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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.

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tfw one of the girls you grew up with probably calls Donald Drumpf “daddy” and is the whitest person in the world doesn’t remember anything from her US History class.

(Not censoring names because they are proud of themselves.)

Do you see this? Do you see how unbothered they are? Absolutely no sympathy for the mother as she cries aloud. They don’t see her pain and they’re standing right next to her. When Antonio Martin was shot, he was still breathing, he died right where he laid. His mother watched her son die before her. The cop didn’t call the medical unit. That’s all the evidence you need to realize these cops don’t care!! Shooting to wound isn’t something they practice. Shoot to kill is

“#BlackLivesMatter was changed to #AllLivesMatter, so it includes everyone and doesn’t single out every single race except one, because that’s racist”

Yeah okay, while we’re at it, let’s change #GayIsOkay to #LoveIsOkay because ALL sexualities matter!! Singling out all sexualities except for one is heterophobic!!

^~sarcasm~^

The nerve of some people I swear. You can’t even let the black community have their own damn hashtag without feeling like you need to whitewash their entire movement because you’re butthurt and left out?

WE, TOO, SING AMERICA

Black and proud.

I tug at my natural hair.

I wrap my head in Ankara scarves
and live by
umoja,
ujima,
ujamaa.

I light the black candle in the center
of the kinara.

I read The Autobiography of Malcolm X
while warming my feet by the fire.

Let’s talk bell hooks.
Let’s talk Cornell West.
Let’s talk Kathleen Cleaver. 

Black and proud.

Let’s talk racism.
Let’s talk police brutality.
Let’s talk black blood on black streets.

I read The Autobiography of Malcolm X
while watching Eric Garner. 

I light the black candle
at Trayvon’s memorial.

I wrap my head around American freedom
and live by
white
man’s
rules.

I tug at my mother’s hand.

Black and proud.

John Legend (feat. Common) - Glory

This year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holds special significance. It comes after the theatrical release of Selma, the first major motion picture built around King, a motion picture that was snubbed during the Oscar’s white-washed nominations, where it received only a consolation Best Picture nod and well-deserved recognition for this song, by John Legend and Common. What makes “Glory” so compelling is not just its theatrical success in capping off the events of the film, but how it highlights the glaring parallels between the injustices of Martin Luther King’s time and our own.

Common makes this subtext text, declaring “Now the war is not over / Victory isn’t won,” “Selma is now, for every man women and child … They marched with a torch, we gonna run with it now” “That’s why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up.”

Those call-outs are unmissable, are essential to the immediacy of the song, the immediacy of Selma itself. This is not a victory lap, a pat on the back for a job well done. This is a call to action. The success of “Glory,” and of Selma, lies in how it resists self-satisfying, how it drives its listeners and viewers not to walk away only in awe of the movement of the past, but in awe of its relevancy today. Do not miss this call. Martin Luther King, Jr. was 26 when he lead the Montgomery bus boycott. His actions were viewed as disruptive, as misguided, before eventually being vindicated in history. That boycott lasted over a year, and it would be a full decade before he came to Selma. By comparison, Mike Brown was killed less than six months ago.

This movement is just beginning. Do not think that history cannot be shaped by the young, that it can be done quietly, or that lasting change is immediately popular or easy. But do think of Selma, of the work that was done, and the work that remains. 

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“The Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the white citizen’s counselor or the Ku Klux Klan, but the white moderate who is more devoted to order than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to positive peace which is the presence of justice.” - MLK Jr.

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day everybody!