TUESDAY 8/19: Ferguson PD presented a table full of fabricated evidence at this morning’s press conference - allegedly seized from protestors and stopped cars. The Colt 45 Molotov with a white bandana was the crowning glory, turns out you can’t even buy glass 40’s in Missouri. Stay classy, FPD
I seriously think white supremacist are coming in the area to frame the protesters, but it could just be the cops
Colt 45 Molotov cocktail? What’s next, a watermelon incendiary bomb? A fried chicken pipe bomb? These jokers can’t even frame folks without their racism showing.
Protesters upset about the smearing of Mike Brown converged at CNN headquarters.
people complain sooo much about social media and “twitter activism” completely ignoring that without social media the only way anyone would know whats going on is through media controlled by straight, white, capitalist men
I used to watch CNN obsessively. When I worked from home I would turn it on in the morning and leave it on all day. I would check their website 7 or 8 times a day. Then about 2 years ago I started to feel like what I was seeing in places like Twitter and Tumblr didn’t match at all what I was seeing on T.V. and so I decided to try an experiment: I stopped watching all T.V. news or checking cable news websites. Initially I just wanted to see if I would miss any stories, or if I would lack any important information about events happening in the world.
Since then not only have I not missed a single important world event, I’ve managed to avoid the distraction of non-events. Moreover, my understanding of the actual “facts on the ground” of important events is vastly improved.
Which is not to say that I don’t believe news organizations are not capable of producing vastly superior and amazing journalism - its more just that they’re not doing it.
Any way - CNN isn’t news, and it’s certainly not journalism. It’s crafted narrative. The closest thing I can think of is…reality T.V…?
“The world isn’t being destroyed by democrats or republicans, red or blue, liberal or conservative, religious or atheist — the world is being destroyed by one side believing the other side is destroying the world. The world is being hurt and damaged by one group of people believing they’re truly better people than the others who think differently. The world officially ends when we let our beliefs conquer love. We must not let this happen.”-
This bleeds accuracy.
This has been the making the rounds the last week or so and I’ve not said anything because I feel like the last thing the world needs is more negativity. And really - it’s a very nice sentiment from a very nice guy who’s done way more than I have to make the world a better place. I suppose this leaves me no other cover other than to acknowledge that I’m probably a negative asshole. That said:
I think this statement is bullshit.
I’d love to live in a world where everyone was trying to get to a better place and our only difference was the path we were taking to get there, but that’s not reality.
The reality is there are people tonight in ferguson having their rights (and their bodies) torn apart by a police force bent on subjugating them because of their skin color. There are thousands of dead Palestinians who paid a price for a war they’re not fighting in. There are women who can’t health care because…Jesus?
I don’t believe for a second that these are left/right issues. But they are right/wrong issues. There is a way to be wrong in this world and when we act like all points of view are valid and equal we make a joke of the realities these views and actions cause in people’s lives.
“Officers have tanks now. They have drones. They have automatic rifles, and planes, and helicopters, and they go through military-style boot camp training. It’s a constant complaint from what remains of this country’s civil liberties caucus. Just this last June, the ACLU issued a report on how police departments now possess arsenals in need of a use. Few paid attention, as usually happens.
-America Is Not For Black People (via wilwheaton)
The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying.
If officers are soldiers, it follows that the neighborhoods they patrol are battlefields. And if they’re working battlefields, it follows that the population is the enemy. And because of correlations, rooted in historical injustice, between crime and income and income and race, the enemy population will consist largely of people of color, and especially of black men. Throughout the country, police officers are capturing, imprisoning, and killing black males at a ridiculous clip, waging a very literal war on people like Michael Brown.”