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April 13th, 2014
thesmithian

"I’m going to go eat dinner with my mother and my family, and I’m going to live the rest of my life."

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April 4th, 2014
thesmithian

'…almost every buzzworthy drama now on television features a female main character who has been raped.'

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April 3rd, 2014
thesmithian
…it’s true that everyone makes their own truth. Nobody knows that more than someone who tells lies that get believed.
April 3rd, 2014
thesmithian
…while black women in the US are making strides in education and business and affecting political trends with stellar voter turnout numbers, they remain more vulnerable to health problems and violence than any other group. Their strength at the polls is not reflected in elected positions.
March 16th, 2014
thesmithian

A Texas dad disgusted with his daughter’s lesbian lifestyle murdered the young woman and her lover, the girl’s mother said…

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March 12th, 2014
thesmithian

A man who tells a woman he loves her—who does, in fact, love her—can kill her, too. Forgetting that is a profound domestic danger. There are many forms of intimacy, which can impinge on each other…

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February 16th, 2014
thesmithian

'…to argue that the intra-racial phenomenon of crime victimization is unique to the Black community is to demonstrate an inaccurate assessment of historical and contemporary crime and victimization trends…to acknowledge the existence of “Black-on-Black” crime without equally acknowledging the existence of “White-on-White” crime is to perpetuate a myth of inherent black criminality, and Blacks are not inherently criminal. A majority of crimes against Blacks are committed by other Blacks and that same argument can be made for Whites.'

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February 16th, 2014
thesmithian
It makes sense that I should have [contacted authorities]. We didn’t. I can’t tell you why.

Michael Dunn

…who is white…[he] opened fire on four black teenagers in November 2012 because they were listening to what Dunn called loud “thug” music; he continued to fire at the vehicle as it fled the scene. Three of the 10 bullets Dunn fired hit Davis, who was brought to a local hospital and pronounced dead. After the incident, Dunn drove to his hotel room and ordered pizza. He did not call the police. He was arrested at his home the next day.

February 12th, 2014
thesmithian
It’s time to fundamentally rethink laws that permanently disenfranchise people who are no longer under federal or state supervision…These restrictions are not only unnecessary and unjust, they are also counterproductive. By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, these laws increase the likelihood they will commit future crimes.
February 12th, 2014
thesmithian
Washington state Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday declared a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty in his Pacific Northwest state, citing concerns about unequal application of justice in determining who is executed.
Reblogged from sex, art, and politics
February 1st, 2014
thesmithian

Bieber has millions of devoted fans…his effect on their own beliefs and actions can’t be discounted now or in the future. Bieber’s actions might have been treated differently were he of a different race—what can we learn from the singer’s valorization by his fans in light of Richard Sherman being treated as a “thug”…? Ought Bieber, a Canada native, be deported—and what does it mean vis-a-vis special treatment of celebrities if he is not? What soul-sickness in the global star system leads to the ongoing downward spiral Bieber seems to have been experiencing? Is it morally acceptable to make children into celebrities? All of these are questions raised by the Bieber arrest. And none of them could possibly be answered if the media decided not to cover them.

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February 1st, 2014
thesmithian

The story of the Florida School for Boys is so painful…because difficult and delinquent boys are so easy to forget about. They are, in our time, the least among us, the most vulnerable, and the easiest to victimize. But this is precisely why the state of Florida should put the remaining old men on trial for crimes committed so long ago: to ignore such crimes is to compound the sin. We should not confirm the principle that some among us can be raped, tortured, or killed without repercussion. These dead boys, whose lives were discarded, should not be forgotten again.

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fifty-five bodies…found in unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Florida School for Boys, in the panhandle town of Marianna.

January 30th, 2014
thesmithian
…it’s a confluence of a number of different things, primary of which is people’s desire to stay alive and free.

Rev. Michael McBride, he

directs the Lifelines to Healing Campaign, a project of the PICO National Network. The campaign is committed to addressing gun violence and mass incarceration of young people of color.

and was responding to

"In 2013 there was a drop in homicides in Oakland, San Francisco, Richmond…in San Jose, [and] in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago—from your perspective what do you think is going on here?"

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