Miranda. 23. Filipina-Australian, cisgender, and bisexual lady-type. Useless wastrel who daydreams in sequins, comic book expressions and musical numbers.

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Dear Australians: About Michael Brown, A Reminder

magesmagesmages:

tozettewrites:

I’m seeing quite a few Australians on social media commenting on Michael Brown’s murder by police in Missouri. That’s not, in itself, a bad thing - but there’s a sense of smug superiority in some of these comments, like we’re all sitting around murmuring, “Tut, tut, violence in America, good thing we’re not that bad.”

I feel like somebody should remind the Australians on social media of some of the interactions between our criminal justice system and marginalised members of Australian society.

So, let’s look at some examples of indirect discrimination:

In 2011 there was an article published in Current Issues in Criminal Justice about the effects of Prohibited Behaviour Orders. These are orders given by a court that prohibit behaviours that would otherwise be permissable by law, such as appearing in certain public places or meeting with specific people. They’re meant to discourage antisocial behaviours, and were adopted from the UK into Western Australia.

Okay, so right off the bat we’re looking at exciting new ways to impose criminal sanctions on people for non-criminal acts, which I think is important even if it’s not really what I’m talking about right now. But keep it in mind, right? This affects other minorities, like homeless people, really badly, too.

Anyway, orders that require people to avoid certain places or people may seem reasonable to a primarily white judicial system - which, hello, that’s a huge part of the problem - but in some cases they interact particularly badly with Indigenous cultural norms, specially as regards engagement with family members and other customary obligations. Indigenous Australians are statistically more likely to breach these orders. They’re also more likely to then receive a custodial sentence than white Australians.

What else? Oh, well, rates of imprisonment are often one of the best criminal justice indicators we’ve got at the moment. How about this: I know that in 2010 it was reported that the rate of imprisonment of Indigenous Australians (male and female) - not arrest, not conviction, not being held in remand - imprisonment following conviction, was eighteen times greater than that of non-Indigenous Australians. This is the result of a number of ugly, self-perpetuating factors resulting from both direct and indirect discrimination, but before we get into over-policing and stereotyping, consider this: people serving a prison sentence of greater than three years are unable to vote while in prison. If we’re imprisoning one group of people at a significantly greater rate, and then denying imprisoned people the right to participate in democracy, where does that leave us in terms of representation?

If you answered ‘up shit creek,’ then you’re right, but it was a rhetorical question anyway so stop interrupting.

These aren’t examples of direct discrimination - it’s not a matter of policies applied solely to Indigenous Australians. But it’s discrimination all the same. Just a more insidious, really frustrating kind of discrimination - the kind where sneering middle-aged commentators can blithely behave as though individuals are completely independent of their social context. (Yes, I see you there, Andrew Bolt. Don’t think I don’t.)

In Australia, people - not even just the criminal justice system - frequently view Aboriginal people (as well as other racialised minorities) as an order-maintenance problem, relying largely on negative stereotypes. Do we remember Charlie Kulla Kulla in the 1980s? Yeah, he presented at an ED with a headache and chest pains - the staff said he was drunk and he was arrested and dumped in the drunk tank.

Police ignored requests for help. Police ignored other witnesses saying he wasn’t grog sick. Police ignored requests for medical assistance.

He died in police custody of pneumonia.

He was not drunk.

Or, hey, what about John Pat, a sixteen year old Roebourne resident who died as a result of injuries sustained while he was held in police custody? Witnesses testified that they had overheard the beatings that led to his death.

The police involved were acquitted by an all-white jury.

Oh, Tozette, you might say, these cases are really old. We’ve had the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody since then, we’ve acknowledged the problem of police brutality and discrimination toward Aboriginal people. We’re working to fix that!

So why are rates of Indigenous incarceration still rising faster than those of non-indigenous populations?

Let’s put it this way: twenty years after the Royal Commission, in New South Wales, the Custody Notification Service exists to ensure that you can find out if Indigenous Australians are still okay, despite having been detained by the police. Still okay? Aboriginal-police relations are still so messed up and violent that we have a whole service dedicated to making sure that Indigenous people haven’t been made victims of police brutality, and they’re still fighting to keep it funded.

What about people like Marlon Noble, or Rosie Anne Fulton? These are people declared unfit to stand trial for their offences due to disability, who have then been left to languish in prison because the resources to proceed with their cases haven’t been found. Marlon Noble was jailed for more than a decade for crimes he was never convicted of - he was released, finally, only two years ago. Rosie Anne Fulton is a disabled young lady in her twenties who was held without conviction for eighteen months in prison for the same reason - for driving offences.

