And I’ve experienced every single one of these.
I was every single one of these.
Shaun King’s timeline of Police/Media lies and corruption.
THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MY BLOG
IM JUST LAUGHING SO HARD
moment of silence 4 ppl who have to deal with surprise dick pics
- terrible fashion taste
- height has been misconstrued by history
- bad hat
listen, it’s simple, i’m saying it now, while i’m still sober
African-American Girls & Women Killed By Police: Speak Their Names. See Their Faces. Know Their Stories.
There is this false myth going around that Black women are not victims of police violence. I believe the myth exists because quite frankly the media, social justice organizations and we the public tend not to focus on it. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. I hope this post will make all of us change our minds. Here are the stories of some of the Black women and girls killed by law enforcement:
Pleasant Grove crash claims life of second person | AL.com (Heather Parker)
Family grieves after loved one killed in crash with APD (Jacqueline Culp)
Pedestrian Killed on I-95 in Florida (Laporsha Watson)
After Cleveland shooting, cities restrict police chases(Malissa Williams)
Elderly Woman Shot & Killed By Hearne Police Officer (Pearlie Golden)
Former Pa. trooper pleads guilty in fatal accident (Robin T. Williams)
Friends: Woman killed by police was nonviolent | Las Vegas (Sharmel Edwards)
The NYPD’s Poor Judgment With the Mentally Ill | Village Voice (Shereese Francis)
Harrisburg woman identified as victim in police SUV crash (Shulena S. Weldon)
$2.5M settlement in shooting of Lima woman by police officer (Tarika Wilson)
Texas Police Admit Officer Shot & Killed Unarmed Woman (Yvette Smith)
MLK died for this
Some thoughts on racial coding as it seems like some people don’t understand what it means.
Racial coding does NOT mean “can be read as”. It doesn’t. It isn’t a “headcanon” or an “interpretation.” that’s just not what it means. Coding(racial or otherwise) is when a certain character or group of characters represents a group of people through shared traits or characteristics. It has to with how the show portrays that character. For example:
Lets say we have a “totally original and not based off of any real race” race called The Blue People from Planet Blargo. They look more or less like this (forgive me I’m not the best artist):
They have darker skin and hair. Their hair is naturally curly. They have bigger, pronounced lips. Now if we were to ask “Is this character African american?” the obvious answer is “No, they are not literally African american. They’re a Blue Person from the Planet Blargo.” There are obvious differences. The skin and hair color is wildly different from any real race on earth. They don’t even live on the actual planet of earth.
BUT it’s also obvious that this character has features that are distinctly reminiscent of someone of African descent. They represent that race.
So, if you say something along the lines of “The Blue People are less intelligent” or “Blue People aren’t beautiful” or “The Blue People should be slaves of the Green People, that’s their place” , that’s obviously offensive to the real people whom these fictional people represent. Now, I’m being exaggeratedly clear in this situation for the sake of understanding, but it goes without saying that coding does not need to be this overt.
In fact, it can be argued that literally every character in existence is in some way racially coded. We simply live in an incredibly racialized world.
Now racial coding isn’t always bad. Having a character coded as a certain race can be used as good representation as well as bad. If the Blue People are portrayed as strong(in the literary sense), well rounded, and complex characters that don’t adhere to negative stereotypes about POC, then there’s no reason for them not to be. It’s a good thing to have positive representation in all forms.
Long story short: You can’t hold up a picture of a character that is clearly supposed to represent a POC and say “They’re not black! Their skin is blue!” to excuse any flaw within the writing that might be offensive. At the same time, it doesn’t have a “bad” thing for them to be coded as black. It’s more important, I feel, to have a lot of representation and run the risk of some of it being problematic, than just having everything white/white coded.
"Honestly, we think there’s a Benedict Arnold up in this joint."
I’m crying because when my dad was eighteen he was going to join the airforce and then the night before he had a dream that Jesus slapped him in the face with a gigantic fish and asked him what he was doing and he woke up and thought, “Jesus is right what am I doing?” And that’s why my dad did not join the military.
But really I probably wouldn’t have been born if my dad hadn’t been fish slapped in the face by dream Jesus and I can’t even