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#Democracy is the American #dream. #Dreams are #illusions until they are acted upon. #Actions turn dreams into #goals. The #government’s actions do not and have not upheld the #goal of democracy. We haven’t been living in a #democratic #society. Our #politicians don’t answer to the #people. They’re paid off by #corporations. They start and make billions off of wars and keeping people sick (Big Pharma). 

#Ferguson has become a glaring example of how our #4thamendment rights mean nothing. The militarization of the #police who were thought to serve and protect the people protect and serve the system. The 1% and #Republicans state that if the minimum wage was raised to a living wage there would be financial devestation across the #country yet they raise their salaries astronomically…and the list goes on. 

They want us to be dumbed down sick obese obedient eaters and workers (Don’t get me started on the fast food and pharmaceutical industries!). The #middleclass is dwindling. The poor are hurting the most. Politicians were supposed to represent the people not just the wealthy people. #landofthefree?

#liestheytell #oligarchy #America #wakeup #civilrights #humanrights #DemocracyNOW #minimumwage #livingwage #Theydontreallycareaboutus

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#Democracy is the American #dream. #Dreams are #illusions until they are acted upon. #Actions turn dreams into #goals. The #government’s actions do not and have not upheld the #goal of democracy. We haven’t been living in a #democratic #society. Our #politicians don’t answer to the #people. They’re paid off by #corporations. They start and make billions off of wars and keeping people sick (Big Pharma).

#Ferguson has become a glaring example of how our #4thamendment rights mean nothing. The militarization of the #police who were thought to serve and protect the people protect and serve the system. The 1% and #Republicans state that if the minimum wage was raised to a living wage there would be financial devestation across the #country yet they raise their salaries astronomically…and the list goes on.

They want us to be dumbed down sick obese obedient eaters and workers (Don’t get me started on the fast food and pharmaceutical industries!). The #middleclass is dwindling. The poor are hurting the most. Politicians were supposed to represent the people not just the wealthy people. #landofthefree?

#liestheytell #oligarchy #America #wakeup #civilrights #humanrights #DemocracyNOW #minimumwage #livingwage #Theydontreallycareaboutus

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#Blend #in #for #WHAT?

#instagreat #instagood #instapic 
#Godgiven #naturalhair #healthy #healthyhair #naturalhairstyles #hair #hairstyles #locs #dreadlocks #afrolove #afros #afro #braids #teamnatural #naturalsbelike

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#Blend #in #for #WHAT?

#instagreat #instagood #instapic
#Godgiven #naturalhair #healthy #healthyhair #naturalhairstyles #hair #hairstyles #locs #dreadlocks #afrolove #afros #afro #braids #teamnatural #naturalsbelike

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It amazes me how shortsighted they were in all their #brutality and grossly #illegal dealings with the #protesters. Guess they really thought there’d be no repercussions to using #tanks, #attack #dogs, #teargas, and tearing people’s flesh with #rubber #bullets. I’m amazed at the #ego. They really couldn’t foresee this #backlash from turning a 6 sq mile town into a little locked down #policestate? And this is a #federal #lawsuit from only 5 protesters! 

May #justice prevail. 


http://m.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/five-ferguson-protesters-sue-police-for-million-over-arrests/article_8c835d72-d7c6-583e-a89f-88318c05999a.html?mobile_touch=true

#policebrutality #police #nwo #policethepolice #attackdogs #rubberbullets #MikeBrown #injustice #Ferguson #StLouis #MikeBrownLaw #JusticeforMikeBrown #JusticeforALL


@chief_ahbash #instapic #repost

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It amazes me how shortsighted they were in all their #brutality and grossly #illegal dealings with the #protesters. Guess they really thought there’d be no repercussions to using #tanks, #attack #dogs, #teargas, and tearing people’s flesh with #rubber #bullets. I’m amazed at the #ego. They really couldn’t foresee this #backlash from turning a 6 sq mile town into a little locked down #policestate? And this is a #federal #lawsuit from only 5 protesters!

