thepeoplesrecord:

The Ferguson protests aren’t over. Here’s why they picked up again this week
September 29, 2014

A desecrated memorial and comments from a police chief this week brought the simmering tensions between the black residents of Ferguson, Missouri, and local law enforcement to a boil once again, sparking an escalation in protests in the St. Louis suburb during the past several days.

These latest protests were the largest and most volatile since the initial demonstrations that took place for several weeks after Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9. The first few weeks of protests, which played out through much of August, captured national media attention as demonstrators took to the streets to speak out against what many saw as a history of discrimination by the local government and police against the black community.

Throughout most of September, the tensions appeared to die down. But a couple of events this week, starting with a burned memorial to Brown, were enough to reinvigorate the protests, indicating that the underlying issues and racial tensions in Ferguson are far from resolved.

A desecrated memorial and comments from a police chief this week brought the simmering tensions between the black residents of Ferguson, Missouri, and local law enforcement to a boil once again, sparking an escalation in protests in the St. Louis suburb during the past several days.

These latest protests were the largest and most volatile since the initial demonstrations that took place for several weeks after Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brownon August 9. The first few weeks of protests, which played out through much of August, captured national media attention as demonstrators took to the streets to speak out against what many saw as a history of discrimination by the local government and police against the black community.

Throughout most of September, the tensions appeared to die down. But a couple of events this week, starting with a burned memorial to Brown, were enough to reinvigorate the protests, indicating that the underlying issues and racial tensions in Ferguson are far from resolved.

Some residents suggested to St. Louis TV station KSDK that the fire was intentional. “We know it wasn’t an accident,” one protester told KSDK. “You know how many people live over there that seen it from the beginning? I mean it’s just a big old flame. You could tell the way it was set.”

The ensuing protests at Canfield and West Florissant streets, where much of the initial demonstrations took place, at times got violent. CNN reported five arrests after people threatened police with gunshots, rocks, and bottles, and one person reportedly threw a Molotov cocktail at a parking structure. Two officers were injured, and one business was broken into, Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson told media.

Perhaps in response to the Tuesday protest, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, in a video posted Thursday, recognized several of his police department’s mistakes in the aftermath of the shooting. The apology was long sought by the Brown family and protesters.

Jackson apologized to the Brown family for keeping Brown’s body in the street for hours as officers investigated the scene. He also acknowledged the feelings of distrust toward the police within Ferguson’s black community, and he appeared to express some regret for how police, which at first responded with a militarized presence to largely peaceful demonstrators, handled the protests.

"The right of the people to peacefully assemble is what the police are here to protect," he said. "If anyone who was peacefully exercising that right is upset and angry, I feel responsible, and I’m sorry."

But the day before, on Wednesday, Jackson told CNN that police will continue using riot gear if the situation escalates. “We cannot have nights like last night,” he said “We can’t have actions like last night that can result in injury or death. Those will not be tolerated.”

In another interview with CNN, Jackson also said that, despite his mistakes, he will not step down. “I’ve talked to a lot of people who have initially called for [my resignation] and then have changed their mind after having meetings and discussions about moving forward,” Jackson said. “Realistically, I’m going to stay here and see this through. You know, this is mine, and I’m taking ownership of it.”

Demonstrators appeared to take Jackson’s video apology as too little, too late. They again took to the streets on Thursday night and the weekend, some reportedly demanding that the police chief resign. Despite Jackson’s attempt to march with protesters on Thursday night, the situation once again escalated into violent clashes and arrests.

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Rochelle.

Lawd, yes!

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notime4yourshit:

I Can’t Breathe: Broadway Stars Send A Message About Police Violence & The Killing Of Eric Garner

On July 29th, at 6pm WalkRunFly Productions (Warren Adams & Brandon Victor Dixon) partnered with poet Daniel J. Watts, and over 100 Broadway stars, directors, producers, musicians, choreographers, designers and technicians in Times Square to send a message about violence and the killing of Eric Garner.

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cerulean II.

cerulean II.

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How Did I Miss That? Nerds in Saris; Naked Truth
Within the happy news that India has successfully placed a satellite into orbit around Mars, the BBC noted that a photo of the stereotypical control room success celebration of the nerds did not look like the photos we are used to seeing from NASA in Houston.

nativeamericannews:

How Did I Miss That? Nerds in Saris; Naked Truth

Within the happy news that India has successfully placed a satellite into orbit around Mars, the BBC noted that a photo of the stereotypical control room success celebration of the nerds did not look like the photos we are used to seeing from NASA in Houston.


cerulean.

cerulean.

Remember, there will be a day when you sell your daughter to a pack of wolves. Panic… the day your son grows his teeth.
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Snagged the last bottle of liquid chlorophyll at GNC. Excited to add it to my water regimen.

Snagged the last bottle of liquid chlorophyll at GNC. Excited to add it to my water regimen.

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Did you watch black-ish tonight?

Did you watch black-ish tonight?

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angrywocunited:

White women are the only group of women that will take “basic bitch” as a compliment, and write nonsensical articles like the one above. (x)
I’m laughing so hard right now, this is embarrassing. 


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WTF? LOLLLLL!

msdeonb:

angrywocunited:

White women are the only group of women that will take “basic bitch” as a compliment, and write nonsensical articles like the one above. (x)

I’m laughing so hard right now, this is embarrassing. 

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Trinidadian-American jazz and classical pianist/singer Hazel Scott (1920 - 1981) on ‘The Hazel Scott Show’

Trinidadian-American jazz and classical pianist/singer Hazel Scott (1920 - 1981) on ‘The Hazel Scott Show’

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thoughtful //
creative //
destructive //
cruel //

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Mundo Wigo."

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The Creator is good."

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