Ferguson is sixty-seven per cent black, but fifty of its fifty-three police officers are white. In Comment, Jelani Cobbreflects on disenfranchisement, disillusionment, and the protests following Michael Brown’s death.
The Ferguson Police Department STILL has not released a police report from the shooting of Michael Brown. They did release a FULL police report AND video AND stills from what they ADMIT is an unrelated incident in which the shooting victim, Michael Brown, THEY say, was implicated in a theft at a convenience store earlier in the day on the day police killed him. They released ALL of that, but NO police report, still to this day, from the shooting of Michael Brown. They still have also not released the autopsy results from the county autopsy of Michael Brown. Today, the Ferguson Police Department turned down a request from NBC News to please see the personnel file of the officer who’s been named as the shooter of Michael Brown. The ONLY thing they would release is his name, the day he was hired, and his salary. They would not release any other details from his police file. The one substantive piece of information that the Ferguson Police Department DID decide to release about the officer implicated in the shooting, the ONE piece of information they HAVE decided to release, was THIS video that they released today, showing the officer in question receiving a COMMENDATION from the City Council for good police work.
Wait, when did Maddow end up full of shit? I mean, yeah, they need to release the police report. But Kajieme Powell was killed in St. Louis proper, not Ferguson. Two different departments. Get your shit together Maddow, you’re not helping.
People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.
This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:
Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.
Reporting this fuck out of this racist shit.
Done. It takes like a minute. Fuck this white asshole and his racists supporters. He shouldn’t profit 200k from killing a black child.
Report this shit HERE. And HERE'S the link to the offensive URL. I amended the cut and paste from above to point to some specific SERIOUSLY RACIST SHIT: “Thank you for freeing anotha brotha from the shekels of life. he in abetta place now.”
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!?
Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” You need look no further than the description of the $5 pledge level to find a violation of that policy: “Thank you for freeing anotha brotha from the shekels of life. he in abetta place now.” But if you need more proof, take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.
I’m well aware she’s merely a symptom of deep systemic fuckery and possibly a perfectly nice girl but Taylor Swift is the poster child for oblivious white privilege. That’s not hating. That’s fact stating.
Try to imagine the surface evidence of your cultural identity – your clothes, your physical vernacular, your slang, your music – all things that are in no way indicative of what’s in your heart, despite having been used by those in power frequently and repeatedly, for centuries, to justify your harassment and murder…
Imagine those things being co-opted by a rich, powerful, pop princess on a day when the national guard has been called in to your small, working class suburb to restrict your right to protest that centuries old injustice. Try, just for a second, to imagine how that might make you feel — the double standard shoved so baldly and brazenly in your face. The very same things that get you called a thug or a ho, get her called “adorable” and “staying true to herself”. Then times that feeling by infinity because it NEVER STOPS.
Cultural gate keepers make billions of dollars co-opting black culture and then use that same culture against black men and women to prove they’re thugs who deserve to die.
Sometimes I don’t understand how black people get out of bed every day with love and benevolence in their hearts. It’s a testament to the indomitable human spirit and worthy of our respect and praise.
Roxane Gay: Obama called for peace and calm. But we are beyond peace and calm. Silence is not an option
"I am stunned but I should not be. I recognize the luxury of my disbelief. I will never allow myself such luxury again. Today, I truly understand privilege.
I am outraged but I do not know what to do with my outrage that might be productive, that might move this world forward toward a place where black lives matter, and where black parents no longer need to have “the talk” with their children about how not to be killed by police and where anger over a lifetime of wrongs is not judged, but understood and supported.
The mainstream media is trying to report on this travesty, and all too often, they are failing. There is a preoccupation with the actions of a few, with the salacious discussions of looting and a people run amok over the plight of the many living in an occupied community.”