May #justice prevail.


http://m.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/five-ferguson-protesters-sue-police-for-million-over-arrests/article_8c835d72-d7c6-583e-a89f-88318c05999a.html?mobile_touch=true

#policebrutality #police #nwo #policethepolice #attackdogs #rubberbullets #MikeBrown #injustice #Ferguson #StLouis #MikeBrownLaw #JusticeforMikeBrown #JusticeforALL


@chief_ahbash #instapic #repost

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I KNEW THIS SHIT WOULD HAPPEN!! #Police should NEVER be allowed to turn off or take off their #bodycameras! #Cameras should be built into their shield or whatever is mandatory for them to have on at all times (The damn buttons on their uniforms-SOMETHING!). I would say name tag, but we all know they still illegally take them off as well. SMH They shouldn’t be allowed to pick and choose what can be recorded. Obviously, they can’t be trusted. They’re only self protecting humans after all.
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/officer-conveniently-turned-body-camera-prior-shooting-man-head-traffic-stop/
Watch the video. They had an altercation before this #shooting. In my mind, that means she had an agenda and was out to get him. Thank #TheMostHigh he is still alive to answer to whatever crime they say he did and if it turns out that he did something illegal let the legal system do what it must. But all of this is steeped in shady BS and #coverups.
#thatsthatBULLSHIT #liestheytell #ThatsthatshitIDONTlike #policebrutality #policethepolice #policeenforcement #officer #LisaLewis #officers #excessive #brutality #bodycamera #Blackman #ArmandBennet #Blackmen #Blackwomen #Blackwomen #black #Blackpeople #blackamerica #justice #injustice #AMERICA #WAKEUP

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I KNEW THIS SHIT WOULD HAPPEN!! #Police should NEVER be allowed to turn off or take off their #bodycameras! #Cameras should be built into their shield or whatever is mandatory for them to have on at all times (The damn buttons on their uniforms-SOMETHING!). I would say name tag, but we all know they still illegally take them off as well. SMH They shouldn’t be allowed to pick and choose what can be recorded. Obviously, they can’t be trusted. They’re only self protecting humans after all.

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/officer-conveniently-turned-body-camera-prior-shooting-man-head-traffic-stop/

Watch the video. They had an altercation before this #shooting. In my mind, that means she had an agenda and was out to get him. Thank #TheMostHigh he is still alive to answer to whatever crime they say he did and if it turns out that he did something illegal let the legal system do what it must. But all of this is steeped in shady BS and #coverups.

#thatsthatBULLSHIT #liestheytell #ThatsthatshitIDONTlike #policebrutality #policethepolice #policeenforcement #officer #LisaLewis #officers #excessive #brutality #bodycamera #Blackman #ArmandBennet #Blackmen #Blackwomen #Blackwomen #black #Blackpeople #blackamerica #justice #injustice #AMERICA #WAKEUP

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I KNEW THIS SHIT WOULD HAPPEN!! #Police should NEVER be allowed to turn off or take off their #bodycameras! #Cameras should be built into their shield or whatever is mandatory for them to have on at all times (The damn buttons on their uniforms-SOMETHING!). I would say name tag, but we all know they still illegally take them off as well. SMH They shouldn’t be allowed to pick and choose what can be recorded. Obviously, they can’t be trusted. They’re only self protecting humans after all.

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/officer-conveniently-turned-body-camera-prior-shooting-man-head-traffic-stop/

Watch the video. They had an altercation before this #shooting. In my mind, that means she had an agenda and was out to get him. Her shift was almost over Thank #TheMostHigh he is still alive to answer to whatever crime they say he did and if it turns out that he did something illegal let the legal system do what it must. But all of this is steeped in shady BS and #coverups.

