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jah-feel:

Truth.
metakingshit:

While people of color make up about 30% of the United States’ population, they account for 60% of those imprisoned. Once  convicted, black offenders receive 10% longer sentences than white offenders for the same crimes. #UCFWoA #MassIncarceration #UCFDivest
A Win For Civil Society As Corporations Divest From Private Prison Industry

jamielynnmo:

$60 million is just a dent in these private prison companies’ profit, but it’s a great step!

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"It is nearly impossible to imagine anything remotely similar to mass incarceration happening to young white men. Can we envision a system that would enforce drug laws almost exclusively among young white men and largely ignore drug crime among young black men? Can we imagine large majorities of young white men being rounded up for minor drug offenses, placed under the control of the criminal justice system, labeled felons, and then subjected to a lifetime of discrimination, scorn, and exclusion? Can we imagine this happening while most black men landed decent jobs or trotted off to college? No, we cannot… It would never be dismissed with the thought that white men were simply reaping what they have down. The criminalization of white men would disturb us to the core. So the critical questions are ”What disturbs us? What is dissonant? What seems anomalous? What is contrary to expectation?” Or more to the point: Whom do we care about?"
'The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness' by Michelle Alexander (via am—i-a-monster)

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"The temptation is to insist that black men ‘choose’ to be criminals; the system does not make them criminals, at least not in the way that slavery made blacks slaves or Jim Crow made them second-class citizens. The myth of choice here is seductive, but it should be resisted. African Americans are not significantly more likely to use or sell prohibited drugs than whites, but they are MADE criminals at drastically higher rates for precisely the same conduct. In fact, studies suggest that white professionals may be the most likely of any group to have engaged in illegal drug activity in their lifetime, yet they are the least likely to be made criminals."
'The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness' by Michelle Alexander (via am—i-a-monster)

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asap-locky:

fr33kinmatt:

if a bitch u hate on the seat, just push her off with this handy dandy bitch movin’ seat

That’s why I love Sydney
stilesanderek:

A school in Brazil had all its students protesting after a transgender girl got reprimanded after changing into a female uniform. All the students, including the boys, wore a skirt to school on September 1st in a way to show support to the girl, who still can’t wear her female uniform but the school says that they’re “reviewing the code of conduct.”
thepoliticalfreakshow:

Remembering Hispanic/Latino Victims of Murder/Police Brutality
Andy Lopez, 13: Killed By Police Brutality on October 22, 2013 In Santa Rosa, California By Sheriff Deputy Erick Gelhaus
The term, “police brutality” was coined by the New York Times in 1893; yet, minorities victims have felt the blunt force of billy clubs, fists and guns much earlier than that. The police’s use of excessive force isn’t new, there is a definite and pronounced history of police using violent tactics as a tool for oppression and/or coercion. There are countless cases where police officers have been accused of being the force used to keep minorities in their place, and history books overflow with details of these crimes. Violence is “repeated almost every day in (America), the police (get) away with murder, beatings, and other lawless acts — poor Blacks, Latinos, and Muslims for their faith and ethnicity their usual victims.”
Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 22, 2013: 13-year-old Andy Lopez was walking near a friend’s home while carrying a non-lethal airsoft gun designed to appear like an AK-47. Sheriff Deputy Erick Gelhaus of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office mistook the airsoft gun to be real, and unloaded seven bullets from his 9mm handgun into Lopez’s body within 6 second — two being fatal gun shot wounds, the bullets striking him on his side as he attempted to turn and face the sheriff. Lopez’s retired body was then handcuffed, before he pronounced dead.
Gelhaus claimed that he demanded that Lopez drop his gun, apparently feeling threatened by the manner in which Lopez had raised the BB gun, though Gelhaus couldn’t recall whether he’d identified himself as police office, beyond his uniformed appearance and arrival in a marked police cruiser.
Protestors and activists swelled in the streets following the 13-year-old’s murder. They roared with outrage, insisting that the shooting was a case of police brutality. Several movements ensued during the months following the shooting, protests even going into the new year. The largest protest was attended by 1,000 people in a downtown Santa Rosa protest, done in the form of a mass march.
On Nov. 4, Lopez’s family filed a lawsuit against Santa Rosa and Petaluma police, stating that the Deputy Erick Gelhaus fired at Lopez “without reasonable cause.”
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office concealed the name of the second deputy on the scene, citing him as a potential “witness” to the incident. The second deputy was behind the wheel of the patrol car and was on a training assignment with Gelhaus. Four days after Lopez’s death, the FBI conducted their own investigation — but declined further proceedings, concluding that the shooting was justified.
Gelhaus was initially placed on administrative leave following the shooting, but he returned to his duties in early December.
Santa Rosa and Petaluma police delivered a report on the fatal shooting of Lopez that won’t be made available to the public until agency investigators deem it necessary. The wait is apparently a part of the process when reviewing officer-related shootings. While reviews done by the district attorney are meant to follow guidelines that suggest that reviews are completed within a three month period, it usually takes four months on average. However, that happens to be a quicker turnaround under District Attorney Jill Ravitch direction, who was elected in 2010, than prior to her placement. Ravitch has stated that she will not rush her review of the incident, but promised to be “to be clear and transparent with whatever decision.”
Latinos have been prime target for hate crimes, discrimination, false incrimination, and racial profiling. Border patrol killings are an additional offense experienced by the Latino population. California, Connecticut and Arizona are the primary states where Latinos suffer the most at the hands of police officers. [Latin Post]

Anonymous said: This is gonna sound so stupid but what is a fuckboy? lol

rememberingsuunday:

fuckboy symptoms:

  • timothy over here askin’ for nudes when all u did was say hello
  • connor who won’t calm down with his axe spray tryna infect ya lungs
  • colin adding #420 to his bio when he smoked weed one time
  • gregory mad cause u didn’t blow him after the first date

how to spot a fuckboy:

  • white nike tube socks with his adidas sandals
  • he wants to play 20 questions (!!!!!!!!! do not play !!!!!!!!!!! especially if there’s a “;)” involved)
  • relies on his mom but doesn’t respect women
  • looks like he just read one of jaden smith’s tweets in all of his selfies
  • can’t find the clitoris

fuckboys come in all shapes and sizes and results may vary but when he a fuckboy…he a fuckboy…and u will know

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"Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them."

Unknown (via michysaidwhat)

AMEN.

(via notthatmessyperson)

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blacksupervillain:

do you know how many major movie studios in this last year said “black people have money, let’s make a movie and aim it at them”

not that many

So are we just supposed to be grateful that a movie studio actually made a movie geared toward us even if it’s a terrible movie?

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