“HOW CAN YOU HAVE A WAR ON TERRORISM WHEN WAR ITSELF IS TERRORISM?” - HOWARD ZINN
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is a victim of such senseless violence around the world. We
must condemn terrorism in all its forms. We must condemn violence,
inequality, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, bigotry, and hatred in every
form. We must find another way to co-exist peacefully on this planet.
Right now people around the world are stuck in perpetual warfare, where
the arms and weapons industry makes billions of dollars from conflicts. Where
young people attending a concert can be brutally killed and never return home.
Where an innocent 12 year old black child can be murdered by a police officer.
Where two men trying to protect two muslim girls can die at the hands of a white
supremacist. We are not safer because of this endless cycle of
violence and ignorance. Do not let hate divide us. Do not let hate win.
from the July 23, 1981 issue of Jet magazine. The Triumph concert in Atlanta was a benefit show for the Atlanta Children’s Foundation which was set up to solve the Atlanta Child murders that occurred from 1979 to 1981 where at least 28 children and young adults were killed.
I love reality television because it provides such a direct reflection of the society we live in. A black woman being targeted for not being “trust worthy”, for “lying”, for “back stabbing” when she’s done nothing but support and worth with people as a team. It doesn’t matter that she’s a government engineer–intelligent–or that she’s cool, calm, and collected–veering away from the supposed angry black woman stereotype–still two weeks into a show with multiple targets in the house, all of a sudden she can no longer be trusted. And you wake her up at 5 am in the morning to yell in her face for over an hour because how dare she question you. Shows like Big Brother show us that a post race society is laughable as best and dangerously harmful as worst. Even when they do not know their racism it still hurts. We are still the target. We still must be voted out for the better of the group. We are still something to feared. No matter what context you put it in–whether it be the game show of Big Brother, or the headline of another innocent black child murdered in the street–it is all the same. My heart breaks for Dominque tonight. For Da'vonne last season. For Nesha on The Challenge. For New York on CBB. The narratives often overlap, and the pain does as well.
OK BUT CONCEPT ... katherine knocks on your door , its after midnight & dark outside . she won’t look up, hair’s covering her face , it looks like her dress is dirty with … something . she keeps asking u 2 let her in so she can use the phone . she keeps asking you to let her in .