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Black Friday Marred by Shootings

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As shoppers prepared to take advantage of Black Friday deals, they were met with more bullets than bargains. Shootings took place at multiple malls across the country.

Black Friday sales have been in decline for years as the trend of online shopping to avoid lines increases. This year, lines aren’t all shoppers wished they could avoid. Shootings took place at shopping malls in three states. Alabama, Tennessee, and New Jersey all saw gunfire. With many injured, there is currently one casualty.

Alabama

In Alabama, a 21-year-old male mistakenly believed to be the shooter was gunned down at the Riverchase Galleria.

The mall, in the affluent Birmingham suburb of Hoover, was emptied as hundreds fled once shots rang out. Crowds had gathered Thanksgiving night awaiting entry. It was during this wait that an altercation took place resulting in gunfire that injured a 12-year-old girl and 18-year-old male.

According to NBC, police officials have released a statement apologizing for the misinformation.

“We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate, but new evidence indicates that it was not.”

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My God. American police just killed another "good guy with a gun." Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., better known as EJ, the son of a police officer, was an active duty officer for the Army, home for Thanksgiving. Murdered by police yesterday in a mall shooting in Alabama. Not only did police in Hoover, Alabama murder EJ, for 24 hours they plastered his face all over the news saying he was the mass shooter. They did a press conference saying they killed the shooter, showed his picture, then said the community was safe. THE SHOOTER IS AT LARGE. EJ's family and friends reached out to me this morning. They are not just devastated, they are furious. Police publicly and local media both publicly blamed him for the mall shooting. He never fired a single shot. After police shot EJ, he was still alive, struggling. Family and friends just sent me a horrendous video of police not only refusing to provide EJ first aid as he fought for his life, but literally abusing him on the ground thinking he was the mall shooter. It was heartless. EJ Bradford, Jr. was beloved all over Birmingham. This morning I have heard from neighbors, friends, even teachers from elementary to high school – who LOVED this man. Served safely in the Army, then shot & killed by American police in Alabama while home for Thanksgiving. #JusticeForEJ

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Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was believed to have been the armed assailant. After interviewing witnesses and reviewing evidence over 20 hours, investigators believe another may have been involved. The suspected gunman is still at large.

Tennessee

Black Friday violence ensued at the Oak Court mall of Memphis, Tenn. over a glance from an attractive woman. The victim told police he looked at a woman who was with one of the suspects. He continued walking as the group left the mall. When they were outside, the victim and his cousin were attacked by a group of four suspects. It was during this altercation that the victim was knocked to the ground and shot.

Matthew Morgan, a witness of the fight, said he saw one of the suspects pull out a gun and shoot at the victims. He then fired his weapon. Although it is not clear if Morgan was returning fire at the suspects or just into the air, witnesses have conflicting reports. Morgan was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

New Jersey

A man was shot in the wrist between the Marshalls and Tommy Hilfiger stores at The Mills at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, NJ. While no suspect is currently in police custody, the victim is not cooperating on identifying their attacker.

In an interview with WABC, Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage stated:

“The fight started when someone was shot in the wrist. The victim was transported to University hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Currently, police are reviewing footage and going through surveillance cameras in order to try to identify the person that was there.”

 

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Jess Hilarious Catches Heat for Islamophobic Remarks

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Just days after the Christchurch terrorist attack that robbed nearly 50 Muslims of their lives and injured 50 more, Jess Hilarious has bared her xenophobia for the world to see. Using fear for her safety as an excuse, the aptly named Jess With The Mess profiled a Sikh family that was allegedly ejected from her flight.

Stating “I feel how I feel. I felt threatened and that was it,” Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore has committed to standing in a grave of bigotry that is certain to claim her career. She has become notorious in recent months for spewing hatred against queer people. Now, she’s directing that ignorance toward a community that has suffered major atrocities in America and beyond.

