In black communities, “to protect and serve” often feels more like “to threaten and subdue.” Law enforcement in the U.S. should be just that — enforcement. What happened to Mike Brown went way beyond that, and it was not an isolated incident.
Policing needs to be less about militarization and more about community relations. And the racial discrimination that creates situations like the one in Ferguson has to stop.
Dangerous as it may be, we’re going to have to keep fighting for it, because the only other choice is to reject what we all know to be right.
OK, time for some momentary Trollando foolishness in the midst of my/our outrage at the events of this past week.
For those who participated in GISHWHES (or know what it is) I present QuiltLando Jones inspired by
ITEM 23: Facts: (1) Orlando Jones’s father played for the Philadelphia Phillies, (2) Orlando’s first acting experiences involved playing a werewolf in a haunted house, and (3) Orlando is currently starring in “Sleepy Hollow”. Let’s see you, dressed as a werewolf baseball player, riding a horse while holding a sign that reads, “We are all Orlando!”
Doesn’t matter WHO you are. Doesn’t matter WHAT you’ve accomplished (or are yet to accomplish). Doesn’t matter HOW the events actually unfolded. Doesn’t matter WHERE you were headed. Doesn’t matter WHEN (or if) you “surrender”. Doesn’t matter WHY they shot you.
If your skin is dark YOU ARE A THUG, you were up to no good and you got what you deserved.
And now it’s time for America’s favorite new game show —
Ferguson… or Sleepy Hollow?
Thank you very much to the OP who created this portrait of me. It’s sorta like a cool mix of cubism, abstract expressionism and maybe a bit of surrealism thrown in for good measure (I think…but I’m sure I’ll get schooled by any art history majors in the notes)
Makes me smile after a shitty week.
I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend with friends, family and loved ones reflecting on the fuckery in this country, what we can all due individually to improve it and how we DEMAND accountability from those in positions of authority.
I keep hoping for a brighter day.
I’ve been incredibly blessed in my life with the ability to earn a good living as a storyteller and creative artist. I’m not naive to my privilege or the opportunities it affords me.
But there are still too many places in America where I’m a nigger (even though they couch it in a different vernacular) born in Mobile, Alabama (with a birth certificate that listed my race as colored) and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. I’ve been reminded of this on the too frequent occasions in my adult life where I’ve been pulled over by cops for no legitimate reason (other than the ones they came up with after the fact). And let’s be real — at this point in my life I don’t have to deal with a fraction of what working class POC in places like Ferguson experience on a daily basis. Cuz we all know there’s nothing more criminal than being POOR and BLACK.
So I wonder…
#IfTheyGunnedMeDown what photo would they use?
Another lying asshole —
Pasco said both police and members of the public are entitled to due process but said he is not convinced police have used excessive force in Ferguson.
"I’m not there, and neither is the president," Pasco said. "That is why we have due process in the United States. And this will all be sorted out over time. But right now, I haven’t seen anything from afar — and maybe the president has — that would lead me to believe the police are doing anything except to restore order.”
WASHINGTON — Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson had few answers for reporters who wanted to know why officers dressed in full riot gear were throwing tear gas and firing rubber bullets during largely peaceful protests against the killing of Michae…
2 words for you Chief Jackson —
Civil Rights Movement vs Ferguson Protests
This is what a police state looks like. Shameful.
RIP Mike Brown. RIP Eric Garner. RIP all men and women who died for the crime of being black.