To all the non-blacks who say “nigga” or any variation of the word…
Honestly reblog the hell out of this
"I’ve discovered that half the people would love to go into space and there’s no need to explain it to them. The other half can’t understand and I couldn’t explain it to them. If someone doesn’t know why, I can’t explain it.”
Al’Ride, Al’Ride, Al’Ride
Diego Ibanez, the guy who threw fake blood yesterday on NYC Commissioner Bratton, is facing 225 years for 9 counts of assault on an “officer of the peace”. And Officer Darren Wilson walks free for murdering an unarmed black boy. This is the society we live in and some of y’all wanna stay complacent as fuck. 225 years for throwing red paint. 0 years for taking the life of a boy who was jaywalking.
The older I get, the wronger the establishment is.
We all want to badly to control each other, because we live in such a chaotic world. Don't try to make yourself feel better by hurting other people. And don't let other people hurt you, either.
protect black babies at all costs
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: This week, NYPD cop Pedro Serrano has been testifying about the unfair targeting of Blacks and Hispanics for New York’s Stop and Frisk. To support his case, Serrano unveiled a video recording of superior ordering him to stop and frisk Black and Latino males between the ages of 14 and 21. This cop is very, very brave.Good cops don’t turn a blind eye to the corruption and racism being practiced by their fellow officers.
Brave man. I hope to all the gods he isn’t made to pay for it.
While agitators burned several buildings and cars last night in Ferguson and Dellwood, and while several businesses were looted, the police and the national guard did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to stop them. This is EXACTLY the image they wanted to be splashed over newspaper headlines this morning. They allowed this to happen in order to justify their heavy use of force and brutality.
The agitators were NOT regular protesters. The actions were NOT caused by a large group of people. This IN NO WAY matches or reflects on the consistently peaceful, organized protesters who have been active in Ferguson the last 108 days.
I have no idea who these agitators were, but I’m guessing they weren’t from Ferguson. Why would you burn businesses that you rely on in your own town?
However, if the agitators were black, the anger of the people who did these destructive things is valid. I don’t support what they did, but I understand that the deep hurt behind it at the continued and brutal injustice they face every day.
Or, it could easily have been group of white people who enjoy watching thing burn, who have no respect for this majority-black community, wanting to make the protesters look bad.
My point: The physical damage to property is NOT the story.
Police used tear gas on protesters in the streets of Ferguson, inside a coffee shop where protesters were meeting in Shaw, and in at least three designated save spaces. Among those gassed were children and observers from Amnesty International.
THE STORY: Darren Wilson got away with murdering an unarmed black teenager in cold blood, and police tear gassed peaceful protesters on the street, in a private business, and in pre-designated save spaces.
But how much of the REAL story do you expect to see covered in mainstream media? As from the very beginning, you’re best bet is to listen to the protesters themselves. They have been speaking truth and disproving lies from the police and media for the last 108 days. They are on a mission for justice, and we should all be following their lead.
“I wanted to comment on the tragic rift that we’re witnessing,” Bob Staake says about his cover for the December 8 issue, arriving next week. “I lived in St. Louis for seventeen years before moving to Massachusetts, so watching the news right now breaks my heart. At first glance, one might see a representation of the Gateway Arch as split and divided, but my hope is that the events in Ferguson will provide a bridge and an opportunity for the city, and also for the country, to learn and come together.”
Back in 2008 Staake created the iconic “Reflection” cover illustration of The New Yorker after President Obama was elected to office.
When you think of the US space program, spaceships and satellites may be the first thing that comes to mind, but there are plenty of mundane items that we take for granted that we have thanks to NASA and its contractors. Here are just a few examples of how NASA has improved life on Earth.
"Cuz He’s Black" pt. 2/2
- Javon Johnsondon’t scroll past, reblog and share.
The Colbert Report 11.19.14
You see how she explained how race is a social construct (it is) while ALSO SAYING THAT RACISM EXISTS AND IS FUCKED UP? You see how she did that? Don’t mistake this for colorblindness because it clearly isn’t.
