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Dec
14

This Is What Two Americas Looks Like

The America for Black people

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The America for white people

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All of the tweets are a perfect example of what white privilege looks like. A Black person could not do anything that has been listed and walk away free or walk away alive. This is what racism looks like. There are some who realize that due to the color of their skin, they are presumed innocent even while committing acts of crime and that it is sickening in a country that prides itself on the refrain “all men are created equal”

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100 Responses to “This Is What Two Americas Looks Like”


  1. 1 MightyPamela
    December 4, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    • 2 MightyPamela
      December 4, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Oh, wow. Just Wow. ❤

    • 4 vcprezofan2
      December 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      O wow, indeed! Xmas Tree ceremony was fun!

      • 5 MightyPamela
        December 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm

        I am precisely 4 threads behind. Have been so busy today, plus can only get online now with laptop – so, much, slower. Peeking in to say Hello and give a big hug. But, NerdyWonka, the power of the sickening contrast in this set of tweets has me overwhelmed and reeling. Because I know it is all true. And I know it is very, very wrong.

        • 6 vcprezofan2
          December 4, 2014 at 7:38 pm

          I didn’t see the topic of the post before commenting on the Christmas Tree lighting. Nevertheless, good to see you. {{{MP}}}

          • 7 MightyPamela
            December 4, 2014 at 9:41 pm

            {{{{{VC}}}}} Hugs back, VC, I was wrong about being 4 threads behind, I found myself going all the way back to Early Bird. Stopped and listened to POTUS and FLOTUS at the college community gathering, shed some tears. I will refresh here, and then I hope to have the stamina to watch the Christmas Tree Lighting, but may have to take it on in sections! If I don’t make it back, big hugs all round and sweet dreams TOD. (laptop is soooooo slooooowwww compared to iPad) ❤ 🐻 🙂

            • 8 vcprezofan2
              December 4, 2014 at 9:52 pm

              Always on the run, aren’t you? Hope you are enjoying, or being informed by, all the non-stop action! 🙂

  2. December 4, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Powerful. And heart rending.

  3. December 4, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Horrible sickening truths.

  4. December 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm

  5. December 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Amazing tweets Nerdy, the #CrimingWhileWhite series is extraordinary. Thank you Legend.

    • 13 Nerdy Wonka
      December 4, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks, Chips.

      It broke my heart and my jaw dropped when compiling the post.

      I can’t imagine a world where any cop on a regular day with me just going about my business and not committing a crime, would treat me even 1/10th as well as they did to all the white people who penned those tweets, all because of the color of my skin; and that’s truly sad.

    • 15 Jeff
      December 4, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      I posted some myself on twitter. Like when I got pulled over for running a red light and got a slap on the wrist and told never to do it again. Did not get ticket.

  6. December 4, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    And in the latest news: Cop in Arizona shoots and kills an unarmed black man, mistaking his pill bottle for a gun.

  7. December 4, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    This is AWESOME Nerdy!

  8. December 4, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Now all those white people that know they got a free pass…probably more than once… Need to take some concrete action to change the way the system works or rather doesn’t work, for POC. That’s just for starters

  9. December 4, 2014 at 7:44 pm

  10. December 4, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks again Nerdy for shining a spotlight on the harsh reality that is everyday life in Black America.

    As someone said on an earlier thread, if Joe Scarborough were Black, he would be in jail – that dead intern found in his office would immediately and singularly cast him in the shadow of suspicion. And the system would ensure that he were indicted, tried and found guilty.

  11. December 4, 2014 at 7:46 pm

  12. December 4, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Wow, the protests in NY look huge, check here:

    https://twitter.com/MichaelSkolnik

  13. December 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    UTTERLY DISGUSTING…and have the audacity to appear on camera showing their disgusting faces… Karma won’t be kind to them…

  14. December 4, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I’m going to cry.

  15. 40 yardarm756
    December 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Sorry I’m late today….. 😉

    Events

    1981 Falcon Crest debuts on CBS.

    1974 Brightest fireball ever photographically recorded 10,000 times brighter than a full moon, by Dr. Zdenek Ceplecha, Czechoslovakia.

    1971 Smoke On The Water The Montreux Casino, Switzerland, burns to the ground during a set by Frank Zappa. The group Deep Purple, who were recording there at the time, immortalized the event on their next album.

    1947 A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams opens in New York. It starred Marlon Brando in his first major role.

    1843 Manila paper is patented.

    1154 First English pope Nicholas Breakspear is elected assuming the name Adrian IV.

    963 Pope John XII The leader of the Roman Catholic Church is temporarily deposed by the Roman Council for his wrongdoings. He is reputed to have gambled and run a brothel.