#thatsthatBULLSHIT #liestheytell #ThatsthatshitIDONTlike #policebrutality #policethepolice #policeenforcement #officer #LisaLewis #officers #excessive #brutality #bodycamera #Blackman #ArmandBennet #Blackmen #Blackwomen #Blackwomen #black #Blackpeople #blackamerica #justice #injustice #AMERICA #WAKEUP

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I KNEW THIS SHIT WOULD HAPPEN!! #Police should NEVER be allowed to turn off or take off their #bodycameras! #Cameras should be built into their shield or whatever is mandatory for them to have on at all times (The damn buttons on their uniforms-SOMETHING!). I would say name tag, but we all know they still illegally take them off as well. SMH They shouldn’t be allowed to pick and choose what can be recorded. Obviously, they can’t be trusted. They’re only self protecting humans after all.

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/officer-conveniently-turned-body-camera-prior-shooting-man-head-traffic-stop/

Watch the video. They had an altercation before this #shooting. In my mind, that means she had an agenda and was out to get him. Her shift was almost over Thank #TheMostHigh he is still alive to answer to whatever crime they say he did and if it turns out that he did something illegal let the legal system do what it must. But all of this is steeped in shady BS and #coverups.

#thatsthatBULLSHIT #liestheytell #ThatsthatshitIDONTlike #policebrutality #policethepolice #policeenforcement #officer #LisaLewis #officers #excessive #brutality #bodycamera #Blackman #ArmandBennet #Blackmen #Blackwomen #Blackwomen #black #Blackpeople #blackamerica #justice #injustice #AMERICA #WAKEUP

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This is one of my ABSOLUTE #petpeeves!! I just experienced this same exasperation when I was in the ER last week. She was an assistant nurse and I could hear she had an #accent so I asked where she was from. She replied, “I’m from Africa”. It took everything in me not to roll my eyes when I asked again “Yes, but WHERE in Africa?” She said, “#Liberia” and we went through the familiar pleasantries…”Oh, you’re from #Nigeria?” From there, being tight lipped and professional went out the window as she talked about her daughter, laughing, and whatnot. But WHY does it always feel like pulling teeth to get the older #generation to specifically say where they’re from? It’s like they think it’s the standard answer to tell people “I’m from Africa” because #Americans don’t know specific countries in Africa anyway and just keep it moving. But I say let ‘em know! It’s not our job to educate everybody, but show some pride and don’t dismiss your nationality. 


@SanCophaLeague #repost:
I’m pretty sure we all took 3rd grade geography, so we all SHOULD know that #Africa is a #CONTINENT and not a #COUNTRY. That’s why it’s a #petpeeve of mine when people refer to Africa as being a country, Especially when #AFRICANS from different #African countries refer Africa as a country, I have experienced this many times before.
When I see another African, who I could tell that they are African by either the clothes they wear, by their name, or their accent. and I approach them and ask “What COUNTRY are you from” they usually reply with “I’m from Africa” and my reaction is “-_-“. 


There has been countless times when my fellow Africans would feed into this ignorance. I remember a few months ago a coworker said the same thing to me. I had to say a couple of words in Pidgin English to let him know, I knew he was #Nigerian and why did he reply with “I’m from Africa.”
This mostly happens with the elder Africans. I don’t see this trend with the younger generation of Africans. I find it to be worse when Africans call Africa a country, because they should know better. Secondly it feeds into the ignorance about Africa. It would be cool if they say “I’m African by way of Togo” or something along those lines. When they just say “I’m African” and leave it like that, it makes my blood boil (lol)! Take #pride in what country you from! REP THAT SHIT!
Written By: @Oba_Tayo

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This is one of my ABSOLUTE #petpeeves!! I just experienced this same exasperation when I was in the ER last week. She was an assistant nurse and I could hear she had an #accent so I asked where she was from. She replied, “I’m from Africa”. It took everything in me not to roll my eyes when I asked again “Yes, but WHERE in Africa?” She said, “#Liberia” and we went through the familiar pleasantries…”Oh, you’re from #Nigeria?” From there, being tight lipped and professional went out the window as she talked about her daughter, laughing, and whatnot. But WHY does it always feel like pulling teeth to get the older #generation to specifically say where they’re from? It’s like they think it’s the standard answer to tell people “I’m from Africa” because #Americans don’t know specific countries in Africa anyway and just keep it moving. But I say let ‘em know! It’s not our job to educate everybody, but show some pride and don’t dismiss your nationality.


