Phillip Agnew of The Dream Defenders. The Dream Defenders is a human rights organization that’s building leadership and power among young people of colour to challenge racism in their communities. | Phillip Agnew on All In
U.S. Martin Luther King Jr being attacked as he marched nonviolently for the Chicago Freedom Movement, 1966, which was the most ambitious civil rights campaign in the North of the United States, and lasted from mid-1965 to early 1967.
If only he’d been well-spoken, pulled his pants up and didn’t wear a hoodie… oop… wait…
He’s not acting like the stereotype we’ve been getting??
Slate highlights the financial dynamics that led to the insane police situation in Ferguson:
When you split a metro area into dozens of tiny local governments (St. Louis County, to be clear, doesn’t include the actual city of St. Louis, which spun off from it in the 19th century), they tend to duplicate each others’ services, which is of course extremely expensive. But raising taxes so that each tiny borough can afford its own police and fire department is a nonstarter, since wealthy residents can always just move one town over. End result: You have police departments that self-fund by handing out tickets. And thanks to the delightful racial dynamics of U.S. law enforcement, black residents are disproportionately stopped and accosted, even though police in Ferguson are less likely to find contraband when they search black drivers than when they search whites.
In other words, Ferguson’s police department financially buoys itself by treating its residents like crap.
Anyone who understands rational choice theory could explain why this was always a bad idea.
The messed up nature of St. Louis County and its 91 different local municipalities.
“More girls should join boys’ teams so it could be a tradition and it wouldn’t be so special.” - 13-year-old Mo’Ne Davis, the 18th girl to play in the Little League World Series in its 68-year history, the FIRST girl to throw a Little League World Series SHUTOUT. Her fastball? 70 MILES PER HOUR. #throwlikeagirl #BlackGirlsROCK
I’m only sharing tweets for those who are not on twitter and can’t see how passionate and outraged journalists are as they tweet from #Ferguson.
If you are on Twitter, here’s a good roster of people to follow if you want to keep updated.
It seems that its open season on black people. All the time.
As I visit Ferguson each day, I’ve had the opportunity to speak to so many wonderful community leaders—citizens, young people, clergy, local officials, and small business owners. This isn’t a community that normally has a high crime rate, it’s a law-abiding, safe community, whose residents want to see justice, calm, and peace.
I went to church in Ferguson on Sunday, and as I drove there, I saw that every church was packed. Clergy are doing wonderful work. Community meetings are occurring around the clock. Young people are active and engaged on the ground, trying to help their community heal, and brave citizens are trying to help identify the small group of outsiders who are seeking confrontations and causing violence. Too often, news cameras want to show the confrontations, when what we also need is coverage of the healing that’s going on, and of the good people who live and work in Ferguson.
We need to restore the health and vibrancy of this community just as much as we need to restore safety and fairness in the way the community is treated. So as I continue to talk with folks on the ground and work the phones with officials at the Justice Department, I’m going to be spending time visiting businesses in Ferguson over the coming days, and tweeting my experiences, to remind folks that Ferguson is a safe, vibrant community needs our support and our commerce. I’ll be shopping and visiting with local business owners, and encouraging others to do the same.
Please join me in sharing your experiences supporting local businesses in Ferguson with the hashtag #ShopFerguson.
And let’s keep working toward peace, justice, and normalcy for this great community.
Thanks for going to church in Ferguson for one Sunday, Senator McCaskill, but I think a better way to ensure that justice is properly served, and that the Ferguson community heals, is to call for the recusal of St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch from this case.
Given his background which makes it unlikely that he can be impartial; given the dire need for this case to be handled properly and without prejudice; given that it would go a long way in calming fears about the miscarriage of justice in the St. Louis community; given that it would cost you, and the state, so little: WHY AREN’T YOU DOING THIS?
If I voted in 2006—and I’m almost certain I did—I voted for you. I’m not a constituent anymore, but that doesn’t mean I’m not disappointed in your representation of my home state.
What Seb said, Senator. Except I AM a constituent.
Why you should follow Elon James White on twitter:
This bleeds accuracy.
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.
No. 168 “The Unarmed”
Rest In Peace…
to Michael Brown, John Crawford, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell And the countless other lives that have been taken away from this world due to prejudice.
And an honor to the many people in Ferguson standing up, fighting, hoping that some kind of justice can be had in the midst of chaos.
At last, a new Revolutionary Times comic has arrived.
Slavery: “GET OVER IT!”
Imperialism: “GET OVER IT!”
Exploitation: “GET OVER IT!”
World Starvation: “GET OVER IT”
Genocide: “GET OVER IT!”
Occupation: “GET OVER IT!”
9/11: “NEVER FORGET!”
This is #JonathanFerrell. Last summer, he crashed his car in Charlotte. He climbed out of his car and started walking in search of help. Police arrived, surrounded the site of the crash and Ofc. Randall Kerrick shot Jonathan multiple times in the chest, killing him. #endpolicebrutality
let us not forget
Fear of a Black Victim [credit]
Los Angeles Police Department officers allegedly beat a man to death little more than a week before their fatal shooting of Ezell Ford, KTLA is reporting. An officer broke his hand during the incident, Cmdr. Andrew Smith, an LAPD spokesman, told the local TV station.
Roughly four blocks from where Ford was later shot and killed, Omar Abrego pulled over outside his home and was beaten, still wearing his Amtrak uniform, on Aug. 2. A preliminary coroner’s report suggested that Abrego, who had been driving erratically, was on cocaine.
According to a statement from the LAPD, the altercation occurred when Abrego “attempted to flee.” The statement continued, “The suspect sustained a laceration and a rescue ambulance was requested. The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he failed to respond to treatment and was pronounced dead around 5:10 a.m.”
The Los Angeles Times reported that Abrego “suffered a severe concussion and multiple facial and body contusions.”
The death is being investigated by the police department, which noted that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office would also conduct “a comprehensive review.”
Civil rights leaders met Thursday with LAPD officials over the killing of Ford, a mentally challenged, unarmed black man.
An eyewitness to Ford’s death told HuffPost that an officer shouted “shoot him” before three shots rang out.