When Irving, Texas police arrested 14-year old Muslim science nerd Ahmed Mohamed on Monday, it appeared that bigotry had won and that all it takes to be branded a terrorist is to have brown skin and an Arabic-sounding name. Police were called in after his teacher and principal assumed he was going to bomb the school with his oh-so-cool digital clock (with a hologram on the case!) he had put together in his bedroom the night before. When he was brought into a room in the principal’s office to be interrogated by police, the police officer took one look at him and said, “Yup.…
14-year old Ahmed Mohamed arrested for bringing clock he invented to school, “So you tried to make a bomb?”
Mohamed Ahmed is a 14-year old Texan from Irving who loves to invent and build things. This week, he built a homemade clock and brought it to school to show his teacher, thinking it would impress him. What happened next is has sent a shockwave of outrage across the country and across the globe and even prompted Hillary Clinton to take time off from her campaign to tweet her support of the precocious high schooler.
Here’s what went down:
Photo by Anne C. Savage.
“Great way to build a political movement. Those of you who defended the Netroots Nation takeover by #BlackLivesMatter need to explain this.”
I’m on a number of private national listservs for progressive activists, bloggers, and organizers. This demand was thrown at those of us on one of them who defended the BLM protest at the 2015 Netroots Nation conference in response to a similar protest at a Bernie Sanders rally in Seattle last week.
When I had the audacity to challenge a well-known journalist on another listserv who argued for respectability politics – the idea that black protesters needed to be more respectful – he told me, “I wonder if you know who you are addressing when you write shit like this.”
Both of these things came from white progressives, people who are largely on the same side as me on nearly every progressive issue you could mention.…
UPDATED: While we celebrated marriage equality & other SCOTUS decisions last week, six black churches were burned in the South
Last Friday while many of us were celebrating the Supreme Court decision making marriage equality law across the USA, two black churches in the South were burned down. That came on the heels of two others in the days just before. Via FaithGardner at Daily Kos, here’s the list:
- College Hill Seventh Day Adventist church in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 21st
- God’s Power Church of Christ in Macon, Georgia on June 23rd
- Briar Creek Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 24th
- Fruitland Presbyterian Church in Gibson County, Tennessee on June 24th
- Greater Miracle Temple church in Tallahassee, Florida on June 26th
- Glover Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Warrenville, South Carolina on June 26th
UPDATE: A seventh black church, not in the South, was burned down on June 27th: College Heights Baptist Church in Elyria, Ohio.…
Darius Simpson & Scout Bostley’s poetry slam performance “Lost Voices” gives a voice to voiceless women & black men
I don’t like to throw around the phrase “must see!” much but this video, in my opinion, is something everyone should watch. It will only take three minutes of your time but this poetry slam performance by Darius Simpson & Scout Bostley says more about how women and minorities experience our society than any book or movie ever could.
Pay attention to the very beginning and note that they swap microphones before they start.
This post has been updated to reflect Brian Klawiter’s conviction on assault and battery charges and for parole violation.
After the owner of Indiana pizzeria Memories publicly declared she wouldn’t make her pies for same-sex weddings, she raked in well over $800,000 from a GoFundMe.com fundraiser. Eager to get in on the action, or at least to share the limelight and maybe be interviewed on Fox News, Michigan bigots are now oozing out from the rocks under which they live to be larger-than-life idiots in front of cameras.
First we had, Brian Klawiter, the owner of Dieseltec auto repair who decided it would be hilarious to publicly ban homosexuals from his shop while giving a discount to people who walk in packing heat.…
Being fired for sending racist emails just like being raped says self-described non-racist Ferguson, MO City Clerk
After a Department of Justice investigation, Ferguson City Court Clerk Mary Ann Twitty, was fired after 19 years on the job for using her city government email to send racist emails. One email showed a photo of Ronald Reagan feeding a bottle to a chimpanzee with the caption “Rare photo of Ronald Reagan babysitting Barack Obama in 1962.” Another said that Obama wouldn’t be president for very long because, “what black man holds a steady job for four years?”
In a video interview with KMOV.com, Twitty defends her actions saying, “I’m not a racist, I have a black sister.” Her firing, she said, has “ruint her name” and was like “being raped and being thrown under the bus.” Asked if she thought the emails were funny, she said, “Funny as in humor wise?…
Dr. King had a dream, and so do I. Unfortunately, neither one of us is doing very well realizing that dream!
Today marks the celebration and remembrance of the life and journey of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It took decades of struggle to set aside a day, and then another lengthy campaign to memorialize Dr. King in Washington, D.C., to honor someone this critical and authentically important. Given his great vision and what he did for the Civil Rights movement – and, inarguably for all of mankind – it’s unfortunate that the image of Dr. King is both iconic and a reminder how far we have left to go before we can say that the battle that he waged ultimately succeeded.…
“The Talk” painting by Michael D’Antuono, reproduced with permission by the artist.
As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day across the country, artist Michael D’Antuono released his latest painting called “The Talk”. Here’s what D’Antuono has to say about his piece:
The painting depicts a pair of concerned African American parents sitting across from their son, bathed by the blue light of the television news reporting no indictment of a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black child.…
BREAKING: Dave Agema posts Facebook post re: corrosive impacts of bigotry on our democracy with the comment “Educational!”
"This article is making me rethink my position on the inferiority of anyone who isn't white, male, straight, Christian, or American," wrote Agema. "Our republic is damaged when people denigrate any of our citizens." ...
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