|—||Bart D. Ehrman Ph.D., former fundamentalist Christian, author and Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill (via holygoddamnshitballs)|
'The Daily Show', Fox News, and Ferguson: The Dangers of an Alternate News Reality (via flavorpill)
Hypocrisy, thy name is Fox.
|—||I was on the front lines of the violence in Ferguson. Militarized police caused the chaos. - The Washington Post (via wilwheaton)|
If you google ‘Eric Garner’ I guarantee you that almost every article by major media outlets will list some or all of the following: Garner’s height, weight, his (alleged) past criminal history, and that the police supposedly thought he was “illegally” selling cigarettes. And all this information will be in the first few paragraphs.
Here’s what most corporate news outlets won’t make so readily available (you may have to dig for it): precisely how many officers ganged up on Garner, their complete police histories, any crimes they may have committed in their personal lives, and not even the names of all the involved officers are listed. And you may or may not have read that Garner clearly said he couldn’t breathe at least six times, and that multiple witnesses said Garner had just arrived on scene and broken up an altercation.
The media is hardly objective and they begin covering for the police and victimizing the victim very early on. These lopsided “facts” and seemingly minor omissions is only the beginning. Wait until it goes to court. Then you won’t believe how much news outlets, the police and defense attorneys will demonize Mr. Garner.
Unless you’re Black. Then this is an all too familiar pattern.
From Emmett Till to Rodney King to The Central Park Five to Oscar Grant to Amadou Diallo to Sean Bell to Trayvon Martin to Renisha McBride to Jonathan Ferrell to Jordan Davis to Eric Garner and so very many others…even though we’re always unarmed, there is never a shortage of disproportionately White juries eager to conclude that the act of merely existing while Black is always sufficient justification for inflicting brutality, imprisonment or murder onto any unfamiliar Black bodies
Seems like it’s always the same old song and dance whenever Black people seek justice from the system made to imprison us: Criminalizing Blackness — White people may commit crimes, but Black people are always viewed as criminals.
You want to arm me? Good. Then arm me with a school psychologist at my school who has time to do more than test and sit in meetings about testing.
Arm me with enough counselors so we can build skills to prevent violence, have meaningful discussions with students about their future and not merely frantically adjust student schedules like a Jenga game.
Arm me with social workers who can thoughtfully attend to a student’s and her family’s needs so I. Can. Teach.
Arm me with enough school nurses so that they are accessible to every child and can work as a team with me rather than operate their offices as de facto urgent care centers.
Arm me with more days on the calendar for teaching and learning and fewer days for standardized testing.
Arm me with class sizes that allow my colleagues and I to know both our students and their families well.
Arm my colleagues and I with the time it takes to improve together and the time it takes to give great feedback to students about their work and progress.
Until you arm me to the hilt with what it will take to meet the needs of an increasingly vulnerable student population, I respectfully request you keep your opinions on schools and our safety to yourself, NRA. Knock it off.
|—||Mary Cathryn Ricker, President of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers. (via reverberatingowl)|
MAD Magazine recreates Norman Rockwell’s famous 1958 painting ‘The Runaway’
It had long been true, and prisoners knew this better than anyone, that the poorer you were the more likely you were to end up in jail. This was not just because the poor committed more crimes. In fact, they did. The rich did not have to commit crimes to get what they wanted; the laws were on their side. But when the rich did commit crimes, they often were not prosecuted, and if they were they could get out on bail, hire clever lawyers, get better treatment from judges. Somehow, the jails ended up full of poor black people.
When #IfTheyGunnedMeDown Happens in Print:
Section from the Rolling Stone profile of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two brothers who committed the Boston Marathon bombings vs section from the New York Times profile of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson.
I really need you to take a look at this.
This is important.
So a criminal is made into a victim
And a victim is made into a criminal.
Excuse me while I go hate everything.
"Cancer/mental illness/disability affects rich and poor alike."
Uh, no, it doesn’t. Rich people can afford the treatments and accommodations for those things. Poor people cannot. Get the fuck outta here with that classist shit.
Not to mention a higher proportion of disabled people are in poverty and people in manual jobs are more likely to become disabled, there is a class element to disability that cannot be ignored.
Analysts from the Wall Street research agency Standard & Poor’s developed some interesting research released Tuesday concerning income inequality and its effects on the economy. The research brief talks about what could be described as a double-edged sword. They state that although some inequality may stimulate the economy through competition, the amount of income inequality that the country is currently facing is harming consumers and slowing economic recovery and growth. The S&P also went so far as to decrease their 10-year growth estimate from 2.8 percent (from five years ago) to 2.5 percent.
The idea is that when the nation’s wealthiest individuals earn such a large portion of the wealth, they do not spend it. The money becomes stagnant, therefore leading to economic decline due to the lack of currency circulation. What we see here are men and women who literally have more money than they know what to do with. Not only are these citizens harming their employees, they are also harming the largest economy in the world. While static wages have been held over the heads of so many, Wall Street’s revenues and bonuses have skyrocketed. This is the reason why when someone looks at stock prices and indices, they might think the economy has left the recession, when in truth the middle and lower classes have often experienced no relief.