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Almost every marginalized group that cites evidence of violence, especially police violence and abuse, is actually citing statistics against African-American members of that group.

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1. Police assault a gay man. It is reported and framed as an “anti-gay” attack. White gay people say “look at the terrible violence we face!”

He is a black man.

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2. Feminists decry the horrific new developments in regard to the criminalization of pregnancy, i.e. people with uteri who are prosecuted and/or sent to prison for refusing a c-section, having a miscarriage or stillbirth, having a mental illness, being perceived as “irresponsible”, et cetera.

White women: “this is happening to women!!!” News stories invariably show the pregnant bellies of white women. The stories are written by white women, and are addressed to white women. Which is also cissexist.

This is happening to Black and Native American women like Regina McKnight and Martha Greywind:

First, we describe characteristics of the women and the cases, finding that low-income women and women of color, especially African American women, are overrepresented among those who have been arrested or subjected to equivalent deprivations of liberty.

who are poor, and often living in the South, with its rich history of forced sterilizations and eugenics. South Carolina especially showed preference for sterilizing African American women.

From the report:

For example, in South Carolina thirty-four of ninety-three cases came from the contiguous counties of Charleston and Berkeley.

3. A white Autistic person writes the line, “Being mentally ill means that I am more likely to be shot by police”, and explains why hiding a mental illness can be a survival tool. 

Unfortunately, here in reality, those Autistic people who are shot to death by police can’t hide the immediate, visual fact that they are Black men.

Stephon Watts, 15

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Ernest Vassell, 57

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Stephen Eugene Washington, 27

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Roger Parker Jr., 9

Who was not killed, but was beaten by police and then arrested for aggravated assault to a police officer. [LINK INCLUDES IMAGE OF BATTERED CHILD]

4. The face of LGBT activism is white gay men writing about police violence toward white gay people. Pepper spray at a Pride Parade is big news. In fact, many articles defend a white gay man who assaulted a Black woman and told her to “go back to Africa”. White gay men love to write about how subject to violence they are.

The problem with that is, almost all of the violent crimes including murders are against gay people of color

and almost all of those (44 percent of overall) are against the “t” in LGBT

and nearly all of those crimes are against Trans* women of color

And those women are quite likely to be prosecuted, harassed, and/or arrested/assaulted by police when they are the VICTIMS of a violent crime.

Also, trans* women of color are sent to prison for surviving a vicious attack. After a trial in which evidence of the attacker’s racism, swastika tattoos, and criminal history is suppressed.

5. Disability advocacy organization in Washington decries disabled children being criminalized, arrested, and prosecuted for minor or nonexistent infractions. News sites report that Mississippi School-To-Prison Pipeline “targets African American AND disabled children”, and uses this image:

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When in fact, ALL of the children targeted were children of color:

all of them “children of color,” says Jody Owens, with the Southern Poverty Law Center–were routinely arrested at Meridian schools allegedly on the say-so of teachers or administrators, handcuffed and taken to jail where they were held for days on end without benefit of a hearing, a lawyer, or understanding their Miranda rights.

Meridian county is 55% African-American, and about 70% of schoolchildren are African American.

Disabled children of color face torture, imprisonment, vicious beatings perpetrated by teachers, and are African American children with or without disabilities are 3 1/2 times more likely to receive “disciplinary action” against them in school than white students.

6. There is a huge outcry against the NRA’s suggestion of armed guards at Elementary schools in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting.

A bare footnote or completely lost in this outcry is the fact that an overwhelming proportion of children of color, especially Black and Latino children, already go to schools with armed guards and police presence on the campus.

The notorious and unapologetic racist sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio, has sent out more than 3,000 untrained “posse” volunteers to “police” schools under his purview. This is when his “trained” deputies already torture, abuse, beat, and murder people of color in Maricopa County on a terrifyingly regular basis.

The problem is, if you are a Black student, the campus police may be quite likely to shoot you dead.

To come full circle, the student shot dead by police in the link above also had a mental illness.

Almost every marginalized group that cites evidence of overwhelming discrimination and violence, especially police violence and abuse, is actually citing statistics against African-American members of that group.

The point of all this is that journalism repeatedly fails to accurately report that people of color suffer the overwhelming majority of police violence. The racism built into the very foundations of American society and culture ensures that this violence continues, is under-reported, misrepresented as evidence of criminality, when it fact it is evidence of the criminalization of people of color, especially Black Americans.

