A vigil held for Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager gunned down by Ferguson, Mo., police on Saturday in disputed circumstances, turned into what the media described as a riot on Monday evening.
But while national coverage has focused on the indisputably counterproductive violence and destruction committed by Ferguson residents during a moment of anguish, videos and photos taken from the scene show local police aggravating the situation as well.
This whole situation is really cementing the whole “dystopian Sci-Fi is just the shit that happens to everyone else happening to white people” saying, because every day this situation is looking more and more like something you’d expect to see in a Judge Dredd comic before a real modern American town.
Following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen on Saturday, and the ensuing media portrayal of his death, Twitter expressed outrage in the form of a hashtag: #IfTheyGunnedMeDown
That both Mitt Romney and Phil Robertson have and love black grandbabies should remind us that racism is not primarily about individual attitudes. White folks can love individual black people and still build a world that is inhospitable to black folks. In fact, individual and exceptional black achievers are necessary to maintain the lie of racial progress. Their presence has very little to do with systemic change, though.
I’m a thinker, not a talker.
Happiness is a choice, and so is unhappiness.
Some people don’t want to hear that. They want to believe that their reactions to the things that happen in their lives are valid and warranted. The truth is they are, it’s normal to get upset over things, there’s nothing abnormal about you if you do, but maybe normal isn’t’ what we’re looking for.
We have a choice in how we react to the things that happen to us. Now they can easily feel out of our control, and often that can be the case, but we can take tiny steps to gaining some of that control back.
The first step is awareness.
Awareness doesn’t require some magical meditation technique, or for you to sit quietly in a room. The only thing required to workout our awareness muscles is paying more attention to what’s happening inside. We have to pay attention to our thoughts, not just what they may be, but also dig in deeper to figure out WHY they are that why. If the causes of those thoughts end up being things like jealousy, fear, entitlement, immaturity, we have to be prepared to admit it, to ourselves at the very least.
Honest conversations with ourselves are essential. No one else can hear that dialogue, so be as naked and forthcoming what you really think and feel when they take place. Also realize, even within our brains, they’re are entities like our logic & emotions, that just won’t get along, those battles never end, but at least if we’re aware of the daily fight, we’re in a better spot.
The more focused we become on self-awareness, the more we’ll experience self-improvement.
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