1. blazey:

    password to watch: laborday

    Spent the weekend upstate with some friends. We fell in love with horses and got a taste for Cider. It was so much fun. Thanks to Megan, Paul, and Sonya for being so fun!

    Music: “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

    Keeping it password protected so it doesn’t get taken down.

  2. NPR: After A Traffic Stop, Teen Was 'Almost Another Dead Black Male'

  3. What Black Parents Tell Their Sons About the Police

    These are conversations I recall my mom having with my brother. She told us that her father had these conversations with my five uncles.

    Now I have to worry about having the same conversation with my son. The more things change the more they stay the same. 

  4. cordjefferson:

Imagine writing “innocent until proven guilty” in support of a cop who served as an unarmed teenager’s judge, jury, and executioner. This is absolutely what America is about.

    cordjefferson:

    Imagine writing “innocent until proven guilty” in support of a cop who served as an unarmed teenager’s judge, jury, and executioner. This is absolutely what America is about.

  5. arler:

kateceratops:

People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.
This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:
Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.

http://www.gofundme.com/supportofficerwilson

Messages posted so far on the page include the following gems:
"Ofc. Wilson did his duty. Michael Brown was just a common street thug."
"Waste of good ammo. It’s my privilege to buy you a replacement box."
"Black people can be their own enemy and I am not white…He was shot 6 times cause the giant wouldn’t stop or die. Evil people don’t die quick"
"All self-respecting whites have a moral responsibility to support our growing number of martyrs to the failed experiment called diversity."
"I am so sick of the blacks using every excuse in the book to loot and riot."
"I support officer Wilson and he did a great job removing an unnecessary thing from the public!"
  via MotherJones: 
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    arler:

    kateceratops:

    People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.

    This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:

    Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.

    http://www.gofundme.com/supportofficerwilson

    Messages posted so far on the page include the following gems:

    "Ofc. Wilson did his duty. Michael Brown was just a common street thug."

    "Waste of good ammo. It’s my privilege to buy you a replacement box."

    "Black people can be their own enemy and I am not white…He was shot 6 times cause the giant wouldn’t stop or die. Evil people don’t die quick"

    "All self-respecting whites have a moral responsibility to support our growing number of martyrs to the failed experiment called diversity."

    "I am so sick of the blacks using every excuse in the book to loot and riot."

    "I support officer Wilson and he did a great job removing an unnecessary thing from the public!"

      via MotherJones

    (via jessiewongg)

  6. And the rest of us are not treated like human beings. Period.(x)

    (Source: yugottabesonice, via yahighway)

  7. Policing by consent

    jkottke:

    In light of the ongoing policing situation in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed man by a police officer and how the response to the community protests is highlighting the militarization of US police departments since 9/11, it’s instructive to look at one of the first and most successful attempts at the formation of a professional police force.

    The UK Parliament passed the first Metropolitan Police Act in 1829. The act was introduced by Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel, who undertook a study of crime and policing, which resulted in his belief that the keys to building an effective police force were to 1) make it professional (most prior policing had been volunteer in nature); 2) organize as a civilian force, not as a paramilitary force; and 3) make the police accountable to the public. The Metropolitan Police, whose officers were referred to as “bobbies” after Peel, was extremely successful and became the model for the modern urban police force, both in the UK and around the world, including in the United States.

    At the heart of the Metropolitan Police’s charter were a set of rules either written by Peel or drawn up at some later date by the two founding Commissioners: The Nine Principles of Policing. They are as follows:

    1. To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment.

    2. To recognise always that the power of the police to fulfil their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behaviour, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.

    3. To recognise always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing co-operation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.

    4. To recognise always that the extent to which the co-operation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately the necessity of the use of physical force and compulsion for achieving police objectives.

    5. To seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humour, and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.

    6. To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public co-operation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.

    7. To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

    8. To recognise always the need for strict adherence to police-executive functions, and to refrain from even seeming to usurp the powers of the judiciary of avenging individuals or the State, and of authoritatively judging guilt and punishing the guilty.

    9. To recognise always that the test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, and not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.

    As police historian Charles Reith noted in 1956, this philosophy was radical when implemented in London in the 1830s and “unique in history and throughout the world because it derived not from fear but almost exclusively from public co-operation with the police, induced by them designedly by behaviour which secures and maintains for them the approval, respect and affection of the public”. Apparently, it remains radical in the United States in 2014. (thx, peter)

  8. dorothyparkerwashere:

    nowinexile:

    The last words said by Black youth murdered by policemen. 

    I can’t stop sobbing

    (via maudnewton)

  9. High Res

    (Source: galixies, via lesleykat)

  10. slaughterhouse90210:

“I want to just be lazy and I want some of the people around me to be doing things, because that makes me feel comfortable and safe - and I want some of them to be doing nothing at all, because they can be graceful and companionable for me.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned
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    slaughterhouse90210:

    “I want to just be lazy and I want some of the people around me to be doing things, because that makes me feel comfortable and safe - and I want some of them to be doing nothing at all, because they can be graceful and companionable for me.”
    ― F. Scott Fitzgerald,
    The Beautiful and Damned