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humansofnewyork:



"My mother and I did not have a good relationship, but we grew much closer after my daughter was born. Because I had no idea what I was doing. When the baby was born three months early, my mom slept at the hospital with her."(Kampala, Uganda)

humansofnewyork:

"My mother and I did not have a good relationship, but we grew much closer after my daughter was born. Because I had no idea what I was doing. When the baby was born three months early, my mom slept at the hospital with her."

(Kampala, Uganda)

jeshala:

naruchigotsu:

Cosplay Done Right

Man I wish I were even marginally attractive so I could cosplay and not be afraid of the people that judge so harshly those who don’t fit a certain mold.

Who are they to be afraid of? They ain’t god. Fuck people that judge you for enjoying yourself. Do what pleases you.

Near Riot Erupts at Vigil for Teen Killed by Police; Teen's Mom Charged - Avalon Park - DNAinfo.com Chicago »

dc-via-chicago:

"The police officer kicked over a candle and said ‘Awww, too bad he’s dead,’" White claimed outside of the courtroom Wednesday. "Why would he do that?"

Other family members said the officer laughed, tore down memorial posters and stomped on more candles.

A police officer declined to immediately respond Wednesday when asked whether the officer who shot Desean was present at the vigil or is now on active duty.

We can’t even mourn in peace.

f-ckingpleasure:

atane:

There is always that one cornball. What an embarrassment.

Wait, you’re saying that he can’t support a guy who’s white (yeah whatever he did may have been wrong) because this guy is black?
And because he’s a coloured guy, he HAS to be against the white guy?

"yeah whatever he did may have been wrong"
That is quite possibly the biggest understatement in the world. Don’t be ambiguous about that. It was wrong, full stop; not “may have been wrong”. Given that, this means that anyone supporting a cop that carried out the extrajudicial murder of a Black teen on the street is also wrong. I know why white racists are supporting Darren Wilson, and hopefully you’re not dense enough to need an explanation. Just look at all the people who have donated to Wilson and what they are saying. His supporters haven’t been vague about why they are supporting him. They are celebrating and rewarding him for exterminating Black life. The fact that this lone Black person is with them doesn’t mean he’s courageous or brave. It shows that he’s a fool. There will always be that person who will stand against their own interests and the interests of their people.
That said, if someone stands with justice, then they cannot in good conscience support Darren Wilson. All people with a sense of right and wrong regardless of race are not supporting Darren Wilson. It just so happens that most of Wilson’s supporters are white. That’s the way the white supremacy cookie crumbles. You also don’t have to be white to imbibe or carry out white supremacy.
Anyone defending killer cops should be ashamed of themselves, especially a Black person who is part of a group (Black people) who are statistically most likely to be gunned down by police while unarmed. People like the man pictured are supporting their own erasure. Only a fool would support a person or factions that exterminate people like them.

f-ckingpleasure:

atane:

There is always that one cornball. What an embarrassment.

Wait, you’re saying that he can’t support a guy who’s white (yeah whatever he did may have been wrong) because this guy is black?

And because he’s a coloured guy, he HAS to be against the white guy?

"yeah whatever he did may have been wrong"

That is quite possibly the biggest understatement in the world. Don’t be ambiguous about that. It was wrong, full stop; not “may have been wrong”. Given that, this means that anyone supporting a cop that carried out the extrajudicial murder of a Black teen on the street is also wrong. I know why white racists are supporting Darren Wilson, and hopefully you’re not dense enough to need an explanation. Just look at all the people who have donated to Wilson and what they are saying. His supporters haven’t been vague about why they are supporting him. They are celebrating and rewarding him for exterminating Black life. The fact that this lone Black person is with them doesn’t mean he’s courageous or brave. It shows that he’s a fool. There will always be that person who will stand against their own interests and the interests of their people.

That said, if someone stands with justice, then they cannot in good conscience support Darren Wilson. All people with a sense of right and wrong regardless of race are not supporting Darren Wilson. It just so happens that most of Wilson’s supporters are white. That’s the way the white supremacy cookie crumbles. You also don’t have to be white to imbibe or carry out white supremacy.

Anyone defending killer cops should be ashamed of themselves, especially a Black person who is part of a group (Black people) who are statistically most likely to be gunned down by police while unarmed. People like the man pictured are supporting their own erasure. Only a fool would support a person or factions that exterminate people like them.

atane:

Fela Kuti - Expensive Shit
The text on the upper left of the LP says "The men in uniform alleged I swallowed some quantity of hemp. My shit was sent for lab test. Result-negative. Which brings us to…EXPENSIVE SHIT.”

atane:

Fela Kuti - Expensive Shit

The text on the upper left of the LP says "The men in uniform alleged I swallowed some quantity of hemp. My shit was sent for lab test. Result-negative. Which brings us to…EXPENSIVE SHIT.”

afrodiaspores:

“This photograph was taken the morning after [Black steel mill worker] Zachariah Walker’s execution by a lynch mob. Despite strong evidence against the accused, local juries found none of the local men and teenage boys guilty.” 
Lynching was never just a Southern phenomenon and didn’t always involve a noose, as the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission can tell you:

