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12 Videos That Show The Difference Between What Cops Said And What Actually Happened

Few aspects of policing attract more scrutiny than an officer’s use of force. And as people around the nation continue to voice concerns about the contentious relationship between citizens and law enforcement, it’s become clear that police and the policed often have drastically different interpretations of the same incidents.

A number of high-profile cases over the past few years suggest that something even more disturbing can happen when police are given the responsibility of self-reporting violence. The instances below offer clear evidence of cops – and in some cases, their superiors – attempting to sanitize, mischaracterize or simply lie about the use of force. 

They raise disquieting questions about what might have happened if videos of the incidents had never surfaced – and how many similar incidents never become known to the public.

1. “The shackles accidentally hit one of her arms.”

The incident captured in the above surveillance video. Saulny can be seen repeatedly striking a 16-year-old girl who was in a holding cell following an arrest.

Saulny reportedly informed his supervisor immediately following the encounter, which left the girl with minor injuries, according to a police report. 

But you watch the video, that clearly show what really happened.

2. “The officer ‘escorted [the suspect] to the floor.’”

In his own report, Walker wrote that he “forcefully threw Ms. Acker … face down on the ground.” He claimed that Acker was intoxicated and combative prior to arriving at the hospital, and said the kick was valid cause for him to respond with force. The lawsuit claims Acker sustained significant injuries from the takedown, including facial trauma, a concussion and problems with memory and cognitive function, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Walker is still employed by the Colorado Springs Police Department.

3. “A physical altercation ensued.”

A passing motorist filmed as California Highway Patrol Officer Daniel Andrew rained blows down on Marlene Pinnock, a 51-year-old grandmother who was walking along a freeway. A CHP incident summary of the incident claimed that Pinnock became “physically combative” when Andrew attempted to pull her away from traffic, at which time “a physical altercation ensued." 

4. Officer "placed his arm around” a teen and tried to “console” him.

According to WFAA, Rossi’s official police report claimed the boy had started to cry, and that Rossi had placed his arm around the boy to “console” him. The report didn’t mention his threat to the teen. Rossi later faced an internal investigation and described his remarks as a “verbal technique that I’ve used to try to calm down people or suspects in my career with no intention of ever meaning the words I say.” He also denied making false statements on his initial report.

Rossi is still employed by the Dallas Police Department.

5. Officer hit suspect “several times with a closed right fist." 

In the video above, police in Inkster, Michigan, are seen beating 57-year-old Floyd Dent during a January traffic stop. Officer William Melendez, the cop seen pummeling Dent, later suggested in an official report that Dent looked like he was on drugs at the time and that he’d verbally threatened officers before the altercation. Melendez also claimed that he hit Dent "several times with a closed right fist” after Dent bit him on the arm. In this case, “several” means 16.

#Police #Cops #PoliceBrutality #PoliceViolence #BlackLivesMatter #US #America

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Allure Catches Hell For Teaching White Women How To Get An Afro

Once again, cultural appropriation is igniting a flurry of controversy – and for the umpteenth time, the case relates to black women’s hair.

Allure magazine finds itself in the middle of a stormy response to a hair tutorial published in its August 2015 issue titled, “You (Yes, You) Can Have An Afro.*” The asterisk reads: “even if you have straight hair.”

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This White Feminist Loved Her Dreadlocks – Here's Why She Cut Them Off
Her dreadlocks felt empowering – so why get rid of them? Read how she learned about cultural appropriation the hard way, and you'll learn how to be a better ally and feminist.

This is how you ally, white feminism.

Oh yeah, and fuck you Allure Mag !

This White Feminist Loved Her Dreadlocks – Here’s Why She Cut Them Off

August 2, 2015 by Annah Anti-Palindrome

I felt the societal pressures of womanhood come on like a plague.

It seemed like one day I was building forts and catching lizards, and the next I was sucking in my gut, picking at my face, and navigating an inescapable shame about my body – a shame that I’ve now spent the last twenty years trying to shirk.

I remember being ten years old and grieving my girlhood – that short period of time when I was allowed to exist without a preoccupation of my physical appearance constantly looming in the front of my mind – a time when my self-esteem wasn’t rooted in whether or not I was pretty enough, skinny enough, busty enough, sexy enough.

Time passed and the more unattainable and oppressive heteronormative femininity felt, the more I grew to hate myself and everybody around me.

In my late teens, I finally gave up. I cobbled together an outfit with layers suitable for all types of weather and didn’t change out of it for an entire year.

I let my leg and armpit hair grow long, and I let the hair on my head spiral into a nest of cords, matts, and tangles (a hairdo I would later ignorantly and appropriatively refer to as dreadlocks).

