Dear White People (again)

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“Dear white people, You know how horrible you felt when North Korea killed Otto Warmbier? You know how you kept thinking that could have been your kid? How you went and told stories about that movie Midnight Express and thought about all the stupid mistakes your kid made growing up and thanked God that at least he/she made those mistakes here where they were protected and not in some “foreign country” which did not privilege them? You know how you thought that if only there was some way of warning young people about the dangers of travel to “certain” places it would all be allright? Well that’s the way black and brown people, and maybe SOME who are in solidarity with them (still very much a work in progress) feel when OUR cops working for OUR country killed Philando Castille (and so many more, so very many more) and OUR jury failed to convict except, of course, it isn’t happening in a foreign country. It is happening here and there is nowhere they can go to escape it. They do warn their children with “the talk” and more, but it makes no difference. They can do everything right, just like Philando Castillo and so many others did everything right, and they will still be killed. What is worse, most of their white neighbors and co-workers and, dare I say, friends don’t even see it, let alone care. Until his life matters just as much TO US as Otto’s life, until we are just as outraged by the way our police and our courts and our prisons and our government all conspire to kill black and brown kids, often for nothing, as we are about foreign governments killing white kids for stupidity the horror will continue. So what are you willing to do today? Are you willing to at read this post and give it some thought? Are you willing to ask yourself these questions? Are you willing to talk to your friends and family about it? Don’t go apologizing to black or brown people. They are tired of hearing it. Don’t bother them at all. Bother US. We have work to do in our own families and communities. Let’s get on it.”

Can’t Have

Bev Collier posted:
“We can’t have nothing. Not our skin. Not our peace. Not our sanctuary. Can’t have nothing. Can’t shop, can’t swim, can’t walk home. Can’t pray. Can’t worship. Can’t have candy. Can’t sit in a car with friends with the windows down, bathed in bass. Can’t be a free black girl, free black child, free black boy. Can’t have courtesy. Can’t ask for help. Can’t have nothing. Can’t get the benefit of the doubt. Can’t get called by the names we want to be called. Can’t sit in church, pray in church, have a church, mosque, temple. Can’t have nothing. Can’t have a nice day, Can’t have an uninterrupted ride home. Can’t have a day when you don’t have to look over your shoulder. Can’t have nothing. Can’t have a day where you KNOW without a shadow of a doubt the people you love will come home alive. Can’t. Have. Nothing. Can’t have a day when our everything isn’t in question. Can’t even die without an “assist”. Can’t even have a proper burial. Can’t even have a memorial that goes untouched.
Can’t not be followed. In a store. For a block. For a mile. For a day. For days. For years. For life.
Can’t even get an isolated incident.
Can’t get an acknowledgement that the race card is manufactured, store bought, and made from our skin.
Can’t have nothing.
Can’t be a disappeared black girl found safe and in time.
Can’t get a disappeared black girl’s name read on air.
Can’t have an indictment, conviction, blah, blah, blah.
Can’t have paid leave, unpaid leave,
break
stop.
Can’t have nothing.”
– Derrek Westin Brown.

No Joy

To the Republicans
I feel no glee.
I just don’t want to hear that we need to pay for secret service for each of you because you are in grave danger due to crazies with guns. It was no big deal when those little children were massacred. The citizens of this country begged you for more protection and reasonable laws by making gun owning more difficult. You laughed when our President cried.

When Mrs. Gifford got shot in the head and people were killed on that day, you made it easier to buy guns. You used the opportunity to rally. Your glee was in record sales for the NRA.

I don’t want to hear your whining. You got lucky today. The citizens are not always as lucky as you are. They die at the hands of criminals daily because of you being an enabler.
Evelyn Cook

Feel free to share with credit, please. *From Evelyn Cook.*

I’m Just a Democrat and That is Just Fine with me

During the primaries last year, I was bombarded by liberals and progressives who thought nothing of destroying the Democratic party in order to put their unqualified, leftist candidate in office.

They lied. They cheated. Like 45, I’m still waiting to see his tax returns.  The created a mythical activism record to lure the black vote. They did everything they could to get him into the nominee slot- bullying, intimidation, lying.  They spoke of revolution while towing the Republican partyline that BLM was a terrorist organization that was still a part of “the establishment”.

When that didn’t work, the delusional progressives took their votes elsewhere. Some didn’t vote at all. And now we have SCROTUS(so called president of the united states) as our Nazi leader.They have marched and protested. They have written and called Congress. They are appalled at the way the new administration has taken begun dismantling all of President Obama’s policies. And they refuse to see their part in this.

This is where the perspective of Old Guard Democrats come in handy. Had they heard us instead of trying to “revolutionize” a party that they were not a part of until after the Sanders craze, they would have done what was needed to win.  We real Democrats made concessions. We talked policy. We asked questions and when no answers were forthcoming,we did our research.  We did openly what the DNC failed to do. We actually vetted the usurper and his disciples.

