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I posted about Ziad Ahmed on The Root and it brought all the trolls out

Ziad Ahmed is the Muslim teen who answered a question on his Stanford admission application with the hasthag #BlackLivesMatter pasted 100 times.

Ziad was accepted by Stanford, and while his bold statement may not be the reason he was admitted, it definitely put an exclamation point on the career of an 18-year-old who has already been invited to the White House, worked on two presidential campaigns and created two youth organizations. We should be praising him regardless of whether or not is statement is what got him in.

We should be praising him because he is the future, and he is already making an impact on the world.

Of course, in the online world, writing about something like this usually leads to the types of responses that let you know people just love to be miserable, hateful, and downright disrespectful.

I’m not as bothered by the people arguing that it’s not the statement that got him in. So what. We don’t care about that.

I’m more concerned about the people who feel the need to comment with hate and vitriol thrown at a teenager who is just trying to leave some good in the world. The Islamophobia is sickening.

But there is something else mixed in with the Islamophobia. It’s that old throwback hate against the very idea that Black Lives Matter.

Black Lives Matter, and saying that out loud should not be a problem for anyone. No one is saying that Black Lives Matter more than other lives. No one is saying that in order to preserve Black lives we are going to take out other lives. No one is asking for anything more than the recognition of the humanity of a people who built this damn country on their own blood, sweat, and tears, but are still considered “other” and “unworthy” in the eyes of a dying minority that wants to use the illusion of a majority to remain in control.

So, yes. I wrote about Ziad Ahmed’s Stanford statement. I wrote about it because what he did was important, regardless to how you feel about it.

And that an 18-year-old Muslim boy from Bangladesh could make such a bold statement gives me hope for the future.

Is your activism performative or substantive? One New Jersey teen knew exactly how to show his answer to that question when filling out his application to Stanford University. Asked “What matters to you, and why?” the teen could think of only one thing: #BlackLivesMatter.

Ziad Ahmed wrote the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter 100 times, and that one act of activism paid off. According to a Mic profile of Ahmed, he received his letter of acceptance from Stanford on Friday.

Source: Muslim Teen Writes #BlackLivesMatter 100 Times for His Stanford Application Statement, Gets Accepted

As relevant now as it was when this album came out 29 years ago

Run DMC

Run DMC (photo credit: rap genius)

I still cannot bring myself to watch Fruitvale Station. It scrolls by in my Netflix feed, and I always pause, but inevitably I scroll past it; the pain of all that came before and after is still too raw.

Freddie Gray allegedly injured himself intentionally while in police custody

The Baltimore Police Department Public Affairs Office The Washington Post has published an article which suggests that Freddie Gray injured himself while in police custody. The entire article is sourced from a police document and doesn’t name any names, including the prisoner supposedly giving the information. According to the Post, the document was provided to them under the condition that they not name the prisoner.

According to a police document obtained by The Post, a prisoner in a separate compartment of the same Baltimore police van as Freddie Gray told officers he heard Gray “banging against the walls.”

Source: Prisoner in van said Freddie Gray was ‘trying to injure himself,’ document says – The Washington Post

This information is directly contradicted by earlier reports from Baltimore reporter Jayne Miller.

Just who is supposed to believe the information in this article? How can a man sever his own spine and crush his own vocal cords while handcuffed inside of a police van?

Did the guy on the other side of the wall get a deal? Did he think that possibly the thumping was the police beating Gray on the other side of the wall? If he couldn’t hear or see Gray (other than the thumping) how can he say for certain that was him on the other side of the wall?

There are so many holes in this story, and this piece is an example of the media spreading lies and propaganda for the police.

Then there’s this:

Batts has said officers violated policy by failing to properly restrain Gray. But the president of the Baltimore police union noted that the policy mandating seat belts took effect April 3 and was e-mailed to officers as part of a package of five policy changes on April 9, three days before Gray was arrested.

Gene Ryan, the police union president, said many officers aren’t reading the new policies – updated to meet new national standards – because they think they’re the same rules they already know, with only cosmetic changes. The updates are supposed to be read out during pre-shift meetings.

The previous policy was written in 1997, when the department used smaller, boxier wagons that officers called “ice cream trucks.” They originally had a metal bar that prisoners had to hold during the ride. Seat belts were added later, but the policy left their use discretionary.

So, using seat belts is discretionary, and they are admitting that the police don’t read or follow their own rules. Good job guys.

This article and the information contained is complete bullshit. Let’s continue to demand the facts. Police the police.

#BaltimoreUprising #FreddieGray #BlackLivesMatter

Today we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. In the middle of this generation’s epic social justice movement, we remember the work of Dr. King while looking forward to what the work of the new leaders will bring.

White man shoots police chief, lives to tell the story

In yet another example of how unjust the system is, a white man in Sentinel, Oklahoma shot the police chief four times and will be able to share the story with his grandchildren somewhere down the road. Oh, and to add insult to injury, the police chief is black.

 

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….

Stereo Williams on sentimental photos and black people’s anger

I’m glad to know I’m not the only person serving this picture a bit of side eye. This image is meant to elicit a certain type of emotion and to encourage docile behavior.

There are those who are sharing this photo and reporting on this photo and others like it for the purposes of promoting the sort of “Can’t we all just get along” rhetorical idealism that derails many necessary social movements. That officer hugging that black child may evoke emotions, but it shouldn’t resonate deeper into our national consciousness than that video of an officer gunning down a different black child — Tamir Rice, a 12-year old in Cleveland who was murdered by cops last week after they were called to the scene by witnesses who saw him playing with a toy gun. If that picture moved you more than that video, I have to believe you are more interested in “peace” than justice. And that is unacceptable in times such as these.

via Sentimental photos, Ben Watson and why black people’s anger is necessary – Rolling Out.

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