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snailchimera:

jeffygiraffe:

kateceratops:

People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.

The “Support Officer Wilson” page url: http://www.gofundme.com/supportofficerwilson

This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:

Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.

Update: GoFundMe totally looked at the comments and decided that they were breaching the T&C so they removed the comments, making the campaign seem less racist. But the campaign is still up.

…Seriously?

https://twitter.com/ShaunKing/status/502902545527103488

https://twitter.com/monteiro/status/502881611671945218

and apparently 4chan is actively trying to promote the site in order to get it more money because they seem to regard this entire situation as just another case of net drama to get kicks out of watching people be upset. -_-

Hey, White Americans. We Need to Talk.

postcardsfromspace:

According to a Pew Research survey, only 37% of white Americans think the events in #Ferguson raise important issues about race.

Okay, fellow white people. We need to talk.

Let me tell you a story: I was an angry punk teenager. Not violent, but I did a shitton of trespassing, and I got into a lot of screaming matches with cops.

I have never been arrested.

I have never been violently attacked by police. Hell, I have never been seriously threatened by police.

I am fully aware that I’ve survived to adulthood largely on the benefits of my race.

When you are white in America, you get away with all sorts of shit. Have you read this account from a white dude who actively tried to get himself arrested? You should. It’s telling.

So, if that’s your main frame of reference for dealing with law enforcement, it is really easy to assume that when someone else gets targeted by the police, they must have done something really bad. After all, you know the police aren’t that petty, right? They’re there to help: That’s what TV tells you, what your teachers told you, what your parents told you. “If you’re in trouble, find a police officer. They’ll help.” And, y’know, if you’re white, most of the time, that’s probably true.

When you’re white in America, it is awfully easy to pretend that you don’t live in a country where the nonviolent physical presence of black people, especially black men, is considered sufficient threat to justify use of lethal force. It’s really easy to pretend that laws are enforced equally; that arrest rate has any demographic resemblance to actual crime rates; that the police are there to protect us from the bad guys.

And, I mean, I get that. It’s a lot more comfortable to pretend that safety correlates to virtue than to confront the ugly truth that a system that benefits you very directly does so at the cost of other people’s lives; that what you were taught was the just reward for being a good person is, in fact, the privilege of your skin. That’s a big part of why we work so hard to retcon narratives about how the black people our police murder must have been dangerous, highlight every casual infraction like it’s a killing spree. We are so desperate to believe that the system that feeds us is just.

It doesn’t feel good to acknowledge that stuff. It feels gross. A system we trusted—one we should be able to trust, that should work for the benefit and protection of everyone has made us accomplice to some deeply horrifying shit.

But here’s the thing:

This happenedThis is happening. Not recognizing it; stonewalling and insulating ourselves in our little bubbles does not make it go away.

And not acknowledging it, not having asked for it, does not make us any less complicit, or any less responsible for owning and fixing this. We are actively benefitting from a fucked, corrupt, murderous system. That is on us. As it should be.

So educate yourself, get the tools, and start dismantling this fucker. You have the time: after all,  no one’s shooting at your kids.

Privilege is the bandwidth to speak up and dismantle because you’re not in fear for your life. And there is no conscionable excuse for failing to use it.

My friend Rachel says smart things.

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Here's a little extra anon love for you. <3 I admire you a lot, you're kind, smart, insightful, and have an awesome sense of humor. I'm super thankful for Escher Girls (without which I guess I might never have become a feminist, wow) and even more for your posts here that always cut right to the heart of the issue and just resonate with me a lot. I'm sorry for the stuff you've been going through. <3 You take care of yourself, and if tumblr isn't good for you anymore it's okay to move on...