At this point it should come as no particular surprise to anybody still patiently reading this rant that these people are both Indigenous Australians.

It might seem obvious, but not all people who are drunk in public in Australia are arrested for order-maintenance offences. Could you imagine what that would look like on grand final day? Jesus. But in policing Aboriginal people, law enforcement officers are much, much more likely to arrest for petty crimes like these than they would be for white people. In Conflict, Politics and Crime: Aboriginal Communities and the Police, Cunneen reports that “in Victoria Aboriginal people are fifteen times more likely to be arrested for public drunkenness than non-Aboriginal people”. Additionally, a higher number of police per capita are assigned to areas with larger Aboriginal populations.

This is the only comment I can’t directly cite, but in one of last semester’s criminology lectures, our lecturer mentioned that in the USA African American women are 3 times more likely to be incarcerated than white women.

Wow. That’s pretty bad, huh?

Yeah, America’s really fucked up, amirite?

In Australia, Aboriginal women are 21.5 times more likely to be incarcerated than non-Aboriginal women.

So, yes. Speak out about the racialised violence going on in America. Tell everybody about it. But don’t you dare fucking forget that we’ve got problems at home. We don’t have time to act smug.

Things I read that were either cited directly or informed the context of this rant are below the cut.

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This is very important.

kararikue:

altersociety:

kateceratops:

People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.
This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:
Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.

Reporting this fuck out of this racist shit.

Done. It takes like a minute. Fuck this white asshole and his racists supporters. He shouldn’t profit 200k from killing a black child.

kararikue:

altersociety:

kateceratops:

People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.

This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:

Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.

Reporting this fuck out of this racist shit.

Done. It takes like a minute. Fuck this white asshole and his racists supporters. He shouldn’t profit 200k from killing a black child.

thebluelip-blondie:

ras-al-ghul-is-dead:

A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."

(Laughs.)

There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

I’m just gonna keep reblogging this because this is truly how white America works. Like people have their weddings on plantations, Blackface was and still is a major source of entertainment and the biggest movie of all time was Gone With the Wind. White America will kill Black people and then smile and laugh and enjoy their day it sickens me that we’re treated this way.

Ferguson is the new Drake.

coelasquid:

ifyisnotfunny:

I remember when Drake first came out. Like out, out. Like, Take Care, out. All of my friends, especially my white friends would come up to me and say “Have you heard of Drake!? This dude is dope!” and being the jackass that I am, I’d reply “I’ve BEEN listening to Drake, he ain’t new!” That’s how I feel about Ferguson. I’ve heard people describe this as horrid, scary, insane, but why are we so surprised that an authority figure can kill a unarmed black man, when citizens can do it as well. Ferguson is a crystal clear example of the silent war that has been going on against black men in America. Its great that everyone can finally see it, but remember that this is nothing new, just days after Ferguson, another black man was killed in Los Angeles. The dust can’t even settle in the murder of one unarmed black man before another one happens! I’m going to break down a few things and a few of my thoughts.

Why are you guys saying white people are privileged? I’m on your side, but I just don’t agree!

The reason we say white males are privileged is because you can walk around with guns visible on you, in public places. Meanwhile, if a black make has a fake gun, the police arrive and shoot first and ask questions later. This is privilege we speak of. We can’t even walk around with a FAKE gun with out the risk of being murdered. 

There are both sides to every story! Well, the other day I saw a photo of a man throwing a molotov!

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This photo? This is actually a photo of a citizen throwing back tear gas that was thrown at them. For what? For protesting peacefully!? This is the type of bullshit that’s making black people angrier. Every photo taken is being flipped as if the black people being the aggressors. The sad part is, its probably not even on purpose. The news media is built to make you believe that blacks are angry and always look to riot and fight. This is not the case.

This is just another attempt to make police look like the bad guys!

No. Its not. The police are the bad guys. Something I’ve noticed about this conflict, is that people are starting to forget the origin. This whole conflict began when an officer murdered Mike Brown in cold blood. His hands were up in surrender, and they still shot him down! The police aren’t being made to look like the bad guys, they are the bad guys.

Not all cops are bad! There are good ones!

