From Ferguson. This reminds me of some of the blog posts Ifemelu writes in Achide’s “Americanah”. The use of “those things” white folks say about race and how insensitive/degrading they are juxtaposed against statistics and kid voice makes this a great spot.

Talking Heads (men) Stick to Sports Commentary Because Your Opinions on #DomesticViolence and Why Women Stay Are Really Doing More Harm Than Good

There are a multitude of reasons why women stay in abusive relationships. I found it hard to leave a violently abusive relationship, and was amazed by the people who stood by and watched, who never said a word or offered help. The people who when I finally left took his side, made excuses for him, or said things like - she must have provoked him.

Women stay for children, love, fear, because they’re unsure, because, they have no place else to go; money or lack of it; because he’ll change, and he doesn’t mean it and you believe that lie.

The thing is that once a woman does muster up the courage and dignity to leave, too often society judges her when it discovers she’s suffered this indignity. Much like some of the sports pundits I’ve heard babbling about this latest very publIc display of domestic violence, too often when a woman leaves, we re-victimize her when we say things like - she could have left, she should have left, which in so many cases is easier said than done.

Listening to talking heads on ESPN and other networks I’ve heard how insensitive we are to the needs of women in these situations. Yes, his franchise fired him and some have chastised his behavior, but too many of the comments focus on her and what she should have done differently as if she’s to blame for his bad behavior.

Comments like that do more harm than good. They make women believe they’re options are limited, that people will judge them, that no one cares. Comments like that make it easier for folks to not say anything when they see that bruise under an eye or when they hear him call her stupid jokingly but with an underlying venom that seems out of context. So, Dear Sports Commentators and Talking Heads: Shut up, stick to sports, and shame on you.

2damnfeisty:

"14-year-old Parkview High School Freshman, Caleb Christian was concerned about the number of incidents of police abuse in the news.  Still, he knew there were many good police officers in various communities, but had no way of figuring out which communities were highly rated and which were not.  

So, together with his two older sisters: Parkview High School senior Ima Christian, and Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology sophomore, Asha Christian, they founded a mobile app development company– Pinetart Inc., under which they created a mobile app called Five-O.

Five-O, allows citizens to enter the details of every interaction with a police officer.  It also allows them to rate that officer in terms of courtesy and professionalism and provides the ability to enter a short description of what transpired.  These details are captured for every county in the United States. Citizen race and age information data is also captured.

Additionally, Five-O allows citizens to store the details of each encounter with law enforcement; this provides convenient access to critical information needed for legal action or commendation.”

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