@SanCophaLeague #repost:
I’m pretty sure we all took 3rd grade geography, so we all SHOULD know that #Africa is a #CONTINENT and not a #COUNTRY. That’s why it’s a #petpeeve of mine when people refer to Africa as being a country, Especially when #AFRICANS from different #African countries refer Africa as a country, I have experienced this many times before.
When I see another African, who I could tell that they are African by either the clothes they wear, by their name, or their accent. and I approach them and ask “What COUNTRY are you from” they usually reply with “I’m from Africa” and my reaction is “-_-“. There has been countless times when my fellow Africans would feed into this ignorance. I remember a few months ago a coworker said the same thing to me. I had to say a couple of words in Pidgin English to let him know, I knew he was #Nigerian and why did he reply with “I’m from Africa.” This mostly happens with the elder Africans. I don’t see this trend with the younger generation of Africans. I find it to be worse when Africans call Africa a country, because they should know better. Secondly it feeds into the ignorance about Africa. It would be cool if they say “I’m African by way of Togo” or something along those lines. When they just say “I’m African” and leave it like that, it makes my blood boil (lol)! Take #pride in what country you from! REP THAT SHIT! Written By: @Oba_Tayo

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Okay, I’m just going to let it be known that after reading this it is my opinion that Ridley Scott is full of shit. That bothers me to say because I really love his work (one of my fav directors), but to state “There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people” is beyond insulting. Really?? THEORIES? What is there to theorize? Seems more like people can’t handle the truth. Egypt is originally the land of the blacks. Black and Brown Africans. Period. There is no debate except among those who can’t stand the truth. I wish someone had the balls to ask him why he gave the #Sphinx a European face lift! I’m disgusted.
They know the truth. #liestheytell #whitewashing #history
Bright side: I love David Dennis’s phrase “cinematic colonialism” in reference to the casting in this #whitewashed movie. It describes the BS so perfectly! And for Scott to be so “hellbent on historical accuracy” is now a joke to me. #BoycottExodusMovie
@revolutionary_mindset repost:
"#Exodus: #Gods and #Kings" doesn’t arrive in theaters until December, but it’s already one of the year’s most #controversial films. That’s because director #RidleyScott cast #white actors such as #ChristianBale (as #Moses), #SigourneyWeaver (as Tuya) and #AaronPaul (as Joshua) to play #Egyptians in the #Biblical film, while non-white actors have seemingly been relegated to roles as #slaves, servants and #thieves.
“Ridley Scott is one of those guys who’s apparently hellbent on #historical accuracy but doesn’t care enough to cast a person of color as Moses or a goddamn #African #queen while simultaneously filling out the rest of the #movie with #Black servants and thieves,” David Dennis Jr. wrote in a widely circulated post on Medium titled “You Probably Shouldn’t Go See Ridley Scott’s Pretty #Racist ‘Exodus’ Movie.” “But to make the main characters white and everyone else African is cinematic colonialism. It’s creating a piece of historical ‘art’ that carries on #oppressive imagery that’s helped shackle entire countries and corners of the world.”
Following the uproar, Joel Edgerton, who plays #Ramses in the film, told The Guardian that he understood the complaints and concerns. “[It was] not my job to make those decisions,” he said of the casting process. “I got asked to do a job and it would have been very hard to say no to that job. [But] I do say that I am sensitive to it and I do understand and empathize with that position.” Now, in a new interview with the Australian arm of Yahoo! Entertainment, Scott has addressed the casting of “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” though he was not asked directly about the accusations of whitewashing the story. “You said you cast ‘Exodus’ very ‘carefully,’” the site’s reporter said to Scott in the interview. “Could you expand on that?” Here’s Scott’s answer:
I guess being a director, in some ways, is like being the captain of a sports team, like a soccer team, and you have to make sure that you have every position covered really well because that will help you to win the game. So I always look on making a film as a partnership and that’s what casting is all about, whether it’s the star or the guy with one line. And by doing that you enable them to feel confident to try things out and feel free to suggest things. And over the years I’ve got the best results from actors who really are my partners in the process and it makes it all the more enjoyable. In this instance I’d met Christian four or five years ago when we had a cup of tea together and a rich tea biscuit in LA and he said, ‘What are we going to do together?’ And I said “well, I’ll come up with something.’ And it wasn’t until five years later when I was thinking about the idea of Exodus and Moses being this kind of larger than life character who, at the same time, has to be played definitively as a very real person, that I thought of Christian and I knew he was the right actor for the role. It’s not a fantasy. Ramses certainly wasn’t a fantasy and somewhere Moses is very much written down and indicated and believed. So it’s a real thing. Scott was then asked about the film’s international cast: #Egypt was –- as it is now -– a confluence of cultures, as a result of being a crossroads geographically between Africa, the Middle East and Europe. We cast major actors from different ethnicities to reflect this diversity of culture, from Iranians to Spaniards to Arabs. There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the #Egyptian people, and we had a lot of discussions about how to best represent the culture.

