Eric Garner and the Plague of Police Brutality Against Black Men
If you haven’t heard about Eric Garner yet, let me fill you in. He was a 43-year-old father of six who lived in Staten Island, and he died in the street on Thursday after as many as four New York police officers choked him and slammed his head on the ground. The NYPD told the Associated Press that they stopped Garner because he was selling untaxed cigarettes, something he’d been arrested for before. However, witnesses who spoke with local news website Staten Island Live have basically said that’s bullshit. Ramsey Orta, who was on the scene and shot a now infamous video that is making the rounds, can be heard in the clip saying that all Garner had done to get bothered by the police was break up a fight.
In the video, Garner denies any wrongdoing and asks why he’s being hassled. “Every time you see me you want to mess with me,” he says in an exasperated tone that most men of color across this country can relate to. Garner, who was 400 pounds and has been described by people who knew him as a “gentle giant,” suffered from chronic asthma and police claim his death was the result of a heart attack suffered during the arrest.
Police say that Garner made a “fighting stance” and resisted arrest. Which, based on the video clip, is complete nonsense, considering we can see him pleading to the officers, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe!” before going completely silent as several officers pile on him.
The video of Garner’s death is disgusting, but I can’t say I was shocked or even outraged the first time I watched it. At this point, as someone who’s read and written about some of these stories time and time again—and who’s had firsthand experiences with the way cops treat black males—this kind of reprehensible shit is not surprising at all. After so many cases like Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell, you start to feel desensitized by the seemingly insurmountable injustice that plagues communities of color.
This is a damn shame my condolence to his family…
It’s sad that everyday, knowing my Dad, uncle, cousins, and especially my boyfriend are walking the streets, I have to worry they’re not the next target. It’s so sad, and it’s not fair.
They pick fights with us to claim we wanna throw up hands, then act as victims and put us down to redeem the hero title.
I’m so sick of this.
July 18, 2014
HIM: Babe, do they say Black people can’t swim?
HIM: Good, because I’m gonna be drowning in your pussy tonight!
ME: ……never repeat that again.
This is a resource post for all the Good White Person™s out there. You know, the ones who say things like “It’s not my fault I’m white! Don’t generalize white people!”, or “I’m appreciating your culture! You should be proud!”, or “Why do you hate all white people, look I’m a special snowflake who’s not racist give me an award for meeting the minimum requirements for being a decent human being”.
Well, if you are actually interested in understanding racism and how it ties into cultural appropriation, please read instead of endlessly badgering PoCs on tumblr with your cliched, unoriginal arguments and repeating the same questions over and over.
On White Privilege
aka don’t blame me just because I’m white:
On Reverse Racism
aka you are being racist against white people:
On Cultural Appropriation
aka I’m just appreciating your culture:
Assorted Vials of White Tears and Miscellaneous Antidotes
aka I can’t change that I’m white/not all whites are racist/we are all humans:
Okay. I agree. I’ve been socially conditioned not to notice racism and recognize my privilege. What can I do?
I don’t care about this bullshit; you’re making a big deal out of nothing, go home and delete your blog:
If you want to step out of your shell of ignorance and truly understand your faults as a white person in America, then read this. Read all. Read the ones you think pertain to you (…which is all). Digest what you’ve read. Go forth in live in the truth that has been delivered to you. Pass it on. Educate your brothers and sisters. Don’t stand for the ignorance, and do not contribute to it.
July 15, 2014
Conseula Harris being a respectable, fully-clothed, non-hip-swinging/booty-shakin’ black woman in two 1938 films.
[Gif 1] [Gif 2]
July 14, 2014
putting my favorite people in a thing → Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Idris Elba as John Smith
Gina Torres as Jane Smith
"Your aim’s as bad as your cooking sweetheart…and that’s saying something!"
I’M TELLING YOU.
So many great ideas come from Tumblr and it’s a damn shame more directors/producers of content don’t see some of this awesomeness because THIS?!
July 14, 2014