i see people reblogging and posting incessantly about the latest super progressive show or how great and amazing the les mis boys are or how steve rogers IS SO IMPT BISEXUAL REP!!!! or wtv but what i also see is a blindingly obvious lack of any recognition at all of what’s happening in ferguson. not a single post.
and im wondering, is it only fun when revolutionaries and fighting for freedom is fictional? nicely contained in a neat ~narrative~ and concluded with satisfying tag meta? serious side-eye
Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.
Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)
There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident), that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.
According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.
According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.
Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)
The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]
Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.
It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.
And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.
While walking around an old pig farm in Berkshire photographer Mark Bridger from West Malling, Kent, managed to capture the moment a pair of little owls shared a worm
Picture: MARK BRIDGER/CATERS NEWS
“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone.”- Robin Williams (1951 - 2014)
"No matter how many times people try to criticize you, the best revenge is to prove them wrong."
Gaza is far from its relatives and close to its enemies, because whenever Gaza explodes, it becomes an island and it never stops exploding. It scratched the enemy’s face, broke his dreams and stopped his satisfaction with time.
Because in Gaza time is something different.
Because in Gaza time is not a neutral element.
It does not compel people to cool contemplation, but rather to explosion and a collision with reality.
Time there does not take children from childhood to old age, but rather makes them men in their first confrontation with the enemy.
Time in Gaza is not relaxation, but storming the burning noon. Because in Gaza values are different, different, different.
The only value for the occupied is the extent of his resistance to occupation. That is the only competition there. Gaza has been addicted to knowing this cruel, noble value. It did not learn it from books, hasty school seminars, loud propaganda megaphones, or songs. It learned it through experience alone and through work that is not done for advertisement and image.
Gaza has no throat. Its pores are the ones that speak in sweat, blood, and fires. Hence the enemy hates it to death and fears it to criminality, and tries to sink it into the sea, the desert, or blood. And hence its relatives and friends love it with a coyness that amounts to jealousy and fear at times, because Gaza is the brutal lesson and the shining example for enemies and friends alike.
Gaza is not the most beautiful city.
Its shore is not bluer than the shores of Arab cities.
Its oranges are not the most beautiful in the Mediterranean basin.
Gaza is not the richest city.
It is not the most elegant or the biggest, but it equals the history of an entire homeland, because it is more ugly, impoverished, miserable, and vicious in the eyes of enemies. Because it is the most capable, among us, of disturbing the enemy’s mood and his comfort. Because it is his nightmare. Because it is mined oranges, children without a childhood, old men without old age and women without desires. Because of all this it is the most beautiful, the purest and richest among us and the one most worthy of love.
We do injustice to Gaza when we look for its poems, so let us not disfigure Gaza’s beauty. What is most beautiful in it is that it is devoid of poetry at a time when we tried to triumph over the enemy with poems, so we believed ourselves and were overjoyed to see the enemy letting us sing. We let him triumph, then when we dried our lips of poems we saw that the enemy had finished building cities, forts and streets. We do injustice to Gaza when we turn it into a myth, because we will hate it when we discover that it is no more than a small poor city that resists.
We do injustice when we wonder: What made it into a myth? If we had dignity, we would break all our mirrors and cry or curse it if we refuse to revolt against ourselves. We do injustice to Gaza if we glorify it, because being enchanted by it will take us to the edge of waiting and Gaza doesn’t come to us. Gaza does not liberate us. Gaza has no horses, airplanes, magic wands, or offices in capital cities. Gaza liberates itself from our attributes and liberates our language from its Gazas at the same time. When we meet it – in a dream – perhaps it won’t recognize us, because Gaza was born out of fire, while we were born out of waiting and crying over abandoned homes.
It is true that Gaza has its special circumstances and its own revolutionary traditions. But its secret is not a mystery: Its resistance is popular and firmly joined together and knows what it wants (it wants to expel the enemy out of its clothes). The relationship of resistance to the people is that of skin to bones and not a teacher to students. Resistance in Gaza did not turn into a profession or an institution.
