“I am Darren Wilson” Bands

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Just in case anyone wondered why people in Ferguson are so angry… uhhhh this might have something to do with it. If you don’t get it (ahem) let me explain…

“I am” has always been a phrase of unity and understanding from “I am Somebody” to more recently “I am Trayvon Martin”

I am Darren Wilson in the eyes of the Ferguson says I am a killer cop. So of course those who wore those are now teasing and angry fire. What happens when you put your hand in a fire? You get burned.

The image shows on-duty Ferguson law enforcers wearing the band in support of their colleague. It was posted on Instagram and has been shared numerous times over the week. Thanks to the sharing, the band is now banned.

Federal officials stepped in and saw the light. Thank goodness. But only while in uniform and on duty…

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson agreed to bar his officers from wearing the bracelets while in uniform and on duty, and to ensure that other local police agencies did too, according to a letter released Friday by Christy Lopez, deputy chief of the special litigation section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

Jackson did so after officials in the U.S. Department of Justice brought the issue to his attention, alerted by residents during community meetings earlier last week who complained they had seen officers wearing the bracelets on patrol during protests Tuesday, according to the letter.

Residents made a good point that the bracelets continue the Us vs Them mentality. After a weekend of more unrest and violence that isn’t something that needs to happen. Even if cops wear this off duty, it is still horribly offensive.

 


 

Switching gears,  the violence escalated this weekend as Saturday an officer was shot. Luckily the shooting wasn’t life threatening. At least the officers have the body cameras now to help figure out what happened right?

When asked to provide the body camera video from the shooting, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said the officer had a camera, but it was not turned on.

But of course. So what is going to happen now that the camera was not turned on? Is that an excuse? The next time a civilian is shot will the camera be on?

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What’s Buzzin’ – Redskin Name Change

The latest on the Washington Redskin name contraversy: Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) announced on Tuesday that she plans to introduce legislation that would revoke the NFL’s tax-exempt status unless the league’s owners put pressure on the Washington football team to change the team’s name.

According to The Washington Post, Cantwell was joined by Native American chiefs for the announcement, part of a larger campaign to get the Washington football team to change its name, which many consider offensive.

It’s important that people understand the origin of the name Redskins. As our country was being expanded westward and land forcefully taken, stolen, from Native Americans – and they resisted – bounty hunters were paid to bring in dead Indians. They brought the bodies in wagons. Soon this became so cumbersome that the bounty hunters were told to just bring in the Indian’s head. They brought in so many heads that this too became burdensome. So they were finally instructed to just scalp the Indians and bring in the “Redskins” and they would be paid their bounty.

Zara pulls “Sheriff T-shirt” reminiscent of Holocaust

Spanish fashion retailer Zara has apologized for selling its children’s stripped “Sheriff” shirt. The shirt has been criticized for its resemblance to Jewish concentration camp unfirms worn by inmates.

Zara said the garment was inspired by “the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films.” The word “Sheriff” is on the star, in transparent letters.

“We honestly apologize,” Zara said on Twitter in response to numerous outraged tweets. The shirt was removed from the website and is being pulled from stores; the company says remaining items will be destroyed. According to a press release from Zara’s parent company, Inditex. It was on sale for just a few hours before the company pulled it “due to the potential similarity with the Star of David,” the company said.

This is not the first time Zara has been accused for selling something that was anti-Semitic; back in 2007 they were forced to remove a handbag with swastikas on it. The bag had been produced in Asia, however, where the symbol also carries ancient cultural significance.

Iggy’s got one more problem…

Iggy Azalea Using the Nword on Facebook

Check out Iggy's Nword Caption

Check out Iggy’s Nword Caption

Is this okay? No not at all…. Female rapper or not using the Nword is no bueno… The picture was posted June 28 and although there are many comments (some vulgar some simply saying hey thats not okay), the caption has not been changed no “oops” apology has been said… Why it may seem petty to get upset about, its the little things that matter also. So Iggy take that down or change that caption, say sorry and thats simple. The N-word is not for you.

