying is that it "looks" like discrimination. If they still insist that she be terminated, this is where you need to draw your line in the sand. You need to refuse to terminate the person.

If the family wants to terminate, fine. But, don't you dare be the one who delivers the news. Why? Because often a defense in discrimination lawsuits is that the company can't possibly be racist/sexist/ageist/whateverist because the same person who hired did the firing. The argument is that if there were a problem with illegal discrimination, the person never would have been hired in the first place. Don't give them the opportunity to hide behind you.

I realize that this opens you up for termination. This stinks. But remember, you're a strong contributor to the bottom line. Remind them of that. Stand firm. Don't give in to the temptation to do something wrong to preserve yourself. Sometimes, you've just got to do what's right.

http://m.cbsnews.com/fullstory.rbml?catid=44940168&feed_id=76&videofeed=43CBS News Link
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Wingspan Portfolio Advisors Sued For Discrimination, Retaliation & Abuse of Its Black Employees


Denny et al v. Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, LLC


Plaintiffs:Roslyn Denny  and Bonita Winslow 
Defendant:Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, LLC
Case Number:3:2011cv01094
Filed:May 24, 2011
Court:Texas Northern District Court
Office:Dallas Office
County:Dallas
Presiding Judge:Sidney A Fitzwater
Nature of Suit:Labor - Other Labor Litigation
Cause:28:1332 Diversity-Employment Discrimination
Jurisdiction:Federal Question
Jury Demanded By:



Plaintiff



Access Link Below For More Information:
http://dockets.justia.com/docket/texas/txndce/3:2011cv01094/206264/

Navy Discharges Black Sailor Who Won't Change Her Natural Hair



The natural hair nightmare for US female soldiers is far from over.

Navy Times reports that Jessica Sims, ex-Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class and sailor of twelve years got the boot from the Navy when she refused to cut off her natural hair or wear a wig.

After almost a decade of wearing her natural hair in the same style, Sims received several calls that her hairstyle violated set military standards and interfered her ability to wear gas masks and safety helmets -- a claim she says is untrue.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered a revision of US military hair restrictions this month -- after a wave of backlash to new "racially biased" grooming regulations announced in April -- none of which prevented repeated calls from the Navy for Sims to change her hair.

"I don’t think I should be told that I have to straighten my hair in order to be within what they think the regulations are, and I don’t think I should have to cover it up with a wig.”

Sims harbors no regret in choosing her natural hair over her position with the US Navy.

“I still stand by it. I would do it again if I had to."

Jon Stewart Roasts Fox News On Racist Ferguson Coverage

Megyn Kelly Schools Bill O'Reilly About White Privilege

Major Racism In Ferguson, Mo., Police Department Has three black officers and 50 white officers in a town that is 67 percent African-American

Sunday show talking heads brought up a staggering statistic to explain racial division and outrage in Ferguson, Mo., surrounding the killing of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer.

Viewers of the Sunday shows heard variations of the same claim: The majority of Ferguson’s residents are black, but black police officers make up just a sliver of city law enforcement.

The point was made on ABC's This Weekby Cedric Alexander, president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and on NBC’sMeet the Press by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell.

"You've got three black officers and 50 white officers with a town that is 67 percent African-American," said Mitchell, who hosted the Aug. 17 show in place ofousted moderator David Gregory. (Gregory’s full-time replacement is Chuck Todd, who starts Sept. 7.)

PunditFact confirmed her claim is largely accurate.

The racial makeup of the police force emerged as a widely reported story line after the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by white officer Darren Wilson, 28.

Mitchell’s statistic about Ferguson’s black population checks out through the city’s QuickFacts profile from the U.S. Census Bureau. As of 2010, 67.4 percent of the city’s 21,000 residents are black, and 29.3 percent are white.

The state of Missouri, by comparison, is 83 percent white and 11 percent black.

Ferguson’s black population was almost nonexistent four decades ago, when 99 percent of the population in 1970 was white, Census data show.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, who is white, said the police department has 53 officers, three of whom are black, according to the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press. He also said that the other 50 officers are white, according to newspaper reports. Put another way, Ferguson police officers are 94 percent white and 5.6 percent black.

Timothy Zoll, a spokesman for the Ferguson Police Department, said Sunday that there actually are four African-American officers among the 53-person officer corps. "The discrepancy may have been that we really don't see black or white among our colleagues," Zoll said.

