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I wish I didn’t have to tell some of you that victim-blaming when a Black person is murdered by police is a huge no. That it doesn’t matter if they were on the honor roll, or smoked weed sometimes, or were going to college, or what brand of hoodie they wore, or even if they spent time in jail at some point. That the right to walk down the street without being a target for murder by the police isn’t a right one should have to prove themselves worthy of. That we should all just have that right by virtue of being human beings.

When you’re Black, you don’t always get the benefit of being seen as a human being, though. Black people are seen as ‘up to no good’ by default. The truth is that our lives, like anyone else’s, are filled with good choices as well as mistakes, achievements we’re proud of as well as missed opportunities. Successes. Failures. Just like everyone else. But what’s also true is that we, as marginalized people, get fewer do-overs. The system is rigged to punish us at every possible opportunity. Longer prison sentences compared to whites who commit the same crimes and disproportionate rates of suspension and expulsion for even Black pre-schoolers attests to this.

If we were to talk about a victim’s past, we would have to talk about it in a context of oppression. But, you know what? We don’t need to talk about it at all. Because it is irrelevant to issue of their victimization. Just like bringing up a victim’s past to justify her rape is wrong, bringing up a victim’s past to justify his murder by police is also wrong. Yes, even when those people are Black.

Teach your children about Ferguson, MO. I’m almost certain it won’t be included in history books or curriculum. Make sure you tell them WHY this happened. Link it to the institutionalized racism and the uptick in murders of Black people by irate, entitled, gun-nut white men, uniformed and otherwise… murders that had gone unpunished.  Make sure they know about the practices of the Ferguson PD, Stop & Frisk in NY, etc. Tell them of the coverups. Remind them of Chris Dormer and the LAPD. Make sure that they know, in all of this, all we wanted was our full humanity…. the same full humanity and protection afforded to everyone else for which we’d been begging for centuries but were consistently refused.

I’ve learned that when it comes to racial profiling and the destruction of Black bodies, “waiting for the facts/system” means “i refuse to read up on this myself and am just going to go with whatever explanation they give that doesn’t make me acknowledge white privilege and genocide”.

Feeling threatened is not the same thing as being threatened.

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Pharoahe Monch speaks out against gun violence while personifying the bullet in his lauded trilogy.

  1. Stray Bullets (1994)
  2. When The Gun Draws (2007)
  3. Damage (2012)
Correct me if I’m wrong but no other rapper aside from Macklemore has ever paid tribute to Trayvon Martin. Aside from Plies, Wyclef Jean, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Game, Ace Hood, Lil Scrappy, Papoose and numerous other rappers. Let’s not forget Jamie Foxx and Ebony Magazine who were applauded as “wise” and “educated” for speaking out against racism. Oops, wait.


Boom! From the moment I saw that Hurricane Katrina photo side by side with coded racism in how hurricane survivors acquired resources to more recently Nicki/Miley media narratives and now Jamie/Macklemore, I keep remembering how White people and White supremacist media are not even trying. They are blatantly going to applaud the beneficiaries of oppression for saying something about what they will never experience while further oppressing the oppressed who speak out. And then they call this process of sheer White supremacy and racism being an “ally.” Both comical and disgusting.

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Medical Examiner In Zimmerman Trial Sues For $100M, Claims Prosecution Threw Case [VIDEO]



I said this from the very beginning and this was obvious to anyone who observed the entire trial of Trayvon Martin’s murderer:

H/T Lucious Powell

raise your hand if you’re surprised

we KEPT saying this. they never intended to actually put Zimmerman in jail. NEVER.

oh… and Shiping Boa was fired last Friday… so… 

UN Asks US to Review Trayvon Martin Case



United Nations, Sep 3 (Prensa Latina) - The United Nations is urging the United States to examine its discriminatory laws against the African-American population in that country and review the case of Trayvon Martin, murdered in Florida.

The UN is demanding a swift conclusion to an analysis of the trial that ended up absolving the self-styled security guard George Zimmerman in his cold-blooded murder of the 17 year-old Martin in February, 2012.

The appeal was lodged in Geneva by Verene Shepherd, head of the UN working group dedicated to African descendants, and UN Special Narrator Regarding Racism, Mutuma Ruteere.

"We have asked the US government to guarantee that its laws correspond with international legal obligations," emphasized the specialists of this world body.

They also recalled that United States is a signatory to the international conventions on civil and political rights as well as the elimination of racial discrimination and other related agreements.

They also stressed that the case of Martin proved that African-Americans in the US face increased racial discrimination.


September Issue of ‘Ebony’ Dedicates Four Covers to Trayvon Martin

Ebony Magazine recently released the cover imagesof its upcoming September issue and it’s clear…

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September Issue of ‘Ebony’ Dedicates Four Covers to Trayvon Martin

Ebony Magazine recently released the cover imagesof its upcoming September issue and it’s clear…

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Think about it: We’re told over and over that if Zimmerman was afraid of Martin, according to Florida law, he had the right to put a bullet in the chamber of his concealed handgun, get out of his car after being told not to by the 911 dispatcher and follow and confront Martin and shoot him to death.

At the same time, we are told that Martin, who had far greater reason to fear Zimmerman, practically and for reasons of American history, did not have the right to confront his stalker, stand his ground and defend himself, including by using his fists. We are told that this was entirely unjustified and by doing so, Martin justified his own execution.

Juror Says ‘George Zimmerman Got Away With Murder’



A woman who sat on the all-female jury that acquitted George Zimmerman said in an interview set to air Friday that the former neighborhood watch captain “got away with murder” in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. 

Juror B29, the lone minority on the jury, allowed her face to be shown in her interview withABC’s Robin Roberts and disclosed a first name of Maddy. But the 36-year-old nursing assistant, who is Puerto Rican, did not offer her last name, citing security concerns. 

In the interview that will air on “Good Morning America,” Maddy said that she and the jurors followed Florida law and the evidence put forth was not sufficient to prove murder. And for that, she said, Zimmerman walked.

"George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can’t get away from God. And at the end of the day, he’s going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with," Maddy told ABC. "[But] the law couldn’t prove it."

Maddy said she expected to be the juror “to give them the hung jury.”

"I fought to the end," she said.

You didn’t fight hard enough, ma’am. You said “not guilty” in the courtroom.

i’ll be drinking tonight when this airs. you might get a drunken, angry response. 






If you still haven’t seen it, here are Obama’s remarks on Zimmerman, Trayvon and racial context earlier. Check out the transcript and more here.

You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African- American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African- American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that — that doesn’t go away.

There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. And there are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator. There are very few African-Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.

And you know, I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear.

The African-American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws, everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.

Now, this isn’t to say that the African-American community is naive about the fact that African-American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system, that they are disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. It’s not to make excuses for that fact, although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context.

We understand that some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history.

And so the fact that sometimes that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration. And the fact that a lot of African-American boys are painted with a broad brush and the excuse is given, well, there are these statistics out there that show that African-American boys are more violent — using that as an excuse to then see sons treated differently causes pain.

I think the African-American community is also not naive in understanding that statistically somebody like Trayvon Martin was probably statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else.

So—so folks understand the challenges that exist for African- American boys, but they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it or — and that context is being denied. And—and that all contributes, I think, to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.

President Obama

Y’all done acting like he doesn’t care about Black folks now or nah?