“In a colorblind society, White people, who are unlikely to experience disadvantages due to race, can effectively ignore racism in American life, justify the current social order, and feel more comfortable with their relatively privileged standing in society (Fryberg, 2010). Most minorities, however, who regularly encounter difficulties due to race, experience colorblind ideologies quite differently. Colorblindness creates a society that denies their negative racial experiences, rejects their cultural heritage, and invalidates their unique perspectives.”
~ Monica Williams, Ph.D for Psychology Today, “Colorblind Ideology is a Form of Racism”
I won’t soon forget the events that took place in #ferguson…will you?
Anonymous said: fuck you mlk didn't hate white people.
I said Martin Luther King said
I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.
We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
— Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from a Birmingham Jail
and um he did so
I know very many—a lot, way too many—black people saying:
“Well, if Trayvon Martin didn’t look like a thug with that hoodie on….”
“Well, Renisha McBride *was* drunk driving and I heard she sold weed….”
“That’s what Islan Nettles gets for pretending to be a real woman….”
“Rashawn Brazell would be alive today if he wasn’t doing that nasty gay shit….”
“Sakia Gunn should’ve just responded kindly to that man’s flirtations instead of asserting that she was a lesbian….”
“Aiyana Stanley-Jones would’ve been alive today if her parents weren’t so shady….”
“Marlene Pinnock shouldn’t have walked away from the police officer, though….”
“Eric Garner shouldn’t have illegally sold cigarettes, though….”
“But Michael Brown stole cigars and strong-armed somebody, so….”
“If Kajieme Powell wasn’t acting so damn crazy, the cops wouldn’t have killed him….”
I know it’s easier and more cathartic for these Negroes inured by American brutality and viciousness to blame the victims than to take on the enormous task of dismantling structural bigotry, but I find their perspectives INDISTINGUISHABLE from and just as dangerous as white supremacist ideology.
So, FAUX News is implying that Mike Brown was armed with own large black body..
So being alive while being black = weapon
Geese and Ganders
I was going to post an article about the police killing this 16-year-old, suicidal white boy holding a BB-gun, but because I can’t find a single article that vilifies him in the same way they would vilify a black kid in the exact same situation, since I can’t find a single article that denies his humanity or withholds sympathy in the same way they would if this was a black kid, I ain’t posting shit.
Ron Davis, the father of Jordan Davis, a black teen who was unarmed when he was fatally shot in Florida two years ago, arrived with Cephus Johnson, the uncle of Oscar Grant, who was killed by a police officer in Oakland, California, on New Year’s Day in 2009. Film director Spike Lee, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Missouri lawmakers Claire McCaskill and Maria Chappelle-Nadal were among those in attendance.
"There is no greater evidence of how tragic things are for dark-skinned women in Hollywood than the fact that they can’t even get hired to play dark-skinned women."
Marc Lamont Hill on the casting of Nina Simone
Because this sentence breaks my heart while filling me with joy. Because dark-skinned women are creating our own work and need not be left to a “Hollywood” standard. Because we stand on the backs of those who came before and serve as a bridge for those who follow.
Do not wear contact lenses if you are in a situation where you may be tear-gassed. When I went through basic training, we were warned that there was a possibility the tear gas they were using could melt contact lenses.