A Petition To End Stereotypes

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The following is a petition I started to fight the over-abundant negative images of black people in the media. This was written as a spur of the moment thing after watching a rerun of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s reunion, which was the last straw. So, you have to forget any and all grammatical and spelling errors.

Help spread the word. This is my first petition, and I don’t know if it will do any good, but I’ll try anything once. Let’s hope this goes somewhere.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/end-negative-stereotypes?source=c.em.cp&r_by=4689785

Thanks!

Vern’s Venting: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

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Cast of “Here Comes Honey Boo”

By Lavern Merriweather

With the advent of TV shows such as “Party Down South”, “Chrisley Knows Best”, “Way Out West” and “Hollywood Hillbillies”, it appears that being a white trash redneck is currently very trendy, following the success of Honey Boo Boo, a show that features a cute precocious little 8 year-old blond girl from the backwoods of Georgia. She and her extremely eccentric, loud, vulgar family have made quite a name for themselves – as well as millions – by behaving exactly as the stereotype that middle to upper class white people expect them to be.

Although I feel that it’s really cool seeing someone get over on how the other half lives by playing up their given clichés, it’s still is a cringe worthy premise. The bottom line is that the producers and network who air these shows as well as the audience who watch are not laughing with these people; they are laughing at them. For a long time, poor white folks who don’t have a proper education or speaking dialect have been the butt of some cruel jokes.

There are countless movies that show white people who don’t have a certain pedigree or social status as stupid, inbred bumpkins. Of course, it doesn’t matter if that mindset is grounded in reality or not. If it’s cool to laugh at a certain group of people, stereotypes are easily and eagerly justified, which is no surprise seeing how many arrogant white males in the media need to find someone to make feel inferior to exemplify their own sense of superiority. Even members of their own race, white people that haven’t been able to obtain the same wealth or prestige as their more prosperous brethren. They are deemed the black sheep of the white populace, much in the same way that Italians are as evidence by the success of that foolishness “Jersey Shore”.

Those people would not get all that attention or adulation if they were articulate, smart, charming and college educated. However, because they speak with a typical East Coast Italian dialect and engage in a moronic, destructive lifestyle, they are ripe for the plucking.

I find it strangely ironic that Honey Boo Boo, whose real name is Alana Thompson, first came to prominence on the TLC show “Toddlers &Tiaras”. She was a beauty pageant standout who earned herself a TV show despite that it is an activity normally reserved for rich, white suburbanites. You rarely, if at all, see someone from the trailer park crowd making a name for themselves in such a prominent world.

You may ask yourself, why it is that a black woman from the city would care about how a bunch of white folks from the South are being treated. But I would ask you to look at the bigger picture. This isn’t just about being white and poor. This is about keeping those deemed less-than by the dominant society in their place.

Another thing is that bigotry/prejudice/discrimination often times goes beyond race. Although young Miss Alana is doing well now, as I would imagine most of the white people on those programs are. What I find troubling is what happens when the honeymoon is over and the novelty wears off. As anyone who has tried and failed at a career in the limelight can tell you, Hollywood is not a compassionate or sympathetic business. That’s because it’s a business first and foremost. So, those in power make sure that they stay there by striking while the iron is hot. This little girl won’t be a girl forever, and one day, she might find herself 25 years old with no education, no money and will end up right back where she and her family started. And the only person the joke will be on then is her.

I could very easily go there with snap judgments about Southern white folks and assume that her and her family are moronic racist fools who utter racial slurs at the drop of the hat when the cameras are off. However, I don’t believe in or agree with generalizing others. In any case, a lot of negative mindset bestowed on those not thought of fondly in the white community isn’t only directed at people of color.

Popular Chicago radio shock jock Steve Dahl made a number of disparaging comments about disgraced former security guard Richard Jewel. Mr. Jewel was the main suspect for a bombing in Atlanta during the summer Olympics in 2006 that killed a few people. Mr. Jewel was later cleared of all charges. Then, he eventually sued many news outlets in America that painted him as public enemy number one.

Despite the overwhelming evidence of his innocence, Dahl still felt the need to be malicious. He complained about the fact that Mr. Jewel owned two homes saying that Mr. Jewel shouldn’t be allowed to do such a thing, because he, Mr. Dahl, had two homes.

