Mystery of Things
And take upon 's the mystery of things, As if we were God's spies;

kingjaffejoffer:

Remember this when you read reports of people ‘looting’ McDonalds tomorrow

Ten Things White People Can Do About Ferguson Besides Tweet

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.

4. STFU about looting.

And call out your friends and family members who won’t. It’s been five days since Michael Brown was murdered. On one of those days, some furious, grieving citizens caused some property damage. Nine have been arrested. Every other day since then, police with more gear than American soldiers going into battle have been occupying the neighborhood where Brown died, attacking peaceful protestors with tear gas and rubber bullets. They’ve tear-gassed a state senator and Al-Jazeera reporters, and arrested an alderman. They’ve demanded that reporters leave the area and arrested two who didn’t move fast enough. “Disproportionate” doesn’t begin to describe it. If you look at all that and still think it’s important to talk about looting for “balance,” you should know that you sound like a racist asshole.

5. Look Around You.

If you live in an urban environment, you’re in a position to bear witness and document inappropriate and abusive police behavior. If you see an African-American neighbor being detained by police, wait to see what happens. Get your phone out. Download the ACLU’s “Police Tape” app, and if you see something that looks off, take a video that will upload directly to their servers, in case your phone is confiscated. Whatever police may tell you, this is your legal right.

6. Make a donation to a civil rights organization like the Southern Poverty Law Center or the ACLU.

7. Educate yourself about the systematic inequality that leads to civil unrest.

The St. Louis American ran a powerful editorial today that fleshes out the history of Ferguson. When you finish reading that, go somewhere quiet for a bit and settle down with Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Case for Reparations.” Don’t stop there.

8. Put pressure on your elected representatives.

Institutional abuse of African-American citizens is happening all over the country, and it demands a federal response. Talk to your senators and congresspeople about enacting policies to protect citizens from their protectors. While you’re at it, maybe suggest they work to limit the amount of military weaponry police can inherit from the armed forces.

9. Listen to your African-American friends when they try to tell you why this hurts.

If you don’t have any African-American friends, you might want to think about why that is.

10. Okay, go ahead and tweet.

And Facebook. Tumblr. Instagram. Vine. Amplify the voices of people on the ground, and help counteract the damaging narratives being propagated by some mainstream media organizations. It’s the very least we can do.

Written by Kate Harding

Except I’d recommend donating to another civil rights center than SPLC, such as a struggling local organization. The Southern Poverty Law Center has enough money.

weirdsewing:

I just saw a post comparing the US riot police in Ferguson to the UK riot police in the 2011 Riots in London. The UK police were on the faverouble side.

This gets me, because the UK police in those riots were criticised so much for the way they handled them.

#I was actually looking for that post cause mysteryofthings told me about it but yes this 5 people died and 100 people lost their homes so good on them -_-;

thezaynmalikdefensesquad:

canadians stop commenting on posts like you aint fuckin kill ya native population

brits stop commenting on posts like you aint colonize and enslave like 90% of the globe bc this shit is essentially your fault if you wanna be fuckin real

bossbitching:

ronaldkn0x:

johnnypsychopath:

thatfunnyblog:

when will it end

he is neither of those

so i thought this was fake but then i googled it and

somebody stop him

"i was born black"

This is actually not real (the site that published this is satire), but by god, for a moment, I believed it.

2damnfeisty:

childrenmilk:

njy2:

I can’t believe she said this

Omfg please I prayed for this

lmao gotta love her

thomaswh-loki:

Kid in Thor Costume asks Chris Hemsworth & Tom Hiddleston If They’re Really Brothers

Solidarity in a Time of Crisis

Recently, we’ve had national discussions about: gun control, healthcare, poverty. The list goes on. These conversations inevitably get sidetracked and fade from the media, though the issues continue to burn in our minds. The economy continues to limp along. Legislators strike down labor laws. We are increasingly entwined in the lives and struggles of those across the world.


This barrage of ills, combined with a bombardment of local and international horrors, fosters apathy. Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Pakistan, Russia, and West Africa have been in the news recently because of overwhelming illness and violence, and we all know the media only shows a fraction of suffering and injustice in the world. Contradictory reports convey situations as muddled, murky, and convoluted.


But what do we actually know about Ferguson? A white policeman shot an unarmed young black man six times. The police responded by leaving the body in the sun and preparing for protests with military equipment. They shot rubber bullets at crowds and teargassed people into their homes. They arrested, threatened, and assaulted civilians, including journalists . They pointed sniper rifles at innocent protestors. The governor declared a curfew on the town. The police refused to release information about the alleged perpetrator until they simultaneously released a video of the victim supposedly robbing a store.


The paragraph is in past tense, but it’s not over.


Have there been riots and looting? Yes. Has there been violence? Yes. Have there been shootings? Yes.


Let’s look at the Civil Rights Movement during its most famous years. It was peaceful. It was simple. It was quickly accepted by citizens across the country. Right? Wrong. It was divided and dangerous. It was organized and strategic. It was considered a distraction from more important evils.


Right now, conservatives are criticizing protestors by pointing out the evils of ISIS, as though fighting against systematic racism and violence supports a vicious, self-declared caliphate. Back in the ‘60s, civil rights activists were condemned for causing trouble when the Soviet Union was oppressing its civilians and threatening world annihilation.


