"You’ll never forget his face, we’ll always remember his name 
Swearing to serve and protect, the shield becomes a badge of shame 
Your blood is running, don’t you like the taste 
Dominant control, there won’t be a trace 
Society accepts this force of neglect 
The marginalized and weak, those without a voice to speak 
You killed the very person that you swore to protect 
You serve nobody but yourself, make them feel the pain that he felt 
You’ll never forget his face, we’ll always remember his name 
Swearing to serve and protect, the shield becomes a badge of shame”

entanglingbriars:

One thing that’s particularly frustrating to me, as a Christian, is that it seems so many of my fellow white Christians love to imagine that they would stand beside Longinus on Calvary, saying, “Truly this man was a son of God.” Yet at the same time they’re unwilling to look upon the slain body of Michael Brown, or Trayvon Martin, or Oscar Grant, and say the same thing.

As the oppressors dehumanize others and violate their rights, they themselves also become dehumanized. As the oppressed, fighting to be human, take away the oppressor’s power to dominate and suppress, they restore to the oppressors the humanity they had lost in the exercise of oppression. It is only the oppressed who, by freeing themselves, can free oppressors. The latter, as an oppressive class, can free neither others nor themselves.

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (New York: Herder and Herder, 1970), pg. 42 

thechanelmuse:

The police in Ferguson are spraying tear gas and arresting peaceful protesters and reporters (2 reporters so far). Christina Coleman is an NBC Channel 5 news anchor from St. Louis…Son.

Comment from someone on the live stream in Ferguson, MO

The parasite definition should extend to all that live off government assistance. People on welfare and such. It’s my money and I want to use it the way I want too. Fuck giving my hard earned taxes to niggers so they can milk the eagle dry”

I can’t even take it anymore…. I seriously can’t fucking take it. My heart hurts so bad.

Share this with the world! They are shooting rubber bullets and tear gas at people standing in the street. They are telling the media to turn off the cameras!

I feel incredibly burdened tonight. I can’t stop thinking about the innocent lives being stripped of their potential. Young black men being profiled and shot for carrying toy guns, skittles, nothing at all.. Children beheaded because of their religious beliefs, families ripped apart because they have found themselves on the wrong side of a conflict, and animals that are being raped, killed, and put on a plate for someone to eat without ever thinking twice about their decision. Every time I close my eyes all I can think about are these beautiful people, these beautiful animals, that are worth so much more than anyone, myself included, could ever comprehend. These individuals who have had their lives stolen from them.. They are so much more than their bodies that are viewed as disposable and replaceable. We need to recognize the distance that we put between us and these problems.. The distance between ourselves and those who we deem as other needs to decrease so that we can begin to understand that no amount of differences, whether they are cultural, political, social, or religious, will ever out weigh the similarities that we have with our neighbor.