When I discovered that I was black and
poor and unwanted and a problem, a
red pen mark on the color line, no one
cared—not even a whisper of reassurance.

I came into my blackness the exact
same way that I came into my manhood.
The path I took into my sacred rite
of passage is the same path I took crossing into

my sacred rite of blackness. There was no
safe-talk, no celebration, no one there
to praise me, no one there with arms stretched
out into the night to guide me; a newborn fawn

coming into life. I came into my
blackness shaking but balanced—an egg
in the bowl of a spoon. When I discovered
that I was black and disturbed and devalued and

depressed living among homeless faces
and moving against the gazes of
the unemployed, the sick, the drug-addicts,
the under-served youth, I could see that we were in

trouble. When I discovered that I was
black and that my ancestors will always
have bruised arms, scarred backs, delicate wounds, a
lost look in their eyes, I realized that the black

experience is unique and that if
I want to be beautiful I must push
against the boundaries of the black image,
of white supremacy, and learn to boldly love myself.

I must shift the paradigm, look at black
people and blackness with new dark brown eyes,
become an advocate of change, an advocate
of hope and love and peace for my brothers and sisters.

—  The Black Experience // J. Harris

Florida Cop Literally Just Shot Unarmed African American With His Hands Up, Begging Not To Be Shot | Counter Current News

Another Florida police officer has shot an unarmed African American. This time, the Florida officer shot and critically wounded a 28-year-old man early Monday during an investigation into a stolen car in Orlando.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings had little to say about the case besides this, but witnesses claim that the victim, Cedric Bartee, literally had his hands up, begging Sergeant Robert McCarthy not to shoot.

Bartee had his hands in the air, but in spite of this damning detail, during a press conference Monday, Demings said, “I ask everyone to not rush to judgment and allow the investigation to be completed.”

Demings said that “because of the backdrop of everything happening in the country at this time… It’s concerning to me” how people might react to this shooting of an unarmed African American with his hands literally up in the air when he was shot.

Demings came to the defense of Sergeant McCarthy, saying that he only shot Bartee because he failed to comply with police commands. Apparently, this has now become the criterion for when police can use lethal force, even though it has no legal basis.

(Article by Moreh B.D.K.)

What New Stats Show About The School To Prison Pipeline For Black Girls Is Worse Than Anyone Could Have Imagined 

Judging by the statistics, the national focus on the troubled plight of Black boys with initiatives like President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper may be missing a real crisis that’s hidden in plain sight: Black girls are treated even more harshly in American schools than Black boys when compared to their white counterparts—leading to them now being the fastest growing population in the juvenile justice system.

The numbers are jarring: Black girls across the country were suspended six times more often than white girls, compared to Black boys being suspended three times more often than white boys, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s analysis of the 2011-2012 school year.

Only 2 percent of white females were subjected to exclusionary suspensions, compared to 12 percent of Black girls.

Because males are suspended in greater numbers than females, the harsh treatment of Black boys tends to draw all the attention. But a new report by the African American Policy Forum and Columbia Law School called “Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected” shines a spotlight on Black girls in public school, playing particular attention to what happens to them in the New York City and Boston school systems.

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For the sixth time in six weeks a mosque in Perth has been attacked. The letters KKK were sprayed on the doors. A previous attack had pig’s remains dumped at the Masjid. 

"Imam Burhaan Mehtar said there had also been an attempted fire-bombing and break-ins.
"These incidents are a manifestation of intolerance and distrust towards Australian Muslims," he said."

Yet it’s still somehow Muslims that are the threat to peaceful living. 

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"[Black people] cannot enter into a structure of recognition as a being, an incorporation into a community of beings, without recognition and incorporation being completely destroyed. We know that we are the antithesis of recognition and incorporation. And sometimes we build to a point that we can’t even call it political because it’s bigger than politics, a point of mobilization and organization and theorization that is in some way informed by this, and we just set it off, and I think that Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, and the Black Liberation Army are episodes of that. But the response to these moments, where we recognize that we cannot be recognized and we move on that, the response is so overwhelmingly violent… it seeks to crush us to the point that nobody ever gets that idea in their head again."

— Frank B. Wilderson, III | We’re Trying to Destroy the World: Anti-Blackness & Police Violence After Ferguson

BlackLivesMatter represents that moment of an attempt at recognition and incorporation right now. This bombing of the NAACP headquarters in Colorado Springs, like has so often been the case already, represents the crushing white supremacist response.