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This Is The Damage That Occurs Due To Racism

When Black people tell society there are valid reasons why cops are not to be trusted, THIS is what we mean

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139 Responses to “This Is The Damage That Occurs Due To Racism”


  1. March 4, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I feel physically ill reading this stuff – thank you so much Nerdy for having the stomach to compile it, it can never be shared enough.

    • 6 Nerdy Wonka
      March 4, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      I almost threw up, Chips. The Ferguson PD laughed while their dog attacked a 14 year old Black child. A child for crying out loud. Jesus Christ!!!! They don’t see our bodies. They don’t see our humanity. They don’t see that we have value and worth.

      This is the violence that is happening to Black bodies around the country. This is not just happening in Ferguson. The Ferguson PD is the LAPD, the NYPD, the Cleveland PD, etc. Whether one lives in a red or blue state, this is pretty much police departments around the country. This is why Black people shake in fear whenever we encounter cops. This is why Black people say whenever we encounter cops, there is more than a possibility that we will not return safely home, but will end up dead at the hands of cops.

      Black people are under assault and under siege by the people sworn to serve and protect them. It is appalling.

      • March 4, 2015 at 3:22 pm

        Nerdy, I need to find the comment from a while back you posted about your own experience with cops and the advice you were given if you were confronted by them, it’s all I could think of when I read this stuff. With the Selma anniversary approaching, sometimes I wonder has anything ****ing changed?

    • 8 donna dem 4 obama
      March 4, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      I felt exactly the same way Chips. Its just disgusting!!!

  2. March 4, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks, NW. Sad lecture but very necessary to shed light on what goes on in many places, whether we want to believe it or not.

  3. March 4, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    It seem the KKK have taken off their white hoods and sheets and put on police uniforms.

  4. March 4, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    It’s just so hard to comprehend this level of casual evil. Yes, evil. That’s what it is.

  5. 16 Nena20409
    March 4, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Gold ⭐ for NCLB
    Riveting listening to AG Holder and the despicable and cruel schemes in Ferguson, MO.

  6. March 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm

  7. 20 donna dem 4 obama
    March 4, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    And if poor Michael Brown had not been gunned down these outrageous practices would have remained hidden for god knows how long?

    I felt physically ill reading these. Thank you Nerdy for providing this information.

    • March 4, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      The great Soul that is Michael Brown gave his life to bring this blow to the darkness, to the hatred, to the evil. On a Soul level, he must have known his youth, his innocence and his gentle heart would lend the impact needed to slap people awake. Go with God, Mr. Michael Brown ~ you have given your all to move humanity foreward. Thank you. Bless you. ❤

    • 22 0388jojothecat
      March 4, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      If makes me so mad and sad that the good AA people of Ferguson were subjected to this horrible nightmare treatment. I would have packed up my bags and left before giving them my money in taxes to pay their salaries. There must have been some officer’s that felt this was unfair treatment but did nothing. I’ve had people tell me, “well they should do whatever the police say”. I tell them I wish they could be AA for one day to see how these people are treated and tell me that. If the police treated them that way I can just hear the complaints of how the government is so corrupt.

  8. 23 Nena20409
    March 4, 2015 at 3:17 pm

  9. 24 jacquelineoboomer
    March 4, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I hope the AG’s speech ends with removal of that entire police department, replaced with federal marshals, as a start. I don’t know how it’s done, but I cannot see one more day that anyone in that entire law enforcement chain (and the other city and court officials who’ve been cited) should remain in place.

    Sick to my stomach that human beings continue to treat other human beings – moms and dads and children and grandparents, some only guilty of parking illegally or their “manner of walking down a roadway” – in these horrific ways, for years, and get away with it. I hope there are individual charges brought against the police bosses and anybody else who deserves them.

  10. 25 Nena20409
    March 4, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    • March 4, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      But does it run on fossil fuel, or water? Because if the former, there soon will be no earth left to drive it on. If the latter, maybe we are making progress.

  11. 27 MightyPamela
    March 4, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    My heart is screaming as I read this. I know there are some backward, ignorant and cruel people on this Earth, but I had no idea they live at this level of stupidity, willing to harm others at any and all cost. I can apologize, but it will not heal the ongoing wounds inflicted on people who do not deserve such contempt. I am so sorry, so sorry.

  12. March 4, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    THANK-YOU Nerdy – I have very little else to add except to say that the info contained in these tweets speaks for itself and is an empirical and indisputable validation of what all AA’s in this country have been talking about for decades and centuries. I hope that that the DOJ continues to expose more of this systematic racial persecution from so-called law enforcement and judiciary officials – because we know it exists in many other local and state districts and jurisdictions outside of Ferguson MO.

