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boygeorgemichaelbluth:

covenesque:

jean-luc-gohard:

unimpressed2chainz:

like 100% need to know why ppl don’t hesitate to justify cops killing a black person ‘maybe they were stealing’ wow black life is that disposable to you good to know

In case they don’t hear you, though:

When you say, “Maybe they were stealing,” you’re saying, “That candy bar was worth more than that black kid’s life. That teenager’s life, his college years, the possibility of a career and a family and a home, is worth less than a dollar.” And you know damn well they wouldn’t say that about a white kid. They’d be talking about the kid’s future and calling for justice. But we’re worthless to them. We’re not even worth a fucking single dollar.

THANK YOU

And tbh I don’t even believe the so called reason the police give. They literally say anything and know they can get away with it.

“That candy bar was worth more than that black kid’s life. That teenager’s life, his college years, the possibility of a career and a family and a home, is worth less than a dollar.”

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on personal experiences of anti-Indian racism in an ethnic studies classroom

kittyvontrubble:

nitanahkohe:

so i don’t think i posted it on here yet, but basically my lecture this week went terrible. the topic (as listed on the syllabus) was “case studies in racism: the american indian experience;” some of the lows of the class include 60-70 white kids yelling at me so loud that i had to yell at them to be quiet at the top of my voice, a white girl telling me she’s “5% Navajo” and that gives her the right to berate me in my own classroom, bizarre tone-policing, and multiple students trying to undermine me and belittle the material by saying things like “the Florida Seminole mascot is an accurate educational tool,” “you’re saying Native Americans are the only ones who experience racism and that’s racist,” “i’m not personally responsible for genocide or racism and i feel terrible about it, but i can’t change it so stop holding me accountable,” and my personal favorite, “you’re only saying this stuff because you’re Native and bitter—i don’t respect you and don’t wanna have this conversation, i don’t have to say shit.” 

it was so bad that about 10-15 students (mostly students of color) came up to me after class to apologize for their classmates’ embarrassingly immature & racist behavior. one of them even said that the class was scary and he was surprised that i didn’t start crying halfway through the lecture. the one cool thing is that those select few students could point to their peers and say that they were an excellent example of how ingrained racism is—that people with passing grades in an ethnic studies class can still pull shit like that and think it’s ok shows that they’re regurgitating rhetoric and not processing this really, and that there’s still deep-rooted racism in that room. 

i had expected some resistance, because this area has a history of pretty overt anti-Indian racism and this campus has not responded well. our ethnic studies department has no Native or indigenous faculty, and i’m the only Native grad student. there are 5 Native grad students total on this entire campus (we are a VERY large public land-grant institution in close proximity to quite a few large Native communities). last semester when a Native faculty member was beaten within an inch of his life just a block off campus, the university didn’t even send a press release or emergency notification for days. my department (ethnic studies) does not offer a grad-level Native or indigenous studies course, and does not require those who teach intro to ethnic studies to have a curriculum culturally sensitive to Native peoples. i asked my department head if i could be added to a faculty meeting agenda to discuss curricula changes and anti-Indian racism in our department, and i was told that was not the “appropriate forum,” and a (thus far unscheduled) private meeting would be best. in both undergrad and grad classes, each time we have had our 1 token reading or class period on “Native issues,” it’s gone terribly, i have been totally and openly disrespected, and i’ve left the class furious and hurt. in day to day interactions with colleagues, i have been told i’m “too ghetto for grad school,” that reservation Indians are lawless drug-addicted criminals, that if Native women don’t want to be raped they should leave their reservations, and that i bear the burden of on-demand proof of Native experiences of genocide. 

i’m fed up, and i’m leaving. i was supposed to stay for my PhD (and was given funding to do so), but i’m graduating early with my MA and would not come back to this institution under any circumstance. my two-year stint here has been so traumatic, i’m taking a break from academia in general—i’m now working for an organization run by and for Native women, and am not planning on pursuing a PhD for a few years at least. this is not about painting myself as a victim, but to be real about how hostile a space as allegedly “radical” as an ethnic studies dept can be to Native students; for my own personal wellbeing, i have to take a breather from this shit. honestly, if i do go back into academia, i think in the long term my goal is to be teaching at a tribal college—i would rather be paid a third of what i could get teaching at a non-tribal institution and working with Native faculty & students, than deal with this shit on the regular for more money and recognition.

