(feel my waves)
Photograph by Eric Nehr. Via mpdrolet.
In the case of the American Negro, from the moment you are born every stick and stone, every face, is white. Since you have not yet seen a mirror, you suppose you are, too. It comes as a great shock around the age of 5, 6, or 7 to discover that the flag to which you have pledged allegiance, along with everybody else, has not pledged allegiance to you. It comes as a great shock to see Gary Cooper killing off the Indians, and although you are rooting for Gary Cooper, that the Indians are you.
It comes as a great shock to discover that the country which is your birthplace and to which your life and identity has not, in its whole system of reality, evolved any place for you. The disaffection and the gap between people, only on the basis of their skins, begins there and accelerates throughout your whole lifetime. You realize that you are 30 and you are having a terrible time. You have been through a certain kind of mill and the most serious effect is again not the catalogue of disaster—the policeman, the taxi driver, the waiters, the landlady, the banks, the insurance companies, the millions of details 24 hours of every day which spell out to you that you are a worthless human being. It is not that. By that time you have begun to see it happening in your daughter, your son or your niece or your nephew. You are 30 by now and nothing you have done has helped you escape the trap. But what is worse is that nothing you have done, and as far as you can tell nothing you can do, will save your son or your daughter from having the same disaster and from coming to the same end.
James Baldwin, The American Dream and the American Negro, for The NYT, March 7, 1965. Via aleskot.
The most poignant sign I saw during the Columbus protests today.
12 Year Old Dymond Milburn was severely beaten by 3 plainclothes police officers because they thought she was a prostitute. Even though they beat her with a flashlight and caused injuries to her head, spine, throat and ear, the cops charged her with assault.
Sean Stewart, one of the cops involved, later received “Officer of the Year”
Credit: Cop Block
WHAT THE FUUCK
please tell me this isnt real
Better yet, if I’m not mistaken, this is the same incident where the cops were in plain clothes and jumped out of an unmarked van without announcing themselves and tried to take her *from her own yard* despite the fact that she didn’t match the description of the woman that they were looking for. So.
I AM BEYOND PISSED
Supposedly they paid him $500K for this interview, so basically he’s $1M richer for executing an unarmed black teenager. How despicable.
Over $1m. There was one fundraiser that brought in $235k and one that brought in $435k, so that’s $670k plus this $500k, so he’s made $1.17m. How does he sleep at night? On a pillow stuffed with reward money he got to congratulate him for ending a black life.
don’t let them sweep this under the rug
"In Mexico is more dangerous being a student than a drug-trafficker"
November 20th, 2014, Celaya,Guanajuato.
Photograph by Alejandro Cuevas.
"They tried to bury us, they forgot we were seeds."
#mikebrown #ferguson #handsupdontshoot #fergusondecision #nyc
Trayvon Martin would have been celebrating his 19th birthday today
The media would NEVER show this picture of him with this Experience Aviation jumpsuit on because it shows that he was a human. An intellectual. It shows that he had dreams and aspirations just like everyone else. Trayvon Martin loved aviation so much so that he gave up his high school career in football to enroll in this program. Source.
This is so sad and completely heartbreaking. Her family put her in the casket with her hair cut off and in a suit, and on her online obituary they refered to her by the name that was given to her as a child not by her actual name also they used “he/his” pronouns while refering to her life.. They erased her identity!
Read article here.
This breaks my heart and also makes me want to puke.
Wear Your Rights! and Will Be Distributing Free Shirts At Action Sites.
one of the best pics I could find that wasn’t already circling around of the South Bay Correction inmates who put their hands up and shouted things through the bars of their cells in support of Michael Brown and the unrest that is currently taking place
HAha, because that’s not nearly enough, right guys? RIGHT GUYS?
my white protesters please remember that you’re rarely at the same risk we are when you stand up for what is right
I’m not gonna stop reblogging these reminders
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: This week, NYPD cop Pedro Serrano has been testifying about the unfair targeting of Blacks and Hispanics for New York’s Stop and Frisk. To support his case, Serrano unveiled a video recording of superior ordering him to stop and frisk Black and Latino males between the ages of 14 and 21. This cop is very, very brave.
Good cops don’t turn a blind eye to the corruption and racism being practiced by their fellow officers.
A line of roses lines the street where Michael Brown was shot
The National Bar Association calls out the injustice of the Mike Brown Shooting Death decision.
Disbar Robert McCulloch.
The Fatherhood Project thefatherhoodproject
“An ongoing photographic presentation of everyday fatherhood among black men.”
So in one of my favorite cases, 1971 a Gerald Mayo filed a lawsuit against Satan …and his staff (is he hiring?) for civil rights violation in UNITED STATES ex rel. Gerald MAYO v. SATAN AND HIS STAFF, 54 F.R.D. 282. The judge, denies his action based on procedure. Brilliant.
The judge writes:
[Mayo] alleges that Satan has on numerous occasions caused plaintiff misery and unwarranted threats, against the will of plaintiff, that Satan has placed deliberate obstacles in his path and has caused plaintiff’s downfall.
Plaintiff alleges that by reason of these acts Satan has deprived him of his constitutional rights.
We feel that the application to file and proceed in forma pauperis must be denied. Even if plaintiff’s complaint reveals a prima facie recital of the infringement of the civil rights of a citizen of the United States, the Court has serious doubts that the complaint reveals a cause of action upon which relief can be granted by the court.
Meaning, ok jagoff, he did this, god is not your co-counsel, what do you want me to do about it?
We question whether plaintiff may obtain personal jurisdiction over the defendant in this judicial district. The complaint contains no allegation of residence in this district.
Since Mayo isn’t in hell and..turns out we don’t know where satan is in order to establish jurisdiction. Also, if he has a staff, implying a corporation..in that case, you can’t proceed pro se.
If such action were to be allowed we would also face the question of whether it may be maintained as a class action. It appears to meet the requirements of Fed.R. of Civ.P. 23 that the class is so numerous that joinder of all members is impracticable, there are questions of law and fact common to the class, and the claims of the representative party is typical of the claims of the class.
Class action… classic.
We note that the plaintiff has failed to include with his complaint the required form of instructions for the United States Marshal for directions as to service of process.
case & get the print here..
2 Atlanta men ran 550 miles from Atlanta to Ferguson for Michael Brown’s memorial.
Please reblog with names if you have them.
Londrelle Hall and Ray Mills
Portrait Of Friederike Maria Beer - Egon Schiele
John Singer Sargent (January 12, 1856 – April 14, 1925). Olimpio Fusco charcoal on paper 55.9 x 43.2 cm Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C..
The sword grinder (Jodhpur). Mabel Royds, c. 1920. (via British Museum - The sword grinder (Jodhpur))
Charles Édouard Edmond Delort - A Voluptuous Smoke (1867)
August Strindberg (Swedish, 1849-1912), Storm Landscape, October 1894. Paper-panel, 32 x 23.5 cm.