Horror stories about Muslim misogyny have long been used by western patriarchs to justify imperialism abroad and sexism at home. The Guardian’s Katharine Viner reminds us about Lord Cromer, the British consul general in Egypt from 1883. Cromer believed the Egyptians were morally and culturally inferior in their treatment of women and that they should be “persuaded or forced” to become “civilised” by disposing of the veil.
"And what did this forward-thinking, feminist-sounding veil-burner do when he got home to Britain?" asks Viner. "He founded and presided over the Men’s League for Opposing Women’s Suffrage, which tried, by any means possible, to stop women getting the vote. Colonial patriarchs like Cromer … wanted merely to replace eastern misogyny with western misogyny." More than a century later, the same logic is used to imply that misogyny only matters when it isn’t being done by white men."
Officer Darren Wilson is Innocent.
I’m a Black woman and I know this to be true. Innocent because he’s simply an unsuspecting pawn in the ever revolving wheel of racism in this country.
I have no doubt in my mind that when he saw Michael Brown, 6’4, darker skinned, and 292 lbs he felt his life was in danger. After all, Brown was clearly an animal that needed to be neutralized. All Blacks are, that’s why they kill each other at such alarming rates right?
If it’s one thing that slavery has ensconced into the minds of White Americans, it’s an unhealthy fear of the people of the African Diaspora. This fear was born out of guilt. Guilt of devaluing an entire group of people and putting them on the level of animal through the stripping of culture and forbiddance of education. Guilt born out of holding an entire race of people against their will and forcing them to build this country without ever a thought of being paid for it. Guilt that this once great race of people who helped Europeans emerging from the Dark Ages rediscover their history, were now only as good as the next crop and rape to satisfy some sick fetish of the Black Woman’s body. Guilt of using inhumane tactics to punish, subdue, and beat into submission Black bodies who did not accept their unwavering rule, and even those who did.
This guilt was built on all of the above and given credence when slaves like Nat Turner made good on the White man’s worst fear by reacting to the inhumanity shown towards his people. No one was spared at the hands of the disgruntled slaves led by Turner and it proved to Whites that Blacks were indeed animalistic criminals of the lowest order.
That mindset among many has not been eradicated. No, more than 200 years after slavery, it has festered in the hearts and minds of many.
It then manifests itself when a White woman clutches her purse while walking by a well dressed, tall, Black man.
It’s evident when one bad deed done by one Black man is indicative of the entire Black race.
It’s evident when the cab driver passes by every last Black person and will stop for every last White person.
And more often than not it shows itself when Black men are pulled over, stopped on the street, and addressed in Walmart by police who have this animalistic, criminal view of the Black man embedded in their head.
It’s this view that immediately makes them put their hand on the trigger and shoot until the threat (though imaginary is neutralized). Because the threat was very real. After all, he was Black and all Black men are animals. Strong, big, Black animals that need to be taken down.
And even if you think you don’t share this animalistic view of Blacks, when you justify this killing by saying the kid should have respected authority then you too are guilty.
When you say but what about Black on Black crime and ignore that 84% of Whites are killed by Whites then you indeed view the Black race as animals and worthy of collective punishment.
Michael Brown is guilty. He’s guilty of being Black and inheriting the skin that was so despised throughout this country’s history. Most of all he is guilty of not knowing his place. Of not realizing that it’s a separate system of justice that is meted out in this country.
He isn’t the only one.
John Crawford was also unarmed, had just purchased a pellet gun and someone (I won’t presume to know their race) called the cops and reported an armed suspicious looking Black man roaming the aisles of Walmart. Cause you know, if there’s anything more scarier than a Black man it’s a Black man with a gun, ask Huey P. Newton. The police upon arriving immediately shot and killed him while Crawford was on the phone with the mother of his children.
Because he’s Black.
Because he is an animal capable of super human strength.
Nevermind that groups of Whites have been roaming stores and restaurants with guns out in the open to push an open carry law. These men, women, and children were all unharmed. But they of course aren’t guilty of living while being Black.
So you see, Officer Wilson is innocent.
Brown, Crawford, Diallo, Grant, Kimani Gray, Ousmane Zongo, Sean Bell, Victor Steen, Wendell Allen, Ramarley Graham, the list goes on and on. They were all guilty.
Guilty of what?
Living while being Black.
i’m just going to leave this here
This is the self-proclaimed liberal newspaper of record. Would make Fox News blush.
According to the Washington Post, up until three years ago Darren Wilson worked for the Jennings Police Department, located not far from from the city of Ferguson. The Jennings police department was also made up of mostly white officers, who were supposed to be protecting and serving a mostly black community. Instead, there were so many problems between the police and residents of the town, that the entire 45 person police force was fired. Wilson was one of the officers who lost his job, when the Jennings police force was disbanded.