So there is some question whether the number is three or four, but there is no question that an imbalance exists.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, who is also white, has addressed the lack of diversity in the police department. According to an Aug. 12 report by St. Louis-based TV station KSDK, Knowles told reporters that young African-Americans aren’t interested in police jobs. Knowles said:

"We hire everyone that we can get. There's also the problem that a lot of young African-American people don't want to go into law enforcement. They already have this disconnect with law enforcement, so if we find people who want to go into law enforcement who are African-American we're all over it because we want them to help us bridge the gap."

The lack of racial diversity on the police force compared with the city population is not unique to Ferguson. It’s actually comparable to other cities its size around the country. A 2007 Department of Justice survey of local police departments found the national average for all local police was 75 percent white. The average for an agency serving a city around Ferguson’s population was 87.5 percent white.

Missouri law requires the state’s attorney general to issue an annual Vehicle Stops Reportdetailing demographic information for people pulled over by officers in each city. In 2013, the attorney general’s office reported that black drivers in Ferguson were about twice as likely to be arrested after police stops than whites.

Blacks made up 93 percent of 2013 arrests after car stops.

Our ruling

Mitchell said Ferguson has "three black officers and 50 white officers with a town that is 67 percent African-American."

This claim has emerged as a central talking point in the fallout from Brown’s shooting. Her numbers are backed up by news reports quoting the city's police chief and Census data.

The only caveat is that a police spokesman now says that the department has four African-Americans, while the chief previously has said three.

We rate this claim Mostly True.

Burn Ferguson Burn. Rage and Frustration Expressed Through Ferguson Missouri Riots.



I am black and the anger and rage I feel against what has happened to Mike Brown is overwhelming. 

I've seen quite a bit of commentary asking why blacks riot. Why do blacks burn their own neighborhoods? If I may, here's my take - we riot because it provides an outlet for our anger. We distrust law enforcement and the justice system for good reason. There is systemic racism and white supremacy infused throughout both. 

We own very little in our neighborhoods not because of lack of trying or lack of will- but simply because there is systemic discrimination in the job market that keeps many blacks, regardless of education or experience, at a significantly reduced earning capacity. Therefore we lack the capital to start businesses in our own neighborhoods. Drive around any black community and I can guarantee you that here in the U.S. A significant percentage of the businesses are owned and controlled by non blacks who take the money they earn from blacks and invest it outside of our communities. 

They never give back. We lose nothing by burning their businesses as they bring in their family members or non blacks to work in them anyway. 

Racism is all throughout our existence here in the U.S. This has bred a distrust of the system and a lack of respect for this system. We care nothing for these neighborhoods. Few of us own the homes or the businesses and many of us feel as if we are TRAPPED. We have no claim to anything. 

Yet we understand something very fundamental which is to hurt the white man and to effectively get our message out we can attack his earning capability,  because the white man places money over all. When the money goes, unlike blacks, the white man is quickly driven to suicide. Money is the White Man's LORD.  It has outsized influence in his life. It dictates all if his actions. People say money is the root if all evil, but I say the 'love of money' is the root of all evil. The white man has historically placed wealth so high in his life it drove him to colonize people across the world, enslave people for free labor and to invade other nations to obtain their resources. God isn't with the white man. The curse has been placed on what he values most which is his money. The curse is he can never get enough. He will never be satisfied. Look at Robin Williams - driven to suicide even though he lived a charmed and comfortable life compared to many. Look at Bernie madoff. So greedy he was a billionaire and still was scamming people. This is, as I stated, the white mans curse.  That's why we attack and burn the white man's businesses. We have no claim to the business. It doesn't enrich our lives in any way. While the white man lives large off of our labor we are in POVERTY. Trickle down Economics has NEVER worked. The money trickles UP. NEVER DOWN. Trickle Down Economics is just another sophisticated white bullshit lie. We've been practicing trickle down economics for YEARS and the rich in America has increasingly become richer while the poor and middle class become POORER. We aren't crazy. This entire economic and judicial system is set up to keep blacks vulnerable, dependent, weak and POOR. So what if its in our neighborhood. We have no claims or feelings of attachment to our neighborhoods. We are TRAPPED by our POVERTY, pushed and segregated into our communities, surrounded by others who are  trapped, segregated, unemployed, frustrated and angry just like we are. 

