“jussiesmollett:Last night I went to #Ferguson. There was no way in hell I could’ve been in St. Louis and not gone. I was ready to go alone. Instead, because of my bro @malikyoba I was shown around by these brothers @marlonlee80 of the #UrbanLeagueStLouis and @maverickmediagroup. I spent time at the exact spot where Michael Brown was murdered and left to rot. I saw the quick trip that was burned to the ground and will be rebuilt as a community center. I saw the burned buildings and businesses that no longer exist on the west Florissant strip. I say all this not for some sort of praise because I don’t deserve that. I say it as a pledge. I will be back and will continue to come back. There is a systematic breakdown in our society because of what the system was built upon from the start. Together we can change all of that. So much work to do but I promise after seeing and feeling it, I will never be the same. #HappySunday fam. Make a change today and every day after. #LOVE“

This is why criminals shooting cops doesn’t cause the same outrage.

Got this in my inbox last night from an angry white person.

Can I just say how amused I am when I get these self-righteous white people passing me things like this?  I always imagine them to be gleefully sitting behind a computer with a big smile, excitedly pressing send, like “HA!  I GOTCHA!”

Anyway.  In case you have a short attention span, let me just remind you that there is no safer time to be a police officer in this country than right now.  Law enforcement isn’t even in the top ten most hazardous jobs in the country.  Being a garbage man is more hazardous than being a policeman.  Hell, being a BLACK MAN is more hazardous than being a policeman especially if you take into account unfair treatment by the judicial system and longer sentences in addition to fewer prospects after incarceration.

Most importantly though, if you can’t see the difference between a cop killing an innocent, unarmed man and a CRIMINAL killing a cop to avoid capture, then you’re a fucking idiot and nothing I have to say will affect you in any way whatsoever.   Here goes anyway.

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John Ridley, creator of the new ABC series American Crime, joined us to talk about the show, which examines race, religion and the criminal justice system:

“When we started the series it was mid-to-late 2013 and it was after the verdict in the Trayvon Martin shooting and ABC approached me about the show. … This is before 12 Years a Slave came out and some blessings in my professional life. [ABC was] very committed to try to tell a story that was provocative, that challenged. But in working through it and developing the show, … there was a feeling among us that maybe we as a nation had moved past certain things. Maybe we expended a lot of energy in this Trayvon Martin trial and we’d grown, or if the incident happened again, [or] something like it, we’d respond in a different way. In the middle of shooting the series we had Ferguson that happened and not long after we had wrapped— [Eric Garner in] New York, and a couple weeks ago, I’m from the state of Wisconsin, there was that shooting in Madison. 

And suddenly you realize this was not a show about looking back. This was not a period piece. This was a show that was going to be timely if it was done five years ago, if it was done 20 years ago, if it was done right this very minute. 

Actor Benito Martinez (The Shield) joined Ridley in the interview

Photo by Victor Moreno via Port Magazine

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A California family has filed a lawsuit with the Los Angeles Unified School District in response to a teacher’s repeated racist remarks directed at their daughter (who is mixed-race) and another black student at Paul Revere Charter Middle School and Magnet Center. According to the lawsuit, the teacher, Steven Carmine, said that Michael Brown was “a thug and got what he deserved.” He also said “black people are judged for not being smart because they are not smart. A lot of them are just athletes.”

Seriously what the f*ck is going on?

A quick recap of institutional racism:

Since the emancipation in 1863, people in the south feared revolt and revenge from the newly-freed slaves. In an effort to reverse reconstruction-era policies, and prevent/quell backlash from the black population a terrorist organization called the KKK was formed, lynching thousands of black people from its inception well into modern times. However with the ever-changing zeitgeist, lynchings post the civil rights movement became more commonly referred to as hate crimes.

Since the emancipation, stricter and more irrational laws were established and enforced, targeting black men (illegal to be drunk in public, can’t be rowdy in the presence of a white woman, can’t spit in public, etc.) and consequences for misdemeanors were elevated to harsher sentences (5 years in prison for petty theft, etc.). The main reason for this was having slaves was illegal, but free labor from convicts wasn’t.  

While slaves were a major monetary investment and therefore more-or-less cared for like livestock, convicts were not as they were leased for cheap. Thus, conditions for the convicts were arguably worse and more brutal than that of slaves. During the slave era, black people were seen as submissive and pathetically docile. After the emancipation, a new black stereotype was formed: criminal. Due to the fact that this stereotype has been insidiously ingrained into society, black people have been disproportionately targeted by the police force ever since. Nearly 40% of the incarcerated population is black. And to further illustrate the targeting, two “justifiable” killings of black people were reported every week to the FBI at the hands of a white officer from 2005-2012.

Since the integration of schools in 1964, studies show that black and Hispanic students face more discipline and are more harshly punished by teachers and the school system from kindergarten through high school with more frequent out-of-school suspensions while white students and Asian students (often labeled the “model minority”) are often exonerated. The punished students are constantly conditioned to believe they are bad at the core, discouraged from performing academically, and learn to view authority as the enemy—a vicious cycle that continues outside of the school system and with the law. The stunted potential for education also keeps a large portion of the population in poverty, keeping black people from fully ever integrating with white society. 

Though the civil rights act exists and slavery and segregation is no longer written in law (for “ethical” reasons), society found loop holes to keep slavery and segregation very much alive while eliminating the guilt and keeping the general white population economically and socially dominant. 

The point of this post isn’t to vilify white society, or rant about the injustice. This is purely for awareness and to open people’s eyes about the root of where the stereotypes and current social issues stem from. These are general statements, but the manifestation of racism has changed and continues to change, and modern racists think and act very differently from racists decades ago, which is probably a good thing! Racism in the manifestation of hatred is no longer socially-acceptable but it continues to manifest itself in ignorance, privilege and apathy. Progress is slow but it’s there. There’s just more work to be done. 
  

No one is seeking to disrespect police officers. No one is saying that police men love having an open season on Black people. But we do we see a culture that stereotypes and distrusts Black men, that is naturally going to seep into people’s consciousnesses, which is going to include police officers. We see a system that disproportionately judges and criminalizes Black men, which is too often what they don’t deserve. If the cases are even brought to court, they do not receive the justice they deserve. And the few ones that reach major media attention are pushed aside, seeking to blame these unarmed Black men for their own deaths, when closer investigation often shows a different criminal.

To raise these complaints is not an automatic damnation of the police. It is a passionate response to the specific, yet frequent cases of police brutality towards Black men. If you want a peace and a trust and a respect between the police and people, then we’re going to need to have this conversation.
—  To the political science professor who said #BlackLivesMatter is a damned lie.
‘Hands up’ is the ultimate truth, and the reason why ‘hands up’ has gone viral across the country is because it’s a posture known to black people. Whether they are in the halls of Congress, whether they are in the NFL, or whether they live in the most marginalized communities in our communities, or whether they’re on the campuses of Yale.
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The Media is Responsible for Exacerbating the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” Lie

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Thoughts? Apparently the black guy asked the white guy what he thought of the Micheal Brown case and the white guy didn’t feel like talking about it, so he started hitting him.

I was literally about to post about this when I saw it pop up on CNN. I just though to myself; “CNN talking about Black on White Violence? Butter my rump and call me a biscuit”. 

As for the incident, three ignorant jackasses doing what ignorant jackasses do when they’re influenced by race baiting media and lying agitators who spread fake information. Hopefully they’re tracked down and brought to justice.

As a side note; no follow through on the punches, terrible form.