NAACP Office Bombed

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According to a statement released by the FBI, an “improvised explosive device” was detonated near the Colorado Springs, Colorado headquarters of the NAACP.

There were no injuries. According to the FBI statement,  the “potential person of interest in this investigation is a Caucasian male, approximately 40 years of age, and balding. He may be driving a 2000 or older model dirty, white pick-up truck with paneling, a dark colored bed liner, open tailgate, and a missing or covered license plate.”

The motive is currently unknown, but bombings were a regular terrorist tactic against black organizations during Jim Crown. It looks like history is repeating itself.

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Ava DuVernay: ‘I Wasn’t Interested in Making a White-Savior Movie’

 

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There has been a lot of criticism swirling around Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’. The majority of it rests on the portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson and whether his legacy was jilted by the film. DuVernay isn’t having it:

Every filmmaker imbues a movie with their own point of view. The script was the LBJ/King thing, but originally, it was much more slanted to Johnson. I wasn’t interested in making a white-savior movie; I was interested in making a movie centered on the people of Selma. You have to bring in some context for what it was like to live in the racial terrorism that was going on in the deep south at that time. The four little girls have to be there, and then you have to bring in the women. So I started adding women.

Members of an Elite Squad

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Over at the Hairpin, writer Hannah Giorgis has penned a moving essay on sexual assault and police response:

But if this predictable, formulaic depiction of justice is Law & Order: SVU’s greatest comfort, it is also its greatest deception. The show has managed to convince a generation of viewers that cops are largely benevolent workaholics who will always do their best to seek justice for victims, that their occasional forays into unconstitutional behavior are always justified. But law enforcement officers routinely ignore sex crimes altogether, commit inconceivable sexual violence themselves, and face little (if any) retribution

The Co-Opt

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2015 is upon us and though the year is new the racism isn’t. With all the twitter commotion over  Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks, I decided to weigh in on the issue. Enjoy!

Ferguson Grand Juror Sues Prosecutor

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In an unusual move, a member of the Ferguson grand jury has asked for the gag order to be lifted.

According to ABC News, the unnamed member of the grand jury believes that Robert McCulloch, the prosecutor of the case wrongly implied that the entirety of the jury believed that there was no evidence to indict Darren Wilson.

What the backlash against ‘bae’ reveals about society’s attitude toward black culture

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In a piece for Daily Dot, Derrick Clifton calls out the dominant culture that simultaneously appropriates and demonizes black culture.

Although many people and brands love adopting African-American Vernacular English, it’s often denigrated and denied the same regard as any other words and phrases borne of popular culture. Unfortunately, the cultural backlash against “bae” reflects how mainstream American society takes a voyeuristic, if not disposable approach to black culture.

Tanisha Anderson’s Death Ruled a Homicide

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Tanisha Anderson (Photo courtesy of the Anderson family)

The death of Tanisha Anderson, the 37-year-old woman killed by Cleveland police, has been ruled a homicide.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that the official report from the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office, states that “sudden death associated with physical restraint in a prone position.” A representative from the office noted that Anderson’s heart disease and bipolar disorder were factors that increased her chances of sudden death.

Anderson’s family called the police twice on November 13th, to report that she was disturbing the peace. Anderson was experiencing an episode and agreed to be taken to hospital for a mental health evaluation.

#Black Brunch: Disrupting White Spaces

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Black Brunch NYC (Photo courtesy of Black Brunch NYC)

From Oakland to New York, young protesters are taking it to brunch.

Over the weekend, protesters entered popular eateries in New York and Oakland and called out the names of those killed by police violence.

According to the Washington Post, more than thirty participants filled the restaurants. The disruptions lasted for four-and-a-half minutes to represent the four-and-a-half hours that Michael Brown was left in the street after being killed by former Ferguson, Missouri officer, Darren Wilson.