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If you were not prepared to be put into compromising positions, you shouldn’t have been a police officer.

If you couldn’t see a black teenager in a hoodie without killing him, you shouldn’t have been a police officer.

If you couldn’t handle a black teenager refusing to come to your office without body slamming her into the ground and then dragging her, you shouldn’t have been a police officer.

If you couldn’t stop from shooting at a young black man who was accused of robbing a convenience store (which he didn’t), you shouldn’t have been a police officer.

If you couldn’t contain the situation without shooting when a black mans tail light was out and you felt threatened after you pulled him over, you shouldn’t have been a police officer.

No more excuses.

Dates To Remember

January 12th, 2010 - Earthquake in Haiti

May 16, 2010 - Aiyana Stanley-Jones

September 17, 2011 - Occupy Wall Street

February 26, 2012 - Trayvon Martin

April 14, 2014 - Nigerian school girls go missing

July 17, 2014 - Eric Garner

August 5th, 2014 - John Crawford III

August 9, 2014 - Mike Brown

August 9, 2014 (Still happening) - Ferguson Protests

January 3, 2015 - Nigeria Massacre

If I’ve forgotten anything, and I’m sure I have, please add on.

Kids Who Die by Langston Hughes

This is for the kids who die,
Black and white,
For kids will die certainly.
The old and rich will live on awhile,
As always,
Eating blood and gold,
Letting kids die.

Kids will die in the swamps of Mississippi
Organizing sharecroppers
Kids will die in the streets of Chicago
Organizing workers
Kids will die in the orange groves of California
Telling others to get together
Whites and Filipinos,
Negroes and Mexicans,
All kinds of kids will die
Who don’t believe in lies, and bribes, and contentment
And a lousy peace.

Of course, the wise and the learned
Who pen editorials in the papers,
And the gentlemen with Dr. in front of their names
White and black,
Who make surveys and write books
Will live on weaving words to smother the kids who die,
And the sleazy courts,
And the bribe-reaching police,
And the blood-loving generals,
And the money-loving preachers
Will all raise their hands against the kids who die,
Beating them with laws and clubs and bayonets and bullets
To frighten the people—
For the kids who die are like iron in the blood of the people—
And the old and rich don’t want the people
To taste the iron of the kids who die,
Don’t want the people to get wise to their own power,
To believe an Angelo Herndon, or even get together

Listen, kids who die—
Maybe, now, there will be no monument for you
Except in our hearts
Maybe your bodies’ll be lost in a swamp
Or a prison grave, or the potter’s field,
Or the rivers where you’re drowned like Leibknecht
But the day will come—
You are sure yourselves that it is coming—
When the marching feet of the masses
Will raise for you a living monument of love,
And joy, and laughter,
And black hands and white hands clasped as one,
And a song that reaches the sky—
The song of the life triumphant
Through the kids who die.

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Two of the people above were demonized by the media as “disrespectful thugs” for taking pictures with their middle fingers up, somehow these photos were used against the two to discredit their character and insinuate they deserved to be shot dead in the street by racist men. Can you guess which of the following two I speak of?

Trayvon Martin,
Michael Brown,
Former President George W. Bush,
Jennifer Lawrence,
Lady Gaga,
Joan Rivers,
Justin Timberlake,
Johnny Cash,
Mr. Rogers.

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//last words..

Journalist Shirin Barghi collected the last words of men like Michael Brown – young, black, killed by authority figures while unarmed – and turned them into powerful illustrations.

“I created these images to raise awareness about racist police violence in America and as an expression of solidarity,” she tweeted. “I experienced police brutality in my native Iran, and the struggle here to confront that violence resonated with me.”

The minimalist images, eight of which appear below, are poignant echoes of the victims’ final moments.