 

 

Owning Our Blackness 

​”Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar have exposed the silliness of so many of these silly White people who think that they can tell Black people how to be Black and feel Black and which Black organization and leaders we should celebrate. They have lost control of their slaves and it’s driving them crazy. Telling us that instead of Black Lives Matter it should be All Lives Matter, but All lives matter only exist to protect and fight for white lives. Telling us that instead of the Black Panthers Beyoncé should have done a tribute to the majority white police who protect them by killing Blacks. I even heard them say we should honor Martin Luther King instead of Malcolm X. Well we salute and celebrate them both. Fuck your divide and conquer bullshit. See what it really is about is this, they want us to take our beating and turn the other cheek, they want us to call our freedom fighters terrorists and call their terrorist the founding fathers or patriots. They want us to celebrate the racist police department and police who are killing our men, women and children, but we are supposed to ostracize our bold Black mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who dare to stand up, speak out or fight back. They go crazy over what we say in song lyrics or speeches but remain quiet when a racist governor poisons the water in flint, or when racist cops kill our unharmed people and are rarely indicted. They don’t like us talking about what they do because according to them “our words” divides us more than the RACIST ACTIONS they defend and justify of those Whites killing us. They destroyed the Black Panther Party imprisoned and murdered key members, but the “white” skin, white sheet wearing, cross burning, church bombing, black lynching terrorist KKK is still up and running. And after years of countless acts of terror against Blacks and others, the terrorist KKK is still not labeled a terrorist organization, smfh. They always bring up black on black violence like they don’t have white on white violence, like they don’t have drug dealers, murderers, thieves, criminals, degenerates. White people shut the fuck up about Black peoples culture and feelings, feel how you feel about whatever your culture is. Black people don’t care what you think or how you feel about what we think or how we feel, so get used to it. The truth. We are used to your lies and tricks. The jig is up. If you’re scared of what nature has been saying through us, telling you to stop shooting us, stop treating us unjustly, stop stealing our identity, stop mass incarcerating us, stop poisoning our minds, spirit and bodies, stop, stop, stop! Imagine when Nature stops talking, imagine, just imagine that. We are sick and tired of y’all. If you are white and you know and agree with Black people and how we feel, don’t waste your breath or time telling us what we already know, instead go preach it from the mountain top to other Whites because many of them have been lied to just as much if not worse than us, only difference is they benefit from the lies which in the end will not be a benefit at all. Truth crushed to the ground will rise again.”

Resistance 

​Daughter of MLK & Coretta Scott King posted this last night:

Some Wise Advice Circulating:

1. Don’t use his name; EVER (45 will do)

2. Remember this is a regime and he’s not acting alone;

3. Do not argue with those who support him–it doesn’t work;

4. Focus on his policies, not his orange-ness and mental state;

5. Keep your message positive; they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow;

6. No more helpless/hopeless talk;

7. Support artists and the arts;

8. Be careful not to spread fake news. Check it;

9. Take care of yourselves; and

10. Resist!

Keep demonstrations peaceful. In the words of John Lennon, “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight! Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.”

When you post or talk about him, don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to “The Republican Administration,” or “The Republicans.” This will have several effects: the Republican legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don’t like; he will not get the focus of attention he craves; Republican representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.

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Alternate Facts

Apparently the new administration has discovered a new way to whitewash history, the truth and anything that doesn’t fit their narrative. Instead of admitting that they are lying through their teeth, we have a new term called “alternative facts”.  The fact is that the alternative is a total and complete fabrication.

Out with transparency. Down with truth. Forget everything you thought  you knew about unbiased investigative journalism. We have now an alternative reality where outright lies are paraded before the masses as the truth. I’m sick of this nonsense.  You should be as well.

Of course, if you supported T-rump, then this alternate reality full of whitesplaining and shaping the narrative suits you just fine. Anything as long as that Black man isn’t in office.  You are cowards -afraid of a world where equity and justice are equally applied.  You try hard to maintain the status quo in a world where you have lost ground.  The world is bigger than you. The reality is that there is no longer black and white. It’s brown and tan. It always has been.

We’re tired of your arrogance, your pompous feigned superiority. You’ve lied, cheated and stolen long enough. We who are the majority are going to take our country back. We’re going to put an end to the double standards and bring an unbridled level of freedom.

 

#BlackLivesMatter

 

How Michael Brown’s death, two years ago, pushed #BlackLivesMatter into a movement

USA TODAY NETWORKJosh Hafner , USA TODAYPublished 7:50 p.m. ET Aug. 8, 2016 | Updated 12:28 a.m. ET Aug. 10, 2016

 

The Louisville chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement called for justice during a vigil and march following recent police shootings. Sam Upshaw Jr./The CJ

(Photo: Scott Olson, Getty Images)

Since police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown two years ago Tuesday in Ferguson, Mo., the words “Black Lives Matter” have morphed from a public outcry into a national movement.

Through a decentralized collection of grass-roots activists and groups, Black Lives Matter protesters have rallied on the streets of cities around the nation where African Americans have been killed in police-involved shootings, including Baltimore, Minneapolis and Baton Rouge. The movement even made its presence felt in protests at July’s presidential conventions.