“Santa is White and Jesus was too”

Okay so I’m calling for Megyn Kelly’s job after this!

Watch the Video of Megyn Kelly’s panel discussing the Article by Aisha Harris…

“The anchor, who had an all-white lineup on her news analysis show, cleared up any misgivings that culture blogger Aisha Harris may have created with an article in Slate that explained the duality she faced seeing a white Santa as a child and a black Santa in her home.” – The Root

“Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change. You know, I mean, Jesus was a white man, too. But you know it’s like we have—he was a historical figure, I mean that’s a verifiable fact. As is Santa. I just want the kids watching to know that.” – Megyn Kelly

Two little problems…
One: Santa is FAKE ,so his race  and face can be changed altered to include all children. Why not make him an animal or blue from being cold in the north pole so long????

Two: Jesus was NOT white and that can be historically proven (Kelly says it can be historically proven that he was white, well FOX News needs to give her some extra time off so she can spend it in a history class)

See this article in The Atlantic “Insisting Jesus Was White Is Bad History and Bad Theology”

Problem 2.5: If things to not change because they make us uncomfortable then why do we change? The British made us uncomfortable so we changed, Jim Crow made us uncomfortable so it changed, lack of gay rights made us uncomfortable so it changed… Something being uncomfortable is a sign that it is not right and in fact needs to change. Being exclusionary is uncomfortable which is why we need to change.

The producer needs a stern talking to that let this story air and Fox News needs to get rid of Kelly. It is also important to note that this is not a bash Megyn Kelly moment because I’m sure many agree with her (ever flawed) logic. It is a moment to show the state of this “post-racial” country.

If you feel that way, fine but don’t go on national tv and voice your ignorance.

#FoxFireMegynKelly

Aldermen Accepting pay raises while economy struggling?

 

Throughout Chicago’s financial decline, city officials have layered on more and more debt with no more solid plan for repayment than a vague hope that a resurgent economy will keep City Hall out of bankruptcy. http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/local/redeye-chicago-alderman-salaries-city-budget-20131119,0,4492048.story#ixzz2mNgtjMjB

Throughout Chicago’s financial decline, city officials have layered on more and more debt with no more solid plan for repayment than a vague hope that a resurgent economy will keep City Hall out of bankruptcy.
http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/local/redeye-chicago-alderman-salaries-city-budget-20131119,0,4492048.story#ixzz2mNgtjMjB

Slight pay raise for aldermen in the recently passed budget… only ten say no to the pay raise… The aldermen who waived the slight pay bump for 2014 are Will Burns (4th), Marty Quinn (13th), Toni Foulkes (15th), Matthew O’Shea (19th), Deborah Mell (33rd), Nicholas Sposato (36th), Timothy Cullerton (38th), Mary O’Connor (41st), Michele Smith (43rd), and Ameya Pawar (47th).

According to the Red Eye: Since 2011, Burns, Quinn, O’Shea, Sposato, Cullerton, O’Connor, Smith and Pawar have stayed at the same salary of $108,086, which was the incoming salary for aldermen elected that year.

If your alderman is not on the list question their true values to the city… This is NOT the first time aldermen have gotten raises and n our struggling economy shouldn’t the money be left to the city for things like education??? I’m ashamed to say my alderman is not on the list.. This will affect what happens in the polls…. Of course this is not the only way my vote could be affected but this is the second time it has happened…

Hood Rich or just Poor Taste?

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 2.42.29 PMSo it’s the name of a shoe… That makes it okay right? Well Jeffrey Campbell says yea its okay… Today Jeffrey Campbell posted a picture on their Instagram of a model wearing their “Hood Rich” Shoe. While it is the name of the shoe Instagram users are offended.

The picture and the name together… Is that just too much to say “Oh, it’s just the name of a shoe.”?

Earlier H&M had a similar issue with their “Ghetto Fabulous” line which they cancelled due to the level of backlash received… So Is this okay?