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pedazititos:

What the News Won’t Show About Ferguson

Message from my friend’s friend:

I went to ferguson yesterday and the majority of the complaints I got from citizens was media refusing to focus/cover on the love, COMMUNITY, and positivity vibrant throughout the city. Im trying to help change that.”

tokomon:

transnormativity:

LITERALLY how can this petition possibly still be struggling to break 70k signatures?? are you against more measures to keep cops from killing black people in the streets? in their own homes? please signal boost this petition to all your social media sites.

you can sign from any country in the world btw it’s not USA exclusive. get on this please.

1 million people is A LOT of people. They HAVE to listen to us. If it’s the least you can do, do it.

regalasfuck:

sweetheartpleasestay:

postracialcomments:

dealinghope:

mydamnblogposts:

darvinasafo:

Let’s see how many of y’all ready to show some SOLIDARITY…

Let’s make this happen!!

WE HAVE TO SPREAD THIS !!! 

Im for it

Yooooo. I’m doing this.

please do this

regalasfuck:

sweetheartpleasestay:

postracialcomments:

dealinghope:

mydamnblogposts:

darvinasafo:

Let’s see how many of y’all ready to show some SOLIDARITY…

Let’s make this happen!!

WE HAVE TO SPREAD THIS !!! 

Im for it

Yooooo. I’m doing this.

please do this

wretchedoftheearth:

sociolab:

One of my friends from undergrad is black and she has been sharing things on facebook about what’s going on in Ferguson with comments like, “can’t expect them (the police) to value our lives when we kill each other. We can’t blame the government and the white man forever.”

Hmm..

Hasn’t there been stuff written on how violence within black communities or between communities of color is instigated by those in power as a means of distraction? That’s terribly worded I know, but I can’t figure out what I’m trying. I’m thinking in terms of Marxist theory. If I was home right now I could look it up.

Simone, I need your help. Do you know what I’m talking about? wretchedoftheearth

Sorry for the late reply, I haven’t been on a computer long enough to write anything meaningful over the past couple of days. 

When it comes to violence, people ignore institutional and structural violence as they are less visible - and focus solely on the interpersonal. As Bourdieu said, “you cannot cheat with the law of conservation of violence" - structural violence results in other forms of violence.

I would say it has less to do with the role of violence itself but Blackness as criminality. When someone brings up any sort of “Black-on-Black crime” statement, I start there before I say anything else. 

1. Be it intimate partner violence, family violence, or a dispute between friends/acquaintances, the victim and offender usually know each other. The assumption that “Black-on-Black” crime should be lower only makes sense if you think that violent hate crimes are more common than they are.

2. The United States is very segregated along racial lines. Your friends, neighbors, partners, and coworkers are likely of the same race. Black Americans in particular are very racially isolated. Racial isolation (a result of hypersegregation results in a lot of bad outcomes):

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Racial isolation is totally the fault of the government, of white America, of racist policies, and of social inertia.

3. Due to racial segregation, it makes sense that not only is most “Black crime” intraracial, but most “white crime” is as well. 84% of white homicide victims were killed by other white people, while 93% of Black homicide victims were killed by other Black people [BJS]. 

4. People likely say “Black-on-Black crime” because crime has a Black face. While Black people do commit crime disproportionately (and are also victims of crime disproportionately) most criminal acts are still committed by white people.

5. Criminology is peculiar in that it is a very white field. It is not only lay people who like to spread the lie that crime is a Black thing or that Blackness is criminal - practitioners within criminology have also made this suggestion. Fewer than 50 Black people had received PhDs in criminal justice or criminology by 1995; Katheryn K. Russell has an excellent explanation of this and other aspects of crime and race in her book The Color of Crime.

6. James Q. Wilson - best known for his broken windows theory that inspired policies such as stop and frisk - also theorized that white racism is a result of Black criminality. 

This is false, as the United States is built upon a foundation of white racism. White racism precedes Black freedom so it certainly is not caused by Black criminality.

This is the crux of the “Black-on-Black” crime argument: that white people need not value the humanity or rights of Black people because Black people show disregard for Black life, in turn both proving the utter lack of worth of Black lives and their inherent inferiority, criminality, and savagery.

Criminologists, other academics, policymakers, and laypeople have attempted to promote the idea of Blackness as criminality and “The Negro Problem” since the end of Reconstruction. It’s not new, it’s the same argument and is built on the same racist assumptions (Khalil Gibran Muhammad discusses this in his Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America).

pedazititos:

michaelgordons:

PLEASE STAY SAFE GUYS (x)

Y’all this Louisville Purge is some ol’ police scare tactic bullshit. Please. If it comes from the news or the police first you shouldn’t believe it.

This post of over 30k notes consists of editorial writer David Schwartz using a sensationalized story of a man being hurt in front of his partner and grandchildren as evidence for why we should be scared.