As an angry mob dragged him from the hospital, Zachariah Walker is said to have cried, “For God’s sake, give a man a chance! I killed Rice in self-defense. Don’t give me no crooked death because I’m not white!” His pleas, however, fell on deaf ears. In a field just outside the borough of Coatesville, Walker was thrown into a hastily constructed fire. Three times he attempted to crawl out, only to be pushed back in until he moved no more. A crowd estimated between 3,000 to 5,000 men, women, and children witnessed Walker’s ordeal with a calm resolve.After it was over, the crowd politely dispersed, though some lingered to collect body parts and other souvenirs before going back into town. The lynching occurred on a Sunday-“that quiet Sabbath evening,” W.E.B. Du Bois wrote scornfully. Within days, the area surrounding the site had been picked clean of the body, fence posts, ashes, and even blades of grass, and community leaders were calling for a return to normalcy.
The lynching of Zachariah Walker in 1911 personifies what historians call a “spectacle lynching,” a mob execution that included the most barbaric indecencies one can imagine. Though the geography of a northern industrial town seems not to fit our understanding of lynching, the episode is freighted with significance. Among its many layers is the web of racial and ethnic tensions that were present in Coatesville and other industrial towns during an era of sustained migration. Though the lynching was highly unusual, the pattern of social frictions that pervaded Coatesville, a prosperous steel town forty miles west of Philadelphia, was not uncommon…

afrodiaspores:

This photograph was taken the morning after [Black steel mill worker] Zachariah Walker’s execution by a lynch mob. Despite strong evidence against the accused, local juries found none of the local men and teenage boys guilty.” 

Lynching was never just a Southern phenomenon and didn’t always involve a noose, as the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission can tell you:

As an angry mob dragged him from the hospital, Zachariah Walker is said to have cried, “For God’s sake, give a man a chance! I killed Rice in self-defense. Don’t give me no crooked death because I’m not white!” His pleas, however, fell on deaf ears. In a field just outside the borough of Coatesville, Walker was thrown into a hastily constructed fire. Three times he attempted to crawl out, only to be pushed back in until he moved no more. A crowd estimated between 3,000 to 5,000 men, women, and children witnessed Walker’s ordeal with a calm resolve.

After it was over, the crowd politely dispersed, though some lingered to collect body parts and other souvenirs before going back into town. The lynching occurred on a Sunday-“that quiet Sabbath evening,” W.E.B. Du Bois wrote scornfully. Within days, the area surrounding the site had been picked clean of the body, fence posts, ashes, and even blades of grass, and community leaders were calling for a return to normalcy.

The lynching of Zachariah Walker in 1911 personifies what historians call a “spectacle lynching,” a mob execution that included the most barbaric indecencies one can imagine. Though the geography of a northern industrial town seems not to fit our understanding of lynching, the episode is freighted with significance. Among its many layers is the web of racial and ethnic tensions that were present in Coatesville and other industrial towns during an era of sustained migration. Though the lynching was highly unusual, the pattern of social frictions that pervaded Coatesville, a prosperous steel town forty miles west of Philadelphia, was not uncommon…

todayinhistory:

August 28th 1955: Emmett Till murdered

On this day in 1955, the 14-year-old African-American boy Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi. While visiting family in the state, Till allegedly flirted with the young white shopkeeper Carolyn Bryant while buying candy. Bryant told her husband and a few nights later he and his half-brother abducted Till and brutally tortured and murdered him. His mutilated body was found three days later in the Tallahatchie river; Till’s face was unrecognisable, but he was identified by the ring he wore engraved with his father’s initials that his mother gave him before he left for Mississppi. The viciousness of this unprovoked, racially-motivated crime sent shockwaves throughout the nation. The case drew attention to the oppression of African-Americans throughout the nation and provided a name and a face to the threat of lynching. Till’s mother Mamie, a highly educated woman who went on to become a devoted fighter for African-American equality, insisted on an open-casket funeral in order to show the world what was done to her young son. Thousands attended the funeral and thousands more saw the horrific images of Till’s body. Due to the fierce reactions the murder had engendered it was a particularly painful, but sadly expected, outcome when the all-white jury in Mississippi acquitted Till’s killers, despite Till’s great-uncle openly identifying them in court. A few months later the killers, now protected by double jeopardy laws, sold their story to Look magazine and openly confessed to the murder in chilling detail. Taking place a year after the Supreme Court outlawed school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education, the outrage over the murder galvanised the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. 100 days after Emmett Till’s murder Rosa Parks, on her way back from a rally for Till hosted by the then-unknown Martin Luther King Jr., refused to give up her seat for a white man on an Alabama bus. This sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, thus beginning the movement that would result in the dismantling of the system of Jim Crow segregation and win successes in promoting African-American social and political equality.

Police kill TV crew member filming reality show 'Cops' »

The filming of the reality show “Cops” turned deadly when US police firing on a man suspected of robbing a restaurant hit a TV sound man and killed him, police said Wednesday.

The suspect, later found to have a pistol that fired pellets, was also killed in the incident in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday night.

The audio technician was named as Bryce Dion, 38, and his death is believed to be the first in the 25-year history of the show, one of the first American reality programs, US media said.

In “Cops”, TV crews embed with the police and film them in action.

Omaha police chief Todd Schmaderer said Dion was in the vestibule of a Wendy’s fast food restaurant as the suspect, identified as Cortez Washington, came out firing his pellet gun.