I keep seeing white liberals on social media posting that they can’t believe what is happening in Ferguson, or that they can’t believe this is happening in America. Now I normally wouldn’t care enough about any of that to make any commentary, but they are sending me messages, outraged…
how is obama gon preach non-violence in response to ferguson while he continues to bomb people in somalia, yemen, pakistan, afghanistan, and other countries in the global south and fund billions to israel
I appreciate all of you non black poc showing support and reblogging post about ferguson but now is not the time to attempt co-opting our struggle. Do not use the phrase poc when referring to ferguson, the people that are being violently harassed are all black. Erasing the fact that they’re black is a form of anti-black violence. Please refer to them as black.
Violence erupted in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, for a fourth straight night Wednesday, with police firing smoke bombs and tear gas at demonstrators and some people lobbing Molotov cocktails. Racial unrest lingers in the St. Louis suburb following a weekend police shooting of an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
“What do we want? Justice,” the protesters yelled.
“What is happening in Ferguson is exactly what opponents of the rise in military-style policing across America have long feared: when the feds arm white local cops with weapons of war and their superiors encourage them not to just play dress-up but to use their new war toys, it is inevitable that ordinary citizens – especially citizens of color – will get treated as the enemy.”—Ferguson is what happens when white suburban cops get weapons of war, writes Sadhbh Walshe. (via guardian)
i honestly do could not give a single solitary fuck about what president obama has to say about the police murder of mike brown. i don’t want to hear his liberal platitudes or him trying to legitimize the existence of a militarized police state that does…
“Malcolm [X] was one of the most beautiful and one of the most gentle men I met in all my life. He asked the boy a question which I now present to you: If you are a citizen, why do you have to fight for your civil rights? If you’re fighting for your civil rights, that means you’re not a citizen. In fact, the legality of this country has never had anything to do with its former slaves. We are still governed by the slave codes.”—James Baldwin on Malcolm X, 1979. (via hedlunds)
"The New Black doesn’t blame other races for our issues. The New Black dreams and realizes that it’s not pigmentation: it’s a mentality and it’s either going to work for you or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re going to be on.”
Those are the words of Pharrell Williams.
Some people don’t understand why this outlook is so problematic and why The New Black title has become so fitting to describe Don Lemon, Keke Palmer, and SZA to name a few.
We are not one as human beings. Is that a bad thing? No. Race is one of the many things that distinguishes us.
It’s troublesome if there’s injustice towards a particular race and someone deflects the deep-rooted issue in favor of a kumbaya-we’re-all-one-and-bleed-red stance. It’s usually the mentality of many white people who are out of touch and feel something can affect all people, even though it’s well known to only affect one particular group. Take notice.
We do all bleed red (duh), but those causes are not always the same.
Many will never know what police brutality and the injustice of it is like firsthand. They can only onlook. Black people have always been the main focus to the police, the system. Are black people to blame for these actions against them as a whole race, like Pharrell has tended towards? No. It’s uncontrollable, routine behavior that has been going on way before it’s ever been televised in black communities. Police murder one and walk free. They learned from their forefathers, the KKK.
In the case of Ferguson, Keke Palmer and SZA have recently stated, “it is bigger than color.” Keke made her stance right after hearing about Mike Brown’s murder and SZA only stated her feelings on it after a police officer kicked a white protester.
Now, if a white person is a peaceful protestor amongst a slew of black peaceful protestors, or they are a part of the media (reporter, cameraman, photographer) that displays the systems actions to the world, like in Ferguson, they are only then seen as a threat. Not because of the color of their skin, but due to the police seeing them act as allies to black people.
Why does it matter what race the people are? Shouldn't the only thing that matters is people are dying by the hands of the police and nothing is being done about it? Why does everything have to be about race?
Reread your own message. Who is dying by the hands of the police? Black people.. on purpose.. Black people are intentionally being killed by the police… Not “people”.. because this is happening at an institutional level in which specifically Black people are purposefully being killed, arrested and dehumanized by the police because they are Black. It’s really fucking simple, actually. There’s a pattern— that’s why race matters. We— Black people— are all as en entire race in fucking danger that’s why race matters. Because it ISN’T just happening to “people”… it’s happening to Black people BECAUSE THEY ARE BLACK. It’s not a coincidence.
Why would it not matter that one group of people is intentionally being killed..? They’re being killed by the police BECAUSE THEY ARE BLACK.. LITERALLY. Why would it not be about race if Black people are specifically being targeted to be killed like why wouldn’t that be important… Why do you not want to involve race? Tell me if you see a pattern that would help you understand why it’s about race