    Births

    1964 Marisa Tomei American Oscar-winning actress. Film: My Cousin Vinny (1992, Oscar).

    1949 Jeff Bridges American actor. Film: The Last Picture Show (1971) and The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989).

    1944 Dennis Wilson d. 1983 American singer, with The Beach Boys. Music: Surfin’ USA (1963), I Get Around (1964, #1), Help Me Rhonda, (1965, #1), and Good Vibrations (1966, #1). He drowned while swimming in Marina Del Rey, California; he should have stayed on the beach.

    1942 Chris Hillman American musician, with The Byrds. Music: Mr. Tambourine Man (1965, #1) and Turn! Turn! Turn! (1966).

    1937 Max Baer Jr American actor. TV: The Beverly Hillbillies (Jethro and his twin sister Jethrine).

    1934 Victor French d. 1989 American actor. TV: Little House on the Prairie (Isaiah Edwards) and Highway to Heaven (Mark Gordman).

    1925 Maurice Binder he created the titles for most of the James Bond movies.

    1921 Deanna Durbin (Edna Mae Durbin), Canadian-born Oscar-winning actress, singer. Film: Three Smart Girls (1936, the success of which helped saved Universal from bankruptcy).

    1915 Eddie Heywood d. 1989 American jazz pianist, composed Canadian Sunset.

    1912 Gregory “Pappy” Boyington d. 1988 American World War II flying ace. His book Baa Baa Black Sheep (1958) chronicled his days with the Flying Tigers and the The Black Sheep squadrons.

    1892 Generalissimo Francisco Franco Bahamonde d. 1975 Spanish dictator (1939-75). “This just in, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead!” (Chevy Chase on SNL).

    ???? Jethro Bodine fictional character on the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies, as played by Max Baer, Jr.

    Deaths

    1993 Frank Zappa b. 1940 (Francis Vincent Zappa Jr.), American Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, leader of The Mothers of Invention. Music: Yellow Snow (1974), Valley Girl (1982), and Jazz From Hell (1987, Grammy).

    1993 Frank Sturgis b. 1925 American private investigator. He was one of the Watergate burglars, for which he served 13 months in prison.

    1984 John C. Rock b. 1890 American physician. He and Mirian Menkin achieved the first in vitro fertilization of a human ovum (1944) and he co-developed the birth control pill (1956).

    1980 Stella Walsh b. 1911 (Stanislawa Walasiewicz), Polish Olympic gold medal winner (1932) and the first woman to run the 100-yard dash in under 11 seconds (10.8 sec., 1930). She received more than 5,000 medals and awards. After her death, it was determined that she was actually a man.

    1973 Carl Alfred Fuller b. 1885 Canadian-born American businessman. He founded the Fuller Brush Co. (1906) utilizing door-to-door salesman.

    1967 Bert Lahr b. 1895 (Irving Lahrheim), American actor. Film: The Wizard of Oz (1939, the Cowardly Lion).

    1945 Thomas Hunt Morgan b. 1866 American zoologist. He won a 1933 Nobel Prize for his discovery of the chromosome’s role in heredity.

    1732 John Gay b. 1685 English poet, best known for The Beggar’s Opera (1727).

    1334 John XXII b. 1249 (Jacques d’Euse), 196th Pope (1316-34), in 1317 he prohibited the practice of alchemy.

    1131 Omar Khayyam b. 1048 Persian poet and mathematician, first to solve the general cubic equation of the third degree.

  16. 41 sherijr
    December 4, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I am shocked by these tweets of #CrimingWhileWhite. I had no idea this sort of stuff happened. thank you Nerdy.

  17. 49 Vicki
    December 4, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Two Americas, Nerdy.
    At least two.

    Severe schizophrenia now
    I live in Lower Manhattan which as I write has a protest so huge that this part of the city is shut down. I see and hear the helicopters above me and hear the sirens of the EMS vehicles racing to an injured pedestrian a few blocks away. The bridges are closed, the downtown tunnels are closed and the West Side Highway is shut in both directions.

    Meanwhile, on my TV, Corporate America is presenting Peter Pan. First commercial is Walmart. Neverland. uh-huh.

    • December 4, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Wow. Just wow.

      I don’t know how accurate this is, but OMG

      • December 4, 2014 at 8:48 pm

        From what Vicki posted and other reports I’m seeing, meta, NYC is effectively closed – rail, ferry, road ….

      • 53 vcprezofan2
        December 4, 2014 at 9:22 pm

        My one nagging worry is that no new births or medical emergencies get caught up in any of this!

