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Javon Johnson - “cuz he’s black” (NPS 2013)

"It’s not about whether or not the shooter is racist. It’s about how poor black boys are treated as problems well before we are treated as people."

I’ve seen the GIF set of this video floating around and thought maybe folks should see the entire video.

  • As a side note, white privilege allows me to turn off my TV or log off of social media whenever this stuff gets too real for me to handle, but the people of Ferguson can’t change the channel. The people in North Philly can’t just turn it off. These are real people’s lives, people that matter. Remember that the next time you get the urge to log off Tumblr because the “unpleasantness” of the world is getting a little “too real”. - Frank D (aka adignorantium)

Special thanks to talldarklefty for the link to this video.

What’s Going On?

What’s Going On? Why is it so hard to treat others the way you wish to be treated?

Four decades and Marvin Gaye’s classic is as relevant today, if not more so, as it was on it’s release in 1971.

What happened to the Hippies, the “Peace and Love” generation that was supposed to save the world? Oh, right. Hippies became Yuppies.

I’ll never forget that night. The air was electric with excitement! We had done it. We had achieved something that I never, in my lifetime, thought was achievable. The one image that sticks in my mind is the close up of Jesse Jackson with tears in his eyes. It was what Oprah would have called my “Aha Moment”. It was an instant when suddenly everything clicked into place and I got it. I understood the idea of representation. Here were people who had worked all their lives just to have a seat at the table. Their moment had come. There was a feeling that things were about to change, that everything was possible. We were dancing in the streets!

How could I have been so naive?

If anything, things got worse. I might have…

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Why White people are not coming out against the racism in Ferguson. He is dead on.

I could chill with this dude.

I want to thank this man for telling some serious truth. And he didn’t do it in a way that makes him come off as disingenuous. It’s not patronizing. It’s just honest. We don’t ever get that much out of the people who consider themselves “progressive”. He definitely has the right perspective on it. Plus, I just really like that he’s fired up about it. That gives me hope.

Elijah Hamilton is spot on about a few things.
My own father used to call me a “N—-Lover” whenever I called attention to, or spoke out against, the daily crap that gets perpetuated.

The only way to fight against this is persistence. …and patience. :\

"You’re not protecting the people and you’re not protecting property, so why are you there?" 

"Is it ok to break the law or not? Because the cops are breaking the law left and right. It’s state law that officers wear a badge and their badge number is visible. They blocked our air space so the press cannot view what’s going on. They’re firing tear gas and projectiles onto people’s lawns, into people’s homes, at people on their private property. So is it ok to use violence to get what you want or not? Because a cop blew the head off of Michael Brown. Shot a teenager six times but Michael Brown’s the savage cuz he pushed a guy in a convenience store?"

"We need to re-tell stories as they actually happened without injecting opinion and fervor and political gain into it…"

All this noise about what Michael Brown did or did not do is irrelevant. Even if he is the person seen in the security video strong arming the store clerk, that does NOT excuse the actions of an overzealous, possibly racist, cop. The last I heard, here in America anyway, shoplifting is not a crime punishable by death. So all you people grumbling about how this young man wasn’t innocent kindly shut the hell up.

(Source: jessehimself)



This is a very serious disease* so I gladly accept the “bucket challenge”

*My heart goes out to all those who struggle with ALS but I am, of course, talking about the disease of apathy.  If (and hopefully when) Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice and convicted of 1st degree murder, it still won’t prevent this from happening again. We cannot accept this as the status quo. We MUST continue the fight at the ballot box, in the media and by working to create systemic change. I’m not naive to the dirty politics (redistricting, voter ID requirements, etc) that will try to prevent us from our goal. But I refuse to give up hope. My “bullet bucket challenge” is not about pointing fingers and it’s not about being angry. Every shell casing in that bucket represents the life of someone who fought and died in the goal for civil rights and human dignity. As a member of law enforcement (yes I really am a reserve sheriff) I will not stand idly by while others violate civil and human rights under the cover of authority and I will insist that other good cops rise to the same standard as well. As a black man I will demand more from myself and my community. I will not allow outsiders to co-opt our struggle in order to commit violence in our name. I’m channeling my outrage into action so I no longer feel powerless. It’s not about black or white. It’s not about rich or poor. It’s about us vs. them. There are more of us — from all races, genders and identities — then there will ever be of them. And we will be victorious.

