Jake&Papa - FREEDOM(Official Video) (by jakeandpapa)
long been a favorite song of mine. they released the video for it today
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Trayvon Martin was due to be 18 today…
But it didn’t happen because of racism. It didn’t happen because a Black male has been made a threat by default….so much so that even when he is murdered because of an irrational fear that is both fueled by and fuel for racism (that damn feedback loop is a trip), people will look for ways he could have avoided death by making himself less threatening.
We tell our Black and or otherwise darker-skinned male children of color what clothes they shouldn’t wear - hoodies, sweatshirts, jeans, Timbalands, white t-shirts, bubble jackets (because, somehow, protecting yourself from the elements is less important than protecting the worldview of racists). We tell them they shouldn’t mimic their favorite popular artists/celebrities like white kids do unless their favorite artist is some clean-cut white guy and even then they have to modify the impression if it still makes them look too “other”. We tell them to speak with a certain dialect and to speak softly in the presence of whites (“don’t be so loud” and take some of the bass out of your voice). We tell them to make themselves appear smaller or it will make the whites nervous. In short, we demand that nonwhite males do their best white male impression or be less visible if they want to……live.
And instead of pointing this out, instead of fighting it every waking moment, we say “that’s just the way it is” and keep moving until the next Black boy is murdered because someone felt threatened by his very presence, by his audacity to exist unapologetically in white space.
Then we sit by and watch as the same story pans out -
1) Black person murdered
2) media ignores until they’re forced to report
3) media refuses to say “murdered”
4) speculation that typically revolves around finding some fault with the victim… some way to paint him or her as the aggressor
5) feigned outrage when #4 fails
6) “solutions” that amount to ways nonwhites could make themselves less “scary” to whites instead of ways whites can curb their racism.
“After all this is over, you’re going to be able to have a great life,” Shellie Zimmerman gushes in one April call. Zimmerman replies, “We will. … I’m excited.”
In the calls, Zimmerman gives Shellie detailed instructions about how to move money from one account to another, in what prosecutors say was an attempt to deceive the court into believing he was broke and setting a low bail figure. He makes many references to “Peter Pan,” an apparent code phrase for PayPal. The two appear confident that he will be exonerated—at one point Shellie calls him a “special and amazing role model.”
This is sick.
rot in hell, both of you.
I just need everyone to note that their lives are BETTER after killing a Black child. They have been REWARDED with real, true monetary and institutional support. Even if dude does a bit of time, he will come out with cash and connections to people in power. Well, more than he already had…
These people will burn. Good God.
NYPD takes the life of another black male
June 18, 2012
On April 12, 2012, Laverne’s son Tamon Robinson, like Trayvon Martin, encountered someone who made a wrong assumption based on his age and the color of his skin. In Tamon’s case, it was a police officer, while in Trayvon’s case, it was a civilian, George Zimmerman. But in both cases, because the young men were African American, their lives were cut tragically short.
Tamon worked in as a barista at the Connecticut Muffin café on Lafayette Avenue in Fort Green, Brooklyn. On the side, he collected bricks, stones and other discarded building materials and sold them for scrap. Around 5:30 a.m., on the way to his car that morning, Tamon stopped to collect some old paving stones that the Seaview Houses were throwing away. He had permission from the building’s management to take them.
Officers in a patrol car spotted him and assumed he was stealing. When two officers began chasing him, Tamon ran toward the building where he had, until recently, lived with his mother. He had moved into his own apartment, but still had a key and stopped by to visit her every day.He was barely 100 yards away from the entrance when a third officer drove a police cruiser onto the sidewalk and ran him down. A witness reported seeing Tamon fly up into the air and then land on the ground. Officers were overheard telling him to get up before picking him up and throwing the unconscious man onto the hood of the car. When they realized he was not responding, they finally called emergency medical services.
In some twisted irony, during a canvas looking for witnesses, the same officers knocked on Tamon’s mother’s door. Ms. Dobbinson was told there had been an accident and asked if she saw anything. She was unaware that the young man injured in the accident was her son. It was not until later—around 4 p.m.—that officers returned to her door to tell her that her son was in the hospital in a coma.
When Laverne Dobbinson arrived at the hospital, she found Tamon handcuffed to the bed in spite of the fact that he was in a coma. Initially, she was not allowed into the room to be with her son. Officials kept her and other family members from Tamon’s bedside where they could give comfort and talk to him. After two days, the police finally relented. Six days after his encounter with NYPD, his family made the painful decision to end life support.
