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BREAKING: In Ferguson, cops hand out 3 warrants per household every year

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Alex Tabarrok comments on the rather remarkable caseload of Ferguson’s municipal court:

You don’t get $321 in fines and fees and 3 warrants per household from an about-average crime rate. You get numbers like this from bullshit arrests for jaywalking and constant “low level harassment involving traffic stops, court appearances, high fines, and the threat of jail for failure to pay.”

If you have money, for example, you can easily get a speeding ticket converted to a non-moving violation. But if you don’t have money it’s often the start of a downward spiral that is hard to pull out of….If you are arrested and jailed you will probably lose your job and perhaps also your apartment—all because of a speeding ticket.

We’ve all seen a number of stories like this recently, and it prompts a question: why are police departments allowed to fund themselves with ticket revenue in the first place? Or red light camera revenue. Or civil asset forfeiture revenue. Or any other kind of revenue that provides them with an incentive to be as hardass as possible. Am I missing something when I think that this makes no sense at all?

This is sort of a genuine question. I know these policies are common, but where did they come from? Are they deliberate, created by politicians who like the idea of giving their local cops an incentive to get tough? Were they mostly the idea of police departments themselves, who figured the revenue from fines would provide a net boost in their annual funding? Or did they just accrete over time, popping up whenever there was a budget crisis and then never going away?

Does anyone know?

Source: Kevin Drum for Mother Jones

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kirotv.com
globalpoetics:

White American Brutally Assaults Korean Man in a Hate Crime


Shoreline, Washington, USA —
A Korean man, Jae Kang Lee, was beaten and dragged into busy Ballinger Way in Shoreline on October 26. Police said the only motivation for the attack appeared to be the victim’s race.
They arrested Dion Packard of Arlington and charged him with malicious harassment and assault. Eyewitnesses said the beating was unprovoked. Michael Alford was pumping gas when he noticed the attack at a bus stop just 30 feet away.
He said Packard slammed Lee’s head into the bus stop pole and then the man collapsed and Packard started kicking him. The eyewitness said, “It became very scary, very quickly. He said Packard grabbed his victim around the neck and pulled him into Ballinger Way.
Alford said, "It looked to me like he was going to actually throw him into the oncoming traffic." Alford ran out onto the street, waved his arms and said “stop, stop.” Two other bystanders joined him to stop the beating and that’s when the attacker started to protest. According to Alford, he said, "Why are you helping him? Don’t you know this man’s Japanese? Don’t you know what we did for them in Vietnam?"

via http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/man-attacked-bus-stop-because-race/nbgwc/

globalpoetics:

White American Brutally Assaults Korean Man in a Hate Crime

Shoreline, Washington, USA —

A Korean man, Jae Kang Lee, was beaten and dragged into busy Ballinger Way in Shoreline on October 26. Police said the only motivation for the attack appeared to be the victim’s race.

They arrested Dion Packard of Arlington and charged him with malicious harassment and assault. Eyewitnesses said the beating was unprovoked. Michael Alford was pumping gas when he noticed the attack at a bus stop just 30 feet away.

He said Packard slammed Lee’s head into the bus stop pole and then the man collapsed and Packard started kicking him. The eyewitness said, “It became very scary, very quickly. He said Packard grabbed his victim around the neck and pulled him into Ballinger Way.

Alford said, "It looked to me like he was going to actually throw him into the oncoming traffic." Alford ran out onto the street, waved his arms and said “stop, stop.” Two other bystanders joined him to stop the beating and that’s when the attacker started to protest. According to Alford, he said, "Why are you helping him? Don’t you know this man’s Japanese? Don’t you know what we did for them in Vietnam?"

via http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/man-attacked-bus-stop-because-race/nbgwc/

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jcoleknowsbest
jcoleknowsbest:

So my facebook friend just posted this pic with this text….


Well, I just witnessed blatant racial injustice with my own eyes. I was getting in my car after exiting a store when a young black man stumbled past me and collapsed against the store wall. When I got out to see if he was okay, a group of white people came rushing over, one of whom was a 20-something white woman who declared in distress, “I ran a red light and hit him with my car!” People immediately assured her that SHE would be okay, meanwhile the young man is writhing in pain on the ground, pants leg torn, tears running down his face. When the police arrived and the young woman explained what happened, it was suggested to her that maybe the light had been yellow and that the young man had “darted out into the street into her path.” I was floored. I said, “But she just SAID she ran the red light and hit him in the intersection!” 