If one business leaves we can go somewhere else. We may have to drive a little farther but who cares. We already live on the margins of society. Struggle is all we know. 

God Damn America. This nation will be CURSED until it does right by US. 

Damning Video Shows Aftermath of Michael Brown's Execution By Ferguson Cop Darren Wilson

This Video Makes Me Angry As Shit.

When will blacks learn all we have is EACH OTHER.

These Racist Pigs Want Us All Dead. Or living in Hell.

I Feel RAGE Right Now.

The Paradox of Race in America

Chris Hayes examines the racial double-standard that still dominates American society.


Racism in America 2014 - African Americans Demand Change NOW



I'm sitting here watching the Michael Brown Memorial on MSNBC and it's very moving. I'm trying to balance what I see and what I feel with the racism that has exploded online after the murder of this young unarmed black 18 year old. There are those who are applauding his murder. They don't give a damn about the circumstances. A black boy has been killed and they are over the moon. Yes. There are some sick, twisted, extremely racist bastards in this country. COWARDS all of them. Hiding behind computer screens. I've seen the most awful, hateful, and racist rhetoric online in the past couple of days.

The eyes of the world are upon America and I wonder what must they be thinking. America will always struggle with race. I believe that now. More so than any other place in the world, America for all of is glory, simply can't come to terms with race.

Travesties like this bring out the racists and the ugly underbelly of American racism is exposed. I've always known it was there. I've been called 'Nigger' in my life more times than I care to count. I've spoken to other blacks who have been called the same. As black Americans, there are those who resent our American-ness. Many of these individuals hold very influential positions in society and they only express their real views online, with their identities shrouded in secrecy. 

Its difficult for me to not hold hatred against all whites. I have never seen a black person applaud the murder of a CHILD of any race. Even the white race. Racism is a curious thing. Its difficult to explain but it takes over and controls the psyche of a person. It can consume a person. 

To think there are individuals out there who hate the fact that I, and other blacks, dare to EXIST. They don't believe we even have a right to LIVE.

Its pure evil.

Blacks face tremendous circumstances in this country. We are not viewed as fully human or fully American. We are targeted by the criminal justice system and are preyed upon by businesses. We are resented in corporate America and often offered jobs on the lower tier of companies we apply for regardless of our qualifications.

Every single job I've had in Dallas, Texas I have had to report to whites who had less education and less experience than myself. It's been the same for my friends. As one of my coworkers once told me, its "just the way things are". In 2014, imagine that?

We have a black President and racism is at its highest level in many years. There are many Americans that are thankfully beyond race. However there is a significant segment of this country that sees the advancement of minorities (especially blacks) as a direct assault on their privilege and power. 

I have battled depression because of the racism I've faced. Now more than ever I understand the absolute necessity of starting my own business and forging my own path. Its difficult for me to work around whites now because I'm tired of their lies and double talk. I'm tired of being offered positions far under my capabilities because the white men in the executive suite are simply not comfortable with a black person working in close proximity to them in a high position. It all comes down to TRUST. 

They would rather train a lesser qualified white guy than promote a higher qualified black guy. That's really all it is. 

I'm tired of seeing these privileged entitled sons of bitches enjoying the fruits of MY LABOR while I (WE - Black Americans) STRUGGLE off of the scraps they pay us; while their wives sit home and enjoy their six figure salaries. 

Hell - I'm tired of IT ALL. 

America faces a conundrum. Either we blacks get JUSTICE and FULL EQUALITY  or we will make sure this country never has any peace. We are tired of being discriminated against because God has made our skin DARK. We are tired of being gunned down and slaughtered while this nation DOES NOTHING. We are tired of being at the mercy of these crooked sons of bitches. They slaughter and target US. Our lives mean something. Our lives were given by GOD. How dare these redneck, cowardly sons of bitches target us to enrich themselves financially as they always have. Think of slavery. Black lives only meant something so long as whites could PROFIT OFF OF US. 

Black Wall Street was bombed by whites when they saw blacks were pulling together and becoming self sufficient and economically empowered the whites came together and BURNED the black businesses. 

