Recently The Gordon Parks Foundation discovered over 70 unpublished photographs by Parks at the bottom of an old storage box wrapped in paper and marked as “Segregation Series.” These never before series of images not only give us a glimpse into the everyday life of African Americans during the 50′s but are also in full color, something that is uncommon for photographs from that era.
New York City detective, Jason Arbeeny, was convicted on Tuesday for planting crack cocaine on two innocent people in 2007, according to the New York Times. Apparently this is the first arrest in a widespread corruption case against the NYPD.
Before the verdict was announced, Justice Reichbach scolded scolded the department for what he described as a widespread culture of corruption endemic in its drug units.
“Apparently this is the first arrest in a widespread corruption case against the NYPD.”
Apparently this is the first arrest in a widespread corruption case against the NYPD.
police corruption + war on drugs + Prison population exploding due to the incarceration of poor POC + the prison industry making mad money off of the exponentially growing prison population + Americans poor urban neighborhoods living under constant surveillance and threat of arrest = THIS IS AMERICA. Give me your poor huddled masses and i’ll run them and their families through the prison system and make money off of them…
I was watching Occupy Denver get shut down by the cops this AM. It’s interesting, surreal and frankly funny to hear the protesters cry foul, threaten lawsuits and claim police brutality and police state. They pushed people out of Lincoln Park and threw their stuff away. That was it. They are horrified by this. I’ve had more horrifying stuff happen to me by simply getting pulled over there, but that’s me. That’s what we grew up with.
If you’ve read any of my work then you know that I’ve been scornful of the Denver PD since I was a kid - ever since I learned that I was to be treated differently by them. Just seeing one of their cruisers gives me a feeling that’s hard to describe. They have terrorized Chicanos in Denver for generations! My family marched against real police oppression during the crusade for justice movement led by Corky Gonzales. My family continues to fight them on the political battleground to this day. But all of a sudden it’s the end of the world and it’s a police state now because you got told to move?
When a young Chicano got beaten half to death by the Denver cops on camera last year none of these people were horrified. Why? They couldn’t be bothered. When a Black guy was beaten at the Denver Zoo, none of these people were horrified. When we were getting harassed on a daily basis for simply driving our cars, none of these people were horrified.
One guy made a comment about the cars that were trying to get through the mess on Broadway - he called them “slaves” and chastised them for going to their slave job. That pretty much sums up everything that’s wrong with this whole thing.
Don’t shit on regular working people trying to make ends meet just because you can afford to be conveniently homeless and cry privilege ”plantation”. Most of the Raza I know personally are hard working people and struggling to keep their heads above water. I have a lot of family and friends in Denver that are struggling to make it every day and have been for a long time. They are all working hard to provide for their families - this game ain’t new to us.
You don’t get to shit on that.
In their minds, it’s supposed to happen to us, not them. It’s like scolding a child for the first time who has never had discipline their entire life. They immediately get shocked and indignant instead of thinking rationally.
One striking example of the marginalization of non-white voices within the movement was seen at the march on Friday against police brutality. Because this march was organized by activist groups in conjunction with #OWS, it was by far the most diverse rally yet. But towards…
Shadism - Documentary on the effects of colorism in the African, Caribbean and South Asian diaspora.
The sight of the sun is not always a good thing, at least not in my family. Though we may come from a small island that sees sunshine almost daily, the sun doesn’t recieve a lot of love from us. We’re told to stay away from it, to avoid going outside, to cover up every inch of our brown skin … For centuries we have hidden from it…because of what it does to our skin. It makes us darker, and in my culture, dark ain’t lovely.
Always worth a rewatch.
I went to a workshop at UofT called Making Noise through the Urban Alliance on Race Relations and Nayani (the creator of this film) showed us Shadeism and I must say, she is an amazing film maker and a really cool, down to earth person. I recommend that everyone watch this!
Very thought provoking video on shadism, beauty standards and how they effect women of color.
“Brisenia Flores, the nine year old girl who was murdered in Arizona, shot by a group of pseudo-vigilantes who forced their way into her home looking to steal drug money that was to be used to finance a citizen border protection organization. They killed her father, wounded her mother and then killed the nine year old for reasons that still make no sense. Basically, it was a group of anti-immigrants who killed a little Latina girl to pay for their anti-immigrant activities. Perfect fodder for Grace and her ilk, no? In fact, the third and last defendant in the Brisenia Flores murder trial, Albert Gaxiola, was being tried at the same time as Casey Anthony. But not a peep in the media. This isn’t to diminish what happened to little Caylee Anthony. It is a horrible crime that has yet to be solved. But the story quickly went from being sad to being a side-show – amplified by the 24 hour news wheel and the instant Internet repost cycle. We talked about it, we tweeted about it, we linked to it on FaceBook.”