Radio personality Steve Dahl

While I know that’s not a racist sentiment, it still comes from an attitude of ‘If I know I’m better then you, you’d better not have what I have’, a feeling that plenty of white males in the media express when it comes to black men that are rich, famous and successful. They don’t even try to hide their obnoxious jealousy. It’s like that old saying “if there’s one thing a white male with a nickel hates to see it’s a n*gger with a dime”. I believe truer words were never spoken.

That’s why I feel the word ‘entitlement’ gets bandied about most of the time when they are discussing black male athletes. But that word never crosses their lips when it’s another white man. No, he has every right to be financially secure in the best way possible, unless they are white people already considered inferior because of how they talk, where they live or their economic status. Sometimes not even that will make any difference seeing how although Alana and her family are now millionaires, they aren’t thought of any more highly than if they were dirt poor with ten rusty cars in the driveway, which is how the dominant supremacist society treats all those not viewed as equal to them.

I hope that little Alana wises up enough and saves her money to have a more secure future. Otherwise the prejudice she faces right now is going to make it that much harder on her when she is older.

Notable Links: 9-5/14 (NEW FORMAT!)

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R.I.P. Joan Rivers…I Guess

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Joan Rivers

I shouldn’t wish Joan Rivers to rest in peace considering her disgusting commentary. Still, I’ll be the bigger person and do so anyway. But I won’t shed one tear for this woman. Pardon my indifference.

From the New York Times:

Joan Rivers, the raspy loudmouth who pounced on America’s obsessions with flab, face-lifts, body hair and other blemishes of neurotic life, including her own, in five decades of caustic comedy that propelled her from nightclubs to television to international stardom, died on Thursday in Manhattan. She was 81.

Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, confirmed her death. A spokeswoman, Judy Katz, said the cause had not yet been determined.

Ms. Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was taken last Thursday after reportedly losing consciousness while undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords at a doctor’s office on the Upper East Side. Doctors at the hospital placed her in a medically induced coma. On Tuesday, her daughter said she was on life support; on Wednesday, she said she had been moved out of intensive care.

The State Health Department is investigating the circumstances that led to her death, a state official said Thursday.

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Special Feature: Admitting There’s a Problem – Taking away Stigma and Shame

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By Laura Chapman

If there’s one thing the last few weeks have taught me it’s that there really is no shame in admitting you’ve got a problem and want to open up about it.

When the death of Robin Williams was announced just last month, many people were stunned into silence that someone so bright, so vibrant and seemingly full of life and talent could take their own life. What many don’t realize is that a lot of the time, the smiles and the generosity of time and spirit can often hide something that runs much deeper and hits much harder.

I was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder just a few short months ago, but believe me, it took me years to be able to talk and to be able to open up, even though I knew and suspected there might well be a problem (so did my family, but they were also too afraid to ask, or to push me to seek help).
My moods had always been what my mom called “all over the place”, but it seemed to be much more extreme than a case of clinical depression. This seemed to be so much more intense, the manic hyper states of anxiety juxtaposed with extreme lows, so bad I was debilitated and couldn’t even raise my head off the pillow for weeks at a time.

Once it got to a point where the moods were coming in cycles and happening more and more regularly, it was my partner who pushed me into an appointment with a professional. I think, if we were both honest, we knew what it was. But hearing it being confirmed a little while later still felt like a hammer blow.

I’ve had to, in a lot of ways, change my life. Treatment for the symptoms of the illness can vary wildly from patient to patient and finding one “cure all” way of helping sufferers isn’t possible. I’ve had to accept that for now I’m going to be on a strong regimen of anti-depressants and therapy, until I can come to terms with everything and also until my moods stabilize. But, I can honestly say, now I know I feel I can deal with life better than I ever could. If you’re suffering with any of the warning signs, speak up and get help.

Vern’s Venting: Angry Black Woman

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By Lavern Merriweather

There is a movie out currently called “Let’s Be Cops” starring Damon Wayans Jr., son of actor Damon Wayans of the noted Wayans comedy family. The movie is apparently yet another two stupid losers buddy picture about Damon and his friend who pretend to be police officers that are trying to gain respect as the law that they obviously don’t get in regular life. The film itself looks pretty much like a big steaming pile of crap, but what really gets me is one scene that takes place in a sorority.

