In Search of the Happiness Max

donteversayrocknroll:

mvgl:

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 2x09 - “Cased Up” (November 11, 1991)

fuck

:( So little changes.

shanellbklyn:

rtamerica:

Black TV producer on way to Emmys party mistaken for bank robber, handcuffed, held for six hours
An African-American film producer in Beverly Hills for an Emmy pre-party was handcuffed and detained for around six hours on Friday night as police believed he fit the description of a suspect in a nearby bank robbery.
Charles Belk said he left a restaurant alone to refill a parking meter when he was suddenly surrounded by six police cars “handcuffed very tightly, fully searched for weapons, and placed back on the curb,”  he wrote on his Facebook page with an accompanying photo of him sitting on the curb as two police officers stand close by. 

While being black….

shanellbklyn:

rtamerica:

Black TV producer on way to Emmys party mistaken for bank robber, handcuffed, held for six hours

An African-American film producer in Beverly Hills for an Emmy pre-party was handcuffed and detained for around six hours on Friday night as police believed he fit the description of a suspect in a nearby bank robbery.

Charles Belk said he left a restaurant alone to refill a parking meter when he was suddenly surrounded by six police cars “handcuffed very tightly, fully searched for weapons, and placed back on the curb,” he wrote on his Facebook page with an accompanying photo of him sitting on the curb as two police officers stand close by. 

While being black….

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Anyone unfamiliar with the way the U.S. treats dead young black men should take a look attoday’s New York Times front-page mini-profile of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. earlier this month. It’s headlined “Michael Brown Spent Last Weeks Grappling With Problems and Promise”—problems, you say?

Michael Brown, 18, due to be buried on Monday, was no angel, with public records and interviews with friends and family revealing both problems and promise in his young life. Shortly before his encounter with Officer Wilson, the police say he was caught on a security camera stealing a box of cigars, pushing the clerk of a convenience store into a display case. He lived in a community that had rough patches, and he dabbled in drugs and alcohol. He had taken to rapping in recent months, producing lyrics that were by turns contemplative and vulgar. He got into at least one scuffle with a neighbor. […]

As a boy, Michael was a handful. When his parents put up a security gate, he would try to climb it. When they left out pens and pencils, he would use them to write on the wall. He used to tap on the ground, so his parents got him a drum set; his father played the drums. He grew into a reserved young man around people he did not know, but joking and outgoing with those close to him.

Is the Times cryptically gesturing at some unpublishable knowledge of Brown’s behavior or juvenile record? Or has no one at the paper ever met a teenager before? “Michael Brown Spent Entire Life Being Pretty Normal Child, Teenager” is, admittedly, a less interesting angle. Maybe, given this telling detail—

In the ninth grade at McCluer High School in Florissant, Mr. Brown was accused of stealing an iPod. His mother said she went to the school, eventually showing a receipt to prove the iPod was his.

—we could settle for “Despite Facing Discrimination and Suspicion, Young Man Looked Forward to Future Before Police Killed Him.”

Also gracing the front page of the paper of record is a mini-profile of Brown’s killer, Officer Darren Wilson:

As a teenager, Darren Wilson lived in St. Peters, Mo., a mostly white city of 54,000 about 20 miles west of Ferguson, where his environment was chaotic. He was the eldest of three children of Tonya Dee Durso, who, records show, carried out financial crimes, including against Sandra Lee Finney, who lived across the street and had believed they were friends.

"It’s a terrible thing that has happened now, but he did have a troubled childhood," Ms. Finney said in an interview, adding that Officer Wilson’s family had somewhat awkwardly stayed in the neighborhood — moving just one door down — even after his mother was convicted of stealing and forgery in 2001. […]

Officer Wilson’s formative experiences in policing came in a department that wrestled historically with issues of racial tension, mismanagement and turmoil. During Officer Wilson’s brief tenure, another officer was fired for a wrongful shooting, and a lieutenant was accused of stealing federal funds. In 2011, in the wake of federal and state investigations into the misuse of grant money, the department closed, and the city entered into a contract to be policed by the county. The department was found to have used grant money to pay overtime for D.W.I. checkpoints that never took place.

If Mike Brown “liv[ing] in a community that had rough patches” made him “no angel,” what did growing up in a household with a convicted criminal and learning how to police in a corrupt racist department make Darren Wilson? A “Low-Profile Officer With Unsettled Early Days,” apparently.

Source: Max Reed for Gawker

I like how they try to make a small child scaling a security gate sound like a prison break.

