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FaltyDL - She Sleeps ft. Ed Macfarlane

So true…

In Capitalist America…

Don't be fooled by all of the pretty pictures

What American accent do you have?



Your Result: The Midland


"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

Yes, I do!

Spray this stuff on yourself and never get wet

A fork?!?

How about a spoon?

Ah yes… A fork!

Just Seen: On this morning’s episode of Southland…

Just Seen: On this morning’s episode of Southland, a white police officer named John Cooper (who is, interestingly enough, a closeted gay man) threatens, intimidates, and assaults a young black boy on a bike, who wasn’t doing anything wrong. He yanks the boy off of his bike, accuses him of attempted murder of a police officer, of ditching a gun, and, finally, when those false allegations are simply too outrageous to stick, he tells the boy he’s going to bring him in on the trumped-up charge of obstructing traffic with his bike. Cooper’s partner watches incredulously. Cooper lets the boy go after he feels he’s sufficiently traumatized him. Cooper tells his partner, who is new to the police force, that he used that tactic to prevent the child from becoming a criminal in the future. He imagines that it is a justified and successful tactic. And Cooper’s partner, finally, smiles in agreement. They drive off—smug and self-assured.

This is illustrative of how real-life police officers engage children of color even though there is ZERO EVIDENCE that this tactic is successful, even though the evidence we do have indicates that what this does is foster resentment, depression, anger, antagonism, distrust of authority, anti-social violence, and a bunch of other negative behaviors in the children who are targeted.

Despite the evidence, the American criminal justice system continues to insist that this is a viable and necessary strategy for controlling crime. Few people talk about how this strategy is only employed in all communities of color and in certain poor communities. Few people want to talk about the fact that this strategy is nothing more than a way for the criminal justice system to safely engage in and employ concerted, public, blatant, and institutional racism. And few people want to talk about it because the criminal justice system has successfully convinced the majority of us, without a shred of proof, that the strategy is absolutely essential to ensuring public safety. And because we value this supposed safety over liberty (despite American narratives to the contrary), we are complicit in this racist paradigm. We will, in fact, argue in defense of this system when it’s called out and will deny any of the charges brought against it because we believe our personal safety can only be assured by preserving the racist status quo. And the racist status quo can only be preserved if we pretend—no, more than pretend, INSIST—that it doesn’t exist.

But it DOES exist. And I can SEE it.


I can tell you from personal experience that the cops never make in the allies in the community whenever they pull stunts like this.

It's about time we had an intervention, don't you think?

Whadayasay, guys? Let's get this party started

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