Yes, America. The Differences Are Glaring









108 Responses to “Yes, America. The Differences Are Glaring”

  1. 5 desertflower
    August 18, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Hey. Stand up against injustice!

  2. August 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm

  3. 7 dee
    August 18, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    That last post with the black/white poster board “worth” comparisons are spot on!

  4. August 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Pew has produced a good chart today, seen below, of U.S. Department of Education projections showing that the nation’s public schools this fall will for the first time be majority-minority: The demographic shift in public schools since just the late ’90s has been remarkable, driven both by the decline of white enrollment and population growth among U.S.-born Hispanic and Asian children (this is not, Pew points out, a demographic story primarily about immigration). According to Pew’s analysis of Census data, the number of U.S.-born Hispanic children aged 5 to 17 in the U.S. nearly doubled between 1997 and 2013.

    White children, by comparison, make up nearly three-quarters of private school enrollment today. It’s important to note, though, that the increasing diversity of public school enrollment in America won’t necessarily mean that public school classrooms will soon be more diverse. We have to look at demographics through geography — and education policy through housing patterns — as Pew demographer Conrad Hackett points out with this interesting suggestion:


    How’s that possible? If minorities are largely concentrated in nearly all-minority schools as a result of housing segregation, the number of majority-white schools could still outnumber them (imagine what would happen, for instance, if we had 55 minority children and 45 whites ones in a district with five schools, and two of those five schools were 100 percent minority)….continued w/links

  5. 11 Betsy
    August 18, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I really appreciated what President Obama said today.

  6. August 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm

  7. 13 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 18, 2014 at 7:39 pm

  8. 14 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 18, 2014 at 7:40 pm

  9. August 18, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Along with the FMs of both Iran and Saudi Arabia speaking of mutual interest in improving their relations, this ….

    …. represents a ‘sea change’ in attitudes. No question that the leadership of President Obama and SOS Kerry is central to these developments. Ironic that ISIL may catalyze a significant change in the Sunni/Shia, Arab/Persian relationship.


  10. August 18, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Brilliant tweets Nerdy, thank you soooooo much for compiling them.

    • August 18, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Ben Crump was having non of it……he looked liked he wanted to bitch slap Tapper….after Tapper forced him to listen to the B.S. radio interview he asked “what police report did you get that account from?” …..Tapper sidestepped saying that CNN has aired 3 witness accounts, and this was the officers side of the story…..One MAJOR problem…they were *eye*witness accounts w/ provided video…this woman’s supposed story was “vetted thoroughly by CNN” according to Tapper. PATHETIC!

      • August 18, 2014 at 8:01 pm

        Good grief, LP. Happily I missed it, couldn’t bear to watch, but it gets worse and worse and worse.

        • August 18, 2014 at 8:07 pm

          I was cussing so loud……at first he had Ben Crump on to talk about how the family was doing, and the autopsy report….then he pulled this stunt w/ Mr. Crump visibly shaking head signaling he didn’t want to hear the audio…”lets throw it to Briana for the audio” then Jake asked him to comment. I personally don’t know how Mr. Crump kept his composure. The interview ended…..then they immediately did a whole segment on the same radio interview!!!!

      • 26 Linda
        August 18, 2014 at 8:05 pm

        Dana Loesch is a racist…he husband is also. She was fired from CNN.

        Her husband did a ” rap ” at CPAC a couple years and used the N word. A Black worker went up and unplugged his mic and walked out of the room.

        There is video floating around .

      • August 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm

        That is NOT the officer’s side of the story. We do not have the officer’s account. We have what a friend told another friend the officer has said. PURE BS.

    • 28 Linda
      August 18, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      He was divorced last year and lives with a fellow police officer, Barbara Spradling.

      She is probably ” Josie “

      • August 18, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        Wouldn’t be surprised Linda, although I’m sure just about every member of that police department would be happy to ring Dan Loesch and spread his lies.

