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February 4, 2014
ethiopienne:

Florida man who shot unarmed black teen over loud music dispute will face murder trial this week

Since the death of Trayvon Martin, reports of individuals who shot and killed others in the street claiming self-defense have proliferated. But one of the most prominent of all goes to trial this week, in a case involving a then-45-year-old man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis after complaining about his loud music.
Defendant Michael Dunn claims he felt threatened after he pulled up next to victim Jordan Davis and his friends at a Jacksonville convenience store parking lot. After Dunn asked Davis and his friends to turn the music down they were playing in their sport utility vehicle, a dispute emerged between them. One witness heard Dunn say, “You are not going to talk to me like that,” according to the police. Dunn then allegedly pulled his gun out of his glove compartment and fired several shots into the SUV where Davis was sitting with three friends. Several witnesses to the shooting say they saw no physical altercation. Dunn then fled the scene and was apprehended by police a day later. Davis died in the arms of his friend in the car, unarmed, according to his father. No guns were found inside the car.
In a letter to local television station WJXX, Dunn said, “After multiple threats of death by Jordan Davis and his brandishing of a weapon, I was convinced that my life was in danger … I had no choice but to defend myself, I am NOT a murderer. I am a survivor.”
Letters by Dunn from jail released this week by the State’s Attorney’s Office reveal disturbing racial animus. In a letter to an unknown recipient highlighted by Jacksonville’s WTEV, he writes:

"It’s spooky how racist everyone is up here and how biased toward blacks the courts are. This jail is full of blacks and they all act like thugs. … This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these **** idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior."

In another letter to his girlfriend highlighted by HLNtv, he writes:

"I just got off the phone with you and we were talking about how racist the blacks are up here. The more time I am exposed to these people, the more prejudiced against them I become."

And in another to his grandmother, he says:

"I’m not really prejudiced against race, but I have no use for certain cultures. This gangster-rap, ghetto talking thug ‘culture’ that certain segments of society flock to is intolerable."

Since the incident, Davis’ mother Lucia McBath has joined Trayvon Martin’s mother as one of the most vocal advocates for reforming the state Stand Your Ground laws that became famous after Martin’s death. McBath testified at a hearing to repeal Florida’s law, “My grief is unbearable at times. I’m here as a face of the countless victims of gun violence.” But after receiving this and other testimony at a packed and emotional hearing, the Florida House’s Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted to kill a repeal bill, and instead advanced another bill that would expand the Stand Your Ground defense to warning shots.
Stand Your Ground laws, backed by ALEC and the NRA, grant immunity from all civil and criminal charges to individuals who can show a reasonable fear of imminent death or great bodily harm anywhere they had a legal right to be. While the law is inherently broad, it leaves room for discretion among judges and juries, and statistics show that it has been applied to favor immunity for whites who kill blacks. Unlike some other Florida shootings involving the Stand Your Ground law, police did not refrain from prosecuting Dunn for first-degree murder, and Dunn did not request a hearing to seek immunity before trial. But Dunn could still raise the Stand Your Ground defense at trial. And even if he doesn’t, the law could come into play in the jury instructions, as it did in the George Zimmerman acquittal.
The facts of Dunn’s case are seemingly even more damning, particularly because there are several witnesses, and even his girlfriend has agreed to testify against him. But in the time since Zimmerman’s acquittal, Florida courts have used the Stand Your Ground law to immunize a shooter who killed two men outside a Chili’s after going to his car to retrieve his gun, and another who killed an acquaintance for threatening to beat him up.
Dunn apparently did not seek civil immunity; he settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Davis’ family for an undisclosed amount in early January. Jury selection began Monday.

ethiopienne:

Florida man who shot unarmed black teen over loud music dispute will face murder trial this week

Since the death of Trayvon Martin, reports of individuals who shot and killed others in the street claiming self-defense have proliferated. But one of the most prominent of all goes to trial this week, in a case involving a then-45-year-old man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis after complaining about his loud music.

Defendant Michael Dunn claims he felt threatened after he pulled up next to victim Jordan Davis and his friends at a Jacksonville convenience store parking lot. After Dunn asked Davis and his friends to turn the music down they were playing in their sport utility vehicle, a dispute emerged between them. One witness heard Dunn say, “You are not going to talk to me like that,” according to the police. Dunn then allegedly pulled his gun out of his glove compartment and fired several shots into the SUV where Davis was sitting with three friends. Several witnesses to the shooting say they saw no physical altercation. Dunn then fled the scene and was apprehended by police a day later. Davis died in the arms of his friend in the car, unarmed, according to his father. No guns were found inside the car.

In a letter to local television station WJXX, Dunn said, “After multiple threats of death by Jordan Davis and his brandishing of a weapon, I was convinced that my life was in danger … I had no choice but to defend myself, I am NOT a murderer. I am a survivor.”

Letters by Dunn from jail released this week by the State’s Attorney’s Office reveal disturbing racial animus. In a letter to an unknown recipient highlighted by Jacksonville’s WTEV, he writes:

"It’s spooky how racist everyone is up here and how biased toward blacks the courts are. This jail is full of blacks and they all act like thugs. … This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these **** idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior."

In another letter to his girlfriend highlighted by HLNtv, he writes:

"I just got off the phone with you and we were talking about how racist the blacks are up here. The more time I am exposed to these people, the more prejudiced against them I become."

And in another to his grandmother, he says:

"I’m not really prejudiced against race, but I have no use for certain cultures. This gangster-rap, ghetto talking thug ‘culture’ that certain segments of society flock to is intolerable."

Since the incident, Davis’ mother Lucia McBath has joined Trayvon Martin’s mother as one of the most vocal advocates for reforming the state Stand Your Ground laws that became famous after Martin’s death. McBath testified at a hearing to repeal Florida’s law, “My grief is unbearable at times. I’m here as a face of the countless victims of gun violence.” But after receiving this and other testimony at a packed and emotional hearing, the Florida House’s Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted to kill a repeal bill, and instead advanced another bill that would expand the Stand Your Ground defense to warning shots.

Stand Your Ground laws, backed by ALEC and the NRA, grant immunity from all civil and criminal charges to individuals who can show a reasonable fear of imminent death or great bodily harm anywhere they had a legal right to be. While the law is inherently broad, it leaves room for discretion among judges and juries, and statistics show that it has been applied to favor immunity for whites who kill blacks. Unlike some other Florida shootings involving the Stand Your Ground law, police did not refrain from prosecuting Dunn for first-degree murder, and Dunn did not request a hearing to seek immunity before trial. But Dunn could still raise the Stand Your Ground defense at trial. And even if he doesn’t, the law could come into play in the jury instructions, as it did in the George Zimmerman acquittal.

The facts of Dunn’s case are seemingly even more damning, particularly because there are several witnesses, and even his girlfriend has agreed to testify against him. But in the time since Zimmerman’s acquittal, Florida courts have used the Stand Your Ground law to immunize a shooter who killed two men outside a Chili’s after going to his car to retrieve his gun, and another who killed an acquaintance for threatening to beat him up.

Dunn apparently did not seek civil immunity; he settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Davis’ family for an undisclosed amount in early January. Jury selection began Monday.

(via katelucia)

February 4, 2014

bankuei:

babybutta:

brainflavoredzombiesnacks:

evangelworldorder:

Insane people get angry about a Coke ad in which the American national anthem is sung in different languages. Apparently you’re only allowed to be American if you speak English.
Link to the ad if you haven’t seen it.

sigh…

This is it… this is the world I live in… fml

I never knew a woman wrote the song, I never knew a queer woman wrote that song.

When folks wanna pull out “being oversensitive” about media representation, just remember all the people who got upset to see non-white people singing a song praising the US in an act of raw capitalism…

(Source: sandandglass, via bigtab)

February 3, 2014
Lyndie Greenwood Promoted To Series Regular On Fox's 'Sleepy Hollow'

(Source: mindthesplinter, via katelucia)

February 3, 2014
"

[P]atriarchy pushes us to put aside our good judgment—particularly when that good judgement is urging us to believe bad things about talented, white men.

I believe, as Roxane Gay does, that people are skeptical of abuse victims because “the truth and pervasiveness of sexual violence around the world is overwhelming. Why would anyone want to face such truth?” I also believe that deep down people know once we start to believe victims en masse—once we take their pain and experience seriously—that everything will have to change. Recognizing the truth about sexual assault and abuse will mean giving up too many sports and movies and songs and artists. It will mean rethinking institutions and families and power dynamics and the way we interact with each other every day. It will be a lot.

And we are lazy.

It’s easier to ignore what we know to be true, and focus on what we wish was. But the more we hold on to the things that make us comfortable and unthinking, the more people will be hurt—and the more growing room we’ll create for monsters.

"

Choosing Comfort Over Truth: What It Means to Defend Woody Allen, my latest at The Nation (via jessicavalenti)

February 3, 2014
Speak English!: Racist Revolt As Coca-Cola Airs Multilingual 'America the Beautiful' SuperBowl Ad

bigtab:

publicshaming:

During the SuperBowl, the Coca-Cola Company aired a commercial to promote their brand as every other mega corporation who has a few million dollars to blow on a 30 to 60 seconds of television airtime. It was a nice commercial titled “It’s Beautiful” in which American people did American things…

What’s the funniest thing about these idiots screaming about English?

