Before those three words became a hashtag and an inspirational rallying cry for a new national movement, they were a heartbreaking plea for simple recognition.
First shared publicly on a Saturday in the summer of 2013 — the day George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin seemed to say the opposite — “Black Lives Matter” was an affirmation of a basic humanity too long denied.
In a recent phone interview, Alicia Garza reflected on the moment she posted “Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter” to Facebook, how her friend and fellow activist Patrisse Cullors then shared Black Lives Matter as a hashtag, and why it has resonated so powerfully ever since.
“We live in a world where it’s not actually true,” Garza explained. “To have a message that is affirming of people’s existence, is affirming of people’s experiences.”
That message of affirmation continues to resonate far beyond Garza’s words — and it’s what makes the movement she co-founded (along with Cullors and Opal Tometi) so different from the fights for civil rights that came before. From Gandhi to Martin Luther King Jr. to Nelson Mandela, social justice movements have always been about more than their courageous and inspirational leaders. It’s the multitude of diverse individuals who unified behind a common cause that propelled movements forward.
But the diversity of those unified individuals wasn’t always so visible — and that’s what sets #BLM and the collective Movement for Black Lives apart from their predecessors. While #BLM has been justifiably hailed for galvanizing a new generation of activists through social media and mobilizing through a more distributed organizational structure, its leaders see their embrace of intersectionality and the foregrounding of multidimensional identities and perspectives as critical to ensuring this movement succeeds.
“Blackness is not a monolith,” Garza said. “There is no one way to be black.” Read more
USA. California. Oakland. September 29, 1968. A Huey poster in the window of the Panther national headquarters shot up by the police following his murder trial acquittal. The Panther National headquarters at Grove and 45th Street was attacked in the middle of the night by two Oakland policemen following a not guilty verdict for Huey Newton in his first degree murder trial.
To celebrate Trucy’s acquittal after her trial, Apollo and Athena took her out to eat whatever she want (she chose Eldoon’s). They even called Ema, Simon, Juniper and even Klavier to join them in their revelry.
Six ways Mickey could have left prison that are better than canon
1. Lack of evidence / charges thrown out
2. Retcon of his sentence; they forgot to mention he was in county all this time awaiting sentencing and he ended up getting let off.
3. Mickey strikes a deal while in prison as a plea bargain, agrees to sell someone out in exchange for his freedom.
4. One of Mandy’s clients is a powerful attorney who agrees to take on Mickey’s case.
5. Netflix filmmakers make a documentary called Making An Attempted Murder, it becomes a viral hit, resulting in the acquittal of Mickey Milkovich. Showtime writers are called into question over the stitch up and crimes against plot development.
6. Mickey is stargazing using a telescope one night, and is abducted by aliens. He is returned some days later on the other side of prison walls, pregnant, just like in The Sims.
So I watched it. And here’s the summary. It’s four minutes long so you can watch it as well (especially if all you know about this is a screencap of an article one year old).
It starts off with the actor playing Darren reading Wilson’s post acquittal ABC interview with George Stephanopolous verbatim. “It was a normal day,” starts off the actor. Throughout the video, there are various shots of the actors hands clenching, his eyebrows furrowed, lots of blurring, lots of off-center shots. As you go on, it becomes more and more clear that this is actually portraying Darren as a liar. His words sound rehearsed, he is clearly not telling the truth but instead trying to portray himself as a victim.
And sure enough, at the end, you hear a door open and a women saying “We’re ready for you,” and it moves to this shot:
He was rehearsing all of this in front of a mirror, before what I presume was the very ABC interview mentioned at the beginning.
TL;DR this was done very clearly to portray Darren as a scumbag who spewed the same rehearsed story every time to portray himself as a victim. This is no way suggests that Ezra or Sol support him, but in fact it clearly shows that they believe the exact opposite.
And you know what’s the funniest thing? The video has only 166 views. Meaning, Twitter and Dumblr were reblogging the screenshots of the tweet or article and pretty much no one actually went out to watch the video. The article is also dated nearly a year ago, so someone actually went digging to find that.
I know that it’s the sexy thing to bandwagon and demonize someone over little to no context, but this is an actual serious matter, so take the time to watch the video before you reblog the screenshots and see if your opinion is still the same.
