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It is time for us to check ourselves, to listen and demand a better America starting with ourselves. It is time to stop denying racism and defending White privilege, distracting and deflecting with “what ifs” and excuses. It is time to demand justice for the Trayvons and the Rekias, not because it could have been one of our sons and daughters—it couldn’t—but because it is simply the right thing to do

From "Dear White Folks" by David Leonard at Ebony

If I was going to put together a reader on white privilege — and maybe I will — this would be in it.

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The real kicker came when Zimmerman accused African-Americans of rushing to judgement and asked everyone who he claims rushed to judgement to apologize to him. Zimmerman said, “I can’t guess to what their motives are. I would just ask for an apology. I mean if I did something that was wrong. I would apologize.”

His statement was very telling in that since Zimmerman himself never apologized specifically for shooting Trayvon Martin, he must not think that shooting him was wrong.

-from PoliticusUsa’s rundown of Zimmerman on Hannity

Listen, here’s the deal. I want us to focus on the system that makes it possible for a child to be murdered and no one to be punished. A system that allows the color of someone’s skin to be cause to read them as dangerous. I want us to focus on a police investigation that drug tested the body of a dead teenager instead of the man who admitted immediately to shooting him. I want us to think of Trayvon as one of many, to look at his death as part of a tragic pattern. I find the whole damn system guilty.

But that said. That said. It is very. very. very. difficult not to direct my anger towards this one man, George ZImmerman, who killed a high schooler without cause and shows no remorse. 

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Marry the Movement 

"This is a video Southerners On New Ground (SONG) made as a love letter to the LGBTQ movement and our allies. We want to encourage the promise and commitment of love for each other as LGBTQ people, beyond any one issue or win."

A beautiful way to think about the way that intersectionality and overlapping identities are present in the way that we receive the news from the Supreme Court that some civil liberties will be extended while simultaneously learning that others have been suspended.

"I am married to a movement that ties your freedom to mine."

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"Daughters" by Nas


and then read a thoughtful analysis here

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First of all, privileged dickweeds wearing Urban Outfitters “Navajo” panties, I didn’t realize that you excavated those in your anthropological field work. My bad. Carry on. And second of all, again, you “can” do whatever the fuck you want. You “can” wear whatever you want, say whatever you want, and think whatever you want about whatever you want. All the time! Yaaay! But if a group of people comes to you and says, “This thing that you are doing is hurting us,” and you keep doing it for fun, then you are a dickweed! Like, you know we had an actual genocide here, right? A deliberate extermination of human beings? Right where your house is? So maybe just err on the side of sensitivity.

-A Complete Guide to ‘Hipster Racism’ by Lindy West

Probably the funniest, most relevant, and achingly spot-on piece that Jezebel has ever published.  I’ll stand by that.

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It sounds like Trayvon Martin was a pretty average teenager. He liked some offensive rap lyrics. He might have smoked pot. He engaged in a few minor acts of delinquency. Sounds pretty much like me and everyone I knew in high school….Even if Trayvon was all of the things that racist Zimmerman apologists want him to have been — even if he was a juvenile delinquent, a thief, a drug-user, a thug — it’s still not ok for his neighbor to assassinate him on a street corner. It doesn’t make Zimmermans actions de facto “self-defense.” Self-defense requires that the person defending themselves be immediately threatened with bodily harm. Self-defense is not “I’m allowed to shoot this kid because he is Bad.”

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Journalist Daniel Denvir breaking down his article “Top Ten Segregated Cities in America" on local Philly television.