The police officers then led the young woman away and began talking with her privately in low tones. When the paramedics FINALLY got there I was surprised at the hostility they showed towards the young man. One blonde female EMT (shown in the photo) suggested that he couldn’t be THAT hurt if he was able to walk from the place where he was struck to the sidewalk where he finally collapsed. White bystanders commented several times about “What that poor girl must be going through.” I was the only one who commented on what the young man must be going through, what, with his mangled leg and all. I am absolutely positive that in the end “that poor girl” will be absolved of all wrongdoing and be able to go on her merry way. After all, she just ran a red light and slammed her car into the body of some black kid on a bike, right?And people wonder why black people are so angry and want to break shit.

jcoleknowsbest:

So my facebook friend just posted this pic with this text….

Well, I just witnessed blatant racial injustice with my own eyes. I was getting in my car after exiting a store when a young black man stumbled past me and collapsed against the store wall. When I got out to see if he was okay, a group of white people came rushing over, one of whom was a 20-something white woman who declared in distress, “I ran a red light and hit him with my car!” People immediately assured her that SHE would be okay, meanwhile the young man is writhing in pain on the ground, pants leg torn, tears running down his face. When the police arrived and the young woman explained what happened, it was suggested to her that maybe the light had been yellow and that the young man had “darted out into the street into her path.” I was floored. I said, “But she just SAID she ran the red light and hit him in the intersection!” 

The police officers then led the young woman away and began talking with her privately in low tones. When the paramedics FINALLY got there I was surprised at the hostility they showed towards the young man. One blonde female EMT (shown in the photo) suggested that he couldn’t be THAT hurt if he was able to walk from the place where he was struck to the sidewalk where he finally collapsed. White bystanders commented several times about “What that poor girl must be going through.” I was the only one who commented on what the young man must be going through, what, with his mangled leg and all. I am absolutely positive that in the end “that poor girl” will be absolved of all wrongdoing and be able to go on her merry way. After all, she just ran a red light and slammed her car into the body of some black kid on a bike, right?

And people wonder why black people are so angry and want to break shit.

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blacksupervillain
designbydiaspora:

straighttohelvetica:

the-goddamazon:

blacksupervillain:

White people are ghouls

Savages.

This bothered me all morning. The idea that I live near people like this has been hanging over me for weeks and has literally leeched the energy and spirit from me. 
But when I went to Google to learn more about what happened, it turned out that the bar was not advertising this. Instead, a customer wrote it and he was then thrown out the bar and banned for life.
The bar owner went on to say that he had a half-black son.

And that they ”drove through Ferguson yesterday and [he] … would be the last person to joke about Michael Brown.”
This alone doesn’t fix things. Someone still wrote those awful things on that sign. But hearing the rest of this story does make me feel a little less terrible.
Because what I really need to see more of right now is proof that people aren’t as awful as I’m starting to believe they are.

So disrespectful!!

designbydiaspora:

straighttohelvetica:

the-goddamazon:

blacksupervillain:

White people are ghouls

Savages.

This bothered me all morning. The idea that I live near people like this has been hanging over me for weeks and has literally leeched the energy and spirit from me. 

But when I went to Google to learn more about what happened, it turned out that the bar was not advertising this. Instead, a customer wrote it and he was then thrown out the bar and banned for life.

The bar owner went on to say that he had a half-black son.

And that they ”drove through Ferguson yesterday and [he] … would be the last person to joke about Michael Brown.”

This alone doesn’t fix things. Someone still wrote those awful things on that sign. But hearing the rest of this story does make me feel a little less terrible.

Because what I really need to see more of right now is proof that people aren’t as awful as I’m starting to believe they are.

So disrespectful!!

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lookdifferentmtv

blackfashion:

pallet-town-julie-brown:

kudos to mtv for spreading this message tho

Turn the fuck up MTV

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processedlives

processedlives:

From Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route by Saidiya Hartman

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everythingrhymeswithalcohol

Michael Brown's Father Asks People Not To Protest The Day Of His Son's Funeral

everythingrhymeswithalcohol:

"I would like for no protesting going on," Michael Brown Sr. said during an interview on Hot 104.1 FM, a hip-hop radio station in St. Louis. "We just want a moment of silence that whole day. Just out of respect for our son."

Brown went on air this morning with the Demetrious Johnson Show, which runs from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Michael Brown’s funeral is set for 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, in a church in St. Louis that can accommodate up to 4,500 people. Three White House officials, Rev. Al Sharpton, and thousands of community members are expected to attend.”

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blacknoonajade
kyssthis16:

sxylk:

blacknoonajade:

northwestwhore:

blacknoonajade:

This is the picture that is being spread around Twitter that “proves” Michael was charging the officer.