This is the fun part of my post where I get to share a personal story as to why I know everything I’m saying is true. In 2010, I was in Watts waiting for a friend’s dad to come back to this backyard party. (a party full of 50 somethings mind you) I was there to switch up cars and go to another party. There was a commotion in the front and when we went to investigate we saw quite a scuffle. An officer tried to unlawfully enter someone’s apartment, and due to the fact that the owner of the house dared to defy his authority, he threw her down some stairs  (The lady was in her late 40s). This is where it gets bad. The friend of lady punches cop and a brawl breaks out. The cops get into a fist fight with these guys and they lose, bad. They call for back up and as I try to leave, I notice there is a crowd. We are pushed back by the cops and when I’m not moving fast enough, the cop tried to deck me with a night stick. He  then proceeded to grab me by the back of my shirt and push me. As I was falling I touched his arm. I thought nothing of it and started to walk towards my cars. Suddenly I’m pressed against the wall being cuffed. I hear the cop yell into my ear “When you touched my arm that counts as assault against a police officer!” As I wait in the police cruiser I strike up a conversation with two cops. We laugh and joke, and through conversation they find out two things. 1.) I know no one at this apartment and have no reason to fight and 2.) I’m a fucking great person who would never attack a cop. They fight for me to be release, but the dickhead cop that cuffed me refuses. THEY KNEW I DID NOT HIT HIM. THEY KNEW I TOUCHED HIM AS I WAS FALLING. THEY KNEW THIS WAS BULLSHIT. I am in jail for a night, pay bail, and get out. The charges are dropped because they are bullshit, but the city has a year to file a complaint against me. A month from a year passes, and wouldn’t you know, I receive a complaint from the city. I have to go to court, and when I receive the police report I couldn’t believe my eyes. The police report claims that I said “I aint going no where!” (Bullshit! I would never use a double negative!) that I attacked the officer, and that we got into a scuffle before he subdued me. Everything on that paper was so ridiculous, that whenever I read it to anyone who knew me, they would burst into laughter. I ended up having to take a plea deal and paying off community service, but the fact of the matter is that, even though there were “good” cops present, they did nothing to uphold the truth. They did absolutely nothing, because they wan’t to be loyal to these bad cops. So the moral of the story is, if there were good cops, there would be no bad cops. Even good cops are bad cops, because they protect the bad ones with silence.

Why is Ferguson such a big deal?

For many reasons, one a city police department put in a federal order to make Ferguson a no-fly zone and the FAA complied with no questions asked. Then I hear that the FBI are involved, and are investigating it. How useless can you be? What investigation do you need to do. Fly Drive into Ferguson and find out yourself. While you’re at it, find out why can a city police department call in federal orders! The most important factor about all of this, is that this is showing police departments around the nation how much power they have. If we don’t strike these clowns down, what;s to stop another police force from repeating this.

Wait, so why is Ferguson the new Drake?

Because Mike Brown is just one of the many Emmett Tills of the United States, and I’ve BEEN angry about Emmett Till, this ain’t new.

I reblog a lot of Ify’s stand up and comedy shorts, I feel like I would be remiss if I didn’t share this fairly personal piece he wrote as well. I remember when he was going through all that bullshit with the city filing charges against him and he was under the threat of something like “a week up to possibly a year in jail” and it was just confusing and scary. Los Angeles law enforcement absolutely played a huge injustice against one of my best friends in the city and we were all stuck on the sidelines scrambling to find ways to help in the event that worst came to worst.

Like, seriously, that line where the cop accuses him of saying “I ain’t going nowhere” is just the cherry on top because anyone who knows Ify knows that that sounds like a character he would play in an improv game before something he would sincerely say. And I mean, even that’s not the real issue because even if that was the way he spoke it’s no excuse for the way they treated him. It’s just the fact that they would so blatantly accuse him of uncharacteristic behaviour while he’s right there in the room with them and get away with it because it’s easy for people to make up their minds about him before he says anything. Because this is what Ify looks like

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but any shitty public official with a racist chip on their shoulder doesn’t want to believe that this is what Ify acts like

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marchcouldbedarker:

I saw the story of Luis Rodriguez going around with the gory image of his dead body and thought his family likely wouldn’t appreciate his likeness posted around after what has been a truly horrific moment in their lives. So, here are the same informative tweets without the images.

May he rest in peace and may his family have justice.

game of thrones vs. the worst muse

(Source: doreahology)

sunvapor: What the fucks happening in Ferguson?

clehmentine:

Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.

Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (EDIT: i’ve discovered that the Brown family wishes for any and all photos of Michael lying in the streets to be removed. please respect this and do so)

There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident),  that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.

According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.

According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.

Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)

The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.

It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.

And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.

flawlessxqueen:

This is the young man that was walking with Mike Brown,

alessandradite:

stacksbreadup:

Fuck. Respectability. Politics.