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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Fourth

I hope it is possible today to both celebrate the quest for freedom from tyranny that motivated those revolutionaries of 1776 AND acknowledge their blatantly undeniable flaws and limitations. Keep fighting the good fight for justice and equality, my sisters and brothers, patriots. For a challenging read to counter the shallow jingoism of the day:  Frederick Douglass' speech on the 4th

Monday, August 3, 2015

Donald Trump ...

STFU (please. thanx, bud)

His latest assinine remarks

entitled: "No Black Presidents For A While Because Of Obama"

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Two Brave Police Voices

He 'took it to the next level.'
“…It looks to me like he took it to the next level (ordering her out of the car) because she didn't do what he told her to do and put the cigarette out. If that's the case, I'm not really on board with it. If you've got the ticket, warning, whatever already written, get her to sign it and go on. It's not worth turning a simple traffic stop into a major ordeal just because somebody wouldn't put a cigarette out.”

 He should have 'issued a warning' and 'moved on.'
Dude, issue the f****n warning and move on. It's NOT WORTH IT.  Prepare for the next shit storm over THIS????? Our jobs aren't hard enough these days already....we're yankin females out of vehicles cause our ego got hurt cause she wouldn't tremble and put out the stupid cigarette????? Let's pose this question- suppose she had stepped out when he asked her to....THEN WHAT??? You were gonna scold her about the cigarette??? What was his plan?? What was going to be the purpose of pulling her out?
My opinion probably won't be popular on here but oh well. I'm as PRO-US Pro Police as anyone but I can recognize when we're being dumb. This was dumb. Even tho the death/suicide wasn't his fault-- The public perception and backlash is NOT worth it.

 Though these comments are still kinda anonymous, such willingness to call bad policing just that is a step in the right direction in the dire situation we find ourselves in re: police brutality against blacks.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Jeb Bush doesn't get it.

As clueless as are most white male oligarchs born into the 3rd of 4th generation of immense privilege when it comes to the reality of racial inequality and systemic discrimination. 

the video clip (less than a minute)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Good reminder of what REALLY matters, in response to OU frat debacle

Especially check out the links embedded in the article for good reminders of where we've recently been misdirected in our focus (Donald Sterling, Michael Richards, etc.).

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fashion Police Brutality on Zendeya's Dreads

18-year-old Disney TV and singing star Zendeya came out swinging when ignorant Fashion Police commentator Giuliana Rancic insulted her choice of hairstyle, insinuating unpleasant odors accompanied it. Another case of "police" brutality and racial profiling? No matter, Zendeya proved she can take a punch and hit back hard. Loved this part of her Instagram response:
"I'll have you know my father, brother, best childhood friend and little cousins all have have [sic] locs. Do you want to know what Ava DuVernay (director of the Oscar nominated fil Selma), Ledisi (9 time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and actess), terry McMillan (author), Vincent Brown (Professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University), Heather Andrea Williams (Historian who also possesses a JD from Harvard University, and an MA and PhD from Yale University) ...have in common? Locs. None of which smell of marajuana."

That's a substantive response for an 18-year-old's first time in the Oscar spotlight. And it's spot on. Of course, Rancic made the typical claim that it had NOTHING to do with race. Of COURSE not. That's why, as another commenter pointed out, white girls like Kylie Jenner face the same criticism when they go with dreadlocks. Uh huh. Sure.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Is This Guy (Giuliani) for Real?

And Giuliani says Obama doesn't know his history? Oh, that's right, having a white mother has always meant you were considered white and so are not subject to racist attacks. Now I remember. smh.