The way that the Stand Your Ground statute is used in jury instructions boils down to this: ALL THAT ANY NON-BLACK SHOOTER NEEDS TO DO IS TO SAY THAT THEY WERE AFRAID FOR THEIR LIFE…because scary Black person. It matters very little if the so-called “reasonable fear” existed in reality, or only in someone’s mind, or not at all
Newsflash: ANY given reason =/= “reasonable fear”
I’ve sat on a jury as a foreman before, and please believe me when I say…during deliberations in the jury room, “reasonable” can easily become, “well, he did give a reason for his fear" if someone strong (or Black) isn’t there to immediately shoot that thought process down
Here is the complete text of the Florida #SYG statute (written by ALEC, btw) which ultimately finds it’s way into Florida’s self defense (aka #SYG) jury instructions
Make no mistake: Dunn didn’t use the words ‘gangster’ and ‘thug’ in his testimony by mistake. You don’t have to look any further than the glaring difference between how Richard Sherman was derided and pilloried as a “thug” vs. when White people like Mayor Rob Ford and Michael Grimm (R-NY) aren’t even arrested after being caught on film using drugs or making credible death threats, let alone not called a thug. Those two words—thug and gangster—and many more have become heavily weaponized and racialized, and they are ‘polite’ stand ins for the n-word. And that coded language didn’t just happen all on it’s own
And let’s be real here, for far too many armed White people, unfamiliar Black bodies are plenty of reason to be fearful…all the way to the point of immediately applying lethal force (please see also: implicit shooter bias, Renisha McBride, Jonathan Ferrell, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc)
Its always makes me disgusted to see cases like this see cases like this. The racism needs to stop.
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This petition is intended to raise signatures to bring awareness to our president José Mujica and all the population in my country.
Sadly where I live, there’s no real protection for animals. Laws here are very old for most things and it’s a hard process to change them. We’re finally getting some good changes since presidency changed to the opposition 2 periods ago I’m sure you heard about Uruguay and it’s president José Mujica but it still needs more. This is really important.
Often I see realities noone wants to see about the animals surrounding us. People mistreating them in all ways possible, chained dogs under the sun, kids slingshoting birds and cats, underweight animals, beaten horses, starved animals, lost pets because of human negligence, I’ve seen it all, I’m sure many of you have wherever you live, it’s a reality.
The belief that animals are less than humans and they should be beaten and kill them just for amusement, is disgusting. Since some people can’t control themselves we need laws to control and punish this kind of brutality.
Please help my country by signing. This would be just a start, but we gotta do something.
Anyone can sign from anywhere, help make noise this time, for the animals surronding me!
I apologize for any sloppy translation. I put this together really quick, I want this to be spread as fast as possible.
Thank you to everyone who’s gonna sign, reblog and pass it along. This is usually a more FB kind of thing but I do not own one so tumblr it is.
Let me know if you’ve any questions about translations or else.
Thank you Stella D. for creating the petition.
Images were taken from the petition’ page and edited for an english translation
New Orleans is a food desert.
It’s weird, I know, because we have a huge reputation for our food—but our soil can’t grow it, not after the storm. Everything comes through the port, down the river, on the highway. Other people bring food to New Orleans to sell. They build grocery stores in Metairie, downtown, Uptown, on Magazine.
But they don’t build in the Lower 9th Ward.
There’s no grocery store there. There hasn’t been one since Katrina in 2005. It’s an extreme low-income neighborhood that depends on a problematic inconvenient public transit systems to cross the city to get any fresh food.
They’re reaching out to local universities and institutions and offering fresh fruit and vegetables to the community—but they’re also offering hope.
OSBG serves as a school, a service institution, and a place of employment for teenagers and young adults from the Lower 9th who want to give back and get more for their community.
But that’s all going to go away without help.
The New Orleans City Council recently passed through new zoning ordinances, and this landmark of the Lower 9th (built by a married couple in 1955 by hand with cypress wood) has to be rebuilt to code. The renovations cost $100,000.
They can’t afford this. They’re a nonprofit barely scraping by. They put together an IndieGoGo campaign, but it’s stagnating at just under $3,000—$97,000 short of their goal.
If they don’t open their building before the summer, the community could lose this resource for good. No garden, no produce, no program, no building.
Please help them in any way you can. Donate a dollar, signal boost, share this post, their link, anything anywhere you can do it. This is important, and soon it could be gone.