September 18, 2014

Perhaps it is audacious of me to encourage black parents to focus less on producing well-behaved children in a world that clearly hates them. Black boys and girls are suspended or expelled from school more than all other demographics of boys and girls, often for similar behaviors, simply because their engagement in those behaviors is perceived as more aggressive.

White children in general are raised to be Columbus, to “discover” the world anew and then to manipulate and order the universe to their own liking. If we take away the colonizing impulse in living this way, I think it would be amazing to have the luxury of raising black children who also view the world as a space of their own making, a space to be explored, a space to build anew. A space where occasionally, simply because you live there, you can opt to walk in the middle of the street instead of being confined to the sidewalk, much as you might sling your leg across the arm of a chair in your own home, because it is home.

But for so many black children, these kinds of frivolous choices will get you killed or locked up. For black children, finding disciplinary methods that instill a healthy sense of fear in a world that is exceptionally violent toward them is a hard balance to find.

The thing is, though: Beating, whupping or spanking your children will not protect them from state violence. It won’t keep them out of prison. Ruling homes and children with an iron fist will not restore the dignity and respect that the outside world fails to confer on adult black people.

The racial parenting divide: What Adrian Peterson reveals about black vs. white child-rearing

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September 18, 2014   12,904 notes

If you’re poor, the only way you’re likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it – by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car.

But if you’re tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. You can, say, build a sweatshop factory that will collapse in Bangladesh and kill more people than any hands-on mass murderer ever did, or you can calculate risk and benefit about putting poisons or unsafe machines into the world, as manufacturers do every day. If you’re the leader of a country, you can declare war and kill by the hundreds of thousands or millions. And the nuclear superpowers – the US and Russia – still hold the option of destroying quite a lot of life on Earth.

So do the carbon barons. But when we talk about violence, we almost always talk about violence from below, not above.

Let’s Call Climate Change What It Really Is—Violence | Alternet (via guerrillamamamedicine)

Oppressive violence is always wrong. But I grew up rough and poor, and met many snotty, upper class jerks who prefer the acceptable and legal violence, and I see them today as cowards. One rich kid tried whispering shitty things behind my back in an NYU classroom so I just interrupted my words to the prof and turned my head and offered to drag bigmouth outside if he liked. Cold water, man. They get too used to their cozy blows that leave no marks, but I’m old school, hard knocks. From the heart.

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September 12, 2014   88,041 notes

poldberg:

While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.

Links:

Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart

Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story

You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.

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September 10, 2014   15,830 notes
tashabilities:

the-goddamazon:

Nah, they just got older and got jobs as your local law enforcement and government officials.

They raised children and grandchildren who think exactly like them. And the children and grandchildren of these terrorists are continuing their work, giving us hell on our jobs and in college courses, even to our babies on the playground.

tashabilities:

the-goddamazon:

Nah, they just got older and got jobs as your local law enforcement and government officials.

They raised children and grandchildren who think exactly like them. 

And the children and grandchildren of these terrorists are continuing their work, giving us hell on our jobs and in college courses, even to our babies on the playground.

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September 4, 2014   29,159 notes
jewist:

Well, I never thought I would see someone try to recreate what people wore in the concentration camps in WWII and why they would try to make it trendy is beyond me. This is absolutely disgusting. I am sick to my stomach. As a Jew, this is incredibly offensive. Who the hell would ever think this is cute and fashionable? I used to like Zara, but after this I am never shopping there again. Fuck Zara this is utterly disgusting.

jewist:

Well, I never thought I would see someone try to recreate what people wore in the concentration camps in WWII and why they would try to make it trendy is beyond me. This is absolutely disgusting. I am sick to my stomach. As a Jew, this is incredibly offensive. Who the hell would ever think this is cute and fashionable? I used to like Zara, but after this I am never shopping there again. Fuck Zara this is utterly disgusting.

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September 1, 2014   367 notes
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Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz of Texas Bashes Bronx Yet Crime In Houston And Dallas is Out of Control

welcome2thebronx:

Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz of Texas Bashes Bronx Yet Crime In Houston And Dallas is Out of Control

Murder
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 9.0 per 100 vs Bronx 5.9

Houston 10

Rape

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You know, because the Bronx deserves better

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musicnerdery:

Seriously tumblr.I dont ever ask you guys for anything.But this is a time where we need your help.Please.Call. Email. Reblog. SOMETHING.

musicnerdery:

Seriously tumblr.
I dont ever ask you guys for anything.
But this is a time where we need your help.
Please.
Call. Email. Reblog. 
SOMETHING.

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