On the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.
Photos by Alex Welch
Reactions to Barack Obama’s statement on Ferguson
The last words said by Black youth murdered by policemen.
via The Huffington Post.
"It has nothing to do with race"
Let me be clear: Unarmed college hopefuls don’t deserve to be shot. Unarmed kids heading to work or trade school don’t deserve to be shot. Unarmed kids floundering aimlessly through life don’t deserve to be shot. Unarmed kids who have been in trouble—even those who have been nothing but trouble—don’t deserve to be shot.
The act of pinning the tragedy of a dead black teen to his potential future success, to his respectability, to his “good”-ness, is done with all the best intentions. But if you read between the lines, aren’t we really saying that had he not been on his way to college, there’d be less to mourn?
That’s dead wrong." - Black Kids Don’t Have to Be College-Bound for Their Deaths to Be Tragic by Jasmine Banks (via gwest650)
While Black experiences with racism and anti-Blackness are used as analogies/metaphors and narratives to shape the experiences of non-Black people while erasing Black people’s experiences and humanity (as I discussed in White People Using Blackness and Anti-Black Racism Analogies For Their Experiences Is NOT Intersectionality), these experiences past and present are indicative of our lives, our history, our deaths. A reality. Not an anecdote to lead into something else.
Michael Brown's execution and all of these extrajudicial executions are indicative of violence that never was truly “past” as it is always present. And it is a REALITY—not a metaphor—with a human cost in Black mental and physical health, in Black safety, in Black bodies.
Below are the links mentioned in the tweets that I sent above: Black Women Were Lynched Too, Consuming Black Death, Family of Michael Brown, Teenager Shot to Death By Ferguson Police, Talks About His Life.
And look, I am disinterested in White supremacist sociopaths, anti-Black non-Black people of colour or unfortunately some Black people who have internalized racism and believe that the politics of respectability can protect us to now throw out the violent lie, derailment and misnomer (“Black on Black crime” is a misnomer and epistemic violence) that Black people “don’t care about intraracial crime.” This is a VIOLENT type of derailment and is dehumanization. When every race has intraracial crime yet only Black people are deemed to “not care” despite evidence to contrary and then civilian crime is juxtaposed to extrajudicial executions as modern lynchings and State violence? The false equalization is not solely epistemic violence; it is a direct attack on the mental health and well-being of Black people. Save it. (And notably, this derailment only addresses violence between cishet Black men; never a mention about any other Black people cared about or not.)
Black life is valuable in it of itself. Not solely as a trope for consumption with erasure and a demand that we feel gleeful about the erasure to prove “solidarity.” Anti-Blackness and misogynoir are not “progressive.” Michael Brown’s life MATTERED…FULL STOP.
Peace to every Black victim and family of this violence. (My own family is one of them, by the way.)
Peace to Michael Brown’s mother and his family.
side note: i don’t like the “next civil rights” language on the cover because it erases the fact that laverne’s experiences aren’t just that of being a trans woman. laverne cox is a black trans woman. that is important.
to suggest that the ongoing lack of civil rights for black folks in this country doesn’t directly inform the particular form of transmisogyny she receives is ridiculous in a world where black trans women are disproportionately affected by both physical and economic violence.
^^^^^ very true
And more could be coming.
Way to do it, Clippers. Classy way to show solidarity, stand together, and tell the world how you feel about your despicable, hateful owner.
Amy Davidson on the Los Angeles Clippers owner’s racist remarks: http://nyr.kr/1h6Y5jk
“What are we saying, really, when we ask how an N.B.A. owner, of all people, could say those things? Is the idea that part of the job is putting on a non-racist mask that somehow isn’t required elsewhere in society?”
Photograph by Danny Moloshok/AP.
Paul Ryan blames poverty on lazy “inner city” men.
HBO knows white people love Game of Thrones. HBO thinks black people love hip-hop. HBO hopes that by mixing Game of Thrones and hip-hop, black people will love Game of Thrones, too.
In an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Unlikely Mix: Rappers, Dragons and Fantasy,” Time Warner Inc.’s HBO outlines its plan to attract “urban” viewers with the release of a new mixtape on Friday called, oh yes, “Catch the Throne.”
How will they attract these “multicultural” audiences? By investing in sick beats like this:
I’m tellin’ whoever messin’ with me
I can bring you that Khaleesi heat
Use my King, knack for words, as an actual sword
I can decapitate a rapper…
Why does HBO think this strategy will work?
Over the years, rappers have influenced the buying habits and brand preferences of urban audiences just by mentioning the items in a song, helping to drive sales of everything from Dom Pérignon champagne to Nike basketball shoes.
Where did HBO’s initial idea for a mixtape come from?
The latest effort began after HBO’s marketing executives realized that “celebrity influencers”—famous rappers and others with large followings on social media and the radio—from the hip-hop world were fans of the show. Magazeen, a Jamaican-born dancehall-rap artist, says he watches “Game of Thrones” on DVD while on tour, and that his favorite character is the murderous boy-prince Joffrey Baratheon.
"It’s a lot of sword-swinging, a lot of fighting, man—It’s just raw!" Magazeen said.
So how does “Catch the Throne” contributor Common feel about GOT and the crazy ending to the third season?
Chicago-based rapper and actor Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., better known by his stage name, Common, said that he has watched “Game of Thrones” through the middle of Season 2, and said he loves its complexity and the depth of characters such as Tyrion Lannister, a raconteur, womanizer and royal adviser played by Peter Dinklage.
What will his rap be about?
Common said his song on the mixtape is about what it feels like to battle to be top dog, and the things people are willing to do get there. “I sit and think when I’m in my zone / This life is like a Game of Thrones,” he raps over a rising swell of strings and timpani drums.
How much did it cost for HBO produce this brag-worthy “authentic” mixtape with artists such as Wale, Big Boi, Common, Daddy Yankee, and Bodega Bamz?
HBO declined to say how much the campaign cost or how much the artists are being paid.
Who will download and love this mixtape?
Probably white dudes.
Open your eyes.
New age Genocide
Asian American and Asian women stereotypes
If you’re willing to sit through a 15 minute video, take some time to see this. This video explains where the stereotypes and fetishization of Asian women came from.