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@kropotkindersurprise, who apparently blocked me after this post
Ironic that someone whose description brags that they post “riot gifs” and endorses violent attacks on people for wrongthink can’t handle online disagreement. Too bad I already made a comic about it. And while I’m here, @knowledgeequalsblackpower.

“How dare you cherry-pick something MLK said, cracker! I’m going to shut you down by cherry-picking something MLK said!”

Breaking news: You’re all a bunch of lying hypocrites.

>Several months ago the affiliate here in Birmingham asked us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct action program if such were deemed necessary. 

>I hope you are able to see the distinction I am trying to point out. In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law, as would the rabid segregationist. That would lead to anarchy. One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.

>You may well ask: “Why direct action? Why sit ins, marches and so forth? Isn’t negotiation a better path?” You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word “tension.” I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood. The purpose of our direct action program is to create a situation so crisis packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation. I therefore concur with you in your call for negotiation. Too long has our beloved Southland been bogged down in a tragic effort to live in monologue rather than dialogue.

>. My friends, I must say to you that we have not made a single gain in civil rights without determined legal and nonviolent pressure.

-Letters from a Birmingham jail, MLK Jr.

So the “direct action” he was talking about was, drumroll please, nonviolent. Specifically, non-violent.

In fact, it’s almost as if you deliberately quoted one of the few parts of the letter where he doesn’t use the term “non-violence”.

Pop quiz, geniuses. If MLK was really endorsing riots, why aren’t you talking about all the times he rioted?

>There’s no doubt about that. I will agree that there is a group in the Negro community advocating violence now. I happen to feel that this group represents a numerical minority. Surveys have revealed this. The vast majority of Negroes still feel that the best way to deal with the dilemma that we face in this country is through non-violent resistance, and I don’t think this vocal group will be able to make a real dent in the Negro community in terms of swaying 22 million Negroes to this particular point of view. And I contend that the cry of “black power” is, at bottom, a reaction to the reluctance of white power to make the kind of changes necessary to make justice a reality for the Negro. I think that we’ve got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard. And, what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the economic plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years.

>[…]So that I would say that every summer we’re going to have this kind of vigorous protest. My hope is that it will be non-violent. I would hope that we can avoid riots because  riots are self-defeating and socially destructive.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mlk-a-riot-is-the-language-of-the-unheard/

W. E. B. DuBois was a civil rights activist, historian, and author known for starting the Niagara Movement. Also known for being a co-founder of the NAACP. Unlike Booker T. Washington, DuBois believed blacks can fight for equality. He died on August 27, 1963. One way blacks can recognize him is by being confident as they fight against the inequality in today’s system.

trapped-in-room302  asked:

You don't need to be a dumb shit to promote black lives. No one thinks your post is funny bro. You can seriously come up with better white people jokes. White people think pepper is spicy. White people cant dance for shit. White people and their damn casseroles. White people continue to ruin America. Those are mostly true and humorous. Your post was a try hard bro. And you keep going on like you're a comedy genius. 👀 that's the only humorous part about your posts.

1) It wasn’t meant to be funny, number two, I’m far from dumb. The post was SUPPOSED to come off just as ignorant and racist as the many white comments on black people universally. I wasn’t trying to be funny at all, I was trying to prove a point and I did. When hurtful things are said about white people, the world runs into defense mode, but when the tables turn, we only have black people (and very few at that) supporting and uplifting us. 


People had a problem with the skin cancer reference. I’M aware its untrue, but nobody says anything when white people spread misinformation about black skin. 


They had a problem with the lice comment…don’t get me started on ALL the many misinformed and wrong things said about black hair. 


I wasn’t coming for white people, I don’t hate white people, I don’t hate anyone, but I don’t like flip flop ass people either. I was called racist, stupid and ignorant after posting it, but people will stand next to their white friends jokingly saying things about blacks and either laugh along or remain silent. 


