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requested by shallow-seas-we-sail
The precise moment that my life was ruined forever. Damn you, Angie Harmon.
Since before Emancipation, when slaves mounted several organized armed rebellions and countless spontaneous and individual acts of violent resistance to overseers, masters, and patrollers, black men and women consistently demonstrated a willingness to advance their interests at the point of a gun. In the year following the Civil War, black men shot white rioters who attacked blacks in New Orleans and Memphis. Even the original civil rights leadership publicly believed that, as Frederick Douglass put it in 1867, “a man’s rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.”
During Reconstruction, all-black units of the Union Leagues organized themselves as militias and warred against such white terrorist organizations as the Men of Justice, the Knights of the White Camellia, the Knights of the Rising Sun, and the Ku Klux Klan, whose primary mission was to disarm ex-slaves and thus was one of the first gun-control organizations in the United States.
With the rise of Jim Crow segregation at the end of the 19th century, civil rights leaders continued to advocate meeting fire with fire. “A Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home,” the famed anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells-Barnett wrote in 1892, when on average more than one black person was lynched every three days in the South, “and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give.”
In 1899, after a black man named Henry Denegale was accused of raping a white woman in Darien, Georgia, armed black men surrounded the jail where he was held to prevent lynch mobs from taking him. Instead of being hanged from a tree or burned at the stake, Denegale was tried and acquitted. Though blacks tended to consider Georgia the most lethal of all the Southern states, the coastal area, where Darien was located, “had the fewest lynchings of any place in the state.”"
History repeated…Newark, 1967. And I need everyone to check this out. #Ferguson
Initiating act? An act of police brutality against a cab driver beaten in broad daylight.
Quotes from Gov. Hughes, the then-gov of the state who later served jail time.
"I differ with the mayor in the civil rights concept of this; this is a criminal rebellion, it’s an anarchy against the gov’t and society in which we live. We’re going to make sure that society wins."
Draw your own conclusions, but this rhetoric continues with the bullshxt that is being spewed by news outlets today, 47 years later. FORTY SEVEN YEARS LATER. White America (and some of the rest of America, as well) DOES NOT (either refuses to or chooses to) not see the civil rights and racism concept of this…the people continue to be portrayed as PATHOLOGICALLY CRIMINAL, and there is no place for us in “society.”
I’ve cried, I’ve pondered, I’ve read, I’ve posted, but I feel the need to get out and DO something. I have to miss a march downtown Newark tomorrow in support of Ferguson because of work commitment…but if anyone in the tri-state area knows of something or somewhere I can DO something, please let me know. Protests, organizing, getting involved at more than just planned rallies…I want to stick my feet all in.
Social media is controlled by algorithms – a mathematical formula that dictates what you see and when. In the past week, people have noticed something curious about the way these algorithms have filtered news about protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
The fundamental differences between the two platforms help explain the disparity.
“Because of its brevity, and the ease with which updates can be shared, Twitter is a much more rapid-fire experience than Facebook, and that makes it well suited for quick blasts of information during a breaking-news event like Ferguson,” Mathew Ingram of Gigaom pointed out. The non-newsy content that clutters the platform also makes it ill-suited for following breaking news, he added.
Another huge difference? Algorithms. Your Twitter feed isn’t controlled by an algorithm. You see the tweets of people you follow in real time. But Facebook uses a complicated algorithm to determine what ends up in your news feed. They won’t reveal exactly how it works, but the company has said it ranks the content based in part on what you’ve liked, clicked or shared in the past.
Ars Technica’s Casey Johnson suggested Facebook’s algorithm also weeds out controversial content — racially charged protests, perhaps? — from users’ news feeds: “There is a reason that the content users see tends to be agreeable to a general audience: sites like [BuzzFeed, Elite Daily, Upworthy, and their ilk] are constantly honing their ability to surface stuff with universal appeal. Content that causes dissension and tension can provide short-term rewards to Facebook in the form of heated debates, but content that creates accord and harmony is what keeps people coming back.”
Johnson backed up her theory with a Georgia Institute of Technology study of how political content affects users’ perceptions of Facebook. She summed up the findings: “The study found that, because Facebook friend networks are often composed of ‘weak ties’ where the threshold for friending someone is low, users were often negatively surprised to see their acquaintances express political opinions different from their own. This felt alienating and, overall, made everyone less likely to speak up on political matters (and therefore, create content for Facebook).”
For University of North Carolina sociologist Zeynep Tufekci, this sort of “algorithmic filtering” is more than a matter of technical differences. Last Wednesday, when there was rioting in Ferguson and journalists were being arrested, the events in Ferguson unfolded in real time on her Twitter feed. But on Facebook, where she follows a similar composition of friends, posts about Ferguson didn’t appear in her feed until the next morning. “Would Ferguson be buried in algorithmic censorship?” she wrote on Medium..
If so, that’s bad. “How the internet is run, governed and filtered is a human rights issue,” she wrote.
(Source: Washington Post)
They don’t want to be reminded of truths, none of us do. Remind everyone.
Two nights ago I had an encounter with a young Eastern European (slightly inebriated) woman (friend of a friend) who thought that I was African and that another guy was British because of his accent (he’s Nigerian).
She asked if I was Jamaican after I told her I wasn’t African, to which I replied, “no, I’m American. African-American.” She didn’t get it, “your family had to have come from SOMEWHERE.” Yes, this I know, but I don’t know, “that history has been erased,” was my exact reply, “because my ancestors were enslaved.” She slurred, “don’t say that.” Why not? It’s the truth, dammit.
The Nigerian guy then asked baffled me, a “sista” (his words, he emphasized the A) how it was that I had never identified consciously as American until my first time outside of American soil. Well, this is somewhat of a reality for most of those who share the fraught identity next to the checkbox, “Black/African-American.”
I’ve had this conversation too many times to count, in more than a few states and internationally as well. It’s tiring, it’s tedious, but I cannot let that stop me from sharing the truth about a history and its experiences so often swept aside to the point where people unfamiliar would dare to say, “don’t talk about that. Don’t say that.”
Why the fxck not? Fxckin right.
i just wanted to put this out there since im sure it’ll get written about differently tomorrow.
Want proof? Watch Timcast from Vice News…his live feed.
First loves never die…but where’s this footage from???
R&I 5x03: Wifey things Maura does.
Maura’s the baby daddy.
Janelle Monáe Backstage at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Fesitval 2014
Photo by Pooneh Ghana
Sasha Alexander Portrait Session