        • 54 99ts
          December 4, 2014 at 10:06 pm

          I’m more concerned about black folks being killed – don’t give the police an excuse to attack the demonstrators vc. Folks should think about the problems of demonstrations before turning homicides into justified deaths

          • 55 vcprezofan2
            December 4, 2014 at 10:11 pm

            Not to worry, TS. My comment was only made here, and made out of the same concern you expressed – not to give the police, or media, any excuse to refocus the dialogue.

            • 56 99ts
              December 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm

              It just sounded like the sort of comment the police use to break up demonstrations – but I’m sure you didn’t mean it that way. There will be many folks having issues trying to get places tonight in NY – that is the idea of the protest – hopefully it will make a lot of folks think about what is happening.

              • 57 vcprezofan2
                December 4, 2014 at 10:32 pm

                ‘hopefully it will make a lot of folks think about what is happening’

                while, hopefully, without adversely affecting anyone needing medical attention.

                • 58 99ts
                  December 5, 2014 at 12:25 am

                  I don’t believe in ANY options in relation to protests vc – guess we differ. Always the people protesting are attacked if they cause any damage or cause any hurt or stop someone getting to the hospital – I don’t see the police who keep killing black men take any blame for what they have done – so I do not see your “while hopefully”.

  18. December 4, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    #TruthAndReconciliation

  19. December 4, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    #TruthAndReconciliation

  20. December 4, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Er..Uhm…okay then…

  21. December 4, 2014 at 8:46 pm

  22. December 4, 2014 at 8:51 pm

  23. 69 sherijr
    December 4, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    My son just said protestors in Baltimore have shut down Penn station, and also shutting down roads in DC. I am so glad folks aren’t stopping.

  24. 72 JER
    December 4, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    LIVE NOW: Aerials of protests in New York City – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  25. December 4, 2014 at 8:58 pm

  26. 76 JER
    December 4, 2014 at 9:02 pm

  27. 77 JER
    December 4, 2014 at 9:03 pm

  28. December 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    JHC, this is an abomination!!!!!!!

  29. December 4, 2014 at 9:09 pm

  30. December 4, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Our precious resources:

  31. December 4, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    “Based on that list it seems obvious that most of this work is going to have to be local rather than national. DOJ can get the ball rolling with body cams and perhaps some carrots/sticks in favor of special prosecutors. But the rest will be up to us to get done in our local communities by working with Mayors, Police Chiefs, County Prosecutors, etc.

    How pissed off are you about what’s going on? Enough to get stuff like this done?”

    • 85 GGail
      December 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      pf58, whew! so glad you posted this. I needed solid doable suggestions because I have become weary and tired of platitudes. I yearn for an Action Plan. Nancy’s article gave me some solace that there is someone thinking of concrete steps toward improvement. I also just heard on CBS that they are going to re-open the Garner investigation AND that some leaders have called for a National Day of Protest in DC on December 13th.

      Action is what I need.

      • December 4, 2014 at 10:11 pm

        the demonstrations are very necessary …but where do we go from there…that is what PBO wants to address…an action plan…

      • December 4, 2014 at 10:22 pm

        i know that the Ferguson NAACP has been marching from Ferguson to Jefferson City…i saw the video earlier…interesting that there are not many folks on the march…i wonder why…as i watch them march thru MO…i feared for their safety…

    • 88 jackiegrumbacher
      December 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Pf, Nancy makes a crucial point. When all the protests don’t lead to immediate results, people will become cynical and drop off. As she points out, the hard work will be at the local level to recruit and vote in the kind of prosecutors who actually work for the people and not against them. We have to promote dialogue with police chiefs to work out ways to lessen tensions in the community. I think churches can help with this dialogue, libraries can hold discussion groups and feature relevant materials and existing community groups can promote awareness. Congressional and state reps need to know we’re watching them and will hold them accountable for the actions they take to make the justice system fairer and more equitable. And ALL of us can learn to listen more closely and sympathetically. People who feel unjustly treated need to be heard and we all have the hearts and ears to do this with compassion and sensitivity. That’s the first and most basic step we can all take as human beings.

      • December 4, 2014 at 10:33 pm

        I am still feeling some kind of way re: the midterms Jackie…so many reasons why the GOP maintained the House and gained the Senate…between voter suppression,,the MSMs collusion with the GOP.to depress the vote…

  32. December 4, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    OMG, yet another senseless end to a young man’s life.

  33. December 4, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Whenever the media tries to pull shit like this – I call them out…

    • December 4, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      He’s such a waffler, almost as schizo as his colleague Spitty.

    • 98 Jeff
      December 4, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      Lawrence O’Donnell has more sense than this. 😦

    • 99 jackiegrumbacher
      December 4, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      And really, Hf, what makes Laurence think that anyone gives a damn what Libertarians think. We seem to have a lot of Libertarian nonsense shoved in our faces in recent years. They are invariable hypocrites who want less government for themselves and more for everyone else.


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