This is a very serious disease* so I gladly accept the “bucket challenge”
*My heart goes out to all those who struggle with ALS but I am, of course, talking about the disease of apathy. If (and hopefully when) Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice and convicted of 1st degree murder, it still won’t prevent this from happening again. We cannot accept this as the status quo. We MUST continue the fight at the ballot box, in the media and by working to create systemic change. I’m not naive to the dirty politics (redistricting, voter ID requirements, etc) that will try to prevent us from our goal. But I refuse to give up hope. My “bullet bucket challenge” is not about pointing fingers and it’s not about being angry. Every shell casing in that bucket represents the life of someone who fought and died in the goal for civil rights and human dignity. As a member of law enforcement (yes I really am a reserve sheriff) I will not stand idly by while others violate civil and human rights under the cover of authority and I will insist that other good cops rise to the same standard as well. As a black man I will demand more from myself and my community. I will not allow outsiders to co-opt our struggle in order to commit violence in our name. I’m challenging my outrage into action so I no longer feel powerless. It’s not about black or white. It’s not about rich or poor. It’s about us vs. them. There are more of us — from all races, genders and identities — then there will ever be of them. And we will be victorious”
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality"
Jeez, I’m the first to say that what’s happening in Ferguson is terrible, that USAmerican society has a hug problem with racism, guns and cops and that these morons should remember they’re not cow-boys in the West. I’m the first to say there needs to be justice for Michael Brown and all black people gunned down by trigger happy cops.
But Orlando Jones isn’t the only one to have talked about the ASL challenge and twisted it to make it about Ferguson, and this is some plain disrespectful shit here. It’s basically a big fuck you to all the people who struggle with a barely known disease. It’s like “Oh you’re dying and suffering? You want funds to help fighting this disease? Well we’re hurt too so we’re gonna steal the light.”
They could do anything else, but no, let’s shit on sick people, they have it easy after all, black people are more important than disabled people.
You do realize that there are disabled black people, right? You do realize that disabled black people are being killed too, right? That disabled black people are being harassed by cops too, right?
Or did you think black people with disabilities get a pass on police harassment?
Have a seat.