Racial bias in America: from higher suspension rates in preschool, to disproportionate rates of capital punishment, to everything in between, structures of authority routinely allow anti-Black racial bias to color the “facts”, and warp the narrative. And frequently (whether unintentional or otherwise) the police and the media often work together to further criminalize innocent Black victims

1Criminalizing Blackness in America

2. 14-year-old Tremaine McMillian attacked and choked by police, literally while holding a puppy…because McMillian made them “feel threatened” and gave them “dehumanizing stares

3. Author and CNN contributor keithboykin: how the AP slandered Renisha McBride even in death

4.  The Associated Press: when can skin color alone determine who is and who isn’t a looter? (hint: don’t be Black)

5. Lauren Davidson: Disturbing Study Proves That Cops View Black Children Differently 

This implicit racial bias does not magically stop at innocuous events like the VMAs, or in »Hollywood. So far, it doesn’t ever turn off. There are two Americas and racial bias is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe

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this why they killed him

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The black women were also murdered by police. #ferguson #mikebrown

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Women are considered fragile but I’ve never seen anything as easily wounded as a man’s ego.
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A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."


There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

Jesus fucking christ

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Here’s a general rule. When an insult is directed at a woman, consider how it would have sounded directed at a man. If the result is ridiculous, then it’s probably sexist.

came across this great comment on an article Ruby Tandoh (Great British Bake Off Runner Up) wrote for The Guardian (via aconits)

this has been my rule of thumb for years

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Just never forget that a guy isn’t doing you a favor by seeing/touching your body, or having sex with you. You are giving him the gift of you, and they should appreciate and love every inch or gtfo.
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Two separate eyewitness accounts, telling the exact same story.

(x) and (x)

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i know there’s a lot going on right now but let’s please not forget that the steubenville rapist went free this week and is back on his high school’s varsity football team

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They just fired on the crowd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! peaceful protesters




watch this link please now!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do not just like this, reblog it and watch it, they need witnesses, the police need to know they are being watched and that black lives fucking matter 

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if you know what's going on in ferguson and you're white


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by Chiara Bautista

We are absolutely in love!


wow! it’s perfect

I really kind of love these a lot. Like, a LOT.

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I messaged you before but my head was in a mess. I told you about how I had an abortion last year and now I can't stop thinking about having a baby it's mostly all I think about. I would love to have a baby but I need some advice on my choices. I am 16 and a half if that helps. My brothers girlfriend had a baby last week and they all live with me. it's difficult to deal with it sometimes. With nobody knowing as well. My abortion was not wanted it was almost forced upon me but it's regretted. x



It really hurts my heart to hear that you felt like your abortion was forced on you.  I hope that you can find the peace and healing that you need.  I don’t know if you’ve seen any of my other posts on this topic, but please think about calling any of these after-abortion support lines:

You say you’d like info on your choices, but I think the first thing to think about is figuring out what your life will look like if you have a baby now.  Some practical logistics to work out:

  • If you get pregnant in the next few months, when would you end up giving birth?  What will you do about school at that point?
  • Who will help you pay for healthcare for you and your baby?  Who will help you pay for baby supplies?
  • If you go to school or work, who will take care of your baby while you do that?  If you don’t work, who will support you and your baby?
  • Where will you live?  Is there enough space for a family there?
  • What is your career goal?  How will you achieve that goal with a baby?  How would you achieve that goal differently if you did not have a baby?
  • Do you have a partner?  Will that partner stay with you if you decide to have a baby?   Would you want to have a baby with that partner if they decide not to stay with you?
  • How do you want to raise your children?  Do you want them to live in a specific type of household with specific rules, education, resources, etc?  Could you provide that for them now?
  • What are the major ways that you would need to change your behavior if you decide to become a parent?

None of these is a reason to not have a baby, I just want you to be thinking ahead so that you can be the best parent you can be.  The answer to those questions might be “I don’t know right now.”  You might also find good answers by looking into the resources in your local area.  What types of teen pregnancy and parenting organizations are there?  Ask your guidance counselor at school, ask your healthcare provider.  Did your brother and his girlfriend have any help?  Where are they living, and would they be willing to share hand-me-downs with you?  Really explore all your options before you make the decision.

Good luck with this major decision!  Let us know what you decide.