Speaking with Tamon’s mother after the rally and march, I asked her to tell me about her son. “He was a good son, never got into any trouble,” she told me. “He never was involved in drugs or gangs. He was friendly; it was rare that he ever got angry with anyone. He was a hard worker and was trying to go to college.”
The cheers of fellow cops for her unarmed son’s killer stung Constance Malcolm as cruelly as the bitter tears in her eyes.
“That’s how they work,” the heartbroken mom said Wednesday after Officer Richard Haste was sprung on $50,000 bail in the Feb. 2 shooting of Ramarley Graham. “You see it every day.”
Malcolm and her husband, Franclot Graham, sobbed throughout the Bronx Criminal Court hearing where Haste softly pleaded innocent on his 31st birthday. The weeping Graham faces Father’s Day without his son.
Yet the assembled cops still applauded their brother in blue, who faces up to 25 years in prison, in a salute that struck the Graham family like a slap in the face.
“It puts salt in the wounds.”
Courthouse protesters infuriated by the Bronx killing offered a vocal counterpoint to the clapping by taunting the four-year NYPD veteran.
“NYPD, KKK, how many kids did you kill today?” the demonstrators chanted at Haste, who appeared in court on crutches after a recent motorcycle accident.
Prosecutor Donald Levin, during the arraignment, said Haste’s decision to fire a single fatal shot into Graham was “neither reasonable or justifiable.”
In the most detailed description yet of the fatal encounter, Levin said Graham and Haste were just a few feet apart inside the cramped second-floor bathroom.
Haste “stood face to face with Ramarley Graham,” his weapon pointed directly at the teen, whose grandmother and 6-year-old brother were nearby, Levin said.
So i shared the story of Darius Simmons on Twitter after seeing it on Tumblr… to say it went viral would be an understatement.
I didn’t @ anyone or any news outlets… just shared a story with my followers.
13 yr old black child murdered in front of his mom by 75 yr old white neighbor while retrieving trash can bit.ly/M2G8Sz— Christel (@CNRush) June 5, 2012
@DomZenga is there a particular reason you shared that link with me specifically…besides the obvious “but white ppl get killed too” tears?— Christel (@CNRush) June 6, 2012
@CNRush it is ridiculuos how people do crimes like this. People need to realize it isnt white or black. we are all ONE race..the HUMAN race— domenic zenga (@DomZenga) June 6, 2012
@CNRush Don’t blame u for tweetin an old white man murdered a black youth b/c it’s such a rarity. 99.9% time its a black murdering someone.— Phil McCrevis(@kickbackmiami) June 6, 2012
@kickbackmiami just going to pull numbers out of your butt huh?….— Christel (@CNRush) June 6, 2012
mind you the story dude tweeted me is from 2009. I swear all of this is in a handbook somewhere.
Kill a White kid and you have to prove that kid was guilty of the specific crime you accused her/him of for it to be justified.
#TheProblem Kill a Black kid and we have to prove that child was innocent of any and every thing for his/her murder to be considered murder.— Christel (@CNRush) June 5, 2012
i tweet about yet another black child murdered because black skin = “must be a violent criminal to be disposed of” and Ws send me a sad face— Christel (@CNRush) June 5, 2012
I understand that you want to distinguish yourself in a “I’m not that kind of white person” way… but we’re talking about a murdered baby.
this here —> :-(… or telling me “that’s so sad” helps NOTHING.— Christel (@CNRush) June 5, 2012
You want to be helpful? Realize that Trayvon wasn’t an isolated case (like we’ve been telling u for decades at this point) and be vocal
go off on your friends with their racist jokes that you like to say are “just good-natured fun/ dark humor”. #howyoucanhelp
spaz on the biased reporting in the news AND the portrayals of People of Color in the media (movies, television) #HowYouCanHelp
but sad faces and “oh, that sucks” or “you know… we’re not ALL like that” … yeah… don’t need it. not preventing this from continuing.— Christel (@CNRush) June 5, 2012
I see some people are saying “well at least Darius Simmons’ killer is in jail right now”… that’s so not the point. the crime itself is.
The racism that led to his death is the point. The fact that IT KEEPS HAPPENING is the point.— Christel (@CNRush) June 5, 2012
And why is this just now coming out? They could have squashed hat bs long ago
rip trayvon martin
Oh look, HE PAID for the soft drink and pack of skittles. To all of those who theorized that he stole them, remove your existence from this planet.