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This is not good. Apparently Trump has caused Israel to lose its gawd damned mind


Wow, race-based stress is at pandemic proportions in this country



'Calling the Police' Is White People's AppleCare for Black People

Damon Young
Today 11:42am Filed to: WHITE PEOPLE

You’d think learning that Sarah Braasch—the woman who called the police on Yale graduate student Lolade Siyonbola for #NappingWhileBlack—is a philosophy Ph.D. candidate who’s studied gender and law would add something to this story. A surprise, perhaps, that a person who has undoubtedly encountered lessons on unconscious bias and systemic oppression would be so transparently racist. Or maybe even a shock that someone so educated could do something so, well, stupid.

But nah. Hearing about her academic background is no different from discovering that her hair is brown or that her favorite movie is Die Hard With a Vengeance. It adds no context, provides no insight and doesn’t even begin to nudge the needle in either direction. We know, already, that racism—anti-blackness, specifically—follows white people wherever they happen to be, as if anti-blackness uses Waze to locate and track them. Yale, Yellowstone National Park, the year 2018—it doesn’t matter. For white people, being racist is Liam Neeson in Taken:

I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you.

That said, I strongly doubt that Braasch felt a genuine fear for her life. Just how I don’t believe that the white woman who called the police on the men in that Philly Starbucks did, or even that the white woman who harassed the men in Oakland, Calif., for #CookingOutWhileBlack did. Instead, they all felt uncomfortable. And not necessarily a discomfort that comes with mortal fear, but the way you might feel uncomfortable or annoyed if your Spotify playlist keeps crashing or if your new MacBook Pro can’t connect to your home Wi-Fi. For them—and for (too many) white people, in general—the police serve a similar function.


Friday on my mind

Friday Foster

Black Friday

Friday Morning

(Fill in the blank) while black

I’m writing this on my iPod, so please forgive the lack of links, but most of these incidents have been touched upon, both here and on Twitter and Facebook.

Question: Why are white people so fearful of people of color in general and black bodies in particular, that they would call the police on us for merely existing within their eyesight?

Just this last month alone, cops have been called on us for:

- Sitting quietly in a Starbucks while waiting for a friend.

- Napping in a college dorm public area.

- Being part of a college tour group

- Checking out of an AirBNB

- BBQing in a public park.

- Asking why there’s an extra charge for plastic dinnerware at a Waffle House

- Shopping for prom clothes.

- Taking one’s sweet time to shop at a Walmart

- Being the member of a gym and working out.

- Golfing.

Luckily, in all of these cases, no one was killed. However, history is replete with incidents where such a call had turned fatal.

Just recently cops killed a man who was sitting in his car while waiting for someone to finish shopping.

But I’m sure that it’s only a matter of time before more blood is spilled over merely existing within the mere presence of white people.

So, again I ask... Why?

"Was that Captain Hook?"


Sheep ain't got time for your mess...

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