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Pulp Poetry

Scraps of fascination are the building blocks of an interesting life.

Marissa Alexander could face 60 years

socialismartnature:

As my friend wrote: “Apparently you can only legally “stand your ground” in Florida if you are murdering an unarmed Black boy, but if you are a Black woman showing your abusive ex that he needs to back the fuck off, you deserve 60 years in prison.”

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(via disciplesofmalcolm)

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The Lynching

His Spirit in smoke ascended to high heaven.
His father, by the cruelest way of pain,
Had bidden him to his bosom once again;
The awful sin remained still unforgiven.
All night a bright and solitary star
(Perchance the one that ever guided him,
Yet gave him up at last to Fate’s wild whim)
Hung pitifully o’er the swinging char.
Day dawned, and soon the mixed crowds came to view
The ghastly body swaying in the sun
The women thronged to look, but never a one
Showed sorrow in her eyes of steely blue;
And little lads, lynchers that were to be,
Danced round the dreadful thing in fiendish glee.

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- Claude McKay, The Lynching

Oakland Police Department Community Satisfaction Survey

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Food volunteers before the OPD put an end to it on orders.

iridessence:

almondskeyess:

thalamtnafsee:

oh shit

god bless cornel west

oop

Harsh, dude. But yes. This is how we should be talking about our countries continued policy of war to solve problems.
Edit: I can’t find trace of this on Twitter that Dr West actually said this, but there are multiple articles citing his radio show with a quote very much like this, so I’m keeping it up as likely true.

iridessence:

almondskeyess:

thalamtnafsee:

oh shit

god bless cornel west

oop

Harsh, dude. But yes. This is how we should be talking about our countries continued policy of war to solve problems.

Edit: I can’t find trace of this on Twitter that Dr West actually said this, but there are multiple articles citing his radio show with a quote very much like this, so I’m keeping it up as likely true.

(Source: talldarkarab, via thepeoplesrecord)

Tagged with:  #Dr. Cornel West  #racism  #war

Emmett Till - 14 year old boy murdered in 1955

This is not Trayvon Martin. But he shows how much we’ve progressed in 60 years, and how much has not changed.

Fox contributor Venker argues that men are "the new second class citizens" because of recess and TV and Title IX, and stuff.

(Source: reallyfoxnews)

Awkwardly Awaiting The Zimmerman Trial's Outcome : Code Switch

npr:

With the verdict looming in the trial of George Zimmerman, who’s charged in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, suddenly speculation has turned to this: the possibility of angry protesters turning to violence if the outcome isn’t the one they envisioned.

But isn’t it weird to be sitting around discussing human behavior like weather patterns? That storm front we’ve seen coming through could finally hit shore this weekend, and there are signs it could be a violent one!

Read the rest on Code Switch.

It’s not very weird at all. We know how we work. We kind of know how close friends and family work. We don’t see what drives most people, but we know that every person has the same emotions we’re capable of. And we know how powerful our own emotions can be. So when there’s a lot of us working in unison, it’s a lot like natural forces at work. And like natural forces, we reshape the world when we do it.

What’s weird is that we think it’s weird, or we blame people for reacting with those emotions, or with that greed, and we think that through votes or pleads to reason that we can control people who are acting out of outrage, love, hope, greed, frustration, fear, and most often because there’s no other way to be heard.

What’s weird is we go “I don’t understand those people!” when we very well do. We have gotten angry, we have abused power when we had it, cried out for it when we didn’t, we have gotten frustrated and we have all said and done things that only after its over we recognize as not being the best thing we could have done.

What’s weird is that we brush it aside as an alien force of nature instead of searching for and trying to repair ourselves so that people don’t have so much frustration, anger, desperation, or power that they have no other choice but to break open.

The Lone Ranger: White Man Apologize

Yarn Bombing

mexicanismo:

If it was actually WOC abuelit@s hitting up the night bombing the city, I would be down as fuck for it. However, it is not. Instead, it is white feminists who essentially steal an idea that has criminalized, ridiculed, and even killed people of color. They seem to think it is innovating art that parallels graff culture. Pero, they’re extremely cray to think so.

Their privilege allows them to  get away with the bastardization of this subculture without having to deal with the gruesome repercussions. You see, yarn bombing doesn’t happen  in los barrios. It takes place in affluent areas, the burbs, and gentrified hoods. They don’t have to watch out for bangers who don’t want you tagging on their turf. They don’t know shit about traveling deep into tunnels and having to fend off meth addicts. They won’t have to experience running away from trigger-happy cops, and not because their  they’re not carrying montanas, but because white girls (with or without yarn) are actually protected by cops—no matter what neigborhood they’re in.

I can’t see myself ever being down with recognizing yarn bombing for these very reasons. 

Thanks for opening my eyes to this perspective.

(Source: tortillachronicles, via frijoliz)

1 year ago 58 notes

Tagged with:  #racism  #art  #streets

Malcolm X: Panel discussion, WINS Radio, February 18, 1965

  • White man: You're doing all you can to encourage it, Malcolm-
  • Malcolm X: Not encouraging it.
  • White man: -with your inflammatory and demagogic language-
  • Malcolm X: No, no, I don't-
  • White man: Oh yes you do.
  • Malcolm X: I don't encourage it; but I'm not going to sit here and pretend that it doesn't exist.
  • Another white man: Don't you incite Malcolm? Don't you incite?
  • Malcolm X: I don't think so. How are you going to incite people who are living in slums and ghettos? It's the city structure that incites. A city that continues to let people live in rat-nest dens in Harlem and pay higher rent in Harlem than they pay downtown. This is what incites it. Who lets merchants overcharge people for their groceries and their clothing and other commodities in Harlem, while you pay less for it downtown. This is what incites it. A city that will not create some kind of employment for people who are barred from having jobs just because their skin is Black. That's what incites it. Don't ever accuse a Black man for voicing his resentment and dissatisfaction over the criminal condition of his people as being responsible for inciting a situation. You have to indict the society that allows these things to exist.