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hervacationh0me:

yungronstoppable:

jamesaleks:

uberhaxorimmortal:

He thought he was invincible

here’s the link to the article

At first I felt bad thinking they were gonna be bogus charges. But no, this guy is a dumbest & got somebody shot & almost killed.

Let him have it.

guardian:

After Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, the opinion departments of Guardian US and the St Louis Post-Dispatch partnered to gather readers’ stories from around the world of being racially profiled by police. Our hope is that this sampling will help spur empathy – and then action, everywhere. 

You can read all 18 stories at Comment is free. Do you have an experience to share? Tell us using the #FergusonVoices hashtag. 

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I don’t understand why we’re talking about this. The prof just doesn’t understand how it is today because she’s from a different generation. I mean, we have Obama, right? And Beyonce! Listen, I have black friend, and her parents are dentists. So I don’t understand why we’re still talking about racism.
White Second Year Education Student, York University, in a lecture in an education class on race and racism (she said this in response to a black student describing a racist incident they experienced)

Imagine, an education major. Meaning they plan on educating people (most likely children). Yikes.

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dacuntgod:

beemill:

Massachusetts State Police Issue Apology for “Racial Profiling Saves Lives” Bumper Sticker, But Not Before Lying About It

Massachusetts State Police issued an apology Monday for a bumper sticker on one of their police cruisers that read: “Racial Profiling Saves Lives,” but not before lying about it.

Boston resident Chris Kantos, was walking Sunday morning and came across on official police cruiser, number 1183, and noticed an odd bumper sticker on it.

Kantos tweeted this image out immediately.

Instead of apologizing immediately, Boston PD removed the sticker and published a second image of the cruiser with no bumper sticker. Then accused Kantos of photoshopping the image.

“Why on earth would I photoshop something like that?” Kantos asked on Twitter.

read more: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-issue-apology-racial-profiling-saves-lives-bumper-sticker-lying/

*sigh*

(via daniellemertina)

disabilityhistory:

Jet magazine blurb about Andrew Foster, a deaf black man and educator who spent much of his adulthood working with deaf communities and building schools for the deaf in central Africa. 

The text of the image reads:

Deaf Mich. Scholar Wins 3 Degrees In 5 Years

A Detroit deaf mute, who studied year-round on various scholarships, chalked up three degrees since entering Gallaudet College, Washington, D.C., five years. He is Andrew Foster, 31, director of the Christian Mission for Deaf Africans in Detroit. His degrees include a bachelor of arts from Gallaudet, a master of arts in education from Michigan State Normal College, and a bachelor of arts in missions from Seattle Pacific College, Washington. Foster is currently worked toward a doctorate.

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x09:

niggasandcomputers:

femburton:

human-sloth:

this is the most important thing on the internet today

please explain this
snoopdogg

THE ONLY WHITE IM RIDING WIT 

i havent breathed for 2mins

this is so out of line, lol

i’m dying.

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journolist:

When #IfTheyGunnedMeDown Happens in Print: 

Section from the Rolling Stone profile of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two brothers who committed the Boston Marathon bombings vs section from the New York Times profile of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. 

H/T to @daviddtss 

dynamicafrica:

Lesotho Rocked by Gunfire, Claims of Attempted Military Coup.

It’s not often that this tiny landlocked Southern African country becomes a trending topic on Twitter or makes global headlines, but today was not any ordinary day.

On Saturday morning, media outlets began reporting that eyewitnesses had heard sounds of gunfire in the capital Maseru. It was also alleged, ad now confirmed, that the country’s military had taken control of the kingdom’s police headquarters and jammed some of the country’s radio stations and telephone lines. So far, the military has not provided any statements to the media and the official news agency in the country, LENA, is yet to release any information.

In June this year, South Africa sent a “stern warning” to Lesotho concerning the rising instability in the country. This came following the suspension of the Lesotho’s parliament by the prime minister, with the king’s blessing, as the country’s coalition government was on the brink of collapse.

Currently in South Africa since Friday, Lesotho’s Prime Minister Tom Thabane has said that he plans to return to the country.

Independent since 1966, Lesotho has undergone several coups

The earliest known inhabitants of the country were the Khoisan who were colonized by the Sotho-Tswana people, know the ruling majority, between the third and 11th centuries.

(image via sitesatlas)

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here we go again.

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atane:

The above are the first 3 responses to Dr. Redmond’s spot on tweet. This is the boorish behavior that Black people have to deal with from white people for merely speaking out against white supremacy. The harassment from white people towards Black people is constant and virulent. If you’re a Black person speaking out against white supremacy, white people will attack you or at the very least, they will have a major problem with you. They will attack you more than a “good” white person saying the exact same thing. Tim Wise does not put up with an inkling of the abuse Black people endure and he isn’t saying anything new. Discourse about white supremacy from a white mouth is more palatable to the white masses than from the mouths of those victimized by white supremacy.

