Posted 7 hours ago

Because Only You Could Afford God’s Designer Label

To hear someone proclaim themselves blessed
Is, each time, a cataclysmic shock to my system.
Though my ears may hear gratitude
My heart will always scream the declaration is morbid comparison -
For one to be blessed, it requires another is not.

I have yet to develop a tolerance to comparative dogma,
It forces my blood to awaken from dormancy
With eruptions in my ears searing my thoughts.
It could be hellfire. It could be that

I have a touch of the devil in me,
maybe I do.
It could be that my skin will boil
Due to the flame pit inside of me,
Maybe it will.

I can taste the pitchfork swelling in my chest,
Demanding to be unleashed, unloaded from my tongue.
I have been created as gunpowder but
In a grand design, God would already know that.
God would predict the tempest raging in my make-up.
I was created with conflict in my blueprint.
I have been given volcano and tsunami
And the smallest of clues to help me
Ascertain which is light and which is dark.

I have determined that neither are immoral.
The tribulation is in being forced to choose.
I will not be further pitted against my brother or sister,
I have already been given myself as an enemy
And every other person is just a stray piece of my lineage.
I will not sacrifice my ideal that each clay jar
Should achieve their own unique and desired print and path.
Indeed, if there are individuals who are truly blessed
Than I will grip loosely multiple molds of happiness
And distribute them to those whom God is not looking out for.

It could be said that I have the devil in me.
That may be right. When I hear which select pieces
God is looking out for, I have fire in my veins
And rebellion on my mind.

Posted 1 day ago

socialjusticekoolaid:

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (9.29.14): At around 1:30AM CST, the police have released the unjustly arrested protesters. This is still some of the most ridiculous shit I’ve ever seen, but at least folks are back out and headed home to their families. The struggle continues. No justice, no peace! #staywoke #farfromover (PT I) (PT II) (PT III)

Follow the developments live @ Argus LIVESTREAM.

Posted 1 day ago

iammyfather:

think-progress:

Correction: A previous version of this graphic said 1 in 10 voters. It has been updated to reflect corrected numbers.

This November, Virginia voters will see their first general election since the commonwealth’s controversial voter ID law went into effect. But according to numbers released by the state board of elections on Thursday, 198,902 eligible voters lack the most common form of identification, a driver’s license — enough to swing several recent Virginia elections.

Oh, gee.  That makes it better?  If it were 1 in a 1000, would be no problem?

Posted 1 day ago
assholeofday:

Brian Kemp, Asshole of the Day for September 23, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Today is National Voter Registration Day. And as I’ve said before, if you don’t think all citizens should be able to vote, then you are un-American:

If you believe in democracy, then you believe that every vote counts the same and that the more people who participate the better.
If you would rather try to keep people from voting than try to convince them of your platform, well, you really don’t care about democracy or voting.
And if you’re trying to keep people from voting, then please stop quoting the Declaration of Independence, since the high crime of taxation without representation would necessarily apply to all the people you are trying to prevent from voting, while still expecting them to pay sales tax, income tax, property tax, and the rest. Because without voting, there is no representation.

So I don’t have much patience for people who worry about too many minorities voting, as Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp does:

You know the Democrats are working hard, and all these stories about them, you know, registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines, if they can do that, they can win these elections in November,” Kemp said in his speech. “But we’ve got to do the exact same thing.”
"Everybody remembers ACORN right? When ACORN was out registering people to vote they were filling out applications, they were sending out stuff and you don’t know who those people are, where they’re from, the people they’re registering, and the people that are filling those out," Kemp said earlier in the speech. Kemp went on to tout online voter registration which, he said, reduces a number of voter fraud loopholes.

