When I was younger, I used to ask people what Kwanzaa was. I was always told it wasn’t a real holiday, just a made up one. Then I learned it was founded in the 1960s during the Civil Rights movement so black people could get back in touch with their African roots. People who say it’s made up are just racist as fuck because any holiday, if you think about it, is made up. And even if you don’t celebrate it, you should still respect it.

Nearly a half century ago, in March 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr. led a historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. View a selection of rarely-seen photographs by Steve Schapiro from the fifty-four-mile procession, in this week’s issue.

Above: King, flanked by some of his principal lieutenants: from left to right, Andrew Young, who later became a congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, and mayor of Atlanta; Ralph Abernathy, King’s closest adviser; and John Lewis, who is now a congressman.

But like even if racism weren’t a factor in these recent cases of black murders, shouldn’t white conservatives at least be concerned with the backgrounds of the people their entrusting to serve them as well?

Like Darren Wilson claimed that he didn’t carry a taser because it was uncomfortable. So when in a confrontation he has “no choice” but to resort to deadly force?. And was also caught on camera violating a different Ferguson resident’s civil rights. So how can we trust his recent testimony in the Michael Brown case? And Wilson was also part of a a police department disbanded over incidents of police brutailty. So does that not point to a shady history?

And Timothy Loehmann was described by a supervisor as emotionally immature and unable to handle personal stress especially during live fire exercises. So how could he be trusted to respond to a possible shooter scenario?

And Daniel Pantaleo has been sued for violating the civil rights of four other men by strip searching and arresting them without cause. So how can we trust him when he claims that he didn’t choke a man despite being caught on camera using an illegal choke hold?

And the man who called 911 claiming John Crawford was a gunman and was pointing an AR-15 at children has since completely changed his story. So how can we possibly trust his testimony? At the same time, the initial police report was found to be a lie by footage obtained from the Wal-Mart security camera. So how can we trust both the officers’ testimonies and the final grand jury decision?

And since killing the unarmed Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman has been caught in two separate incidents of domestic gun violence and an incident in which he threatened a motorist? So how are we expected to believe that a man who is an obvious threat to society, was simply defending himself that rainy night in Florida.

And the officer who shot and killed Antonio Martin was mysteriously not wearing a body cam he had just been issued and the only video evidence presented by the police department was the camera farthest away from the incident? So how are we supposed to hold police officers accountable and trust their handling of case evidence?

Like even if you think these guys weren’t racists and were just “doing their jobs”, aren’t you a little freaked out that people like this are being trusted to protect our society?

For him not to be criminally charged is beyond my imagination, seeing that he acted with negligence … He fired 14 shots into one individual. This shows a total disrespect and disregard for human life. This is not a right or left issue, this is a matter of life and death.
—  Mandela Barnes, Wisconsin Democratic state representative in Milwaukee, discusses the prosecution’s decision not to charge former Milwaukee police officer Christopher Manney for the fatal shooting of Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed mentally ill African American. Watch his interview on Democracy Now! today and click here to watch our complete coverage on protest to police shootings.
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For those of you who think that the Barbie franchise is sexist, here’s Barbie as an entrepreneur, which is also the Barbie Career of the Year for 2014.

Barbie is not supposed to just be a ditzy blonde. She’s supposed to show how you can act feminine AND be a successful person in the work force, if that’s what you would like to do.

There’s even female entrepreneur statistics on the back of the box.