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Omarosa Was on a Panel About Police Brutality and Needless to Say it Went Off the Rails

There was little love for Omarosa Manigault at this year's National Association of Black Journalism Conference as attendees turned their backs and a panel on police brutality descended into chaos.

We've written about Omarosa Manigault before in not so flattering terms. That was one writer's opinion though.


Today she's causing an uproar in the American media sphere due to a panel appearance at the National Association of Black Journalist's Conference in New Orleans that people in the audience are calling everything from "tense" to "31 minutes of pure insanity."

The drama started when Omarosa, a White House political aide and Trump associate, was added to a panel on police brutality at the last minute causing everyone from the moderator—the New Yorker's Jelani Cobb—and another panelist—New York Times' Nikole Hannah-Jones—to pull out citing opposition to her last minute inclusion. Understandably, the journalists might be wary of a member of an administration that's show open hostility to working journalists and has issued some less than stellar rhetoric around police brutality.

An unnamed source told Page Six, “The majority there don’t want her involved. It’s heavy drama —even the moderator is refusing. Everyone sees it as extremely offensive.”

Here's a short clip of what you missed by not going to this years National Association of Black Journalist's Conference in New Orleans plus some of the better reactions to the drama, below.

Not everyone was annoyed though:

 

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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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