“In the 1890s, when Freud was in the dawn of his career, he was struck by how many of his female patients were revealing childhood [sexual] victimization to him. Freud concluded that child sexual abuse was one of the major causes of emotional disturbances in adult women and wrote a brilliant and humane paper called “The Aetiology of Hysteria.” However, rather than receiving acclaim from his colleagues for his ground-breaking insights, Freud met with scorn. He was ridiculed for believing that men of excellent reputation (most of his patients came from upstanding homes) could be perpetrators of incest.
Within a few years, Freud buckled under this heavy pressure and recanted his conclusions. In their place he proposed the “Oedipus complex,” which became the foundation of modern psychology… Freud used this construct to conclude that the episodes of abuse his clients had revealed to him had never taken place; they were simply fantasies of events the women had wished for… This construct started a hundred-year history in the mental health field of blaming victims for the abuse perpetrated on them and outright discrediting of women’s and children’s reports of mistreatment by men.”—
“I am not Mike Brown. I am white. I am middle class. I am female. I am small. I am not considered a threat. When police see me they see someone who looks like them. They see their mothers, their daughters, their sisters, themselves. I am not at risk of being shot by police for existing while black. I am not at risk of being shot while unarmed. I am not at risk of being shot while armed with nothing more than a BB gun. I am not at risk of being shot for reaching for my wallet. I am privileged.
But I am outraged. And if you aren’t outraged, then you aren’t paying attention. This is America in 2014. This is our reality. It’s so easy to get jaded and to ignore these atrocities, to act like this doesn’t affect us. It’s so easy to get apathetic. In the past it was the youth who protested. Where is the rage of the youth? Where is our rage?
Like I said, I am not Mike Brown. But I am outraged.”—
It’s been a month. (Only a month.) Nothing has changed yet. Police are still killing unarmed black men without question, but being reprimanded for killing family dogs. Facebook is done talking about Mike Brown’s murder. And I’m still outraged.
As we all know by now, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenage boy, was gunned down by the police while walking to his grandmother’s house in the middle of the afternoon. For the past few days my Facebook newsfeed has been full of stories about the incidents unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri. But then I realized something….
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.
“There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.”—Kurt Vonnegut, Sirens of Titan
Hi, I saw the picture you posted of the Son of Baldwin Facebook post and I just wanted to let you know that there are apparently two Darren Wilsons. One is with the Ferguson police department and one is with the St. Louis Metro Police Department. Wasn't sure if you had heard about that yet and I figured you might be interested to know :)
All of this trust in their word & yet… no statements from any department clarifying the identity or affiliation of the correct person. No photo. No vague physical description.
The same police department also said that the protesters provoked the police to use tear gas & tanks, but they didn’t & there’s proof. The same police department said that they didn’t shoot wood pellets or rubber bullets into the crowds, but they did & there’s proof.
Are you going to believe them that easily?
You can come drop me a tip when they cough up some information that his friend Dorian Johnson can corroborate. Until then, I don’t really care to hear or help disseminate any of their corrupt, racist, manufactured bullshit. Thanks!