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

UPDATE:  Wingspan CEO  Steve Horne has been OUSTED after the company failed to make even its FIRST payment on a reported $18.8 million dollar loan. Housing Wire also reports that Steve Horne attempted to regain control of the company and he failed at this measure too. Apparently investors grew nervous about the missed loan payment and other 'questionable' decisions Steven Horne made as Wingspan CEO, including devoting Wingspan's philanthropic resources to the singing career of a family member. It is stated Steve Horne mixed personal expenses with business expenses. 

One notable quote from the Housing Wire article announcing Steven Horne's ouster was this:

“It appears Wingspan does not care for their employees, families nor the community as they also did not inform Brevard County workforce of the layoffs,” one former Wingspan employee at the Melbourne location told HousingWire.

The former employee, who wished to remain anonymous, also told HousingWire that Wingspan created a hostile work environment in Melbourne, which caused clients to abandon the extension of their contracts, leading to the layoffs


Well, well.. It's not news to me that Wingspan took its way of doing business down to Florida and was rebuffed. From my experience, these guys have always done business in a nasty, ruthless manner. Look at the reviews many of their Florida employees have given them. They do business in a "Texas" Fashion which is no holds barred, fuck everyone, profit over people type of fashion and Florida simply wasn't having that shit. They started to lose contracts left and right.

Executives Justin Belter, Melanie Pellegrino, Jason Dickard, and several others (including Director Kevin Conn) all left right before Steven Horne was ousted. They all left around the same time. Suddenly. Out the Blue. Now that sounds like these guys were PUSHED OUT but who knows. That's a strange way to leave all of a sudden. Especially around the same time. From what I heard the bankers wanted entirely new leadership so they most likely were forced out.

Can Anyone say "POETIC JUSTICE" and Can I Get An "AMEN"!


Looks like Justin Belter, Jason Dickard and another Wingspan Executive named Cesar Hernandez have hurriedly started another company called Agility 360 in Carrollton, TX with a fancy website and they are putting out 'press releases' notifying the public they have hired 'each other'..lol.  The website is so new it hasn't even been rated by my security software. After reading all of the fancy wording about what this company does I pretty much gather it does a whole lot of nothing. 


According to the Agility 360 Website the company --> "resolves and prevents operational challenges for banks, lenders, insurers and investors resulting from economic fluctuations, regulatory demands, and industry re-positioning. Our unique engagement model increases operational adaptability while reducing financial, operational and compliance risk or exposure.


And again I don't know about you but that sounds like they are doing a whole lot of 'nothing'. Pretty much sitting pretty in jobs where they try to give 'advice' about something they know 'nothing about'. Maybe the flashy website and over the top language will work for them. The poor bastards just might make a good go of it. They are going after big banks after all, and white folks with money aren't known for being the smartest tools in the shed. Some are quite stupid in fact. Just look at how many have been fooled out of large sums of money by Nigerian hustlers. So the large corporations just may send a lot of business their way. They probably won't care that these so-called 'experts' started this company after damn near driving their last company into financial ruin. 


You can read more about Steve Horne's ouster here --> http://www.housingwire.com/articles/31581-sources-wingspan-ceo-and-founder-steve-horne-
ousted


THIS JUST IN -> WINGSPAN PORTFOLIO ADVISORS FILES FOR CH. 7 BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION. THE COMPANY LOSES MORE THAN $47 MILLION DOLLARS IN 30 MONTHS. Lists Employees, The United States Department of Treasury, The IRS, Collin County, Dallas County, Denton County and others, as UNSECURED CREDITORS. (Bankruptcy Filing Post is below)
End of Update



"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 the 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
Wingspan Portfolio Advisors Blogspot

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/

Documentary Details Economic Racism By the I.M.F. and W.T.O. Against Poor Black Nations

This is a compelling documentary I discovered online and I felt the need to share. It was previously free of charge on YouTube with Millions of views. It has since been monetized. The website is http://www.lifeanddebt.org/. It was produced by a black woman, Stephanie Black, who is from Jamaica. Be careful watching it. If you have any humanity within you. It will definitely make you angry.

