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So I’ve seen this floating around on Facebook a bit over the last few days and I would just like to take a moment to say, FUCK THIS POST.
This is not even remotely a fair comparison, and this Jeff Cox character needs to shut the fuck up. The wording here is clearly not about trying to bring attention to other injustices of America, but about trying to distract from the real issues of institutionalised racism. This is delivered in the same way that MRAs scream “yeah, well men get raped too!” solely to try to further strip female survivors of validity and justice, not out of any sense of solidarity or legitimate sympathy.
This post is so fucking problematic and so painfully blatantly racist and offensive and I just want to cry each time I see it.
For starters, I can’t imagine this girl didn’t get coverage in her hometown, which is where these stories belong anyway. (Especially, let’s face it, given that her killers were black, as Cox seems so happy to point out, it’s just about a guarantee she made her local news.) In fact, national coverage of murders like this one make copycat killers more likely to appear around the country, so a lack of national coverage is actually a good thing here.
But there is so much more we need to acknowledge here. Why are Mike Brown and Ferguson getting so much national coverage? Is that actually a real question? Maybe it’s because he was an unarmed kid just trying to cross the street when he was shot six times by Darren Wilson, a police officer, despite the fact that his autopsy proved what we already knew, that we was on his knees with his hands up. And maybe it’s because the system opted to protect Wilson over Brown, over his friends and family, and over his entire city. Because there have been militarised police throwing tear gas at peaceful protestors, even launching canisters into people’s front lawns. Because if we’re going to talk about rioting, let’s tell the truth. The citizens of Ferguson just wanted to mourn and maybe find some justice. The police are the ones inciting riots.
Let’s also remember, too, that Autumn Pasquale’s death, while certainly a very sad and very unfortunate event, was far more likely to be an isolated incident and was most certainly not the product of pervasive systematic oppression. She was not just another name in a long list of people who died at the hands of the system for simply existing inside skin of a certain colour.
If her community held any public, peaceful vigils for her, I highly doubt that any police felt the need to intervene. Police that, mind you, are not only better equipped and better armoured than American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also lack any regard or training for proper conflict resolution or rules of engagement. You know, for those riots that they started.
I’m also quite sure the number of civilians and journalists alike attacked with tear gas and rubber bullets for caring about/reporting her death is a nice round zero.
So fuck you, Jeff Cox. You are not only completely missing the point while being part of the problem, but you are audacious enough to use one tragedy to attempt to distract from another. That’s not fair to anyone, including Autumn Pasquale and her loved ones. If there is a hell, there will be a special place for you. So how about instead of trying to skew everyone’s perspective for your inherently racist agenda, maybe you should either try to educate yourself to speak from someplace besides your ass, or just stop speaking altogether.
i sleep with doors open, blessing every breeze that blows in,
counting the mosquitoes that crawl over my skin
colonial sins, the white world’s twin, racism’s in, the patriarchy says
sexism doesn’t exist
EAT MY FIST—
still worried about thin, is this milk fat or skim? will god forgive me if i don’t go to the gym? sweet ignorance by virtue of having white skin,
masculinity runs thick, folks thriving off hate
using homophobia to appear more straight
c’mon guys, don’t you know everyone is more than a little bit gay?
sunvapor said: What the fucks happening in Ferguson?
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.