It did not accept anyone’s tutelage and did not leave its fate hinging on anyone’s signature or stamp.
It does not care that much if we know its name, picture, or eloquence. It did not believe that it was material for media. It did not prepare for cameras and did not put smiling paste on its face.
Neither does it want that, nor we.
Hence, Gaza is bad business for merchants and hence it is an incomparable moral treasure for Arabs.
What is beautiful about Gaza is that our voices do not reach it. Nothing distracts it; nothing takes its fist away from the enemy’s face. Not the forms of the Palestinian state we will establish whether on the eastern side of the moon, or the western side of Mars when it is explored. Gaza is devoted to rejection… hunger and rejection, thirst and rejection, displacement and rejection, torture and rejection, siege and rejection, death and rejection.
Enemies might triumph over Gaza (the storming sea might triumph over an island… they might chop down all its trees).
They might break its bones.
They might implant tanks on the insides of its children and women. They might throw it into the sea, sand, or blood.
But it will not repeat lies and say “Yes” to invaders.
It will continue to explode.
It is neither death, nor suicide. It is Gaza’s way of declaring that it deserves to live.It will continue to explode.
It is neither death, nor suicide. It is Gaza’s way of declaring that it deserves to live.
haven’t been on here for so long bec of crazy rl business…and with prelims coming up i guess the hiatus will be extending until after a’s when i’ll prolly create a new blog to separate this from rl people & to mark the end of an sg education!!!
anyway today was a first good day in a shitty week, partly because the end is nigh (this time tmr i’ll be home and it’ll be over) and also bec haha what’s new ACADEMIC VALIDATION from reeves but more imptly personal validation? never had good r/s with teachers before (except my pri school english teacher haha) but it was so affirming to know that reeves actually likes me holy shit!!! i’m actually pretty surprised, like honestly!!! never thought he hated me, but i really dk what made his opinion of me change?? whatever it is, he basically offered to write one of my references for me, which, wow. well i wasn’t expecting that but it feels really nice. :)
While you’re still trying to figure out where you stand in this “two sided” “conflict”, Gaza is being bombarded. Over ten family houses have been struck; 14 people killed and 25 are injured so far.
YOU KNOW WHAT? IM SO SICK OF THIS SHIT. IM PRETTY SURE MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD DONT KNOW THAT ISRAEL IS BEING BOMBARDED TOO!
A FEW HOURS AGO I WENT TO A FRIEND’S HOUSE AND WHILE WE WERE PLAYING SIMS WE HEARD A SIREN AND RAN TO THE SHELTER WITH HIS FAMILY(each and every house in israel has a shelter). WE STAYED THERE FOR 10 MINUTES UNTIL IT WAS SAFE TO GET OUT. NOW IM AT HOME AND IM AFRAID TO GO TO SLEEP.
IT MAKES ME SO MAD THAT THE MEDIA SHOWS THAT ONLY ONE SIDE OF THE CONFLICT IS BEING HURT. BOTH OF THE SIDES ARE BEING HURT EQUALLY.
This reflects the Israeli mentality perfectly. Bombing Gaza and the occupied territories to them is such an abstract concept, it happens far away from them, they never hear about it if they don’t go digging for it in international news.
Suddenly, it’s not so simple. Suddenly, oblivious Israelis in Tel Aviv, for the first time in decades, if not ever, are actually feeling that there might be consequences for holding an entire population under a brutal occupation.
Israelis are spoiled rotten. Look at this, they’re whining about a ten minute interruption to their pointless video game. Meanwhile, people are dying by the dozen in Gaza. In their mind, this is actually comparable. It’s the logic of Zionism.
You don’t realize, that at this point we have nothing to lose. What are you going to do, bomb us? Hah. You have everything to lose. You with your decadent lifestyle at our expense. With your night clubs and your bars and your discos. Us? Not so much.