Cancer is not unimportant, but this post was not about cancer. This post was not about hair, skin or health. It was about blatant racism coming from the other side and how people react to it. That was displayed here today.

theroot.com
The Politics of Lying White People and the Black People Who Bear the Burden
The worst whipping I ever received was when I was 8 years old. Among the draconian rules that governed my mom’s house was an archaic list of words she outlawed in the home. Along with the customary…

One of the reasons accusations of racism seem so inflammatory is that there is widespread belief that pointing out a racist act automatically means the person who did it hates people of color. Contrary to popular belief, racism does not necessarily equal hate. Racism sometimes manifests itself in the privileged apathy that does not consider people of color a lower, lesser form of humanity. Instead, people of color aren’t considered at all. To some people they are just brown props on a white stage—to be manipulated and used as needed. We are step stools and tools. They don’t always shoot black people in the face or string them from trees; sometimes they just carelessly toss us under the bus of their choosing. 

READ THIS VERY IMPORTANT PIECE

#BlackAugust | Stokely Carmichael, the Trinidadian-American activist, was one of the most prominent figures in the Civil Rights Movement. He was the leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, an ‘Honorary Prime Minister’ of the Black Panther Party, and a leader of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party.

Carmichael was elected the national chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in May, 1966. But by this time, he had lost faith in the non-violent ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. and radicalized as he began propagating the doctrines of Malcolm X and the importance of “Black Power.” The term that quickly became popular among the young black radicals at the time. Internationally too, “Black Power” became a slogan of resistance against the European imperialism in Africa.

“When you talk of black power, you talk of building a movement that will smash everything Western civilization has created.”

Remembering #BlackTransLiberationTuesday

It’s been one year since Black trans activists led our first national day of action.‪#‎BlackTransLiberationTuesday‬

By this time in 2015, there had been at least 18 trans people, mostly Black trans women murdered. This year, we’re up to at least 20.

The name grew from Tuesday being the day that trans people would receive services & support from the Tom Waddell Clinic each week in San Francisco.

Those initial “Transgender Tuesdays” were captured in a documentary back nearly 20 years ago that was filmed at the clinic in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.

It became a regular thing for trans folks in San Francisco & trans-led TGI Justice Project (TGIJP) still uses it as its mail day for incarcerated trans folks.

The first “Trans Liberation Tuesday” was led by trans Latina and Black activists to memorialize Taja DeJesus in Feb. 2015. TAJA’s Coalition is named after her.

By Aug. 2015, the numbers of slain trans women grew & a collaboration formed between the BlackLivesMatter network, TGI Justice Project, GetEQUAL & groups around the U.S.

It’s important that we remember our history and commemorate when we can. This was a major day for us and our work as Black trans Warriors shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Check out some articles on the day:

By Meredith Talusan,
https://www.buzzfeed.com/…/black-lives-matter-trans-liberat…

By Loren DiBlasi
http://www.mtv.com/…/225…/trans-liberation-tuesday-protests/

workers.org
Milwaukee community supports youth uprising against cops
Milwaukee Solidarity with youth fighting police terror was strong at an informal gathering in Sherman Park here on Aug. 21. The park was the location of a youth uprising in protest of the killing of Sylville Smith, an African-American man, by Milwaukee police on Aug. 13.

By John Parker

The Wisconsin Bailout the People Movement initiated the community picnic to support the courageous youth being vilified by both corporate media and city officials for demonstrating anger against Smith’s death. The Milwaukee protesters were met with an aggressive police force, like the police reaction to protests in Baltimore after the police killing of Freddie Grey in 2015 or in Ferguson, Mo., against that of Michael Brown in 2014. As in the those cities, instead of dispersing, youth decided to act in self-defense, allegedly answering police aggression by throwing objects at the cops and setting fire to a BP gas station next to the park.

Homes were also burned. However, Babbette Grunow, who co-hosts a radio program in Milwaukee and lives near the park, voiced on-the-air skepticism about placing responsibility on youth protesters. She noted that one landlord had previously spoken of the benefits of collecting insurance money instead of continuing ownership of the homes.

Those gathered at the community cook-out all agreed that the anger of the youth was justified. Meeting at the park were activists from Bail Out the People Movement, union members, an NAACP member, youth from the Industrial Workers of the World, as well as neighborhood families. Members of Workers World Party came in support from Durham, N.C.; Rockford, Ill.; and Los Angeles and from Detroit FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together).

People were in agreement that the best way to change the youths’ reaction was to get the police to stop killing Black people, and instead of budgeting more money for cops, use money to provide jobs and opportunities for youth.