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Okay, I’m just going to let it be known that after reading this it is my opinion that Ridley Scott is full of shit. That bothers me to say because I really love his work (one of my fav directors), but to state “There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people” is beyond insulting. Really?? THEORIES? What is there to theorize? Seems more like people can’t handle the truth. Egypt is originally the land of the blacks. Black and Brown Africans. Period. There is no debate except among those who can’t stand the truth. I wish someone had the balls to ask him why he gave the #Sphinx a European face lift! I’m disgusted.

They know the truth. #liestheytell #whitewashing #history

Bright side: I love David Dennis’s phrase “cinematic colonialism” in reference to the casting in this #whitewashed movie. It describes the BS so perfectly! And for Scott to be so “hellbent on historical accuracy” is now a joke to me. #BoycottExodusMovie

@revolutionary_mindset repost:

"#Exodus: #Gods and #Kings" doesn’t arrive in theaters until December, but it’s already one of the year’s most #controversial films. That’s because director #RidleyScott cast #white actors such as #ChristianBale (as #Moses), #SigourneyWeaver (as Tuya) and #AaronPaul (as Joshua) to play #Egyptians in the #Biblical film, while non-white actors have seemingly been relegated to roles as #slaves, servants and #thieves.

“Ridley Scott is one of those guys who’s apparently hellbent on #historical accuracy but doesn’t care enough to cast a person of color as Moses or a goddamn #African #queen while simultaneously filling out the rest of the #movie with #Black servants and thieves,” David Dennis Jr. wrote in a widely circulated post on Medium titled “You Probably Shouldn’t Go See Ridley Scott’s Pretty #Racist ‘Exodus’ Movie.” “But to make the main characters white and everyone else African is cinematic colonialism. It’s creating a piece of historical ‘art’ that carries on #oppressive imagery that’s helped shackle entire countries and corners of the world.”

