Jun. 26, 2013
I tried to register to vote three times when I was in college. Each time I failed to pass the “literacy” test. Only after the passage of the Voting Rights Act was I registered, and thank God Almighty, my parents voted as well. They were not activists but ordinary folks who wanted the same rights as the white people. Today, I feel the scabs coming off the old wounds and they are bleeding again. I knew people who were asked how many bubbles are in a bar of soap, or how many grains of sand are in a quart jar as part of their literacy test. I remember that the names of those who attempted to register were run in the local newspapers so that, by law, any registered (read white) voter could challenge their moral fitness to become voters. The real reason was to publicize who they were so their employers and Ku Klux Klan neighbors could take actions against them for having the nerve to think they should have the rights reserved for whites.
So much of our focus is on what the law did to help to emancipate generations of African Americans. However, the deep scars are still there in the form of emotional trauma (some friends of mine suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome), loss of family to death, broken dreams, ruined lives, and consigned once again to second and third class citizenship.
This is why I mourn today because the conditions for so many have not changed that much. Moreover, the gains we won continue to erode as we see in the dismantling of the most important piece of legislation on racial equality of my lifetime.
Civil Rights Veteran and SNCC Member Joyce Ladner addressed the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights decision.
Jun. 25, 2013
Amelia Boynton-Robinson, beaten, gassed, and left for dead by police in Selma, Alabama during the first Selma to Birmingham voting rights march. 3/17/65. (x)
Amelia Boynton-Robinson, later that year, meeting with President Lyndon Johnson at the signing of the Voting Rights Act. 8/6/65. (x)
Mar. 7, 2013
48 years ago today civil rights marchers tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge on their march from Selma to Montgomery. It is now known as Bloody Sunday. It should be remembered.
Feb. 11, 2013
In order to arrest, incarcerate, and institutionalize pregnant women for legal acts like “noncompliance” with a doctor’s orders, prosecutors distort state homicide, child abuse, and “feticide” laws—the latter meant to protect pregnant women from violence. As a result, many women have endured gross violations of their privacy, religious liberty, and suffered from infection, wrongful conviction, and even death. As mentioned, a disproportionate majority in the study’s cases were African-American women. African-American women in the study were more likely to be reported to the police by health care providers, arrested, and subject to felony charges. The study’s findings are consistent with reports of the racially biased application of the drug laws from disproportionate testing to well-documented targeting of pregnant African-American women in particular. The War on Drugs is manifesting quite systematically in the misapplication of child abuse and homicide law for the purpose of controlling women’s bodies, a disproportionate number of them Black, Paltrow and I believe, not coincidentally. I often hear the question from African-American women, “What do they [the right] want? We either have too many kids or too many abortions. Which is it?” The truth is, to them, it’s both.
(Source: riotgrrrlact, via theoppressedlittlefetus)
Sep. 27, 2012
Remember: the US, we’re frequently told, is in Afghanistan to bring democracy to the Afghan people and to teach them about freedom. But the Afghan government is refusing the US demand to imprison people without charges on the ground that such lawless detention violates their conceptions of basic freedom. Maybe Afghanistan should invade the US in order to teach Americans about freedom.
Aug. 20, 2012
[A graphic with a photo of candidate Mitt Romney smiling and text that reads: “This is what voter fraud looks like…
2008: Moved to California.
2009: Sold his only home in Massachusetts
2010: Votes for Scott brown in special election following Sen. Ted Kennedy’s death.
2011: Complaint filed with state election officials alleging that Romney voted in several elections without residing in the state.
Massachusetts law says a residence is “where a person dwells and which is the center of his domestic, social, and civil life.”
Mitt did not own property in the state. His voter registration reflects the address of the unfinished basement of his son’s home.”]
Odds are this is why he won’t release his tax returns - they almost certainly say he wasn’t a resident of Massachusetts during times when his political papers say he was.
He expects us to trust him on this, just like he wanted us to trust him when he lied about his tax returns in 2002.
If you want references from news sources for this:
This article states that each count of voter fraud carries a 5-year prison sentence. I just smiled for some reason.
(Source: lafaux, via feministavegana)
Aug. 19, 2012
Ohio’s new tactic in restricting voters:
Early voting stations Ohio’s heavily Democratic counties will be open shorter hours, while Republican counties are expanding voting hours.
(I’m a little late in posting this; here’s an update.)
Jul. 13, 2012
June, 1964. Black children integrate the swimming pool of the Monson Motel. To force them out, the owner pours acid into the water.
And white folk wonder why
My mom was born in ‘64, kay? So, what that means is… THIS SHIT WASN’T THAT LONG AGO AND Y’ALL NEED TO STOP ACTING LIKE THE SHIT WE TALK ABOUT IS ARCHAIC AND OLD-HAT.
my mom was still in trinidad when this happened but seriously it could’ve happened to either my aunt or uncle who were 12 and 15/16 respectively
I think photos like this need to exist, not because I like the subject matter, but because it helps immortalize events that many people want to forget ever happened (and work pretty hard to make it so). It makes us face it. I’ve seen this picture before, but don’t know all the details. I hope the children in this photo were okay.
I’m always going to reblog photos like this. People are always like “Oh just get over it already”. Well, no.
Sep. 6, 2011
Free Abortions on Demand, NO APOLOGIES!