Thanks to you, we’re used to this. Your occupation has consequences. Your oppression has consequences. Get that through your thick colonial skulls. There will never be peace under occupation. You might as well go back to where you came from, you’ll never be welcome in this land as a colonizer.
The chickens are coming home to roost.
First of all, don’t act innocent. You know very well that Gaza was the one to start this bombardment so don’t call it *our* video game. You think this is an abstract concept to us? You think we don’t hear about it almost every hour every day? Don’t you think Israelis discuss any of these issues on a daily basis? Well let me tell you we do.
You are complaining about people dying in Gaza (as a result of counterattack, a step Gaza made us take as self defense) when you know very well that we killed 5 TERRORIST that tied to invade Israel, and two (at least) Hamas and Jihad activists. All of you know that Israel would never kill innocent people only based on their religion or origin, but almost all of you of course choose, or were raised to deny it and try and make everyone else believe that we’re sinners here.
By the way, yeah maybe this person was complaining about a ten minute siren because they’re not used to it in Tel Aviv but let’s think about Ashdod ans Sderot that practically need to live in shelters. They live in fear almost 100% of the time.
It seems that you’re forgetting every other war or any “slight” attack, from one of our arabic neighbors, when in every single one of them at least a third of this country had to be in shelters. Maybe for 10 minutes, maybe an hour or maybe more than 3 weeks in a row. And let me remind you that we gave you Gaza 9 years ago so don’t tell me you’re “used to this” because there are people here who live like this ever since 1948.
STOP trying to present us as self centered aggressive colonizers that we’re not. STOP playing the victim. STOP changing the facts and rambling about this whole anti-zionist hateful crap that they brainwashed you on.
Oh you discuss it? That makes me feel so much better now. You truly are burdened by such discussions.
No. If you don’t want to discuss it, you can simply shut off the news and never know what’s going on, because 95% of shit that happens never reaches you in any meaningful way other than some fireworks on the border towns. This might come as a surprise to you, but It’s a bloody occupation. You’re not occupied, we are.
You’re afraid? Boo fricking hoo, that’s daily life for us. Somehow, and in your mind, Gaza is responsible for this all. Because you and your Zionist ilk, have some sort of mythical selective memory. You’ve created your own version of history where you’re somehow the victims in this. But it’s ok, you discuss it.
The story doesn’t go back a week or two, like you imply. The story goes back before 1948. The story goes back to you deciding that the only way to establish your ethnocracy was by ethnically cleansing my people from the land, how about that? That is colonialism 101. Yes, your entire society is colonial. Get over it. This was BEFORE Hamas, BEFORE the PLO, BEFORE Islamic Jihad. But it’s ok, you discuss it.
I find it so hilarious that you’ve somehow missed all the soldier testimonies saying that they have indeed, committed war crimes, have indeed killed innocent civilians just because. Women, children, elderly, you name it. But I mean, this isn’t the first time we see this, Deir Yasin, Kafr Qasim. But it’s ok, you discuss it.
You say Israel never targets innocent people, then in the same sentence call me brainwashed. I’m dying of an irony overdose here.
All I need to do is go outside of my house to see that you’re self centered aggressive colonists. I’m sure you’ve never been in the occupied territories for more than 10 minutes, you know, the whole occupation thing tends to make people a bit bitter, ya know? But I’m sure we’re just overreacting. But it’s ok, you discuss it.
You have people like Mandela, Tutu, Malcolm X and other social justice heroes calling your country an oppressive fascist regime towards anyone non Jewish. Yet, somehow you’re the ones playing victim, and I’m the one changing facts. I gotta hand it to you, you Zionists have an amazing coping mechanism, sadly it doesn’t work on all humanity. Your bubble is bursting slowly. I promise you, one day you’ll realize you’re on the wrong side of history. So keep discussing it.
You discuss it. Like i said, abstractly and far away. We live it. We die in it. And that has consequences.