Stuff I found while looking around


The Big Picture: Ferguson Protests

11 things you should know about the Michael Brown shooting.

When your house is dirty and your kids are screaming, why care about Ferguson:

You are a part of this. And not in some abstract “you’re a human, they’re a human” kind of way. If you live in a mostly white neighborhood, then it’s very likely that young, black men feel unsafe walking down your street. Unsafe in your neighborhood. Isn’t that interesting? White people get scared walking through black neighborhoods, but the reverse can also be true.

– Elon James White discusses the multiple platforms being used to pass along information and differing views by protesters. The ending quote should be shouted across America.

Why the Fires in Ferguson Won’t End Soon:

The Ferguson Police Department stonewalled at every turn, refusing cooperation and transparency. And when residents began to gather near the site of Brown’s shooting to demonstrate and memorialize, police responded with guns and dogs, sparking a cycle of protest and repression. Nightly demonstrations from residents were met with tear gas and rubber bullets by aggressive, militarized police, which sparked larger, more aggressive demonstrations and harsher, more draconian responses, justified by reports of looting and violence.

How Ferguson Has Exposed a Civil Rights Generational Divide

What Black Parents Tell Their Sons About the Police

All of this. Just read all of it.

– Lauryn Hill sings to the melody of “My Favorite Things” in her new song “Black Rage”

Dear White Mom:

Remember, I’m writing you as a dear friend, because I can’t believe you’re not on my side. After a lifetime together I won’t believe it. It’s why I love you. I know you’re on my side, with all those posts about how I don’t have to worry about “my blond haired blue eyed son” being shot by the police. I get it, you’re not boasting, just stating the sad facts, that you understand on the deepest level that your white privilege means your motherhood is different from mine.

In Ferguson, Mo., A City Meets The Spotlight

Ten Things White People Can Do About Ferguson Besides Tweet

“I don’t know how to talk to white people about Ferguson”

– Some important recent tweets: