These tweets (and one retweet) are from my friend Ryan, a journalist who has been on the ground in Ferguson for the past few days. (His Twitter account is here, and it’s a great source of updates on the situation there [x]).
I just wanted to remind everybody that while spreading word about Michael Brown’s unjust murder and the horrifying events of the night of August 14, 2014, please do not oversimplify or ignore the complexities of the situation.
Journalists in the town have been doing what journalists do: focusing on all the negative aspects about the community to try and make it look like a hell-hole in order to sell their own pictures and stories, and basically all many of them want to do is further their own careers. But focusing on all that negativity only paints the picture of one side of the story, ignoring a lot of other important things going on there.
Please do not fall prey to the media’s game. Anger at the actions of the police in Ferguson is totally justified, but in the midst of that we cannot allow the people who are living with the situation every day to be dehumanized. Despite all this tragedy and chaos going on around them, they’re still a community and in many ways they’re pulling through all of it together. They want peace. Anyone looting or burning things down is a very small portion of the community. The whole story is so much bigger.
A story doesn’t need tear gas to be interesting. We need to hear every side of this story, not just the horrific parts.
TL:DR: please don’t fall prey to media attempts to dehumanize and oversimplify the situation in ferguson!!
The world was watching…
New York, London, KC, DC, St. Louis, Portland, Minneapolis, Philly, Norfolk, Oakland, Denver, New Orleans, Chicago, Baltimore, Harvard, Howard U….all had protests in solidarity!
i just wanted to put this out there since im sure it’ll get written about differently tomorrow.
here’s a tip: unless your LGBTQIA+ friend specifically tells you you can tell other people about them being LGBTQIA+ keep your fucking mouth shut
The last one is a bit confrontational. If you are the same skin tone as that hand holding the phone maybe. I wouldn’t dare.
Like for real… if your Black ass is still acting like respectability will save you—whether you came to that absurd conclusion on your own, or had it lectured and beat into you by well-meaning elders—cut it the fuck out.*
Your Black life is worthwhile without having to be graded according to a…