Don’t forget about our murdered Sisters!

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Don’t forget about our murdered Sisters!

Originally posted on Kushite Kingdom:


Our sisters are killed unjustly by the police as well. We can never forget that. If black women are willing to stand by us,then we should return the favor. We can not just stand by and say nothing when our women and children are killed. And we will never get any respect from other races unless we stand up and let our voices be heard. That’s what real men do!

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A list of unarmed Blacks killed by police

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A list of unarmed Blacks killed by police

Originally posted on Abagond:

Police Shooting

Here is a list of unarmed Blacks killed by police in the US. It is extremely incomplete. A complete list for just 2005 to 2012 would have at least 760 killings. I have only 6% of those. This list is just the tip of the iceberg.

Those in bold are linked to posts of their own:

2014: Victor White III (Iberia Parish, LA)
2014: Dante Parker (San Bernardino County, CA)
2014: Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, CA)
2014: Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO)
2014: Tyree Woodson (Baltimore, MD)
2014: John Crawford III (Beavercreek, OH)
2014: Eric Garner (New York, NY)
2014: Yvette Smith (Bastrop, TX)
2014: Jordan Baker (Houston, TX)
2013: Barrington Williams (New York, NY)
2013: Carlos Alcis (New York, NY)
2013: Deion Fludd (New York, NY)
2013:Jonathan Ferrell (Bradfield Farms, NC)
2013: Kimani Gray (New York, NY)
2013: Kyam Livingstone (New York, NY)
2013: Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr…

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Killed by the NYPD in 2013

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Killed by the NYPD in 2013

Originally posted on Abagond:


New York police, 2013

In 2013, New York City police killed:


1. Peter Jourdan, 37

date: January 3rd 2013
place: Fort Hamilton Parkway Station, Brooklyn
weapon: gun
crime: moving between subway cars
risk factors: paranoid schizophrenia

Three plainclothes officers said they showed their badges and asked for ID before Jourdan started shooting.


2. Ryo Oyamada, 24

date: February 21st 2013
place: Queensbridge, Queens
weapon: none
crime: none
risk factors: pedestrian

Hit by a police car. Police lied, saying they put on their  flashing lights before they hit him.


3. Kimani Gray, 16

date: March 9th 2013
place: East Flatbush, Brooklyn
weapon: none
crime: none
risk factors: stop and frisk

Police say he pulled a gun on them. Eyewitnesses say Gray had nothing in his hands. Protests and riots followed.


4. Jackson Alexandre, 28

date: March 23th 2013
place: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
weapon: knife
crime: stabbed roommate
risk factors: madman

Came at police…

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The reproduction of racialized systems of social control

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The reproduction of racialized systems of social control

Originally posted on Neo-colonialism and its Discontents:

Over the past few days I’ve been reading two sets of texts and I couldn’t help but notice the striking similarity between them. The first text is Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, and the second set of texts are articles on human rights and democracy as the new standards of measuring how civilized countries are.

In her book Alexander argues that the prison industrial complex is basically a transformed version of the Jim Crow system. Her main point is that following the civil rights movement and the collapse of Jim Crow, white supremacy had to find a new way to maintain racial inequality. This was done through two related processes: the War on Drugs and the expansion of the prison system. In other words, white supremacy persisted in a different form, and is perhaps even more dangerous because it is not overt anymore. No one is speaking about race…

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Because I’m Black? by Steven Ward, Jr.

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Because I’m Black? by Steven Ward, Jr.

Originally posted on Brothers' Quarterly:




What’s up?

I heard you got into some really good schools.

Yeah, I guess it’s pretty cool.

How does it feel to know it was because you are black?

Hold on. Wait. You might want to take that back.

Why? We both know it’s true.

How about you think about if I were you?

What do you mean?

I have been told that since I was thirteen.

You see, I don’t know if you are trying to be mean.

But that’s how it seems. How dare you underestimate my merit.

Why I was accepted was not because of the skin I inherit.

Yet it was how hard I tried. So no need to be snide, because you didn’t get it.