in the meantime, i have to teach intro to ethnic studies again next semester, as well as finish up TAing for it this semester. i’m completely rewriting my curriculum and while i wish it didn’t have to be this way, the repeated and consistent horrible experiences i’ve had have demonstrated that i have to treat that classroom like the battleground the students are making it into. it’s really unfortunate because that kind of atmosphere works to the detriment of all of us—it’s exhausting and traumatic for me, and not the ideal learning environment for them. 

i have been begging and demanding support from faculty and administration essentially since day 1, and i have yet to see or hear anything from them at all except “wow that’s totally inappropriate i can’t believe it! so not ok, that needs to change!” (it should be noted these comments have not manifested any concrete changes in departmental or institutional curricula, dynamics, or accountability).

people do not want to be reminded of how ignorant they are, or how complicit in violence they are. i get it. but you’re losing dedicated scholars and educators like myself (and all the students i could have recruited or helped to retain!), and not only reinforcing colonial power structures and systems of domination, but perpetrating colonial/racist violence yourself. 

please read every word of this and realize this woman’s experience is  not the exception in academia—this is absolutely the rule. academia is one of the most virulently racist institutions i have ever personally experienced and it should be held accountable for the way it systematically drives out intelligent, passionate, and extraordinarily gifted marginalized students.

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ethiopienne:

beytwerk:

that bell hooks quote about white people being scared of violence from black people made me think about how in a culture defined by and built on white supremacy, violence has been defined in a very specific way that makes sure that white people can see themselves as victims and acts of violence against black people can hide behind laws and regulations, i.e. school to prison pipelines, drug laws, racial profiling. So a lot of violence that happens to black people has been codified in society to be seen as transgressions on our part and not as acts of violence against us.

the linked bell hooks quote:

I am always amazed when I hear white folks speak about their fear of black people, of being the victims of black violence. They may never have spoken to a black person, and certainly never been hurt by a black person, but they are convinced that their response to blackness must first and foremost be fear and dread. They too live in denial. They claim to fear that black people will hurt them even though there is no evidence which suggests that black people routinely hurt white people in this or any other culture. Despite the fact that many reported crimes are committed by black offenders, this does not happen so frequently as to suggest that all white people must fear any black person. 

Now, black people are routinely assaulted and harassed by white people in white supremacist culture. This violence is condoned by the state. It is necessary for the maintenance of racial difference. Indeed, if black people have not learned our place as second-class citizens through educational institutions, we learn it by the daily assaults perpetuated by white offenders on our bodies and beings that we feel but rarely publically protest or name. Though we do not live in the same fierce conditions of racial apartheid that only recently ceased being our collective social reality, most black folks believe that if they do not conform to white-determined standards of acceptable behavior they will not survive. We live in a society where we hear about white folks killing black people to express their rage. We can identify specific incidents throughout our history in this country whether it be Emmett Till, Bensonhurst, Howard Beach, etc. We can identify rare incidents where individual black folks have randomly responded to their fear of white assault by killing. White rage is acceptable, can be both expressed and condoned, but black rage has no place and everyone knows it.”

(Source: grapeson, via eshusplayground)

america-wakiewakie:

Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’ | Common Dreams 
Although African-Americans constitute only 13 percent of all Americans, nearly half of all prison inmates in the U.S. are black. This startling statistic has led the United Nations Human Rights Committee to publicly criticize the U.S. for its treatment of African-Americans. A number of recent studies and reports paint a damning picture of how American society dehumanizes blacks starting from early childhood.
Racial justice activists and prison abolition groups have long argued that the “school-to-prison” pipeline funnels young black kids into the criminal justice system, with higher rates of school suspension and arrest compared with nonblack kids for the same infractions. More than 20 years ago, Smith College professor Ann Arnett Ferguson wrote a groundbreaking book based on her three-year study of how black boys in particular are perceived differently starting in school. In “Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity,” Ferguson laid out the ways in which educators and administrators funneled black male students into the juvenile justice system based on perceived differences between them and other students.
Today this trend continues with record numbers of suspensions as a result of “zero-tolerance” school policies and the increasing presence of campus police officers who arrest students for insubordination, fights and other types of behavior that might be considered normal “acting out” in school-aged children. In fact, black youth are far more likely to be suspended from school than any other race. They also face disproportionate expulsion and arrest rates, and once children enter the juvenile justice system they are far more likely to be incarcerated as adults.
Even the Justice Department under President Obama has understood what a serious problem this is, issuing a set of new guidelines earlier this year to curb discriminatory suspension in schools.
But it turns out that negative disciplinary actions affect African-American children starting as early as age 3. The U.S. Department of Education just released a comprehensive study of public schools, revealing in a report that black children face discrimination even in preschool. (That preschool-aged children are suspended at all is hugely disturbing.) Data from the 2011-2012 year show that although black children make up only 18 percent of preschoolers, 42 percent of them were suspended at least once and 48 percent were suspended multiple times.
Consistent with this educational data and taking into account broader demographic, family and economic data for children of various races, broken down by state, is a newer study released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that found African-American children are on the lowest end of nearly every measured index including proficiency in math and reading, high school graduation, poverty and parental education. The report, titled Race for Results, plainly says, “The index scores for African-American children should be considered a national crisis.”(Read Full Text) (Photo Credit: Shutterstock)

america-wakiewakie:

Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’ | Common Dreams 

Although African-Americans constitute only 13 percent of all Americansnearly half of all prison inmates in the U.S. are black. This startling statistic has led the United Nations Human Rights Committee to publicly criticize the U.S. for its treatment of African-Americans. A number of recent studies and reports paint a damning picture of how American society dehumanizes blacks starting from early childhood.

Racial justice activists and prison abolition groups have long argued that the “school-to-prison” pipeline funnels young black kids into the criminal justice system, with higher rates of school suspension and arrest compared with nonblack kids for the same infractions. More than 20 years ago, Smith College professor Ann Arnett Ferguson wrote a groundbreaking book based on her three-year study of how black boys in particular are perceived differently starting in school. In “Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity,” Ferguson laid out the ways in which educators and administrators funneled black male students into the juvenile justice system based on perceived differences between them and other students.

Today this trend continues with record numbers of suspensions as a result of “zero-tolerance” school policies and the increasing presence of campus police officers who arrest students for insubordination, fights and other types of behavior that might be considered normal “acting out” in school-aged children. In fact, black youth are far more likely to be suspended from school than any other race. They also face disproportionate expulsion and arrest rates, and once children enter the juvenile justice system they are far more likely to be incarcerated as adults.

Even the Justice Department under President Obama has understood what a serious problem this is, issuing a set of new guidelines earlier this year to curb discriminatory suspension in schools.

But it turns out that negative disciplinary actions affect African-American children starting as early as age 3. The U.S. Department of Education just released a comprehensive study of public schools, revealing in a report that black children face discrimination even in preschool. (That preschool-aged children are suspended at all is hugely disturbing.) Data from the 2011-2012 year show that although black children make up only 18 percent of preschoolers, 42 percent of them were suspended at least once and 48 percent were suspended multiple times.

Consistent with this educational data and taking into account broader demographic, family and economic data for children of various races, broken down by state, is a newer study released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that found African-American children are on the lowest end of nearly every measured index including proficiency in math and reading, high school graduation, poverty and parental education. The report, titled Race for Results, plainly says, “The index scores for African-American children should be considered a national crisis.”

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iridessence:

parasiteprogram:

mirainomessenger:

becauseloveonlygrows:

boyprincessmanic:

TW: EXTREME RACISM AND SLURS

Alright you guys listen up. This is really REALLY important so just do me a solid here and take a minute to read this okay.

A few years ago, a good friend of mine named Whitney Mitchell became extremely sick and had to have both arms and legs amputated. She was given a 12% chance to live but she fought through it and she’s one of the bravest and most beautiful people I’ve ever met in my life.

