The thing with Tamir though is that every little kid with a toy gun points it at people. Also there was a grown adult who jumped out of a vehicle with a real gun and he got to walk away. He posed an actual threat to police, Tamir was a child doing things kids do.
There are so many things wrong with what gun defending white supremacists say and do to justify killing innocent black people. It’s fucking disgusting
Was Tamir Rice smart for pointing a fake gun at people, much less cops? No, it shows poor parenting and a lack of awareness about the seriousness of guns. Did he deserve to be shot two seconds after police approached him? Fuck no. Why couldn’t the cops have waited somewhere safe and used a megaphone or something? The cop who killed him was judged incompetent and fired, and yet somehow rehired on in Ohio.
I’m no cop, but come on. Plenty of white people have pointed guns at police and somehow been given due process. Police seem to want to judge the level of threat with white people but not black ones. If they’re black, it’s shoot first and ask questions later. -V
12 Year Old Dymond Milburn was severely beaten by 3 plainclothes police officers because they thought she was a prostitute. Even though they beat her with a flashlight and caused injuries to her head, spine, throat and ear, the cops charged her with assault.
Sean Stewart, one of the cops involved, later received “Officer of the Year”
We - and by we, I mean, white feminists - need to talk about how [the Charleston terrorist] used white female purity to justify murdering black people.
“I have to do it,” he said. “You rape our women.”
This myth - that black men rape and assault white women - has been used to justify the murder of black people for centuries. It was used to justify lynchings. It was used to justify slavery. It is still used today.
And white feminists absolutely NEED TO REPUDIATE this myth, because white women’s tacit approval - and sometimes vocal agreement - with this myth is part of what allows this terrorism to happen.
People like the Charleston terrorist believe white women need to be protected from black men.
I stand in solidarity with the black community, not with people like Dylann Storm. He does not speak for me.
White teens who kill receive kind words and humanizing obituary-esque headlines surrounding their crimes, whereas black teens who are killed are covertly demonized or belittled and no worth is attached to the stories covering their death.
I am a white woman. I am standing beside a black woman. We are facing a group of white people who are seated in front of us. We are in their workplace, and have been hired by their employer to lead them in a dialogue about race. The room is filled with tension and charged with hostility. I have just presented a definition of racism that includes the acknowledgment that whites hold social and institutional power over people of color. A white man is pounding his fist on the table. His face is red and he is furious. As he pounds he yells, “White people have been discriminated against for 25 years! A white person can’t get a job anymore!” I look around the room and see 40 employed people, all white. There are no people of color in this workplace. Something is happening here, and it isn’t based in the racial reality of the workplace. I am feeling unnerved by this man’s disconnection with that reality, and his lack of sensitivity to the impact this is having on my cofacilitator, the only person of color in the room. Why is this white man so angry? Why is he being so careless about the impact of his anger? Why are all the other
white people either sitting in silent agreement with him or tuning out? We have, after all, only articulated a definition of racism.
This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress, leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium.
What You Say:</b> But this WHITE GUY was murdered by a BLACK COP, and NOBODY in the media is giving a shit!<p/><b>What I Hear:</b> I consider Mike Brown's murder to be an isolated incident and have NO KNOWLEDGE of institutionalized racism and how racial profiling and police brutality disproportionately affects black people in America.<p/>
[Image description: Donovan Nelson’s artistic depiction of Igbo Landing in charcoal. It shows the Igbo slaves marching into a body of water with the water already up to their necks and their eyes closed. Image via Valentine Museum of Art]
For those who don’t know, Igbo Landing is the location of a mass suicide of Igbo slaves that occurred in 1803 on St. Simons Island, Georgia. As the story goes, a group of Igbo slaves revolted and took control of their slave ship, grounded it on an island, and rather than submit to slavery, proceeded to march into the water while singing in Igbo, drowning themselves in turn. They all chose death over slavery. It was an act of mass resistance against the horrors of slavery and became a legend, particularly amongst the Gullah people living near the site of Igbo Landing.
Not only is the story of Igbo Landing one of the key themes of Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust, which influenced LEMONADE, but its imagery also appears to be central to the “Love Drought” video. In the video, Beyoncé marches into the water followed by a group of black women all in white with black fabric in the shape of a cross across the front of their bodies. They march progressively deeper into the water before pausing and raising all of their hands toward the sunset.
[Image description: Beyoncé marching into a large body of water by a beach followed by other black women]
[Image description: Beyoncé on a beach leaning backward as she appears to be resisting the pull of a taught rope]
Lastly, I would like to note how Beyoncé and the group of black women she is with very deliberately rose their hands while in the water toward the sunset. For me this recalled how the act of mass resistance at Igbo Landing was mythologized in many African-American communities as either the myth of the “water walking” or “flying” Africans. In the latter legend, the Igbo slaves walked into the water and then flew back to Africa, saving themselves in turn.
