Why are police calling the people of Ferguson animals and yelling at them to “bring it”? Because those officers in their riot gear, with their tear gas and dogs, want a justification for slaughter. But inexplicably in that moment we turn our attention to the rioters, the people with less power, but justifiable anger, and say, “You are the problem.” No. A cop killing an unarmed teenager who had his hands in the air is the problem. Anger is a perfectly reasonable response. So is rage.
Brittney Cooper, “In defense of black rage” (X)


The case around Mike Brown’s killing by a Ferguson police officer is only getting murkier.

After releasing images from a gas station robbery to the press Friday morning with the suggestion Mike Brown was pictured in them, the Ferguson police department is now backtracking. In a second press conference hours later, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson admitted that Brown’s shooting was unrelated to the incident.

Jackson told reporters that Brown and a friend were in fact stopped, “because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic.”

He also admitted that Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Brown, didn’t suspect Brown at the time that he stopped him.

When Chief Jackson was asked by reporters why his department chose to release the robbery tape if it was unrelated to the shooting, he replied that he had to because “the media asked for it.”




please don’t make people with depression feel guilty for their lack of interest in things or their inability to motivate themselves please and thank you goodbye 

on that note, please don’t make people with anxiety feel guilty about their inability to do tasks you deem simple and literally call them children and tell them to grow up because of it



Tomorrow is Tisha B’av, which is the most tragic date in Judaism. Tradition holds that the five main calamities to befall on the Jews happened on this day. It was on this day that the Israelites expressed doubt about God’s promise that Canaan will be delivered to them, the date on which the first and second Temples were destroyed, the first by the Babylonians and the second by Romans, the day when the Bar Kochba revolt was crushed, and the day on which the Temple Mount and surrounding areas were plowed by the Romans.

It was the day on which the First Crusade began, over the course of which many Jews were murdered by Crusaders. The Jews were expelled from England and Spain on Tisha B’av, and it was on this day that Nazi Germany implemented the Final Solution. In short, it is a day of mourning.

Jews fast on this day for 25 hours, from the hour before sunset on the previous day until sunset of Tisha B’av. Expressions of joy are prohibited, and people are encouraged to read the Book of Lamentations.

But this day offers consolation to me of sorts, that we have lived through so much. All who tried to destroy us were themselves destroyed, but we live on as a people, and hopefully we will live on so long as humanity does.

עם ישראל חי