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Beyonce at the VMAs: Feminist and Flawless

Okay, Beyonce. You can use my blog name as a hashtag, as long as you’re doing THIS, making feminism accessible to the masses. Boomsies. 

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MTV, you do some dumb things. But this? This is not one of those dumb things. 

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What White People REALLY Mean When They Talk About Ferguson

Number 5 (What White People REALLY Mean When They Say Nothing at All) is, I think, one of the more important ones—and this issue of collective white silence is something that many of the white people I do see talking about Ferguson are frustrated with. 

In my opinion, if you are not part of the dialog about the issues dividing not just America, but the entire world, you are part of the problem itself. Racism doesn’t just go away if we refuse to talk about race. 

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Most of us have watched as Ferguson’s black community rose up in outrage against the almost all-white police department, demanding justice and accountability. Our disbelief and heartache turned to collective anger and fear as the response to the protests became more militarized, with the deployment of police dogs, riot gear, tear gas and rubber bullets. And we’ve started speaking out in opposition to these developments, all of which have the hallmarks of being rooted in systemic, institutionalized racism.

Yet some people, especially some white people, have not yet become engaged. Perhaps they don’t know what to say or how to say it or are concerned about backlash from other white people. This is understandable but not acceptable when the continuation of white silence and inaction means the oppression and death of black people.

So let’s talk about an active role for white people in the fight against racism, because racism burdens all of us and is destroying our communities. White people have a role in undoing racism because white people created and, for the most part, currently maintain (whether they want to or not) the racist system that benefits white people to the detriment of people of color.

—From this article at the Root. I’m pretty sure I posted this article like two days ago, but this quote bears reading & re-reading. 

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When The Media Treats White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victims

If this doesn’t demonstrate that there is a problem with race in America, I don’t know what does. 

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Patrick found this man, Belton Sutherland, while tooling around Youtube today, and has been sending me links to songs this morning. 

There’s so much soul in even just the first few seconds that you can already tell it’s going to blow any music created today out of the damn water. 

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The Last Words Of Michael Brown & 8 Other Black Men Killed By Law Enforcement

I don’t have a gun, stop shooting. 

Mom, I’m going to college. 

I can’t breathe. 

Why did you shoot me? 

Please don’t let me die. 

You shot me. You shot me!

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Click through for source & article. 

Click through for source & article. 

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Ferguson and Patience for the Appalled.

What the criminal justice system in America needs to learn is that you can’t police anger. There is nothing criminal in anger; the outrage stems from the injustice. We have to acknowledge where that anger comes from and police that, counter that. It’s hard. It sucks. It takes a lot of personal and collective reckoning, but acknowledging and honoring that anger is the only way to overcome it—and the issues that cause it. 

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If you’re confused about what’s going on in Ferguson, or if you feel uninformed, or if you’re not sure why what’s happening is happening, this is one particular video that might help you understand, produced by Vox. If all you’ve been watching is CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and your local news stations, you would do well to watch this short, 2 minute video, which is…uncolored by the mainstream media’s biases & bents. 

(Not sure why the embedding is funky on the dashboard, but the video functions on my full site.)

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