Hey everyone, I know I’m a little over a week late posting these. But when I checked twitter and saw what happened to one of my favorite musicians, bloodorangeforever, at the popular lollapalooza festival, I was absolutely outraged.
Shame on you, Lollapalooza. Way to continue the institutionalized racism everyone faces every day!! wOW I can’t wait to never attend your festival, end of story.
And shame on you, Wall Street Journal, for misquoting Dev’s tweets to make him sound less well-spoken, to illicit that well-known response in people that he’s just ‘another uneducated thug.’ (not their words, but the words of many non-black people about black men currently)
DO NOT STAND FOR THIS MISTREATMENT. IF YOU SAW ANYTHING AT LOLLAPALOOZA PLEASE TELL SAMANTHA/DEV. THANK YOU.
As a paranormal/horror blogger I can assure you these child abuse ads are the most scariest and saddest thing I’ve ever seen. Probably because things like that are happening RIGHT NOW at this very INSTANT.
And it’s horrifying but hopefully these ads bring more attention towards it.
I got these from this buzzfeed article. You can view more ads and the sources for these ads there as well.
- no, this isn’t over; - no, these aren’t from earlier in the week; - no, everything isn’t alright now; - no, the police haven’t stopped brutalizing peaceful protesters; - no, police haven’t intervened to stop the looting; - no, police haven’t responded to emergency 911 calls for people injured by rubber bullets or children hit by cars; - no, michael brown’s shooter still has not faced any consequences for murdering an unarmed teenager 9 days ago
This is absolutely outrageous, the fact that #ferguson police are trying to protect this asshole is insanneee.
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Memorial Hermann Standard of Conduct that this spoiled jar of mayo violated
“We endeavor to not discriminate against any patient for any reason including race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability,citizenship, or any other classification protected by law.” - page 5 of Standard of conduct manual
"Provide a work environment for all employees free from harassment and intimidation.Memorial Hermann prohibits all forms of unlawful harassment, including harassmentbased on race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy,disability, U.S. military service, or any other characteristic protected by law.
·Harassment is verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or
aversion toward an individual because of his/her race, color, religion, age,national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, U.S. military service, or any other characteristic protected by law, and that:
·Creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment; Unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance; or Otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment opportunities.
Harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to:Epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping Threatening, intimidating or hostile actsDenigrating or insulting jokes and display or circulation of written orgraphic material" - page 11 of Standards of Conduct
“If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a “fighter” or an “inspiration.” But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone “don’t be like him, please seek help.” That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them.”
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.
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 happened. This 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.