    Thanks again Nerdy for a job well-done!!!

  13. 29 Nena20409
    March 4, 2015 at 3:24 pm

  14. 30 Linda
    March 4, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Congressional Black Caucus to respond to AG statements at 4 PM on cspan

  15. 35 Nena20409
    March 4, 2015 at 3:27 pm

  16. 36 Nena20409
    March 4, 2015 at 3:28 pm

  17. 38 Nerdy Wonka
    March 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I feel like I’m going to throw up. This is horrific and sickening. I thank AG Holder for pointing out that this is not only happening in Ferguson. This is in every police department around the country, big and small. This is what is happening to Black people.

    • 39 donna dem 4 obama
      March 4, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Just Horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 40 Vicki
      March 4, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      Throwing up is an appropriate response.
      So would throwing things.
      Hideous. This must change. Now.
      i hear CBC is starting on C-SPAN.
      BBL.

    • 41 jackiegrumbacher
      March 4, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Nerdy, I don’t know how far the power of the Justice Department extends here, but every member of the Ferguson PD has to go–those who deliberately and systematically violated the civil rights of African Americans and those who sat on the sidelines and condoned it. The purge has to be complete from the top down and every new hire has to be subjected to the most rigorous testing and intensive training. Then the process has to move on, city by city, town by town across the country until the cancer is exposed and excised. We can’t call ourselves a free country, a democracy, exceptional or great in any way while this horror continues in our towns and cities. It’s time for everyone–not just the Justice Department–to demand change.
      By the way, anyone who doesn’t feel like throwing up after reading this should take a long look at themselves in the mirror and try to figure out what went wrong with their character.

    • 42 Jeff
      March 4, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      I wanted to kick the wall after reading this.

  18. March 4, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    A very honest, comprehensive, yet disturbing report by the AG. He didn’t take questions but left amid of timid applause. Even though the report was hard to listen to, people in attendance wanted to show their appreciation for the truth by clapping. Very sad day.

  19. March 4, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    • 45 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      March 4, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      I PUT THIS ON MY FB….I LOVE THIS MAN…HE IS NOT LEAVING…I AM LOCKING ALL THE DOORS!

    • 46 jackiegrumbacher
      March 4, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      AG Holder has lived with the evidence he presented today for many months. His staff has been thorough and he’s probably been sickened by it all. I can understand why he may be soul sick at this point and want very much to hand over the reins to Loretta Lynch should she ever be confirmed. But, personally, I’m glad he was the one to complete and deliver this report.

      • 47 carolyn
        March 4, 2015 at 5:04 pm

        So am I. My respect for this man could not be higher. He is the most impressive AG in my entire life, and it’s a long one. He has had a rough row to hoe, and he has done it admirably. He must be exhausted.

        This report is stomach turning, but necessary. I know these things happen in my own community, by observation.

        Painful as this is to read, these things must be brought to light. People like me, HAVE to read and acknowledge these abuses, so this can be changed. The entire atmosphere these emails portray is evil, absolutely evil.

  20. March 4, 2015 at 3:37 pm

  21. 51 donna dem 4 obama
    March 4, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Well its day 6 of the head cold so I decided it was time to stop self medicating and go to the doctor. I have an severe upper respiratory infection. So after some good meds I am finally able to breathe through my nose again. 🙂

    He also said no work for the rest of the week so I get to hang out the rest of the week here at TOD.

  22. March 4, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I hope.

    • 67 jacquelineoboomer
      March 4, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Am I the only one thinking that Iran might just rush “a deal” to spite Bibi?

      • March 4, 2015 at 3:47 pm

        Secretly praying for a deal, even if this is the reason we get one. I was also thinking that POTUS himself can use Bibi’s ADD to put additional pressure on Iran. There are many ways Bibi’s impatience and foolishness might help. One will be surprised!

      • March 4, 2015 at 3:53 pm

        I’m wondering the same. I don’t think they’ll rush but I do think they are likely more motivated than ever.

        SOS Kerry is not expected to meet again until the 15th, which is dangerously close to the deadline. I hope that means substantive progress.

        • 70 jacquelineoboomer
          March 4, 2015 at 3:57 pm

          Fingers crossed! The main goal is getting the deal, under President Obama’s leadership. The minor goal (in my head) is proving the irresponsibility of Bibi’s words to Congress, against what really would keep Israel more secure.