The city of Jennings has a population of only 14,000 residents, 89 percent of those citizens are black. The racial make-up of the city’s police force, on the other hand, was something like 43 white officers to two black officers. Much like Ferguson, the poverty rate is high and full time employment is scarce. Rodney Epps, one of the Jennings city council members who voted to disband the entire police force, told the Washington Post that the city was plagued racial tension.
“The straw that broke the camel’s back, an officer shot at a female. She was stopped for a traffic violation. She had a child in the back [of the] car and was probably worried about getting locked up. And this officer chased her down Highway 70, past city limits, and took a shot at her. Just ridiculous,”
Epps said during an interview, published on August 23.
After a string of lawsuits over unnecessary force, including accusations of police beating and attacking residents without cause, along with federal and state investigations that revealed fraud and corruption inside the Jennings police department, the city council realized that the entire force was a liability, instead of an asset.
The council voted 6-1 to shut down the Jennings police department, fire all 45 officers who belonged to it, and start over.
While there are no specific reports about Darren Wilson at this time, Lt. Jeff Fuestang, who was appointed to run the city’s new police department described conditions in Jennings at the time the that Wilson was fired:
“There was a disconnect between the community and the police department. There were just too many instances of police tactics which put the credibility of the police department in jeopardy. Complaints against officers. There was a communication breakdown between the police and the community. There were allegations involving use of force that raised questions.”
So much for that spotless record. Darren Wilson, along with 44 other cops, was fired because of serious misconduct, excessive force and rampant corruption. Why is that not on his record?
Today, my 11 year old nephew came home from school crying. Apparently, he said he liked boys and several kids called him a faggot. I tried to comfort him, saying he was no such thing. And you know what he said? “I’m not crying for me. They just called me faggot. I’m crying for them cause they don’t understand love, and that’s sad.”
I’ve never been so fucking proud of anyone in my life.
He called on parents to take responsibility for their sons’ actions, saying parents must teach their sons the difference between right and wrong.
"When we hear about these rapes our heads hang in shame," Mr Modi said.
"Young girls are always asked so many questions by their parents, like ‘where are you going?’. But do parents dare to ask their sons where they are going?" he asked.
“Those who commit rape are also someone’s sons. It’s the responsibility of the parents to stop them before they take the wrong path,” he added.
Okay, say what you want about him, but this is a big deal. This is Prime Minister Modi’s first Independence Day address since being elected. And instead of using this time to talk about Pakistan, like every other Independence Day speech in the past, he stood up there and talked about INDIA’s need for improvement. And amongst his topics, he talked about rape.
And he didn’t describe it as “accidental” or “boys making mistakes”, and he didn’t state that women need to “dress more dignified”, all of which have been said by other Indian politicians. For once, we’re hearing someone put the blame on the rapist, and actually calling out parents to raise their sons properly. Like everyone else, I’m still hoping Modi isn’t another PM who is all talk.
Dennis Krauss was dispatched to the home of a woman who called 911 alleging that her husband had hit her. Rather than arresting the husband, however, Krauss asked the victim to ride with him in his police car. Once she was in his car, “Krauss told the victim that he could take her to jail if he wanted to” or, if she did not want to be arrested, she could have sex with him instead. Krauss’ words, according to the court opinion, were “[w]e can go to the motel or you can go to jail.”
At the motel, Krauss drew his service weapon and told the woman that he wanted to anally penetrate her with the gun. When she refused, and began to cry, “Krauss then pushed her back, pulled off her pants, and had sex with her.” And then he drove her home to the same husband that led her to call the police in the first place.
Krauss was convicted of sexual assault against a person in custody, and this one instance of sexual assault is far from the only allegation against him. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “[h]is record was filled with allegations of misconduct: that he beat a prisoner so severely the man’s brain bled; that he threatened to fabricate charges against a suspect so he could sleep with the man’s wife; that he pressured at least 10 women for sex to avoid arrest.” The former cop, for his part, is unrepentant. When asked about his sexual assault conviction, he claims that “[t]here wasn’t any crime,” and that “I was dealt a bad hand.”
And yet, in July of 2013, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles restored Krauss’ right to carry a firearm. According to a Journal-Constitution tally, he is one of 358 violent felons who regained these rights over a six year period. That includes 32 violent felons who killed someone, and 44 who committed sex crimes.
Not many people know this, but in many states, people convicted of any felony lose their right to vote, but not their right to bear arms.
Reporters confirm that police & advisors concealed the identity of Darren Wilson until he could delete all social media & move out of state.
Wow though. Darren Wilson, Ferguson’s PD and the rest of his and their supporters are an extra special breed of scumbag. What incriminating shit did he have online that needed to be swept under the rug so quickly?
I guarantee you there was some racist shit on his facebook