It details how the I.M.F (The International Monetary Fund), and the W.T.O (the World Trade Organization) continue to enslave through poverty and perpetual indebtedness. 

How do they do this? 

They loan poor nations which are struggling money at incredible interest rates which they know they can never pay back. Just like Loan Sharks. As part of the lending deal, they 'mandate' these nations open up their markets to other countries with no trade restrictions. When this happens all of the local industry that has supported the people in these countries begins to dry up and die, as the country is then flooded with cheap produce and meats from industrial countries at such low prices the country's own produce, meat and production markets are destroyed forever.

Impoverishing the Country. Forever.

When this is done wealthier nations move in with the IMF's permission and began to PLUNDER whatever resources they desire.



Wingspan Portfolio Advisors Blogspot
Agility 360 Carrollton, Texas
Justin Belter, Vice President, Agility 360
Jason Dickard, Agility 360

Black Folk And The Lie of American Equality. The Black Boondoggle And Why in 2016 Black Folk Are Still Serving Their White Masters.

Black Folk And The LIE of American Equality


I see it all the time. 
Young, College Educated, and Optimistic. 
A Young African American holding their degree heads out into the big wide world.
Looking for employment that would give them a slice of the American dream.
Employment that would pay enough to allow them to buy their first home, 
Marry, and start a family.
And every single place they applies turns them away or applauds their educational qualifications but tells them, "oh we are sorry. We only have a clerical position open at this time. It starts at $10 dollars an hour'. 
Yet when they appear into the company, they see young 20 something year old white kids, some with college degrees but most without, working in management.
So they turn down the position and go right to the next company.
Same thing happens. 
They are either told "We are looking for years of experience" or "We only have this lower level job open". 
So they regroup. They are forced to regroup.
They refuse to start at the bottom making $10.00 an hour when they have student loans with student loan interest.
They've done everything America has said they should do to be successful.
Yet they are only offered positions working with people who are 18, right out of high school and with only a high school diploma.
So they look out over the job market. 
They look to see where the 'successful African Americans are working'. 
They don't look to corporate America because from what they see the only 'successful' African Americans are often surrounded by whites. Making them in effect 'Tokens'. 
The one slot for an 'African American' has been FILLED. No more need apply. Unless they want to work in the Mail room. 
So they see African Americans working in Government, And at Hospitals and Schools.
And for the First time they understand why African Americans are 'over-represented' in certain positions. 
It's not for lack of hard work or ability. 
It's solely due to Racism.
Corporations are the new plantation.
They are 98% ran and controlled by White Males. 
White People.
Those at the top, will usually be White People.
Those allowed to go to the top will usually be White People.
This is the new 'racism' they soon realize.
It is the fact that even with great educational qualifications, they find themselves marginalized into a certain wage level.
There friends are whispering in their ear "leave the south. leave the south". 
The place for a Black Man To Find Success is Up North or Out West.
Very Few will break through the mold in the South.
They are saddened. 
They don't want to leave their families.
But they pack their bags.
And head up North.
Searching For Green Pastures.
More 'Racially Tolerant' Pastures.
He is Determined to one day come back to the South and Accomplished man.
And build up.
So that other young, African Americans, won't have to 'flee' the South. 
To make a decent living. 
Equality in America can be had. But it is not readily apparent or easily found.
It has to be sought after and pursued. 



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Minister Louis Farrakhan Breaks Down the Imbalance of Power Between Black People And Their 'White Friends'

'They are like snakes who haven't grown venom yet'. 
SO TRUE!

"See they want homogenized black people. You shake up the bottle and it's still remain the same.
With white folk on top and you always serving them. That is not what God wants.
Your time to serve your slave master and their children is up but you don't recognize that.
So he's trying to show you - I don't want you.
What you desire don't mean nothing to me."
SO TRUE!!!
The Minister Spoke It!

I've seen this so often! Where white kids graduate college and they automatically go into management roles of some sort. Supervisory roles. Black college grads are told "oh well, we want experience. years of experience."

