deathwalkingbackwards:

sonofbaldwin:

Even though John Crawford III was only holding a BB gun he picked up—IN A STORE THAT SELLS BB GUNS. Even though it was an open carry state. Even though he was on the phone when police officers opened fire on him. Even though he was shot in the back. Even though the cops lied and were caught in a lie because of the subsequent video. A grand jury who, when added together, obviously didn’t have half a gnat’s brain, declined to indict the officers.  The message here?  It has been, is, and always will be open season on black people for as long as white supremacy is the philosophie du jour. 
(H/T Chad Goller-Sojourner)

Don’t even feel that surprised.
I am numb.
And that’s perhaps the worst part- that these kinds of injustices feel common and expected. Smh.

deathwalkingbackwards:

sonofbaldwin:

Even though John Crawford III was only holding a BB gun he picked up—IN A STORE THAT SELLS BB GUNS.

Even though it was an open carry state.

Even though he was on the phone when police officers opened fire on him.

Even though he was shot in the back.

Even though the cops lied and were caught in a lie because of the subsequent video.

A grand jury who, when added together, obviously didn’t have half a gnat’s brain, declined to indict the officers.

The message here?

It has been, is, and always will be open season on black people for as long as white supremacy is the philosophie du jour.

(H/T Chad Goller-Sojourner)

Don’t even feel that surprised.

I am numb.

And that’s perhaps the worst part- that these kinds of injustices feel common and expected. Smh.

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Anonymous Asked:
can you explain in detail why minorities living in impoverished areas is a direct result of racism?

shitrichcollegekidssay:

shitrichcollegekidssay:

I feel like I don’t even need to explain why native americans, first nations, and generally the first people to actually live in an area live in poverty as a direct result of racism… I mean if you can’t figure that one out, buddy, then I don’t think any amount of my explaining would be able to help you.

Lets learn about the word: Redlining.

So redlining is this super cool thing for white people, or people on the top [usually white people] that the government, in the United States, totally endorsed, super well documented.

Why is redlining super cool for the oppressors? We will get to that, hopefully you’ll draw your own conclusions. 

Redlining in its strictly definitional sense, is the "arbitrarily" randomly out of the blue just denying people of basic services, loans, jobs, homes, etc. because the person doing the denying just felt like it. Now this “arbitrary” little act started to "arbitrarily"  attack people of color. 

Now in the 1930s there were these super cool New Deal FDR home act bullshit. Where veterans coming home from WWII, and people in general could get super cool loans to buy these sweet new houses in the fancy suburbs. Houses that they wouldn’t have dreamed to be able to afford without these cheap-ass home loans the bank was just dealing out. 

Now it’s a little known fact, you can google this yourself you lazy shits, that FDR was a huge racist, is a huge racist even. Man that guy hated them pesky "minorities."  So what did FDR do about this hate?

People set up these racist-ass maps of areas people lived in. They were literally color-coded, “black, and colored” areas done got redlined, meaning banks wouldn’t give people from those areas these sweet-ass new cheap home-loans saving all those poor white people struggle and hardship. How did the white people get the loans? Well they lived in green-lined areas, the white areas. 

Now who was the mastermind behind these maps and how was FDR involved? Home Owners’ Loan Corporation or (HOLC) for convenience–cause I don’t want to type out their shitty ass name. HOLC created this racist ass map, because they were huge racists. And because they had loan giving powers, they pretty much got to decide who lived where. Now banks and insurers adopted this sweet redlining policy, because they all hated minorities and to a lesser extent poor people as well. I mean it’s only a lesser extent because they fucking hated "coloreds." Then in like 1934 the Federal Housing Administration decided "Hey, fuck black people, and also anyone not white." And they, too, adopted that racist ass map, deciding who got a loan, and who got to live in the shittiest areas possible. 

Now, you can say that “maybe the white areas were just more affluent and it totally had nothing to do with race.” but you’d be completely fucking wrong. Cause remember, this is during the fucking GREAT DEPRESSION, the big one that was from like 1929 to 1939 fucking ten years of depression. Not to mention shittons of peoples husbands and sons and wives and daughters were dying in wars. So the majority of people were fucked. Just straight up fucked. They weren’t rich, the only thing those fuckers had going for themselves was that they were white enough to get home-loans to move to areas with good white people jobs. 

Everyone else got stuck in depression-like conditions …. to this day. Because no one, the government and people who fucking could, wanted to improve the already existing neighborhoods and houses–no it was all BUILD NEW HOMES LET WHITE PEOPLE LIVE THERE MAKE HOMES EXPENSIVE ONE NEEDS A LOAN FOR THE HOME ONLY WHITE PEOPLE CAN GET THE LOANS… YEAH! PERFECT WHITE HAVANA.

