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FOUR SIMPLE AND PRACTICAL THINGS BLACK PEOPLE CAN DO...

FOUR SIMPLE AND PRACTICAL THINGS BLACK PEOPLE CAN DO SO WHITE PEOPLE WON’T BE SO GOTDAMN FUCKING SCARED OF US

Damon Young, 9/20/16



Yesterday, footage was released of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher getting shot and killed by Betty Shelby, a Tulsa police officer. Crutcher appeared to have his hands up, was unarmed, and, from the multiple camera angles made available to the public, didn’t appear to be any sort of a threat. Yet, that didn’t prevent him from getting executed by Shelby. Shot down in the street like a fucking rabid raccoon.

Perhaps the most telling aspect of the footage wasn’t the video, but the audio from the footage taken from a police helicopter. Because it is here you can hear an officer express that Crutcher — who again was unarmed, had his hands up, and didn’t appear to be doing or saying anything remotely threatening — “looks like a bad dude.” It’s a sentiment similar to what Darren Wilson expressed when he shot and killed Michael Brown, claiming that the bullets seemed to make Brown grow bigger and stronger and angrier, like some sort of VantaBlack Popeye. It also reminds me of what George Zimmerman said about Trayvon Martin. And what the Cleveland police officers who ambushed, shot, and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice said. And what Michael Dunn claimed caused him to fire a gun indiscriminately into a car at a gas station, killing Jordan Davis. And what our preferred choice for president alluded to 20 years ago when she referenced “Superpredators.”

We can continue to protest during the anthem to draw attention to racism and police brutality. And we can continue to demand better and more efficient training for police officers, as well as more accountability for their misdeeds. But while those acts will surely make a difference, as long as the type of White people to be scared to fucking death of us continue to be so scared and so unimpressed with our humanity that the first instinct when engaged in any type of misunderstanding or squabble with us is “Kill it!”, this will continue to happen.

Which leads me to the million-dollar question: What can we do to prevent them from being so gotdamn fucking scared of us? I don’t have any concrete solutions. But I do have some theories.

http://verysmartbrothas.com/four-simple-and-practical-things-black-people-can-do-so-white-people-wont-be-so-gotdamn-fucking-scared-of-us/

America...







An important topic...

I remember a discussion over the validity of a CA black student not wanting any white roommates

The arguments against this particular student were...

- Accusations of the black student being a "snowflake."

- Accusations of "racism" against white people.

- Accusations of practicing "segregation" against whites.

- Hypocrisy by black people.

- Sanctioned bigotry.

- Cognitive dissonance.

- No difference than white supremacy. And more.

However, one thing that has wasn't considered by many was the expectation of eventual discrimination and bigoted behavior by what could have been the student's white roommates. As I've mentioned in the discussion, for people of color, there really is no escape from white centering, white identification and white focusing in the outside world. We all live in a society that's clearly delineated by the rules of white privilege through white supremacy. As black people, we also know that such a world quite easily legitimizes violence against simply because we're black. It's the double standard. One clear example is shown in the way that law enforcement uses deadly force against unarmed black body, as it even declines to use deadly force against armed whites.

Given this, perhaps what should have been considered was that the concerns of the black student were completely valid. Especially in situations where blacks are outnumbered by whites... Whites who are not accustomed to associating with those outside of their own race, in particular.

Although the other discussion focused on a story from California, this point is clearly demonstrated by something that happened at the University of North Dakota, a place I'm sure that isn't particularly diverse:





Of course, UND is no stranger to racist behavior by students. http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/05/14/super-dumb-und-its-hard-shake-racism-youve-enabled-so-long-154855 But such problems are apparent in many other college campuses as well. https://www.jbhe.com/incidents/

Racism on predominately white college campuses is a real problem. It's as real as it is in our white dominated society outside of the academic environment. Yet, in spite of all of the effort of anti-racism forces to confront this problem and draw the attention of university administrations to it, it's not going away any time soon. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-campus-racism-just-wont-go-away/2016/02/19/cdc30ac6-cab9-11e5-a7b2-5a2f824b02c9_story.html?utm_term=.c3ac4ad69049

Whenever whites in particular dismiss these problems, it's not very helpful at all. As a matter of fact, it's downright counter-productive.




At least...

Jaga Jazzist - 'Prungen'

The Gaslamp Killer - "Residual Tingles"

Gawd, I hate Western Michigan

Smells like roadkill and fertilizer and is infested with Republicans.

Long story, short: I'm glad to be back to civilization.

The real life "How To Get Away With Murder" cast...

Yep. That's it in a nutshell.

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