Black people sold drugs and went to jail. Now, white people are selling drugs and getting rich.
The US is taking a more lenient stance on drugs these days, especially marijuana, and that’s wonderful for recreational users, non-violent criminals, and taxpayers. I don’t know many people who want their tax dollars wasted to fight an unwinnable war on drugs when that money could go toward other issues. Still, enforcement of drug legislation has laid waste to two generations of black men — shouldn’t the government recognize that?
Illustrations from The Function of Colour in Factories, Schools and Hospitals, Jenson & Nicholson Ltd. (1930)
I might become a psychotherapist. I’m reading an excellent book called On Becoming a Psychotherapist to gauge whether my this might be an avenue that I could take in my professional life.
When you think about it, the idea that so much of what happens to us in our lives “isn’t a big deal”—that phrase that we use so often, and which encapsulates the cool nonchalance that we’re encouraged to wear like a weightless scarf—is chilling.
“The most terrifying verse I know: merrily merrily merrily life is but a dream.”—Joan Didion, The Last Thing He Wanted
A 16-yr-old African American boy was sexually assaulted by a police officer during a “stop and frisk” pat-down. The assault was committed with such violence that the youth’s testicles were literally ruptured.
Now, Darrin Manning of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania may never be able to father children, according to the doctors who performed surgery on his virtually destroyed testicles.
Darrin was a star basketball player with no criminal history to speak of. He was a straight-A student who never got into any sort of trouble. He was with his teammates heading to a game right after school when he encountered an officer who decided he was “suspicious” and needed to be subjected to local “stop and frisk” procedures.
Though no official reason has been given for the stop and frisk, Darrin and the other (uniformed) members of the basketball team who were stopped suggest it was because they were wearing scarves over their faces to protect against the extreme cold Philadelphia, like much of the country, has suffered this winter.
Darrin was put in handcuffs. When the officer began “frisking” him, they grabbed hold of Darrin’s genitals so hard, pulled and twisted, that the teen’s genitals literally tore off.
“I felt the officer reach and grab my butt. Then the officer grabbed my testicles and squeezed again and pulled down. And that’s when I heard something pop, like I felt it POP,” Manning said.
The incident has left the 16-year-old with felony charges of assault and resisting arrest.
"I’m just grateful that they just didn’t kill him," said Darrin’s mother.
LTMC: As an aside, this is another excellent example of a case where mandating that police wear body cameras would resolve any dispute between the boy’s story and the officer’s with respect to the felony charges leveled against the boy. Granted, this is classic “contempt of cop” move: cop screws up, injures a detained individual, and files charges to make it look like the use of force was justified, even if it may have gone too far. Then when it gets to a jury, they’ll all throw their hands up and say he was just doing his job. But video documentation will help this young man get justice quicker, and get out from underneath these likely bogus charges.
"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive."
James Baldwin (via observando)