Shanique Smith's past comments

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    Shanique Smith

    I need to go see a tournament before he retires.

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    It's a power trip, and what is the stimulating factor? His ethnicity. Not his size. He was not resisting. They could easily have handcuffed him while he was standing. They didn't. They felt they had to 'overpower' him or they would not have felt satisfied. He was persecuted, but I don't think the cop intended to kill him.

    However, chances are he would have been treated differently if he was doing the same thing and of the same size, but white. The color of his skin decided on how he should be approached. It's like a reflex action.

    Posted in: Family of NYC chokehold victim moved by protests

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    Shanique Smith

    He's in a predicament! Maybe out of the fire and into the frying pan scenario here.

    No friends, associates whatever? Savings finished in a week? I wonder what he did to lose his job, and seemingly ostracized.

    It's great that no one is using racial slurs here, and damning/condemning him.

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    There will be detractors and there will be detractors. So, since Blacks are killing Blacks, the cops should get in on the action and kill Blacks too? The police's actions are only exacerbating the situation.

    Citizen on citizen crimes are like a bad festering sore in every society across the globe. However, when you have someone who pledges to protect and to serve, instead persecute and slay, and contributes to the statistics, that should be a cause for concern.

    Then one can't help but notice that, in the US, the people who are persecuted and slain by the police are of a certain skin pigmentation. Coincidence? The horrible part about this is the frequency in which these incidents take place. The cops could easily have detained Eric Garner, when he held his hands up. Instead one officer proceeded to tackle him with a chokehold. Garner, wasn't directed to place his hands behind him....nothing.

    Only a blind and deaf person would say this is not racial. However, from my observation, the incidents involving the police do not comprise of the usual racism. These types of racism are more 'power' generated.

    I end by saying that the protests are not only to give the victims' family support, but an outcry for the police to stop acting like criminals. Who knows, someone who is close to one of the protesters could be next, if this type of brutality continues. Selah

    Posted in: Family of NYC chokehold victim moved by protests

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    Shanique Smith

    Have you lived in USA as a foreigner? I am a Japanese have been living in USA since I enrolled in a Calif. Univ. So comfortable that I still live in USA

    Kudos to the US on their hospitality towards you.

    Ok, let's put things into perspective. Not everyone is discriminated against. Most times discrimination rear it's ugly head in the US in the form of gun toting cops, and their targets are almost always Blacks. Black men in particular. Try being a Black male in America then return and tell me how comfy you are. As a matter of fact, as a female, I do not feel discriminated against in America. On the contrary, I feel the opposite.

    My beef here is mainly police profiling Black men. In a sense it's like Japanese police profiling foreigners. A few die at immigration, yes, but still appears mild compared to the US.

    Posted in: Obama inadvertently galvanizes anti-immigration sentiments in Japan

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    Shanique Smith

    Japan's discrimination towards foreigners is mild in comparison to discrimination in the US. The Japanese even discriminate among themselves. The good thing is that the vast majority will not seek to physically harm those they discriminate against. In the US most acts of discrimination are followed by death or bodily harm. So yes it would seem as if there is no discrimination to someone who hasn't actually lived here for a period of time.

    @dcog9065Dec

    Now with recent tensions and poor immigrants wanting in, immigration has constantly had a bad image in Japan. There is no way that will change soon as it will need a generational shift - maybe 30-40 years or so.

    To be poor is a crime? Who are the rich immigrants who have settled in Japan? Are you one?

    Did you know that most of these 'poor' immigrants give back more to the Japanese society than those foreigners who try to superficially elevate themselves, while only womanizing and having a 'good' time? A lot of these 'poor' immigrants are care-givers, construction workers etc. and are filling essential gaps in the workforce that otherwise would be a cause for national concern. Most time these immigrants are hardworking and just 'want in' , so that they can find something more lucrative than 'back home'. They are not the ones to be concerned about.

    Anyway, I think the real issue here is about the careless, erroneous and misleading report made by TBS, that lead to people misinterpreting the cause of the statement made by PresObama.

    This should be Obama's theme song: 'Shake It Off' (Taylor Swift).... with the dance too.

    Posted in: Obama inadvertently galvanizes anti-immigration sentiments in Japan

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    Shanique Smith

    Hope it is his conscience that is beginning to eat at him. He could easily have asked to be transferred to another station if he felt he was endangering his colleagues lives. It's just a matter of time before the conspiracy is revealed.

    For all those who believed Wilson was beaten to a pulp, you are right. Here are the photos of his injuries that was presented to the grand jury.

    http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/11/24/7279311/ferguson-darren-wilson-injuries/in/7041840

    I guess the people are feeling the same rage Wilson felt when Brown "dissed" him. Wilson went berserk and murdered Brown. The people went berserk because the murderer wasn't going to answer for his crime, and took out there rage on their environment. Hope they calmed down enough to even volunteer to right their wrong.