But don’t devalue my wit, because you weren’t the perfect fit.

Now you are confused even though in my face you spit.

Hmmm. That doesn’t seem right. I…

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TRAUMA AND RECOVERY TOOLS: “Doing Yoga daily helps you improve your Posture”

Originally posted on afreekalive:

“Doing Yoga daily helps you improve your Posture”


Growing up in a SHYTSTEM/SYSTEM of racism/white supremacy, I was taught to maintain a posture and position of servitude.  Coming from where I’m from, when elders spoke, the “respectful” thing to do was to avoid eye contact and listen.  Looking in an adults face when being chastised was a sign and show of rebellion and was discouraged with a backhand.  In addition, those of us of a darker hue, were typically singled out for ridicule and name-calling.  “Blackie” was their favorite and keeping my head down and avoiding eye contact meant I could get where I was going without being noticed.  I lived my life with my head down either in a book or roaming around the hood and my shoulders sagged, weighed down under the foot of oppression.  I was made to think, feel and believe that I was unwanted and…

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Defining Race and Racism

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Defining Race and Racism

Originally posted on afreekalive:


I’d like to share my working definitions of the terms “race”, “racism” and “racist”. My definitions are based on both the scholarship and scholarly works of those  in the fields of law, medicine, social policy etc. and my personal understandings and experience with race, racism and racist’.  I will also share my thoughts regarding the faulty and problematic use of the terms “systematic” and “institutional” racism’s. Finally, a suggestion is offered that is hoped to support individuals with taking active responsibility for producing a system of justice.

“Race” is a societal level* term used to identify an individual as part of a larger group that is joined together by a shared history, biology, experience and/or ancestry’. “Racism” is a system established in the U. S. that practices the targeting of one group to exercise power and control over their resources, individually and collectively with the use of intentional harm to…

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Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

We need your help. The California prison system’s  Security Threat Group/Step Down Program (STG/SDP) is getting close to being implemented. These regulations govern placement into and release from the SHU (Secure Housing Units), California’s long-term solitary confinement cells. The STG/SDP policies will perpetuate California’s over use of torturous isolation.
We are soliciting your help to weigh in and speak out against these regulations. Please submit a commentand ask your friends, family, neighbors, pastor, school class, place of worship, and organizations to write also. 
The public comment period is open now; it closes April 3, 2014 at 5 PM. 
In many respects the STG/SDP is worse than the current practice. The STG/ SDP program is based on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons model, subject of great criticism in 2012 by the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights & Human Rights. California…

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The Casting Game

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The [GLOBAL] Casting Game: “roles that should have been [NON-WHITE PEOPLE]”

Originally posted on Movie Night Prep:

In case you missed it, Michael B. Jordan was cast as Johnny Storm/Human Torch in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.  People are really mad because he is black and the original character was drawn white.  In light of this I decided to make a list of white actors that were cast in minority roles without even a raised eyebrow from the masses.  These are some of the greatest hits, starting with the most recent, because this is most certainly not a thing of the past.

Since I started with The Fantastic Four, which features Kate Mara as Johnny’s sister Sue Storm/Invisible Woman- Kate’s sister Rooney Mara, of (ghostly white) Girl with The Dragon Tattoo fame, has just been cast to play Tiger Lilly in the upcoming revamp of Peter Pan.  Tiger Lilly is the Native American princess of a tribe in Neverland.  Perhaps they can hold back from singing…

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me for sale

Originally posted on :

take my hair
call it permed
call it textured
call it all natural fibers
make a perfect halo of loose curls on a high yellow model
take the kink out of every strand my gramma ever slid a hot comb over
make one product that will straighten it and another that will curl it back the right way
box it in cardboard and put it on the shelf
sell it back to me

take my mouth
call it pouty
call it collagen
call it exotic
make a humbly-sized lip coated in volumizing optical illusions
take out that evolutionary throwback quality that justified our subjugation
make an incision to bring them down to size and an injection to plump them back up
suck it into a tube and lay it under glass
sell it back to me

take my sound
call it a revival
call it rock
call it world music

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