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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.

beeishappy:

Phillip Agnew of The Dream Defenders. The Dream Defenders is a human rights organization that’s building leadership and power among young people of colour to challenge racism in their communities.Phillip Agnew on All In

Being white means never having to think about it.
skyetownsend:

Oh shucks! Is it inconvenient to love black culture right now? Where did all y’all go? I swore all of you said you believe we are all equal and gotta stop seeing race cause we all bleed red. Please! Come on and join us! Standing up for justice is way more “hardcore” than listening to Jay Z uncensored if you protest until the sun sets. It will be really “edgy” and “hip” to hit the “ghettoest” parts of Ferguson right now! Who’s down? You should braid your hair up and slick your fully-adult baby hairs for some of the peaceful protests, and rallies.. it’ll be so cool, my “nig”! Come on! Let’s be black now!

skyetownsend:

Oh shucks! Is it inconvenient to love black culture right now? Where did all y’all go? I swore all of you said you believe we are all equal and gotta stop seeing race cause we all bleed red. Please! Come on and join us! Standing up for justice is way more “hardcore” than listening to Jay Z uncensored if you protest until the sun sets. It will be really “edgy” and “hip” to hit the “ghettoest” parts of Ferguson right now! Who’s down? You should braid your hair up and slick your fully-adult baby hairs for some of the peaceful protests, and rallies.. it’ll be so cool, my “nig”! Come on! Let’s be black now!

Black people: when we teach our history to our children, it behooves us not to exclude those skinfolk who blamed us for our own oppression and aligned themselves with the ideologies harmful to us. Our kids need to learn early that they will need to be able to identify people who are wholly invested in internalized white supremacy and #NewBlackness so that they aren’t thrown off course by surprise.

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”.

arcadequeen:

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arcadequeen:

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browneyesandthickthighs:

prettyboyshyflizzy:

candidinatlanta:

"As the protesters marched through the streets, it began to storm. Every time the thunder crashed, the protesters would cheer louder and louder. It seemed as if mother nature herself were cheering them on.."

We ain’t going away this time

Did they even MENTION this ON CNN?

aside from the interpretation of the results, this is a great way to help you understand the power in the numbers when it comes to whiteness, specifically, and in polling in general.
look at the “has gone too far” bars on the far left. 
For Blacks, that bar is set at 65%. For whites, it was 33% saying the police went too far. If the populations were about equal in size, you would see a about (65+33)/2 = 49 for the overall bar (another way to view this is 49 is equidistant from 33 and 65 …16 away from 33 and 16 away from 65). That’s what would happen if the populations were near equal in size. But they aren’t. So, what happens instead is the overall number is 25 points lower than it is for Blacks, in favor of the opinion of the whites…. such that it’s only 7 points higher than the white percentage.  Even though Blacks reported in favor of this nearly twice (200%) as much as whites, Blacks were only able to raise the overall percentage from that reported by whites by about 21% (7/33 = 0.21).
remember this the next time they try to blame Black people for something that happens at the polls.

aside from the interpretation of the results, this is a great way to help you understand the power in the numbers when it comes to whiteness, specifically, and in polling in general.

look at the “has gone too far” bars on the far left. 

For Blacks, that bar is set at 65%. For whites, it was 33% saying the police went too far. If the populations were about equal in size, you would see a about (65+33)/2 = 49 for the overall bar (another way to view this is 49 is equidistant from 33 and 65 …16 away from 33 and 16 away from 65). That’s what would happen if the populations were near equal in size. But they aren’t. So, what happens instead is the overall number is 25 points lower than it is for Blacks, in favor of the opinion of the whites…. such that it’s only 7 points higher than the white percentage.  Even though Blacks reported in favor of this nearly twice (200%) as much as whites, Blacks were only able to raise the overall percentage from that reported by whites by about 21% (7/33 = 0.21).

remember this the next time they try to blame Black people for something that happens at the polls.

The fact that only 37% of whites are willing to admit race is important to this case… 
i think this answers the question of how delusional can people be

The fact that only 37% of whites are willing to admit race is important to this case… 

i think this answers the question of how delusional can people be

In Dellwood, Ferguson, basically, in North County, if you’re black, they’re going to stop you,” a resident said according to a new report on policing in the area.

For residents of Ferguson, Missouri, and surrounding municipalities in St. Louis County, it’s not surprising that racial tensions have boiled over. In a town of 21,000, two-thirds of the residents are African-American, and many reports have highlighted a fraught relationship between Ferguson’s residents and its mostly white police force. Only three people in the 53-member police department are black, according to the Washington Post, and the Ferguson Police Department disproportionately stops and arrests black drivers.

“Everybody in this city has been a victim of DWB, [driving while black],” Anthony Ross, 26, explained to the Post.

Despite Ferguson’s relative poverty, fines and court fees comprise the second largest source of revenue for the city, a total of $2,635,400, according to the ArchCity Defenders report. And in 2013, the Ferguson Municipal Court issued 24,532 arrest warrants and 12,018 cases, or about 3 warrants and 1.5 cases per household.

Racially profiled *for profit* in Ferguson. From dirty tricks by the local courts to bogus traffic stops by the police, in a city where two thirds of the residents are Black people, these residents don’t just feel that they are getting stopped because of the color of their skin. Rather, they feel like they are getting stopped because of the color of their skin so that the city of Ferguson can profit off of them—for traffic tickets.

A literal “Black tax”

Read The entire article.

(via odinsblog)

Protesters upset about the smearing of Mike Brown converged at CNN headquarters.

we keep talking about “knowing your rights” as if having those rights observed and enforced isn’t the real issue.

shizukasmack:

therevtimes:

No. 168 “The Unarmed” 

Rest In Peace…

to Michael Brown, John Crawford, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell And the countless other lives that have been taken away from this world due to prejudice.

And an honor to the many people in Ferguson standing up, fighting, hoping that some kind of justice can be had in the midst of chaos.

At last, a new Revolutionary Times comic has arrived.