So there are groups that do this, they stay in highly policed areas on shifts and bring cameras and such, and record to make sure police brutality doesn’t escalate, and when it happens there’s evidence against it.

But that’s not the only way it can happen.

Every single person is entitled to watch an arrest go down as long as they are not obstructing or interfering. That means, if you see cops bumrush someone, even if that person is waving a gun, you are allowed, even legally permitted and encouraged to watch the events occur.

This is important white folks, because the cops work inyourservice. Oh sure, they’re supposedly in the service of “the common good” but we all know that means protecting white people.



And now a story, when I was in high school, and my mom was working under a horrific principal, she was late to work one day because there was something going on in our neighborhood. Cops were gathered near our pharmacy and a guy was on the roof (it’s a little over one story, so he wasn’t a jumper or anything) and she stayed as long as she could and watched the scenario go down for a while. Not because she’s trifling. not because she’s nosy. But because she saw a POC and cops gathered and said to herself “I want to make sure this goes by the book.”

And that’s all it takes to be a cop watcher.

You acknowledge that you, as a white person, are in a relative position of safety and you watch. You bear witness, because your voice, unfortunately, carries more weight than ours in the criminal justice system.

Justice is not blind, nor should you be.

If there are cops, and they outnumber an individual, shit, even if it’s 1:1, it is your responsibility to keep an eye on the scenario and take down whatever information you can. And if it looks like something shady is going on, you areobligatedto call in to your local precinct and say “Listen, I saw X happen on Y, and it looked questionable.” And if you get a negative response, well, y’know what? You find out if there’s a civilian oversight committee. In NYC we have one, but they’re underfunded and continually being legislated against (currently there’s a statute of 18 months from the time of the event within which you have to file charges).



If the prospect of keeping vigilant about cops scares you, imagine being a POC, and knowing that no matter what you do, you could be railroaded by a system that wants to not only disenfranchise you, but has no intentions of treating you as a human being.

Take your fears and shove ‘em down, because they’ll never be anything when compared to what we face on a daily basis.


word. we ALL have white followers. but they prefer to reblog jokes or pretty pictures or “universal” (read: non-racial shit) things. let it be a good, useful critique on them and their structures and their fucking bullshit. let it be a word of advice so they can stop being oppressive dicks and *crickets*

we all see you.

But seriously if y’all see some fishy arrests of PoC (or otherwise, for that matter) going down, it’d be great if you could help out as a witness.  ’Cause I can vouch personally for the fact that when PoC speak in each others’ favor, it is immediately disregarded as “helping a brother out”.

I have 2,433 followers. The very least you could do is stop and read this.

Watching the police has become such a habit, that I was sort of taken by surprise when my daughters asked me what I was doing the first time they were with me.  Why are we still, we should go?  They asked.  I said…sometimes the police need to know that people are watching them. 

We’d been walking down Sherbrooke, and what the hell, I’d forgotten it was May Day.  So there was a march, and the riot cops were out in all their insane scary bug-like armour.  And you could see them pushing the people in the march who were straggling.  My daughters asked why, and I couldn’t help it…the cops were already in earshot, but I said, “Some people feel good when they push other people around I guess.”

It made my daughters really nervous and when I thought about it, I was nervous too.  No, I don’t trust that the cops aren’t going to do something that is going to end up with me and my kids getting hurt.  I’ve been ‘rounded up’ before, and had the police driver of the van slam on the breaks every couple of seconds so those of us seated in the back would go flying all over the place. I got a nice bruise on the side of my face before they finally stopped and kicked us out because they needed the space for ‘worse rioters’.

But whatever.  Watching ‘regular’ police action is more important.  When a car screeches up, and two cops get out and they start getting physical with the three boys sitting on a bench, yes, you need to stop and stand there.  And yes, it’s scary.  Because the ability of police officers to use force and pretty much get away with whatever they want to do IS SCARY.  They have that power because it doesn’t get questioned enough.

I sincerely hope you personally have never experienced police brutality.  But you can watch it happen pretty much any hour of the day if you open your eyes. 

I can`t count the number of times I’ve heard of the police abusing their power, and you know what the number one deterrent is to ever holding them accountable?

Lack of witnesses.

The funny thing is…there are almost always witnesses.  Just not ones willing to give witness.