When I hear him worry about Democrats registering minorities, I keep asking— why are people like him so worried about minority voters? Why do they assume minorities won’t vote for them? Why do they assume minority voters should scare the audience they are addressing?
It’s hard not to think it’s racism. He’s racist, or he’s playing to racial fears of his audience. And let’s be honest— does it matter whether you are a racist in your heart of hearts if you play to the racial fears of others to advance your own career and agenda? Probably not. You enabled racism and you fanned it in others.
Guys like Brian Kemp are afraid of minority voters, not because they dispute that they are entitled to vote, but because they are sure they won’t vote for them. And why wouldn’t minorities vote for guys like Brian Kemp? Is it because their policies harm minorities? Because Georgia is one of those states that refuses to expand Medicaid, and Medicaid will help a lot of minorities get health insurance?
And as Secretary of State, Brian Kemp oversees voting in his state. And he’s dragging his feet about accepting all these people Democrats registered:

At a hearing in front of the Georgia Elections Board, the Secretary of State’s office revealed their reasoning for their voter fraud-claiming media deluge last week. It was 25 voter registration applications out of 85,000 submitted that were giving it pause. These applications had already been flagged by Stacey Abrams’s group, The New Georgia Project, but they were required to submit them anyway. Also revealed in this meeting was that 51,000 of the 85,000 hadn’t been processed even though most were submitted months ago.

Yep. He’s trying to stop 51,000 people from voting because 25 look suspicious, even though the people who submitted them flagged them as suspicious. So he could investigate those 25, and move on the rest. But he’d rather not. He’s worried that those people might not vote with him, even though they are legally entitled to. And for that, he is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Brian Kemps’s first time as Asshole of the Day, but one of several from Georgia featured in the last 2 weeks:
Sen. Fran Miller would prefer fewer black voters
candidate Jody Hice claims violence increased since school prayer ended, even though violence is at 40-year low
Gov. Nathan Deal blames high unemployment numbers on shifty statisticians
Full story: Talking Points Memo.

assholeofday:

Brian Kemp, Asshole of the Day for September 23, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Today is National Voter Registration Day. And as I’ve said before, if you don’t think all citizens should be able to vote, then you are un-American:

If you believe in democracy, then you believe that every vote counts the same and that the more people who participate the better.

If you would rather try to keep people from voting than try to convince them of your platform, well, you really don’t care about democracy or voting.

And if you’re trying to keep people from voting, then please stop quoting the Declaration of Independence, since the high crime of taxation without representation would necessarily apply to all the people you are trying to prevent from voting, while still expecting them to pay sales tax, income tax, property tax, and the rest. Because without voting, there is no representation.

So I don’t have much patience for people who worry about too many minorities voting, as Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp does:

You know the Democrats are working hard, and all these stories about them, you know, registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines, if they can do that, they can win these elections in November,” Kemp said in his speech. “But we’ve got to do the exact same thing.”

"Everybody remembers ACORN right? When ACORN was out registering people to vote they were filling out applications, they were sending out stuff and you don’t know who those people are, where they’re from, the people they’re registering, and the people that are filling those out," Kemp said earlier in the speech. Kemp went on to tout online voter registration which, he said, reduces a number of voter fraud loopholes.

When I hear him worry about Democrats registering minorities, I keep asking— why are people like him so worried about minority voters? Why do they assume minorities won’t vote for them? Why do they assume minority voters should scare the audience they are addressing?

It’s hard not to think it’s racism. He’s racist, or he’s playing to racial fears of his audience. And let’s be honest— does it matter whether you are a racist in your heart of hearts if you play to the racial fears of others to advance your own career and agenda? Probably not. You enabled racism and you fanned it in others.

Guys like Brian Kemp are afraid of minority voters, not because they dispute that they are entitled to vote, but because they are sure they won’t vote for them. And why wouldn’t minorities vote for guys like Brian Kemp? Is it because their policies harm minorities? Because Georgia is one of those states that refuses to expand Medicaid, and Medicaid will help a lot of minorities get health insurance?

And as Secretary of State, Brian Kemp oversees voting in his state. And he’s dragging his feet about accepting all these people Democrats registered:

At a hearing in front of the Georgia Elections Board, the Secretary of State’s office revealed their reasoning for their voter fraud-claiming media deluge last week. It was 25 voter registration applications out of 85,000 submitted that were giving it pause. These applications had already been flagged by Stacey Abrams’s group, The New Georgia Project, but they were required to submit them anyway. Also revealed in this meeting was that 51,000 of the 85,000 hadn’t been processed even though most were submitted months ago.

