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tranqualizer:

ceecrooklyn:

WE DEMAND JUSTICE FOR RENISHA MCBRIDE 

directed by dream hampton

transcript for this video:

News correspondent with Fox 2: 19 year old Renisha McBride is dead. Police telling us, “she took her last breath on this porch on Outer Dr in Dearborn Heights.

Person 1, not seen: Southeastern Michigan is one of the most segregated in the country, that’s a fact. It has been a fact for decades. It’s a kind of apartheid, where the city of Detroit is 80%+ Black and, um, it’s surrounded by very segregated suburbs. Dearborn Heights is what we call “a sunset town” and it’s basically, you know, towns that historically Black people shouldn’t be caught in after dark. It’s something that, um, was very common in the 50’s and it continues today. (Sighs)

Interviewer, not seen: would you walk around that neighborhood at night?

Person 1, not seen: Um, I should be able to. (Pause) They’re telling the media that this is an accident, if this was an accident, the last time I checked that’s manslaughter, you know. But I, personally, am outraged that a 19 year old girl was shot in the face less than 36 hours ago and no one’s in custody? I find that, um, outrageous.

Group of people at a rally for Renisha: Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride!

Person 2, white man at rally: It doesn’t make any sense why right now, he isn’t locked up in a cell and some sort of charge of murder, manslaughter, whatever. It’s not just. Why is he still at home?

Person 2, Black woman at rally: Renisha could have easily been me. She had a life that was worth us gathering here today

Person 3, Black man at rally: Every life in our community is valuable, whether you’re in Detroit,  whether you’re in Dearborn, whether you’re in Easter.  In particular for us, Black life. The fact of the matter is, here’s a, here’s a person who was in an accident and she tried to seek help: gets a bullet in her head.

Person 4, Black woman at rally: I’m sick and tired of seeing Black woman murdered, raped, beaten, shot and nobody’s talking about it. I’m sick of the apathy, I’m sick of the apathy in the community, I’m sick of the apathy in the media, and it’s – and enough is enough. Where is this man? Who is he connected to? And why don’t we know who he is?! (in background, the crowd says, “that’s right!”) And why is he not in there?! (pointing to the jail). If I, if my child, 19, if my son was 19 and shot somebody, he would be under that jail! This is wrong. This is wrong and everybody needs to be out here complaining about it. This young woman is dead.

Person 5 in the background: this is wrong, this is always wrong.

Person 1, Black woman at rally: This is nothing new, this is nothing new. Dearborn is a city of restrictive covenants, right? This is a place that said we prefer our own kind to live here, right? They had to take that to the supreme court. This is thorough ground for the new apartheid.

Person 6, Black man at rally: Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy, she needs to step in and charge this man with something. (the crowd agrees and various people say, “that’s right! Call her out! Call her out!”) If it hurts, US Attorney Barbara McQuade, on a federal level, may need to investigate (someone in the background says, “everybody!”) her civil rights being violated according to federal law. We need some justice here. No Justice?! (crowd responds, “No peace”) No Justice?! (crowd responds, “No peace”) No Justice?! (crowd responds, “No peace”)

Group of people at a rally for Renisha: Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride!

(Reblogged from christel-thoughts)
thesmithian:


Lots of people doubted it would turn out this way. Pres. Obama, after all, had negotiated with Republicans over the debt ceiling once before…But Obama held his ground—in public and in private.

more.

I’m glad he did. I hope he continues to do so throughout his term.

thesmithian:

Lots of people doubted it would turn out this way. Pres. Obama, after all, had negotiated with Republicans over the debt ceiling once before…But Obama held his ground—in public and in private.

more.

I’m glad he did. I hope he continues to do so throughout his term.

(Reblogged from thesmithian)
$174,000
Annual salary for members of Congress, who are still getting paid during the government shutdown, even though many government employees are not. (via theweekmagazine)
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chescaleigh:


A 7-year-old Tulsa girl was sent home form her elementary school because her dreadlocks were too much of a distraction, Fox 23 News Tulsa reports.Terrance Parker said Deborah Brown Community School (Principal and Founder Deborah Brown pictured above) officials “hassled” him about his daughter Tiana‘s dreadlocks, until he was told his daughter could no longer attend classes. She didn’t look “presentable, Parker said he was told.However, the school told Fox 23 that Parker knew that it had very strict dress-code rules–especially when it comes to hair. NewsOne reviewed the school’s dress code and it clearly states on page 13 that “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.” Deborah Brown school officials feel the hairstyle could cause distractions, a statement that surprises Parker.
When a Fox 23 reporter asked little Tiana why she was removed from classes, she burst into tears. “because they didn’t like my dreads,” she said. “I think that they should let me have my dreads.”(via NewsOne)

The natural hair that grows out of our heads is “distracting” and “faddish”? Wearing the hair you’re born with…is a trend? I already know that whiteness hates our skin tone, our hair, our bodies, how we speak, how we dance and how we wear our clothes (until some white person does it and makes it cute) but it’s really sad seeing black people enforcing this mess. Out here teaching black children their God given hair texture isn’t acceptable meanwhile rocking a synthetic wig made to look like a natural hairstyle? That makes…no sense.

chescaleigh:

A 7-year-old Tulsa girl was sent home form her elementary school because her dreadlocks were too much of a distraction, Fox 23 News Tulsa reports.

Terrance Parker said Deborah Brown Community School (Principal and Founder Deborah Brown pictured above) officials “hassled” him about his daughter Tiana‘s dreadlocks, until he was told his daughter could no longer attend classes. She didn’t look “presentable, Parker said he was told.