Following the uproar, Joel Edgerton, who plays #Ramses in the film, told The Guardian that he understood the complaints and concerns. “[It was] not my job to make those decisions,” he said of the casting process. “I got asked to do a job and it would have been very hard to say no to that job. [But] I do say that I am sensitive to it and I do understand and empathize with that position.” Now, in a new interview with the Australian arm of Yahoo! Entertainment, Scott has addressed the casting of “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” though he was not asked directly about the accusations of whitewashing the story. “You said you cast ‘Exodus’ very ‘carefully,’” the site’s reporter said to Scott in the interview. “Could you expand on that?” Here’s Scott’s answer:

I guess being a director, in some ways, is like being the captain of a sports team, like a soccer team, and you have to make sure that you have every position covered really well because that will help you to win the game. So I always look on making a film as a partnership and that’s what casting is all about, whether it’s the star or the guy with one line. And by doing that you enable them to feel confident to try things out and feel free to suggest things. And over the years I’ve got the best results from actors who really are my partners in the process and it makes it all the more enjoyable. In this instance I’d met Christian four or five years ago when we had a cup of tea together and a rich tea biscuit in LA and he said, ‘What are we going to do together?’ And I said “well, I’ll come up with something.’ And it wasn’t until five years later when I was thinking about the idea of Exodus and Moses being this kind of larger than life character who, at the same time, has to be played definitively as a very real person, that I thought of Christian and I knew he was the right actor for the role. It’s not a fantasy. Ramses certainly wasn’t a fantasy and somewhere Moses is very much written down and indicated and believed. So it’s a real thing. Scott was then asked about the film’s international cast: #Egypt was –- as it is now -– a confluence of cultures, as a result of being a crossroads geographically between Africa, the Middle East and Europe. We cast major actors from different ethnicities to reflect this diversity of culture, from Iranians to Spaniards to Arabs. There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the #Egyptian people, and we had a lot of discussions about how to best represent the culture.

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Hmm..Great question. #liestheytell #thingsthatmakeyougohmm

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/08/19/amnesty-international-director-use-of-tear-gas-in-ferguson-clear-violation-of-human-rights/

#militarization #police #policebrutality #international #warfare #domestic #politics #civilrights #humanrights #Ferguson #JusticeforMikeBrown #JusticeforALL

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Hmm..Great question. #liestheytell #thingsthatmakeyougohmm

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/08/19/amnesty-international-director-use-of-tear-gas-in-ferguson-clear-violation-of-human-rights/

#militarization #police #policebrutality #international #warfare #domestic #politics #civilrights #humanrights #Ferguson #JusticeforMikeBrown #JusticeforALL

