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"If you’re a student in one of the black schools here and you get into a fight you’ll probably get arrested and charged with assault. We have kids here who are barred from voting before they’re even old enough to register."
A black (male) protestor/resident of Ferguson, as quoted in Newsweek.
Here is where the “talking-head”/op-ed bent of our media and culture has failed us. While they all want to bemoan the “12% voter turnout at the last election,” no one has the sense to ask about the structural forces that contribute to that low figure. Instead they (and I’m including Al Sharpton in this category) yell at black voters to do their part, or, when they’re being nice about it, try to get protestors to register to vote. But listen to those protestors who cannot vote. They’re telling us they never stood a chance.
See also: It’s a privilege to throw out “Just go vote! Get your voice heard!” because everybody doesn’t get that.
No lie one of my favorite parts XD
Cops smashed a handcuffed fourteen-year-old through a storefront window in the Bronx Saturday night, nearly killing him.
The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange reports that Javier Payne suffered cuts to his face, his chest, and a punctured lung from being shoved into the window of the Hookah Shop. Paramedics had to hold Payne’s chest closed as he was rushed to the hospital — though they did not arrive on scene immediately because police called it in with a protocol used for drunks, not for a pediatric emergency.
Payne was arrested that night with another teenager on charges of resisting arrest, obstructing government administration, and assault. While it’s not clear what the circumstances surrounding the arrest were, police often use these kinds of charges to discredit or obscure accusations of brutality. The report filed by the officers made no mention of the window smashing.
After hours of surgery, Payne’s mother was allowed to see her son. “Mommy, Mommy,” he said. “The cop, he pushed my head through the window while I was handcuffed, Mommy, he pushed my head through the window.”
JJIE interviewed Hookah Shop owner Nageib Aldaylam, who said the two boys visited the shop, but nothing untoward happened until the officers showed up and started questioning them. The boys argued with the officers until one of the cops smashed Payne through the window. Afterward, as Payne bled on the pavement, the cops asked Aldaylam if he had security footage, and if the boys had done anything when they entered the store. Aldayam said no.
To a 14 YEAR OLD? I SWEAR THE NYPD IS NO DIFFERENT THAN HITLERS SS OFFICERS. USING INTIMIDATION AND HIDING BEHIND THE PREMIS THAT PROTECTING THE LAW CAN JUSTIFY DISGUSTING ACTS AS THIS! FUCK YOU NYPD!
What the FUCK is wrong with this country?! (That is a rhetorical question…)
Not too far from Ferguson, on Tuesday August 19th, cops responded to a shoplifting and shot an unarmed, possibly mentally ill (people are saying he was but Idk for sure I need to do some more googling), black man to death who stole two sodas from a store. Kajieme Powell.
Only white people and people functioning through white supremacy would think it’s okay to shoot someone on the spot for possibly stealing something of little to no value.
Let’s be clear: only white people think it’s okay to shoot someone on the spot-but on the condition that they are black or a person of color. *especially if they are black because they need any small reason to get rid of us*
Everyone else can rob a bank and they’ll at least have due process.