MOST OF THEM CAN’T SPELL FOR SHIT. If we had Irony Police, they’d be looking at about 50 tickets. Besides the spelling errors, the British would smugly remind them they don’t really speak English, either.

February 3, 2014

(Source: black--lamb, via vangoghsdaughter)

February 3, 2014
boxlunches:

colorsoftheswim:

pastelmorgue:

ubuntuliberation:

"The average prison sentence for men who kill their intimate partners is 2 to 6 years. Women who kill their partners are sentenced, on average, 15 to 17 years. A pair of Maryland cases vividly illustrates this inequality in sentencing. In one case, a judge in Baltimore County, Maryland sentenced Kenneth Peacock to 18 months for killing his unfaithful wife. The very next day, another judge in the same county sentenced Patricia Ann Hawkins to three years in prison for killing her abusive husband. Significantly, the prosecutor in the Peacock case requested a sentence twice as long as the one imposed, while the prosecutor in the Hawkins case requested one-third of the sentence imposed.”  “As many as 90% of the women in prison today [2008] for killing men had been battered by those men.” ~ The Michigan Women’s Justice & Clemency Project

try and tell me sexism isn’t real

Hold the fucking phone

So about that one song in Chicago

boxlunches:

colorsoftheswim:

pastelmorgue:

ubuntuliberation:

"The average prison sentence for men who kill their intimate partners is 2 to 6 years. Women who kill their partners are sentenced, on average, 15 to 17 years. A pair of Maryland cases vividly illustrates this inequality in sentencing. In one case, a judge in Baltimore County, Maryland sentenced Kenneth Peacock to 18 months for killing his unfaithful wife. The very next day, another judge in the same county sentenced Patricia Ann Hawkins to three years in prison for killing her abusive husband. Significantly, the prosecutor in the Peacock case requested a sentence twice as long as the one imposed, while the prosecutor in the Hawkins case requested one-third of the sentence imposed.”

As many as 90% of the women in prison today [2008] for killing men had been battered by those men.

~ The Michigan Women’s Justice & Clemency Project

try and tell me sexism isn’t real

Hold the fucking phone

So about that one song in Chicago

(via andthesunstillrises)

February 3, 2014
Killing trans women isn't bad press.

ftm-transscribed:

askatranswoman:

ESPN killed a trans woman. And the author was told “eh, just don’t do it again?” by everyone above him. He still has the job he used to kill a trans person because killing a trans woman isn’t bad press.

I want you to understand this story. It’shere if you can stomach the problematic, transphobic language and the incredibly problematic responses that they’ve made (oh, we should have checked first, but ‘he’ shouldn’t have hidden that ‘he’ was trans so whoops is among the most disturbing writings on this whole story.)

Dr. V is a woman who was in deep stealth. She was very much in the closet to everyone that she met and this was a good thing. She’d spent a lot of time and energy making sure people respected her and treated her decently in a new life because, let’s face it, when you transition people treat you like shit fairly often and she didn’t want that anymore.

She invented this putter. It’s an interesting piece of kit, and the design is still selling if you care about golf. Essentially it’s using physics phenomenon to balance out some of the forces, I haven’t really looked into the technology but she had a lot of professionals saying it made an impact in their putting, to the point that some refused to share details because they were still on tours and they viewed them as “invaluable.”

She asks, when he starts the article, that it be about “the science, not the scientist.” She asks that he focuses on the invention and not her. He agrees, they write about this for a while, he writes an article, it’s interesting, they meet, discuss the physics, and he goes to keep writing.

Then he stumbles across the fact that she might be trans.

And he starts doing all this research. She doesn’t have degrees in her name from the schools she said she did, she didn’t have the job experience under her name … so he researched and found out she was transgender, she experienced serious discrimination to the point she had to sue a former employer, that her closeted life had been somewhat different then what she had disclosed (you mean someone who was trans hid the thing they can be murdered for well? what?) and that she has hidden this as hard as he can.

So he continues to dig. Including calling her investors and friends and telling them she was transgender and giving them information about who she was before she transitioned.

He told people she didn’t have the experience or degrees she was says she had. That not only was she trans but she was a fraud (despite getting confirmation from someone externally that she was, in fact, the person with the experience 

She offered to show him the proof that she had the degrees, if he would sign something that he wouldn’t publish it. He said he “couldn’t take that deal.” She’d probably be alive if he had.

