This Is Ferguson




121 Responses to “This Is Ferguson”

  1. 1 desertflower
    August 17, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you so much, Nerdy…for all you do. Everyday.

  2. 14 desertflower
    August 17, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Bringing this over…

    • 15 desertflower
      August 17, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      The protests and vigils that began in Ferguson, Missouri protesting the racial profiling of black and brown people by the police, the racist for-profit prison industrial complex and the rise of the American police state, have spread across the United States and the world. Anyone who has followed the events that have unfolded since the fatal shooting of Michael brown have more than likely read many racist myths and justifications for the vast inequalities in the number of people who are incarcerated or even murdered by the police for simply not being white.

      One of these tropes that is without fail brought into conversation comes in one form or the other is “most crime is black-on-black.”

      Well one poet in Chicago completely destroys this often repeated phrase by dissecting the racist meaning behind it.

      Speaking to an enormous crowd at a vigil for Michael Brown at Chicago’s Daley Plaza, on August, 14th, Malcolm London, says “We don’t talk about white-on-white crime in the news though. We keep using this rhetoric of ‘black on black’ crime as if something is defective with black people.”

      h/t Addicting Info

  3. August 17, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    As we all know, our President is a master multi-tasker and extraordinary ‘community organizer.’ If we need any more evidence, well this is it …

    For the centers of Sunni and Shia power to acknowledge each other and indicate willingness to pursue jointly exploration of their mutual interests is profound change.


    • August 17, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      In case any of you missed it on the previous thread, the announcements from the Iranian and Saudi FMs were reciprocal & released at the same time ….


    • 18 jackiegrumbacher
      August 17, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Thank you, Bob. This is the kind of change that I didn’t expect to see in my lifetime.

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  7. August 17, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    So, I’ve been gone all afternoon, and I missed this AA who supports the killer cop.

    Probably doesn’t want to be called “African American”…

  8. August 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Thank yu NERDY…for Shining a bright light on the humanity of the people in Ferguson…

    they suspended sanitation services to Ferguson…..damn

  9. August 17, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    • 50 jackiegrumbacher
      August 17, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      LP, the veteran perspective on Ferguson is important. The more you see how over the top the FPD acted and continues to act, the more insane it seems.

  10. August 17, 2014 at 8:27 pm

  11. August 17, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    • August 17, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Is it just me or the comments sections of all important newspapers and internet blogs are jam-packed with right wing comments ? How is it so ?

      Is it possible that either the Kochs, or Rove’s friends, or republican strategists are paying lots of people to post comments everywhere?

      • 59 jackiegrumbacher
        August 17, 2014 at 10:17 pm

        LP08, I haven’t any doubt that there are armies of paid trolls who pack comment sections with right wing views. It’s probably irresistible to sit at home and get money for spewing hate.

  12. 60 vcprezofan2
    August 17, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    NerdyW, may I add my little ‘1’ to the gazillions of thanks above? I continue to be awed by your commitment to your work* here – to the important issues, positive and negative that arise. (*We do know it’s work, but I do believe for you and CC it IS a labour of love.) THANKS! #PRESSON

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  14. August 17, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    We will see much more of this LEADER in the days and years ahead and that will be very good for the United States of America and for humanity ….

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  16. August 17, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    • 74 forus50
      August 17, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Reporter calling it a protest is odd. WTF are they protesting? Darren Wilson is still getting full pay and living it large on vacation somewhere.

  17. August 17, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Question: is the curfew in force for tonight?

    • 76 desertflower
      August 17, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      think so…I read it was extended for a second night. I assume that means tonight

    • 77 sabreen60
      August 17, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      LL – OT – I have a question when you have time. It’s a Twitter question. I want to display a picture or quotation in my tweet. For example your “The Washington Post” tweet. Can you provide a quick lesson for the Twitter challenged 🙂

      • August 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm

        Ok, with that tweet, if you go to the WaPo story and click on the “tweet” link, that’s what will show up. If you want to display a picture, you need to download the image to your computer, and then when you write a tweet click on the camera icon and upload the image.

        • 79 sabreen60
          August 17, 2014 at 9:27 pm

          Thanks LL. I’ll try again. The last time I just “view photo” and not the picture.

          • 80 vcprezofan2
            August 17, 2014 at 10:03 pm

            Sabreen, what’s your twitter handle? If you follow me @sonamie (and I follow you), I’ll DM you the ‘steps’ I shared with Jackie earlier today.

            • 81 sabreen60
              August 17, 2014 at 10:21 pm

              Thanks vc, because it’s not working for me. Sabreen60 @QueenMerytAmon

              • 82 vcprezofan2
                August 17, 2014 at 10:27 pm

                You need to follow me so I can DM you the info, rather than put it for general audience (who are all mostly experienced already). 😀

          • 83 jackiegrumbacher
            August 17, 2014 at 10:21 pm

            Sabreen, VC is a master tutor. She DM’s me steps that even a tech dummy like me could follow.