Today, her mother sent me a message on Facebook saying that Whitney had been targeted by a website called Chimp Mania. I’d never heard of it, so I did some research, and at just a glance I was immediately disgusted. Just the RULES for the website are awful beyond words.

The forum thread for Whitney is mocking enough, calling her a “shefreak” and saying she “plans to knuckle drag again.” The comments say some pretty stomach-churning things, but I decided to leave a lot of them out. A lot of them were photoshopped pictures of Whitney from when she was in physical rehab, replacing her legs with things like fried chicken legs and a map of Niger. This is the only thread I even bothered looking at and I could barely stomach it.

There is a petition to get this website permanently deleted. I don’t know how much good it will do but it NEEDS signatures. It’s got barely any right now and I don’t want this blatant vomiting on human beings to continue.

Here’s a link to the petition: http://chn.ge/1dectHH

This bullshit has gone on long enough. The fact that it exists in the first place makes me sick to my stomach. Please take a moment to sign this petition.

NOT

ENOUGH 

NOTES

WHY ISN’T THIS AT OVER A MILLION NOTES??!

This website has been up and running for a long time. Much like stormfront it is a hate website, but this website targets individuals, and crosses any line of what should be considered “free speech” and is obviously hate speech. Please. This is too much. This person has gone through so much already. 

This is why when people complain on this site about black even TALKING about racism, and when they complain about white girl Starbucks jokes, I seethe.

This is what WE have to deal with, people creating entire websites dedicated to calling us animals. This is why I laugh at those Starbucks jokes, and literally give negative shits about people who say “well no one should make jokes about ANYONE” because clearly y’all never seem to find the people that run sites like the one mentioned above to call them out, otherwise they wouldn’t exist.

Do you know how this feels? Do you know how this fucking feels? Being viewed as subhuman? That sites like this exist? That they target disabled women of color for no other purpose than having the audacity to be born black in this world AND suffer from terminal illness?

I really don’t know what else to say. I feel sick to my stomach. I feel this shit in my bones.

Every single one of you that can had better sign this fucking petition, or unfollow me.

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blackmanonthemoon:

lisaquestions:

aljazeeraamerica:

No charges made in Detroit shooting of unarmed black teenager

Prosecutors are seeking more information from police before deciding whether to charge a man who fatally shot a black woman on the porch of a Detroit home in a predominately white neighborhood, sparking accusations of racial profiling.
Renisha McBride, 19, was killed by a shotgun blast in Dearborn Heights early Saturday.
Her family says she likely approached the home, in the predominantly white neighborhood of Dearborn Heights, to seek help after getting into a car accident. The case is reminiscent of the September death of a young, black man in North Carolina who was shot 10 times by police after he sought help after getting into a car accident. The officer involved in that shooting was charged with voluntary manslaughter.
Dearborn Heights police said the shooter told investigators that his shotgun accidently discharged, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Photo: Ricardo Thomas/AP

Accidental discharge? No way I believe that. You don’t accidentally discharge a shotgun into someone’s head from behind. You don’t shoot someone in the head if you weren’t already aiming for their head. And we get back to shit like CeCe McDonald going to prison for defending herself from lethal assault and some white guy ~accidentally~ shoots a black woman in the back of the head and the police need to decide whether they’re going to charge him with anything? It’s obvious what’s happening here, just like with police not charging Zimmerman until the story went national and people started pushing back.

SPREAD THIS, DON’T WAIT UNTIL A MURDER OF BLACK YOUTH IS SENSATIONALIZED BY CNN AND FOX NEWS TO PAY ATTENTION

blackmanonthemoon:

lisaquestions:

aljazeeraamerica:

No charges made in Detroit shooting of unarmed black teenager

Prosecutors are seeking more information from police before deciding whether to charge a man who fatally shot a black woman on the porch of a Detroit home in a predominately white neighborhood, sparking accusations of racial profiling.

Renisha McBride, 19, was killed by a shotgun blast in Dearborn Heights early Saturday.

Her family says she likely approached the home, in the predominantly white neighborhood of Dearborn Heights, to seek help after getting into a car accident. The case is reminiscent of the September death of a young, black man in North Carolina who was shot 10 times by police after he sought help after getting into a car accident. The officer involved in that shooting was charged with voluntary manslaughter.