Awww thank you :O  It means a lot to me also that EG helped you to become a feminist too!  I never really know how much of an effect that blog has on people, or what effect.  It also means a lot to me that my writing has been meaningful to you. :]

Thank you so much for this message and your supportive words.  I’ve been in a weird state of panic and self hate lately, and this helped me so much. <3 

Things You Can Do For Ferguson:

donrickles:

  • Donate money to have those arrested in Ferguson released on bail. These people belong on the streets, especially at a time like this.
  • Send a note of condolence to the family of Michael Brown. Let’s not forget the tragedy that started this.
  • Donate to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. This is an official fundraiser run by the Brown family’s lawyers. They are going through so much, lets make sure at the very least it isn’t a financial burden.
  • Help get people on the ground. There are activists and reporters who want to do their part and get to Ferguson. Donate and get them there. I am so far aware of Zellie Imani, Zak Jemmott, and JR Valrey (a reporter for SF Bay View).
  • Donate to the Ferguson Youth Initiative.The children of this community deserve better than to be gunned down. Make sure they get that in the future.
  • Feed the children of Ferguson. Many children in America rely on school to get their meals and thanks to the civil unrest caused by the police, the children of Ferguson have been without school since Monday. These people want to make sure that doesn’t mean anyone is going hungry.
  • Find a National Moment of Silence in your area. If one doesn’t exist, start one. Share this experience with others. Solidarity is important.
  • Keep awareness up. Not just among the like-minded people on tumblr, this is something everyone needs to be aware of.
  • Spread accurate information. There is a lot of distortion going on here and spreading every piece of information as it is reported only makes that worse. First and foremost make sure you are listening carefully, then share what is important and relevant.

If you are aware of any good causes or ways to help that I have missed, please reblog and add them.

One note on if you want to donate, or see posts/people soliciting donations on your Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr/etc, make sure that what you’re donating to is legit, and the money will go to help Mike Brown’s family or those in Ferguson.  Like so many other tragic & heavily covered events, this one has tons of jerks and opportunists circling it trying to scam people. :\

naturepunk:

thewomanofkleenex:

thinksquad:

Amid growing criticism of the military-style equipment and tactics deployed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a Democrat from Georgia plans to introduce the “Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act” in Congress next month.

Rep. Hank Johnson asked his all his colleagues Thursday to join him in supporting the bill, which he said in a letter “will end the free transfers of certain aggressive military equipment to local law enforcement and ensure that all equipment can be accounted for.”

Images of assault rifle-carrying camouflaged police riding through Ferguson on military vehicles similar to the IED-resistant equipment used by American armed forces in combat have proven to be a jolt of energy for a long-simmering debate about police militarization.
In his letter to Congress, Johnson signaled that he expects his bill to break through the partisan gridlock in the House.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/democratic-congressman-will-introduce-police-demilitarizatio#32tdaru

THIS IS A GOOD THING TO CALL YOUR REPS ABOUT.

History in the making.

Sung to the tune of the Spider-Man song

Transphobe Man by Ami Angelwings, Kim Horne, & Dee Emm Elms

~

Transphobe Man, Transphobe Man

Does whatever a transphobe can!

Spins a lie, any size

Genders girls just like guys

Watch out!

Here comes the Transphobe Man!

~

Is he wrong?

Listen bud,

His ideas are regressive crud,

Can he be more a hog?

Take a look on his blog

Hey there,

There goes the Transphobe Man!

~

Chilling wiiiiiith his bros

He’s a dude of his time

We’re all freaks, he knows

'Cuz his life's one hate crime!

~

Transphobe Man, Transphobe Man

Says the chromosomes know God’s plan

Science facts? They’re ignored

He’s just trolling ‘cuz he’s bored

~

To hiiiiiiiim trans women aren’t women

He’s sinkin’ he’s not swimmin’

THERE GOES THE TRANSPHOBE MAN!

~

(Tons of thanks and credit to Kim Horne for the first 3 lines of verse 2, and Dee Emm Elms for verses 3, 4, and 5)

spork:

when there’s a group of your friends hanging out and youre like trying to join the conversation but dont know howimage

Usually this leads to me crying and often just walking away. :(  Whenever I feel like I’m out of step with a social thing, esp if it involves friends talking to each other & ignoring me, my emotions start to snowball and I feel more and more unable to join in, and it’s like I’m moving at 5kph and everybody else at 100kph and I get overwhelmed and just want to cry and leave the room and be away from everybody. :( 

However, I’ve learned that good friends want to know if I feel this way, and also notice when they see me in a state like this and try to have me included. :)

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