We didn’t know that our activism and our peaceful displays would result in guns literally looking down our eyes. Literally looking down our eyes. Guns.
And I had young people who were willing to die. For justice.
I had a young person — and he’s definitely the example of many young people that I represent who said "I didn’t think I would make it to twenty-one years old so I’m ready to die now. Let’s do it now."
State senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (@MariaChappelleN) speaks on the Senate floor about the events she witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri in the weeks following the execution of Mike Brown. Senator Chappelle-Nadal was one of many protesters tear gassed for three hours without reprieve by the Ferguson PD.
She has been consistent and unrelenting in her criticism of Governor Jay Nixon — to the point of tweeting him “FUCK you, Governor!” — for his lack of action over the violation of citizens’ constitutional right to peacefully protest, and passionately vocal about the violent ways in which protesters were abused by the police.
"I didn’t think I would make it to twenty-one years old so I’m ready to die now. Let’s do it now."
Let that sink in for a moment. As if we haven’t had 50+ years to let it sink in. Young men and women who grow up certain that their lives will be cut short by police brutality, who know that if they are killed that the media will find the most unflattering photo and declare them “no angel”, facing that very fear head on by protesting the murder of Mike Brown. Not rioting, not looting, peacefully protesting and being shot at with tear gas every night!
We see protests taking place in the Middle East and we commend them for fighting for a better government, a better life. We watched the Arab Spring with baited breath and wondered how a government could so easily turn on it’s own people. Faces of those who helped start the movements come across our television screens or our computer screens and we are surprised at how young they look.
When it happens in our own backyard, though, we make excuses. We tell ourselves “that’s just because of ‘their’ destructive culture” and shake our heads as if we tried everything we could to help them. An innocent young man is shot by a policeman, left in the street for four hours, and a movement starts and all the same people who encouraged the protests in other countries damn this one because it “causes a scene” or because “it’s being misunderstood”.
So, let that quote sink in and think.
I don’t often post a lot of original posts, but this is important! My brother and my sister-in-law are the duo The Bird and The Bear and have been working on their second EP “Build A Fire”. They are now asking for help with their album.
Paste Magazine recently listed The Bird and The Bear as the number one band to listen to in their list “Nine Wyoming Bands You Should Listen To Now” and were compared to The Civil Wars
So basically this is franwilde's fault, because I was on a tear about it the other night and she told me I needed to write a blog post. So here's a blog post. (Does anybody even read blogs anymore? Tap, tap, is this thing on? “140 characters is all anyone will ever need.”)
My Least Favorite…
Darren Hunt of Utah
The murder of young Black Men by police continues.
oh for fucks SAKE
Y’all he was shot in the back…. HE WAS SHOT IN THE BACK…
He was carrying a sword? This mf in my geography class carried a sword to class everyday and when I expressed my discomfort it was dismissed. But this brotha was shot in the back.
and it was a blunted sword.. couldn’t have cut anybody… but white people walking around with loaded rifles in target…
Exactly! This is evil.
Damn. Niggas can’t even cosplay anymore? I would love to see the cosplay community say something about this but that definitely won’t happen
Also: this paper is edited by a clown. It should’ve been in the first fucking paragraph that this dude was cosplaying. I’m reading this shit wondering why the fuck this negro is walking down the street with a sword and obvious answer is hidden almost at the en of the article.
This dude was cosplaying.
He was dressed up in a costume.
Should all black people just stay home on Halloween this year?
Friendly reminder that the police shot a black cosplayer in the back
But, you know, racism is dead
Anyone who’s been studying story structure and tropes knows the Disposable Woman. She’s the daughter who was killed by the mob, the wife who was immolated by a demon, or the sister who was the victim of a serial killer. These characters are always female, they’re rarely on screen, and their deaths…
Seeing pictures of this, of great authors’ first drafts, makes me feel so much better! Even though you are told as a beginning writer that it doesn’t come out perfect the first time, that even the best selling authors have terrible first drafts, you can’t help but want everything to come out perfect the first time. Seeing neil-gaiman's first drafts for “American Gods” gives me hope. I think it will give other writers hope, too
Neil Gaiman’s handwritten first draft of my favorite novel, American Gods.