I ran away from home – started hitchhiking all over the country, going to feminist music festivals, entrenching myself amidst the company of other (mostly white) grrrls who were shirking their feminine hygiene routines (shaving, bathing, hair combing, general beauty maintenance regimens of all types, really) in order to really “stick it to the patriarchy.” (It was a thing, okay?)

We idolized musicians like The Slits, Babes in Toyland, 7 Year Bitch, Ani Difranco, L7, and Switchblade Symphony – all feminists who wrote songs about smashing mainstream beauty standards – all bands featuring white women who wore their hair in dreadlocks at some point or another during their musical careers.

What It Was Like Being A White Girl with Dreadlocks

In navigating through a predominantly white, feminist punk subculture, I never gave a second thought to whether wearing my hair in dreadlocks was offensive — at least to any one other than to The Patriarchy.

Having dreadlocks was part of what allowed me to stop obsessing over my appearance.

As long as I had them, the pressure – well for me as a cis gender white woman – to achieve mainstream, heteronormative beauty standards was off the table.

I suppose I felt empowered by this form of rebellious self-exclusion (the alternative being forced exclusion because I simply failed at womanhood).

While I did run into the occasional asshole on the street who called me a “filthy dyke,” my whiteness led people to read me as “quirky” and “alternative”.

I wasn’t followed around by security guards every time I went into a store. I wasn’t hassled by the cops for hanging out with my friends on street corners. I wasn’t hauled off to jail on the presumption that I was a gang member just because of my nonconventional appearance.

To further my point, being a white grrrl with dreadlocks, as well as someone who wore clothing scrappily held together by safety pins, dental fIoss and band patches, I was still considered employable and trustworthy.

Without any regard to personal qualifications, even with an incarceration record and no college education, I was often given responsibilities that put me in positions of authority over my co-workers of color.

Despite my rebellious appearance, I enjoyed a level of tolerance from authority figures and society at large that can only be attributed to my whiteness.

Everything changed when I stopped traveling, started investing in local activist projects, and began building a broader, more multiracial community.

For the first time, my peers had lots of questions and critiques about my choice to wear dreadlocks.

The responses other activists had to my hair ranged from mild irritation to downright anger.

People were constantly making comments under their breath when they passed me about “cultural appropriation” I had no idea what that meant.

Some friends eventually suggested some readings and resources that would help me understand.

I read them and learned more about the history and symbolism of dreadlocks in the US in context to black folk’s resistance movements against white supremacy. I learned that black folks in the US with dreadlocks are not seen as “quirky” or “alternative,” but as “dangerous” and “militant”.

I learned to identify the ways that white colonist mentalities show up in our contemporary, everyday lives.

I realized that I was participating in the shitty reality that, for centuries, white people have felt entitled to taking pretty much anything their hearts desire – entire continents, human bodies, land resources, and, yes, whatever cultural trappings of the communities they colonized that were thought to be intriguing at the time.

The Harmful Messages I Was Sending to the World as a White Woman with Dreadlocks

It finally became clear to me that by wearing my hair in dreadlocks as a white person, the nonverbal statements I was making to folks of color were:

“Look! I can reject all of mainstream society’s expectations of me and still be treated with more respect than you!”

“Your legacies of cultural resistance are so irrelevant that they’ve become nothing more than a fashion accessory to help me evade the expectations of white womanhood!”

I don’t care that my presence illicitness discomfort and sometimes communicates what is seen as blatant disrespect!”

I don’t care that my hairstyle symbolizes the kind of white entitlement that has resulted in centuries worth of global, colonial violence.”

Etcetera.

I’m pretty embarrassed to say so… but even after this new stage of awareness I stiiiiillllll had a super hard time letting them go.

Some examples of my last stitch arguments were:

1. “Lots of cultures throughout the ages have worn dreadlocks! I’m part Scandinavian! My ancestors were Vikings!”

To which my friends responded:

Yes, it’s true that dreadlocks are worn in all different cultures around the world, but the context for which they are worn in the US is explicitly rooted in black folks’ (Rastafarians specifically) symbolic resistance to white supremacy.

When white people in the US wear dreadlocks, the power of this symbolic resistance is reduced to an “exotic” fashion trend wherein the oppressor is able to “play,” temporarily, an “exotic other” without acknowledging or experiencing any of the daily discriminations black folks have to face.

2. “We live in an intercultural society. Black women wear white hairstyles, so what’s up with the double standard?”

To which my friends responded:

Black women are told that in order to appear “respectable” in US society, they need to invest an obscene amount of time and energy into making themselves “look more white.”

Due to this fucked-up societal pressure – and due to the institutional power that white people have in determining mainstream beauty standards – it’s not the same.

3. “Nobody can control me! I do what I want!”

To which my friends responded:

…and you know what? You’re white, so it makes complete sense that you’d feel that way.

