Your coverage of Ferguson has been so useful and great and I just want to thank you for spending the time to compile all the tweets and information that you've shared because it's been a wonderful and much appreciated resource.
I really appreciate you saying that. I’m exhausted.
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe.”—Elie Wiesel
if the guy who got shot was white none of you would give a fuck tho
people who look like you and me don’t get targeted by the police, people who look like you and me don’t get shot in the street by the people who are paid to protect us, people who look like me and you shoot up schools and get called “misunderstood” by the mainstream media. that’s the point
“Black people have equality under the law but police are still shooting unarmed black men with alarming regularity.
News outlets still call black rioters animals when they revolt against the murder of a teen from their community. The kicker is that people believe that racism is over because legal equality has been achieved. People never argue that I’m not oppressed as a gay person: I factually don’t have full legal rights. People will argue with me until they’re blue in the face that I’m not oppressed as a black person, because we’re all equal in the eyes of the law. Except that unarmed white teens are not gunned down by police regularly and an officer who gunned down a white teen would never be sent home with paid leave.”—Ashley via The QPOC Speakeasy Speaking Out With Love To Mike Brown
75 years ago, on this date, Billie Holiday recorded a song that Time Magazine would call song of the century: Strange Fruit, a song written about a lynching in the South.
Holiday first performed the song at Cafe Society in 1939. She said that singing it made her fearful of retaliation but, because its imagery reminded her of her father, she continued to sing the piece making it a regular part of her live performances. Because of the poignancy of the song, Josephson drew up some rules: Holiday would close with it; the waiters would stop all service in advance; the room would be in darkness except for a spotlight on Holiday’s face; and there would be no encore. During the musical introduction, Holiday would stand with her eyes closed, as if she were evoking a prayer.