36 days, 22 hours since Mike Brown was killed.

In Ferguson, Still-Boarded Windows Signal Fears of More Trouble (Translation: Businesses in Ferguson are not replacing windows before grand jury decision is made.)

Quote of the week: “U.S. citizens have the shortest paid vacations in the world, unless you’re Darren Wilson and you get five weeks off after killing a teenager.” — Sarah Kendzior

CLAYTON • The grand jury considering whether Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson should be criminally charged in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown now has until Jan. 7 to decide.

The extension of the grand jurors’ term of duty does not necessarily mean the job will take that long, officials said. But it could.

There is significant apprehension, especially along the West Florissant Avenue business strip hit by looting and rioting after the killing Aug. 9, that violence might return if the grand jury does not send Wilson to trial for something. Some activists have threatened as much.

A St. Louis County grand jury usually sits for four months, a period that for the current panel expired last week. State law provides for a term of up to six months, which moves the date to November. On Sept. 10, Circuit Judge Carolyn Whittington issued an order adding 60 days more.

“She extended it to the full amount allowed by law,” Court Administrator Paul Fox said Monday. But he added that the grand jury will keep meeting until Jan. 7 only if it needs to.

The panel now is hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case exclusively, and can meet whenever it needs to, Fox said.

The grand jury is 12 people selected from the standard jury pool to meet in secret, usually weekly, to hear evidence and decide whether criminal charges are warranted. It takes nine votes to issue an indictment, which sends a defendant to a public trial.

FCKH8 claims it has raised $6000 so far...

From their Ferguson/racism shirts. They tagged our blog in their update post.

Any donation to a legitimate charity/cause that helps Mike Brown’s family and Ferguson is a good thing.

But the fact remains that FCKH8 are a for-profit company and are directly profiting off this tragedy. They do not give any information on the profits their company has made from the same merchandise over the same period.

At the crux of it no matter how much they donate, they are almost certainly making much more than that in direct profit from the murder of Mike Brown. These donations do not negate the criticism of FCKH8’s behavior and practices.

FCKH8 is best known for selling T-shirts with slogans such as “Straight Against Hate,” but recently, the company branched out into what it describes as “anti-racism gear.”

The new FCKH8 T-shirts read, “Racism isn’t over. But I’m over racism.” Although FCKH8 is a for-profit company, $5 from each product will be donated to organizations such as the NAACP and the Mike Brown Memorial Fund

However, this campaign has already run into some pushback from the very organizations it was intending to promote. Race Forward, one of the charities originally listed on FCKH8’s anti-racism apparel page, quickly announced that they would not accept any donations from FCKH8. Colorlines, a news and commentary site published by Race Forward, then posted an article under the headline, “This is the company making money off of Ferguson.”

FCKH8 responded in a lengthy post on their website, saying that Colorlines and Race Forward were using “Click-baiting, Race-baiting, Homophobia, Minimizing Ferguson Residents, Trivializing Breast Cancer Awareness Efforts & Distorting Facts to Get Views & Donations.”

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I’ve struggled with how to even begin.

We know the facts about Ferguson. We know the absolute violence from the police, the tear-gassing, the escalation of aggression, everything.

And yet, this is how the NY Post decides to report on what happened. Granted, the NY Post is not known for being a great, upstanding newspaper, even by NY standards. My dad used to get it as i was growing up, but always told me it was the “trashy” newspaper. So I’ve come to expect very little. Even still, I’m disgusted and disheartened and just infuriated that this is the angle they’re playing. I don’t know if they’ve written other articles on the matter; what I know is that people are going to see this and think that it’s all been justified. People are going to see the juxtaposition of the two photos and think, “Yeah, that black kid looks like a thug; look at what an upstanding citizen Darren Wilson is in his uniform!” I was immediately reminded of the Twitter trend of which photo the media would choose for black and minority citizens if they were to make the news.

But no, of course, we live in a post-racial country, right? Race doesn’t even MATTER anymore. We’re all a part of the HUMAN race. Let’s not make everything about skin color.

I’m fucking disgusted.

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In film, there’s a principle called the Kuleshov effect, which is that when you place two clips together that appear related, the mind will construct a narrative. This is the foundation of film editing.

This 1999 short film, The Vyrotonin Decision, demonstrates this perfectly. In the section between 2:15 and 2:40, a woman answers a phone, hears a man on the other end of the line threaten suicide, and hangs up on him. We see this as one sequence, but the clips are from multiple films, In fact, pay attention when she hangs up the phone: it’s a different hand and a different phone entirely!

I’ve been thinking about this film a lot since we’ve been following the media coverage of the ongoing situation in Ferguson. It first popped into my head when I read articles about Dorian Johnson’s lawyer confirming Mike Brown was in the surveillance footage at the convenience store. Articles put sentences next to one another saying that police claimed there was a robbery in the store and that Johnson’s lawyer confirmed Brown was in the store. The lawyer didn’t say Brown robbed the store, but if you but those two sentences together, the mind creates a narrative, which is how the narrative as a whole became about a “confessed” robbery in spite of the video showing money in the clerk’s hand and the store owner saying the store didn’t call the police.

When you read things, when you watch things, be careful. Look for what narrative you’re being sold and make sure it matches with the facts being presented.

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