I’ve seen so many folks of all races (mostly White people) on FB saying this is an validation of colorblindness and I’m just like DID YOU JUST STOP LISTENING AFTER THE FIRST SENTENCE OR WHAT?!
The fact that mean is often funny doesn't change the fact that mean is still mean.
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you know those things, when you were a kid, you felt were hurtful but you couldn’t quite figure out why they were hurtful and unfair and you couldn’t explain why the other person was wrong from doing them?
well, this is one of them.
When the last living thing dies, my job is finished. I’ll put the chairs on tables, turn out the lights and lock the universe behind me when I leave.
We Watch the Watchmen
This one is extremely important: the President is required to respond to this if it gets over 100k signatures. This one is to bring Darren Wilson up on federal charges.
Body cams for cops, equally important: the President is required to respond to this if it gets…
Finally, some of the good parts of Crooked Little Vein are coming true.
hey protesters if you have an up to date android or iphone mobile device you can get an app from the aclu called ‘police tape’ and when you take video of cops committing brutality against your comrades it automatically uploads to the aclu server, which means if your phone gets confiscated the police cannot delete the evidence. might be useful for some of you.
THAT IS AWESOME
Marching tonight for Mike Brown in NYC.
Spread his name like wildfire.
Many valid criticisms this morning in Ferguson.
Tuesday, November 25th
Anecdotes by medical practitioners"A woman came in for a baby check with her 6-month-old and she had what looked like chocolate milk in the baby’s bottle. So he started explaining to her as kindly as he could that she shouldn’t be giving her baby chocolate milk. At which point she interrupts him and says, ‘Oh that isn’t chocolate milk. It’s coffee! He just loves it!”
"I had a patient come in for an STD check. She was very upset and continued to tell me that she only had one partner. Progressing through my assessment, she further divulged that even if he was sleeping with other people it shouldn’t matter ‘because he uses a condom every time and he makes sure to wash it thoroughly after every use’.”
"Had a lady who measured her baby’s temperature by pre-heating the oven and putting one hand in front of it while the other hand was on the baby’s forehead. She told the nurse her baby’s fever was about 250 degrees.”
"Lady has to have foot amputated and is given waiver forms to sign pre-op. Buddy asks if she needs time to think about it. She’s very nonchalant and doesn’t seem to care much what they do. He gets suspicious and probes a bit as to why she’s not more concerned. She says she gets that they have to operate and it’s OK because the foot will grow back.”
"I had a couple who had been trying to conceive for over two years. I asked all the usual questions, how often do you have sex, any previous pregnancy, etc etc. Something seemed off to me during the consult, so I continued to ask questions. Finally I asked if he ejaculated while inserted into the vagina. Both parties looked confused.Turns out the couple was not having insertional sex at all. I had to awkwardly explain to them how insertional sex works. Diagrams were required.”
"Patient comes in, she’s upset. She’s pregnant, and she doesn’t understand why. She’s on the pill. Upon talking to her at great length, I find out that she only takes the pills on the days that she is sexually active – no other time.”
"Patient comes in with her bf. They are indignant, as if somehow I could’ve prevented [the pregnancy]. The problem? Well, the pills were bothering the girl’s stomach, so, being a gallant bf, he decided to start taking them instead.”
“I was explaining the treatment to the husband of a patient about to be discharged. He kept nodding and agreeing with me, but I knew it was flying over his head. Turned out a fundamental problem was that I was describing the drugs as ‘tablets’ and he had no clue what those were.”This literallyastounds.
this whole thread us fucking gold i’ll tell ya what
This is mostly what happens when funding for everything but “abstinence only” sex education gets cut in the country. I’m serious. When people are not taught about their bodies and how to interact with them, medical professionals (who are taught to assume a basic knowledge that no longer exists in the population) stop providing good care. Not intentionally, but because the instructions they give have gaps and assumptions.