She killed herself before it was published.

And you know what’s happened because of this?

Nothing. No-one has been fired. The editor even said that they didn’t want to “make the author feel bad.” But I couldn’t care less because this transphobic murderer isn’t my friend or co-worker. He’s just someone who could give two fucks about whose life he destroys. I spent this morning crying after reading this article, because it was such a clear reminder that we’re the only ones who will stand up for ourselves.

His articles arehere,

His twitter ishere.

The page where these editors feel like murdering trans women is just a little slip up ishere. Their Facebook ishere.

The editor that said those horrific things and approved the entire article to be published ishere.

I’m tired of this. I’m tired of finding out we can be beaten to death in front of police officers and have nothing happen. I’m tired of finding out that reason we were called f***gots still rings true - we are valued as less then the price of a match. They think of us as fire starters.

Fine. Let’s start a few fires.

Let’s show them that we’re not taking this shit sitting down. They aren’t allowed to do this to us with impunity anymore. We’re not going to let these people kill us without a fight. Fuck, every single one of us has been fighting since we came out of the closet. No more standing down.

And I’m calling in every single person that has every claimed to be an ally to trans people. This is disgusting, this shit needs to stop, and you could help. We need as many voices as possible.

Anyone identifying as a Radical Feminists - they’re making women kill themselves. Either admit you’re transphobic and stay away from the LGBT movement, or back up what you have said and stand with us.

Anyone identifying as an LGBT supporter or ally - I don’t care if you’ve never done anything before for transgender people before. Get involved. There are no side line players, either you’re with us or your silence supports those that would have us killed in the streets.

Anyone who has called themselves out as a member of the Rainbow Lantern Corps - you’re needed now. This might not be the reason the response structure was made but we need pressure and let’s face it, the quicker we make people see transgender people deserve basic respect the sooner corrective therapy ends.

Make ESPN send a message, clearly, to anyone who works for them either directly or indirectly - outing a transgender woman is wrong. The resulting suicide should be taken seriously and should be held under actual journalistic scrutiny.

Calab Hannan should be fired. Anything short of permanently losing his position is an insult to the transgender community, and saying that kind of unethical dribble passes for journalism lowers the standard of every publication he touches.

Anything you can send in, letters, tweets, anything, will help. Spreading this around so more people see it will help. We need to respond to this or this shit will keep happening.

Let’s light a few fires.

SHARE AND ACT.

(via bigtab)

February 3, 2014

methodistcoloringbook:

simplysupreme:

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last wednesday during a press conference when asked how he felt about being called a “thug,” sherman said:

"The reason it bothers me is because it seems like it’s an accepted way of calling somebody the N-word now," he said. "It’s like everybody else said the N-word and then they say ‘thug’ and that’s fine. It kind of takes me aback and it’s kind of disappointing because they know.

"What’s the definition of a thug? Really? Can a guy on a football field just talking to people [be a thug?] … There was a hockey game where they didn’t even play hockey! (Laughter from the media) They just threw the puck aside and started fighting. I saw that and said, ‘Ah, man, I’m the thug? What’s going on here?’” (More laughter from the media). So I’m really disappointed in being called a thug,” he said.

—- that quote is from cbs sports & it really sums up why i like sherman so much

(Source: kingkoivu, via totally-toasty)

February 1, 2014

gohelloflo:

This is a truly amazing story of twin sisters separated at birth who discovered each other at age 25 through social media (see Facebook message above in which Anais reached out to Samantha for the first time). One lives in London and the other in L.A. and the two have shared a close bond since meeting. They recently took a trip together to their birthplace, Seoul, Korea, and now they’re hoping to make a film together about their story. Check out their kickstarter campaign here. Story via buzzfeed.

(via vexedness)

January 31, 2014

My ex believed that evolution wasn’t real because it was a “theory.” Difficult to realize I was emotionally abused by someone so dense, but.

January 31, 2014
WOW LEAKED ENDING TO BATMAN VS SUPERMAN JESSE EINSENBERG IS GONNA KILL THIS

WOW LEAKED ENDING TO BATMAN VS SUPERMAN JESSE EINSENBERG IS GONNA KILL THIS

January 31, 2014

bigtab:

letterstomycountry:

Jon Stewart compares the media’s treatment of Justin Bieber and Rob Ford to the treatment of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

LTMC: nailed it.

And there you have it.

(Source: sandandglass)

January 31, 2014

krycha1976:

Helen Mirren by Giuliano Bekor

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January 31, 2014
I make this face a LOT a lot a lot a lot

I make this face a LOT a lot a lot a lot

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