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality"

Join me.

My kids thought they were beads in the bucket, or ball bearings. I explained what they were, and why Orlando was pouring those instead of ice. 

I know the degree of privilege I have - we have - to not know what shell casings are - I’d never seen them myself until I was 14 and paid a visit to a military base - and God willing I hope my kids never see them In Real Life. In this context, they’re something to think about, and they hopefully will spur action. 

Ten Things White People Can Do About Ferguson Besides Tweet

Written by Kate Harding
If you feel helpless, there are ways you can channel your rage and sadness in real life.

1. Join a peaceful protest.

They’re happening all around the country tonight, including at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, around 7 p.m. Eastern. 

2. Recognize that Michael Brown’s death was not an isolated incident.

In 2012, more than 300 black people were executed by police, security guards, or vigilantes. In the last month, three other unarmed African-American men—Eric Garner in New York, John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, and Ezell Ford in Los Angeles—have been killed by police. Those are the ones we know about.

3. Stop saying “This can’t be happening in America.”

I understand the impulse, I really do. But that impulse only comes to those who are insulated and isolated from how America treats poor people and people of color every day. Langston Hughes wrote “America never was America to me” in 1935. If you didn’t quite understand that poem in your junior high or high-school lit classes, read it again, while you think about what’s happening in Ferguson. Let it sink in.

- See more at: http://damemagazine.com/2014/08/14/ten-things-white-people-can-do-about-ferguson-besides-tweet#sthash.izLANJ6q.WxhhtZAE.dpuf


Just your daily reminders:

  • Racists are a problem
  • White people are not
  • Homophobes are a problem
  • Straight people are not
  • Transphobes are a problem
  • Cis people are not
  • Sexists are a problem
  • Men are not

And most importantly,

  • Hating an innocent person solely because of their race, sexuality, or gender makes you a fucking asshole

(Source: egalitarianyellowfang)





A mother’s worst nightmare.

She was preaching

this gave me chills

Black woman who lost her son just preached on systemic racism, antiblackness, Black ppls internalized self-hatred and white supremacy. 

But some of y’all missed it 

…and there it is, the truth in just a few short sentences.



It never has.

This is a concept most of tumblr can’t wrap their head around.


Agreed! But…

People who are discriminated against have a right to be angry. The trick is using that anger productively.

Education is the best weapon against *isms and *phobias.

As I’ve said before, I’ve occasionally been the bonehead. If it wasn’t for some very patient friends who took the time to explain to me that what I was saying or doing was hurting them, I might never have grown as a human. So, while I agree 100% that hate does not end hate, I will not criticize those who have been wronged for expressing their anger.

Now back to cute kitten GIFs. ;)

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The Reality of Dating White Women When You're Black


This is a good article and touches on some of the issues, thoughts, and feelings that i know that i’ve dealt with personally. Overall just an interesting read

You’ve got to read Ernest Baker’s insightful piece. I know from experience how politics can affect dating someone of a different race but heterosexual black men have to deal with a whole extra layer of it. Dating shouldn’t this damned complicated! 

Anyway, please click the link and read the article. It’s really important.



Naomi Campbell photographed by Photograph Jean-Paul Goude, 2007-(via DWNH)
Because she has only one pointe shoe on. Because her figure is of legend. Because they call her Naomi. Because she does not allow the fashion industry to disregard black beauty. Because her voice often get mistaken for anger. Because she can easily be dismissed as just a model. Because she is not liked by everyone. Because she has been an inspiration for many girls, brown and white. 





Naomi Campbell photographed by Photograph Jean-Paul Goude, 2007-(via DWNH)

Because she has only one pointe shoe on. Because her figure is of legend. Because they call her Naomi. Because she does not allow the fashion industry to disregard black beauty. Because her voice often get mistaken for anger. Because she can easily be dismissed as just a model. Because she is not liked by everyone. Because she has been an inspiration for many girls, brown and white. 



South African Comedian Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah talks about apartheid, interracial marriage, and coming to America.

and he does it in a really funny way! :))