Love is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each other forever. A feeling comes and it may go. How can I judge that it will stay forever, when my act does not involve judgment and decision.– Erich Fromm (via vul-va)
– Ta-Nehisi Coates, being amazing. (via politicalprof)
And if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic. I had my first drink when I was 11. I once brawled in the cafeteria after getting hit in the head with a steel trash can. In my junior year I failed five out of seven classes. By the time I graduated from high school, I had been arrested for assaulting a teacher and been kicked out of school (twice.) And yet no one who knew me thought I had the least bit of thug in me. That is because I also read a lot of books, loved my Commodore 64, and ghostwrote love notes for my friends. In other words, I was a human being. A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.
The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth. Consider how easily living in a community “with rough patches” becomes part of a list of ostensible sins. Consider how easily “black-on-black crime” becomes not a marker of a shameful legacy of segregation but a moral failing.
A few days ago, I moved into college. I’m starting a new chapter in my life and finally studying what I’m passionate about. At an event for student organizations, I witnessed an incident. It started with a Zionist student confronting the table representing Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), ridiculing the club and its members, saying Palestinians did not exist, and it ended with a slap from a student who was not a member of SJP, but a Palestinian boy in the vicinity. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He had to contend with a man who represented the colonization and genocide of his people saying that Palestinians did not even exist after 2,000 Palestinians were slaughtered this summer and Ramadan in Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. I never thought it would die down, I left the scene in media res and things were extremely tense and sad, just sad, because I anticipated the injustice that would follow. What I never anticipated was the right-wing response, the fabrication of events, the lies that would be spewed about the incident. The headline was as follows “Jewish student punched in face and called k*ke in antisemitic attack.”
No one called the student in question the K word because many of the people assembled there didn’t know he was Jewish. Many of the Arabs assembled didn’t even know the K word existed because it is a brand of Western antisemitism. The primary word hurled at him was ‘racist’ because it was accurate. He called the people manning the SJP table and the Palestinians present terrorists and Hamas. He racially abused them. But that escapes the popular media reporting on this, it escapes the telling of history. Moreover, it wasn’t a punch, it was a slap, and he did not fall to the ground. His Ray-Ban sunglasses did and he just grabbed his face stunned, furious that someone dared slap him. He had all the ease and arrogance of a frat boy and all the entitlement too. The people manning the SJP table, all of whom were girls, were stunned when the slap happened and did not fan what minimal violence existed against him, contrary to popular reports. And it’s impossible for a group of mostly brown kids to perpetrate rampant and violent antisemitism against a white student in broad daylight in a crowded area on the campus of a university in the American Northeast. You all know about kyriarchy, so you know exactly what I’m talking about.
This is an organized and well-funded campaign to defame Temple SJP and Palestinians as ‘antisemitic’, to foist and scapegoat antisemitism on some of the most vulnerable and racialized people in society, to effectively silence student organization against the Israeli genocide that the US government facilitates, to do it in the name of fighting antisemitism and racism. There is enormous outside pressure on the school to close and ban SJP at Temple. Ten years of the club’s activism at Temple for nothing. The pro-Israel student who was slapped works for the right-wing, Zionist organization CAMERA that promotes imperialist exploitation and suffering in the Middle East. I’m asking you to help me get out what really happened because I was an eyewitness. Read Temple SJP’s first official statement on the incident. Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) in Philadelphia already released a statement in solidarity wherein they say, “The charge of anti-Semitic language attributed to Temple SJP is completely inconsistent with the character and conduct of of the organization such that it renders the accusation absurd.” On Twitter, get the hashtag #ISupportTempleSJP going. Temple SJP is under a very real threat to get closed down, banned, extinguished. Even worst, people will believe the slanderous lies not only about the organization, but the incident itself. Reblog this in solidarity. And question your news whenever you read about antisemitism in the pro-Palestine movement, particularly when there are vigorous efforts to maintain solidarity with Jews and combat antisemitism that exploits Palestinians and their movement for self-determination to justify its oppression and bigotry.
I’m glad I got healthy enough to excel at school, because it’s not necessary to help people but it’ll definitely make it easier.
The above is Travis Morales. If you don’t know who he is, he’s one of these privileged jokers who goes around talking about “revolution”. He and many other jokers like him traveled to Ferguson and are using this opportunity to incite further mayhem. He went to Ferguson for the “revolution” and “rebellion”. It’s not their communities being targeted so they can leave when it gets too hot. They can ignite a match and walk away. They will promote violence and leave.
Like I mentioned here, avoid these people Black folks. Avoid them at all costs. They aren’t your friends. They aren’t your allies. These people have their own agendas and fighting anti-Blackness isn’t it. They’re dangerous.
ohmygod these are the jokers that try to push their newspapers on campus, isn;t it? with their 8-hr dvd of that one white dude talking about his plans for a perfect world?
these people show up uninvited to all sorts of shit. to our Gaza protests, to that one time we were trying to have a candlelight vigil for victims of abuse/domestic violence/sexual assault, and one of the guys started screaming and the security took him away while he was yelling “police brutality” which was hella ironic since he was just being led away (and was white)
ugh, yeah, avoid these people
They did a disruptive demonstration at my school…fuckers
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100+ years of assaulting women, thanks for reminding us guardian
lol, Mya Aaten-White is nowhere on the first page of a google search for “ferguson rubber bullet”
or the second page