“RACE DOESN’T MATTER TO ME, I DON’T SEE COLOR, RACE ISN’T EVEN A FACTOR”
if you seriously cannot understand why race matters or why ~*color blindness*~ is a bad thing, there’s no hope for you.
Johnny Bonta was pumping gas at a Quick Stop in Fernley, Nevada when he says a group of skinheads pulled alongside him, waved a baseball bat and tried to pick a fight. “Let’s do this,” Bonta says one of them yelled.
Bonta, a Native American of the Reno Sparks Indian Colony, got back in his car with his family and took off.
Up the road, he says, the blue car swerved in front of him, slammed on the brakes and deliberately caused a crash.
“They all jumped out of the car with baseball bats, knives and a crowbar, and we knew they were going to hurt us,” his wife Lisa tells the Indian Country Today Media Network.
Lisa Bonta had to give that statement from the Washoe Medical Center, where she was laid up after suffering seizures during what ensued after the accident.
While cars passed by on the I-80 in Nevada, a brawl erupted between Bonta and members of the Cassell family. Johnny’s son-in-law, Murray, recognized one of the assailants, Jacob Cassell, as a former classmate and the son of a Lyon County Sheriff officer.
“You hear those cops coming? They’re not going to help you. My daddy is a cop in this town, and nothing is going to happen to me. You fucking ni**ers are going to jail,” barked one of the Cassells.
Nothing did happen to Cassell, and hours later he was bragging about it on Facebook.
Jacob’s friend, Josh Janiszewski, posted two hours after the attack that he “Just laid the fists and boots to some 6′ 5” tongan dude. what you got on little guys?” When someone asked if they gave them hell, Josh responded with “Oh we did. That’s for sure!”
“Sent em to the hospital, they got fucked up man, thats for sure.”
Johnny didn’t get sent to the hospital, however. Not right away at least. He remained locked up in a Nevada jail cell for six days while his family was undergoing medical treatment and unaware of his condition.
“I asked them to tell me what charges he was being held on and no one would say,” Lisa tells Indian Country Today. “They said they gave him the information, but he can’t read or write, so I needed to find out. At first they said there was a bench warrant for an unpaid $367 fine, and when we made arrangements to pay that, they charged him with battery with a deadly weapon, even though it was those boys who had the weapons. The booking papers say we owe $30,367.00. ”
Charges from the May 24 incident against any parties are now off the books at the Lyon County District Attorney’s Office, however.
RICHMOND HEIGHTS • Anna Brown wasn’t leaving the emergency room quietly.
She yelled from a wheelchair at St. Mary’s Health Center security personnel and Richmond Heights police officers that her legs hurt so badly she couldn’t stand.
She had already been to two other hospitals that week in September, complaining of leg pain after spraining her ankle.
This time, she refused to leave.
A police officer arrested Brown for trespassing. He wheeled her out in handcuffs after a doctor said she was healthy enough to be locked up.
Brown was 29. A mother who had lost custody of two children. Homeless. On Medicaid. And, an autopsy later revealed, dying from blood clots that started in her legs, then lodged in her lungs.
She told officers she couldn’t get out of the police car, so they dragged her by her arms into the station. They left her lying on the concrete floor of a jail cell, moaning and struggling to breathe. Just 15 minutes later, a jail worker found her cold to the touch.
Officers suspected Brown was using drugs. Autopsy results showed she had no drugs in her system.
And the flip side, what happens to black women at the hands of the cops, in addition to the kind of medical treatment we receive.
I can’t tell if this shit has been happening for years and I’m just noticing now because I’m keeping up with this kind of news more or if it’s suddenly open season on black people.
It’s been happening for years. When my grandfather was sick he lost his speech, but we noticed that he would cry when we left, or when certain doctors were on duty. Come to find out they were letting students practice spinal taps on him without consent. They literally tried to argue that as a teaching hospital they had the right to use his body for their own purposes. I was a kid, but I still remember my aunt going nuclear & having him moved to a different hospital while the staff acted like they couldn’t understand why we were upset.