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SD Police Say Tazing 8-Year-Old Native Girl Was Justified, Family Sues

gravediggs:

The Chief of Police justifies the use of a tazer on an 8 year old girl by saying they could have used their guns or batons, essentially. What restraint.

A Tribe Called Red - Woodcarver

This song uses media reports & eyewitness footage to tell the true story of a deaf Native American woodcarver who was shot to death by police in Seattle in 2010, in his workshop, while turned away from them, because he would not comply with their demands to put down his “weapon”, a whittling knife.

It honestly makes me cry every time I hear it, because it’s a powerful reminder of the fear that POC instill in racist police officers (and other non-POC) by simply existing.

12 things white people SHOULD do now because Ferguson

No ice bucket challenges for me. Not until every white person on my timeline shows the same outpouring of sympathy for minorities, who still aren’t extended the same civil rights that WE promised them 50 years ago. It’s not as simple as dumping water on yourself, but here’s how you can start to take some responsibility. The safety & security of anyone we share our neighborhoods with is all of our concern.

humansofnewyork:

"We don’t like pictures like this. It is not good to deduce an entire country to the image of a person reaching out for food. It is not good for people to see us like this, and it is not good for us to see ourselves like this. This gives us no dignity. We don’t want to be shown as a country of people waiting for someone to bring us food. Congo has an incredible amount of farmland. An incredible amount of resources. Yes, we have a lot of problems. But food is not what we are reaching for. We need investment. We need the means to develop ourselves." 

(Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)

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