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  1. Donna L
    Donna L August 12, 2014 at 10:13 pm |

    I think this campaign is great. I can only hope that it penetrates some people’s consciousness.

  2. EG
    EG August 13, 2014 at 1:09 pm |

    I’m wondering if we can have an open thread on Ferguson. The info I’m seeing on Twitter is horrifying–police firing tear-gas cannisters on people protesting on their own front lawns, the media no-fly zone, rubber bullets (the kind used in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, I believe), cops on video calling black protesters “fucking animals.” And it’s not even on the front page of the Times, last I checked. This is…it’s…it’s that all those dead and risking their lives in the 1950s-1970s, and nothing’s changed.

    1. pheenobarbidoll
      pheenobarbidoll August 13, 2014 at 1:21 pm |

      Seconded

    2. gratuitous_violet
      gratuitous_violet August 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm |

      Thirded. I am really upset by the constant references to “rioters.” It seems like all you have to do is send the riot police to a protest, and suddenly the protesters become rioters. I do not think that is just coincidental.

      Did anyone else see the series of judgmental assholes already picking up the Twitter hashtag to scold people about taking photos in which they’re having fun while black? This one in particular was quite special.

  3. EG
    EG August 13, 2014 at 9:53 pm |

    Thanks, tigtog.

    From what I’m reading on Twitter, it’s a fucking police state out there–martial law, for all practical purposes. Cops kitted out better than US troops in Iraq arresting and assaulting journalists, children marching and chanting while snipers point rifles at them–it’s like something out of South Africa in the early 1980s. Cops no longer responding to 911–no longer even pretending that they’re there to keep people safe. Who is being protected from whom? It’s the police who are rioting.

    How does this end? Does it end? Or is it just the beginning?

    1. someGuy
      someGuy August 13, 2014 at 10:47 pm |

      Same here. Following Mikka Kendall’s TL. Or check out anything on the #Ferguson hashtag. Mainstream media coverage is abysmal. Obama’s comments were a joke. Whole thing is absolutely infuriating, and the police are acting like a military force. It’s unfolding in front of our eyes, and there’s a terrifying silence from a lot of people.

      @EG: Apparently Palestinians in Gaza are tweeting advice to residents in Ferguson how to handle tear gas. Jesus.

  4. Ally S
    Ally S August 13, 2014 at 11:44 pm |

    Apparently, Anonymous doxxed St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar and found out, through one of his private photos, that he has a Confederate flag in his house. Is anyone surprised?

  5. Ally S
    Ally S August 13, 2014 at 11:52 pm |
    1. Ally S
      Ally S August 13, 2014 at 11:54 pm |

      TW: police brutality, violence

      The police is now firing rubber bullets and tear gas at peaceful protesters. Please spread this link everywhere you can.

  6. Ally S
    Ally S August 14, 2014 at 1:30 am |
  7. AMM
    AMM August 15, 2014 at 8:16 am |

    The more I hear about what’s going on in Ferguson, the sicker I feel. It’s 1965 all over again. What we see is a police culture that sees the community it polices as its enemy.

    What we don’t see, or refuse to see, is a society that has rigged its system so black and brown people nearly always lose. One that constantly portrays black people, especially males, as criminal by nature. And that the police are ultimately just the people we’ve hired to do the dirty work of enforcing that system. In NYC, next door to me, a lot of the police racism comes from the top — the mayor, the police commissioner, and the segment of the population they represent. Just to name some of the more blatant ones: stop and frisk, arrest quotas.

    Meanwhile, those of us who that system is set up to serve (the 1%) or at least not discomfort too much (the rest of us middle-class whites) aren’t forced to see the everyday violence that our society rests on top of. And when we are forced to see it, like today, we are shocked! shocked! to hear that apparently innocent black people are being killed or that the police are acting like an occupying army.

    The list of black people killed by the police in dubious circumstances just keeps growing and growing. There’s of course Eric Garner, killed in Staten Island (NYC) by police using a choke hold. There’s Amadou Diallo. There’s Kenneth Chamberlain, who was killed by police just down the road from me when they broke into his apartment and he resisted. There’s Danroy Henry, who was killed in a town up the road from me. Or an off-duty black police officer, Christopher Ridley, killed in a city down the road from me.

    And of course there are the black people killed by non-police, who are mostly exonerated because apparently being black is equivalent to threatening with a deadly weapon. Trayvon Martin is the most obvious example.

    Is there such a thing as an African-American “Day of Remembrance”?

    BTW, I lived for several years in Germany, and I kept asking myself: what would I have done if I’d lived there during the Nazi period? Now I’m watching a horror in my own country, and think I have an idea what ethical Germans must have felt: helpless.

    1. someGuy
      someGuy August 16, 2014 at 10:40 pm |

      BTW, I lived for several years in Germany, and I kept asking myself: what would I have done if I’d lived there during the Nazi period? Now I’m watching a horror in my own country, and think I have an idea what ethical Germans must have felt: helpless.

      I understand you feel that way, but I just want to emphasize that we aren’t hopeless. We can protest, send money, harass local tv stations for better coverage, call out people on twitter, pester our reps. in congress, etc etc. We have to act; it is imperative that we do something.

  8. Sharon M
    Sharon M August 17, 2014 at 8:40 am |

    Still Darren Wilson remains free and uncharged. The painting of him as a “good, quiet man” is sickening. Just because he has a clean record too, means zip. Funny, information came out that his mother was a huge con artist, who bilked their neighbors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    1. someGuy
      someGuy August 17, 2014 at 9:03 pm |

      Yep. It’s eerie how this parallels Zimmerman/Martin all over again. The media shaped the narrative so that it was Martin, not Zimmerman, who was on trial. Martin’s character was being attacked as a thug, drug user, etc etc. And what is happening in Ferguson? Exactly the same story. It is Brown’s character that is being assassinated. Brown is a robber and, in the mind’s of many people, a thug and thus, a disposable black body. It’s despicable.

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