The two idiots in a fake squad car get a call about a fight between some young women at a college. When they get there, an attractive young co-ed with cleavage and big boobs answers the door making them think they hit the mother lode. However, when they enter the house they see two women fighting that don’t appear to fit their dream girl mentality. One of course turns out to be an overly angry, overweight black woman with an extremely bad weave and typical bad temperament. When Damon tries to break up the fight, she proceeds to lift him up like he was a rag doll and fling him into a chair.

As if it isn’t bad enough that they hired a black woman who looks and acts like a linebacker for the Chicago Bears, she has to be physically capable of manhandling a man to boot, something that most women can’t do, including ones they believe are more buff than the Bears starting line-up. That whole scenario goes right back to the media and Hollywood-fueled idea that black women are mannish, hideous and pissed off 24/7. Gee, maybe it’s the bullshit negative images that always have us so damn worked up, you think?

The biggest culprits of this attitude are many of the casting producers for reality TV shows. (Reality? More like made up stupidity bullshit.) If it seems like it’s not a coincidence that the majority of black females who are picked are often loud, overbearing, fat and get on everybody’s nerves from minute one, then it’s not. Trust me when I say it’s a cold calculating move on the part of those in TV and beyond. Even a black woman that is supposedly considered pretty is not immune. I say ‘supposedly’ because finding beauty among black females, in their minds, is a rare thing indeed.

One of the top models in the world Naomi Campbell from England has had to endure non-stop criticism from many in the media, sometimes for shit that wasn’t even her fault. Once at a fashion runway show she was accosted by a punk named Richard Patrick who is the lead singer for the semi-famous rock band Filter. Patrick sprayed Ms. Campbell in the face with a water gun causing her to grab a nearby bottle of champagne and chase him, hopefully to bash his fool skull in. After the incident, Naomi was painted as violent and difficult, getting all worked up over nothing since it was just harmless water.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell.

When asked about what he did, Patrick acted like the typical white male asshole coming up with a lame ass excuse to justify his creep behavior. He had the utter nerve to say that she was a little too full of herself and that at some point in life she was going to get everything handed to her on a silver platter. Well, what if she was prick?

It wasn’t HIS job to put her in her place, especially when the occupation he has chosen certainly allows for people to become spoiled by all those around them. I guess that little factoid never entered that pinhead’s moronic mind, and not only was he being a hypocrite, but a racist one at that. I’m 150% sure that the majority of models there were not the same shade as Naomi. If little Mr. Take-them-down-a-notch was so damn concerned with leveling the self-esteem playing field, then why didn’t he assault a white woman? This wasn’t the first nor last time Naomi would have to take shit, because she didn’t fit.

Ms. Campbell once did a photo shoot for Vogue for the inside of the magazine. Yet, it was white model Niki Taylor that wound up on the cover. Naomi was very vocal about her disgust of being good enough for the inside but not for the front page as I think most people would be. Still, she was, once again, branded as a sore loser and brat crying race.

I didn’t write this post to imply that all black women are angels. Far from it. I am well aware that some black women can be straight up jackasses who deserve the label that they get. But you have an imagery of black people that is framed by whites, done forever with a grain of salt, if not a big ass pile. This kind of perception goes way back and is passed down by generations by writers, directors and producers in what they think is a clever, honest way. Think again, dipwads, because Ray Charles can see through you.

For her first guest starring appearance on the FOX show “Glee” A-lister Gwyneth Paltrow went to visit the teacher she was substituting for. While sharing a beer, she told him about a run-in with a student at her first teaching gig. The girl’s name was Cameo and she was short, heavyset, dark skinned, unattractive and, for no reason, was giving Gwyneth a shitload of attitude. Tall, pretty, pale, thin Gwyneth soon finds herself in the path of this charging human rhino who wants to pummel her.

Gwyneth Paltrow

I assume that scene was meant to be funny. However, the last thing I did was laugh. It was another reminder that black women seem to come in one size, fits only, and that is one of a mean, homely, tubby and short nightmare who stomps and storms her way through life, a lot like that woman from the scene of the hit movie “Enchanted” starring Patrick Dempsey, Amy Adams and James Marsden.

Marsden, playing a prince, tries to find his princess Amy and believes her to be on a New York City bus. When he jabs his sword into the top of the bus, the bus driver/stereotype comes huffing off with steam flying from her ears. She screams at Marsden from the top of her lungs and I half expected her to morph into that maid from the “Tom and Jerry” cartons saying that she would kick him “O-U-W-T out!” That didn’t happen. Still, the message was loud and clear. She’s black therefore she can’t behave rationally.

