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its-georgia-fay-xo asked:

Blacks and Asians arent exactly innocent are they. You're saying its okay to generalise about a race just because of what happened hundreds of years ago?

bogleech:

What the hell is this “hundreds of years ago” bullshit? America itself is only a couple hundred years old and racial segregation continued to be a public, legally reinforced status quo until less than fifty years ago. Many of the same white people who were powerful then are still alive and more powerful today. Do people seriously not get that?

Anyone who actually pays attention to the real world around them or listens to real people at least as much as they think about themselves should be able to very plainly and instantaneously see that America’s law and government continues to stack all the odds it can against the well-being of minorities.

America has a higher percentage of its population in prison at any given time than any third world country. It has a quarter of the entire world’s incarcerated prisoners, and even though the actual rate of crime is dropping in this country, the prison population keeps growing because it is increasingly more likely for even a minor crime to land a prison sentence.

And while black people are a minority of America’s population, they are almost a majority of its prisoners. That is not because they commit more crime. They don’t. It is because a black man is SIX TIMES more likely to be imprisoned in America than a white man who pleads guilty to the same. exact. crime.

That isn’t some “theory” or hypothetical “conspiracy” or “secret.” Criminal cases are accessible to the public. You can, right now, research arrests and convictions from records released by the judicial system itself, and you will find that minorities are overwhelmingly punished more often and more harshly than white people.

We are also one of the only countries where the prison system is a profitable business,complete with fucking investors, many of whom are politicians and collectively earn literally billions of dollars on prison labor. The prison system costs everyone else enormous amounts of money to maintain, but a tiny percentage of people rake in profits off of it. Specifically off of lending prisoners out to do grueling physical work.

We go out of our way to put more black people behind bars.

Then we use them for free labor.

That has a name, you know.

It’s called something.

Something most Americans naively believe “ended” following the civil war.

And wow, just one issue, just the racial disparities in our prison system, took up this entire rant and it’s not even the half of it.

And it’s not even getting into the amount of sweatshop labor American corporations outsource overseas. We are using more slaves now than ever fucking before. We did not abolish it. We changed what it was called or we throw just enough pennies at them - in countries with no “minimum” wage - that we get away on the technicality that they’re “employees” according to the laws defined by the same people doing these things

Let’s Have A Conversation.

jspark3000:

I’m very much okay with disagreement, discussion, debate, questions, challenges, and stretching each other towards new ideas.  I’m okay with wrestling out our misunderstandings and faulty point of views.  I’m open to you teaching me something I never thought of, or to help me think in a new direction, or to correct an obvious error.  This means you want dialogue.  And really, passion and conviction are okay too.  I will have a conversation with you when you see the person, not just a problem.  Then you’re respecting my willingness to learn.  You’re building a bridge towards mine, and even if we disagree in the end, we valued each other’s dignity.

I’m not at all okay with obnoxious arrogance, smarmy diatribes, condescending, one-sided soapboxing, black-and-white pigeonholing, hyper-sensitivity, a persecution complex, yelling “fallacy” or “heresy” or “blasphemy,” didactic lecturing, automatic defenses, blanket statements, unequivocal language like “always” and “never,” putting words in my mouth, or assuming I stand for the opposite of some angle I didn’t cover.  This is not passion, but insecurity.  It’s not conviction, but condemnation.  Your goal isn’t a conversation, but winning a conversion.  It means you love the sound of your own voice, and there’s only room for one person on that platform.  Yet you wouldn’t even listen to someone who talked the same way you talk.  I will hear you, I will even read your picket sign and your angry blog post, but don’t expect much else.

— J.S.

I’ve become more and more unwilling to participate in discussions of controversial topics precisely because, particularly on the internet, there are so many people on every side of every issue who act like abusive and hypocritical bullies. Even if I agree with what such a person is saying, I fundamentally disagree with the way they’ve chosen to say it. For me, it’s easier and far less stressful to just bottle up my feelings, keep my thoughts to myself, and stay the hell away from every online argument.

psilolysergicamine:

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makingofamelody:

makingofamelody:

1. Eric Garner executed on July 17th, 2014. Put in illegal choke hold and strangled by the NYPD

2. Gravid lady gets put in an illegal chokehold by an NYPD officer for “illegally grilling” while her seven year old daughter watches July 27th, 2014

3. NYPD enters wrong house and drags a naked woman across the floor, then pepper sprays her four year old grandson August 2nd, 2014.

4. Man shot and killed by police for holding a toy gun in a Walmart, Dayton, Ohio - August 6th, 2014

5. Unarmed Black teen shot ten times by the Ferguson Police while walking home with his friend from the convenience store - August 9th, 2014

Since July 17th there has been five reported occurrences exemplifying the police and American justice system’s lack of reverence for Black life. These are the five stories that were able to attract at least minimal attention. Who knows what is going on out there covered up (like the Ferguson police is trying to do with Mike Brown’s murder), unrecorded, and unknown. In the past 23 days the police have perpetrated the humiliation, degradation, and murdering of Black dignity,souls, and people. Knowledge is power. Do not rely on mainstream media to give you the full/accurate story. They will always be complicit in the devaluing of Black life because Blackness has been criminalized in America. Please spread these stories and add any more that you know of under the hashtag #badges are the new hoods. We need to start documenting, and spreading information. They will try to silence us as they did to Ramsey Orta, and Alba Lekaj, the people who filmed the NYPD harasing and murdering Eric Garner. But united we can make a difference.  Knowledge is power. Stay woke Black America, Stay woke.

this happened in the past 23 days

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yungartsyandcreativewhitegirl:

white anarchists trying to piggyback on the ferguson protests while destroying public and private property are effectively taking away any chance of the protest being covered in favour of the protesters by the media and are not the allies of any black american suffering through the police brutality and institutionalised racism we are seeing now

White anarchists do this literally any time there is a protest anywhere for any reason and they fornicating suck.

Dear white anarchists: stop.

(Source: kasoukai)

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