White college grads are hired and TRAINED.
Big Difference. HUGE DIFFERENCE.
Because it boils down to MONEY.
The MONEY will ALWAYS REMAIN IN WHITE HANDS!

Black People who brag on having 'white friends' do not seem to understand that the 'white friend' has POWER 'OPENED' to him. Not to them. 
White Youth are Positioned Into Power. 
It doesn't matter what their education is.
 If they are halfway astute, POWER will be opened to them.
 All they have to do is 'try'. 
They will be rewarded.
It's vastly different for black people.

I see it here in Texas. 
College Educated White People have no problem finding positions that are 'advanced'. Where they are managing others. I even see young white kids right out of school, in their early 20's, managing projects and being trained for management.

I don't see the same trajectory for black college educated kids. 
They can find work.
 But not in the advanced positions coming right out
 of school like I see for white kids.



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Is John Pisone, of MMC Land Management, Being Aggressively Recruited For A Leadership Role At Agility 360 in Carrollton, Texas?

Some are saying John Pisone would fit Right in Beside Agility 360 Vice President Justin Belter.
 I believe the two share a lot of personality traits.

Introducing - John Pisone (Below)
See How He Expertly Handles The Situation.



John Pisone really reminds me of so many white men I've met in Texas. Intolerant, Pickup Driving, Angry, Hateful, Ignorant, Racists. I just can't imagine what life was like for blacks when people like THIS had ALL the power. Sadly, many of them STILL DO. Just look at Justin Belter, Agility 360's Vice President.. Scary working for him if you're black.

In The News Texas - Black Chiropractic Student Attempts Radical New Chiropractic Approach On Racist White Man

Looks like she helped straighten out his back.. 

Now I don't agree with violence and this young woman, whomever she may be, has certainly got herself in a terrible legal tangle. But I can't say I feel sorry for this man. 
The 'N' word should never be used by white people ever. 
And to those white people who say "Well Blacks Use It" 

 CORRECTION

Black people say "NiggA" which is a term of endearment meaning BROTHER or FRIEND. They don't say "NIGGER" which suggests someone is 'inferior'. There is a HUGE DIFFERENCE. I don't understand why white people 'claim' to have superior intelligence yet they can't grasp this very simple concept.

When White People Continue To Act Like This is 1850 and They Own America
And Everyone In It
Shit Like This Will CONTINUE To Happen.




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Racism At Wing Pointe Pheasant Resort



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John Pisone, MMC Land Management



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Ryan Lochte, Three Other American Swimmers, To Be Charged By Rio Police For Giving 'False Testimony' over Robbery



Ryan Lochte, in all of his 'white male privilege' to be charged by Rio Police for giving 'False Testimony' after alleging he was robbed, along with three other American swimmers.

Of course Ryan will walk.

He will get a slap on the hand and be sent on his merry way.

The corporations and the world will forget he LIED.

And some INNOCENT PERSON could have been tossed in jail over his lie.

OR WORSE.

THANK GOD FOR CAMERAS.

They catch the Monsters at work EVERY SINGLE TIME.


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Justin Belter, Agility 360 Vice President, Carrollton, TX - His "executive skills' crashed his former company into the GROUND.

Wingspan Portfolio Advisors crashed and burned in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. 

After stiffing the investors and bankers and workers, Wingspan Execs Justin Belter, Jason Dickard and others rushed to start a new venture called Agility 360.

MASTERS OF DECEPTION. 

FRAUDS.

HUSTLERS.


SWINDLERS.


BE CAREFUL.

Justin Belter Agility 360 VP has Torrance Leslie Locke. Dylann Roof has Christon Scriven. The Phenomenon of The 'Lone Black Friend'.

Justin Belter Agility 360 VP and Dylann Roof..
An Analysis in White Privilege
Torrance,

I have no ill will towards you. However, I happened across your response on a blog posted by Justin Belter which praised Belter for all of his "good work" and how he 'pushed you'. Torrance.. Now you are a smart man. I had respect for you. Justin Belter and Wingspan Portfolio Advisors left a trail of broken, unemployed and disillusioned people in their wake leading up to the time Wingspan Portfolio Advisors finally crashed and burned. I saw the news reports out of Florida showing Wingspan Portfolio Advisors employees carrying boxes out of their workplace as Wingspan was suddenly terminating EVERYONE.