I was shocked to learn that the creator of the hit ABC show “Grey’s Anatomy” was a black woman herself Shonda Rhimes, seeing how the lone black female representative on the show is once again short, ugly, dumpy, fat and goes by the nickname “the Nazi”. Well, there is a pleasant way to describe someone’s personality. Then again, she is a black female. So, what else should we expect?

I expect that a black woman would not drink the Kool-Aid. While I know that’s a pipe dream, most black folks are just as culpable as white people when it comes to placating cruel and hateful stereotypes. Tennis star Serena Williams was a guest on an ESPN TV show and was asked about her and Venus’ commercials where they have a rivalry with the football playing Manning brothers Peyton and Eli over, of all things, Oreo cookies. Right before the break, one of the hosts asked who would win in a fight, and Serena pointed to herself.

I sat there watching, dumbfounded. It’s bad enough that this jag-off thinks it’s perfectly understandable that two women would challenge two men to a fight who are football players and twice their size. But what made it worse was that she was actually stupid enough to answer, instead of being completely insulted by his goofy ass. And they have the nerve to question why it is that black women would be mad all the time?

Notable Links: 8-29/14: DELUXE EDITION

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Discovery cancels ‘Sons of Guns’ after star is charged with child rape

On Wednesday, Discovery Channel confirmed the network has canceled its docu-series “Sons of Guns.” The news comes two weeks after TMZ reported that the show’s star, Will Hayden, was arrested in Louisiana on child molestation charges involving his 12-year-old daughter. Although he was released after posting bail, Hayden was arrested again on Tuesday with an added charge of alleged aggravated rape of a child.

“Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of ‘Sons of Guns’ and cancel the series,” the network said in a statement Wednesday.

Sectarian hatred is being overtaken by xenophobic racism in Northern Ireland

At 9pm last Tuesday, 44-year-old Chinese doctor, Wu Youzhong, went to investigate the sound of breaking glass outside his home in Coleraine, County Londonderry, in Northern Ireland. When he arrived at his front door, he saw that the window had been smashed. An intruder then attacked him so violently that he had to be admitted to hospital for several days, and required consultation from an eye specialist. Dr Wu’s wife, Luo Ruoyin, said, “I heard he was just screaming in pain and I was scared. He was just holding his head and covering his eyes and blood was just running down everywhere.” The police are treating the attack as racially motivated; the couple, who have a two-year-old daughter, are reported to be intending to move away from the area.

HEROES HONORED FOR SAVING DRIVER WHO SUFFERED HEART ATTACK

It was this past Tuesday when a woman suffered a heart attack behind the wheel and drove her car into Cobbs Creek in Southwest Philadelphia.

The victim, Cheryl Allison, is still in the hospital, but three Good Samaritans were honored for helping to save her.

How News Media Fuels the Myth of Black Crime

You’re not just imagining things. The local news media’s intense focus on violent crime is also deeply racialized, at least if New York City’s media market is indicative of national trends.

Media Matters reviewed the 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. broadcasts of four New York-area stations over the course of this summer and compared their crime stories to arrest data from the New York Police Department. In a report released Aug. 26, the watchdog group found black suspects in crime stories far outweigh their actual representation in arrests—which is saying something, since we also know arrests themselves are racially skewed, with black people representing far more arrests for, say, marijuana possession than drug-use rates suggest is appropriate.

Hours After Brown’s Killing, Police in Ferguson Let K-9 Urinate on Memorial Site

It was bad enough that Ferguson police left Michael Brown’s dead body in plain sight on a residential street for more than four hours after Darren Wilson shot and killed the unarmed 18-year-old. But what police did the evening of August 9 gives us a better understanding of why Ferguson’s black community was even further enraged.

In an article over at Mother Jones, Mark Follman explains how police officers disrespected the still bloodstained spot where Brown was gunned down. It’s unclear which police department was responsible, but according to witnesses, one unit allowed their K-9 dog to urinate directly on the memorial site.

Lifetime Promises To Bring Out The ‘Strong Black Woman’ In White Women

Lifetime’s new show Girlfriend Intervention is not subtle about its message. Its premise is four black women giving a makeover to a white woman on the theory that, as they put it, “Trapped inside of every white girl is a strong black woman ready to bust out.”

Thoughts Surrounding Ferguson and Beyond

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This article will have no pictures and no links to other articles. This is purely straight from the heart. 