The language then and now is very similar. “Don’t they have anything better to do? Why can’t they control themselves and let the system work itself out? They only care about blacks. What about the rest of the world? There are two, equally valid sides to every issue. Why are they instigating violence?”


Even though the vast majority of protestors have been peaceful (some are actively preventing looting), the police blame their own brutal reaction on the handful of violent civilians. “Why can’t they just be peaceful and remember Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message?”


Here’s why: the only reason why so many (but not nearly all) civil rights activists in the 1960s were nonviolent was the highly concerted effort to train protestors to react to abuse with nonviolent resistance. They provided this training because they knew the natural human reaction to threats is fight or flight.


The police in Ferguson have devolved into “us versus them” mentality, which is why they don’t even have the judgment to make themselves look good on camera. Empathy and compromise become less likely. Some of them are having the time of their lives, finding thrill in fighting “the enemy” every night. Some are scared, because large groups of angry people, especially when they have just cause, are scary. White Southerners who beat peaceful activists in the sixties often described themselves as being driven by fear to “defend” their community.


The Ferguson police are taking out the media in a variety of ways. In many Southern attacks on activists, reporters were the first to be taken out. Cameras were smashed, journalists were beaten. It makes sense to remove the means of recording a serious crime. Thankfully, civilians now have ways to record and quickly disseminate information.


Racism today is perceived as being more subtle than it was in the past. Segregation and voter disenfranchisement still exist, but the solutions are less clear-cut. People dismiss this epidemic of police violence due to it being directed at “criminals.” The prison-industrial complex is so ingrained in American culture, many hardly think twice about it.


This is how discrimination happens. This is how inequality exists. This is how atrocities occur. They become normal and, thus, invisible. Those who experience it every day are told to shut up and stop exaggerating.


But the world was watching when white Southerners beat black activists fifty years ago, and the world is watching now. And they are outraged. Recordings of police brutality have been popping up for years. A few simple laws could significantly reduce police violence.


In 1961, the nation’s youth poured into Mississippi and Alabama to protest segregated bus stations. That sense of solidarity happened then, and it can happen now. In spite of widespread prejudice and racism today, past activists DID make a difference. This new world includes the internet, a tool for coordinating, fundraising, and gathering information, as we have seen across the planet.


We can learn from past and present movements. Gazans, also trapped in their homes, instructed Ferguson residents on how to handle tear gas. The most successful civil rights groups were and are tactical. Working together can be as challenging as facing down oppressors. Something Occupy Wall Street severely lacked was focus, an essential element in affecting change.


Diane Nash, a leader of the 1960s Movement, pointed out that metal is most malleable when hot and least manipulable when cool.


And right now, it is hot. 

paulamaf2013:

hayakata:

kropotkindersurprise:

Two ways of dealing with tear gas grenades from comrades in Turkey: Either submerge them in water. Make sure you can close off the container cause the gas will still spread for a while. Or throw them in the fire so the gas burns off before it can spread.

Wow.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST

captain-snen:

white girls who live near Ferguson and brag about how they only date black guys but won’t go to the protests cause “they’re too dangerous”

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#and are sociology majors #something i saw on fb

I love how the one lady was praying how to help and she had the answer when her friend posted a link about helping kids out. The above white girl said, “nooo, you’re too nice and lil” to be going to Ferguson at night. And she replied, “haha no, some people are made for the front lines, some are made for the library.” Basically, how and earth can I help without actually going there?? It’s certainly good to help the kids, and it’s completely understandable that you wouldn’t choose to be tear gassed and threatened all night. But “haha no I’M JUST NOT MADE FOR THE FRONT LINES” and “I was so scared YOU MIGHT GO UP AND PROTEST WITH THOSE BIG TOUGH PROTESTERS.” 

Unnecessary and mostly unrelated rant: the person who posted the link often provides a lot of good inside information. But I will always remember frequently complaining with her about our school’s homophobic and sexist policies. My friends and I eventually got a petition together, to change the homophobic policies and to just change the rule that made protesting the policies a suspendible offense. Yet she, this hippy-dippy, refused to sign the petition because, apparently, she was applying to a job at the private (and even more homophobic and sexist) high school connected to the college. And she didn’t want to ruin her job prospects there. I was… surprised.

Pepper spray guy

The months following the UC Davis pepper spray incident, I was trying to find out if the guard who pepper sprayed unarmed students received any disciplinary action. I’m way late on this. The good news: he was fired and the students received about $30,000 in compensation each. The bad news: the district attorney refused to prosecute anyone because they SAID THEY WERE SCARED, so there was no proof of illegal use of excess force. John Pike, the infamous sprayer, received $38,000 in worker’s compensation because he suffered from depression and anxiety after receiving death threats and thousands of letters, emails, and calls. So he actually received more money than his victims.

So this recorded incident of violence with peaceful, mostly white students wasn’t enough to send anyone to prison.

Yet another white person thinks they’re the voice of reason by criticizing the protests in Ferguson, stating that energy can be best spent elsewhere, that both police and protesters are a mixture of good and bad, that the media’s jumping on the “Mike Brown is a saint” bandwagon, that we just don’t know what happened.

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