      • March 4, 2015 at 3:53 pm

        Yes! I am praying for this, jaquelineoboomer, that the malicious, gloating, hypocritical and evil actions taken by him and all the dishonest supporters of it, could in fact be cause for an opening of opportunity for the good honest brokers involved in this; that Iran sees and responds to this attempt to inflame and manipulate the situation in a way that benefits the process and therefore the world.

        • 74 jacquelineoboomer
          March 4, 2015 at 3:58 pm

          Yes. Whatever it takes!

        • 75 jackiegrumbacher
          March 4, 2015 at 4:26 pm

          I’m praying for that as well Nancie. A good deal that the President endorses is exactly the antidote to the Bibi/Boehner poison that has polluted the atmosphere in DC for too long.

      • March 4, 2015 at 4:14 pm

        My earlier comment to you, Jackie O, has disappeared!!!

        I also thought that Iran might use Bibi’s ADD to get a compromise with the US, thus showing the world among the three (USA, Iran, and Bibi) who is the illogical party. My thought also went around how POTUS might use Bibi’s theatrics to pressure Iran on a compromise. Either way, the winners here would not include Bibi if/when there is a deal. And the peoples of USA and Israel will see who is the real leader. But wouldn’t that be nice for the school boys in the yard, the GOP Congress that was propping Bibi???

      • 78 nospin
        March 4, 2015 at 6:04 pm

        nope. I think so too.

  23. March 4, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    NCLB had reported this good news on the last thread – so just bringing it over for those who hadn’t yet seen it:

    • 80 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      March 4, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

    • 81 99ts
      March 4, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      Eight Democrats voted with Republicans to override Obama: Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mark Warner (Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Bob Casey (Pa.), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Tom Carper (Del.) and Jon Tester (Mont.).

      Can’t be seen to support the black guy – pfffft

  24. 85 jacquelineoboomer
    March 4, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    The DOJ will continue to work with Ferguson and the surrounding municipalities … although anybody who still has a soul wants immediate action, I realize “due process” actually must occur. Unlike what African Americans have received in similar situations, all across the country. I guess a federal monitor will be appointed, the DOJ will work with the municipalities and communities, and a decade from now, maybe the grandchildren of Ferguson will see the results. But at the very least, some things will change in the interim, for the good, if only by force.

    • March 4, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      My question: based on this report, can some cases sue the Ferguson PD?

      • 87 jacquelineoboomer
        March 4, 2015 at 3:55 pm

        That was another thought I had … all kinds of attorneys should be swarming into Ferguson and the surrounding communities. Of course, it’ll be the taxpayers picking up the tabs because the police and city officials are “protected” by their employers, but maybe some PERSONAL responsibility could be assured. Take the assets of those who took them from the members of the community whose biggest crime was to be stuck living there.

        • 88 Jeff
          March 4, 2015 at 4:48 pm

          The tax payers should pick up the tab in my opinion. Tax payers are the ones who enable corruption like this and sit on their thumbs.

          • 89 jacquelineoboomer
            March 4, 2015 at 7:27 pm

            Well, that’s true, for sure. Except that sometimes the victims are the taxpayers.

        • 90 0388jojothecat
          March 4, 2015 at 5:04 pm

          I read one city fired all their police due to complaints and corruption that is why that officer who murdered Michael Brown wound up in Ferguson. All these municipalities need to fire then only hire those that had NO arrest that were shady and punitive. I hope none of them wind up in SoCal.

  25. March 4, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I am sick and to my stomach. I am shaking all over. I am angry.
    Those who know how to get a prayer through, please pray for me……

    • March 4, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      I hear you. God will hold your hands through this, too. He always does.

      • March 4, 2015 at 4:19 pm

        NCLB, thank you. I know that you are right.
        But it is so disheartening to know that some people treat animals better than humans.
        I know that everything has a purpose and God has a plan.
        My faith is what keeping me right now so that I can be able to continue to pray for the people of Ferguson.
        This never was a moment. It is a movement.
        It has to happen at a time such as this with POB and AG Holder in the positions they have been predestined.
        AG Holder for President would be absolutely phenomenal!!
        Talk about a “game change”

    • March 4, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      _/I\_ On it, LDS. ❤ Keep You The Heart.

  26. March 4, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I don’t think I can have any higher respect for AG Holder than before today but he just blew my mind. His report codifies what we all witnessed night after night in Ferguson, only much much much worse. He told it straight and without any sugar-coating.

  27. 97 sabreen60
    March 4, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Nerdy & TOD – My God! I can only weep. I actually thought when I was protesting in the late 60’s and early 70’s that shit was going to end. I was so wrong!

  28. March 4, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Eric Holder for President.

  29. March 4, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Somehow this seemed an appropriate post for my blog:

    John Coltrane – A Love Supreme

    See everyone in a bit.