    • 30 99ts
      August 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      “Jesus wept” – and the world wept with him

  11. 31 arapaho415
    August 18, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I haven’t read the Pew Poll, but my guess is that the white people not concerned about Michael Brown have gotten their info from non-print, non-internet MSM which mention police tactics as an afterthought, if at all.

    (Don’t have TV, with the exception of Don Lemon, have no idea how CNN is covering this.)

  12. 32 a4alice
    August 18, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    thanks for doing this Nerdy I hope people will see this great collection of tweets you’ve got here.

  13. 34 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm

  14. 37 Elly in Maryland
    August 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I can’t believe that all-white PR team. Those city “leaders” are so clueless. I lived in Atlanta during a period of racial tension, and I remember a TV commercial that tried to promote community togetherness, it showed a group of people walking over a hill, their faces showing up slowly on screen, a mix of ages, men/women, races etc but at the head of the group, leading them on, was the white businessman. It was so fake. I can see this team doing something like that.

    I did love the photo awhile back of the voter registration table in Ferguson. If something good can come out of this, it’s that more folks could start voting and put in place a representative city government. Hope it’s a cue, too, for the 2014 elections.

  15. August 18, 2014 at 7:54 pm

  16. 43 Dudette
    August 18, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Tweet Curator, Nerdy Wonka, hits another homerun! 🙂

  17. August 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

  18. August 18, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Many here have their own catalogue of towns that they dare not drive through. They sketch long, circuitous routes to avoid the small areas where they feel most targeted, a concern buttressed by statistics that show far higher numbers of traffic stops involving African Americans than whites in the St. Louis suburbs.

    I made a glib comment earlier today….re: the police chief reacting so harshly because he had to take back his town…that the blk folks were out of control…were forgetting their place…

    what smartypants wrote..emphasizes what it means to be a blk person in Ferguson….

    • 48 a4alice
      August 18, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      read it. if I had to go through what was described (finding different routes to get home, don’t have “too many” black people in your car, don’t be out too early, too late….. Anyway, if I had to go through what smartypants talked about I’d give up. Thanks for posting this Pretty Foot.

  19. 49 Dudette
    August 18, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Just so we’re clear:

    You cannot be tear gassed in battle in a foreign war zone.

    But here in America, your ass is gassed!

  20. 51 mtmarilyn
    August 18, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Good evening. I just returned from a Dem meeting for John Lewis who is running for the US House. I am very impressed with him and surprise, Steny Hoyer was there. There was only 30 of us there so I was able to chat with him and shake his hand. MT is very important in both our House and Senate races. There is going to be so much money spent here. Thought I would get to meet Amanda Curtis our new candidate for Senate but eastern MT is more important for her to be at than Missoula. Also found out John Bonner (old orange) will be here tomorrow.

    Here is my tweet with Steny & John Lewis

  21. August 18, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Front Page of CNN.Com right now

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  22. 55 Dudette
    August 18, 2014 at 8:17 pm

  23. 56 desertflower
    August 18, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Pretty good synopsis I’d say


    10 Things You Need to Know About Ferguson
    The latest developments from Ferguson.

  24. 57 Dudette
    August 18, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Meanwhile in Georgia’s Asshole Police Chronicles

  25. August 18, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    is the media restricted to certain areas?

  26. 59 Dudette
    August 18, 2014 at 8:26 pm

  27. August 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    A Good Place to start…..

  28. 69 Vicki
    August 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Jay Nixon on with Chris Hayes droning on and on eventually patting PD on its back for not killing anyone last night even though he said something vague about shots being fired.
    The more the Governor talks the more he sounds like an idiot.

  29. August 18, 2014 at 8:37 pm

  30. 71 jacquelineoboomer
    August 18, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I can hardly breathe knowing the police in Ferguson have taken off their badges and name tags. Next, they’ll just put the big white hoods on, I guess, “to be safe.”

  31. August 18, 2014 at 8:41 pm


    • 75 sherijr
      August 18, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      this is exactly what I’ve been afraid of since the lifting of the curfew… it made/makes no sense to me. First Nixon calls in the National Guard, then he lifts the curfew… two opposite decisions. I am very concerned for the people of Ferguson, and what comes next.

