Well, yes. This IS America.
(US Army attacks homeless veterans protesting in Washington, DC in 1932)
1960s Birmingham, Alabama
1970 attack on unarmed student protesters at Kent State University
Police action at peaceful UC Davis Occupy protest
Let’s not pretend like the police actions taken this week are anything new. It’s just the most recent manifestation of a problem America has had for a very long time.
This is a very serious disease* so I gladly accept the “bucket challenge”
*My heart goes out to all those who struggle with ALS but I am, of course, talking about the disease of apathy. If (and hopefully when) Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice and convicted of 1st degree murder, it still won’t prevent this from happening again. We cannot accept this as the status quo. We MUST continue the fight at the ballot box, in the media and by working to create systemic change. I’m not naive to the dirty politics (redistricting, voter ID requirements, etc) that will try to prevent us from our goal. But I refuse to give up hope. My “bullet bucket challenge” is not about pointing fingers and it’s not about being angry. Every shell casing in that bucket represents the life of someone who fought and died in the goal for civil rights and human dignity. As a member of law enforcement (yes I really am a reserve sheriff) I will not stand idly by while others violate civil and human rights under the cover of authority and I will insist that other good cops rise to the same standard as well. As a black man I will demand more from myself and my community. I will not allow outsiders to co-opt our struggle in order to commit violence in our name. I’m channeling my outrage into action so I no longer feel powerless. It’s not about black or white. It’s not about rich or poor. It’s about us vs. them. There are more of us — from all races, genders and identities — then there will ever be of them. And we will be victorious.
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality"
The Police in Ferguson Missouri are so out of control that is is mind numbing. A tragic situation has blown up into such a mess that Amnesty International has become involved
According to folks on the ground reporting from Twitter, it is a nightmare. I have read about in tweets and seen pictures and vine videos of tear gas being thrown at 8 year olds, ministers being shot with rubber bullets,…
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Autopsy: Michael Brown shot at least six times in Ferguson, Mo.
The New York Times: Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen who was killed by police in Ferguson, Mo., was shot at least six times, a preliminary private autopsy found.
The former chief medical examiner for the City of New York found that Brown was four times in the right arm and two times in the head. The bullets did not appear to have been shot from close range.
Photo: A detail from a report showing the entry, and re-entry and exit wounds from six bullets. (Dr. Michael M. Baden)
Madonna spilling all the T
The folder was not green. Even though my mother said I should be looking for a green folder. Folders were being thrown into the air as I frantically searched for my fathers medical records. Then my mother remembers, it is indeed purple.
The ambulance was enroute as I was trying to find the miscolored folder of my fathers primary care physician. Tossing my iPhone and IPad into my coach summer tote…