    Posted in: Signs show Ferguson trying to move on from unrest

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    Shanique Smith

    More photos of Wilson's injuries as presented to the grand jury.

    http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/11/24/7279311/ferguson-darren-wilson-injuries/in/7041840

    Posted in: Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown resigns

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    Shanique Smith

    Why not cook the rice with pumpkin or peas or a natural food? Would it be considered deviating from the culture? The kids like making onigiri. Add more nori with rice meals then.

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    Shanique Smith

    I feel like crying when I look at this pic. Enlarge it and you will see in his background that he is really at a hospital. Then look at his face...NOT EVEN A SCRATCH!!!! Based on his statement in the grand jury report he was beat to a half stupor. Maybe I'm missing something here, as this photo was released by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office, so they must have noticed, but no comment.

    Posted in: Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown resigns

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    Shanique Smith

    FILE- This undated file photo released by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, shows Ferguson police officer **Darren Wilson during his medical examination after he fatally shot Michael Brown, ** in Ferguson.

    WOW!!! Look at that shiner!! He can barely open his eyes. His face is all swollen! That thug really beat his face to a pulp.

    No surprise there. This was the condition under which he was indicted. He could easily have been transferred to another station if his colleagues were in danger because of his presence at Ferguson. This is just 'soft' firing.

    He murdered the youth.

    Posted in: Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown resigns

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    Shanique Smith

    @Frungy This isn't about Wilson, it isn't about Brown... it is about the ongoing racism and persecution of African Americans going on in the USA.

    You hit the nail resoundly on the head. Another one bites the dust. At this rate Black males in the US will soon become extinct. They should be put on the endangered species list.

    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Akai-Gurley-Peter-Liang-NYPD-Pink-Houses-Shooting-Homicide-Ruling-283696031.html

    @John Constantine Dillon Taylor, was of mixed race. Hispanic and white. He was referred to as being white. The headlines I've read said, 'White man killed by non-white cop. The cop is not black, but is of mixed ethnicity just like Taylor. Don't know why you are spreading propaganda.

    He drew his gun, which Brown had grabbed and twisted until it dug into Wilson’s hip, Wilson testified. “I said: ‘Get back or I’m going to shoot you,’” Wilson recalled saying.

    Hulk had the gun pressed into the 6' 4 midget cop's hip and the cop never got shot. This cop who had a gun pressed into his hip told the youth to step back or he would shoot him?

    Dead man tells no tale.

    Posted in: Ferguson officer testified he feared for his life in confrontation with teen

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    @ WilliB

    That is quite a grand statement.

    The 'grand statement' is not exclusive to this incident. It blankets the multiple murders committed in the name of the law against black men. Even a twelve year old black male is a threat and needs to be wiped from the face of the earth. I am yet to see a white cop charged for murdering a black man. Why can they shoot, but not fatally or taser and apprehend white offenders but murder black offenders?

    Have you reviewed all court cases to arrive at that? And regarding the current case, have you seen the same evidence that jury has seen? Or did you just form a judgment based on some newspaper reports?

    I have an idea of what the jury saw. The prosecutor allowed the witnesses to be discredited without putting up much of a fight.There were 12 people who made up the grand jury. Are you confident that all twelve agreed to indict the cop? If just one member of the jury thought that he should be charged then there is room for doubt. Think about it, according to the man-made law, if eight said he should face charges, and four opposed he would be indicted. And he is.....

    @bass4funk

    OJ it was a predominately Black Jury that let him, so you tell me

    That's the difference with blacks called to duty; color doesn't mar their sense of justice.

    Posted in: Grand jury decides not to indict police officer in Ferguson shooting

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    Shanique Smith

    PM Abe, you are missing an arrow. There should have been four arrows. Even if your three arrows policy work the outcome is meaningless without the fourth arrow. The fourth arrow would be the arrow that ensures that the workers at the bottom of the economic scale feel the effects of the abundance at the top (big corporates profits). You were honest enough to say that those at the bottom should be feeling and not (and not are feeling the trickledown effect. What measures do you have in place to make that 'should' becomes a definite 'ARE'?

    I hate politricks.

    Posted in: Low voter turnout could erode Abe's call for fresh mandate

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    Shanique Smith

    There is no justice for Blacks in the US. Even if the police had just walked up to the youth and shot him in the head in full view of a thousand onlookers he would still have been acquitted.The people were right about the prosecutor. As a prosecutor most of his arguments were in favor of the accused. At least they didn't say the murderer was innocent, just that the prosecutor didn't do enough to unravel what really took place. I wonder if there were nine blacks and three whites on the grand jury with the same evidence, would the decision be the same?