It seems like things have calmed down in Ferguson, Missouri at least it would seem that way on the outside. Last week, the little community looked like a war zone. Rather, it was a war zone. A peaceful protest demanding answers into the killing of Michael Brown, another in a long list of unarmed black males murdered by police, by officer Darren Wilson, who’s been incognito since that fateful day but has generated massive support of his own. The answer received was a militarized police force deeply troubled with racism that saw black citizens, and media reporters that came lately, as the enemy.

Living in this nation, you would expect public opinion to be heavily divided. Many, mostly white, people saw that Brown’s life would end violently before he turns 30 as they, without question, saw the ever-present “thug nature” lurking behind his black skin. The convenience store footage that appeared that Brown was robbing the joint and the excuse that he was jaywalking only made their opinions more brazen with some immediately claim that Brown deserved to die, put down like a rabid animal the same way those on the Right saw the protesters while embracing white victimhood.

But many people, including yours truly, opposed and condemned the usual racial bias. We didn’t care about the footage, especially since that there were no reports of 911 calls on that day, and that Wilson killing Brown had nothing to do with it. We scoffed at the mainstream media’s tricks of “thuggifying” another unarmed black male killed by police, brainwashing the public in some that that the murder was justified. We took a look at how that same media treats black victims as opposed to white victims and suspects, and saw that were was racial bias hidden article’s titles alone.

Yet, let the facts be damned! Certain people were adamant about a few things, including that Brown brought his death unto himself. Wilson was attacked by Brown, his life was on the line and was “just doing his job” taking down another thug. The protests shown how uncivilized black people are, concluded by faulty media reports of rioting and looting among other things, and proved that there is racism against whites more so than the reverse!

The protests that was sparked soon after the murder of Michael Brown took the nation by storm. It became a national issue concerning race that opened many ugly doors that was more than just the usual, yet tragic, cop killing of an unarmed black man. There was no argument convincing enough that eliminated race from the equation, and there were plenty of people crazy and stupid enough to try. As those who dispel that racism was a factor, they revealed their own racism by doing so. Ironic? Yes, but remember, some people think that revealing or talking about racism is racist itself.

There are a few things, however, that also need to be addressed openly and honestly.

As I read several articles about the events in Ferguson and the actions that proceeded them their and nationally, I noticed something was missing. There were hardly any mentions about black women being victims of police brutality. So far, there was the only one article that mentioned that black women are victims as well. Having black male privilege, if you wanna call it that, means that if a cop kills you, you and all other black male victims of police violence will be acknowledged before and more often than black females. It’s troubling that only black men matter in this struggle when black women are just as in danger. I don’t even think a lot of us are aware of names like Rekia Boyd, Raven Dozier, Ersula Ore, Marlene Pinnock and many other sistas that were harassed, raped, beaten and murdered by cops. Don’t they matter too?

Another thing I’ve seen is the generic “What about black-on-black crime” argument used every time as a piss-poor attempt to deny racism and raise shame. The argument is used mostly by those who do nothing about the issue but sit and scold, those who would rather want us to put in %100 of the work than dare go into our neighborhoods and actually lift a finger despite the fact that the work has been and is still being done to the best of the ability of those who call those areas home. So, it’s bullshit to call us out on a topic that not only did they not care about to begin with but yet, have the balls to criticize those of us actually doing something other than complaining. Besides, no one ever justified or diminished the murders of white people by inciting white crime.

As always, I turn to the mainstream media who, as stated earlier have sought to turn Michael Brown’s death into a ‘just desserts’ moment. While I’m glad that there were people that caught on, it still bothers me that the demonization of black people will continue, full speed ahead. Local news and newspapers will continue scavenging for any reports of black crime over black accomplishments or black heroism. The tabloid press will scour the Earth looking for black celebrities and black athletes behaving badly as opposed to giving back and doing positive things. TV and movies will still mass produce negative stereotypes into “what’s hot” further delivering the message that ignorance is cool. There will hardly be any significant push to change all that, and some of us will eat that shit up to entertain ourselves without knowing that such images are meant to destroy us in the long run. So, how can we be upset at the media for turning dead black victims into thugs, but will watch the same media for new episodes of “Love and Hip Hop, Real Housewives of Atlanta” Basketball Wives”, and the latest in rap songs that keep the thug image going?