My version, borrowing heavily from the above:
In light of recent events, I am writing to request that you make it a priority to create a law requiring police officers working on the streets to wear tamper-proof body cameras. In addition to severely limiting unwarranted police brutality, they can also serve as evidence in fair trials against those who knowingly break the law.
Our police have a grave and serious responsibility, but they also have a great deal of power. Our government was built on the basis of checks and balances of power, because we know, we have always known, that power needs to be moderated. If our police are to have power over us, we must, in turn have power over them.
If they are going to claim that the killing of another human being, a citizen of this country, is justified, then they must present evidence that this is the case.
The addition of body cameras as required equipment for officers is a very small step towards justice in our communities. But it is one that will help us move towards a better future for ALL citizens. I hope you share in my concerns and will work towards making America a safer place for its people.
Thank you for your consideration of this request.
Let’s get on this and make a difference, guys.
I feel we are at a turning point in the country. Body cameras on police officers is just the tip of the iceberg but it is a starting point and one specifically requested by Mike Brown’s family. I just contacted all of my representatives. You should too. Below is what I sent and I have no problem with others using it too. Feel free to copy and paste.
"In light of recent events, I am writing to request that you make it a priority to create a law requiring police officers working on the streets to wear tamper-proof body cameras. In addition to severely limiting unwarranted police brutality, they can also serve as evidence in fair trials against those who knowingly break the law.
To those officers who complain about a lack of privacy or trust, I would like to point out that there have not been many incidents in our country in recent years to promote feelings of trust towards the police in many major cities. Not only that but many people in America work in places where they are on camera 24/7. Millions of people who work in hotels, airports, offices, retail establishments and more are on camera more often than they are not.
Obviously much more needs to be done to close this rift in our country. We’ve been putting a Band-Aid on a gaping wound for the past few decades. I believe we are starting to rip that Band-Aid off and are discovering what has been festering as we have been ignoring it. I hope that the growing awareness of injustices in our country leads us to cleaning out that wound from the bottom up.
The addition of body cameras as required equipment for officers is a very small step towards justice in our communities. But it is one that will help us move towards a better future for ALL citizens who are born in this country. I hope you share in my concerns and will work towards making America a safer place for its people.”
You done good, friend. I pasted this into an email to my representative.
This is a good add-on to this post so i’m boosting it again.
(Continued) could be the 1 good cop. Even white, male cops are entitled to innocent until proven guilty and the due process of a grand jury. He shouldn’t have to pay for the sins of others. And likewise, although there r many innocent black youth harmed by the police, this might not b one of those cases. Mike Brown just robbed a store, assaulted the clerk, and was high on drugs. The witnesses that testified to him attacking n charging the officer were also black. Plz hold off until more is known
KNOW YOUR FACTS, KNOW THE TRUTH:
"MYTH: Wilson stopped Brown because he was a suspect in a robbery.
FACT: Wilson did not know Brown was a suspect in a strong-arm robbery that happened moments before the shooting, according to Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson. Wilson stopped Brown and his friend for walking in the middle of the street, Jackson said.
MYTH: Autopsies tell us EXACTLY what happened when Brown was shot.
FACT: Police say Brown struggled with Wilson inside his police car, then reached for Wilson’s weapon. Brown’s family and some witnesses say Wilson killed Brown as he raised his hands in surrender. Multiple pathologists say the autopsy performed by the St. Louis County medical examiner and the pathologist hired by Brown’s family could support either version.
Pathologists say forensic science alone can’t determine whether Wilson justifiably shot the teen.” [x]
Yes, Mike Brown had pot in his system BUT THAT DOESNT JUSTIFY HIS MURDER jesus. i have pot in my system right now, probably. do you have any idea how long pot stays in your system? if you’re a frequent user it can stay in your system for 7-30 days. even if he’d smoked an hour before he was shot, it doesn’t make a difference to me.
saying he had “drugs in his system” are specific words used to vilify an 18 year old boy.
