I know it's difficult to keep track of all of the brown people dying at the hands of various law enforcement officers all over America and vigilantes from Florida. But this one evokes an emotion that is almost indescribable. It all began with a car chase, but I'll let Vox.com set the scene: Spoiler Alert: No one pays for this crime.
So, here we go:
However, rather than sift through the clearly made up and mostly ridiculous testimony like Ezra Klein at Vox did or talk about how colossally screwed up the trial was like Salon did, I wanted to point out a different thread running through all of these various incidents of seemingly senseless violence and totally nonsensical testimony. Black people apparently have superpowers -- and we now have enough jury-accepted testimony to prove it.
That's right: using contemporary news reports, and eyewitness accounts, I can prove that Blacks in America aren't actually human beings. We are jive-talking, shit starting, members of a race of Meta-Humans whose powers are as vast as they are varied. Some powers are subtle while others are so obvious it's a wonder how the mainstream media hasn't clued you into this. But here are the Top 5 Super Powers possessed by Black people.
Here's the thing: in order to exist in America and go about my life, I need to basically forget that things like this happen with an alarming frequency. I need to forget that they tend to happen to people who look a lot like me. I need to forget that if the worst does happen, people are going to try to reverse-engineer my life so that it's my fault I got shot by a cop. I try to tell myself that I'm different. I've got a good education, I'm firmly entrenched in the middle class and I'm married to boot. But I'm not different. I am Trayvon Martin. I am Micheal Brown. The fact that I pretend I'm not is just a useful fiction to get me through the day. Because to really sit and think about what these incidents mean in a larger context makes me want to draw the blinds and never leave my house. Of course if you ask the Chamberlain family from White Plains New York, even that isn't enough to keep you safe. The point is none of my privileges, which are many, mean much when people run up on you with a gun. Case in point:
There are so many fucking problems with this Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores case I don’t know where to begin. The least of which is the Supreme Court’s forwarded of this corporate personhood nonsense. Oh, to be a corporation. Think about it, because of the malfeasance of the General Motors Corporation, no less than thirteen people have died in fiery wrecks. If you or I were responsible for that, they’d bury us under the jail. But since it’s a corporation, they get a fine and some bad press. So besides being protected from liability, being able to give unlimited amounts of cash to political parties through Super PAC's, they can now exercise religious views. Corporations aren’t just people. They’re superpeople.
Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) aggressive outreach to the black community over the last several months is dividing African-American leaders, as some are excited that a prominent conservative Republican is embracing their causes, while others argue that working with the Kentucky senator and a likely 2016 presidential candidate is a mistake...Among those in the excited camp is the NAACP who seem to have lost their way sometime around the Donald Sterling fiasco. But we'll circle back around to them a little later.The Story in the Grio continues:
Having toured the country in recent months focusing on the nation's poor, Ryan declared that "the best way to turn from a vicious cycle of despair and learned hopelessness to a virtuous cycle of hope and flourishing is by embracing the attributes of friendship, accountability and love."
"That's how you fight poverty," Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman and 2012 vice presidential nominee, told a crowd of roughly 750 dressed in tuxedos and gowns.
Or to put it another way...
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