While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.


Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart

Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story

You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.


Ask the average American what Thomas Jefferson had to say about race relations, and he or she will undoubtedly quote the slogan inscribed on the Jefferson Monument in Washington, DC: “Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free.” However, what Mr. Average is unlikely to know is the sentence which followed: “Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government.”

Ask again who freed the slaves and why, and the man-in-the street will correctly suggest Abraham Lincoln, but will undoubtedly have the idea that this was to make American citizens out of the Negroes. Nothing could be further from the truth. Lincoln freed the slaves so that they could be repatriated to Africa. Several times he spoke out against racial integration, and vociferously condemned the idea of having Negro American citizens.

Earnest Servier Cox Lincoln’s Negro Policy (via brashblacknonbeliever)

Note: Alongside Lincoln and Jefferson, Earnest Servier Cox, from a historical perspective, would also be considered a Racist (White Supremacist). In Cox’s work entitled, White America, published in 1923, he made many claims blaming non-white people for the world’s ills. In my opinion, he expressed what counter-racist psychiatrist Dr. Frances Cress Welsing calls “Fear of Genetic Annihilation”, which she theorized is the basis for the construction of the system of Racism (White Supremacy). For example, in the aforementioned book, Cox warned that the “…white race nor its culture has never survived prolonged contact with a colored race”. Interestingly enough, to substantiate this ominous warning, Cox references areas that were historically non-white, such as so-called Egypt. In other words, he uses a “white-trashed” version of history to buttress his irrational claim, while conveniently ignoring how many non-white people, along with their so-called culture, have not survived their contact with people who classify themselves as “white”. So-called Egypt, like many other areas of the world, was ruthlessly invaded and conquered by people who would likely classify themselves as “white” if they were alive today. (via codelens)