    Posted in: Grand jury decides not to indict police officer in Ferguson shooting

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    Shanique Smith

    The caller said the boy was pulling the gun in and out of his pants. “I don’t know if it’s real or not,” the caller said. The boy did not make any verbal threats toward the officer or point the gun, but reached into his waistband and grabbed it after being told to raise his hands, Tomba said.

    The price of innocence. Obviously this kid was playing around, but eventually played around with the wrong set of people. This was a twelve year old kid obviously thinking like a twelve year old. Little did he know, that to the cops he was a killer black thug with a gun.

    <http://www.examiner.com/article/gun-wielding-white-man-tased-first > Sorry kid, I guess you should have been white then you would still be alive.

    Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer

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    Shanique Smith

    Shoganai Obama. It had to be. This is the only way Hillary Clinton will be the next president of America. It was ordained and so be it. Prophesy has to be fulfilled.

    You had one hand tied behind you in carrying out your duties, now both hands are tied. It's for a reason. Whatever happens to the economy and the country in the next two years time is to convince the American people that the GOP is not the answer. It is to their (GOP) own detriment that they have won, and only time will tell.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the next president of The United States of America in 2016.

    Posted in: Obama vows to 'get the job done' with Republicans

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    Shanique Smith

    I thought the town was the 100,000. Didn't know it was the twenty-six assembly members. The assembly members did not vote on behalf of the town. I guess the nineteen who voted 'hai' are protecting their interests/shares. The voices of the people go unheard...as usual.

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    Shanique Smith

    @FightingViking.. Sign in a store in Tokyo : "No dangerous subjects" - better be careful what you say...;-)

    One up for the Japanese. 'Subjects' can be used to refer to people. A subject is an individual who is subjected to the rule of an elite.

    @ Yakimo...I understand your point, but if the sign is intended for people who speak English it is only fair that it be written in English and not Engrish. If danger is involved it may take some time for the person who is reading to understand, resulting in injury/fatality.

    Nonetheless, I think that sentence is very poetic.

    Today is under construction. So be careful what you put in it. As tomorrow you will have to live with it.

    On a more serious note. Signs like these should help English teachers better understand problematic areas for their students. Why not give more summarization activities. Start with the long sentence ( “Please understand that, due to maintenance, the waterfall in the outer garden is not flowing today.”) and ask students to summarize using four words? See if you get back the same result as here. Take the opportunity to explain the whys and the why nots. Take the positives out of the negatives. Let your students summarize other sentences. A lot of natives do not spell correctly (outside of British and American spelling) so I wouldn't bang spelling. Natives frequently confuse their/there, your/you're, whose/who's to/too, and the list goes on.

    Some commenters write, "Ask a native speaker of English for help." Here they are thinking like a Westerner and not like a Japanese. Can't really expect a Japanese to act the way you think. Culture clash. From experience, there is absolutely no way that a Japanese will ask someone they see passing or someone they are familiar with, to check their grammar. If it is a school situation it is expected, but not otherwise. It would be like saying, You are better than me."

    Why does Engrish happen? Because the main focus is having blonde blue eyed American teachers to gape at, while using learning English as a front. Not dissipating anytime soon. Sorry, qualified teachers who do not fit the profile.

    Okay, enough for today's construction. The Best Ever Maid.

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

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    Shanique Smith

    Considering the present state of the English teaching industry, not even my worst enemy would I encourage to go to Japan and teach English. The whole industry is going downhill. It is just an all round money making venture for the companies. They will wrangle every penny they can from what the boards of education pay to have you. Due to its profitability there is a plethora of companies now taking on dispatch roles.

    Unless you go through the JET program, there is a 90% chance you will be underpaid and can only barely survive, living from paycheck to paycheck. Cost of living keeps going up and wages/salaries are decreasing. The dispatch companies and eikaiwas will try to reassure you by telling you the most positive things, but as soon as you fall in their trap you'll see their true colors come shining through.

    Some companies are very crafty and give a very low and a not so low salary range. Rest assured that when you are in their traps you will be given ridiculous reasons you get the very low end. Some only pay for actual teaching hours even though you are present at the school and performing other duties.

    The boards of education and ministry ignore the deplorable conditions under which ALTs/NETs work even though they might be aware of them. They just behave like the three wise monkeys. See no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil(Western interpretation...turn a blind eye). As long as there are some English speaking individuals in the classroom they can claim English is being taught and all is well.

    I could go on and on, but I'm going to reserve some for another time.

    In conclusion, presently, teaching English as a Second Language is just a backpacker's job with a backpackers pay, as Mr. Noidall stated, or if it's not about the money you could go and pretend to be volunteering.

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