  32. 76 Dudette
    August 18, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    “Stonewall Jackson” seems to fit well

  33. August 18, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Rep. John Lewis:

    “Tonight I march in solidarity with those in #Ferguson because I believe the people have a right to orderly and peaceful protest.”


  34. August 18, 2014 at 8:48 pm

  35. 84 Vicki
    August 18, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Right to assemble—–Where does it say right to assemble only if you keep moving?
    Only if you are juggling three peaches?
    Only if….omg this is such a nightmare that is getting crazier. AG Holder cannot get to Ferguson fast enough.

  36. 85 jacquelineoboomer
    August 18, 2014 at 8:50 pm

  37. August 18, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    #Ferguson PD, Gov Nixon, ….. all of ‘um need more violence. And, they will incite it, no matter what it takes, as we have witnessed for more than a week, with one exception and that was the night Capt Johnson and his fellow officers joined with the community.

  38. August 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm

  39. 91 Dudette
    August 18, 2014 at 8:56 pm

  40. 92 Dudette
    August 18, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    See this? They really don’t give a damn who sees or hears them.

    • 93 jacquelineoboomer
      August 18, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      If this happened tonight, it’s another reason they’ve taken off their badges and nameplates.

  41. August 18, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Watching to see the interaction with protesters tonight, especially since the Governor “unleashed” the State Nat’l Guard without speaking with POTUS even though I swear I read somewhere that admin were trying to get in touch.

    I see the police are arresting people who “congregate” or linger in one place. So I suspect that they think by making the protesters keep moving they can tire them out.

    • 95 Vicki
      August 18, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Yes, tire protesters out and drive home who is in charge. Very ugly.

    • 96 jacquelineoboomer
      August 18, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Today it was “noticed” on cable TV (forget who the speaker was) that although there were hundreds of police out on the street overnight and other nights, there were very few visible “arrests” – and yet they were “forced” to throw tear gas canisters because of the unruly protesters. There were so few arrests, it was noticeable. So I’m imagining they’ll fix that tonight.

    • August 18, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Their right to assemble is being violated. I can’t understand why that was allowed to stand.

  42. 98 hopefruit2
    August 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Good, time to call out CNN and media for their bullshit and complicity in the obstruction of justice.

    • 99 japa21
      August 18, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Notice the mix of the crowd. The naysayers can’t claim it’s just a bunch of AA’s making noise.

      I also noticed in several pictures of groups of protesters in Ferguson, there were a lot of white folks. Injustice hits to the heart of people of all colors.

  43. 101 Dudette
    August 18, 2014 at 9:12 pm

  44. 102 anniebella
    August 18, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    That PR firm hired by Ferguson looks like Fox hired them.

  45. August 18, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    DOJ is drilling down. Over 200 interviews so far. Fed autopsy conducted. Grand jury may start hearing evident on Wednesday.
    AG Holder in town on Wednesday. Things are about to change.

  46. August 18, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Someone mentioned on a previous thread that the notification for new post didn’t show up. That was a couple posts back. Neither did it show up on the last thread. Just letting you know.

  47. 106 amk for obama
    August 18, 2014 at 9:25 pm

  48. 107 carolyn
    August 18, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I heard the president say that DOJ personnel have been in Ferguson since at least Sunday, a week ago. The Ferguson PD will not get away with lawlessness. The president also said, almost obliquely, that they would be watching how the National Guard behaved. Nixon and his people are on thin ice, whether they have realized it or not. Because PBO does not rant and rave, they think he’s not serious……ask Osama, ISIL, the pirates, etc. etc. PBO and Holder don’t have to yell, they perform. My mother always said: “What you do speaks so loudly, I can’t hear a word you say.” So true in this instance.

  49. 108 smoothscotch
    August 18, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Democracy Now!
    ‏@democracynow “A Human Rights Crisis”: In Unprecedented Move, @Amnesty Sends Monitors to #Ferguson http://owl.li/ArwKC pic.twitter.com/h0eqweP5tA

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