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Yes, we have a lot of work to do on ourselves and our actions, but that will never fix a systemic national/global problem. Blame the victim mentalities won’t heal anything in our country. As much as I love #IyanlaVanzant I found her repetitive stance of “we are giving license for police to kill us since we kill ourselves” as falling short of the realities of racism like if we act better they’ll treat us better. This mentality is #imo absolutely ridiculous. This young man who is also a gang member was the only one who disagreed. I can’t remember his analogy, but it was something like if white murder goes around killing everyone at their job, movies, or their families does that mean we should start kill white people too?
Revolutionary Mindset’s example of how #racists treat #President #Obama all around the world is a perfect example of the fact that your status or your accolades DOES NOT MATTER. We are NOT solely responsible for healing #racist minds and a racist system (injustice and corruption run deep). I feel the main ones that must also shoulder this responsibility are those of the majority in this country who despise racism yet sit quietly on the sidelines. #checkyourown
#MikeBrown #Ferguson #JusticeforMikeBrown #police #policebrutality
@revolutionary_mindset #repost:
Why are #Black #people expected to play the role of both patient and doctor when dealing with the #disease of #racism?
No matter the players or the circumstances, if a story rooted in racism and #injustice reaches the national level, you can count on someone to say the following: “What about Black-on-Black crime?” It’s as disingenuous a retort as it is clueless and often comes from someone who clings to conservative ideology, particularly the notion of “personal responsibility.” Yet, it’s also a line of thinking found in many Black folks who have political ideologies, but nonetheless share this idea that the Black community needs to look within itself for answers whenever one of our own falls victim to systematic racism.
Sure, self-reflection is important, but it should never supersede a complete assessment of a particular grievance. To survey a multifaceted problem with a linear line of thinking is senseless as it is pointless. Like buying a case of Icy Hot to cure a migraine. To truly fix something, or at least, make it more manageable, it requires you look at everything. It also requires a certain of level #focus. Say, on the person who #shot someone in cold blood and left him in the street for several hours in his own blood as opposed to members of the community rightfully salty over it. As much as I respect #AlSharpton as an orator, community organizer, and political activist, I was troubled to see him turn #MichaelBrown’s funeral into a rally for his viewpoints about Black youth. The MSNBC host said during his remarks, “Now you wanna be a nigga and call your woman a ho, you lost where you come from. We’ve got to clean up our community so we can clean up the United States of America!” On a Ferguson-themed episode of Iyanla, #FixMyLife, Iyanla Vanzant echoed this sentiment on camera with the claim, “But if we’re not respecting ourselves, we’re teaching them how to treat us.” Oh, beloveds, you spew crocks that will never earn credence no matter the level of repetition. This country made our mess, so why are we the only ones expected to be on clean-up duty? Why is that burden placed on us? Sharpton is free to dislike the use of “nigga,” but as far as the end of that somehow preventing a police officer more qualified to be a Grand Wizard from killing some unarmed Black man, woman, or child: Negro, please. Last time I checked, President Obama is always in suits and belted mom and dad jeans yet he still gets routinely disrespected. As do you Rev. Sharpton. You have been vilified in a tracksuit on the same scale you have been in a suit. Ditto for Don Lemon, who found himself manhandled by a Ferguson police officer on camera, despite wearing his paints to his waist. No matter what Black people call themselves, a racist gon’ be a racist. Then there is the self-loathing line of commentary from the likes of people like rapper Nelly, who was recently quoting saying: “Every other race I know play chess. Black people play checkers.” Turn off his mic. In fact, throw his mic in the trashcan and then set that trashcan on fire. Others include James Clark, the head of Better Family Lives, who claimed in an interview: “No one treats African-Americans worse than we treat each other. We were outraged when George Zimmerman killed a black boy, but Zimmerman was taught by watching black people kill Black people. He learned it from us. We planted the seed.” In real life, White people kill other white people at virtually the same rate as Black people murder other Black people. After all, three quarters of White people don’t have non-White friends. By the way, George Zimmerman’s kin don’t speak too kindly of our kind, Mr. Clarke. Don’t put Zimmerman’s issues on our backs. He’s done enough to Black people as is. As far as our own bad behavior goes, poor Black folks do not wake up and simply decide to give up on life and subsequently misbehave. Nihilism is not inherent; it is beaten into the psyche of those to which it afflicts. Do we need to work on ourselves? Yes, but while Michael Brown may have committed a petty crime before it took his life, the same goes for many teens. The problem is a white kid can get away with it, maybe even go on to be president. A Black person isn’t as lucky. Respectability politics is asking Black folks to clean up their homes; white supremacy is about burning it down no matter how our home looks. If you want to help your people, by all means…help. Just don’t think you’re of that great of use if you think the solution is solely acting out the lyrics to Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror.”

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Yes, we have a lot of work to do on ourselves and our actions, but that will never fix a systemic national/global problem. Blame the victim mentalities won’t heal anything in our country. As much as I love #IyanlaVanzant I found her repetitive stance of “we are giving license for police to kill us since we kill ourselves” as falling short of the realities of racism like if we act better they’ll treat us better. This mentality is #imo absolutely ridiculous. This young man who is also a gang member was the only one who disagreed. I can’t remember his analogy, but it was something like if white murder goes around killing everyone at their job, movies, or their families does that mean we should start kill white people too?

Revolutionary Mindset’s example of how #racists treat #President #Obama all around the world is a perfect example of the fact that your status or your accolades DOES NOT MATTER. We are NOT solely responsible for healing #racist minds and a racist system (injustice and corruption run deep). I feel the main ones that must also shoulder this responsibility are those of the majority in this country who despise racism yet sit quietly on the sidelines. #checkyourown

#MikeBrown #Ferguson #JusticeforMikeBrown #police #policebrutality

@revolutionary_mindset #repost:

Why are #Black #people expected to play the role of both patient and doctor when dealing with the #disease of #racism?

