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“My parents have been married for over 30 years and I have been raised in their love. My mother told me my father used to send her a handwritten love letter every day when they were young in Somalia and sometimes twice a day when he missed her something bad. Love is having babies and fleeing a country in war together. It is being scared and being brave anyway. It is missing each other and always being friends. My parent’s love taught me that you need more than beautiful words for love to survive. Love is hard work, it is a commitment every day, it is doing what is necessary to make sure the other person is ok. My father somehow took care of a family of 12+ on a taxi cab driver’s salary and studied by a lamp’s light every night. My mother raised 10 children in a country hostile to their very existence with nothing but pure wit and strength. So I learned early on that love must manifest in actions. My favorite memory of them is how my mother would wait to eat until my father came home every day and them sitting together just laughing, talking, and loving. One time, my father took my mother’s hand and looked at us sitting around the table and told us, ‘you know, I love this woman. She is my best friend.’ And the way my mother still looks at my father, I know he’s not the only one who feels that way.”

– Yasmin Mohamed Yonis, in an interview for the Black Love Project (via ethiopienne)

Law Enforcement Officials Admit Officer Wilson Fired at Michael Brown as [Brown] Ran Away »

The first section is just a repeat of what Ferguson PD has been saying since the beginning, that Wilson and Brown struggled inside the car. Notably, none of the eyewitnesses confirm this story.

However, the second paragraph… makes it very clear that officer Wilson was firing his weapon at Michael Brown as he ran away — in other words, even though law enforcement officials say he didn’t hit Brown or Johnson, he was indeed shooting at Brown’s back.

That’s a confirmation of one of the crucial bits of eyewitness information, and an explanation for the initial reports that Brown was “shot in the back” — because Wilson did try to shoot him in the back. And that’s not supposition any more; it’s the direct word from law enforcement.

“The cultures of people of color are either packaged for consumption or called upon to fill cultural and spiritual voids of Eurocentrism.”

Michael Vavrus

That shit blew my mind and made understanding cultural appropriation way clearer for me. 

(via thisisnotjapan)

Diversity at Politico Worsened In Past Two Years »

The above article on the lack of diversity at Politico (even though Politico writes things like this) has been making the twitter and facebook rounds. It’s a great piece by Tracie Powell. Please read it.

As usual, many of the people talking about how awesome and truthful articles like these are work for companies that have a serious lack of diversity. I know these people and where they work. I’ve been in their offices, so they are pretty much all full of shit. They talk about diversity and representation, but they don’t do a damn thing about it. They only hire white people. I’ve written before about how many white liberals lack self-reflection.

I was following one facebook conversation where an employee who recently left a company called out one of his bosses for always talking about diversity, yet his office is a sea of whiteness. His former boss retorted with defiance and said “We employ minorities”. To which the person who called him out said “Apart from the office administrative assistant who is a Black woman and the Asian intern who works for free, who are these other minorities?” The boss stopped responding.

I’ve found that many white people think diversity is the presence of an individual Black or Brown person in a predominantly white space. There can be 100 white people in an office, but the mere presence of a Black person means there is diversity to many white people. Under normal circumstances, they understand math, statistics, ratios, proportionality, representation etc. But when it comes to racial diversification, everything flies out the window. These normally astute individuals become confused infants who don’t know how numbers work.

Oklahoma Cop Charged With Raping 6 Women While on Patrol »

ethiopienne:

caroline-eden:

ethiopienne:

trigger warning: rape, sexual assault

An Oklahoma City police officer was arrested Thursday and charged sexually assaulting at least six women while he was on patrol, though police expect more alleged victims to come forward.

Daniel Holtzclaw is charged with rape, oral sodomy and sexual battery. The three-year veteran of the force is being held on a $5 million bond, Reuters reports.

Police said the assaults took place while Holtzclaw was on the job, in some cases as a result of traffic stops.

alright first of all it’s really important to know that he attacked black women ages 34-58, where he demanded they expose themselves, fondle them, raping them, and either asking or demanding oral sex from them.

ladies of oklahoma, if you’ve been attacked by this man, most likely during traffic stops, please don’t be scared to report. this guy’s looking at life in prison and i’m sure your brave contribution would confirm his confinement.

jesus christ

atane:

This is an absolutely heartbreaking case of police brutality. A 22 year old black man with down syndrome was beaten by the police for the bulge in his pants. That bulge turned out to be his colostomy bag. They ripped the bag off his body. This was an unprovoked attack. No one is safe out here.

Reblogging with updated link. The old one was dead.

Remember the case of 22 year old Gilberto Powell.

Oklahoma Cop Charged With Raping 6 Women While on Patrol »

ethiopienne:

trigger warning: rape, sexual assault

An Oklahoma City police officer was arrested Thursday and charged sexually assaulting at least six women while he was on patrol, though police expect more alleged victims to come forward.

Daniel Holtzclaw is charged with rape, oral sodomy and sexual battery. The three-year veteran of the force is being held on a $5 million bond, Reuters reports.

Police said the assaults took place while Holtzclaw was on the job, in some cases as a result of traffic stops.