Activists who drive the Black Lives Matter movement and academics who study it say it all began with Brown’s death, when images of his body lying on the street of a northern St. Louis suburb and accounts of his killing spread widely through Twitter and sparked protests and media attention.

“If Mike wasn’t killed and people weren’t directly impacted, if we didn’t leave our homes, I don’t know where or what movement I would (have been in) two years ago,” said Johnetta Elzie, 27, a Ferguson protester who has become one the movement’s most prominent voices.

Without Brown’s death, Elzie said, “I probably wouldn’t be as involved as I am now.”

Demanding political change for black lives: Voices

 

Kwame Rose, 22, became an activist in Baltimore after a 25-year-old black man, Freddie Gray, died in police custody eight months after Brown’s death. Black people dying at police hands isn’t new, Rose said, but the recent incidents have received more widespread attention because of social media .

“Black people have been having these conversations in our living rooms,” Rose said. “But social media has invited our followers, and millions of them, into our living rooms to have this conversation with us, in a sense.”

 (Photo: Brown Family via AP)

#BlackLivesMatter, the now-iconic Twitter hashtag, first surfaced in 2013 after the acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old. It accompanied a public expression of grief by Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza.

Use of #BlackLivesMatter had diminished by summer 2014, however, said Deen Freelon, an associate professor at American University who studies online political expression. In the months after of Brown’s death, the hashtag became more widely used among people sharing frustration about not only Brown’s death, but also other incidents around the country.

Freelon co-authored a study, Beyond the Hashtags, that examined 40 million tweets related to Ferguson and Black Lives Matter. It determined that Brown’s killing, paired with the protests and media attention that followed, propelled Black Lives Matter from a expression into a national movement.

A handful of Twitter users played key roles in driving awareness of Brown’s death on Aug. 9, 2014, the study determined. First, St. Louis rapper Tef Poe tweeted a photo of Brown’s body lying in the street that was retweeted more than 5,000 times.

Then activists Michael Skolnik, a New York-based entrepreneur, and Shaun King, a writer for New York Daily News, tweeted streams of details, including that Brown was unarmed and that police had left his body in the street for hours. Then came the national media, which leaned on social media to source on-the-ground reports and photos.

What really bolstered the movement, Freelon said, were the protests and police response in the days after the Ferguson incident. By Aug. 12, activists hit the streets. Police responded with armored vehicles, military-grade equipment and what critics considered disproportionate force. Images spread online of officers firing tear gas and rubber bullets at crowds.

“We saw no examples of highly-retweeted eyewitness accounts supporting the police response,” the study concluded.

Why Black Lives Matter doesn’t focus on ‘black-on-black’ crime

 

Multiple hashtags found widespread use after Brown’s killing, including #HandsUpDontShoot and #NoJusticeNoPeace, driving demonstrators into the streets. The simple hashtag #Ferguson was the most used in the study’s data. But #BlackLivesMatter found favor during an Aug. 30 protest march in Ferguson, the study found, when several on-the-ground Twitter users used it and found themselves retweeted widely.

“I didn’t know it would be a movement for a few months at least,” said Elzie, who was among the earliest demonstrators who began protesting on Aug. 9. But she saw first-hand how online interactions could manifest into physical action.

Elzie recalls “just meeting people literally off Twitter who wanted to help and didn’t know where to go, just making connections with strangers who all saw what happened and felt inclined to do something.”

The hashtag gained considerable prominence on Nov. 24, the day a grand jury declined to charge Wilson in Brown’s death. Before that date, #BlackLivesMatter had appeared in 2,309 tweets. Its tweet total rocketed to 103,319 that day, the study found. Tweets and retweets pushed #BlackLivesMatter in front of a diverse audience in the months after Ferguson.

Within two weeks, another grand jury declined to indict a New York City police officer who had fatally choked Eric Garner, another unarmed black man, earlier that year. More protests and media attention followed, pushing the phrase “Black Lives Matter” further into the public consciousness.

The lack of an indictment against Wilson, Freelon notes, was the tipping point. Twitter activity around the movement never fell to its former levels and a higher baseline emerged.

Black Lives Matter had started to take root both online and off. Over time, it became so recognized that competing hashtags from critics riffed on its format, sparking #AllLivesMatter and #BlueLivesMatter.

 (Photo: Noah Berger, AP)

Now, Black Lives Matter serves as a banner under which multiple groups, individuals and protests aim to address police brutality. Elzie joined other activists to form Campaign Zero, a 10-point policy plan that calls for police use of body cameras among other proposals. Last week, a coalition called the Movement for Black Lives released an agenda with 40 recommendations for policing and criminal justice reforms.

To Freelon, the policy proposals show that a movement “that has a very substantial online component can also have serious goals.”

But had Wilson never opened fire on Brown two years ago, had Brown not died about 150 feet from Wilson’s vehicle, had images of Wilson standing over Brown’s corpse not gone viral online, Freelon believes Black Lives Matter would have still happened.

“I think this was probably inevitable, the movement,” Freelon said. “Because the movement tries to communicate that these are not isolated incidents. Sooner or later, you would have seen something like this.”

Follow Josh Hafner on Twitter: @joshhafner

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