|White people:||You have to wait for the facts before you talk about Ferguson!|
|Eyewitnesses:||He was on his knees with his hands up.|
|Medical examiner:||There was no gunpowder residue on Mike Brown, no sign of struggle, and there were entry wounds on the inside of his arms and the top of his head, implying he was on his knees with his hands up.|
|Convenience store owner and clerk:||There was no robbery and we didn't call the cops.|
|Ferguson PD:||Okay, we admit it, Wilson didn't know anything happened at the convenience store and we determined no crime was committed.||...||...||...|
|White people:||Nobody can say what happened! We still have to wait for the facts to come in!|
have you ever equated female to having a vagina and/or breasts or being male to having a penis/pecs/testicles? you’ve contributed to transphobia.
have you ever said anything about men not being able to have periods? you’ve contributed to transphobia.
have you ever laughed at a “man in a dress” joke? you’ve contributed to transphobia.
have you ever invaded a space meant for trans people? you’ve contributed to transphobia.
have you ever invalidated someone’s gender? you’ve contributed to transphobia.
have you ever compared the systematic oppression trans people face every day to a few blogs online that poke fun at cis people and point out what cis people have done to trans people? you’ve contributed to transphobia.
have you ever said or did anything that suggested that being gay was a method of birth control? you’ve contributed to transphobia.
just because you’re not openly hateful towards trans people doesn’t at all mean that you aren’t transphobic or that you don’t contribute to transphobia on a daily basis.
This week, the Navy announced that it was discharging Jessica Sims, who been a sailor for 12-years, for “failing to obey an order to cut off her natural hairstyle.”
this some bullshit
It hasn’t been so easy for traditional civil-rights-era activists in this small St. Louis suburb in recent weeks, where the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer has put them on all-too-familiar turf: challenging the treatment of African American men by police.
They, like so many around the country — including President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. — have been deeply concerned about the militarized police response with tanks and tear gas and scores of arrests.
But what also has affected these activists is the realization that there is a generational divide between them and young protesters, who are organizing on their own. They are fueled by rage, mobilized by social media and sometimes, or so it seems to the old guard, capable of a bit of disrespect.
“The difference is, in the ’60s, we were disciplined,” Ron Gregory, 72, told a crowd gathered at a historic church on Martin Luther King Drive in St. Louis to discuss protest strategies. The city is just minutes away from Ferguson.
“We were trained when we marched. We were taught if they spit on you, just wipe it off and continue marching. But we are dealing with a new breed of youngster. They say, ‘You better not spit on me.’
White dude in St. Louis named Kevin Miner was wanted for burglary.
He eluded police officers until they conducted a search of a resident’s home and found him.
He attacked both officers, breaking one cop’s hand. The media has been sympathetic to Miner, even alluding to him being “forced to fight back” against the police because of how he was being apprehended. Poor baby!
Miraculously, the cops managed not to punch him in the face repeatedly, put him in a chokehold, or shoot him six times including once in the face and once in the head.
He, in fact, barely had a scratch on him.
The next time someone says to you:
“BUT IT’S NOT ABOUT RACE!”TM
Throw your tea dead in their face Dominique Deveraux-style and pump on away from them like Naomi Campbell.
Look I’ll let you know right now: I am not Gandhi, I am not MLK…. but even MLK acknowledged that ”a riot is the language of the unheard.”
James Baldwin took it a step further and said this:
"….when you’re accusing a captive population who has been robbed of everything of looting. I think it’s obscene."
1) When another unarmed black boy has been killed, when an entire city is under siege by a police state, when Constitutional rights and international law are being trampled, and the first thing you want to talk about is looting? You have the nerve to bring up your outrage about stolen whiskey in the same sentence as your outrage about a dead body? The lingering question you have is “What about the corporations?” That tells me that you value property and uninterrupted capitalism more than you do black life.
2) I’m not here for drawing a firm dichotomy between looting and protest. Sometimes looting is a form of protest. Why? Sometimes people loot because they are shitty opportunists. But sometimes… let’s go back to some quotes from the two people above.
- "Rioting is a language of the unheard." Yep, and sometimes it is a damn effective one. Again, because America cares more about property than black life, the story of Mike Brown and Ferguson DID NOT blow up on mainstream news outlets until that QuickMart was burned down. It. did. not. That was the cue. The nation shrugged at another black life lost to police brutality, then it started paying attention after the loss of a store. And the people of Ferguson are not stupid; they knew that would happen. We all did. History has shown usrepeatedly that in this country, if a black community wants to be heard they either have to submit themselves to beatings and humiliation and arrest in the name of nonviolence… or they have to do shit like burn down stores. I don’t judge people for choosing the second option over the first. It’s unfortunate that the owner lost their business, but they probably have insurance and black people praying and singing kumbaya doesn’t make white power structures listen.
- "Grabbing off the TV set? He doesn’t really want the TV set. He wants to say fuck you."- James Baldwin
Yep. Here’s the thing. I don’t believe that breaking into stores and stealing phones and weave is always all about… having phones and weave. Sometimes it is about power. By almost every measure- political, economic, social- the residents of Ferguson are a powerless people. Now that their town is occupied by the police state, they are even more so.
