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“When a white teenager named Steve Lohner was stopped by the police last month and refused to show his ID after carrying a loaded shotgun on the streets of Aurora, Colorado (the same city where a mass murderer killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a packed movie theater in July 2012), the teen walked away with nothing but a citation. But when a 22-year-old black kid named John Crawford picked up a mere BB gun in a Walmart store in Dayton, Ohio last week, customers called the police, who then shot and killed him. Here lies a racial disparity that’s difficult for honest people to ignore. How can black people openly carry a real gun when we can’t even pick up a BB gun in a store without arousing suspicion? The answer in America is that the Second Amendment doesn’t really apply to black people.”

Keith Boykin: Does the Second Amendment Only Apply to White People? (via clambistro)

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

liberalsarecool:

Conservatives are told to feel angry and treat Obama as “other” while the facts show their politicians are FAR WORSE.
#WhitePrivilege #RaceDictatesFakeOutrage #GOPreliesOnIdiots

liberalsarecool:

Conservatives are told to feel angry and treat Obama as “other” while the facts show their politicians are FAR WORSE.

#WhitePrivilege #RaceDictatesFakeOutrage #GOPreliesOnIdiots

“The most DVRed show the past year was Blacklist. Game of Thrones was the most pirated show. And Duck Dynasty was the most VCR taped.”
— Seth Meyers (hosting the Emmy Awards)
rustyredenbacher:

#NeverForget #TroyDavis 
…ever.

WTF…and some people don’t think racism exists.

rustyredenbacher:

#NeverForget #TroyDavis 

…ever.

WTF…and some people don’t think racism exists.

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

With each of these shootings/chokehold deaths/stand-your-ground atrocities, police and the judicial system are seen as enforcers of an unjust status quo. Our anger rises, and riots demanding justice ensue. The news channels interview everyone and pundits assign blame.

Then what?

I’m not saying the protests in Ferguson aren’t justified — they are. In fact, we need more protests across the country. Where’s our Kent State? What will it take to mobilize 4 million students in peaceful protest? Because that’s what it will take to evoke actual change. The middle class has to join the poor and whites have to join African-Americans in mass demonstrations, in ousting corrupt politicians, in boycotting exploitative businesses, in passing legislation that promotes economic equality and opportunity, and in punishing those who gamble with our financial future.

Otherwise, all we’re going to get is what we got out of Ferguson: a bunch of politicians and celebrities expressing sympathy and outrage. If we don’t have a specific agenda — a list of exactly what we want to change and how — we will be gathering over and over again beside the dead bodies of our murdered children, parents, and neighbors.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  (via america-wakiewakie)

(via liberalsarecool)