Few (if any) of these people rallying for ol’ Cecil have shown their public concern and care for Zimbabweans (beyond stifled jokes about the country being mismanaged and some such “woe is Zimbabwe and her faceless people” type jibes). I’m not asking that they do, but that they don’t is quite telling.
Amidst all the white noise, it’s become apparent to me that a lion, as you must already know, is more valuable than any Zimbabwean. Me included. Continue reading
This is a the heartbreaking twin to #IfTheyGunnedMeDown and a sad commentary on the news surrounding the death of Sandra Bland. Reading them is very emotional, and achingly poignant to imagine having to give a directive to the public in case of an untimely encounter & death at the hands of police. Especially given the low suicide rate among African-Americans, the troubling events surrounding this story, the lack of answers, and a multitude of questions.
Once again, the victim in this case is already being tainted by release of her previous report and saying in a video that she “sorta suffered from Depression & PTSD” using her very own words, which may have been said off-the-cuff to basically obscure the case, and subvert justice. A thorough investigation and what should be ongoing outrage and protest over this matter. Visit #IfIDieInPoliceCustody or see a few of the tweets below the break ~
“Blackness contains multitudes and black Vine magnifies the diversity therein.”
Vine allows for hilarious, multi-faceted, complex and game-changing
commentary that is not possible elsewhere
This article on Black Users on Vine: “Celebrating Blackness 6 seconds at a time” by Hannah Giorgis [ @ethiopienne ] is very laudable, yet open to what I consider a serious critique. Especially given her previous focus on activist causes, and her ability even to see Black Art as both personal & political and recognizing that as dangerous too. To relegate the activist angle to a single link or a quick mention of it documenting Ferguson, while also lauding it as democratizing is concerning and should be addressed.
This critique primarily focuses on the original article ignoring the element of social activism & justice while lauding it for its pop culture swag, when much of the humor as she duly notes is a cultural critique on whiteness & its supremacy. To me these things are inextricably linked. It is perhaps, specifically because I was only initially encouraged to use Vine, because of Antonio French’s dispatches from Ferguson, that this issue is so important to me. Other people too have used it with great effect at raising awareness, generating humor, while also enlightening us. It is a very strong tool at critiquing media coverage specifically. Continue reading
Shattering the Myth of the Leaderless Movement
Those who romanticize the concept of leaderless movements often misleadingly deploy Ella Baker’s words, “Strong people don’t need [a] strong leader.” Baker delivered this message in various iterations over her 50-year career working in the trenches of racial-justice struggles, but what she meant was specific and contextual. She was calling for people to disinvest from the notion of the messianic, charismatic leader who promises political salvation in exchange for deference. Baker also did not mean that movements would naturally emerge without collective analysis, serious strategizing, organizing, mobilizing and consensus-building.
— Barbara Ransby
via Ella Taught Me: Shattering the Myth of the Leaderless Movement | Colorlines.
When George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges after killing Trayvon Martin, Alicia Garza of Oakland, California, turned to Facebook to express her anger and sadness. As a longtime social activist, Garza, who is now 34 years old, had been working for years to end systemic racism.
One reason the reach of #BlackLivesMatter has spread so far is that it’s more inclusive than traditional civil rights movements. “Our diversity in leadership is an important component,” says Garza. “We have diverged from a model that is about following one charismatic leader, usually a man who is straight.”
The “Baltimore Uprising” is the latest in a series of demonstrations to protest police brutality and the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police. Crowds have come out around the country—and abroad—as part of a movement that’s now being called Black Spring.
via This Map Shows the Freddie Gray Protests Across the Country | Mother Jones.