^ “Reflective of the county’s racial make-up, which is 70 percent white, but not of Ferguson’s, which is about two-thirds black.” [x]
“For 104 days, the police have lied and said Mike Brown was killed 35 feet away from Darren Wilson’s SUV. It was actually 148 feet.
This distance is essential to the defense and how Darren Wilson must demonstrate that he “reasonably feared for his safety.” At the point in which Mike Brown ran half a football field away, how reasonable is it for an armed officer to fear anyone?” [x]
“Six different witnesses on the scene claimed that Mike Brown was shot at repeatedly from behind before he turned around, faced Darren Wilson, verbally surrendered, and put his hands in the air. Wilson, having already shot at Mike Brown at least six times while he fled, then fired off a barrage of four quick shots at the surrendered Brown he was looking at face to face, killing him on the spot.” [x]
“The Missouri prosecutor overseeing an investigation into the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has deep family roots among police: his father, mother, brother, uncle and cousin all worked for St. Louis’ police department, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.” [x]
Ferguson grand jurors are not barred from following news about Ferguson but are only allowed to use evidence they’ve seen in session to reach a decision
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MY OPINION THAT IT’S INJUSTICE ISN’T UNFAIR. IT’S UNFAIR THAT MIKE BROWN WAS UNARMED AND YET STILL SHOT AND KILLED.
You’re right, we should totally ignore peoples’ valid rage and anger and their case for justice if they happen to be destroying property while they protest. Destroying things to make a point is wrong. Next we know they’ll be throwing a lot of tea into the ocean or something.
What men mean when they talk about their “crazy” ex-girlfriend is often that she was someone who cried a lot, or texted too often, or had an eating disorder, or wanted too much/too little sex, or generally felt anything beyond the realm of emotionally undemanding agreement. That does not make these women crazy. That makes those women human beings, who have flaws, and emotional weak spots. However, deciding that any behavior that he does not like must be insane– well, that does make a man a jerk.
And when men do this on a regular basis, remember that, if you are a women, you are not the exception. You are not so cool and fabulous and levelheaded that they will totally get where you are coming from when you show emotions other than “pleasant agreement.”
When men say “most women are crazy, but not you, you’re so cool” the subtext is not, “I love you, be the mother to my children.” The subtext is “do not step out of line, here.” If you get close enough to the men who say things like this, eventually, you will do something that they do not find pleasant. They will decide you are crazy, because this is something they have already decided about women in general.”
A 12-year-old boy has been shot dead by police in the US as he played with a fake gun in a park.
Tamir Rice, who was black, died of his wounds yesterday in hospital after being shot twice in Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday.
A member of the public had phoned police saying people in the playground were scared by someone brandishing what looked like a gun.
In a recording released by officials, the caller can be heard saying: “There’s a guy with a pistol…you know, it’s probably fake but he’s pointing it at everybody.
“I don’t know if it’s real or not.”
The 911 responder twice asked whether the boy was black or white before dispatching officers.
When police arrived at the Cudell Recreation Center park, they told Tamir to raise his hands, deputy police chief Ed Tomba said.
When he allegedly took the replica gun from his waistband, an officer fired twice despite the fact the suspected weapon was not pointed at them and no threats were made.
The gun was an “airsoft” type replica that resembled a semi-automatic handgun. Fake weapons normally have an orange safety indicator on the muzzle but it had been removed, police said.
Cleveland police are investigating the shooting and the two officers involved have been placed on administrative leave in accordance with procedure.
Tamir’s father, Gregory Henderson, told local newspaper the Cleveland Plain Dealer that his son was a “respectful” young man and said the police should have tasered him instead of using live ammunition if they felt threatened.
Referring to police, he added: “You shot him twice, not once, and at the end of the day you all don’t shoot for the legs, you shoot for the upper body.”
After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors will present the case to a grand jury, which will decide whether the officer was justified in using deadly force against the boy.
A lawyer for Tamir’s family, Timothy Kucharski, said he had gone to the park with friends as normal on Saturday afternoon but did not know the details of what led to the shooting.