Dearborn Heights police said the shooter told investigators that his shotgun accidently discharged, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Read more

Photo: Ricardo Thomas/AP

Accidental discharge? No way I believe that. You don’t accidentally discharge a shotgun into someone’s head from behind. You don’t shoot someone in the head if you weren’t already aiming for their head. And we get back to shit like CeCe McDonald going to prison for defending herself from lethal assault and some white guy ~accidentally~ shoots a black woman in the back of the head and the police need to decide whether they’re going to charge him with anything? It’s obvious what’s happening here, just like with police not charging Zimmerman until the story went national and people started pushing back.

SPREAD THIS, DON’T WAIT UNTIL A MURDER OF BLACK YOUTH IS SENSATIONALIZED BY CNN AND FOX NEWS TO PAY ATTENTION

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brashblacknonbeliever:

Todd Kincannon, the ex-South Carolina GOP executive director, is on a brand new racist, sexist, ableist tirade against @Suey_Park on twitter. To see some of the more disgusting tweets he and his followers sent her, you can check out @Suey_Park’s twitter timeline. Be warned though, some of the tweets are truly horrific.

(Source: womanistgamergirl, via blackamazon)

poc-creators:

frantzfandom:

causalvogue:

carnivaloftherandom:

(screencaps of @bbcnews story on 12 Years A Slave winning the TIFF audience award, the linked story, the original tweet from BBCNews’ feed, highlighted by me, and Steve McQueen appears to question the BBC’s life choices in this delightful cap from the TIFF press conference.) 

When did Benedict Cumberbatch become a black man by inference? When BBC News decided that naming him the star of 12 Years A Slave was a better idea than crediting the actual star, Chiwetel Ejiofor. 

ICYMI: During the premiere/press conference, I wrote a couple of posts about the unconscious bias being displayed by the media in coverage of 12 Years A Slave (link to follow-up post/press conference transcription, etc., is at the bottom of that linked post.) 

AGAIN, LET ME EXPLAIN YOU A THING, MEDIA: If a film directed by a black man, written by a black man, and STARRING a black man wins an award and your tweet/news story does not have a picture of a black man on it and doesn’t even mention a black man other than the director until WAAAAAAY down the page, you are being racist. I don’t care if you intend to be, you are. 

Why? Because you are putting a white man who has a supporting role (and not even the big supporting slot occupied by Michael Fassbender or Sarah Paulson) ahead of the STAR OF THE FILM and its director. 

Regardless of how well-known or talented, or what kind of person that white man is, (Don’t hate me, fandom, this is on the BBC and not Benedict Cumberbatch) it does not make him the star. 

Please join me in a loooooong moment of facepalming. 

Again. 

ETA: IT GOT WORSE. GOOGLE. OH GAWD GOOGLE. Added a cap of the search result for “Author of 12 years A Slave.” Embiggen it. h/t to @laurakeet who found the result. Solomon Noethup. No. Nonono. 

Noooooo.

If he gets Best Supporting and Chiwetel goes home empty handed…I swear ‘fore god…I will wreck some shit.

I fucks with Steve McQueen heavy, but I’m afraid if he keeps telling white folks about themselves he won’t get to make another movie

the fukshit that poc creatives have to deal with. LOOK AT THIS SHIT

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eshusplayground:

strugglingtobeheard:

my tweets on tim wise’s bumass. they aren’t all in order but i figured i’d compile them in one place. this man has had some fucking nerve these last couple of weeks. allying with hugo & all that. 

POC deserve more space and compensation for their anti-racist work period. Why? Because doing anti-racist work as a POC is EXTRA WORK. we fight racism, deal with racism, survive racism daily. taking time to write about it, work against it, education others about it, that goes above and beyond what POC trying to survive in a white supremacist society need to be doing. so no i don’t feel sympathy for a white man crying racist when his entire body of work is about whites racism, privilege and arrogance all while exhibiting exactly what he claims to speak against.

As Harlan Ellison would say, “Pay the people of color!”