Like, that’s an adorable story of an adventurous kid, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. And so, let me perhaps offer some insight from that perspective, because there are many similar social issues related to access, to equal opportunity that we find in the black community and the community of women in a male dominated — white male dominated — society. And I’ll be brief because I wanna get to more questions. When I look at, throughout my life, I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old, my first visit to the Hayden Planetarium. I was a little younger than Victor at the time, although he did it before I did. So I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expression of these ambitions. And all I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist, was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society. Anytime I expressed this interest teachers would say “Don’t you want to be an athlete?” I wanted to become something that was outside the paradigms of expectation of the people in power. And so fortunately my depth of interest in the universe was so deep and so fuel-enriched that every one of these curveballs thrown at me and fences built in front of me and hills that I had to climb, I just reached for more fuel and I kept going. Now here I am, one, I think, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I want to look behind me say, well, where are the others who might have been this and they’re not there? And I wonder. what is the blood on the tracks that I happened to survive that others did not? Simply because of the forces of society that prevent it at every turn. At every turn. To the point that I have security guards following me as I go through department stores presuming that I am a thief…I walked out of a store one time and the alarm went off, so they came running to me. I walked through the gate at the same time a white male walked through the gate. And that guy just walked off with the stolen goods, knowing that they would stop me, and not him. That’s an interesting sort of exploitation, what a scam that was…I think people should do that more often! [laughs] So my life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks in the sciences, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them to get where I am today. So before we start talking about genetic differences, you’ve got to come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity. Then we can have that conversation.

Neil deGrasse Tyson (via yayfeminism)

You can watch him deliver this lovely response here.

The question he was answering btw was, “What’s up with chicks in science?” Disgusting.

(via morecoffee)

I remember the days when games were about worlds you could explore and about being good, and not about who's got representation and gender this and sexuality that. I miss those days.
Anonymous

dgaider:

Those days miss you, too. I recently found a yellowed letter under one of the floorboards, and it was addressed to you and signed by those days with a tear-stained kiss of lipstick.

Meanwhile, in the present, those of us who work in the industry and who are—amazingly—able to consider more than one idea at the same time, will continue to create good games about worlds you can explore AND occasionally talk about inclusivity.

If you are feeling compassion fatigue, I think it might be okay to sit out those discussions, at least until you get your strength back. While it will be tough not having you available for close consultation, somehow we will soldier on.

Also, those days excluded the rest of us from your nice comfy nostalgia land.

The rest of us - that’s most people, by the way - do not miss those days at all. Mostly, we’re sad that they’re not entirely gone and are making such a mess about leaving.

We get it. They’re drunk. They shat in inappropriate places and mentally scarred children with their unwelcome behaviour. We Just. Want. Them. To. Leave. And. Never. Come. Back.

ami-angelwings:

snailchimera:

jeffygiraffe:

kateceratops:

People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.
The “Support Officer Wilson” page url: http://www.gofundme.com/supportofficerwilson
This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:
Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.

Update: GoFundMe totally looked at the comments and decided that they were breaching the T&C so they removed the comments, making the campaign seem less racist. But the campaign is still up.

…Seriously?

https://twitter.com/ShaunKing/status/502902545527103488
and apparently 4chan is actively trying to promote the site in order to get it more money because they seem to regard this entire situation as just another case of net drama to get kicks out of watching people be upset. -_-

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ami-angelwings:

snailchimera:

jeffygiraffe:

kateceratops:

People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.

The “Support Officer Wilson” page url: http://www.gofundme.com/supportofficerwilson

This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:

Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.

Update: GoFundMe totally looked at the comments and decided that they were breaching the T&C so they removed the comments, making the campaign seem less racist. But the campaign is still up.

…Seriously?

https://twitter.com/ShaunKing/status/502902545527103488

and apparently 4chan is actively trying to promote the site in order to get it more money because they seem to regard this entire situation as just another case of net drama to get kicks out of watching people be upset. -_-

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chryswatchesgot:

Chrys Watches GoT [x]

Taking a break from all the, uh, racist violence in the real world…

17percenttheory:

rainnecassidy:

istudypirates:

ediyank:

ringasunn:

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Are you fucking kidding? People are completely disgusting. And I’m sure Mark is glad to be rid of these idiots.  EWWWWW.

This is disgusting…

The idiocy makes my head hurt.  Also, why do people think that YOU JUST LOST A FAN FOREVER matters to someone of that caliber forever.  trust me, he’s got LEGIONS of us, he ain’t gonna notice y’all.

…wow.

Pssst…former Mark Ruffalo fans, your racism is showing. That expectation of due process and presumption of innocence that you’re demanding for Mike Brown’s killer? All that was denied to Mike Brown himself. And you’re okay with that. Summary execution based on suspicion is not in a cop’s job description. A cop’s job is to execute the law, not to execute the people to whom the law applies. Fuckwits.

It’s worth having this as a reminder that a lot of people are not seeing the news we are seeing or reading it the way we are. I dearly hope justice will come out. But there’s a very good chance it won’t.

Also: Mark Ruffalo, confirmed as a stand up dude.

Ferguson from my TL- August 18 (2/3)

thewilsonblog:

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Ways you can help:

https://twitter.com/SheSeauxSaditty

http://afro-dykey.tumblr.com/post/95096989345/things-you-can-do-for-ferguson

https://www.change.org/p/president-barack-obama-please-enact-new-federal-laws-to-protect-citizens-from-police-violence-and-misconduct

Each morning brings a new depth to human sadness.

And I am aware that stuff like this happens all over the world and we just ignore it because we don’t think of it as ‘us’.

My heart goes out to all the wonderful people who continue to resist this.