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Through A Lens Darkly -- the real American family photo record.

The documentary "Through A Lens Darkly" -- willfully unseen -- unpacks the war of images within the American family album. It re-establishes that black people's representations of themselves ARE American history. It re-establishes that black people have the final word -- and image -- about who they are. American.

This film has been around awhile but PBS and theaters should give it far more exposure right now, as the current media portrayal war on a whole people continues. A powerful and important film that should be required viewing for all Americans. Fight the power.

The People's Climate March -- Will You Be There?

September 21 starts a eighteen month fight against climate disaster.

On May 21st, McKibben published an article on the website of Rolling Stone magazine (later appearing in the magazine's print issue of June 5th), entitled "A Call to Arms," which invited readers to a major climate march in New York City for the weekend of September 20–21. In the article, McKibben calls climate change "the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced," and predicts that the march will be "the largest demonstration yet of human resolve in the face of climate change."

After criticizing world leaders, including President Obama, for not moving fast enough or going far enough to combat climate change, McKibben cites increasing evidence of environmental deterioration, including the melting of Arctic and Antarctic ice, the acidification of the oceans, and violent weather and quotes one climate scientist as exclaiming "We're all sitting ducks." He blames this state of affairs primarily on the fossil-fuel industry, which “by virtue of being perhaps the richest enterprise in human history, has been able to delay effective action, almost to the point where it's too late.” Although he claims that local, small-scale activism is crucial, the global climate justice movement sometimes "needs to come together and show the world how big it's gotten," and to allow for "opening up space for change."

Writes McKibben: "A loud movement – one that gives our 'leaders' permission to actually lead, and then scares them into doing so – is the only hope of upending" the "prophecy" that it’s already too late to reverse the problem.


Should Internet Misogyny Be Taken Seriously?

It's not surprising that Professor Mary Beard is told by Rod Little, an internet provocateur, to get over it, saying "why would it be worse for a woman than a man?"

My view is that a violent language climate leads to violent actions. Psychological assault is the warmup to physical assault. That women have to continue to walk psychological minefields is a psyop that saps their energy that costs this society and weakens our identity as civilized.

What Jon Stewart says about living with racism holds true of women living with misogyny: "If you are tired of hearing about it, imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it."

Makes Me Wanna Holla

How long? How long?

Dah, dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah

Rockets, moon shots
Spend it on the have nots
Money, we make it
Fore we see it you take it

Oh, make you wanna holler
The way they do my life
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
This ain't livin', This ain't livin'
No, no baby, this ain't livin'
No, no, no

Inflation no chance
To increase finance
Bills pile up sky high
Send that boy off to die

Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
Dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah

Hang ups, let downs
Bad breaks, set backs
Natural fact is
I can't pay my taxes

Oh, make me wanna holler
And throw up both my hands
Yea, it makes me wanna holler
And throw up both my hands

Crime is increasing
Trigger happy policing
Panic is spreading
God know where we're heading

Oh, make me wanna holler
They don't understand
Dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah

Mother, mother
Everybody thinks we're wrong
Who are they to judge us
Simply cause we wear our hair long






Elton John: He's My Brother, Let Us Live In Peace

For those weary of "still having to protest this shit."

PEW Poll: Stark Racial Divisions in Reactions to Ferguson Police Shooting

This may have been predictable, but now it's fairly official.


By about four-to-one (80% to 18%), African Americans say the shooting in Ferguson raises important issues about race that merit discussion. By contrast, whites, by 47% to 37%, say the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves.

Fully 65% of African Americans say the police have gone too far in responding to the shooting’s aftermath. Whites are divided: 33% say the police have gone too far, 32% say the police response has been about right, while 35% offer no response.

Comparing Reactions to Ferguson and Trayvon Martin (taken from the chart)

Fewer Whites Think Race Is Getting Too Much Attention than After Trayvon Martin Verdict While on balance think whites that the issue of race is getting too much attention in the Ferguson shooting, a higher percentage of whites expressed that view last year after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. After the Zimmerman verdict, 60% of whites said race received more attention in that case than it deserved; today, fewer whites (47%) say that about the shooting of the unarmed teen in Ferguson.

Partisan reactions to the two incidents are similar. Majorities of Republicans think that in both the Brown (61%) and Trayvon Martin (68%) cases, the issue of race receives too much attention. Majorities of Democrats say both cases raise important issues of race that need to be discussed (68% Brown, 62% Martin).