4. “By wearing dreadlocks, I’m giving up my white privilege to stand in solidarity with POC.”

To which my friends responded:

You are an oppression tourist – a white girl who always has an escape route back to the open arms of white supremacy once she is through rebelling. You can cut them off anytime.

To pretend otherwise or assume yourself a martyr is misguided and offensive.

5. “But there’s a difference between ‘appreciation’ and ‘appropriation’ isn’t there?”

My friends referred me to articles like these, saying:

I’m trying to think of examples of things I respect and how I show that respect. I’m actually struggling to think of a time when I respected something, and decided the best way to show that respect was by taking it. You know how I show respect?

I listen.

I listen hard, I listen deeply, and I listen constantly. I listen to stories, I listen to histories, I listen to learn, and I listen to hear when I’ve misstepped. I listen so I can become a more complete human being.

6. “But that’s not what I mean! What about the purpose they serve me?”

To which my friends responded:

Whether or not you mean to be disrespectful, the statements you are communicating are out of your control. Certain cultural symbols will always have semiotic weight – you wouldn’t wear a swastika pendant just because you thought it was pretty.

The Haircut

I finally cut them off – and when I did, I felt (literally and figuratively) a dozen pounds lighter.

Though I am still pretty “alternative” looking, I’ve learned to stand up against systems of oppression by doing the actual footwork in my daily life. I no longer naively expect my physical appearance (on its own) to do that work for me.

Cutting off my dreadlocks was a form of accountability – an acknowledgment of the ways in which I’ve benefited (and continue to benefit) from legacies of extreme, racialized violence.

Cutting off my dreadlocks didn’t make me an instantly “good white person” or even a trustworthy ally, but it sure as hell dismantled some of the barriers that stood in the way of cultivating deep, meaningful relationships based on mutual respect, trust and solidarity.

As feminists, we do need to continue working hard to dismantle society’s oppressive messages about femininity, but we also need to be thinking about the intersections of race, class, and gender, the ways some of us benefit from the system in which we live, and how we can empower and liberate ourselves without contributing to the oppression of someone else.  

Darren Wilson is the subject of a fascinating profile in the New Yorker this week, in which he reveals what his life was like in the days after he shot Michael Brown dead, as well as what his life is like now.

Throughout Jake Halpern’s piece, Wilson seems somehow both keenly aware of the racial dynamics of his statements and insensitive to the point of defiance when it comes to the implications of them. For example, when discussing the possibility that members of the black community don’t trust police officers because of a legacy of brutality, he quickly dismissed the validity of such claims.

“Everyone,” he said, “is so quick to jump on race. It’s not a race issue.”

If Sanders is going to win and build a movement to challenge the status quo, his campaign and other supporters need to stop reacting defensively when activists criticize Bernie for not being vocal enough about racial justice and immigrant rights issues. Yes, Bernie touches on these issues in his stump speeches. But addressing them head-on and admitting the campaign needs to reach out to voters of color is both morally imperative and politically astute.

Feminists: *‘jokingly’ make posts about killing all men and make posts openly supporting violence against men and demand women that don’t support feminism to give up their rights*

Feminists: *openly harass women that don’t support feminism*

Feminists: *tell you to shut up if you don’t like rap because it’s part of black culture*

Feminists: *unironically get a black man banned from going to Australia and New Zealand because they dislike the lyrics of his rap video and claim it 'incites violence against women*

Feminists: *immediately return to supporting a white pedophile who preyed on her younger sister while calling everyone else racists for such things as wearing braids and liking/disliking rap, depending on their current mood, the price of butter in china and what solar cycle jupiter’s moon falls in on Tuesday*

When blacks say that they’ll build up their people, others claim that the blacks are racists. The true racists are the people claiming that the blacks are. Blacks don’t build up their people by oppressing other races. The only people who take it as oppression are racists because they don’t like to see blacks moving ahead in life. Being pro-black isn’t being anti-white.

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The ‘Israeli’ Dylann Roof

“Meir Ettinger arrested for burning a Palestinian baby alive.

“Meir Ettinger is the grandson of Meir Kahane who was known for his racism and incitement against Arabs, as well as direct involvement in violent racist attacks.

“The 24 years old zionist terrorist was smiling and joking as he was taken into custody.”

Via Mohammed Matter

white people: *repeatedly say/do racist things*

white people: *use the n-word and other slurs against PoC*

white people: *willingly and subconsciously participate in systematic racism*

white people: *ignore and dismiss instances of racism against PoC*

person of color: white people piss me off

white people: i cann ot….BELIEVE…you would judge an entire group of ppl like tht. yoU exprRESSIGN your anger and FURSrstration over being oppressed mmakes you JUST as BAD as your OPPRESSORS. we need tO lov e??????????? each other one race hooman race