No matter the players or the circumstances, if a story rooted in racism and #injustice reaches the national level, you can count on someone to say the following: “What about Black-on-Black crime?” It’s as disingenuous a retort as it is clueless and often comes from someone who clings to conservative ideology, particularly the notion of “personal responsibility.” Yet, it’s also a line of thinking found in many Black folks who have political ideologies, but nonetheless share this idea that the Black community needs to look within itself for answers whenever one of our own falls victim to systematic racism.

Sure, self-reflection is important, but it should never supersede a complete assessment of a particular grievance. To survey a multifaceted problem with a linear line of thinking is senseless as it is pointless. Like buying a case of Icy Hot to cure a migraine. To truly fix something, or at least, make it more manageable, it requires you look at everything. It also requires a certain of level #focus. Say, on the person who #shot someone in cold blood and left him in the street for several hours in his own blood as opposed to members of the community rightfully salty over it. As much as I respect #AlSharpton as an orator, community organizer, and political activist, I was troubled to see him turn #MichaelBrown’s funeral into a rally for his viewpoints about Black youth. The MSNBC host said during his remarks, “Now you wanna be a nigga and call your woman a ho, you lost where you come from. We’ve got to clean up our community so we can clean up the United States of America!” On a Ferguson-themed episode of Iyanla, #FixMyLife, Iyanla Vanzant echoed this sentiment on camera with the claim, “But if we’re not respecting ourselves, we’re teaching them how to treat us.” Oh, beloveds, you spew crocks that will never earn credence no matter the level of repetition. This country made our mess, so why are we the only ones expected to be on clean-up duty? Why is that burden placed on us? Sharpton is free to dislike the use of “nigga,” but as far as the end of that somehow preventing a police officer more qualified to be a Grand Wizard from killing some unarmed Black man, woman, or child: Negro, please. Last time I checked, President Obama is always in suits and belted mom and dad jeans yet he still gets routinely disrespected. As do you Rev. Sharpton. You have been vilified in a tracksuit on the same scale you have been in a suit. Ditto for Don Lemon, who found himself manhandled by a Ferguson police officer on camera, despite wearing his paints to his waist. No matter what Black people call themselves, a racist gon’ be a racist. Then there is the self-loathing line of commentary from the likes of people like rapper Nelly, who was recently quoting saying: “Every other race I know play chess. Black people play checkers.” Turn off his mic. In fact, throw his mic in the trashcan and then set that trashcan on fire. Others include James Clark, the head of Better Family Lives, who claimed in an interview: “No one treats African-Americans worse than we treat each other. We were outraged when George Zimmerman killed a black boy, but Zimmerman was taught by watching black people kill Black people. He learned it from us. We planted the seed.” In real life, White people kill other white people at virtually the same rate as Black people murder other Black people. After all, three quarters of White people don’t have non-White friends. By the way, George Zimmerman’s kin don’t speak too kindly of our kind, Mr. Clarke. Don’t put Zimmerman’s issues on our backs. He’s done enough to Black people as is. As far as our own bad behavior goes, poor Black folks do not wake up and simply decide to give up on life and subsequently misbehave. Nihilism is not inherent; it is beaten into the psyche of those to which it afflicts. Do we need to work on ourselves? Yes, but while Michael Brown may have committed a petty crime before it took his life, the same goes for many teens. The problem is a white kid can get away with it, maybe even go on to be president. A Black person isn’t as lucky. Respectability politics is asking Black folks to clean up their homes; white supremacy is about burning it down no matter how our home looks. If you want to help your people, by all means…help. Just don’t think you’re of that great of use if you think the solution is solely acting out the lyrics to Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror.”