Justin Belter was an Executive at Wingspan Portfolio Advisors. HE FAILED at his job. His track record is ABYSMAL. Just like the track record of Jason Dickard. They DROVE Wingspan Portfolio Advisors INTO THE GROUND and now they get to play up their 'whiteness' and run off and make themselves anew. Their failures at Wingspan all forgotten. Just like their FAILURES never happened. I'm pretty sure Agility 360 runs background checks on its new hires. But Justin Belter is angry that I'm informing the world that they need to run a background check on HIM. Shouldn't his track record matter? Why does he alone get to have his FAILURE as an executive forgotten? The same opportunity would NEVER be afforded to you Torrance - as a black man in America. Notwithstanding Torrance you are damn near 20 years Justin Belter's senior. Have some damn dignity and stop telling that racist vile tricky son of a bitch "you puuuusssshhhheeeddd mmmeee ttttoooo bbeee bbeeettterrr". Why would a 20 something year old white man in Texas be in a position to pushn a 40 year old black man to 'be better'? Such a pathetic statement. Get off your KNEES and STAND Torrance. For goodness sake he should have been making that comment TO YOU. Not the other way around. This is TEXAS Man... Damn.. Stop stroking this son of a bitch's ego. It's big enough. Have some dignity. You sound like you just walked off of someone's plantation. "Thank you Massa.. Yoozzz sho been good to me". Jesus Christ wtf?

If you hadn't noticed TORRANCE America is so UNFORGIVING to BLACK MEN they used a teenage kid putting graffiti on the side of a building as JUSTIFICATION for his EXECUTION. (Remember Trayvon Martin). They went so far back into his past looking for WHATEVER they could find I'm shocked they didn't use the fact he wet the bed as a youngster to justify his untimely death.

Now Torrance you know that - AS A BLACK MAN - you would not have the option to remake yourself after you crashed a company in spectacular fashion. Yet Torrance you praise Justin on his 'skills' and I'm wondering... what 'skills' might those be? Justin is not a 'self made' man. He is the beneficiary of 'WHITE MALE PRIVILEGE'. He gets to CRASH AND BURN A COMPANY, LAYING OFF HUNDREDS TO THOUSANDS OF WORKERS. WORKERS WHO WERE MISCLASSIFIED IN THE FIRST PLACE AS CONTRACTORS WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE EMPLOYEES! (This per the IRS website). BY THE WAY THIS <- IS FRAUD. WINGSPAN LIED and DOUBLE DEALED until they paid the ultimate price.

Justin Belter was an EXECUTIVE of Wingspan when Wingspan Portfolio Advisors MISSED ITS FIRST LOAN PAYMENT. Justin Belter was an EXECUTIVE of Wingspan Portfolio Advisors when Wingspan was losing contracts all over the place. Turning off major companies that had once partnered with it because of its dubious dealings.

These guys you praise Torrance WERE AND ARE FAILURES.

NO AMOUNT OF 'PRAISE' WILL CHANGE THAT.

THEY ARE UTTER, COMPLETE, MORONIC FAILURES.

Torrance, do me a favor bud and read up on what Belter wrote in his post 'A True Story By Justin Belter'. The title sounds like something a third grader would write and the very FIRST sentence shows very questionable writing skills, almost to an incompetent level.

Now Torrance, Read the paragraphs above written by Justin Belter, Agility Vice President, and be honest.. Does this sound like something a 'Qualified Executive' would write? Someone on a VP Level?  I mean, honestly, this reads like something written by a person in grade school. It's almost on the  Sam I Am, Green Eggs and Ham Level'. But JUSTIN BELTER WROTE THIS. Smh..... Justin said 'I 'GOT' into the office at normal time? Why didn't he use arrived? At least that sounds grammatically correct. Then he writes 'Exhausted' (AS IN TIRED).. WTF?! What else could 'exhausted' mean? Why did it need all of the extra elaboration? Does Justin Belter think we are as STUPID as HE IS? Evidently he does. Who the hell doesn't know what EXHAUSTED MEANS?