Whites don't want us out from under their thumbs, thinking independently of what any redneck wants us to think. Removing their POWER. The white man has always been about control. He wants to control - he NEVER wants to be EQUAL.  When blacks start our own businesses we REMOVE HIS CONTROL. 

They don't want us to be self sufficient. They claim blacks are lazy but refuse to hire us when we want to work. Plus those lazy bastards went across the Atlantic to get FREE LABOR anyway. While they propped up in easy jobs and lived like aristocrats while  BLACKS DID ALL THE WORK. Everything out the white man's mouth has proven to be a HYPOCRITICAL LIE. They claim blacks are 'entitled' but reserve the top slots for fellow white people while pushing us in positions at the bottom.

I am tired. We are Tired. Change must come NOW. 

Craigslist inundated with Hate Speech and Racism; And apparently the site is Doing Nothing To change this

Every time I go on craigslist I am shocked by all the posts openly using racist language and disparaging blacks. It seems like every other post contains the words "niggers, monkeys and apes" when referring to african Americans.

Many of the posts cheer the deaths of black youth and call for blacks to be wiped off the face of the earth.

I have contacted craiglist several times regarding this racist language and I only get a form email back in response. I have taken the additional steps of contacting craigslist employees within their forum and I was advised that they don't care.

I have flagged posts calling for the murder of blacks or applauding the deaths of blacks, and those posts containing racist language and they remain up on the site. However the minute I post a response to a racist post my post (and others) are automatically deleted.

This is why when you are viewing craigslist it seems that you are on stormfront or some other white supremacist site. The posts that offer a counterbalance to the hateful utterly racist language are always removed. 

And that leads me to think what kind of management does Craigslist have? What are their personal beliefs. I too believe in the first amendment (freedom of speech) but craigslist doesn't practice the first amendment because it doesn't leave ALL posts up. Only the most racist stay up. So I wonder are they racist too.

African Americans and other minorities should stay away from Craigslist. We are obviously not welcomed on its boards.

Mother of policeman who shot dead Michael Brown was 'a serial con artist who defrauded thousands of dollars from neighbors in stolen credit card scheme'

  • Police named Darren Wilson as the officer that shot dead Michael Brown, 18, on August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri
  • Neighbor's claim Wilson's mother was a known con artist
  • She would allegedly befriend people in the community and steal their identifies to take out loans and rack up credit card debt
  • Durso died when her son - now 28 - was about 18
Neighbors claim the policeman accused of shooting dead an unarmed teenager in St Louis had a serial con woman for a mother, MailOnline can reveal.

Darren Wilson’s mother Tonya Durso won the trust of her neighbors then cheated them out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by stealing their identities and taking out vast loans and credit card debt.

At the time she committed the offenses she was on parole for similar crimes elsewhere the state and afterwards died at the age of 35 under mysterious circumstances.

Neighbors today revealed how they were stunned that Wilson became a police officer after his mother behaved so deviously towards them.

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Sandy Finney (L) and Mickelle Gordon (R) - two of Darren Wilson's childhood neighbors in Ferguson, Missouri - were both affected the fraudulent ways of Wilson's mother
Sandy Finney (L) and Mickelle Gordon (R) - two of Darren Wilson's childhood neighbors in Ferguson, Missouri - were both affected the fraudulent ways of Wilson's mother
Aftermath: The shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, on August 9 by policeman Darren Wilson has sent off a chain reaction of violent protests on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. It has now been claimed Wilson's mother was a known con artist
Aftermath: The shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, on August 9 by policeman Darren Wilson has sent off a chain reaction of violent protests on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. It has now been claimed Wilson's mother was a known con artist

Wilson was finally named on Friday by police in Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis, in Missouri that has been torn apart by five nights of protests and rioting over the death of Michael Brown, 18.

Wilson accused by witnesses of shooting him even though he had his hands up.

Ferguson police only disclosed his name after coming under intense pressure and facing lawsuits by civil liberties groups.

Wilson is 28 and currently lives in Crestwood, a suburb of St Louis which is 94 per cent white and 1.6 per cent black.

His house is a $180,000 bungalow with a pool and a basketball hoop in the drive on a sleepy street in a neighborhood that one resident described as 'solidly middle class'.

The property backs onto a church which reads: 'When our dream roads take strange turns'.