Finally, there have been pictures comparing the events in Ferguson with Civil Rights Era images. Both sets of photos are strikingly similar. Some believe that the past has come back to haunt us. Others believe that not much has changed, and the murder of an unarmed black teen revealed way more than many people would like to see. In the end, just as it was back then, the lives of black people still don’t matter in this nation. Period.

It’s hard not to be angry and fearful, but there are those who disrespect us for being open with those emotions. What’s worse is that they will see the aggressors, the ones responsible, as the real victims in their own racist bizarro imaginations. Again, the undeserving existentialism of white victimhood rears its ugly pointed-masked head further questioning the moral and mental capacity of some people.

All these thoughts and more related to the saga unfolding in Ferguson will be pinned as nothing more than whining, part of a racist plot where the oppressor is the oppressed and all the while denying their obvious white-based racism. The souls who believe that black men and black women are born guilty of…anything and yet claim they are not racist are either dumb as rocks, crazy as hell or in deep denial of reality. Whatever it is, whatever you wanna call it, it doesn’t cancel out racism is a part of American life. Like it or not, we live in two nations. Separate and grossly unequal.

Editorial: Dear White People On My Facebook Feed

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A couple of supporters for Officer Darren Wilson, the cop who murdered Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

A friend of mine sent this letter to my email. It was written by someone on Facebook responding to comments by white people regarding the events in Ferguson. Lauren Leigh, a white woman herself, broke down point by point why the usual racism-based denial comments are simply stupid and embarrassing. This is mostly directed towards white people on Facebook, but this can be applied to almost any social networking medium:

Dear white people on my Facebook feed: I love you. I really do. But seriously, please take some advice from one white person to another. Don’t look publicly stupid by arguing any of the following about Ferguson:

1) “‘They’re'” just playing the race card it’s not about race.” Yes, it is. Because no matter what we find out when the Michael Brown investigation is over, young black men are being profiled and targeted by police in a way that white men are not. If you’re 18 and you’re white you get a chance to explain yourself. If you’re 18 and you’re black your parents (maybe) get an attorney to explain your death. That’s not equality. And see those quotes around “they’re?” The fact that you think this is “their” problem and not OUR problem shows you that segregation is alive and well–at least in your mind.

2) “But our president is black so race is no longer a factor.” A black president doesn’t mean shit. One half-white, Harvard-educated head of state doesn’t indicate any more about the average black experience in America than Bill Gates’s wealth indicates about my bank account. We both white. We ain’t both rich.

3) “This stuff happens to white kids too but no one talks about it.” What the fuck are you talking about? No. This kind of thing doesn’t happen to white kids too. You know why? Because white people have power by virtue of being white. When a white kid dies under suspicious circumstances, people pay attention. Police don’t prey on white people. Because they can’t. And even if you find a couple of analogous situations YOU STILL WON’T GET ANYWHERE CLOSE to what the black community experiences every day. Get your head out of your ass. You don’t even believe this shit.

4) You don’t believe me? Well, try this exercise. And don’t worry, you don’t have to post your answers because realizing you have racism engrained within you is unsettling, I know. Just do this in your own head: ask yourself, would you, without hesitation, switch places with a black person? No. You wouldn’t. Now generate a list of reasons why not. Even the ugly ones you don’t want to admit. BINGO! We aren’t equal. And race IS still a factor. If it wasn’t, you’d switch without a second thought.

5) And finally, don’t fucking say you’re “tired of hearing about Ferguson.” TOO FUCKING BAD. So sorry we’re annoying you. I can see how awful it must be for you especially because WE’LL NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THIS HAPPENING TO OUR CHILDREN. So you have the PRIVILEGE of turning your head. Black people don’t.

Stop embarrassing yourselves. And stop speaking like you know what it’s like to be black. How about instead you LISTEN for once to what “THEY” are saying and check your privilege at the door. You might learn something. Or, at the very least you may look less like you should be wearing a white hood or a dunce cap.

Notable Links: 8-22/14: SPECIAL EDITION

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PROTESTER SCREAMS AT JESSE JACKSON, CALLS HIM A SELLOUT

The widely-circulated video has the protester approaching the reverend, at first pretending to be an admirer. Then, the person starts asking Jesse where he’s been and why he isn’t marching alongside the protesters. Then, he starts to get irate, yelling at Rev. Jackson and calling him a sellout.

