Selma

What a stunning, important, moving, magnificent film. It might have not won the Oscar, but it will surely enter collective cultural memory and countless syllabi. The entire ensemble of actors and actresses was great, lead by a brilliant David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. Great directing and cinematography, too. For me, the “4 little girls” …

cccnnnfff: rafi-dangelo: Lisa Bloom, (Gloria Allred’s daughter) is an attorney, author, CNN legal analyst, and founder of general-practice law firm The Bloom Firm.  Let me just tell you it’s nice to see an actual lawyer reading McCulloch and his team for filth.  These words aren’t more valuable because she’s a white woman, but it’s certainly …

“Tragedy.”

One of the more terrifying aspects of U.S. culture at the moment is the normalization, if not naturalization, of violent deaths. Especially school shooting and police brutality, which should be rare and shocking incidents, are naturalized to a point where they are treated not so much as horrific human (inter)action, but as “tragedies.” Don’t misunderstand …

kittenspine: police are blaming social media because we’ve hit a point in social media where mass amounts of people are being made aware of events via first person accounts, through photos and videos and live streams  of course they’re blaming social media because social media is making it harder to lie and hide the truth  …

Critics generally don’t associate Black people with ideas. They see marginal people; they see just another story about Black folks. They regard the whole thing as sociologically interesting perhaps, but very parochial. There’s a notion out in the land that there are human beings one writes about, and then there are Black people or Indians …

$234,910

A GoFundMe campaign raised $234,910 and counting in support of Ferguson PD Officer Darren Wilson, the killer of Michael Brown who is currently not charged with a crime and is on leave with pay, as far as I know. The donations are even fucking tax-deductible.  Meanwhile, the preliminary grand jury case against Wilson is called “Michael Brown …

illbeoutback: If you’re protesting abortion, the Supreme Court says you can get right in women’s faces and scream at them on their way into the clinic. Because freedom of speech. But if you try and protest the murder of a black man, you get tear gas fired at you.

[Tweet by @DrJaneChi: Before you call Ferguson a “war zone” remember that one side is shooting & the other has their hands up.] Valid. In my mind, I’ve been comparing the images coming out of Ferguson with images of military coups in places like Thailand or Egypt: A highly militarized “police” cracking down, extremely violently, …