On this day in 1898, French writer Émile Zola’s ‘J’accuse’ letter was printed, exposing the miscarriage of the justice in the Dreyfus affair. Zola was a prominent author, well-known for his short stories and novels, and his letter sparked national outrage. Published as a newspaper editorial in L’Aurore, the letter exposed the unlawful conviction of French army captain Alfred Dreyfus for espionage and treason. Dreyfus, of Jewish descent, was found guilty of selling military secrets to the Germans by a military court and sentenced to life imprisonment on a South American penal colony. However, subsequent evidence proving his innocence and implicating officer Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy was covered up by the military, with Walsin Esterhazy exonerated. The case had exposed the virulence of French anti-Semitism, as military officials and members of the public readily accepted Dreyfus’s guilt, considering his alleged crime indicative of Jews’ disloyalty. Zola’s letter, a response to Walsin Esterhazy’s acquittal, led to his arrest for libel, though he fled France to avoid a prison sentence. The debate came to embody divergent visions of France’s national identity, with those against Dreyfus arguing his defenders sought to undermine France. On the other hand, Dreyfus’s supporters raised the pertinent question of the extent personal freedoms can be subordinated in the interests of national security. Steadily, Dreyfus’s supporters gained traction, as evidence came to light that key evidence had been forged. Desperate to restore order, the French president pardoned Dreyfus in September 1899, though he was not legally exonerated until 1906. The French military only conceded Dreyfus’s innocence in 1995. Zola’s ‘j’accuse’ has entered the popular lexicon, and the Dreyfus affair has become synonymous with anti-Semitism and the miscarriage of justice. The crisis also had the practical effect of leading to a radical ascendancy in the French government, which shaped French politics for decades to come.
Gilberto Valle, the NYPD officer that fantasized about killing and eating his wife and her friends on darkfetish.net, and became a tabloid scandal of the justice system. It’s a very important case because there was no body or person hurt: Gilberto Valle was convicted of a thought crime.
Gilberto Valle III (born April 14, 1984) is a former New York City police officer who was convicted by a jury in March 2013 of conspiracy to kidnap, before the judge in the case, Paul Gardephe, took the extraordinary step of overturning the verdict 15 months later. The circuit court later affirmed the acquittal in December 2015, but the prosecution’s appeal could yet go to the Supreme Court.
“The acquittal of the armed ranchers shows us exactly how whiteness works. White people are presumed innocent, then you're proven innocent. For people of color, the presumption is often guilt, whether it's while protesting police violence or protecting a sacred natural resource.”
Signs of protest in response to Casey Anthony’s acquittal in 2011. She had been on trial for the murder of her 2 year old daughter, Caylee, and was found not guilty despite overwhelming evidence which suggested otherwise.
A production still from Je m'appelais Marie Antoinette, an interactive spectacle play written by Andre Castelot and Alain Decaux, which played in France in the 1990s. The play recreated Marie Antoinette’s trial and allowed the audience to vote for the fate of the queen during a break after the end of the trial. The ending of the play would differ depending on the outcome of the audience vote. The four options were: acquittal, exile, imprisonment, and death.
The gravestones of the Borden Family, located in Fall River. In 1892, Lizzie Borden was accused, tried, and acquitted for the brutal axe murders of her father and stepmother. Following her acquittal, she resumed living in Fall River even though she had been ostracised by many locals who believed her to be guilty. She was acquitted due to lack of evidence and an inexperienced police force.
Et à un moment donné j'avais tu les douleurs ; par un long travail méticuleux, en les classant d'abord, en les hiérarchisant, en cherchant à légitimer ma peine, et en évaluant son intensité à un niveau démographiquement important.
Mais dans cette comparaison de nos ressentis on devient inatteignables, intouchables, en dehors de tout. Un peu comme si la vie refusait de nous traverser par notre faculté à pouvoir nous acquitter des émotions que celle-ci peut procurer.
Je crois qu'il vaut mieux laisser des routes sentimentales se dessiner en nous, plutôt que de se refuser au bonheur et à la tristesse, et effacer la beauté de notre vulnérabilité.
Ouais. Je laisse définitivement la vie me traverser.