The reverend keeps his cool during the video and doesn’t argue back, but eventually moves on. But this is a time to ask if people are able to remember the things that Jesse Jackson has tried to do for the last 40 years. Also, Ferguson is one tiny city and there are hundreds of other cities across the country with millions of black people who are looking for Jesse Jackson’s help. Does this man think that Jesse Jackson should ignore everyone so that he can focus on his problems in one small town?

Kevin Sorbo’s insane, racist Ferguson rant: Calls protesters “losers” and “animals”

Kevin Sorbo has a few thoughts on Ferguson, and they are very, very, very bad. (I guess that’s how a B-list actor manages to stay relevant these days?) The former “Hercules” star has penned a truly insane, horrible, racist rant on Facebook, calling the protesters in Ferguson “losers” and “animals.” Ferguson, a predominantly black community, is just one of the many that has experienced racial profiling by police who see black kids as thugs, and Old Herc apparently agrees with that sort of profiling.

Therefore, Sorbo can’t seem to understand why people are upset that police shot and killed an unarmed kid and then used excessive force against everyone who spoke out against it (including journalists who were there to report on it).

Graphic Cell Phone Video Shows St. Louis Police Shooting Knife-Wielding Man

In the name of transparency following the outrage over the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer last week, St. Louis police have put out cell phone video that shows two officers shooting and killing a man who approached them brandishing a knife and yelling “Shoot me!”

Police identified the man as 25-year-old Kajieme Powell, who was suspected of stealing from a nearby convenience store. Officers arrived on the scene after receiving two separate 911 calls reporting Powell’s erratic behavior. The two officer fired a combined 12 shots at Powell, killing him instantly, after he refused to drop the steak knife he was holding and continued moving towards them.

It’s bigger than Ferguson, a white cop kills a black person nearly twice a week in America

The fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, is certainly egregious overstep of police force, but not necessarily out of the ordinary. Sadly, it’s a scenario that is being played out week after week on city streets across the United States every year.

According to data compiled by the FBI, in a seven year period ending in 2012 an average of nearly two black people were killed by police every week. Even more troublesome: Almost 20% of those killed were under the age of 21, more than double the rate of whites of the same age group. If you are black, being young doesn’t seem to protect you.

Missouri cop’s racist Michael Brown Facebook posts trigger investigation

There is a way that being unfair to young black men will get a white Missouri cop in trouble.

Kansas City police officer Marc Catron will face an internal review after posting controversial images of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot six times and killed by a Ferguson police officer, to Facebook, local news station KCTV5 has reported.

He attracted controversy for unsavory posts of Brown. In reference to the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Catron submitted an image macro of O.J. Simpson, accompanied by the text “Remember how white people rioted after OJ’s acquittal? Me neither.” Posting an image of a young black man posing with Hawaiian Punch and New Amsterdam gin while holding money in his mouth and pointing a gun at the camera, Catron wrote “I’m sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I’m sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community.”

Officer Darren Wilson, Michael Brown’s shooter, is now an online cult hero

The movement for Wilson, a white officer who lived in a town about half an hour from where he shot Brown, has arrived.

T-shirts for sale on Teespring have a screen printed badge, proclaiming “Officer Darren Wilson/I stand by you,” morbidly accompanied by the date 8/9/14, the day he killed Brown. The proceeds on those $18 T-shirts are supposed to go to Wilson’s family.

A GoFundMe campaign associated with the T-shirts page is gathering money at a rapid clip, with mostly-anonymous donors giving in chunks of $25 and $50. It is not, however, immediately clear why Wilson needs the public’s money right now. “[T]he silent majority is on your side … especially now that the facts have come out,” one donator wrote. As of this writing, the fundraiser had received more than $7,000 of its $10,000 goal.

7 Cynical Ways Police and Media Have Smeared Michael Brown and the Black People of Ferguson

Since Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, local law enforcement and much of the mainstream media have been playing by an old script, in which the local police use the press to smear Brown’s character and distract from what really happened.

Meanwhile, a lot of people on social media aren’t buying it. They have noted these police propaganda tactics are tragically predictable, and that too many reporters aren’t asking questions, but playing along as police megaphones.

CNN Anchor Suggests the Use of ‘Water Cannons’ in Ferguson; Twitter Responds

CNN anchor Rosemary Church has just received a dragging courtesy of Twitter. Church had the audacity to suggest that maybe “water cannons” should be used on the protesters in Ferguson, Mo., and the look on Errol Barnett’s face was priceless.

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