The Xenophobia Jumped Out

According to Jess With The Mess, they boarded the same plane and she “didn’t see those people.” However, sources say the Sikh family was not removed from the flight. Basking disgustingly in the news of their removal, she failed to realize that Islamophobia doesn’t look good on her or anyone else.

Jess Hilarious has been getting dragged by Twitter users for her Islamophobic remarks and has since attempted to explain herself via Instagram Stories. However, her posts are rife with contradictions. She directly asks “Where are you going?” while focusing the camera on the Sikh family. During the time between boarding, she can be heard LOUDLY voicing her concerns. Yelling at one’s phone in the middle of an airport, regardless of how busy, never goes unnoticed.

In peak White Woman™ fashion, Jess immediately adopted the “We have [insert marginalized group] in my family” trope to explain away her apparent bigoted remarks. But no one is buying what she’s selling. By using fear for her safety as a qualifier for her ignorance, Jess has employed a tactic famous within several circles of systematic oppression, particularly cops who kill unarmed Black people.

As for whether she’s taking accountability for the weight of her trash words during such sensitive time, the answer is a resounding NO.

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New Zealand Attack On Muslims Ignites Discussion on Homegrown Islamophobia

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New Zealand Attack

Mirroring the ideologies of domestic terrorists like Dylann Roof and disgraced Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher Paul Hasson, extremists have carried out two deadly attacks in central Christchurch, New Zealand.

With four initial apprehensions, one 28 year-old male has been charged with murder. New Zealand police officials are looking for the team responsible for carrying out two shooting attacks on two mosques. According to New Zealand authorities, the current toll is 49 dead and 48 injured.

Portions of the horrid attack were streamed on social media by an extremist who authored a 74-page manifesto. Attempting to rally White supremacists against immigrants and Muslims, the text was filled with conspiracy theories about “White genocide” and low White birth rates.

Many Americans have shown an outpouring of love and support for those affected by the crisis. A large portion of the response has been directed toward addressing rampant Islamophobia within America and abroad. While hate speech in the US is protected by the First Amendment, there was a recent vote for an anti-hate resolution. After remarks by Ilhan Omar were misconstrued as anti-Semitism, the House proposed and passed the resolution to condemn racism, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobic speech. However, 23 Republicans refused the measure because they felt it suppressed the impact of the resolution by lumping White supremacist language in with Islamophobic hate speech.

Donald Trump’s weak extension of “warmest sympathy and best wishes” to New Zealand has many critiquing the President’s policies and rhetoric. Trump was cited in the 74-page manifesto as “a symbol of renewed White identity.” His inability to call out the horrific misdeed as an act of terrorism against practicing Muslims and immigrants has millions on edge, wary of the language that many right-wing politicians will use to condone the hatred as “free speech” or “an attack on public correctness.” This, in conjunction with his response to domestic attacks on Black Christians, Jewish, and Muslim Americans, has many calling for an outright ban of hate speech altogether. Because of the clear connection that hate speech motivates hate crimes, millions are demanding a hate speech ban in light of today’s attacks.

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Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty to 16 Felony Counts

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Early this morning, Jussie Smollett appeared before Judge Watkins along with his legal team to enter his formal plea of ‘not guilty.”

The former Empire actor is currently facing 16 felony counts in relation to his alleged staged hate crime. His next hearing is scheduled for April 17th, but until then Jussie has been allowed to travel to meet with his lawyers. Judge Watkins has demanded that Smollett is present in court and must be “each and every time.” In addition to attending all court dates, Jussie has to provide notice within 24 hours of his arrival to the city of Chicago.

Holding national attention, the case has been rife with misinformation, a problem Smollett’s representations hopes will be corrected by the presense of camera in the courtroom. Issuing a statement before meeting with Judge Watkins, Jussie’s lawyer Tina Glandian said the following:

We welcome cameras in the courtroom si that the public and the media can see the actual evidence and what we believe is going to be the lack of evidence against Mr. Smollett

Hoping to provide complete transparency, Glandian says the misinformation in this case is “demonstrably false” and looks forward to the truth prevailing.

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