The Ferguson City Council convened for the first time since Mike Brown’s death, and proved that they literally give no fucks about what the community has to say. Added to their vague, paltry proposed reforms, seems real change will have to come in Ferguson via the ballot box. I don’t care where you live folks— let this be a lesson in voting/participating in your local elections and government! #staywoke #farfromover 

My people getting it!

these people are the real heroes. not the military, not politicians, not the Hollywood actors. they risked their lives and livelihoods to challenge white supremacy and institutionalized racism.

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These tweets from @OfRedAndBlue are very important.

RIGHT!!!?!?? like we’re not playing a theoretical game here, we’re talking about people’s LIVES

"When people insists I’m obligated to ‘debate’ with them I leave the conversation, bc they already have decided it’s not real."

It’s so empowering to fight people’s experiences with concepts. “What you live through doesn’t matter to me but i can’t just shut up and let you say it. I can’t compete with you on the field of experiences, so we’re just going to take it to concepts where no one knows better and no one will be affected by the outcome.” That’s how you ply your way into an issue you have no knowledge of.

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Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012), Shola Lynch

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"If I see three or four young black men walking down the street, I have to stop them and check their names. I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested."

Chief Russell Mills to the LA Times after shooting and killing black 89-year-old great grandfather Shawn Monroe at a barbecue unprovoked. Today, he walks free with no charges, despite numerous witnesses and his own admission that he enjoys terrorizing black people.

Tell me again why Black people should be okay with police when they have, since the history of our being kidnapped to this fucking country, have not EVER been about protecting us, but about terrorizing us?

Police are NOT for Black people’s safety. They are about torturing us, terrorizing us and killing us. Period. There is no safety with police. There is no peace keeping with police. They have ALWAYS been a terror to the Black community and I am tired of this fact being pushed to the wayside.

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And Ray Kelly, when he was Commissioner in NYC said the same thing.
Arpaio has said the same thing.

This is a ROUTINE assertion that the point of the police is to be an agent of state terror. And that such terror should be all but exclusively focused on Black and Brown bodies.

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"The ghost of bull conner" ~ MHP

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This statement doesn’t surprise me, but please note how boldly and comfortably he came out of his face to say this.

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"Why are police calling the people of Ferguson animals and yelling at them to “bring it”? Because those officers in their riot gear, with their tear gas and dogs, want a justification for slaughter. But inexplicably…we turn our attention to the rioters, the people with less power, but justifiable anger, and say, “You are the problem.” No. A cop killing an unarmed teenager who had his hands in the air is the problem. Anger is a perfectly reasonable response. So is rage.

…How dare people preach and condescend to these people and tell them not to loot, not to riot? Yes, those are destructive forms of anger, but frankly I would rather these people take their anger out on property and products rather than on other people.

No, I don’t support looting. But I question a society that always sees the product of the provocation and never the provocation itself. I question a society that values property over black life. But I know that our particular system of law was conceived on the founding premise that black lives are white property…


Nothing makes white people more uncomfortable than black anger. But nothing is more threatening to black people on a systemic level than white anger. It won’t show up in mass killings. It will show up in overpolicing, mass incarceration, the gutting of the social safety net, and the occasional dead black kid. Of late, though, these killings have been far more than occasional. We should sit up and pay attention to where this trail of black bodies leads us…."

Brittney Cooper (via blue-author)

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This made tear up for real.

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"That both Mitt Romney and Phil Robertson have and love black grandbabies should remind us that racism is not primarily about individual attitudes. White folks can love individual black people and still build a world that is inhospitable to black folks. In fact, individual and exceptional black achievers are necessary to maintain the lie of racial progress. Their presence has very little to do with systemic change, though."

— Brittney Cooper, White Supremacy Wins Again: Melissa Harris Perry and the Racial False Equivalence (via checkprivilege)

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"One of the most sinister things about normalized racism is you don’t have to have bad intentions to be racist, you just have to remain ignorant."

Why Some of Your Favorite People Are Racist | AmericaWakieWakie (via america-wakiewakie)

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Side-eye accurate.

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Danez Smith - “Dear White America” (Rustbelt 2014)

"Black girls go missing without a whisper of where. There are no amber alerts for the amber-skinned girls."

Our first video from the 2014 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam. Danez Smith is now the Rustbelt individual champion, two years running. This poem should show you why.

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Ariana Brown - “Volver, Volver” (CUPSI 2014)

"I am always amazed that the ability to forget history is a choice for some people."

Awarded best poet at cupsi 2014.

"Can you still be considered an immigrant if you are travelling to a place that was yours to begin with?"


from Aamer Rahman’s “How to be a Reverse Racist" (via checkprivilege)

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"Brown boys cannot live on luck alone.
On the whimsy of God, alone.
Your skin, the most dangerous neighborhood to live in.
Your mother’s asphalt tongue lamenting boys
that are not her own.
Born in the year of Trayvon and Troy.
The year the neighborhood watch failed us.
Fresh wounds, the lynch mob nuzzles against the iron pulse.
You, born into this squall, come in the year of wristband warriors,
activism á la mode.
New hoods on white boys in old hoods,
say fight the power, like they just discovered injustice.
Woke up this morning, history on their breath,
cotton mouth. Like this gin fan ever stopped turning."

Eboni Hogan, “Lucky,” published in Union Station (via nps2013)

We feel a lot of things this week after hearing Saturday’s verdict from the George Zimmerman trial. Eboni Hogan’s ode to her son is so beautifully important that we’re reposting this again. 

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@ebonihogan Why is there not video of this poem ??

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