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breenewsome:

Turning point in #Ferguson? Police drew guns on Hip Hop artist/activist Talib Kweli & others, threatened to shoot last night. (Above) Kweli observes police were in rush formation BEFORE the water bottle was thrown at them. Major questions being raised about identity of individual who threw water bottle— possibly an agent provocateur, someone working for police to either invite riot or provide “justification” for police to assault a peaceful protest. (Left) Activist Phil Agnew, who is in Ferguson, says protesters are being depicted inaccurately. (Below) Example of an agent provocateur: notice the protester being tackled to the ground by police is wearing the EXACT SAME SHOES the police in uniform are wearing (?!?!) #mikebrown 

This is speculation and unfortunately hard to prove either way, although worth keeping in mind. In case this wasn’t clear, the example given with the shoes is an old picture and not from Ferguson.

breenewsome:

Turning point in #Ferguson? Police drew guns on Hip Hop artist/activist Talib Kweli & others, threatened to shoot last night. (Above) Kweli observes police were in rush formation BEFORE the water bottle was thrown at them. Major questions being raised about identity of individual who threw water bottle— possibly an agent provocateur, someone working for police to either invite riot or provide “justification” for police to assault a peaceful protest. (Left) Activist Phil Agnew, who is in Ferguson, says protesters are being depicted inaccurately. (Below) Example of an agent provocateur: notice the protester being tackled to the ground by police is wearing the EXACT SAME SHOES the police in uniform are wearing (?!?!) #mikebrown 

This is speculation and unfortunately hard to prove either way, although worth keeping in mind. In case this wasn’t clear, the example given with the shoes is an old picture and not from Ferguson.

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iwriteaboutfeminism:

Protesters demand that Bob McCulloch be removed from the Michael Brown case. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. 

(Link to McCulloch’s full statement)

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totally-boatless:

It’s so terrifying seeing just how horribly people are still capable of being. Like, not just ignorant. Actively, violently racist.

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soprie:

Stop calling what’s happening in Ferguson a “riot”.

It is not a riot.

Vancouver losing the Stanley Cup a few years ago was a riot. It was angry, drunken destruction with no purpose. (And as a Canadian, it was a shameful event)

Ferguson is not a riot. It is a protest. It is an uprising. It is a civil rights revolution. The prople of Ferguson may be angry, but they have a reason to be angry, and they are not violent, and they are not hooligans, thugs or looters. They are protesting for their human rights which are currently being denied.

Look at the difference between a riot and a protest. A riot is chaos. A protest has a purpose.

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thisiseverydayracism:

The prison-industrial complex is just a myth…right?

Ok, I’m in complete agreement about the problems with the prison system, but this is just dishonest. I went back to look at why the first tweet was taken from March. This is what I found.

He’s arguing in favor of dismantling of the exact thing you’re railing against him for supposedly supporting.

Yeah, the original post did a poor job by cutting context. If they hadn’t, it would have fully pointed out how weird his support of the Thomson prison is. He was against it then, but now that a prison is bringing in money in his own state, he’s for it? That’s hypocrisy, and I don’t see him really addressing it anywhere. I saw that he says some of the grant money from the gov’t for the prison will be going to substance abuse treatment programs, but what a way to get it. Things said previously don’t give him a pass when it appears his attitude has changed now. He needs to better explain his support of the prison and his statement.

There’s a difference between saying that a new prison will bring jobs to your state and flipping your stance on sentencing reform. Even in the best of judicial systems, prisons would still be necessary. That is why I don’t read his recent announcement as a change in philosophy, but I do agree that he should explain his position. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, who he made the announcement with, had this to say:

"Thomson prison is critical not only because it will alleviate overcrowding of our nation’s prison system, but it will create over a thousand jobs locally and be an economic shot in the arm to a region that continues to struggle with unemployment." -Bustos

houseblack:

probablytruth:

thisiseverydayracism:

The prison-industrial complex is just a myth…right?

Ok, I’m in complete agreement about the problems with the prison system, but this is just dishonest. I went back to look at why the first tweet was taken from March. This is what I found.

He’s arguing in favor of dismantling of the exact thing you’re railing against him for supposedly supporting.

Yeah, the original post did a poor job by cutting context. If they hadn’t, it would have fully pointed out how weird his support of the Thomson prison is. He was against it then, but now that a prison is bringing in money in his own state, he’s for it? That’s hypocrisy, and I don’t see him really addressing it anywhere. I saw that he says some of the grant money from the gov’t for the prison will be going to substance abuse treatment programs, but what a way to get it. Things said previously don’t give him a pass when it appears his attitude has changed now. He needs to better explain his support of the prison and his statement.

There’s a difference between saying that a new prison will bring jobs to your state and flipping your stance on sentencing reform. Even in the best of judicial systems, prisons would still be necessary. That is why I don’t read his recent announcement as a change in philosophy, but I do agree that he should explain his position. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, who he made the announcement with, had this to say:

"Thomson prison is critical not only because it will alleviate overcrowding of our nation’s prison system, but it will create over a thousand jobs locally and be an economic shot in the arm to a region that continues to struggle with unemployment." -Bustos

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thisiseverydayracism:

The prison-industrial complex is just a myth…right?

Ok, I’m in complete agreement about the problems with the prison system, but this is just dishonest. I went back to look at why the first tweet was taken from March. This is what I found.

He’s arguing in favor of dismantling of the exact thing you’re railing against him for supposedly supporting.

thisiseverydayracism:

The prison-industrial complex is just a myth…right?

Ok, I’m in complete agreement about the problems with the prison system, but this is just dishonest. I went back to look at why the first tweet was taken from March. This is what I found.

He’s arguing in favor of dismantling of the exact thing you’re railing against him for supposedly supporting.

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postracialcomments:

Update, 4:30 p.m.: The ACLU, responding to BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner on Twitter, says that the officer involved in the incident described above has been removed from duty following a public ACLU complaint.

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But………..

this is great and all but lets observe the fact that the moment a WHITE journalist is threatened, action is taken…while Michael Brown’s murderer still walks freely and the police officers threatening the lives of black people/hitting them with tear gas and rubber bullets are still on the clock 

I’ve seen dozens of protesters tweeting that something like this has been said to them with a gun in their face. I think we all know it’s not just coming from this one guy. 

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"If you’re a student in one of the black schools here and you get into a fight you’ll probably get arrested and charged with assault. We have kids here who are barred from voting before they’re even old enough to register."

A black (male) protestor/resident of Ferguson, as quoted in Newsweek. 

Here is where the “talking-head”/op-ed bent of our media and culture has failed us. While they all want to bemoan the “12% voter turnout at the last election,” no one has the sense to ask about the structural forces that contribute to that low figure. Instead they (and I’m including Al Sharpton in this category) yell at black voters to do their part, or, when they’re being nice about it, try to get protestors to register to vote. But listen to those protestors who cannot vote. They’re telling us they never stood a chance.

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See also: It’s a privilege to throw out “Just go vote! Get your voice heard!” because everybody doesn’t get that.

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ethiopienne:

dragonheartedrabbit:

Going on right now in Ferguson: Police are raiding a church that has been stocked with medical supplies, food, and tear gas recovery kits for community members engaging in protests. This cannot be allowed to continue.

Stand up, speak out. 

This is real life. (x)

Twitter is getting this one half wrong. Police showed up at a school connected to the church, asserting that people were illegally being allowed to sleep there.  However, the church says that nothing was taken. x

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