“Young demonstrators regulating themselves. Removed someone who they say has been know to agitate crowds.”
I needed to come back from hiatus to encourage those of you who want to keep up with what’s really happening in Ferguson to look to those who are actually there.
Take a moment to follow Antonio French on twitter and see what he sees. The video above is from his vine. Also an important follow in this moment.
Please remember that there are truths and then there are whole truths. The truth is, there are people who take great pleasure in getting folks riled up. The whole truth is that those people are being peacfully dealt with. The truth is, there are looters. The whole truth is that those looters were all of ten people, many of which weren’t from Ferguson. The whole truth is that hundreds upon hundreds have protested peacefully while breaking no laws only to have wooden pellets, rubber bullets, pepper balls and tear gas thrown in their faces by a racist gang who uses military style tactics. A racist gang who should be interviewing the key witness but haven’t “Gotten around to it” yet.
These are not the dogs of Selma. This is the violence of racism. Stop calling it everything but what it is.
This is racism.
this is genocide
We were grabbing a bite of lunch at a small cafe, in a mall, right across from a booth that sold jewelry and where ears could be pierced for a fee. A mother approaches with a little girl of six or seven years old. The little girl is clearly stating that she doesn’t want her ears pierced, that’s she’s afraid of how much it will hurt, that she doesn’t like earrings much in the first place. Her protests, her clear ‘no’ is simply not heard. The mother and two other women, who work the booth, begin chatting and trying to engage the little girl in picking out a pair of earrings. She has to wear a particular kind when the piercing is first done but she could pick out a fun pair for later.
"I don’t want my ears pierced."
"I don’t want any earrings."
The three adults glance at each other conspiratorially and now the pressure really begins. She will look so nice, all the other girls she knows wear earrings, the pain isn’t bad.
She, the child, sees what’s coming and starts crying. As the adults up the volume so does she, she’s crying and emitting a low wail at the same time. “I DON’T WANT MY EARS PIERCED.”
Her mother leans down and speaks to her, quietly but strongly, the only words we could hear were ‘… embarrassing me.’
We heard, then, two small screams, when the ears were pierced.
Little children learn early and often that ‘no doesn’t mean no.’
Little children learn early that no one will stand with them, even the two old men looking horrified at the events from the cafeteria.
Little girls learn early and often that their will is not their own.
No means no, yeah, right.
Most often, for kids and others without power, ”no means force.”
from "No Means Force" at Dave Hingsburger’s blog.
This is important. It doesn’t just apply to little girls and other children, though it often begins there.
For the marginalized, our “no’s” are discounted as frivolous protests, rebelliousness, or anger issues, or we don’t know what we’re talking about, or we don’t understand what’s happening.
When “no means force” we become afraid to say no.
The odds of being attacked by a shark in the US are 1 in 11,500,000, but no one gets mad at people who want to avoid the ocean.
The odds of a woman being sexually assaulted in her lifetime are 1 in 6, but if she doesn’t feel safe around strange men she’s a stereotyping bitch.
Strange old world we live in.
cream shiba cuteness tho
In a victory activists were unsure they’d get, Uganda’s Constitutional Court overturned the country’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act today, declaring the anti-LGBT law “null and void” because of a parliamentary technicality in how it was passed.
The court determined that when members of Parliament passed the law in December 2013, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga had not established quorum — a required minimum number of members present to vote — effectively invalidating the law.
THIS IS FANTASTIC NEWS FOR ALL LGBTQI UGANDANS RIGHT HERE <3
And fantastic news for the LGBTQI community worldwide too
SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW :D
THIS IS HUGE AND AWESOME
Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!