His name is King Leopold II of Belgium.
He “owned” the Congo during his reign as the constitutional monarch of Belgium. After several failed colonial attempts in Asia and Africa, he settled on the Congo. He “bought” it and enslaved its people, turning the entire country into his own personal slave plantation. He disguised his “business transactions” as philanthropic and scientific efforts under the banner of the “International African Society”. He used their enslaved labor to extract Congolese resources and services. His reign was enforced through work camps, body mutilations, executions, torture, and his private army.
Most of us – I don’t yet know an approximate percentage but I fear its extremely high – aren’t taught about him in school. We don’t hear about him in the media. He’s not part of the widely repeated narrative of oppression (which includes things like the Holocaust during World War II). He’s part of a long history of colonialism, imperialism, slavery and genocide in Africa that would clash with the social construction of the white supremacist narrative in our schools. It doesn’t fit neatly into a capitalist curriculum. Its bad to “say racist things” (sometimes), but quite fine not to talk about genocides in Africa perpetrated by European capitalist monarchs.
H/T Heather Carper
“Where I grew up, everyone called each other ‘nigger’ all the time. It was meant to be endearing, but I don’t think it’s healthy. Words have energy. If you were to refer to a child as ‘satan’ his entire life, how do you think he’d turn out? So I’m trying something new. Whenever I see someone, I refer to them as ‘mister’ or ‘missus.’ I’m trying to put that energy onto people.”
- WOMAN WHO FALSELY ACCUSED FALCONS LB BRIAN BANKS OF RAPE ORDERED TO PAY $2.6M - Brian Banks spent five years in prison after a woman falsely accused him of rape in 2002, and now accuser Wanetta Gibson has been ordered to pay $2.6 million in damages to the Long Beach Unified School District, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports.
Banks, who was a star football prospect at Long Beach Poly High, was convicted, lost his scholarship offer from USC and was sent to jail. Since the rape was alleged to have occurred on the campus of the high school, Gibson sued the school district, citing an unsafe environment, and was awarded a $1.5 million settlement in 2007.
In February 2011, Gibson sent a friend request to Banks via Facebook. Bank declined the request but did ask Gibson to meet with him, according to the Los Angeles Times. During their meeting, Gibson admitted to lying about the alleged rape. The conversation that was recorded by a private investigator which led to Banks’ exoneration in May 2012.
On the tape, Gibson said that she was reluctant to tell prosecutor’s the truth because she didn’t want to lose the $1.5 million that she had been awarded in the civil suit against the school district.
Gibson, who only received $750,000 of the $1.5 million settlement, will now have to pay the school district $2.6 million. The total includes paying back the $750,000 she received, plus attorney’s fees, interest and $1 million in punitive damages.
Karma is a beautiful thing.
Banks, on the other hand, continues to be one of the most inspirational stories in the NFL. The 27-year-old signed a contract with the Falcons in April and will be headed to training camp with the team in July. (Photo: atlantafalcons.com)
#dreamteam #magnacartaholygrail #jayz #timbalind #swizzbeats #pharrell #rickrubin
These niggas bout to create a record that is gonna summon Captain Planet…
For real, though, the thing I like about this picture is its simplicity. 5 heavyweights (say what you want to say about Swizz) wearing regular (maybe overpriced) clothes. No extra bodies. No extra anything.
All talent. No fluff. Guaranteed hits.
That’s the meaning of life to me.
Been on repeat for a couple of weeks almost.Played 0 times.
Watching random episodes of C’mon Son.
“Hi. I am writing to you because I wanted to share with you a video that we at allthingsharlem recently produced. It documents NYPD officers criminalizing students for arriving late to school. They set up checkpoints at train stations that are in close proximity to public schools then stop and question students and take down their information.
I am familiar with your work and posts and thought this might be something you would be interested in. We are trying to get more awareness around this issue which is something different than stop and frisk but altogether equally awful or maybe worse.
I appreciate your time and interest.
Paolo (Stil Here)”
Recently went record digging.
So I was on the train today and these two black guys were having a conversation not even that loud and said “nigga” like once when this white lady turns around and says “How do you think MLK Jr. would feel about you using that kind of language” and one of the guys snaps back and said “Idk maybe if your people didn’t shoot him I would know”
Yoooooo shut this bitch down
I AM SORRY BUT THIS IS WHY I AM EMBARRASSED TO BE AN AMERICAN. IF A HIJAB THAT DORNS THE AMERICAN FLAG PATTERN IS NOT ACCEPTABLE BUT SKIMPY ASS BIKINIS OR WEARING THE FUCKING ACTUAL FLAG IS ACCEPTABLE, JUST BECAUSE THE PERSON IS WHITE, I WANT TO FUCKING THROW UP.
(I don’t have a thing against Audrey Kitching, she was just merely and example).
But this fucking disgusts me right here. It makes me want to say, fuck this country and its racism and double standards.
I LITERALLY FUCKING CAN NOT
Give her a bullet to the head for walking down the street, minding her own business?? And they think SHE’S the terrorist.
White people are fucking monsters
Zimmerman seeks to censor prosecutors.
Yahoo! News: “Profiled”
“Self-appointed neighborhood watch captain”
Murder suspect George Zimmerman’s defense team wants these “inflammatory terms” banned from the opening statements of his trial. Jury selection begins on Monday.
“Some of these terms are disparaging, inappropriate, and if used in trial would serve only to unfairly prejudice the jury by eliciting unfounded connotations and unfair emotional responses,” defense attorney Mark O’Mara wrote in a motion to the court.
Prosecutors say Zimmerman, a volunteer crime watchman in his Sanford, Fla., neighborhood, profiled, pursued and fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Zimmerman, a licensed gun carrier and part-time criminal justice student, says he fired in self-defense after being attacked and beaten.
Zimmerman also wants to ban certain phrases from opening arguments:
“He got out of the car after the police (or dispatcher) told him not to.”
“He confronted Trayvon Martin.”
Motions seeking to limit evidence in a trial is not uncommon, but they seldom target phrases or characterizations.
It doesn’t sound like they’re confident about the verdict. They basically want to ban any mention of the incident that put George Zimmerman in that courtroom.
so basically, any mention of the truth
wow. I can’t wait for this fuckboy to fry