  18. August 17, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Very nice Nerdy. Thank you. Lovely to see a little light in the midst of all the darkness. Loved Rev Al today. He was on fire. I am so inspired by his passion. In this arena he is without peer except perhaps Rev. Barber.

  19. August 17, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Any order restricting constitutional rights must clearly communicate to the public when and where it will apply, articulate valid justifications for the restrictions, and provide ample alternative locations where people may gather to express their views on the important issues being discussed in Ferguson,” they write. The groups argue that the current order “falls short of those requirements.”

  20. 89 forus50
    August 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm

  21. 90 amk for obama
    August 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm

  22. 92 desertflower
    August 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Where’s Don? I think he was the one that said he thought Arpiao was not incompetent, or something like that. I disagreed.


    The deputy chief refused to do so, he says, because the sheriff’s office was in such a “shambles,” and a state of “constant managed chaos and damage control.”

    Um, as opposed to when, exactly?

    Actually, throughout the book, Sands describes a dysfunctional law enforcement agency where PR flacks make law enforcement decisions, aged action heroes are granted carte blanche, and operations are organized primarily for the head honcho’s self-aggrandizement.

    Arpaio is depicted both as a narcissist obsessed with publicity to the exclusion of all else (surprise, surprise), and an artifact of another era in law enforcement, one unconcerned about such niceties as “probable cause,” which Sands claims he’s had to explain to the sheriff more than once.

    Sands describes Arpaio as an “aficionado of procuring controversy,” someone who could “develop anything into a press release.”

    Sands writes, “Everything with Arpaio has to have something to do with him directly or he is completely apathetic.”

    The man is a hot mess of nasty. He needs to go take care of animals, not people. Trust me when I say, he really does care for animals much better than he does people. MCSO is a wasteful moneypit with an incompetent, out of touch idiot at the helm. Time to go, Joe!

  23. 93 yardarm756
    August 17, 2014 at 9:33 pm

  24. August 17, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Just so they know we are all paying attention ….

  25. August 17, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    h/t to Ta-Nehisi Coates for reminding everyone of this incredible debate.

  26. 97 amk for obama
    August 17, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    • 98 vcprezofan2
      August 17, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Ssssh! Maybe if they made the terms and conditions shorter and simpler people *would* read them!

  27. 99 amk for obama
    August 17, 2014 at 10:00 pm

  28. 100 Nerdy Wonka
    August 17, 2014 at 10:04 pm

  29. 101 JER
    August 17, 2014 at 10:06 pm

  30. 102 Dudette
    August 17, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    The WHOLE thing…

  31. 104 Dudette
    August 17, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Apologies for my bad grammar. You know I’m a poor typist/editor. 🙂

  32. 106 amk for obama
    August 17, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I wonder if the africa colonizers, brits, french and dutch treat their black citizens as badly as murka. Any statistics on this?

  33. August 17, 2014 at 10:22 pm

  34. 108 Dudette
    August 17, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Dammit, the freaking jackbooted thugs are out with ARs and gas masks. Firing tear gas towards crowd marching with their hands up!!! WTF!!!

  35. 113 Dudette
    August 17, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Showing it live on MSNBC. They’re shooting off tear gas. WHY?!!!

    • 114 nospin
      August 17, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      these acts provides confirmation on what we all know to be true. Sometimes it is critical for folks to see these images first hand to remove all remaining doubt on what this is.

  36. 115 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    “After police in Kenosha, Wis., shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago — and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing — an African-American man approached me and said: “If they can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we’ve been going through.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/08/what-i-did-after-police-killed-my-son-110038.html#ixzz3AhsppjQL

  37. 116 Dudette
    August 17, 2014 at 10:29 pm

  38. August 17, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Remember on an earlier thread, I shared a link from one of my conservative FB friends. (What’s going to be the cops story, complete w/video that I did not watch.) Right after that, I posted this status on FB: To all my Facebook friends: Please, let’s all spread and share love, respect, unity and trust. Please, don’t share things that spread hate, disrespect, intolerance and most importantly, lies.

    It had only been a few short minutes and a posting showed up about some black minister who was responding to Rev. Al Sharpton. It was from http://www.theblaze.com. Obvously, did not click. Immediately posted a comment: Obviously, you did not see my status post from few minutes ago. Then, I got rid of her post. Few minutes ago, I checked her timeline and it had been deleted.

  39. 119 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 17, 2014 at 10:34 pm

  40. 120 jackiegrumbacher
    August 17, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Nerdy, before this thread closes out I want to say how important this post is in reminding us all that Ferguson and other communities belong to the citizens, not the police. What makes a community real are the friendships, social supports, child raising and the joys and hard work of every day life. The police have a role to play in support of a community, but they should never be “in charge,” of it. In the photos in this post, we see the love of community and the pride of its citizens by those who live there. It’s important that this not get lost in all the anger and frustration, so thank you putting it front and center.

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