However, the school told Fox 23 that Parker knew that it had very strict dress-code rules–especially when it comes to hair. NewsOne reviewed the school’s dress code and it clearly states on page 13 that “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.” Deborah Brown school officials feel the hairstyle could cause distractions, a statement that surprises Parker.

When a Fox 23 reporter asked little Tiana why she was removed from classes, she burst into tears. “because they didn’t like my dreads,” she said. “I think that they should let me have my dreads.”

(via NewsOne)

The natural hair that grows out of our heads is “distracting” and “faddish”? Wearing the hair you’re born with…is a trend? I already know that whiteness hates our skin tone, our hair, our bodies, how we speak, how we dance and how we wear our clothes (until some white person does it and makes it cute) but it’s really sad seeing black people enforcing this mess. Out here teaching black children their God given hair texture isn’t acceptable meanwhile rocking a synthetic wig made to look like a natural hairstyle? That makes…no sense.

(Reblogged from chescaleigh)
I have not called President Xi personally or President Putin personally and the reason is because number one: I shouldn’t have to…This is something that routinely is dealt with between law enforcement officials in various countries and this is not exceptional from a legal perspective. I’m not [going to] have one case…suddenly being elevated to the point where I’ve got to start to do wheeling and dealing and trading on a whole host of other issues simply to get a guy extradited so that he can face the justice system in the United States…I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker…I get why it’s a fascinating story from a press perspective…And I’m sure there will be a made-for-TV movie somewhere down the line.
(Reblogged from thesmithian)

karnythia:

chubbygurl:

ghost-of-algren:

think-progress:

46 people were shot in less than 72 hours this weekend in Chicago.

The families of gun victims grieve during Chicago’s deadliest weekend of the year. Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune

Goddamn it all.

Chicago has so many deep rooted issues, yet the only solutions from the local government is to close down schools in areas that need more funding for schools, more policing and more segregation because of gentrification.

So here’s the thing, they aren’t interested in fixing this hence the cuts to schools, transit, health care…you name it, the South & West sides have lost it. And the residents who are living at subsistence levels (or worse) are too busy trying to survive to lobby for anything more from the city.

(Reblogged from karnythia)

escapedgoat:

str8nochaser:

beakiddo:

brashblacknonbeliever:

patrickandmarcus:

theturnergospels:

makaylamari3:

weareglobalgrind:

Ethan Hawke’s New Film “The Purge” Reminds Him Of The Trayvon Martin Case.

Wait…

I just…huh?

I feel him 100% though

I was side-eyeing the fuck out of this but then I got to this part:

The film’s characters think this is their given right, as if God himself allows the opportunity to kill in order to make the world a better place. In the flick, most of the people who partake in the Purge come from well-off communities and they tend to wipe out the homeless and less fortunate. You know, keep the world a safe and better place and all that.

The arc of the movie happens when a homeless black man is spotted begging for help in a gated community. This man was merely trying to stay alive, when a group of crazed residents decided they wanted to take his life.

[…]

A black guy just walking down the block is attacked for basically no reason other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

It leads me to wonder … was Trayvon purged?

Think about it: the fact that it took so long to charge George Zimmerman with a crime because society thought it was just another unidentified black man. The fact that there is no concern when a “thug” or “low life” is killed, but then you start to peel back the layers. You realize that this person you think is a thug, is actually a son, a brother, a boyfriend and a scared little teen trying to watch the all-star game.

Well damn. Ethan just might have a point.

Holy -

Something to muse upon

Interesting

So, Ethan Hawke may just have given me a reason to actually go to the theatre and pay to see this movie.

(Reblogged from escapedgoat)
Who but a black teenager has the ability to dehumanize a police officer with a stare? Who but a(n unarmed) black teenager can make (armed) police feel threatened by clenching his fists? Who but a black teenager can simultaneously clench his fists and feed a puppy? Who but a black teenager isn’t afforded the opportunity to comply with a request before it’s determined that they’re not complying? Who but a black teenager is choked to the point they urinate themselves while being handcuffed? When does any of this happen to people aren’t black teenagers?

Mychal Denzel Smith, To Be Young and Black in America: Always Considered a Threat (via thenationmagazine)

By defending their assault as pushing back against the “Dehumanizing Stare,” these cops confess their illness: The only way for them to feel human is to completely dominate a Black person, even when s/he is a child! Law abiding wont cut it; silence won’t even cut it. Anything less than total obeisance from Black america actually removes the conditions these (most) cops need to feel human.

That is some twisted shit, right there, my friends. Very twisted men walking around with guns and the blessing of the State. 

But what’s new….

(via nezua)

(Reblogged from blackamazon)
I wonder, when a reporter reports on a case like George Zimmerman’s…whether that reporter ever stops to think: Gee, maybe we should engage in the truth-finding process like lawyers do. Maybe we should limit our discussion to facts that are actually relevant to Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence. Maybe the fact that a seventeen year old occasionally acted like a seventeen year old—smoking a little pot, getting into an occasional fistfight, getting disciplined at school—has no bearing on whether, on the night in question, George Zimmerman reasonably believed this unarmed seventeen year old posed an actual threat sufficient to justify the use of deadly force. And maybe we should wait till at least some of the actual facts are known before reporting them, instead of reporting speculation as fact.
David von Ebers, at TWIB (via thesmithian)
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(Reblogged from newsweek)