You know how some people who starve their own bodies or cut themselves do it to feel more in control of their life? Because they feel the only thing they have control over is how much they eat, or they only way they can express their pain is going for blood? Sometimes looting is like that- its less about taking some vodka, and more about showing resistance when you have no power and feel the only power you have is the power to set some shit on fire or bust a window. Sometimes it is about showing that although you are oppressed and your town is under a damn curfew, you are not fully subjugated and cannot be fully controlled.
Now again I don’t think all rioting is political. Sometimes people just suck. And sometimes, like in the case of the white anarcho-communists who bussed down from Chicago to throw molotovs, rioting is a mind blowing example of white privilege- white people using their money and power to sabotage the movement of a grieving black community for their own purposes. Because black people can’t even protest without white people fucking it up.
3) Violence. So all the politicians- the president, the governor, Keke Palmer, errybody is calling for a “return” to peace. Understand that there was never any peace in Ferguson. What Ferguson had before Mike Brown was murdered was not peace. Living in fear of your government every day is not peace. Existing under the foot of the violence that is concentrated poverty and structural racism is not peace. It is astounding to me that the town of Ferguson had no murders this year until a white police officer shot Mike Brown, that a white police chief started the conflict by sending tanks and riot gear to a peaceful protest, that white anarchists are driving down and throwing molotovs… yet folks are lecturing the black residents of Ferguson on the importance of peace.
It is abhorrent to ask a people to be peaceful while their boys are executed in the streets and their babies are tear gassed. In that situation, if people decide to be peaceful they are being very nice and that’s good for them, but if they don’t? Well gotdamnit that is not unreasonable.
It is revisionist to say “There is never an excuse for violence against police,” as our president recently did. There usually isn’t, sure. But never? NEVER?!
"Never" would make sense if like…. there weren’t pictures in our history books of police wielding water hoses and dogs in the 60s.
"Never" would work if the MOVE bombing hadn’t happened- if a police helicopter hadn’t dropped a fire bomb on a house full of innocent men, women, and children in Philadelphia in 1985. If they had shot that plane out of the sky I would not be mad.
"Never" would be correct if the Ferguson police hadn’t beaten an innocent man until he almost passed out for fun in 2009, then charged him with destruction of property because some blood got on their uniforms. If he had had suddenly regained his strength and beat those cops’ asses I would cheer.
Never would work if bystanders watching Eric Garner be suffocated to death didn’t have to wonder “should I let this man die or risk my life and attack these police officers to get them off of his wheezing body?” If they put down that video camera and drop-kicked those officers to save Garner’s life they would be heroes.
Again, I am not MLK. You know that chant marchers often say? “No justice, no peace!" I think it’s ok if they really mean it.
1) A Getty Reporter was arrested last night. A local (non African American) reporter was also arrested, after being tear gassed and shot at with rubber bullets multiple times because she was HIDING during the police assault on the community. https://twitter.com/BNDJLee
2) Around midnight STL time, the police immediately ordered all media out of the streets. They were told to turn their cameras off and either leave or go to the command center. They were threatened to be SHOT not arrested if they did not comply.
3) Someone apparently threw a water bottle at the cops. Major media outlets reported that it was a Molotov cocktail. This was not true. Cops are saying they found a Molotov Cocktail from last night. There was no fire whatsoever. No explosions, under than the sound of whizzing bullets and only smoke from tear gas. No flames, so that theory is pretty unlikely.
4) Last night CNN also reported that the instigators that were inciting riots were….*drumroll please* White Anarchists from out of town. There is no longer a reason to blame the people of Ferguson for their government’s violent behavior. It wasn’t them.https://twitter.com/jasoncherkis/statuses/501573215911968768
5) Also, as soon as members of the media stopped recording, the Ferguson Police rode into RESIDENTIAL CUL DE SACS firing tear gas, rubber bullets, and live rounds. There was no curfew last night, and the protesting had already stopped. This went on until about 2 am. Again to reiterate: the police were not aiming at protestors, but literally firing at people while they were already on their own property. They also told residents to “go home” even tho they already are.
6) Amnesty International, a worldwide non-profit that aids civilians affected by war in their countries, was deployed to the US for the 1st time ever, for “human rights observations.” They were also tear gassed, and then kicked out of Ferguson along with the media.
7) Tear Gas is a chemical weapon, illegal and banned by the Geneva Convention. You remember that whole issue in Syria? “Allegedly” Assad was tear-gassing his own citizens. The US nearly intervened because it was a human rights issue. Your President has asked for protestors to remain peaceful, and let law enforcement do their job, although in fairness he said “excessive force” is not necessary.
And that’s where we are. On Day 11. Darren Wilson still has not been turned in. Neither has Daniel P, the cop who murdered Eric Gardner in Staten Island, NY.
Oh and also, this happened. https://vine.co/v/M3F6JDPI9Hu
- i am fully aware that he would face indescribable anti-blackness if he did anything beyond issuing this diluted ass respectability ass “love thy neighbor” ass statement (i remember what happened when he spoke about trayvon)
- and that he has his hands tied in some ways based on the political…