"Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature that he has been destroying is this God he’s worshiping."

- Hubert Reeves. Astrophysicist (via purplebuddhaproject)

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Federal investigators are focused on one Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, but at least five other police officers and one former officer in the town’s 53-member department have been named in civil rights lawsuits alleging the use of excessive force.

In four federal lawsuits, including one that is on appeal, and more than a half-dozen investigations over the past decade, colleagues of Darren Wilson’s have separately contested a variety of allegations, including killing a mentally ill man with a Taser, pistol-whipping a child, choking and hog-tying a child and beating a man who was later charged with destroying city property because his blood spilled on officers’ clothes.

One officer has faced three internal affairs probes and two lawsuits over claims he violated civil rights and used excessive force while working at a previous police department in the mid-2000s. That department demoted him after finding credible evidence to support one of the complaints, and he subsequently was hired by the Ferguson force.

Police officials from outside Ferguson and plaintiffs’ lawyers say the nature of such cases suggests there is a systemic problem within the Ferguson police force. Department of Justice officials said they are considering a broader probe into whether there is a pattern of using excessive force that routinely violates people’s civil rights.

Counting Wilson, whose shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 set off a firestorm of protests and a national debate on race and policing, about 13 percent of Ferguson’s officers have faced ­excessive-force investigations. Comparable national data on excessive force probes is not available. But the National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project, funded by the libertarian Cato Institute, estimated on the basis of 2010 data that about 1 percent of U.S. police officers — 9.8 out of every 1,000 — will be cited for or charged with misconduct. Half of those cases involve excessive force.

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- At least 6 Ferguson officers apart from Brown shooter have been named in lawsuits - The Washington Post (via dendroica)

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Anonymous asked: So, today this lady came up to my till, and asked: "do you guys hire AMERICAN-Americans, or only FOREIGN-Americans?" and I feel like that right there sums up what it's like to be POC born-in-America. If you're white, you're AMERICAN-American, but if you're not, you're a foreign-American. Otherwise known as 'you were born in this (MY) country but you're not like me so I refuse to acknowledge we're the same amount of American'.

weareallmixedup:

It’s funny that they think this land is theirs to begin with.

But yeah. That’s some colonial nonsense.

- Liz

cultureunseen:

Jazz is…

 1.  Dexter Gordon
 2.  Pearl Bailey
 3.  Big Jay McNeely
 4.  Ella Fitzgerald
 5.  Art Blakey
 6.  Sonny Stitt
 7.  Billie Holiday
 8.  Charles Mingus
 9.  Miles Davis
10. John Coltrane

(via blackourstory)

thelovenotebook:

More good vibes here

iwriteaboutfeminism:

Saturday morning, over 1,000 people march for justice for Michael Brown. 

August 30th.

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iwriteaboutfeminism:

Protesters canvass the neighborhood of County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.


Saturday, August 30th.

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"…Slavery was a system of “corrective violence.” Colonialism was a system of “corrective violence.” Apartheid was a system of “corrective violence.” Jim Crow was a system of “corrective violence.” Reservations are a system of “corrective violence.” Deportation and detention centers are “corrective violence.” Correctional violence is violence performed by individuals who are representatives of the state (read white men); it is used to correct the non-state sanctioned violence performed by deviant bodies. The U.S. leads the world in number of prisons in operation and of citizens incarcerated. The U.S. legal, policing, and prison systems—justice systems—are systems of “correctional violence.” Black, Brown and Native men, and oftentimes Black, Brown and Native women are always deemed the deviant bodies in need of policing and correcting…

The history of racial violence in this country necessitates attention. It requires that we connect each gunned down Black man with each—raped woman of color, beaten and harassed Trans person, Muslim person called a terrorist and stripped of their civil rights, and every U.S. deportee. Race is a thing and an issue because it has been made that way by systems of corrective violence."

- Vanessa Lynn Lovelace, On Ferguson’s Protests and It’s Occupation (via daughterofzami)

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