If you are a white person, and you experience a particular axis of marginalization and want to give statistics on the violence you face as an oppressed person, especially in regards to police violence, you should consider checking whether these statistics accurately reflect the violence against white members of the marginalized group you belong to.

And also of note: police violence is the measure of which overtly sanctioned violence perpetrated by U.S. government and society is glaring gateway into overall violence and discrimination is perpetrated again people of color, especially Black Americans. It permeates the education system, the medical and mental health systems, the social security and welfare systems, the legal system, the higher education systems, the banking systems, the commercial and entrepreneurial systems, and every single institution.

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de—profundis:

[for me, the most ironic token of that moment in history is the plaque signed by president richard m. nixon that apollo 11 took to the moon. it reads: ‘we came in peace for all mankind.’ as the united states was dropping 7.5 megatons of conventional explosives on small nations in southeast asia, we congratulated ourselves on our humanity: we would harm no one on a lifeless rock. - carl sagan]

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de—profundis:

[for me, the most ironic token of that moment in history is the plaque signed by president richard m. nixon that apollo 11 took to the moon. it reads: ‘we came in peace for all mankind.’ as the united states was dropping 7.5 megatons of conventional explosives on small nations in southeast asia, we congratulated ourselves on our humanity: we would harm no one on a lifeless rock. - carl sagan]

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A picture began circulating in November. It should be “The Picture of the Year,” or perhaps, “Picture of the Decade.” It won’t be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the U.S. paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it.The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother’s womb. Little Samuel’s mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner’s remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby. As Dr. Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon’s finger. Dr. Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile.The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture, “Hand of Hope.” The text explaining the picture begins, “The tiny hand of 21-week-old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother’s uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life.”Little Samuel’s mother said they “wept for days” when they saw the picture. She said, “The photo reminds us pregnancy isn’t about disability or an illness, it’s about a little person” Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful. Now see the actual picture, and it is awesome…incredible….an d hey, pass it on! The world needs to see this one! 

At the bold, yeah no.
If you know even the basics of how a surgery is performed, you would know that the fetus reaching out and touching/grabbing the surgeon’s finger would be fucking impossible.
Do you think the mother of that fetus was awake during this surgery? NO.
She was put under anesthesia. Guess what happens when you put something in a pregnant person…IT ALSO GOES TO THE FETUS.
That’s why drinking alcohol or eating soft cheese or sushi is such a “no-no” for pregnant people. 
So, the mother was put under anesthesia and couldn’t move…HER FETUS COULDN’T EITHER. That is how pregnancy and anesthesia work.
Don’t take my word for it, though, take the actual surgeon’s:

The baby did not reach out. The baby was anesthetized. It was not aware of what was going on.

The surgeon never said that it was an emotional experience for him, the pro-life photographer who took said it. The surgeon pulled the hand out himself, as the fetus was fucking paralyzed at the time.
Here, I did your research for you:
Source #1 regarding the inaccuracy of this photo.
Source #2 regarding the inaccuracy of this photo.
Source #3 regarding the inaccuracy of this photo.
Finding those took me, like, four minutes of Googling and skimming.
Love,
Rabble

rabbleprochoice:

stankdank:

A picture began circulating in November. It should be “The Picture of the Year,” or perhaps, “Picture of the Decade.” It won’t be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the U.S. paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it.

The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother’s womb. Little Samuel’s mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner’s remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.

During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby. As Dr. Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon’s finger. Dr. Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile.

The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture, “Hand of Hope.” The text explaining the picture begins, “The tiny hand of 21-week-old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother’s uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life.”

Little Samuel’s mother said they “wept for days” when they saw the picture. She said, “The photo reminds us pregnancy isn’t about disability or an illness, it’s about a little person” Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful. Now see the actual picture, and it is awesome…incredible….an d hey, pass it on! The world needs to see this one! 

At the bold, yeah no.

If you know even the basics of how a surgery is performed, you would know that the fetus reaching out and touching/grabbing the surgeon’s finger would be fucking impossible.

Do you think the mother of that fetus was awake during this surgery? NO.

She was put under anesthesia. Guess what happens when you put something in a pregnant person…IT ALSO GOES TO THE FETUS.

That’s why drinking alcohol or eating soft cheese or sushi is such a “no-no” for pregnant people. 