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"As white people, we are used to representations of ourselves crowding the covers of magazines, crowning the posters of newly released films. The good guys are white, we have learned, after eons of our faces being plastered under cowboy hats and in impeccable Bond suits. White men are Superman, we have learned. White men are Ethan Hunt and Neo and white men are hobbits. Bad men, we have learned, are black. They’re gang bangers and thugs and talk loud and sometimes deliver funny lines where we laugh at their Otherness. Black men aren’t heroes, we learn. Our imagination and subconscious are so saturated with white supremacist notions of goodness, beauty, and heroism, that when confronted head-on with an image of a black man who is brilliant and kind and normal and who saves the day, we transform into robotic versions of ourselves: Does… not… compute. Hero… must be… white. It’s this line of thinking that turned Disney’s Princess Tiana into an animal for 95 percent of the movie. The collective white imagination had difficulty imagining a black girl as a princess… and so she became a frog."

— Olivia Cole - “Hunger Games and the Limits of White Imagination” (via newwavefeminism)

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Vanessa VanDyke has amazing hair. Point blank. But it’s her hair that may cause her to get expelled from school. Faith Christian Academy in Orlando told the 12-year-old that she has a week to decide if she’s going to cut her hair, straighten it, or get kicked out.

Vanessa has attended Faith Christian Academy since she was in the third grade, but the school’s s code has rules against how students can wear their hair. The handbook reads: “Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction,” and goes on to state examples that include, but are not limited to, mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails.

The distraction that the school is probably referring to when it speaks of Vanessa’s hair has to do with bullying and teasing.

From Local 10 News Orlando:

“A distraction to one person is not a distraction to another,” said VanDyke’s mother, Sabrina Kent. “You can have a kid come in with pimples on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?”

VanDyke said she’s had her large, natural hair all year long, but it only became an issue after the family complained about students teasing her about her hair.

“There have been bullies in the school,” said Kent. “There have been people teasing her about her hair, and it seems to me that they’re blaming her.”

“I’m depressed about leaving my friends and people that I’ve known for a while, but I’d rather have that than the principals and administrators picking on me and saying that I should change my hair,” said VanDyke.

So instead of Faith Christian Academy doing something about the bullies, they’re going to reprimand a 12-year-old because of her hair?

“I’m going to fight for my daughter,” Kent said. “If she wants her hair like that, she will keep her hair like that. There are people out there who may think that natural hair is not appropriate. She is beautiful the way she is.”


it’s hard enough for black girls to feel beautiful without those in authority sending the message that their hair is unacceptable. this story is disgusting and unfortunately not the first or last case. it’s a damn shame that every part of a black girl’s body is politicized,  at all ages

this is so stupid …

I’m so proud of her mother.

I signed the petition. I called the school and left a message. I am not playing. And yall shouldn’t either. Sign it here: http://www.change.org/petitions/faith-christian-academy-confront-guilty-students-for-bullying-not-fault-victims-for-wearing-their-hair-in-its-natural-state?share_id=IYDUMdeZVj&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

Reposting again for the cheap seats in the back. Let’s do something!

BOOST! take 5 seconds and sign this!

signed, and re-reblogging for the petition

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  • Critical Race Theory *

An analytical perspective that forces me to think critically about my position of privilege in a problematic and oppressive system, demonstrated by…

"The gun “accidentally” went off. The killer is “coincidentally” white. The dead woman is “unfortunately” black. These murders “oddly” keep happening. It’s all an “accident”, a “coincidence”, “unfortunate”, like slavery & Jim Crow & the KKK & the prison industrial complex & racist drug laws & police brutality."

— Remi Kanazi (via gloomy-black-girl-blogging)

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Famous actor Brandon T. Jackson (Percy Jackson, Lottery Ticket, Roll Bounce) live tweets experiencing racism on his US Airways flight being called the n-word and being told “I don’t care if you’re Obama’s son” by a racist staff member. After explaining the racism he’s experienced he tweets “the problem is they want to escort me off the plane for her racial slurs” [x] meaning he’s being threatened to be taken off of the plane for being the victim of racism. I’ll update more as more information comes in. He’s asking for this information to be spread so please do so.

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Comedy Central just got real


Comedy Central just got real

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a girl taken from a Roma family because "she didn’t look like her siblings" did, of course, “belong” to them all along. how fucking disgusting that a 7 year old girl was ripped from her family for blatantly racist reasons. how fucking traumatised do you imagine she is now

The girl’s sister said she belonged in the Tallaght house and had been living with them since the day she was born in 2006.

She said the girl attended a local school and had been watching TV on Monday afternoon when around a dozen garda officers and HSE officials arrived.

"Everybody was shocked, even all the children in the house," said a brother-in-law of the young girl.

"She didn’t want to go with them. She was asking us, ‘Why? Why they take me?"

lmfao the moment i read this story i knew i smelled a rat with regards to the premise

i suppose now all the articles about the global uproar will be deleted without comment and journalists will go on their merry way

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