Ironically, the “good” white people become like the rest of their white brethren when they attempt to separate themselves by saying “not all white people”. They too become a nuisance that everlastingly badgers. They are largely silent about injustice, inequity and marginalization at the hands of white supremacy. However, the minute the marginalized speak out against their abusers, they are quick to lend a voice in defense of the abusers. It’s because even when white people are clearly abusers, other white people still see their humanity. In the face of this abuse, merely pointing out that the perpetrators of the abuse are white angers white people. The abuse itself doesn’t elicit the same level of anger from them.

Another problem are these alleged white liberals. Truth be told, I get more harassment from white liberals than from anyone else. White conservatives don’t hide their disdain for Blackness. For them, it’s a badge of honor. We know where they stand. White liberals in contrast tend to be silent, but will speak up to center themselves in a crisis or will be apologetic towards white abusers, instead of condemning them. Many will not acknowledge that white supremacy even exists. If they do acknowledge a problem, they will wrap it up in empty platitudes about everyone needing to get along, how they don’t see race, how we’re all human, how they have Black friends or whatever post-racial nonsense they ascribe to, as if that addresses white supremacy. They believe that the problem “goes both ways”.

If the above isn’t you as a white person, do not take this as your cue to respond with “not all white people”. As the saying goes, the hit dog will holler. If something does not apply to you, then why are you hollering? Did I hit you? Maybe I did. The only thing many white people can bring themselves to say in response to Black suffering and white supremacy is “not all white people” or "this is reverse racism" or their favorite chopped up MLK Jr. quote “hate cannot drive out hate”. The response from white people is never a unanimous “the system of white supremacy is a scourge that must end and we must fight to end it”. It is never that.

Whiteness will always justify the extermination of Blackness. Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson by officer Darren Wilson and the Ferguson police in turn releases video stills of what they claim to be Brown being an alleged criminal days after his murder. This was completely unrelated to his murder, but there is always a reason for dead Black bodies when whiteness governs. So why did they release these stills if the Ferguson police themselves have admitted that it is completely unrelated to Brown’s murder at the hands of officer Darren Wilson? They did it to smear his image. This is a tactic of white supremacy. It always smears the image of a Black victim.

When Black people are victimized and dehumanized, they still aren’t quite human in the eyes of many white people. At least not on the level of white humanity. It’s why a white terrorist like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can be put on the cover of Rolling Stone, like he’s a heartthrob in a boy band, and be described as “popular and promising”, while unarmed Black people murdered by white people are criminalized in death. Their image gets smeared because full victimhood is relegated to whiteness. Innocence and chasteness will be awarded to a white murderer before a Black murder victim.

I don’t argue or engage with white people on this subject anymore. This Malcolm X quote is forever relevant. I’ll respond or say my piece if need be, but I won’t debate a white person about Black humanity. My response to “good” white folks will always be “go and get your people”. That’s all I have to say to them. Truly good white people don’t need to be told that. They know. Word to John Brown.

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themaroonvillage:

kushitekalkulus:

smoke-me-up:

bobsavage:

Capitalism.

I kind of want to cry

Why all white companies should be banned from the continent.

Any non-Afrikan company for that matter.

(via wontbetelevised)

Too many people out here acting like a beat down isn’t a possibility.

inquisitivequeen:

postracialcomments:

summerphoenixxx:

Our fight does not begin nor end in Ferguson. Around the country many young black men and women are losing their lives to police brutality and excessive force. We cannot turn a blind eye to this. Fergson is not a singular event. Nor should our response to it be. Police brutality is an epidemic in the black and latino community and it needs to be stopped. 

The information about the cop involved in this case still has not been released and all I can ask is who’s child will be next. 

Boost!!!!

There was 2-3 different police involved shootings in the Chicago area within the past few days. 

I’m sick. Physically ill. Why does this keep happening?

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We are taught that we must be better, smarter, and more polite because Black bodies are seen as worse, ignorant, and dangerous. We must remain on high alert as we navigate our own neighborhoods and are aware of tensions that arise when we walk through others. We are told to respect the police not because they have earned it by being our protectors, but because lack of respect can result in brutality and death. When we do succeed, we are considered exceptional, and when we fail, we are an expected statistic.

We have yet to reach the mundane. Our stories must be triumph or tragic because normalcy is not afforded to us. If we existed in the realm of the average, we would not be seen as a threat until we actually acted as such. If we were afforded normalcy, we would not exist in the extreme margins of society. As it stands, we are Oprah Winfrey or Renisha McBride, Barack Obama or Michael Brown. These are the narratives about Black people that resonate and attract attention — so much so that our existence as college students and professionals are still seen as exceptional, not expected.

Aisha N. Davis, “On Unforgettable Blackness,” TheFrisky.com (via thefrisky)

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