Check out this brief documentary: I Am Sean Bell: Black Boys Speak, in which black boys and black parents talk about the horrifying murder of Sean Bell by police officers. There is nothing I can add — just watch it.
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Happy Gregorian New Year, everybody!
On a completely different note, here are a whole bunch of very serious and upsetting links.
1. Just after Katrina, a white militia formed and used the event as an excuse to happily kill as many black people as possible. Absolutely. Fucking. Sickening.
3. A link round-up about the recent Israeli bombings of Gaza. More links in the thread.
4. Panel recommends reparations for people forcibly sterilized under state eugenics programs. Horrifyingly, North Carolina only ceased these sterilizations in the 1970s. This is the first time reparations have been suggested.
5. And over at Alas: We Know How To Stop Prisoner Rape.
3. Over at Alas, Ampersand offers an excellent analysis of anti-fat bias in a recent study, thereby tearing the study to shreds.
4. Bush’s Midnight Attack on Farm Workers: These will be the most far-reaching changes in the laws regulating agricultural guestworker programs since 1942. They will return us to an era of agricultural labor exploitation that many thought ended decades ago. –Via A Slant Truth.
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I am thankful that the genocide against my people is not celebrated annually as an official national holiday in the country that perpetrated it.
1. The wrong reasons for same-sex marriage — on gay conservatism and what Stonewall was really about.
1. Great Expectations — Melissa McEwan on the importance of expecting great things of the Obama administration.
2. Taslim Solangi–links at Off Our Pedestals.
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4. Two posts at Echidne of the Snakes on the Wall Street bailout. Echidne recommends reading about this alongside Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. As someone doing just that, I couldn’t second that recommendation more eagerly.
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2. Where next? Cedar at Taking Up Too Much Space asks many important questions, including “What do [trans female spectrum folks] need from our allies, and from each other?” Fellow cisgender allies: these are conversations we need to be paying attention to.
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