But Wilson’s life has not always been so idyllic.

He grew up in St Peters, another majority white suburb of St Louis, where his family were popular and well thought of - until his mother’s deception was exposed.

She had three children by at least two different men and lived with her husband at the time in a large detached bungalow on the leafy street.

Mickelle Gordon, 39, a dental assistant, lived over the road from the family and said that Wilson's mother was ‘charismatic’ and ‘charming’ and first targeted her brother Jason, who lost tens of thousands including some of his pension.

Gordon said: ‘He used to work lots and saved all his money. She said that she was an investor and that she could help him.

‘She got his social security number and stole his identity. She used it to take out loans, credit cards and went through his savings. He never got it back’.

Ongoing: Protestors continue to take to the streets of Ferguson in a united front against police over the death of Michael Brown
Ongoing: Protestors continue to take to the streets of Ferguson in a united front against police over the death of Michael Brown
Protesters take to the steets during the Michael Brown demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, this week
Protesters take to the steets during the Michael Brown demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, this week
All board: Children join their parents in protesting the death of Michael Brown
All board: Children join their parents in protesting the death of Michael Brown

After that she fooled Gordon’s mother Sandy Finney, 67, an office manager, and stole her ID too.

Finney said: ‘My husband and I were naive. She cleaned us out for at least $100,000 and $30,000 in cash which we didn’t get back.’

She explained that his mother used to intercept her mail and sent of for pre-approved credit cards that she would use herself.

She got into do much debt that she had to take out one loan after another just to keep the scam afloat.

Finney claimed that Wilson's mother made a copy of the key they had left by the front door to let herself in when she wanted, using the cover story that she was letting the cat back in the house.

But really she was forwarding her calls from creditors to her own number so Finney had no idea how much debt she was in.
The charade came tumbling down in February 2001 when Finney was told by her own bank that she could not deposit any money and the authorities were alerted.

According to public records Wilson's mother pleaded guilty to six counts of forgery and one count of stealing at the 11th Judicial Court in St Louis.

In 1998 she had already admitted another six counts of stealing in an unrelated matter.

His mother's victims say however that she did not serve any time in jail and went into bankruptcy in October 2002

The following month she died.

Finney said: ‘They were not able to tell us if it was a suicide. As a victim you are not told anything’.

Only afterwards did she discover that his mother was on probation in Washington, Missouri, for doing something similar to somebody else.

Finney added: ‘I’m surprised Wilson passed the background checks to become a policeman. People can change but that was a bad home. His mother was a serial conwoman’.

Wilson's mother died when he would have been 16.

Killed: Police say the officer that shot Brown did not know he was a robbery suspect, but stopped Brown and a companion 'because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic'
Killed: Police say the officer that shot Brown did not know he was a robbery suspect, but stopped Brown and a companion 'because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic'

What effect that had on him at that age is unclear, but it appears that he bounced around the St Louis area at a number of addresses.

At the age of 22 for reasons only Wilson knows, he signed up to join the police and live a life on the other side of the law from that which his mother chose.

At Wilson’s current home, neighbors knew nothing of his dark family past and their biggest concern was that rioters would come and wreck the street if they found out where he lived.

A female school teacher told MailOnline: ‘Our neighborhood didn't do anything wrong. I'm worried people are going to come up here and start looting.

'They just moved in and seemed like nice people.

'Things are pretty quiet round here'.

Wilson, who has a licence for hunting and for fishing, has a metal American flag in his front lawn and small couch sits on the porch suggesting that he likes to relax out the front of his house during the warm summer nights.

Nobody answered at the door when MailOnline visited.

A husband and wife in their 60s who had lived in the neighborhood for many years said that it was full of respectable people.

The man said: 'Crime is not really an issue around here. The biggest thing we have to worry about is the occasional party from teenagers but we don't have any at the moment’

In a surprising twist, it can also be revealed that Wilson won a commendation for 'extraordinary effort in the line of duty' in February, according to NBC's Tom Winter.

He spent four years with the Ferguson police department and two previous years in the Jennings district, Winter said.

Neighbors told USA Today that Wilson was 'tall and slim' and was often seen walking his dog.

Another neighbor, Ron Gorski, told USA Today: 'He's a young guy. 'Things happen and it's a complicated situation. I feel for the family and the entire country.'

Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson said the shooting had been 'devastating, absolutely devastating' to Wilson, adding: 'We had no complaints about the officer. He was a gentleman. A quiet officer. He has been an effective officer.'




Police release name of officer who shot Michael Brow http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2726614/Mother-policeman-shot-dead-Michael-Brown-serial-artist-defrauded-thousands-dollars-neighbors-stolen-credit-card-scheme.html

Ferguson - African Americans, America's Second Class Citizens, Under Assault on All Fronts By White Supremacy

The things that are happening right now in the St. Louis suburb ofFerguson, Missouri just leave me speechless. I'm not someone who thinks the police are bad or need to be fought, generally. I have, in the past, criticised things like the excessive force used against Stuttgart 21protesters at the Black Thurday, however. But what is happening in Ferguson has a new dimension entirely. It's racism and atrocities committed by the state that, were they to happen in any other country, would have American politicians up in arms (probably literally), calling for a regime change. Would this be happening in Russia right now, Kerry and Obama would be non-stop in front of microphones condemning the whole thing.


Instead, militarisation of the police is just taken for granted and the rights of black people are trampled underfoot. The US Constitution is a joke if something like this can happen. Ronald D. Moore called this exact situation ten years ago when he wrote the following dialogue for Battlestar Galactica:

There's a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.

— Commander William Adama

Apparently Barack Obama didn't watch Battlestar. Or listen to much Bruce Springsteen, for that matter. Because the problem that caused this isn't new either:
Lena gets her son ready for school
She says "on these streets, Charles
You've got to understand the rules
If an officer stops you
Promise you'll always be polite,
that you'll never ever run away
Promise Mama you'll keep your hands in sight"

— Bruce Springsteen, American Skin (41 Shots)

Amadou Diallo was shot in 1999. Apparently nothing has changed, except that the police is now even better armed and can do even more harm. I can't imagine how disappointed Bruce must be of Obama, who he helped actively to elect and re-elect. I don't think he cares much about the police, they already tried to boycott him once. I'm sure that if he was on tour right now, he'd play this song and say a few choice words beforehand as well.

In his piece for The Intercept, Greenwald mentions how the press is treated, too:

Last night, two reporters, The Washington Post‘s Wesley Lowery and The Huffington Post‘s Ryan Reilly, were arrested and assaulted while working from a McDonald’s in Ferguson. The arrests were arbitrary and abusive, and received substantial attention — only because of their prominent platforms, not, as they both quickly pointed out upon being released, because there was anything unusual about this police behavior.

Reilly, on Facebook, recounted how he was arrested by “a Saint Louis County police officer in full riot gear, who refused to identify himself despite my repeated requests, purposefully banged my head against the window on the way out and sarcastically apologized.” He wrote: ”I’m fine. But if this is the way these officers treat a white reporter working on a laptop who moved a little too slowly for their liking, I can’t imagine how horribly they treat others.” He added: “And if anyone thinks that the militarization of our police force isn’t a huge issue in this country, I’ve got a story to tell you.”

Lowery, who is African-American, tweeted a summary of an interview he gave on MSNBC: “If I didn’t work for the Washington Post and were just another Black man in Ferguson, I’d still be in a cell now.” He added: “I knew I was going to be fine. But the thing is, so many people here in Ferguson don’t have as many Twitter followers as I have and don’t have Jeff Bezos or whoever to call and bail them out of jail.”

This whole thing is insane. For years I've been saying that the US is rapidly climbing on my list of places I never want to visit (I've never been, if you discount two stopovers on flights to and from Australia before September 2001) but now I'm thinking you'd have to be mad to want to visit that country. Let alone live there.

This is not what a democracy looks like. A state needs to protect itself and its citizens, but there's a line that can never be crossed if you don't want to end up on a slippery slope towards an SS-style terror state. And if your police is decked out like soldiers and goes around arresting people based on racial stereotypes or because they are protesting that you've occupied their town with armoured vehicles, that line seems to be well and truly crossed to me. If you live in the US and you disagree with what's going on in Ferguson, now's the time to resist. Spread the word. People must understand what is going on there and where it will lead if there is no resistance.


Fab is a technology journalist and podcaster from Germany. In the past, he has lived in the UK and in Australia. Hanover & Hamburg

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