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YouTube is full of videos where young white men, often times armed, stand up to police and force the officers to back down. With African-Americans, however, the rules are often different and knowing your rights will get you Tasered or worse. One African-American man recorded an encounter with police where he avoided getting arrested or shοt while preserving his rights.

When cops knocked on his door looking for a fugitive, Avel Amarel was determined to record the incident and not allow officers to illegally enter his home, according to a video posted on

Police told Amarel that they wanted to search his home because of an incident that occurred in the parking lot, but Amarel told the officers that the person they were looking for was not inside his home and he wasn’t allowing police to enter without a warrant.

Officer, I can’t let you inside without a search warrant,” he says.

Early in the encounter, an officer attempts to get Amarel to stop recording cell phone video, using the excuse that he didn’t know what the object was. Amarel informed the officer that the object in question was a cell phone and continued recording.

Throughout the video, Amarel refuses to let up, asking officers for three forms of identification. The officers never present any ID, but ask Amarel for ID, but he refuses. Amarel asks the officers whether he’s suspected of a crime and when the officers explain again about the fugitive, Amarel tells them that only he and his family are at the home.

When one officer asks for permission to search the home, Amarel tells him to come back with a warrant. Eventually the officers leave in frustration.


Savoir c’est Pouvoir (Knowledge is Power), 1989 (Barbara Kruger)

One of twenty artworks commissioned by the French Government to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the French Revolution -

“Kruger brings the experiences of a woman in a male-dominated society, the sensitivity of a poet, and the training of a graphic designer to create her powerful photomontages that question power, sexual politics, and the hidden meaning of images. The chief designer of Mademoiselle in the early 1970s, she began to deconstruct mass-media images visually and verbally in the 1980s…” (Art Daily)

“When I was 12 years old, a missionary saw me and suggested that I learn how to do flower arrangements. I said, ‘Dudes don’t do things like flower arrangements’. The missionary then said, ‘In life, there’s a difference between choosing not to do something because you don’t know it and being knowledgeable about something and then choosing not to do it.’ My view completely changed after he said this. So I learned how to do flower arrangements as well as some other things, but in the end I ended up choosing to run my own flower shop. 30 years have passed since that moment.”

“제가 12살 때였는데, 선교사가 저보고 꽃을 배우라고 권하더라구요. 그래서 제가 ‘사내새끼가 무슨 꽃을 배워요.’라고 했어요. 그랬더니 선교사가 ‘살면서 모르고 안 하는 것과 알고 안 하는 것은 다르다’라고 말하더라구요. 그 말에 제가 완전히 넘어갔어요. 그래서 그 후 꽃을 배웠는데, 다른 것도 좀 하다가 결국 꽃집 운영을 선택했어요. 그렇게 30년이 흘렀죠.” 

People are so afraid of what they don’t know, but what’s worse is that they’re completely unwilling to do something about it, and learn, and understand.

If a medication scares you then why don’t you learn about the chemicals that are in it and how they affect your body.

Does high acid content scare you? Why don’t you study titrations and buffer systems? Why aren’t you learning about pH? Why aren’t you going online and watching chemistry videos on YouTube? Why aren’t you going to the library and checking out chemistry textbooks?

Oh, what’s that? You don’t have time for that? But you do have time to surf Facebook groups and read fearmongering blog entries by chemphobic nut jobs? Okay then.

Our current society is downright allergic to knowledge and it’s scary.
15 Books About Black Women's History Everyone Should Read

Educate yourself.

This is a super great list of great books. I encourage you to check it out. Here’s the first five books:

1.Ain’t I a Beauty Queen?: Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race by Maxine Craig

2.Ar'n’t I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South by Deborah Gray White

3.At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance–A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle McGuire

4.Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry by Tiffany Gill

5.But Some Of Us Are Brave: All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men: Black Women’s Studies by Gloria T. Hull