That story is part of a much larger incident of a mob of black kids frustrated by the racism continuously enacted against them at the hands of law enforcement in the city. The event itself was highly racialized and reported in very antiblack ways in the news of Louisville (they literally only publicized the white victims of the violence and used this event as an excuse to hire more police [Louisville already employs over 1/5 of KY’s police] and increase surveillance), and the fact that the small snippet has been taken by author David Schwartz and reduced to a family man being attacked by teenagers is proof enough that this journalism is shady and not trustworthy.

My cousin investigated and apparently police guess the flyers were placed by the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) seeking retribution for the McCarthy era, where there was a brief “purge” of communists and their sympathizers from the country. CPUSA’s 95th anniversary is this year and this could be an attempt to draw public attention/interest.

AKA literally Red Scare government propaganda. I would be surprised if police didn’t make the flyers themselves. There’s a Katy Perry concert in town and they don’t want us black folks getting too rowdy about Mike Brown and our own police brutality at home.

We should deeeefinitely stay safe. But don’t support sensationalized racist news and don’t trust the fucking racist-ass Louisville cops or Louisville media.

lesbian-satan:

dietcrush:

mcdonalds is that white boy in class who tells everyone he’d date a black girl

"Women and people of color are disproportionately forced to work dead-end jobs with abysmal wages! Thumbs up!"

lesbian-satan:

dietcrush:

mcdonalds is that white boy in class who tells everyone he’d date a black girl

"Women and people of color are disproportionately forced to work dead-end jobs with abysmal wages! Thumbs up!"

racismschool:

Young demonstrators regulating themselves. Removed someone who they say has been know to agitate crowds.”

I needed to come back from hiatus to encourage those of you who want to keep up with what’s really happening in Ferguson to look to those who are actually there.

Take a moment to follow Antonio French on twitter and see what he sees. The video above is from his vine. Also an important follow in this moment.

Please remember that there are truths and then there are whole truths. The truth is, there are people who take great pleasure in getting folks riled up. The whole truth is that those people are being peacfully dealt with. The truth is, there are looters. The whole truth is that those looters were all of ten people, many of which weren’t from Ferguson. The whole truth is that hundreds upon hundreds have protested peacefully while breaking no laws only to have wooden pellets, rubber bullets, pepper balls and tear gas thrown in their faces by a racist gang who uses military style tactics. A racist gang who should be interviewing the key witness but haven’t “Gotten around to it” yet.

These are not the dogs of Selma. This is the violence of racism. Stop calling it everything but what it is.

This is racism. 

(Source: vine.co)

I know that tensions are high

cop-block:

But check the credibility of posts you reblog. The government HAS and WILL use divisive tactics to put us against each other, and this includes making up sensational stories on social media so that we no longer feel like we can trust each other.

How to fact check:

1) If the source links a…

iveseensomeheresy:

wretchedoftheearth:

the funniest thing to me about the anti-political correctness brigade is that it is so clear that their crusade has nothing to do with political correctness and everything to do with defending the status quo and their ability to say harmful shit without consequences.

make a mean comment about whites or men around them and watch how they turn around and say there’s a war on whites or boys/men

there’s no war it’s just that my being white has led to a huge amount of apathy and the struggles I might see around me every day have little to no effect on me

I’m fully willing to admit there’s a problem but since I benefit from it I don’t give a shit

Translation:

I am proving everyone’s point.

morningerections:

ramblingwayfarer:

feminishblog:

secretcallgirl:

insuh:

S - body portrait
women with bodies like this should never be ashamed because there will always be men like me who love them

Well thank goodness for men like you who are obviously the imperatives of womens’ body and self confidence 

Exactly. Fuck this shit. Yes, the woman in this photo has a beautiful body, but this photog is shit. Some of his other “work” looks like he’s trying to impersonate a gross daddy dom with his breast grabbing and skirt lifting shots.
Women don’t need to give a fuck all if men like you “love us” (aka enjoy objectifying and fapping to us). We are great all on our own and don’t need your approval.

Also, I will never trust a man who only makes art about naked women. For many reasons.

let’s hate on men, cuz that’s the cool thing to do now i guess.

Translation:Telling a man who fetishizes fat women and who thinks his opinions on women’s bodies should affect their self worth that they’re being sexist = hating on men.

morningerections:

ramblingwayfarer:

feminishblog:

secretcallgirl:

insuh:

S - body portrait

women with bodies like this should never be ashamed because there will always be men like me who love them

Well thank goodness for men like you who are obviously the imperatives of womens’ body and self confidence 

Exactly. Fuck this shit. Yes, the woman in this photo has a beautiful body, but this photog is shit. Some of his other “work” looks like he’s trying to impersonate a gross daddy dom with his breast grabbing and skirt lifting shots.

Women don’t need to give a fuck all if men like you “love us” (aka enjoy objectifying and fapping to us). We are great all on our own and don’t need your approval.

Also, I will never trust a man who only makes art about naked women. For many reasons.

let’s hate on men, cuz that’s the cool thing to do now i guess.

Translation:

Telling a man who fetishizes fat women and who thinks his opinions on women’s bodies should affect their self worth that they’re being sexist = hating on men.