1. Michael Brown wasn’t a skinny athletic white woman running the fucking 100m dash off blocks. 
2. He had on flips flops. You ever tried running in some flops? Even if he had on sneakers, they aren’t track cleats that weigh next to nothing.
3.He had to have weighed an easy 200+ lbs. Do you think he could match the angle of her body considering THEY WERE DIFFERENT HEIGHTS AND WEIGHTS?
4. THIS ISN’T HOW PHYSICS AND GUN TRAJECTORY WORK AND COMMON SENSE WORK.
Stop it. Stop proving how stupid you are. It’s hilarious to see you try.
Source: https://twitter.com/leeleemunster/status/502561868641476608
(TW: It’s on of the most idiotic anti-liberal Twitter pages I’ve had the unfortunate luck to come across) 

dumbest post ive seen. OBVIOUSLY mike brown wasnt a skinny white woman, but he was a BIG 300 lbs black male. Everyone pumps their arms when they run. It’s how running works. so i dont see your argument in that. positioning all the same, except he was most likely standing up taller, not so bent over. If gun shots couldnt stop Brown advancing toward the officer, please tell me how his lack of adequate footwear would. You’re a liberal, how would you even know how guns work? How can you be so ignorant to this? All this new evidence is coming out, and you still refuse to acknowledge it. 

Okay, Bethany, I’m going to call you Bethany because fuck you. And I’m going to explain this in a very slow and simple way for you to digest, okay, babydoll?
Alright! Let’s Go! We will start with a picture.

It’s the muthafucking scientific method! You remember this right? I’m kind of getting the feeling that you might not by the unstructured blogglob of a paragraph you spewed from your mouthhole, but we’ll just assume you do. 
How this science thing works:
1. Ask a question. Could a 200lb+ be shot as the autopsy photos show if he was charging towards someone else? 
Well, gee! I don’t know. Let’s continue to the next step! 
2. Background research: What angle would he have to be in for the bullets to land in the places he was shot?
I still don’t know! Let’s try it out! We have to find a model for the problem….  
(Finds picture of a athletic white woman frozen in one position.)
HOL UP HOL UP HOL UP WHOA DERE!
CLASS WE HAVE A PROOOBLEM! 
You see! The way science works is, when you’ve asked yourself a question and are trying to prove it,  YOU FIRST MUST REPLICATE THE PROBLEM.
You wouldn’t ask “Why white people age the way that they do” by studying an Asian. You would study a white person. 
So, if the picture is of a skinny athletic white person and they are using that to prove how a 200+ lbs man was shot in the same place (with the assumption that 6 shots could be fired at the SAME DAMN TIME or timed so precisely that they land EXACTLY how the picture has it), GUESS WHAT? The square peg wouldn’t fit in the round hole. 
DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUN. 
Okay, class (and Bethany) what did we learn today. TO PROVE YOUR POINT, you can’t use an abstract example! (or be stupid enough to FALL FOR IT). 
Now sit your silly ass down and shut up. 

'Why white people age the way they do'…
…
*GOES BALD*

A snatching of a lifetime, bruh. Bethany, go home.

kyssthis16:

sxylk:

blacknoonajade:

northwestwhore:

blacknoonajade:

This is the picture that is being spread around Twitter that “proves” Michael was charging the officer.

1. Michael Brown wasn’t a skinny athletic white woman running the fucking 100m dash off blocks. 

2. He had on flips flops. You ever tried running in some flops? Even if he had on sneakers, they aren’t track cleats that weigh next to nothing.

3.He had to have weighed an easy 200+ lbs. Do you think he could match the angle of her body considering THEY WERE DIFFERENT HEIGHTS AND WEIGHTS?

4. THIS ISN’T HOW PHYSICS AND GUN TRAJECTORY WORK AND COMMON SENSE WORK.

Stop it. Stop proving how stupid you are. It’s hilarious to see you try.

Source: https://twitter.com/leeleemunster/status/502561868641476608

(TW: It’s on of the most idiotic anti-liberal Twitter pages I’ve had the unfortunate luck to come across) 

dumbest post ive seen. OBVIOUSLY mike brown wasnt a skinny white woman, but he was a BIG 300 lbs black male. Everyone pumps their arms when they run. It’s how running works. so i dont see your argument in that. positioning all the same, except he was most likely standing up taller, not so bent over. If gun shots couldnt stop Brown advancing toward the officer, please tell me how his lack of adequate footwear would. You’re a liberal, how would you even know how guns work? How can you be so ignorant to this? All this new evidence is coming out, and you still refuse to acknowledge it. 

Okay, Bethany, I’m going to call you Bethany because fuck you. And I’m going to explain this in a very slow and simple way for you to digest, okay, babydoll?

Alright! Let’s Go! We will start with a picture.

It’s the muthafucking scientific method! You remember this right? I’m kind of getting the feeling that you might not by the unstructured blogglob of a paragraph you spewed from your mouthhole, but we’ll just assume you do. 

How this science thing works:

1. Ask a question. Could a 200lb+ be shot as the autopsy photos show if he was charging towards someone else? 

Well, gee! I don’t know. Let’s continue to the next step! 