  30. March 4, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Chipstix, thankful for this place where this story can be told in this powerful, share-able way. NerdyWonka, you do a great service everyday, with the funny, the new, the important and the sad, but this is exceptionally worthy and powerful. I shared it on my FB, so grateful to have these gathered in one place. I feel ill and dirty and sad and ashamed; and then angry and determined to help make this old, ignored, pervasive, glibly-denied story visible and loud and clear. We cannot keep looking away. Silence means consent. I love AG Holder so much, and lift him up along with you two, and all the warriors who are shining lights and fighting back.

    • March 4, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      When I said “We cannot keep looking away…” , I meant We the people of the USA in general, and we white people in particular; not the people here, the good souls of our TOD family.

  31. March 4, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    You can download the report here:

  32. March 4, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Let’s keep this real!
    This is happening right here in NYPD, NJ, Connecticut, Boston, All Upstate NY.
    To Michael Brown and his family, I am truly sorry there was no one listening.

    Thank you AG Holder for bringing it front and center.
    Every human being who has an ounce of compassion should be at the Selma March this weekend. It is even happening there.
    The person who the bridge is named after was a racist evil man.
    I tried to find a hotel for a month and there is none available.
    I am so glad our President , First Lady and the girls are going to be there.
    My hope is that it will have a profound effect upon them as it had upon me when I was their age and marched.
    It helped to mold and shape who I am today.
    My heart is so heavy and sadden after reading AG Holder’s report.
    #I Can’t Breathe
    #Black Lives Matter

  33. 110 Linda
    March 4, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Michael Carvin, the attorney arguing on behalf of the plaintiffs in the King v. Burwell case, said this challenge is different because the argument against the law centers on a statute that was “written by white women and minorities.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/michael-carvin-obamacare-statutes-white-women-minorities

    • 111 jackiegrumbacher
      March 4, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      Is this man nuts? What on earth does he mean by those obnoxious words? This statement alone should disqualify him from appearing before the Supreme Court. He’s a racist moron.

  34. March 4, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Where are all the #IStandWithRanders?

  35. 115 Asher in Boston
    March 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Omg. This is disgusting, sad and repulsive. Even Potus And Flotus can never be spared from this racist and degradation. I weep for this country. As we all know and are aware, this is happening in all cities and towns.

  36. March 4, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    What does this even mean? Isn’t Ferguson *the* issue here??

    • March 4, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Not sure what his agenda is, but I agree with you Chips. The DOJ report IS about Ferguson…and by focusing on Ferguson, no one is saying or implying that the 89 other municipalities don’t exist! In fact, just the opposite..we are saying let’s use what we now know happened in Ferguson to address a more widespread and nationally systemic issue….

      • March 4, 2015 at 4:46 pm

        Hopefruit, you know my fixation with Christine Byers, the St Louis Dispatch creature who acted like the Ferguson PD and Wilson’s PR woman through all this? I noticed she RTed this, while showing next to no interest in the DOJ findings re systematic racism. These people don’t even pretend any more, they are repulsive.

        • 119 hopefruit2
          March 4, 2015 at 6:34 pm

          Very interesting…not surprising though. Byers and her ilk are truly disgusting human beings….

  37. March 4, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    wonder if republicans will all of a sudden want to get lorretta lynch in there now? great work by a.g. holder.

  38. March 4, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    I know you all are listening to the Black Caucus. But there is this:

  39. 125 JER
    March 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

  40. March 4, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    • March 4, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      What are the city of Ferguson going to do, get out there and ready some of those racists emails?

      • 134 99ts
        March 4, 2015 at 4:55 pm

        They will get out there and LIE until there are no lies left bella. They will then return to “business as usual”
        If cities and states used proper taxes to fund their existence this would go away.

        And just to mention – NO city the size of Ferguson needs 50 in the police department. In my world we have 1 police person for every 5-10000 or so people. We do have fewer guns than in the US – but in Ferguson the only gun problems come from the police.

    • 135 Linda
      March 4, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      I better get my sunglasses ready so I am not blinded by the WHITE !

    • 136 0388jojothecat
      March 4, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      The DOJ need to sue them and bankrupt them or they must fire all these officers who violated these people civil rights.

  41. 137 japa21
    March 4, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    OT but I see where ManU slaughtered Newcastle while Chelsea just squeaked by over West Ham.

  42. 139 FoxfireTX
    March 4, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Sick at heart by this report, but not surprised. All you have to do is remember that Mike Brown initially was stopped for walking in an empty street which then escalated until he was dead.


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