The Ongoing Question: Why Wasn't Officer Wilson Arrested?

This was news sent to me from a black lawyer friend in New York. He agrees with the legal take on the questions we've discussed here. Hope it helps.


So Why Wasn't Officer Wilson Arrested? Plus Answers To Other Questions About The Law

Source: St. Louis Public Radio

I'm posting this as mostly summation of events from the legal point of view.

Read more: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/so-why-wasnt-officer-wilson-arrested-plus-answers-other-questions-about-law?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=FBStLouisPublicRadio3814

I Am Mike Brown by G.A.G.E. (with LYRICS)

This is getting much play. Hope I hear it on the radio, as well.

I Am Mike Brown

Usually I might clown, but right now
This one’s for Mike Brown so pipe down.
We gotta stop all the rioting in the streets,
We ain’t doing nothing but proving we’re animals to police.

Another child dies, another mother cries,
Another neighborhood left with a whole bunch of whys,
Why did they pursue him, why oh why’d they have to shoot ’im,
But I don’t think that the answer is everybody lootin’.

But fuck that cop, he deserve state time.
They let Zimmerman off, this cop ain’t learned from Trayvon.
I’m just sitting here dropping a little tear of knowledge,
cause Mike Brown ain’t even get to see a day of college.

He would have started soon and there’s an empty seat in class.
All because of these demons hidin’ behind a badge,
So fuck that badge, fuck your protection,
And fuck that law carryin’ your weapons.

But some of these stores y’all lootin’ is black owned
I know it’s for a cause but some of them still got families at home.
It’s not a black and white thing, it’s about abusing the law.
I can’t imagine Dorian’s face when he saw Mike fall.

My tears wettin’ the page while I’m writin’ this,
I know you so in tune, if you not why are you fightin’ it,
Just let it go, just let your heart beat and never lose control,
And God rest his soul

‘Cause I am Mike Brown. I am Mike Brown. He represents us all,
We from a similar town
Walking the similar streets, we got similar police,
So how do I know I ain’t gonna end up under a similar sheet?

So I am Mike Brown
because I’m watching with my homie,
I’m just walking my block,
man er’body know me.
So I am Mike Brown, I am Mike Brown…

I’m Mike Brown, I am shot down
I am Larry Davis bleedin’ on my dingy cell
I am Angelo Clark, I am Oscar Grant
I Am Dante Price doin’ what you others can’t

I am Bo Morrison, Melvin Ba….(?)
I own the voices of these people cuz they all long gone.
Let’s go behind the badge fought behind the beat,
Behind the politics they wonder why we don’t trust police.

They wonder why we carry, carry knives on us
They look for drugs but shoot for anything they find on us,
I am just here sittin’ fightin’ for my life, kickin',
Someone dyin’ cuz police said I looked suspicious.

We all of these people in so many ways
I am Raymond Oyler left to die for two days
I just bought a new hoodie, guess I’m Trayvon
I am Duane Brown layin’ down tryin’ not to die

I suppose I feel my heart beat, and someone listen
And all you dealin’ with is maybe gonna lose your pension.
You might not notice this but this the new form of lynchin'.
I got my hands up but still I see that cop inchin’.

The mystery it is something that I’ll never know
Why they had to shoot him down, couldn’t just let him go,
The mystery it is I think I’ll never know
Why they had to shoot him down, couldn’t just let him go…

This today's Think Progress Interview with Professor Mark Anthony Neal...

about the cultural aspects of protest. Asked about the relationship between music and civil unrest, Neal argued that the climate of today’s music industry makes it difficult for musicians with a political message to have a major impact on social movements.

“ is not necessarily a critique of them, but this is a generation of artists that are built around building brands. Brand can be controversial, just think about Kanye in this context, but your brand can’t be political in that kind of way. The political brand is seen as just that: a political brand. It doesn’t cross over.”
But last night, the tide changed when ‘I Am Mike Brown,’ penned and performed by G.A.G.E., leaked online. Unlike a Kanye West, known for his controversial commentary on social and political discourse, G.A.G.E. isn’t as famous, and is an unlikely character in an ongoing fight to understand Ferguson — and other instances like it. But he may be the voice we need to revamp political messaging in popular music.

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