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August 20, 2014

So last night …

… I got an extremely racist message in my inbox, saying some things about the Ferguson situation that I’d never like to repeat nor give credit to. (I’m sure the message on the Tumblr staff blog yesterday made me a little bit of a target for such messages. It happens.)

Situations like this, along with the Trayvon Martin shooting, have a tendency to bring both the best and worst out of people. It shows how far we have to come as a culture, even as things seem closer than ever. I don’t want to make a big deal out of this stuff, but it really bothered me to see how someone’s ideology made them so blind that they had to use the words they did to describe this situation and their feelings on it.

I guess my wish is that people look beyond their laptop, their apartment, and their own lives and think about what it’s like in someone else’s shoes. That’s what this whole situation is about in so many ways, big and small. Too few people do it. All they see is their own perspective, and that perspective too often is poisonous.

This morning, the Washington Post described the situation in Ferguson as reaching a “turning point.” Who knows if it is? It could go on for weeks, and it might just. Whatever is next, I hope that people consider what we’ve learned about society from this story so far, and see opportunities to change things, not cause more vitriol.

Sometimes it’s hard to see the positive in the ugly. But I hope that Ferguson shows that there’s still room to shine a light on the ugly and call it out for what it is—and then show that we can beat it with our spotlight.

11:42 // 1 month ago

Timeline of a tragedy: The Michael Brown story so far













Violence continues to erupt in Ferguson, Mo., more than a week after the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by policeman Darren Wilson. The 18-year-old’s family demands justice be brought to their son with the arrest of the six-year veteran officer. Protesters have clashed with authorities as control over security shifted from local police to St. Louis County officers to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Gov. Jay Nixon has since called in the Missouri National Guard. And the Brown family continues to prepare for the teenager’s funeral arrangements amid completion of three separate autopsies.

Great timeline.

11:27 // 1 month ago
August 19, 2014
21:05 // 1 month ago
If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden • Discussing the video purportedly showing photojournalist James Foley being killed at the hands of ISIS, reported as retaliation for U.S. airstrikes on Iraq. Though it’s not confirmed, Foley has been missing for nearly two years, reportedly kidnapped while on the ground in Syria. Our policy on the video follows perzadook's: We ain't linking to it.
20:59 // 1 month ago

New on the list of things the world didn’t need: Uber now delivers condoms and KY Jelly to some of its customers, Kozmo-style. Is that an Uber, or are you just happy to see me?

20:40 // 1 month ago


Protesters upset about the smearing of Mike Brown converged at CNN headquarters.

“When it started raining and lightning and the crowd didn’t disperse, my energy level shot up,” said Kwame Thompson, an attorney in Atlanta and St. Louis. “It was a peaceful demonstration that was against police brutality and in support of Mike Brown and his family.”

This feels unprecedented. 

(via thebicker)

16:43 // 1 month ago
16:40 // 1 month ago
Can’t make this stuff up. (source 1, source 2)

Can’t make this stuff up. (source 1, source 2)

16:20 // 1 month ago

spaceparty says: Your coverage of Ferguson has been so useful and great and I just want to thank you for spending the time to compile all the tweets and information that you've shared because it's been a wonderful and much appreciated resource.



I really appreciate you saying that. I’m exhausted

In case you haven’t already seen it come through your dashboard, iwriteaboutfeminism is doing a fine job of rounding up on-the-ground coverage of the events in Ferguson.

Pair this with links from the venerable shortformblog, fantastic as usual. 

Thanks. I’m just a guy who posts links. — Ernie @ SFB

16:14 // 1 month ago
I’m tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don’t give a f**k if it’s by police or peers. This s**t is not normal.

Rapper J. Cole, in a statement on his blog about police brutality in Ferguson, Mo. (via dailydot)

Be sure to read this article while listening to his new song about all this, “Be Free.”

16:08 // 1 month ago