President Ronald Reagan ofﬁcially declared the current drug war in 1982, when drug crime was declining, not rising. From the outset, the war had little to do with drug crime and nearly everything to do with racial politics. The drug war was part of a grand and highly successful Republican Party strategy of using racially coded political appeals on issues of crime and welfare to attract poor and working class white voters who were resentful of, and threatened by, desegregation, busing, and afﬁrmative action. In the words of H.R. Haldeman, President Richard Nixonʼs White House Chief of Staff: “[T]he whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.” —
The New Jim Crow: How the War on Drugs Gave Birth to a Permanent American Undercaste
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- At least 5 Ferguson officers apart from Darren Wilson have been named in lawsuits
- Ferguson police accused of assaulting children
- Shaun King has 15 questions for Darren Wilson (storify)
- Ferguson protesters brace for no indictment
- Is it legal for the police to shoot an unarmed, surrendered citizen?
- Black teens are 21 times more likely to be shot by cops than white teens
- The Big List of Ferguson Live Streams
The history that you learn in school depends on which political party is in power in your district. Even college presidents are trying to control which version of History young people are allowed to learn.
People can say what they like about Medievalpoc “pushing an agenda”. My point? There is no neutral ground. To tell a story is to have a reason for doing so; to write about history is to shape the way toward the future.
History is much, much more than dusty lists of dates and the names of deceased white men. History is dynamic, interpretive, constantly changing and a living, breathing past we can all see ourselves in. History helps us form our identities now. History is where we can learn what harm has been done, and what we can do to correct it.
It’s my hope that we can all find opportunities here to feel empowered, inspired, and enlightened by History.
there is no such thing as teaching without an agenda.
there is no such thing as learning independent of an agenda. If it’s not your own it’ll be someone else’s. If it is your own, you’ll still face pressure from others.
there is no such thing as communication without an assumed perspective, an implied model of the world, a set of things communicated & things left unsaid. ie. an agenda. Nothing is apolitical.
If you notice this only in some cases & not in others, the problem is with you & how well you’ve learned to treat “powerful default” as “objective”.
There is truly no peace without justice, and those who shout “Peace! Peace!” without pointing a viable way to justice are collaborators with the oppressors just as surely as if they had supplied them with arms or turned the keys of their jail cells. — William F. Schulz (Unitarian Universalist, human rights activist, clergy, UUA President 1985-1993, Executive Director Amnesty International USA 1994-2006) What Torture Taught Me (2013)
Harassment during a civil rights sit-in at the Cherrydale Drug Fair in Arlington, VA June 10, 1960 -
this is what I see when I see white kids dress up like pinup girls and greasers
these are the white grandpas of today
Which is why I don’t respect any of them
Omigod this happened in Northern Virginia…
(Source: mysharona1987, via shizamiam)
Nigeria and Boko Haram 'agree truce' -
Nigeria’s military says it has agreed a truce with Islamist militant group Boko Haram and the schoolgirls it has abducted will be released.
Nigeria’s chief of defence staff, Alex Badeh, made the announcement. Boko Haram has not made a public statement.
The military has struggled to defeat Boko Haram, which has been waging an insurgency in Nigeria since 2009.
The Islamist militant group sparked global outrage six months ago by abducting more than 200 schoolgirls.
They were seized in the north-eastern town of Chibok. The government has been criticised for failing to secure their release.
Nigerian presidential aide Hassan Tukur told BBC Focus on Africa that the agreement followed one month of negotiations, mediated by Chad.
He said Boko Haram had announced a unilateral ceasefire on Thursday and the government had responded.
"They’ve assured us they have the girls and they will release them," he said.
"I am cautiously optimistic."
(Source: ethiopienne, via inkdefense)