So people could be racist little shits and deny anyone living in the redlined [non-white] areas loans, jobs, services, rates, anything really, and it was COMPLETELY FUCKING LEGAL, HELL EVEN THE GOVERNMENT USED THE RACIST-ASS MAP! SO IT’S TOTALLY LEGIT RIGHT! C: C: C: ????

So what have we learned today:
a.k.a. TL;DR

  1. Racist maps were created by HOLC 
  2. FDR and Friends thought racism was a good idea and accepted the racist maps as god
  3. Shittons of expensive new homes were created during the depression
  4. In order to live in the new homes one needed a loan
  5. In order to get a loan you had to live in the white area of the racist map
  6. White people got home loans and created white paradise for them and their racist-ass families

I don’t want to get into white flight yet but if there are still questions I guess I can make a new post about white flight and how racism caused even more racism. WOW SHOCKING. 

Because y’all have been curious about redlining,

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (9.28.14): On of the largest protest in Ferguson this month is going down tonight, proving once again that the residents of Ferguson and STL County are some of the most resilient and inspiring in all the land. No justice, no peace! #staywoke #farfromover

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j-j-jellal:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Remembering Injured/Killed African-American Victims of Police Brutality
Dymond Milburn, 20-Year-Old African-American Teenager Assaulted By Police Officers When She Was 12, Then Charged With Assault By The Cops That Assaulted Her, & Police Alleged She Was A Prostitute
Three police officers in Texas accused a 12-year-old black girl of being a prostitute, beat and kidnapped her, and none of them ever faced any consequences for their actions.
On August 22, 2006, 12-year-old Dymond Milburn was outside her home flipping a breaker switch to help her family after the electricity went out, when a blue van pulled up and three men exited the vehicle without identifying themselves. The men were cops in plain clothes with the Galveston police and they accused Dymond, who is black, of being a prostitute.
“You’re a prostitute,” an officer declared. “You’re coming with me.”
They then tried to drag Milburn into their van while she scratched and clawed in her struggle to stop them from taking her. She screamed for her father to come to her rescue while the angry officers began beating her in an effort to force her into the van. One of the officers, David Roark, muzzled the girl’s mouth with his hand to silence her.
Hearing her screams, Dymond’s parents arrived on the scene and told officers, “That’s our daughter. She’s twelve.” But Roark didn’t give a damn. “I don’t care if she’s twenty-two, thirty-two, or forty-six,” Roark responded.
Along with Roark, the other officers included Sean Stewart and their Sergeant, Gilbert Gomez. They believed they had the right to take Dymond Milburn away without consulting her parents. Horrified, Dymond’s parents were devastated and powerless as the officers literally kidnapped their daughter before their eyes.
The officers decided to bring Dymond to the hospital for medical attention, and the level of her injuries was devastating. As a result of the brutal beating by police, the little girl suffered a head injury, a throat injury, abrasions on her arms, a sprained wrist, two black eyes, and lacerations as well as spinal injuries. On top of all these physical wounds, Dymond also suffered nightmares and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In all, her injuries resulted in a hospital bill totaling $8,000.
But police still weren’t done putting Dymond through hell. When she finally returned to school following her release from the hospital, police embarrassed her further by showing up at her school. They arrested her in front of her classmates at Austin Middle School in revenge for putting up a fight. The charges? Assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.
You read that right. Cops beat the hell out of this girl and they charge HER with assault. Plus she resisted the officers because that’s what we tell our children to do when strangers try to force them into a vehicle against their will.
Milburn and her family had to deal with two mistrials over a period of three years before the District Attorney agreed to stop pursuing the charges. By then, Dymond was 15-years-old and a huge chunk of her childhood was stolen from her. In retaliation, the Milburns filed a civil lawsuit against the officers who changed her life three year earlier. But none of them have been punished and a settlement hasn’t occurred. Basically, all three officers complicit in the kidnapping and beating of the then-12-year-old girl got away with it. Sean Stewart was actually named “Officer of the Year” sometime later and Gomez went on to be promoted prior to becoming a private detective.
Dymond Milburn is 20-years-old now and still hasn’t received justice for what these police officers did to her. She was just a black 12-year-old girl in front of her own home at night, and yet, police accused her of being a prostitute even though she didn’t do anything wrong and officers had no cause to accuse her of anything. In fact, the only reason the officers were around is because they were responding to a call about three white prostitutes allegedly soliciting in the area. However, they attacked a black child who obviously didn’t fit the description instead and accused her of being the prostitute. Remember, we’re talking about a 12-year-old girl who was at her house with her parents. She was an honors student helping around the house. She wasn’t out on the street hooking.
Police brutality against people of color is not just an epidemic today. It’s been around for a long time. And even children aren’t immune from illegal police behavior. If this can happen to one child, it can happen to any child in America. For too long, police have been able to do what they want to the citizens they are supposed to serve and protect with little or no consequences. That needs to change or police behavior never will. [PoliticusUSA]

Are you fucking kidding me

j-j-jellal:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Remembering Injured/Killed African-American Victims of Police Brutality

Dymond Milburn, 20-Year-Old African-American Teenager Assaulted By Police Officers When She Was 12, Then Charged With Assault By The Cops That Assaulted Her, & Police Alleged She Was A Prostitute

Three police officers in Texas accused a 12-year-old black girl of being a prostitute, beat and kidnapped her, and none of them ever faced any consequences for their actions.