Yep. He’s trying to stop 51,000 people from voting because 25 look suspicious, even though the people who submitted them flagged them as suspicious. So he could investigate those 25, and move on the rest. But he’d rather not. He’s worried that those people might not vote with him, even though they are legally entitled to. And for that, he is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Brian Kemps’s first time as Asshole of the Day, but one of several from Georgia featured in the last 2 weeks:

Full story: Talking Points Memo.

Posted 1 day ago
peachsss:

socialistexan:

jessehimself:

killsave:

revolutionary-afrolatino:

Police shoot teenage special-needs girl within 20 seconds of arriving to ‘help’

On June 3rd, 2014, the Serrano family was having difficulty with a young female family member who suffers from a mental illness and depression. Yanira Serrano-Garcia, 18, had apparently gone off of her medication and became agitated and hard to control.
“[Yanira] wanted to be normal. She wanted to stop taking her medication, and I get it. Sometimes when my feet hurt I just want to be normal. I don’t want to take pills. I get her…all we want is justice,” said a friend of Yanira’s during a community march. 
“Sadly, they mistook her for something she didn’t do, and a cop decided to get his gun out when he could have gotten out his taser, his pepper spray,” she said.
“She has special needs and we just want answers,” said Yanira’s brother, Tiny Serrano. “Who are we supposed to call now when we need help when who is supposed to help us is killing our kids?”


I feel like I reblog this kind of stuff every single day… Same story, different names. And police always use the same fucking excuses because they’re trained in how to loophole the law. 

girl with butter knife in public vs. trained police officer


The cop is also on paid leave.

Its just another day in America….

peachsss:

socialistexan:

jessehimself:

killsave:

revolutionary-afrolatino:

Police shoot teenage special-needs girl within 20 seconds of arriving to ‘help’

On June 3rd, 2014, the Serrano family was having difficulty with a young female family member who suffers from a mental illness and depression. Yanira Serrano-Garcia, 18, had apparently gone off of her medication and became agitated and hard to control.

“[Yanira] wanted to be normal. She wanted to stop taking her medication, and I get it. Sometimes when my feet hurt I just want to be normal. I don’t want to take pills. I get her…all we want is justice,” said a friend of Yanira’s during a community march. 

“Sadly, they mistook her for something she didn’t do, and a cop decided to get his gun out when he could have gotten out his taser, his pepper spray,” she said.

“She has special needs and we just want answers,” said Yanira’s brother, Tiny Serrano. “Who are we supposed to call now when we need help when who is supposed to help us is killing our kids?”

I feel like I reblog this kind of stuff every single day… Same story, different names. And police always use the same fucking excuses because they’re trained in how to loophole the law. 

girl with butter knife in public vs. trained police officer

The cop is also on paid leave.

Its just another day in America….

Posted 1 day ago

thehalfwrittenbook:

let-them-eat-vag:

ashoutintothevoid:

Emma Sulkowicz is on the cover of this month’s New York Magazine and that is the coolest thing wow

DUUUUDE this is a huge fucking deal honestly

how is she on the fucking cover yet they wont expell the fucking rapist wtf

Posted 2 days ago

thepeoplesrecord:

socialjusticekoolaid:

Last Night in Ferguson (9.28-9.29): Last night’s protest was one of the in Ferguson this month, proving once again that the residents of Ferguson/STL County are some of the most resilient and inspiring in all the land. The police were literally holding peaceful protesters hostage late into the night (folks who were complying with all police requests) so they could negotiate with the remaining folks to leave, but the protesters didn’t back down. Eventually all arrestees were released, and many plan to be back out there tonight.

Injustice in Ferguson continues, but despite it, community now thrives too. This is still happening. Are you still paying attention? #staywoke #farfromover

You cannot jail the resistance!