AND PEOPLE.. THIS IS THE WINGSPAN VP WHO HELPED CRASH THE DAMN COMPANY. HE'S  RIDDEN HIS WHITENESS INTO ANOTHER VENTURE AT AGILITY 360 AND IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE HE CRASHES THAT ONE TOO. 

 The guy is a MORON. He skirted by in life because he's blond and blue eyed. Torrance - if you had Belter's track record you would be SWEEPING FLOORS somewhere.

But again Belter gets to RIDE THE COAT TAILS of others into more money and another position when he sucked at his last one.

I implore you Torrance to READ THE COMPLAINTS from Wingspan's Workers in Florida. Many of them have been VERY VOCAL about Wingspan Portfolio Advisors' AWFUL leadership under Justin Belter and Jason Dickard.

One employee told the news that Wingspan Portfolio Advisors treated the workers like CATTLE. Running workers OUT as quick as they could BRING THEM IN.

Now why would Wingspan Portfolio Advisors treat its own workers like this?

Could it be because of the GENEROUS TAX BENEFITS awarded by both the Federal and State Governments for new hires? OF COURSE IT WAS TORRANCE.

Is this why Wingspan Portfolio Advisors made one employee the 'employee of the month' one month and then FIRED the employee the very next month. FOR NO REASON.

I could go on and on about these BULLSHIT ARTISTS but at this time I will move on. But Torrance you are wrong. The evidence of how people were abused, misused and mistreated by Wingspan Portfolio Advisors and Justin Belter is ALL OVER THE INTERNET SPANNING TWO STATES.

One employee down in Florida even wrote "The Companies here didn't like the way those Texas guys did business. As soon as they came to Florida they started losing contracts".

Now Torrance I understand that Justin Belter is your buddy. He found the LONE BLACK FRIEND who would SAVE HIS ASS from being CALLED OUT ON HIS BULLSHIT just like Dylann Roof had the ONE BLACK FRIEND who told the media 'DYLANN ROOF ISN'T RACIST" ... AND THIS WAS AFTER DYLANN ROOF SHOT AND KILLED NINE BLACK PARISHIONERS IN A SOUTH CAROLINA CHURCH FOR CHRISTS SAKE!!!


I guess you are Justin's 'black friend' running to the rescue..

But whatever the fuck you are... Justin HURT MANY PEOPLE. HE WAS ONE CRUEL SON OF A BITCH IN MY OPINION. The evidence is overwhelming and it goes against ANY SUPPORT TO JUSTIN YOU COULD PROVIDE.

I don't give a shit about Justin Belter's whining. It doesn't matter to me. He should have thought about this shit before he acted in such a way that left so many people  hurt and many people will never forget the awful experience he gave them. Wingspan Portfolio Advisors has left a bitter taste in not just the mouths of the banks, lenders and investors who trusted them, but the thousands of employees who trusted them as well. WE WERE ALL LEFT STANDING EMPTY HANDED while these guys rode off into the sunset and threw up another company to quite possibly shake down more corporations just like the ones Wingspan Portfolio Advisors shook down.

Torrance... Justin Belter called a black associate a 'nigger'. Causing that associate to walk out and QUIT on the SPOT. WE HEARD FROM THE ASSOCIATE. He gave up a relatively good paying job, one that he worked hard in, and was invested in because he was a supervisor, and suddenly quit.

Does that not bother you Torrance? Is your 'friendship' with Justin Belter more than your dignity as a black man?

Have you noticed Torrance that THERE ARE NO BLACK MANAGERS AT AGILITY 360?

Have you noticed Torrance that Wingspan Portfolio Advisors ONLY HIRED A BLACK HR DIRECTOR and ASST. DIRECTOR when they were HIT WITH AN ONSLAUGHT OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS and after this blog was becoming popular?

