A coalition of volunteer medics, community organizers, cultural workers, artists, media specialists, counselors, and legal professionals (from New York, New Jersey and Phildalephia) are organizing a freedom ride to Ferguson, Missouri in support of and in solidarity with local activists and civilians in an attempt to bring attention to and justice for not just Michael Brown’s family, but for justice for all black people particularly as we battle against institutionalized racism.
Yes, this is being funded through Go Fund Me, which I know some people are boycotting. But my perspective is that Go Fund Me is merely a tool that some racists are using and we can likewise use it in an anti-racist manner.
I just donated.
If it is within your means to donate to this effort, please do.
Every little bit helps.
If you cannot help, please find it in your heart to share this list far and wide.
Thank you, fam!
Not Marlo Thomas.
Definitely Not Maxi Priest and Shaggy.
The small city of Jennings, Mo., had a police department so troubled, and with so much tension between white officers and black residents, that the city council finally decided to disband it. Everyone in the Jennings police department was fired. New officers were brought in to create a credible department from scratch.
That was three years ago. One of the officers who worked in that department, and lost his job along with everyone else, was a young man named Darren Wilson.
Some of the Jennings officers reapplied for their jobs, but Wilson got a job in the police department in the nearby city of Ferguson.
On Aug. 9, Wilson, who is white, killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown after Brown and a friend had been walking down the middle of a street.
Wilson, 28, has completely vanished from public view. He has not explained publicly what happened in that brief, lethal encounter.
from The Washington Post
(H/T Sarah Dresser)
The police can go to downtown Harlem and pick up a kid with a joint in the streets. But they can’t go into the elegant apartments and get a stockbroker who’s sniffing cocaine.
I’ve seen more drugs behind the brick walls of my private college than I have ever even heard of back home in my hood.(via evilfeminist)
Noam Chomsky is also everything.
In America, a very large group of people—not just white people, but people of various races and ethnicities—are terrified, wary, and weary of entertaining conversations about racism, specifically, anti-black racism.
These individuals are united in their belief that black people are either imagining or exaggerating any obstacles we face or any oppression we endure as a result of anti-black racism. They go even further in believing that any difficulties experienced by black people are brought on by black people ourselves; that black skin, black hearts, black minds, black beings, black existence are, in and of themselves, symbols of defective and savage pathologies that self-fulfill a life of degradation, violence, death and woe. Biblical is their understanding of us as children of the cursed son of Noah.
And so sympathy is shriveled up.
And habbages are pulled up.
And black children’s brain matter is scattered carelessly about the streets.
And the rivers run red with the blood of black women.
And black men are turned into Christmas ornaments for the trees of folks who celebrate unholy things.
And little Ethan and little Madison sleep soundly knowing that the people whose boogey they imitate but can never duplicate have been put in their places.
And all is right in Amerikkka.
For they have discovered the insidious secret of war:
Slow and steady wins the race.
When you have made black people lower than domesticated animals;
When you have used technology to convince the world that they are a deadly abyss;
When you have elected one of them as a cipher;
When you have picked them off one by one, rather than rounded them up by the thousands…
No one will call it by its name.
No one will call it genocide.
The cast of A Different World on Living Single:
- Dominic Hoffman (Julian Day) as Patrick
- Cree Summer (Freddie Brooks) as Summer
- Charnele Brown (Kimberly Reese) as Jackie
- Kadeem Hardison (Dwayne Wayne) as Marcus Hughes
- Lou Myers (Vernon Gaines) as Milton Hampton
- Jennifer Lewis (Dean Davenport) as Delia Deveaux
- Bumper Robinson (Dorian Heywood) as Ivan Ennis
- Jasmine Guy (Whitley Gilbert) as Dr. Jessica Bryce
- Darryl M. Bell (Ron Johnson) as John
- Karen Malina White (Charmaine Brown) as Shayla
This made my day.
So we all know DJ Mustard is recycling that one ass beat, right?
Kid Ink’s Show Me
Jeremih’s Don’t Tell ‘Em
Ty Dolla $ign’s Paranoid [tw: blood, implied murder]
Kid Ink’s Main Chick
How do you have one beat in your whole repertoire?!
It’s really crazy to me that this kind of laziness is allowed, encouraged really.
And it’s not even a good beat!
White dude in St. Louis named Kevin Miner was wanted for burglary.
He eluded police officers until they conducted a search of a resident’s home and found him.
He attacked both officers, breaking one cop’s hand. The media even alludes to Miner being forced to “fight back” against the police because of how he was being apprehended!
Miraculously, the cops managed not to punch him in the face repeatedly, put him in a chokehold, or shoot him six times including once in the face and once in the head.
He, in fact, barely had a scratch on him.
The next time someone says to you:
"BUT IT’S NOT ABOUT RACE (Patent Pending)!"
Throw your tea dead in their face Dominique Deveraux-style and pump on away from them like Naomi Campbell.
Imagine you have your hands in the air and are trying to calmly deal with being unjustly arrested when one of the cops starts yelling, no screaming at you to stop “resisting” and stop reaching for his gun. Your hands are in the air. This is terrorism.
Single greatest picture you’ll see all day: The Negro Leagues’ woman pitcher and Little League’s girl pitcher— negroleaguesmuseum (@nlbmprez)August 14, 2014
Please!!! I encourage anyone who follows me or sees this to sign this petition. My city is under a lot of distress right now for this wrongful doing. Here is the link to sign the petition… https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/mike-brown-law-requires-all-state-county-and-local-police-wear-camera/8tlS5czf
see this makes more sense, change.org wouldn’t do shit but here the government HAS to look at it
Civil Rights Movement vs Ferguson Protests
Horrifying, but needs to be shared.
Peaceful protesters literally standing quietly and calmly with their hands up. St. Louis PD opens fire on with with tear gas and rubber bullets.