2. Background research: What angle would he have to be in for the bullets to land in the places he was shot?

I still don’t know! Let’s try it out! We have to find a model for the problem….  

(Finds picture of a athletic white woman frozen in one position.)

HOL UP HOL UP HOL UP WHOA DERE!

CLASS WE HAVE A PROOOBLEM! 

You see! The way science works is, when you’ve asked yourself a question and are trying to prove it,  YOU FIRST MUST REPLICATE THE PROBLEM.

You wouldn’t ask “Why white people age the way that they do” by studying an Asian. You would study a white person. 

So, if the picture is of a skinny athletic white person and they are using that to prove how a 200+ lbs man was shot in the same place (with the assumption that 6 shots could be fired at the SAME DAMN TIME or timed so precisely that they land EXACTLY how the picture has it), GUESS WHAT? The square peg wouldn’t fit in the round hole. 

DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUN. 

Okay, class (and Bethany) what did we learn today. TO PROVE YOUR POINT, you can’t use an abstract example! (or be stupid enough to FALL FOR IT). 

Now sit your silly ass down and shut up. 

'Why white people age the way they do'

*GOES BALD*

A snatching of a lifetime, bruh. Bethany, go home.

dynastylnoire

He Was Raised By A White Mom And Didn't Think The Cops Were Out To Get Him. Until They Got Him.

startorrent02:

jakethecubbers:

so-treu:

afro-dominicano:

dynastylnoire:

I heard his story on NPR. His mom raised him to “not see color” etc. And the cops beat  the hell out of him when they pulled him over. It took seeing him in jail beaten half to death for her to see that race matters every day.

"I thought that love would conquer all and skin color really didn’t matter. I had to learn the really hard way when they almost killed you."

yo fuck these white moms who be putting their Black kids in danger because they wanna be on some post-hippe everything is love and sunshine bullshit. that’s fucking child endangerment.

I HAVE to say something because don’t blame the mother for teaching their child to be color blind… blame the POLICE. 

White people (especially you allies), please remember that color blindness is YOUR PRIVILEGE & OUR NIGHTMARE. Because of the way YOUR ancestors set up the CURRENT society, visible POC will be treated as LESS THAN HUMAN, EVEN BY YOU. If you don’t believe it just take a look at the responses you give to people of color - you dismiss our facts/proofs/claims/feelings about the racism that exists because YOU CANNOT BELIEVE IT. YOU HAVE INTERNALIZED RACISM SO MUCH THAT YOU CANNOT SEE THE FORESTS FOR THE TREES WHEN YOURE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT. Do NOT tell us who to blame - doing that makes an individual as controlling and violent as the very system itself and spits in the face of all the black people and POC that have experienced brutality and death at the hands of whites SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY EXIST.

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stitchomancy

seekingwillow:

stitchomancy:

White people really need to understand that Nicki Minaj is not for them. She’s not talking to them or living an experience that they experience even in a small percentage. She is not for them, she is no talking to them. 

All of these thinkpieces and policymic posts with white people (esp white women) acting like the Anaconda song and video  are the most sexist things to ever exist, these posts acting like Nicki is hurting black people (black women specifically) by shaking her ass and talking about sex, need to be erased from the internet.

It is not for you. She is not talking to you, white people. She is not talking about you.

Get over yourselves and quit making those ridiculous ass, concern-trolling “oh well hip hop is the most sexist genre ever and Nicki is as appropriative/exploitative as Katy/Miley/Madonna” posts and go educate yourself as to why Black women’s bodies and what they do with them are none of your damn business if you’re not a fucking black woman.

___

Nicki Minaj grew up, at least partially, in a country where the establishment was post colonial black and artists related to a black audience. Then she moved and got involved with hiphop, where again the originators are black and spoke to a black audience.

Yt ppl want everything. And mad as hell they can’t claim her, cause they don’t understand even half of what she says. So instead they want to vilify her.

But she ain’t talking to you. She’s not here for you. Like, you can buy a gluten-free cookie, but it wasn’t made for you unless you’ve got gluten allergies, wheat allergies or celiac or maybe even Crohn’s.

It’s the same deal where in the US you tell people under 21 how “The booze isn’t here for you. Yes you see the commercials, and yes it’s in stores you frequent, but it ain’t for you.”

In this case, it’ll NEVER be for yt ppl. They’re just around when it’s happening.

Also I’m apt to slap anyone talking about Minaj as appropriative, cause do you know what an ACTUAL melting pot Trinidad is? There’s lots of things that can be referenced that speak more towards the island than the originating culture - I can’t even.

Yt ppl can’t stand the fact that she’ll take their money, but she ain’t here for them. They never like to see that shit turned around on them.