Before the black man, Tim 'whatshisname' THERE HAD ONLY BEEN WHITE MEN IN THAT JOB. They promoted whomever the top brass wanted promoted irrespective of qualifications or education. That's why you saw damn near every white male who walked in and was employed suddenly being promoted OVER ALL OTHERS to TOP RANK.

EVERY SINGLE ONE.

Their qualifications were not a mystery.

MOST OF THEM HAD NONE.

Their education wasn't a mystery either.

THEY OFTEN DIDN'T HAVE THAT EITHER.

You were the 'Token N*gger' Torrance.

THAT'S HOW THEY VIEWED YOU.

YOU WERE INVITED TO THE PARTY.

BUT THEY LEFT YOUR ASS OUT OF THE AFTER SHOW.

JUST LIKE THEY DID KEVIN CONN.

WAKE UP TORRANCE.

AND GOOD DAY.



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White Cop Resigns From Mt. Healthy Police Department After Alleging Racial Discrimination Against His Black Brothers In Arms

A white officer resigned recently from Mount Healthy's police department, calling it a “sinking ship infested with hatred and retaliation," according to a federal lawsuit filed by a black officer who was fired last year.

The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati points blame at Mount Healthy’s police chief, Vince Demasi, who took the helm of the small department in January 2015.

The unnamed officer resigned, the lawsuit says, because he “could no longer witness Chief Demasi discriminate and retaliate against African-American police officers."

Demasi declined to comment on the lawsuit because it is pending.

"What I will say is – we don’t discriminate, we don’t have discriminatory practices," he said. "We would never participate in that kind of conduct."

Mount Healthy City Manager Bill Kocher also declined to comment.

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The lawsuit, filed by Antwan Sparks, alleges the department retaliated against him after he made multiple complaints about racial discrimination he said he faced. It names the city as the defendant. It says Mount Healthy officials did not respond to Sparks' complaints.

Sparks is seeking to get his job back as well as unspecified monetary damages.

The lawsuit says the department’s leaders treated officers differently because of race and that black officers were disciplined for procedure or rule violations that did not lead to discipline for white officers.
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The department is led by Demasi and two white sergeants, according to the lawsuit. Of the 16 officers under them in October 2015, three were black.

The city of 6,000 has about 2,000 black residents, according to U.S. Census figures.

An arbitrator in June ordered Mount Healthy to reinstate Sparks, but the department has not yet done that, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also alleges Demasi, a former assistant police chief with the Cincinnati Police Department, expressed support for racially targeted policing. It says he told white festival attendees in May 2015 that he would "target African-American" youth for curfew violations since they "caused the problems in Mount Healthy."

Kocher said the lawsuit's allegations are being investigated, but no findings have been made.

"We take those things seriously," he said.

Lawsuit: No discipline until Demasi arrived

Sparks worked as a part-time officer for Lincoln Heights, left in 2013, and became an unpaid auxiliary part-time officer for Mount Healthy in January 2014, the lawsuit says.

He completed training and was promoted to paid part-time officer in February 2014. Sparks completed his one-year probationary period in February 2015.

The lawsuit says Sparks received no discipline before Demasi arrived in January 2015. About a week after Demasi arrived, however, the lawsuit says he extended Sparks probationary period, in violation of the union contract and the city’s employment manual. That was done, the lawsuit says, so that alleged infractions against Sparks could be used “as a basis to fail his probation.”

"Officer Sparks was treated fairly by Mount Healthy before Chief Demasi showed up," Sparks' attorney, Jennifer Branch, said in an interview.

In March 2015, Demasi, without explanation to Sparks, placed him on “no-duty” status, the lawsuit says. That meant he was not allowed to work as a police officer.

When Sparks missed a court hearing that same month because of his “no-duty” status, the lawsuit says, Demasi told a sergeant "to issue a written reprimand.” Sparks’ white partner, who also missed court the same day, did not receive a reprimand.

The lawsuit says the white officer missed three other court hearings the previous year. The department eventually did discipline the white officer – “but only after Officer Sparks complained he was being disciplined for missing court while other officers were not.”