“We’re ultimately going to find out what happened,” he added.
Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, said the officers involved were not told the caller thought the gun might be fake.
Tamir’s death has sparked calls for new laws in Ohio to require all BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns sold in the state to be brightly marked to show they are fake. A similar bill is being implemented in California.
It comes after another black man with an air rifle was shot dead in Ohio in August.
John Crawford III, 22, was killed after a man called 911 to report he was carrying a gun in a Wal-Mart supermarket.
Police said they believed the air rifle Crawford had picked up was a real rifle and that he didn’t respond to commands to drop it but his family said he had just picked it up from a shelf while shopping.
A special grand jury concluded police officers’ actions were justified and the US Department of Justice is investigating.
The latest fatal police shooting comes as a grand jury in Missouri decides whether to indict a white police officer for shooting dead Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.
His death in August sparked weeks of protests and unrest in Ferguson, St Louis, and a harsh crackdown by riot police with armoured vehicles and tear gas.
The case has drawn international attention to the treatment of young black men by police in the US, reigniting racial tensions in some communities.
"The 911 responder twice asked whether the boy was black or white before dispatching officers."
there ya go
there it fucking is
"Tamir’s death has sparked calls for new laws in Ohio to require all BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns sold in the state to be brightly marked to show they are fake."
…AS OPPOSED TO MAYBE PULLING THE GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE RACIST COPS?!?!
Whites Dehumanize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Into A Trope To Silence Black People
MLK is regularly evoked by Whites in a dehumanizing fashion in order to police Black vernacular (subversion/reclamation), police Black people’s response to continued State violence and anti-Blackness, and to control Black culture and life via the myth that the politics of respectability can “earn” us humanity; humanity denied us as the very foundation and current reality of this country, in fact.
It is triggering, erasure, abusive, ahistorical and violent to remind Black people practically on the hour of the coordinated State violence (abuse, arrests, physical violence, FBI intimidation, surveillance/COINTELPRO, psychological warfare and eventually assassination) on MLK and other Black activists/ordinary Black citizens, and then suggest that us behaving like a White-washed version of MLK (one erasing his work and humanly flaws and replacing it with appeasing Whiteness and empty deification) now will “protect” us from the same State violence that Black people have always faced. (MLK’s “non-violent” actions were still classified as “extremist.”) Whites, who benefit from racism, think it is acceptable to tell Black people to “behave” like MLK, when he was murdered for the same reasons that we have to fight today.
Darren Wilson has half a million dollars via donations from racists, had paid leave, a new wife, is viewed as a White hero and was not indicted (such a decision is apparently statistically rare); will not even face a trial for murdering Michael Brown, despite dehumanizing and killing him. (Not suggesting that his theoretical singular indictment or trial would be “justice” in this anti-Black country; the system itself is violence on us.) He called Michael’s expression of pain after being shot looking like a “demon” and his own strength like that of a child versus Michael as “Hulk Hogan” despite being close to the same size as Michael and had a gun while Michael did not. He claimed that he thought Michael’s punch could “kill” him though his hospital photographs are bruise-less. Clearly he is illogical because of anti-Blackness; the entire testimony is negligence, willful distortion and a racist farce. Whites benefit from violence on Black bodies yet have the audacity and cruelty to suggest how Black people should feel and respond to that violence, in which Whites use other Black people like MLK as dehumanized vessels to funnel those suggestions through.
It is basically White people so utterly willfully ahistorical and intellectually dishonest that they engage in cognitive dissonance with why MLK had to exist as he did in the first place and why we fight now. They use his body as a vessel for their own racism, since their own bodies and lies are never enough. Always the use and consumption of a Black body. Even celebration of the lack of indictment isn’t enough for them; so many of them are trolling Black people online right now because even the State’s affirmation of our dehumanization cannot satiate their appetite for harming Black people. They always want us to accept their version of reality, at the price of our humanity.