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Digest for November 26th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 26th from 11:42 to 11:52:

  • Ferguson grand jury decision: between the lines of the St Louis County prosecutor’s announcement – St Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced on Monday that Darren Wilson would not be charged for the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown. In a remarkable 20-minute tirade, McCulloch lashed out at protesters, as well as the ‘insatiable’ media appetite for information. Here’s the story behind what he said.
  • Please Stop Telling Me That All Lives Matter – When I say "Black lives matter," it is because this nation has a tendency to say otherwise. Racial discrimination does affect all minorities but police brutality, at such excessive rates, does not.
  • 12 Things White People Can Actually Do After the Ferguson Decision – This cannot simply be about performing change and solidarity; it cannot be about doing without accountability and sacrifice.
  • Michael Brown Wasn’t a Superhuman Demon – To his friends, Michael Brown was a “gentle giant”—a “quiet person with a wicked sense of humor.”
  • Racial Fearmongering and Ferguson: US Stereotype of “violent” African-American Men as old as Slavery – The public stereotyping of black American males still justifies the use of lethal force against them by authorities at increasingly alarming levels. And as long as racial fear can be used to justify that force, killings like that of Brown will continue.
  • Darren Wilson’s Testimony Reads Like Ramblings of a Paranoid White Supremacist – The absurd, unfathomable, and fantastical story which Wilson spun out of the whole cloth in order to justify killing an unarmed black teenager combines the deepest and ugliest white supremacist stereotypes and fantasies about black folks' humanity such as the negro fiend", "black beast", and "giant negro", with white racist paranoiac thinking, and dialogue from blaxploitation movies.
  • Thanksgiving #Ferguson – This is a strange year, even an awful one, to celebrate Thanksgiving. A grand jury's refusal to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson has crystallized ugly truths. Many Americans feel unsafe in their own neighborhoods, not despite law enforcement but because of it. In some places, the police seem, and act, like an occupying force. If the law does not represent you, but only governs you, you are a subject, not a citizen.
  • 8 positive things you can do in response to Ferguson – Monday, a grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown sparked protests across the country.

    There are many things each of us can do to support communities of color and make sure police brutality and violence against black youth no longer go unpunished. Here’s how you can help:

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