Grievances filed

Sparks first tried to resolve the problems internally, filing grievances with the department and the city. Both were rejected, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit alleges that on March 30, 2015, Demasi “stopped” Sparks at the police station when he was on his way to testify in court, making Sparks late. When he arrived at the courthouse, the case hadn’t been called. It eventually was dismissed when the accuser didn’t show up.

“Even though Officer Sparks arrived before his case was called, he received a written reprimand for failing to appear… at 9 a.m.," the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit says Demasi’s recommendation to fail Sparks as a probationary employee, which effectively terminated his employment, happened after the city responded to Sparks’ discrimination claims.

Sparks challenged his firing through an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint, saying the firing was discriminatory and retaliatory.

In January, an arbitrator ruled in Sparks’ favor, finding that he had successfully completed his one-year probationary period. The arbitrator ordered the city to reinstate Sparks.

As of Wednesday, Sparks had not been reinstated.

Article Written By Kevin Grasha



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Portland Oregon Sued For $22 Million in Federal Court For Targeting Black Nightclub Owners

The lawsuit alleges Portland intentionally targeted black owned bars, 
including Exotica International Club For Men.

My Two Cents: I'm not surprised at reading this article. Black Owned businesses have always been targeted for harassment and closure in America since our founding days. Black People are fully aware of the dark history surrounding black owned business in white dominated America. We were never suppose to compete with white people. There is a telling documentary on YouTube called 'Black Wall Street' which goes deep into detail on this very issue. It takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 1800's and a small black town that worked together to create thriving businesses that they all patronized and this small black town became the wealthiest black area in the entire country. 

What did the white side of town do? 

THEY BOMBED THE PLACE. KILLING THOUSANDS.

Laying waste to businesses and homes and churches. Black bodies were strewn everywhere. 

WHY DID THE WHITE PEOPLE DO THIS? 

Because they were ANGRY that SUCCESSFUL BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES WERE TAKING MARKET SHARE THEY FELT ENTITLED TO. 

They were losing money. Now these same black people were not allowed to EAT in their establishments and could only do business through the BACK DOOR. Never WELCOMED. But they were not allowed to have THEIR OWN BUSINESSES by which they could be WELCOMED. 


If you would like to watch the documentary 'Black Wall Street' (which should be mandatory for all African Americans because it gives an insight into the WHITE MIND and HOW THE WHITE MIND WORKS) you may do so below. The video has been posted for your viewing. 


The Article is Below the Video. 

BLACK WALL STREET

  



Portland Oregon Sued For $22 Million in Federal Court For Targeting Black Nightclub Owners

The way Donna Thames sees it, her former business in Northeast Portland was part of a proud tradition of social hubs that catered to black Portlanders.

"It was everything," says Thames. "It was the spot. It meant a lot to a lot of people. It was bigger than Cheers."

Thames says her business, Exotica International Club for Men, was a rare, black-owned strip club that enjoyed mostly African-American clientele and employees.

The way city and state officials saw it, Thames' business was dangerous. She was forced to close Exotica in 2015 after three men were wounded in a parking lot shooting.

Thames doesn't deny a shooting occurred on the club's property. Instead, she says city and state officials punished Exotica more harshly than nearby, white-owned businesses where violent crimes also took place.

Now, she's alleging in court that the government response was part of a pattern of Portland-area regulators cracking down on black-owned nightspots.

Thames is bringing a $22 million federal lawsuit against the agencies she says drove her from her business at the corner of Northeast Columbia and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards.

A 48-page complaint, filed Aug. 12 in U.S. District Court, claims the business was the latest victim of long-standing discrimination against African-American club owners by the city of Portland and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

"This case is about unconscionable, illegal conduct creating insurmountable obstacles to success of black club owners catering to black people and clubs offering entertainment and playing music appealing to black people," the complaint reads. "The city of Portland, working in partnership with state liquor authorities, has a long and shameful history of knowingly and intentionally targeting black clubs with all of their regulatory power in a concerted effort to drive the clubs out of business."

The Portland Police Bureau, the city's Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and Mayor Charlie Hales declined WW's requests to comment on the lawsuit, saying they do not comment on pending litigation.....




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