Please note: “everyone who works retail, admin, or labor” is pretty much everyone. I can’t remember the last time I worked somewhere without “security” cameras that monitored employees.
I’m having a good laugh right now because our associates just got collectively reprimanded for leaning on the counters during 8 hour shifts on their feet, because it isn’t “professional” looking. So apparently they can put up with a camera over their shoulder to make sure they do their jobs correctly, but a cop with a gun cant?
Also you’re not privileged to privacy on the job. What do you need so much privacy for unless you know you’re doing something you ain’t supposed to?
Here’s the central point of an op-ed in the Washington Post:
Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?
Got that? If you don’t want anything bad to happen to you, just do anything and everything the police tell you to do, immediately, and don’t ask any questions. Otherwise, you’re inviting the police to shoot you, tase you, pepper-spray you, beat you, and/or throw you to the ground.
2014 America, ladies and gentlemen. Land of the free, home of the brave.
Oh shucks! Is it inconvenient to love black culture right now? Where did all y’all go? I swore all of you said you believe we are all equal and gotta stop seeing race cause we all bleed red. Please! Come on and join us! Standing up for justice is way more “hardcore” than listening to Jay Z uncensored if you protest until the sun sets. It will be really “edgy” and “hip” to hit the “ghettoest” parts of Ferguson right now! Who’s down? You should braid your hair up and slick your fully-adult baby hairs for some of the peaceful protests, and rallies.. it’ll be so cool, my “nig”! Come on! Let’s be black now!
I want to print this out and give it to every non Black person who has ever said the n word, tried to talk in AAVE (aka “ghetto”) for laughs, twerked, claimed how much they love Tupac/Biggie, ect.
"MODERN DAY LYNCHINGS"
Kody (Pretty Boy) Ingham (pictured above) was found hanging from a tree in front of his white girlfriends house on July 15, 2013 (the same night as the George Zimmerman verdict) in Athens, Texas. it was chalked up as a suicide and no investigation ensued, even though two hours prior he called his mother to pick him up from the site he died at. no newspaper article, just a four sentence obituary in the local papers and his family has been trying hard to make any mainstream news channel blow up the story to find the killers.
Roy Veal was found hanging in Woodville, Mississippi in 2004. he originally lived in Seattle and went to his mother’s home in Woodville to help her fight for the rights to their family land against a white man. Oil had been found underneath the land.
Roy’s head was covered with a pillow case and burned papers of the documented proof he had to prove his mothers’ ownership were found burned at his feet. He was later found hanging from a tree. His death was ruled a suicide.
His family is still trying to get attention for the case
Reynard Johnson, 17, was found hanging from a tree on his front lawn on June 16, 2000 in Kokomo, Mississippi. His death was ruled a suicide even though the belt around his neck was not his. Authorities said since no hate group left a message by the body, there was nothing to investigate. Family members said the motive was his relationship with a white girl, he was constantly being harassed because of this.
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.