"Women, particularly women of color and undocumented women, have long been clear about the dangers of calling the police in the midst of a domestic violence incident. For a woman without legal papers, calling the cops can mean detention, often deportation. For mothers, deportation means being separated indefinitely from children who may have been born in the country. For other women of color, calling the police to halt abuse can mean being arrested or getting evicted. There’s also the threat of experiencing more violence at the hands of a police force that can act with impunity. The complications don’t end there, never could end there. Many women don’t call the police because they’re fearful that they won’t be believed. Others don’t want to see their partners go to prison, for reasons that are shaped by circumstance and always complex. We know a lot about the cyclical nature of abuse, the fact that men who hurt women were often hurt by someone else. We also know a lot about the racism of the criminal justice system. We know about prisons that do nothing to challenge violent masculinity, but are instead places where this disease only festers. So, yes, sometimes women don’t call the police. Sometimes women stay in relationships that threaten their lives. And sometimes women leave. But even this is no guarantee of safety. Another thing that a person can learn if they listen is that victims face an increased level of violence when and after they leave an abusive relationship. Restraining orders are hardly a comfort. And there is no infrastructure in place to ensure women’s safety once they take this step. Finding shelter remains a challenge, with domestic violence service providers understaffed and shamefully underfunded. And what about the challenges faced by women who leave without the aid of these providers, since these (limited) resources are not universally accessible? What about the economic realities of finding housing, another job, another vehicle, another bank account — all of the banal details that we don’t consider when we talk about upending a woman’s life? We never talk about these things when we ask, “Why didn’t she leave?” But the women who face these choices do. What we have here is an inadequate accounting of the barriers women face to securing their physical safety. And this is hardly the end of the questions that need to be answered if we want to support survivors and meaningfully address our culture’s problem with violence against women. It’s all so messy. And if you don’t think it’s messy, then you’re just not listening. Supporting survivors means understanding and helping to build the kinds of systems we need in place to ensure that victims can escape violent relationships without further risking their safety, livelihoods and lives. But the listening comes first."

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majiinboo:

  • Do not forget Michael Brown
  • Do not forget how the media dehumanized him and tried to justify his murder
  • Do not forget how peaceful protests were painted as savage riots
  • Do not forget police armed with military grade weapons terrorized and arrested black civilians
  • Do not forget Darren Wilson being awarded over $400,000 in fundraiser donations for murdering an unarmed black child
  • Do not forget that this system was not built to defend us, but to control us
  • Do not forget Ferguson 

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atane:

2 white construction workers who were witnesses to Mike Brown’s murder have stepped forward to say that Mike Brown was murdered with his hands up. They fear losing their jobs.

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Nev from "Catfish," who joked about Ray Rice on Twitter, was kicked out of college for punching a woman in the face

hopeinnegativespaces:

dynastylnoire:

kingjaffejoffer:

Glass houses

didn’t he punch a black woman at that?

Welp, there goes that show from my watch list. Not in this house.

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yarrahs-life:

poeticdarkbeauty:

vexednature:

"less developed countries"? you mean "more exploited countries"

YES.

The levels of truth to this statement tho.

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naturee-feels:

My skin absorbs the suns rays and my hair defies gravity.

You can’t tell me I’m not magical.

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justice4mikebrown:

the-goddamazon:

But remember when they used drones to find Dorner within a few days? 

^^^^

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ajuran:

onlinepunk:

Imagine being a fly that accidentally gets trapped on a plane and they are taken away from their fly family and their fly children and they are forced to start anew in some foreign country that doesn’t even speak the same fly language as them and they have no idea how to get back to their home fly country and to their fly wife how stressful would that be

this is literally immigrants white people are so ready to understand a fly before an immigrant

(Source: frankenpunk, via metaphysical-technicality)

shinjukugewalt:

*white guy steps on jordans as a prank* *gets beat up by black men*

white ppl: OMG ITS JUST A PAIR OF $180 SHOES HE DOESNT DESERVE TO GET BEAT UP!!! BLACK PPL ARE ANIMALS!

*black boy falsely accused of stealing some candy* *gets murdered by a white guy*

white ppl: HE WAS A CRIMINAL!! HE DESERVED TO GET KILLED!!!

image

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socialjusticekoolaid:

On the one-month anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, his family gathered at the Ferguson Police Department to again demand justice for his murder. Where is Darren Wilson, and why has he still not been arrested? #farfromover #staywoke

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dynastylnoire:

babycakesbriauna:

lyanaalvarado:

sgolitz:

funnygladiator:

angrywocunited:

dealinghope:

If your boyfriend, daughter or son is on Twitter defending Ray Rice right now you should be concerned….

I’m not surprised. They’re always trying to justify a black woman’s abuse, you see it with Rihanna, Robin Givens, and Tina Tuner.

Believing her “black woman attitude” provoked him or she was a “hood bitch”.

I’m expecting ankh black men like Tommy Sotomayor to release a 20 minute video about how Janay Rice provoked Ray Rice, and advising black men to leave black women and date white women/non-black women to avoid situations like this. This is disgusting.

This is so upsetting to read and tells us that we still have an incredible amount of work to do.

It is. And I can’t stand to be near people who think like this. If it was a friend, they’d get dropped immediately with no warning. Definition of pure ignorance right here…

This is disgusting

I’m not even shocked by any of these comments

pretty the uncut version of what my FB feed has looked like since the news broke.

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