Tori Amos - We Float (PJ Harvey cover)
I’m really bored right now
The start of the school year in Ferguson was pushed back another week, to Aug. 25th. In the meantime, children are able to spend the day at the library or local churches.
"There is a stigma in this country around women with jobs. So I want to start an organization that provides girls in the Congo with examples of women around the world who have balanced family and career. Most men in this country think it’s only about money. They think: ‘If I make enough money for us to live, then my wife should take care of the children.’ The common belief is that a woman who works is hurting her children. People don’t realize that children also gain from the knowledge and experiences of their mother."
(Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)
Racism, man. It’s powerful.
They’re protests, not riots.
Riot is a “code word” for a group of angry black people who are upset about things that white people would rather not take the time to learn about.
Information about the case has been coming out very slowly, and the officer who killed Michael Brown has still not been arrested or charged with murder. The protesters are hoping for more action to be taken.
Basically, white privilege is all the things you don’t have to think about, which is why it can be confusing.
To work around it, you have make yourself aware of how other people experience their lives differently.
The Middle East and parts of central Africa are losing entire Christian communities that have lived in peace for centuries. The terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed hundreds of Christians this year — ravaging the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza, in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, two weeks ago. Half a million Christian Arabs have been driven out of Syria during the three-plus years of civil war there. Christians have been persecuted and killed in countries from Lebanon to Sudan.
Historians may look back at this period and wonder if people had lost their bearings. Few reporters have traveled to Iraq to bear witness to the Nazi-like wave of terror that is rolling across that country. The United Nations has been mostly mum. World leaders seem to be consumed with other matters in this strange summer of 2014. There are no flotillas traveling to Syria or Iraq. And the beautiful celebrities and aging rock stars — why doesn’t the slaughter of Christians seem to activate their social antennas?
“What I do hope is that a young man’s life won’t be in vain, that it changes the social context of St. Louis, that it tears down some barriers and divides, and I do believe the national and international attention is what’s going to cause the city to change. I think without that, no change will happen.”
Congresswoman Eleanor Norton (D.C.) in solidarity with Ferguson.
It’s actually quite clear what happened to Mike Brown. He was murdered in cold blood, with his hands up, asking Officer Wilson not to shoot.
Anything contrary to that is bullshit. The police are making things up and mainstream media is reporting it as gospel. Don’t believe it.