Below is the myth of the “flying Africans” at Igbo Landing as told by Wallace Quarterman, an African-American man born in 1844 who was interviewed by members of the Federal Writers Project in 1930 (via wiki):
Ain’t you heard about them? Well, at that time Mr. Blue he was the overseer and … Mr. Blue he go down one morning with a long whip for to whip them good… . Anyway, he whipped them good and they got together and stuck that hoe in the field and then … rose up in the sky and turned themselves into buzzards and flew right back to Africa… . Everybody knows about them.
[Image description: Beyoncé and several black women partially submerged in water by a beach and raising their arms toward the setting sun]
Seeing Beyoncé and a group of black women marching into the water and raising their hands collectively toward the sunset reminded me specifically of this last interpretation of the story of Igbo Landing where the slaves flew to their freedom.
There are lots of potential interpretations for this video and the visual album as a whole but the core imagery of the “Love Drought” video - marshy landscape matching folklore descriptions of the location of “Igbo Landing,” images of Beyoncé bound in ropes and resisting their pull, a collective march into the water and holding their hands out toward the sky as if they were about to fly away together-basically screamed out to me as the story of Igbo Landing as I watched the video. It’s such a powerful act of mass resistance against slavery and as an Igbo person living today in America, it was moving to see imagery which reminded me strongly of it in LEMONADE as well.
“Castile, who was known by friends as Phil, was a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in Saint Paul, Minn., where he memorized the names of the 500 children he served every day — along with their food allergies, his former coworker said.
“He remembered their names. He remembered who couldn’t have milk. He knew what they could have to eat and what they couldn’t,” Joan Edman, a recently retired paraprofessional at the school, told TIME.
Parents, several of whom rallied for justice outside the tight-knit school Thursday, said they felt safe knowing Castile was in charge of their children’s food and said Castile transformed the cafeteria into a positive and cheerful space. “He was a fixture. I was always happy to see him around school. The cafeteria was a pretty happy place. He was part of the community and an important one,” Andrew Karre, whose 8-year-old son attends J.J. Hill, told TIME.”
A whole community is mourning after losing such an important, compassionate person. Rest in Power, Philando Castile.
I keep thinking about what would happen if a cop is wearing gloves and puts his hands on my son. And my son pulls away because the texture of the gloves bother him. Or if my son just doesn’t like being touched by strangers. Or doesn’t react well when people point or raise their voices at him. Right now, the best way to get Langston to follow instructions is to get at eye level with him and explain very calmly what we need from him. What if that’ll always be the best way to communicate with him and a cop sees my son’s inability to process orders as an act of disobedience. What if my son pulling back from a cop is seen as an act of aggression? What if a simple repetitive motion is mistaken for an attempt at physical confrontation? If a cop is yelling at my son and he doesn’t respond because he doesn’t understand, what’s stopping the cop from murdering my boy in cold blood?
The Toronto model who appeared in a controversial skin-lightening advertisement in the TTC believes her photo was stolen and has decided to take a stand against the bleaching her likeness was used to promote.
Chinthiya Rajah has been modelling for more than a decade. She says she has always been careful to read every release form twice to make sure her photos weren’t going to be used for anything but their intended purpose.
“I did not sign up to do this … I’ve never worked for these guys … They look like stolen images,” she said.
Rajah was featured in a TTC advertisement for lightnaturalskin.com, beside the slogan “Get brighter and lighter skin!” The website is run by the Liberty Clinic, a private integrated health clinic near Yonge St. and Bloor St.
Contacted by the Star, the Liberty Clinic apologized to Rajah and explained that it bought her photo from a stock image website.
“In order to protect the privacy of our patients, we do not use their facial images on marketing materials. As such, we rely on stock and medical images when producing marketing materials,” the clinic wrote in an email.
Rajah’s story stands as a warning to budding models everywhere that unscrupulous photographers can resell their image to anyone and, as a result, their photo could end up anywhere.
In the contentious ad, Rajah’s face is bisected; the left side has been digitally altered to show very pale skin while the right has a much darker hue.
“Neither of those shades is my colour. I’m not that dark and I’m not that light. I’m brown-skinned.”
Last month, Rajah was alerted to the ad by a friend who saw it in the subway and called to congratulate her on the gig. Shortly afterward, following an outcry on social media,the Liberty Clinic withdrew the ad and apologized, explaining in a statement that “the elective, natural skin treatment stated in the ad is used for medical reasons.”
Rajah doesn’t buy that explanation. The Toronto-born woman of Sri Lankan descent says skin lightening is a deplorable cosmetic process, full stop.
“In my culture, paler is better, but I don’t support that,” she said. “I’m the type of person that believes in embracing your skin tone no matter what your colour is.”
DC Rally for Mike Brown & Ferguson (8.14.14) #NMOS14
On Thursday 8.14.14 we rallied in Malcolm X park here in DC demanding justice for Mike Brown and accountability from our government for the ongoing police brutality in Ferguson. These are some faces from the event. #nmos14 #ferguson #mikebrown #blacklivesmatter