On August 22, 2006, 12-year-old Dymond Milburn was outside her home flipping a breaker switch to help her family after the electricity went out, when a blue van pulled up and three men exited the vehicle without identifying themselves. The men were cops in plain clothes with the Galveston police and they accused Dymond, who is black, of being a prostitute.

“You’re a prostitute,” an officer declared. “You’re coming with me.”

They then tried to drag Milburn into their van while she scratched and clawed in her struggle to stop them from taking her. She screamed for her father to come to her rescue while the angry officers began beating her in an effort to force her into the van. One of the officers, David Roark, muzzled the girl’s mouth with his hand to silence her.

Hearing her screams, Dymond’s parents arrived on the scene and told officers, “That’s our daughter. She’s twelve.” But Roark didn’t give a damn. “I don’t care if she’s twenty-two, thirty-two, or forty-six,” Roark responded.

Along with Roark, the other officers included Sean Stewart and their Sergeant, Gilbert Gomez. They believed they had the right to take Dymond Milburn away without consulting her parents. Horrified, Dymond’s parents were devastated and powerless as the officers literally kidnapped their daughter before their eyes.

The officers decided to bring Dymond to the hospital for medical attention, and the level of her injuries was devastating. As a result of the brutal beating by police, the little girl suffered a head injury, a throat injury, abrasions on her arms, a sprained wrist, two black eyes, and lacerations as well as spinal injuries. On top of all these physical wounds, Dymond also suffered nightmares and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In all, her injuries resulted in a hospital bill totaling $8,000.

But police still weren’t done putting Dymond through hell. When she finally returned to school following her release from the hospital, police embarrassed her further by showing up at her school. They arrested her in front of her classmates at Austin Middle School in revenge for putting up a fight. The charges? Assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

You read that right. Cops beat the hell out of this girl and they charge HER with assault. Plus she resisted the officers because that’s what we tell our children to do when strangers try to force them into a vehicle against their will.

Milburn and her family had to deal with two mistrials over a period of three years before the District Attorney agreed to stop pursuing the charges. By then, Dymond was 15-years-old and a huge chunk of her childhood was stolen from her. In retaliation, the Milburns filed a civil lawsuit against the officers who changed her life three year earlier. But none of them have been punished and a settlement hasn’t occurred. Basically, all three officers complicit in the kidnapping and beating of the then-12-year-old girl got away with it. Sean Stewart was actually named “Officer of the Year” sometime later and Gomez went on to be promoted prior to becoming a private detective.

Dymond Milburn is 20-years-old now and still hasn’t received justice for what these police officers did to her. She was just a black 12-year-old girl in front of her own home at night, and yet, police accused her of being a prostitute even though she didn’t do anything wrong and officers had no cause to accuse her of anything. In fact, the only reason the officers were around is because they were responding to a call about three white prostitutes allegedly soliciting in the area. However, they attacked a black child who obviously didn’t fit the description instead and accused her of being the prostitute. Remember, we’re talking about a 12-year-old girl who was at her house with her parents. She was an honors student helping around the house. She wasn’t out on the street hooking.

Police brutality against people of color is not just an epidemic today. It’s been around for a long time. And even children aren’t immune from illegal police behavior. If this can happen to one child, it can happen to any child in America. For too long, police have been able to do what they want to the citizens they are supposed to serve and protect with little or no consequences. That needs to change or police behavior never will. [PoliticusUSA]

Are you fucking kidding me

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blackboybe:

(video)

Genocide is defined by the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide as “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.” 

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mentalalchemy:

nezua:

fnhfal:

Ferguson -2014

I blinked one day and when I opened my eyes, it was normal to have an American army battling Americans on American streets. No one even calls it a war. But it is.

Don’t forget this crazy shit actually happened.

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the-goddamazon:

marvelousmission:

Do yourself a favor and follow Jesse Williams on Twitter. The article/video Jesse mentions in the first tweet can be found here.

Jessie Williams about that life, man. I love it.

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poldberg:

While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.

Links:

Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart

Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story

You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.

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