American newspapers just seizing the opportunity to have a little fun with slavery. Totally accidental and/or harmless.
In other news: microaggressions are common verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile or negative slights to marginalized groups. (via Donovon X Ramsey)
What do you think? Catchy headlines or microaggressions?
The last two I could write off as just lazy editing
The first two? Motherfuckers playing games
All of them are intended to demean. You could shorten the film title to “12 Years” just as easily and actually more descriptively, but throwing the word “Slave” around with “master” and pictures of Lupita Nyong’o is a way of re-emphasizing how US society views Black people.Fucking white press. Fuck you for doing that and reducing them to slaves.
NYPD beat Muslim teens, rip off hijabs
A disturbing story emerged out of the Bronx on Thursday. Two Muslim sisters, Lamis Chapman and Khalia Wilson, aged 12 and 14 respectively, told the New York Daily News that they were thrown to the ground, put in chokeholds, and had their hijabs violently torn off by members of the NYPD, for a reason that remains unclear.
Chapman and Wilson said they were playing handball around 9:30 pm in the park near their home in the Lester Patterson Houses in Mott Haven, the Bronx, when police approached them and asked them to leave, as the park was closed.
The girls recounted that the cops followed them out of the park, and one grabbed Wilson from behind, putting her in a chokehold and wrestling her to the ground. “They said they asked for ID. I didn’t hear them,” reported Wilson. When her sister protested, she was also thrown to the ground, and both sisters’ headscarves were ripped off.
"I kept saying, ‘I’m 14! What are you doing? We’re not bad kids,’" explained Wilson.
When their 15-year-old brother, Shytike Wilson, saw the police assaulting his younger sisters from a window, he ran to their aid. “I asked them why my sisters were in handcuffs,” he said, when the police, “charged me, picked me up, and slammed me on the floor.”
An 18-year-old college student, Jonathan Harris, became involved when he heard the girls screaming and ran to the park to help. He told the cops to leave the teens alone and took out his cell phone to record the incident, but was also subjected to police abuse.
"LaVena Johnson" by Cecile Emeke
- LaVena Johnson was only 19 years old when she enlisted in the US Army to pay for her college fees.
- Just before her 20th birthday, and only days after speaking excitedly to her family about coming home early for Christmas, she was found dead in May 2005.
- The army ruled it as a suicide; one shot to the head. However things weren’t adding up for the Johnson family, and under the freedom of information act they slowly started to find out what really happened.
- An autopsy showed brusies, scratches and teeth marks on the upper part of her torso, revealing she had been badly beaten.
- Lye had been poured on her vaginal area, probably to eliminate DNA from rape.
- There was a trail of blood leading to her tent, suggesting her body had been dragged to the tent after the disgusting and brutal act.
- CBS paid for a second autopsy, which revealed her neck had been broken and parts of her vagina, tongue and anus had been removed.
- Despite investing into the case of LaVena, neither CBS or ABC ran the story
- There is overwhelming evidence proving that 19 yr old LaVena Johnson was mutilated, raped and murdered, yet the US Army insist it was suicide.
Why is LaVena’s story important?
- LaVena’s life is important, and so are the many other woman who have died in the US Army under “suspicious” circumstances.
- Because many black men and women in the US army are being killed under “suspicious circumstances”.
- Because many black men and women in the US, period, are being killed under “suspicious circumstances”.
- It’s important because it is outrageous that stories like these aren’t being reported in mainstream media.
- Because the Johnson family would have never known the truth about their daughter unless they had spent many years and resources to find out the truth. What if they didn’t have the resources? How many more murders are being covered up?
Often we hear stories and feel powerless to help, but I think hearing the song of people is the powerful first step. Hearing the songs that people sing through their stories is not only the absolute very least we can do as human beings, but it is also the first necessary step before any action can even be imagined.
LaVena Johnson I heard your song.
; ; submission ; ;
“Pepper, pay attention to me”
I guess she forgot to take him or a walk today
if anyone needs me i’ll just be over here laughing for the next ten years