Know Anyone Who Thinks Racial Profiling Is Exaggerated? Watch This, And Tell Me When Your Jaw Drops.
This video clearly demonstrates how racist America is as a country and how far we have to go to become a country that is civilized and actually values equal justice. We must not rest until this goal is achieved. I do not want my great grandchildren to live in a country like we have today. I wish for them to live in a country where differences of race and culture are not ignored but valued as a part of what makes America great.
What To Do When You're Stopped By Police - The ACLU & Elon James White
The Death Penalty in the USA. Produced from ArrestRecords.com
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015
"IT’S been called “America’s most ‘open’ secret”: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, around 80,000 women and men a year are sexually abused in American correctional facilities. That number is almost certainly subject to underreporting, through shame or a victim’s fear of retaliation."
"The weight of this revelation cannot be overstated.
While any protestor in Ferguson would tell you that they certainly felt like they were viewed as "the enemy" by police and the military, it's now a matter of official record and this is not okay. American protestors must never be viewed as adversaries, but as citizens to be protected."
Friday, April 17, 2015
"In our not-so-distant history, many Americans conceded the legitimacy of black struggle only because its leaders brilliantly staged protests for the world to see. White citizens struggled to digest their meals in peace as scenes from Selma’s blood bath, for instance, flashed on their television screens.
But the optics of race are tricky. Today, the proliferation of social media may allow us to see more, but it doesn’t necessarily allow us to see more clearly. For example, with the exception of interracial dating, polls show that millennials hold many of the same racially warped views as generation Xers and baby boomers do. Stereotypical representations of blackness, some authored by blacks and disseminated on reality TV, are still accepted as the norm.
Problems arise when images of blackness contradict a received racial script. That’s why it was easier for some to believe that the video footage of Michael Brown stealing cigarillos before he died in Ferguson more accurately communicated his character as a “thug” than to believe that the last gasps of Eric Garner were the pleas of an unjustly assaulted man. We can’t believe what we see because it contradicts what we’ve been led to believe is true."
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Recommended read from Salon.com: Black people are not here to teach you: What so many white Americans just can't grasp
"[People of color] are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world. The oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions. —Audre Lorde
The Walter Scott outrage nobody is talking about - Salon.com Until the eight shots heard ’round the world, cops in North Charleston, South Carolina, were primarily distinguished by their zesty use of Tasers
"Until the eight shots heard ’round the world, cops in North Charleston,
South Carolina, were primarily distinguished by their zesty use of Tasers.
As computed by a local newspaper in 2006, cops there used Tasers 201
times in an 18-month period, averaging once every 40 hours in one six-
month stretch and disproportionately upon African Americans.
The Charleston Post & Courier did the tally after the death of a mentally ill
man named Kip Black, who was tasered six times on one occasion and
nine times on another. Black died immediately after the second jolting,
though the coroner set the cause of death as cocaine-fueled “excited
"Despite emotional pleas for leniency, Judge Jerry W. Baxter of Fulton County Superior Court imposed sentences ranging from one to seven years, with three high-level administrators getting the longer prison terms. The sentences appeared to be more harsh than educators convicted of similar incidents elsewhere and exceeded what criminals can get for some violent crimes."
"The case against Mr. Hargrave was built, in part, on the work of Detective Louis Scarcella and his partner, Stephen W. Chmil, and it is one of dozens of cases that have come under review since accusations emerged that Mr. Scarcella once framed an innocent man.
The scrutiny of Mr. Scarcella’s work has led the Brooklyn district attorney’s office to move to have several convictions thrown out, but this ruling marks a first time that a judge has conducted an independent review of a Scarcella case and found profound problems.
Justice ShawnDya L. Simpson of State Supreme Court offered a scathing review of Mr. Scarcella’s record, finding that his work as a detective fundamentally compromised the defendant’s right to a fair trial."