Mammy, martyr, mule, Whore
Do a split on a dick
Fall on a sword
Bite my tongue
Swallow blood
Swallow semen
By force
By friendship
Kinship
By duty
Habit
Hope
I believed I could heal you
Help you heal wholly
Holy
My skin as your bandages
Because I believe your wounds
But my bruises and blood
Are lies
Earned
I suppose I do deserve
To carry water for you while I die of thirst
I do your share and mine
While you criticize, shame and deflect
Your protection comes with conditions that can never be met
Can’t build kingdoms on the shifting sand of your delusion
Headwraps to hide my migraines
My pain
My anger
All valid I own my disgust
distrust
I’m done carrying your water
Being your mule

Fiyah Angelou

Why Does Everything Have to Do With Race?

There are interesting, usually unasked, questions that are unintentionally answered in the course of discussion. I’m always fascinated by the views others provide you when they engage people. Those views always prove useful in future interactions/discussions. 

 

To paraphrase George Orwell, white people have prejudices about people of color because American culture has normalized whiteness, but the fact that people of color act “differently” further entrenches the “obvious correctness” of a white cultural norm.

Why is it normal to eat with a fork instead of chopsticks?

Why is it normal for a man to wear a suit to a business meeting instead of a loose, colorfully printed robe?

Why is it normal to sit in a chair instead of on the floor?

Why is a woman in a long gown and a bonnet accepted — archaic, perhaps, but accepted? Why is a nun wearing a black gown and habit accepted? Why is a woman in a burka and hijab somehow threatening?

Why do we teach the way we do? Write our laws the way we do? In short, why is our society the way it is?

 

 

“When a white person says ‘It’s not about race,’ they are pretty much always saying it when a Black person, or a Latino person, or a Muslim person is not acting the way a white European would act or wants them to act.”

(John Metta)

Street Clashes and Election Protests in Congo Kill at Least 44 — TIME

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — More than 44 people have been killed in Congo in two days of street clashes between security forces and protesters angered over a delayed presidential election, a senior Human Rights Watch researcher said Tuesday. Police said more than 100 people have been arrested in the unrest. Thousands took to the streets…

via Street Clashes and Election Protests in Congo Kill at Least 44 — TIME

Everything We Know About the Charlotte Police Shooting — TIME

Keith Lamont Scott was unarmed and disabled, reading a book while sitting in his registered vehicle. The police saw his dark skin, became afraid for their lives because black people, and fired a number of rounds into the car, murdering Scott without announcing themselves, nor informing Mr. Scott of what laws he violated to deserve being shot at by at least two officers. Brently Vinson is now on a paid vacation for successfully murdering a man who wasn’t a threat to anyone.

 

Protests erupted Tuesday night in Charlotte, North Carolina after an officer-involved shooting resulted in a black man’s death. The demonstrations lasted through the morning, leaving a highway closed, 12 officers injured and a city divided. Here’s everything we know so far: What happened? A 43-year-old black man was shot and killed by police outside an…

via Everything We Know About the Charlotte Police Shooting — TIME

Why Hasn’t Disney Gone Bankrupt?

Remember that time I got really angry about the portrayal of the Polynesian god Maui in the sure to be shit film ‘Moana’?

 

Well, it looks like Disney is doubling down on the bullshit. They made a Maui costume, complete with a stereotypical grass skirt and blackface, for children to wear this Halloween. Retails for $49. You can be racist for free.  

 

If you feel the need to buy this for anyone, please hand your children over to CPS and sterilize yourself. 

 

Gregory Frazier, 56

Friends and family confirmed the victim  was Gregory Frazier, age 56, who lived at the Pompano Beach home where the shooting took place. His sister, Deborah, had called 911 because he had been arguing with her daughter.  He had a knife in his hand—the small, Swiss Army-style pocket knife that he always carried, she told dispatchers. 

 

When officers arrived, the argument was over, and Frazier was sitting outside in his backyard eating chicken wings and fries. Quartaze Woodard, Frazier’s nephew, who was at the scene, says three deputies showed up and told Frazier to get down on the ground. Frazier responded, “Leave me alone.” The deputies repeated the order. Again, Frazier asked them to leave him alone. After that, Woodard says, the officers shot him. Then, after handcuffing him, and removing the handcuffs once they realized he was non-responsive, they attempted to perform CPR. It was too late.

 

“I never would have called the cops if I’d known this was going to happen,” Deborah Frazier says. “They just came in and started shooting right away.”

 

…Frazier was black. The deputies who responded to the call were white. And friends and family say this is why Pompano Beach in particular, and Broward County in general, needs officers who better reflect the populations they serve.

 

“It’s too much,” says Sarahca Peterson, a friend of the Frazier family and a community activist. “There has to be change. They need to face criminal charges. If I kill someone, I’m going to jail. They shouldn’t be out there on the streets.”