Fun Times with the First Amendment

Baggy, sagging pants might not be protected by the constitution, while Klans robes and Nazi uniforms are. That’s at least what white, at least middle-class, not-young Danny Cevallos thinks in a piece for CNN.  I get the “sagging pants don’t have a clear message” argument (however, I hope people wearing their pants low in actual …

Junot Diaz on Vampires’ Reflections and Representation.

Via lovingmyselfishard: ““You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny …

Telling [people of color] they’re obsessed with racism is like telling a drowning person they’re obsessed with swimming. Hari Kondabolu  [This version of Kondabolu’s line is paraphrased. This is the original line. Both are on point.]

kenobi-wan-obi: wespeakfortheearth: Detroit cop who killed 7-year-old girl walks free after mistrial Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley was spared a felony conviction on Tuesday over the killing of a 7-year-old girl after a jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared, according to Detroit Free Press. Weekley shot and killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones on the night of …

Among young black men in America, about 10 percent are currently incarcerated. It’s shocking, but we’ve almost grown used to it. But while those young men are in prison, what’s happening to their wives, girlfriends, mothers and sisters? Eviction. A new study coming out of Milwaukee shows that eviction is for black women what incarceration …

“Film the Police” by B. Dolan feat. Toki Wright, Jasiri X, Buddy Peace, Sage Francis is sort of a Strange Famous Records all-star re-working of N.W.A.’s “Fuck the Police” in response to the perceived increase of police brutality surrounding the Occupy protests.  I’m still not claiming A.C.A.B., but maybe one of the results of these protests …