So, the mother was put under anesthesia and couldn’t move…HER FETUS COULDN’T EITHER. That is how pregnancy and anesthesia work.

Don’t take my word for it, though, take the actual surgeon’s:

The baby did not reach out. The baby was anesthetized. It was not aware of what was going on.

The surgeon never said that it was an emotional experience for him, the pro-life photographer who took said it. The surgeon pulled the hand out himself, as the fetus was fucking paralyzed at the time.

Here, I did your research for you:

Source #1 regarding the inaccuracy of this photo.

Source #2 regarding the inaccuracy of this photo.

Source #3 regarding the inaccuracy of this photo.

Finding those took me, like, four minutes of Googling and skimming.

Love,

Rabble

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auntymana:

I’m thinking Watchmen.

auntymana:

I’m thinking Watchmen.

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Obama asks for stay of execution in Texas

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blackacrylic:

For all you clowns who justified Obama’s silence over the execution of Troy Davis:

President Obama is asking the Supreme Court to stay tomorrow’s planned execution of a Mexican citizen in Texas, arguing it could do “irreparable harm” to U.S. interests abroad.

In 1994, Humberto Leal Garcia Jr. was convicted of rape and murder and sentenced to death. Few are contesting his guilt, but an omission in the handling of his case may make things tough for American citizens arrested abroad: Leal wasn’t told that he could contact the Mexican Consulate.

The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, a treaty that includes 170 countries, says a foreigner who is arrested must be allowed access to her home country’s consulate. The International Court of Justice ruled in 2004 that U.S. states’ sentencing of 54 Mexican citizens to death without allowing them to contact the Mexican Consulate was a violation of the treaty. Then-president George W. Bush ordered Texas to review its policies, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that neither Texas nor any U.S. state could be held to an international treaty unless Congress passed a law binding them to it.

Now, President Obama is asking the Supreme Court to stay the execution until Congress passes such legislation, which was recently introduced in the Senate. The administration says the execution would do “irreparable harm” to U.S. interests abroad.

(via Yahoo)

Wow. 

I don’t fucking believe this…

shocked and dismayed right now…..deeply shocked and dismayed. 

so basically, he’s asking them to hold off on killing the dude until a law is passed… and then they can kill the dude?

i’m cool with that.

he didn’t ask for a commutation. he asked for a stay. those are two totally different things. stay just means “we’ll probably kill you later tho.”

i wish more of ya’ll would read sometimes.

if they kill this dude without him having been able to contact his consulate, it means american ppl who are arrested outside the states could be treated the same way. it means when your dumb asses go to [insert brown ppl’s country here] and do some stupid shit (like get caught “hiking”), they wouldn’t have to let you contact your consulate and get your ass out of prison. to quote the article: “But observers worry that foreign countries will be less willing to grant the thousands of U.S. citizens who are arrested abroad each year consular access if Leal is put to death.

it’s not saying he’s asking them to give him life in prison. he’s just asking them to hang out for a minute before they kill him.

i wish more of ya’ll would read.

He asked for that stay in July to comply with international law. And as it pertained to foreign policy it actually was within his jurisdiction in a way that the Troy Davis case was not. Unfortunately Texas went ahead with the execution without waiting for the law to change & thus further damaged U.S. relations with Mexico. POTUS has no legal standing to intervene in state level criminal or civil cases of American citizens. Feel free to use Google to learn some basic civics. You can start with the term “presidential pardons” if you like, so you’ll know once and for all that he could not intervene. 

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peecharrific:

the laughter i heard when they were trying to figure out who was going to recount what happened during Troy Davis’ murder was jarring - back to reality. cut through my emotions and i thought - they don’t care. they’re alive, and they don’t have to worry about lynching.
they don’t have to worry about lynching because they’re the ones who’ve been doing it since we were brought to this country.

[image: tweet from @fivefifths: “They laughed after he died. Well.”]

numol:

peecharrific:

the laughter i heard when they were trying to figure out who was going to recount what happened during Troy Davis’ murder was jarring - back to reality. cut through my emotions and i thought - they don’t care. they’re alive, and they don’t have to worry about lynching.

they don’t have to worry about lynching because they’re the ones who’ve been doing it since we were brought to this country.

[image: tweet from @fivefifths: “They laughed after he died. Well.”]

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