Posted 2 days ago
Posted 3 days ago

mileswalser:

For this week’s #read78 #poetry book I read Sharon Old’s Stag’s Leap. An eloquent telling of the slow painful rip of divorce. I was shocked by how many small hurts she could weave together into a stunning collection that really dives into the long long aftermath of that kind of heartbreak. Also, you know, UGH YOU GUYS. UGH. #books #sharonolds

Posted 3 days ago

hersolosoul:

ultravioletrai:

ithotyouknew:

birdgirlriri:

darvinasafo:

These are modern day lynchings

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/louisiana-police-officer-shoots-kills-14-year-old-honor-roll-student/

THAT WAS SOMEBODY’S FUCKING BABY. I’M ACTUALLY CRYING RIGHT NOW, THEY WERE PLAYING IN AN ABANDONED HOUSE BEING FUCKING KIDS AND NOW THIS LITTLE BOY IS DEAD.

I’m so tired.

I’m so fucking exhausted

Posted 3 days ago

Poets for Ferguson | Call for Poets of Color

poetsforferguson:

Michael Brown was an 18-year old boy, shot and killed by Officer Darren Dean Wilson, August 9, 2014 in Ferguson, MO. Officer Wilson rode up to Michael and his friend Dorian Johnson, ordering them to move out of the street and onto the sidewalk. In the midst of an altercation between Officer…

Posted 3 days ago

Poets for Ferguson Signup Sheet - Individual

poetsforferguson:

GOOD NEWS!! 

There’s still space in the schedule for all those who want to read in the livestream! Individuals and small groups welcome! Click the link above to complete our form and we’ll get you signed up and email you with more details :)

<3

-S

Posted 3 days ago

Support protestors in Ferguson through poetry!

poetsforferguson:

interalia:

Just got off a Google Hangout about poetsforferguson. So excited to see poets of color from across the U.S. sharing poetry for 24 hours!

All donations will go to Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (M.O.R.E.) to provide protestors with financial support.

There are still spots…

You heard her.

Posted 4 days ago

guardian:

Banned books never harmed anyone.

Our readers share their stories.

Posted 4 days ago

nprbooks:

Time for #FridayReads! Here’s what we’re working on:

Editors Deb George and Alicia Montgomery are finishing Gone Girl.

Book News blogger Colin Dwyer: The Wilds by Julia Elliott (out Oct. 14). Reviewing it in October. Just a few pages in right now, but the first story already has me rapt, and more than a little bit unsettled. It’s like seeing a horror so elegantly rendered it’s almost beautiful — if it didn’t make my skin crawl. Hopefully the rest of the stories live up to the opening.

Code Switch’s Kat Chow: I’m reading Alex Tizon’s  relatively recent memoir, Big Little Man.

Team member Beth: Boy On Ice by John Branch

Team member Rose: I’m reading The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (out Nov. 11).

Lynette Clemetson: This weekend I’m starting The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace. I am eager to read it. I am also really dreading it.

Code Switch’s Carline Watson is in the same boat: Next on my pile of books to read is The Short Tragic Life of Robert Peace but having just finished Charles Blow’s memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, I fear I may have to tackle something a little lighter first.

Editor Luis Clemens:Fighting  to Honor a Father’s Last Wish: To Die at Home.”  Wow. What a story.

Code Switch’s Matt Thompson: I just finished The Magician King by Lev Grossman. Here was my journey of reading that book: a) early chapters - “This is wry, but it won’t age well.” b) early-middle - “This is kinda fun, but I could be doing other things.” c) middle - “OK. I get it now. This is kind of boring, and I don’t particularly care about Quentin.” d) late middle - “Hmm, OK, I’m sorta into this.” e) late - “WHAT?! WHAT WAS THAT? PLEASE DON’T.” f) end - “I’m mildly curious about book three, but not enough to read this chapter excerpt.”

TV Critic Eric Deggans: I’m reading this compelling profile of one Eric H. Holder Jr. from Politico magazine.

Code Switch’s Karen Grigsby Bates: Startig Charles Blow’s memoir, Fire Shut Up In My Bones.  Guessing it’s going to open a dialogue about abuse and the subsequent, long-term ripples it makes in the black community.  

Intern Bita: The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino. Shout-out to Colin, whose review of it I fact-checked (thanks for the page numbers, homie!), thus being utterly convinced it would strike a chord in my heart. And it does <3 <3