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The Establishment's Blog – November 2014 Archive (14)

FEATURE: The Black community continues to unite in preparation for Black Friday boycott

One of the most common expressions is "Money talks", and for many - dumbfounded by the fact that a grand jury saw it fit to let  a white officer walk free after fatally shooting a young black man - boycotting Black Friday feels like the most appropriate response. One facebook page set up for the cause, states that the aim of the economic embargo is to "to galvanize economically and influence change in the politics of American Justice…


Added by The Establishment on November 27, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Storify put Ferguson protests into perspective with 'white people riots' images

A lot of the ignorant commentary surrounding Ferguson has been aimed towards the planned responses following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Bombarded with images of looting and buildings set alight, many continue to ignorantly criticize the Ferguson protesters and their fight for justice. In response, Storify have compiled a gallery of 'white people riots' - putting Ferguson…


Added by The Establishment on November 26, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Michael Brown's parents interviewed this morning - "How could your conscience be clear?"

The parents of Michael Brown were interviewed this morning on CBS with Gayle King and Charlie Rose. An interview that acts as a direct response to officer Darren Wilson's ABC interview - interviewed after the grand jury failed to indict him for fatally shooting the Ferguson teenager. Watch, below, as Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden frankly states her disbelief at Wilson's version of events - going on to say, "How could your conscience be clear after…


Added by The Establishment on November 26, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Why we're pissed off' - Ferguson By The Numbers

I woke up as angry as when I'd gone to sleep. I thought about writing an essay about how the lack of indictment merely shows that racism in America is so ingrained that at least 9 citizens of St. Louis County felt like death was a reasonable punishment for shoplifting. But we all know that. We all know why this feels wrong. I thought about dissecting the irony of a right wing which fetishizes the rioting and violent revolution by “patriots” that founded this country…


Added by The Establishment on November 25, 2014 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

EVENT: New York, unite for Mike Brown! Planned response at Union Square tonight

In light of last night's Darren Wilson Grand Jury announcement, a number of planned responses will be taking place around the United States. For those in New York, there will be an opportunity to voice your collective response tonight. From 7pm, protesters will assemble in the North West corner of Union Square - for more…


Added by The Establishment on November 25, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Justice has been denied in Ferguson, what next?

Simply put, Michael Brown was denied justice last night - that single right afforded to each citizen of the "United" States (be you black, brown or white). Simply put - a white man killed an unarmed black man, and was given the right to walk free. How loudly Baldwin's words now ring true, "You were born where you were born…


Added by The Establishment on November 25, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'African-American Debt Is a New Form of Slavery'

Check out this episode of The Root magazine's 'The Root Live: Bring It to the Table'. In this episode, the panel discuss the topic of finance in regards to the African American community, and go on to address guest Rev. DeForest B. Soaries Jr's statement that 'African-American Debt Is a New Form of Slavery'. WATCH…


Added by The Establishment on November 21, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Ferguson - Day 103

Winter hit Ferguson hard. “You should have been here last week,” one woman told me. “There were a lot more people out. I guess it's just the cold.” She gave me a pair of gloves. 

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

During the day, journalists walk the streets shooting B roll and lead-ins. The QuikTrip near where Mike Brown was…


Added by The Establishment on November 20, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The Root magazine talks mental illness, and its relationship to being black and poor

Focusing on the town of Anacostia - a D.C. neighborhood with a black population of 94% - The Root magazine explores mental health in an article published yesterday - looking at the relationship between mental health, race and poverty. Read the insightful article HERE or check out some excerpts…


Added by The Establishment on November 17, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The “Hide and Seek” Game of American history - Robert Smalls, the unsung war hero and legislator

Last week Tim Scott was elected, the first black Senator from the South since Reconstruction. In all the coverage of his election, black history has been lost. The first black Senator from the South—born in North Carolina, elected in 1870—is never named. Another black politician—from South Carolina, a personal hero of mine—is never mentioned either. He was the longest-serving black congressmember until Adam Clayton Powell, Jr: Robert Smalls.…


Added by The Establishment on November 14, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: No Social Media Validation Needed!

It was a Tuesday afternoon – probably around 2pm – and I sat on my parent’s couch in the big t-shirt I’d slept in the night before, and with a soup bowl’s worth of tea in front of me. Force of habit led me to check my Facebook on my laptop; I don’t know why I do it. I don’t update my statuses, I rarely ever check my inbox and nobody’s life interests me enough to make me want to check up on them. I literally have no reason whatsoever to keep Facebook except for event invitations,…


Added by The Establishment on November 5, 2014 at 12:01pm — No Comments

FEATURE: A Rational Argument for a Conversation about Reparations

What would I accept for reparations for 240 years of slavery and 150 years and counting of Jim Crow, segregation and continued discrimination? 

By Nick Douglas, AFROPUNK Contributor 

Some of my black ancestors came to the U.S. as slaves. One of them, Nanette, was taken as a child from present day Senegal to New Orleans…


Added by The Establishment on November 5, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Ferguson Challenge - To Be Uncomfortable, with Tef Poe and Tory Russell

As the movement in Ferguson inches closer to its 100th day, it seems like now, with Darren Wilson still free and the passion and voices of protestors being drowned out by a media blitzkrieg that is not so much pro-Wilson as it is anti-protestors and anti-justice, is an appropriate time to reflect on the beginning and what really got us here.

By Elisa Peebles, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by The Establishment on November 4, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

OP-ED: Angela Davis, "From Michael Brown to Assata Shakur, the racist state of America persists"

On Saturday, the UK'S Guardian newspaper shared an article written by political activist and author Angela Davis. In the insightful piece, the former leader of the Communist party USA and Black Panther party ally discusses topics from Michael Brown to the American establishment's treatment of Black Panther activist, Assata Shakur. Davis goes on to state, what many of us know to be true, that "the racist state…


Added by The Establishment on November 3, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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