shedont-lye:

i lost a whole continent.  a whole continent from my memory.  unlike all the other hyphenated americans my hyphen is made of blood. feces. bone. when africa says hello my mouth is a heartbreak because i have nothing in my tongue to answer her. i do not know how to say hello to my mother.
—Nayyirah Waheed

shedont-lye:

i lost a whole continent.
a whole continent from my memory.
unlike all the other hyphenated americans
my hyphen is made of blood. feces. bone.
when africa says hello
my mouth is a heartbreak
because i have nothing in my tongue
to answer her.
i do not know how to say hello to my mother.

—Nayyirah Waheed

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foreverpruned:

dynastylnoire:

ethiopienne:

BREAKING: Michael Dunn found guilty of first-degree murder in shooting death of Florida teen Jordan Davis

Michael Dunn, the man who shot and killed Florida teenager Jordan Davis in November 2012, has been found guilty of first-degree murder.


Dunn was previously found guilty of three counts of attempted murder in a February trial for shooting at an SUV carrying Davis and three of his friends.
During that trial, the jurors deadlocked on the decision to convict Dunn of first-degree murder.
Tuesday saw Dunn testify in his own defense. The jury began deliberations early Wednesday morning.


From The Florida Times Union:

Dunn, 47, testified that Davis was angrily getting out of a Dodge Durango while holding a shotgun and threatening to kill him when he pulled out his own handgun and opened fire on Davis and others in the vehicle.

“You’re not going to kill me, you [filtered word],” Dunn said he yelled at Davis seconds before firing ten bullets at the Dodge Durango Davis was in.
Dunn said he was scared for his life and would have been killed if he hadn’t pulled out his own gun.
“I shot to defend my own life,” Dunn said at one point while testifying on Tuesday.

During closing statements, Assistant State Attorney John Guy reiterated that no weapons were found on Davis or inside the SUV he and his friends were riding in.






GLORRRRRRRRRRRRRY

Praise Jesus!

foreverpruned:

dynastylnoire:

ethiopienne:

BREAKING: Michael Dunn found guilty of first-degree murder in shooting death of Florida teen Jordan Davis

Michael Dunn, the man who shot and killed Florida teenager Jordan Davis in November 2012, has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

Dunn was previously found guilty of three counts of attempted murder in a February trial for shooting at an SUV carrying Davis and three of his friends.

During that trial, the jurors deadlocked on the decision to convict Dunn of first-degree murder.

Tuesday saw Dunn testify in his own defense. The jury began deliberations early Wednesday morning.

From The Florida Times Union:

Dunn, 47, testified that Davis was angrily getting out of a Dodge Durango while holding a shotgun and threatening to kill him when he pulled out his own handgun and opened fire on Davis and others in the vehicle.

“You’re not going to kill me, you [filtered word],” Dunn said he yelled at Davis seconds before firing ten bullets at the Dodge Durango Davis was in.

Dunn said he was scared for his life and would have been killed if he hadn’t pulled out his own gun.

“I shot to defend my own life,” Dunn said at one point while testifying on Tuesday.

During closing statements, Assistant State Attorney John Guy reiterated that no weapons were found on Davis or inside the SUV he and his friends were riding in.

GLORRRRRRRRRRRRRY

Praise Jesus!

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quickweaves:

theblacknonblackdivide:

supraorbital:

Judging America:

Joel Parés, a U.S. Marine-turned-photographer, has created a photo series that seeks to question the ugly prejudices that many of us harbor, to one extent or another, against groups of people different from ourselves.

I keep seeing this and I understand what they are trying to say, that people should not stereotype people.(I’m aware of the gifs switching between the two that are floating around.)  Usually when people talk about stereotyping they are talking about generalizations that people use an excuse to mistreat other people. I guess I’m not into this gallery because the one versus the other narrative that plays out all the time even though I don’t think the artist was trying to insinuate that. In media (novels, television, movies, video games,etc) this plays out a lot of light vs dark, good vs evil, positive vs negative. So I guess when I see ‘one is not other’ it disturbs me. There is nothing wrong with the people on the left, it’s the assumptions about them that people use as an excuse to mistreatment that is incorrect. None of those people should be mistreated.

There is nothing wrong with a Black man wearing a doo rag, tatted up, white tank on, sagging , having weapons to defend himself. It’s the negative associations that is the problem. The “Thug” associations (which is just a refined version of the Black brute of yesteryears) put on Black men is wrong, the true thugs are the racist/white supremacists who continue to maintain the system of racism/white supremacy by evidence that the system is still here.

There is nothing wrong with a Muslim woman having weapons to defend herself. It’s the negative associations that is the problem. The true “Terrorists” are those who continue to maintain the system of racism/white supremacy.

There is nothing wrong with a Hispanic man being a gardener or an Asian woman being nail technician that is honest work that deserves respect as does anything else. It’s the negative associations of being less than because of their work that is wrong.

There is nothing wrong with a flamboyant gay man who is just being himself. Using his expression as a reason to mistreat him is wrong.

Then there is this praise to conformity that lingers on the right.

I have come across galleries where the images similar to the left basically told humanizing stories of people who actually live out being a Black man who sags and a muslim woman (haven’t seen this for the rest of them although I support the humanizing). I like that much better. I don’t like the indirect message that “you might think I’m this but I’m actually this. (See I have conformed.)” I think the message should be “Regardless of what you “think” of me stop using that as an excuse to mistreat me. Other than I’m worthy of a system of Justice (where no one is mistreated and those who needs the most help gets it) stop using generalizations as an excuse to mistreat me.”

I used ‘regardless of what you think of me’ because I have seen people express attitudes it’s okay to mistreat someone because they were “ugly”, “less intelligent”,etc. Which anyone can be categorized as one or the other regardless of racial category and  someone mistreating them because they think that of them is incorrect. Just because someone is not attracted to someone or is frustrated with someone because they are deemed “less intelligent” that does not justify any mistreatment if they chose to do so. They are still incorrect. Their actions are still anti-justice.

I hope this post makes sense. I might delete this post later after my thoughts have simmered and I reflect back on this post later If I think it doesn’t.

RWSWJ/ RAWJ

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