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I will not be returning to Ferguson

dederants:

Very true. The media has spun the tragedy in Ferguson into spectacle…

Originally posted on Ryan L. Schuessler:

I had been on the ground helping Al Jazeera America cover the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., since this all started last week. After what I saw last night, I will not be returning. The behavior and number of journalists there is so appalling, that I cannot in good conscience continue to be a part of the spectacle.

Things I’ve seen:

-Cameramen yelling at residents in public meetings for standing in way of their cameras

-Cameramen yelling at community leaders for stepping away from podium microphones to better talk to residents

-TV crews making small talk and laughing at the spot where Mike Brown was killed, as residents prayed, mourned

-A TV crew of a to-be-left-unnamed major cable network taking pieces out of a Ferguson business retaining wall to weigh down their tent

-Another major TV network renting out a gated parking lot for their one camera, not letting people in. Safely reporting…

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Journey to Ferguson

dederants:

Best of luck to you, and stay safe!

Originally posted on Black Millennial Musings:

I’m headed to Ferguson next week because I can no longer sit by and watch the media misreport and Black shame to no end. In a calculated effort to tarnish Mike Brown and his community, police and mega media outlets constantly dispense inaccurate information.

The latest?

In an effort to discredit Mike Brown’s innocence, and shift attention away from Officer Darren Wilson, the media and police released doctored surveillance footage of a man resembling Brown robbing a convenience store. Never mind that the face of the suspect is unclear, major media houses and police alike guarantee the public that the person is in fact Mike Brown.

New reports show that the information was tampered with and edited in such a way to highlight culpability.

Independent news sites, and regular members of the Twitterati have a nasty habit of exposing the truth. And as an independent blogger, I deem it my responsibility…

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Photo Friday | August 15, 2014

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(This post is for yesterday, but as usual, I forget, so here ya go! Be sure to click on the image for better quality. )

Today’s post comes courtesy of Amber Riley of Glee. It’s self-explanatory, and I posted it on my Tumblr; it wasn’t until moments before I made this post I decided it was a good idea to publish this as a Photo Friday post.

A few more insightful tweets from Amber:

Check out her Twitter page, and yes, the above tweet is real.

Ferguson Police Are Following These Guidelines

Originally posted on Our Legaci:

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The following guidelines are for police officers, neighborhood watchmen and anyone else that was “frightened” by an unarmed Black person. They’ve been utilized successfully throughout the Jim Crow era and are heavily based on 18th century Slave Codes. Yet even in 2014, these guidelines are as ripe as ever. During the Ferguson police press conference held on August 15th, 2014, they let the public “know” that they are carefully following these guidelines step by step.

1. Act Like It Didn’t Happen

Best case scenario is if the person killed was a prisoner, had a criminal past, was homeless or a sex worker. Generally society has marginalized these sets of people so much that their humanity and human rights are often overlooked.  In that case, someone is less likely to champion for them, come looking for them or report them missing. This is the easiest type of crime to push under…

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Why do Black men make an effort to put down Dark-skinned Women?

This was originally posted on my Tumblr; due to constant re-blogging, it’s one of many in-depth text posts lost in the fray. My WordPress has become a great place to put any serious or thoughtful posts that I publish on Tumblr and suffer the same fate.

 

As for the content, it’s based on what I’ve been seeing on my dash over the past weekend, concerning Black men and why they feel the need to disrespect or make their disdain for dark-skinned women known through social media. In lieu of the slaying of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, this post has been scheduled to be published today,  for the atmosphere among the Black social media community is/has been ablaze with news, opinions, and emotions related to the tragedy.

Have you ever, at one point, saw a person or group, saw how much fun they were having, and wanted to be a part of it? As a result, were you willing to do anything to be a part of that fun, to fit in?

There’s the most popular person/group at school, let’s say, and they’ve let you into their inner circle, yet they make efforts to put down others they consider ‘beneath them’. What would you do to fit in? Not all people in this situation surrender and conform to doing the same thing, but there are people who are willing to put others down to impress the ‘cool kids’. How do you think those ‘cool kids’ got their status in the first place?

Many times, it starts at home, and what better way to impress your family than to do as they expect of you, all because they’ve been poisoned with self-hatred.

When it comes to Black men hating on dark-skinned women, this ‘calling out’ on their part is really their attempt to impress others around them. They’ve been told dark-skinned women aren’t attractive, whether outright, through lack of representation through the media, subtleties from friends or family, or individual experiences they have had with women who happen to be dark-skinned.

It’s one thing to have a preference, but it’s cruel and unusual punishment when you make it a thing to further remind us that we’re not wanted or lovable, solely based on the hue of our skin. It wouldn’t do much to remind many of these men that they share genetics with dark-skinned women, because those women don’t count when it comes to those they want to spend the rest of their lives and/or start a family with.

Not only is it self-hatred, but it’s also the struggle to survive in a society they don’t fit in.There’s always the need to assimilate, conform, especially when you don’t share the same privilege as those you’re trying to affiliate with.

And when you do that at the expense of others — in this case, dark-skinned women — you’re not only disrespecting us as human beings, but you’re doing yourself and fellow Black men a disservice. You will ALWAYS be a Black man, ALWAYS be seen as a threat, ALWAYS be seen as a disposable Black body, ALWAYS be treated as anything except a human being. You Black men KNOW what dark-skinned women go through, whether it’s family, friends, work, strangers, etc. Yet you continue to contribute to the struggle…

I’m sure I’ll have more to say on this later, but I’m seeing so much of this matter on my dash[board], and it’s disheartening seeing it come from my own people, specifically Black men. 

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A Message to Black Millennials: iProtest Isn’t Enough

Originally posted on Black Millennial Musings:

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I’m going to start this post with a little bit of honesty: until recently, I thought that organizations like the NAACP and the National Urban League and some of the other old Civil Rights infrastructure were outdated, irrelevant, and unhelpful in the conversation about race in America. I thought that the idea of sit-ins and protests were good tools for another time, that peace marches and locking arms were something for a time gone by. Quite frankly, I had an attitude of “what have ya’ll done for me lately?”

I never thought that these organizations should disappear… I considered them to be Professors Emeritus in the sphere of race and class conversations in this nation. We see them as an authority, representations of the “old school,” but I thought that it was time for a new vocabulary, because we live in a new world with new needs.

And then Trayvon…

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