25 8 / 2014

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If you google ‘Eric Garner’ I guarantee you that almost every article by major media outlets will list some or all of the following: Garner’s height, weight, his (alleged) past criminal history, and that the police supposedly thought he was “illegally” selling cigarettes. And all this information will be in the first few paragraphs.

Here’s what most corporate news outlets won’t make so readily available (you may have to dig for it): precisely how many officers ganged up on Garner, their complete police histories, any crimes they may have committed in their personal lives, and not even the names of all the involved officers are listed. And you may or may not have read that Garner clearly said he couldn’t breathe at least six times, and that multiple witnesses said Garner had just arrived on scene and broken up an altercation.

The media is hardly objective and they begin covering for the police and victimizing the victim very early on. These lopsided “facts” and seemingly minor omissions is only the beginning. Wait until it goes to court. Then you won’t believe how much news outlets, the police and defense attorneys will demonize Mr. Garner.

Unless you’re Black. Then this is an all too familiar pattern.

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From Emmett Till to Rodney King to The Central Park Five to Oscar Grant to Amadou Diallo to Sean Bell to Trayvon Martin to Renisha McBride to Jonathan Ferrell to Jordan Davis to Eric Garner and so very many others…even though we’re always unarmed, there is never a shortage of disproportionately White juries eager to conclude that the act of merely existing while Black is always sufficient justification for inflicting brutality, imprisonment or murder onto any unfamiliar Black bodies

Seems like it’s always the same old song and dance whenever Black people seek justice from the system made to imprison us: Criminalizing BlacknessWhite people may commit crimes, but Black people are always viewed as criminals.

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And now Mike Brown’s character is being smeared by the media as well. Please don’t buy into it.

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19 8 / 2014

theorlandojones:

This is a very serious disease* so I gladly accept the “bucket challenge”

*My heart goes out to all those who struggle with ALS but I am, of course, talking about the disease of apathy.  If (and hopefully when) Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice and convicted of 1st degree murder, it still won’t prevent this from happening again. We cannot accept this as the status quo. We MUST continue the fight at the ballot box, in the media and by working to create systemic change. I’m not naive to the dirty politics (redistricting, voter ID requirements, etc) that will try to prevent us from our goal. But I refuse to give up hope. My “bullet bucket challenge” is not about pointing fingers and it’s not about being angry. Every shell casing in that bucket represents the life of someone who fought and died in the goal for civil rights and human dignity. As a member of law enforcement (yes I really am a reserve sheriff) I will not stand idly by while others violate civil and human rights under the cover of authority and I will insist that other good cops rise to the same standard as well. As a black man I will demand more from myself and my community. I will not allow outsiders to co-opt our struggle in order to commit violence in our name. I’m channeling my outrage into action so I no longer feel powerless. It’s not about black or white. It’s not about rich or poor. It’s about us vs. them. There are more of us — from all races, genders and identities — then there will ever be of them. And we will be victorious”

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality"

Join me.

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14 8 / 2014

Anonymous said: I feel so useless sitting here. What can I do to help Ferguson??

decodethefallenmoon:

natnovna:

there’s a bail and legal fund that’s been set up for those who’ve been arrested 

this person is trying to organize a food drive for school kids in ferguson

national moment of silence 2014 (for victims of police brutality) 

share the following: 

videos of what has happened

links to articles

how to make a tear gas mask

livestream link to the peaceful protests

Ferguson Police Department
Email (taken off the site) 

222 S. Florissant Road
Ferguson, MO 63135

Ph: 314-522-3100
Fx: 314-524-5290

Police department:
police@fergusoncity.com

Jackson, Thomas Police Chief - tjackson@fergusoncity.com (314) 524-5269 

Henke, Rick Captain - rhenke@fergusoncity.com (314) 524-5272 

McBride, Dennis Captain - dmcbride@fergusoncity.com (314) 522-3100 

DeCarli, Dan Captain - ddecarli@fergusoncity.com (314) 522-3811 

Nabzdyk, Ray Lieutenant - rnabzdyk@fergusoncity.com (314) 524-5277

Zoll, Timothy Business Liaison Officer/ Neighborhood Watch - tzoll@fergusoncity.com (314) 522-3100 (x.5533 or 5108)

14 8 / 2014

iwriteaboutfeminism:

A sample of tweets on #Ferguson tonight, 8/13/14

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25 2 / 2013

lesleyintheskywithdiamonds:

theonion:

Feb. 25, 2013

Dear Readers,

On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The…

I didn’t know about this until their apology but (pardon my French), the Onion can fuck off.

Here is some measure of relief for this disgusting story.

24 2 / 2013

handaxe:

Levar Burton.

handaxe:

Levar Burton.

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19 2 / 2013

riots-over-diets:

Priorities are a crazy thing.

riots-over-diets:

Priorities are a crazy thing.

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15 8 / 2012

The relative neglect of Oak Creek was not a foregone conclusion. Although the shooting took place at a gurdwara, or Sikh temple, the narrative of the incident contained enough archetypal elements to be compelling to all Americans. The murders took place at a house of worship on a Sunday. There was the heroic president of the congregation who, even though he was sixty-two, battled an armed attacker, sacrificing his own life. There were the children who sounded the alarm and joined fourteen women huddled in a tiny pantry for hours, listening to the agony of the wounded outside. There were the relatives at home, receiving texts and phone calls from loved ones. There were heroic police officers, a shootout, and the attacker’s death by self-inflicted gunshot.

There is also Wade Page himself, with his hate tattoos, photographs in front of swastikas, and his Southern Poverty Law Center dossier. Page so fits our stereotypes of white supremacists that, if he did not exist, it would have been necessary for Quentin Tarantino to invent him. Page appears to have hated blacks, Jews, Latinos, and probably everything else associated with modern multicultural America. Here is a figure whose malevolence should frighten all Americans, not just Sikhs, in the same way that Holmes should terrify all of us, not just those who watch movies at midnight.

Sadly, the media has ignored the universal elements of this story, distracted perhaps by the unfamiliar names and thick accents of the victims’ families.”


06 8 / 2012

faineemae:

haiderz:

deafmuslimpunx:

YAY, Islamophobia!!!

WTF?

I just read about this two minutes ago, first the sikh temple and now this.

Oh, god.

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06 8 / 2012

thedailywhat:

Wisconsin Shooting News of the Day: Former Army soldier Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old neo-Nazi, has been identified as the suspect in Sunday’s deadly shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, WI, that left seven dead — including Page — and four wounded.
Authorities say Page shot the responding officer nine times before he was killed bypolice.
Page last was stationed with the Army at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he was attached to the psychological operations unit but never deployed. He was discharged in 1998 “under honorable conditions,” which is less than honorable discharge.
The FBI is investigating the incident as an act of “domestic terrorism.”
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That is horrific. I am so saddened to hear about this.

thedailywhat:

Wisconsin Shooting News of the Day: Former Army soldier Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old neo-Nazi, has been identified as the suspect in Sunday’s deadly shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, WI, that left seven dead — including Page — and four wounded.

Authorities say Page shot the responding officer nine times before he was killed bypolice.

Page last was stationed with the Army at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he was attached to the psychological operations unit but never deployed. He was discharged in 1998 “under honorable conditions,” which is less than honorable discharge.

The FBI is investigating the incident as an act of “domestic terrorism.”

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That is horrific. I am so saddened to hear about this.

(Source: thedailywhat, via steviemcfly)