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Month: December 2014

I Can’t Breathe

I can't breathe

Eric Garner’s last words before his death from a police officer’s chokehold were, “I can’t breathe.”

How much injustice are we supposed to take? How long are we supposed to continue to swallow the shit sandwich America continues to serve up to us? What is it going to take to make change?

No Indictment In NYPD Eric Garner Chokehold Case – The Atlantic

There are plenty of differences between the cases of Garner and Brown, but one particular contrast remains salient: There was no footage of Michael Brown’s death, only eyewitness accounts and conjecture, leaving minds to imagine a standoff between an officer and a civilian, a standoff that ended with the image of Brown lying dead in the street for over four hours.

via No Indictment In NYPD Eric Garner Chokehold Case – The Atlantic.

Marvin Gaye “Inner City Blues” is today’s soundtrack seed

I queued up Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues” today after seeing someone reference it on Twitter. The lyrics are just as applicable today as they were the year the song originally came out. 43 years later, nothing has changed. NOTHING.

Where do we go from here? What are we to do?

Visionary Futures — “Ferguson Hug” Photo Staged, Cropped to Send Clear…

Need I say more?

The way this image has been propagandized is highly disturbing to me because it distracts from the real issues. This has never been about the relationship between individual officers and young Black men, but about the way in which our institutions and society protect cops, granting them license to use lethal force in ANY circumstance. Whether they do use it or decide to demonstrate “love” is irrelevant.’

I would like to add that Devonte was crying before approaching the officer while he was talking to his guardian, presumably because he was terrified. This brings the question of coercion to my mind, but I’ll let ya’ll debate over it.”

via Visionary Futures — “Ferguson Hug” Photo Staged, Cropped to Send Clear….

Alfonso Ribeiro, the Carlton Dance, and Starbucks

So there is a new Starbucks commercial featuring a clip of Alfonso Ribeiro doing the Carlton Dance, and it is pure awesome.

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