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Can We Talk About How Black Women Are Treated as Threats, Too?

Can We Talk About How Black Women Are Treated as Threats, Too?
Like The Root’s Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele, who recently penned the essay “Michael Brown’s Death Reopened My Eyes to My Privileges as a Black Woman,” I understand that, as a woman, I behave differently in public spaces than the black men I know and love. Actually, as an activist who has been involved in various rallies against police violence and “cop watches” in my community, I even have a habit of “mouthing off” to police officers when I know they are behaving in ways that are inappropriate and sometimes illegal.
 
But as I witness the national response to Michael Brown’s slaying, and how the citizens of Ferguson, Mo., are being terrorized by a militarized police force, I am forced to take a long, hard look at my behaviors and how dangerous they are. The truth is that, although cases of state and racialized violence against black women may happen less frequently than with black men, black women are still constantly perceived as threats by law enforcement and others, and must begin behaving with that awareness.

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Streets of Ferguson stay calm after violent nights

Streets of Ferguson stay calm after violent nights
FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) — Ferguson's streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.
 
A small stream of protesters marched in the St. Louis suburb as night fell Friday, but instead of confrontations with police, several stopped to talk one-on-one with officers about the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown and tactics used by authorities during previous demonstrations.

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Outspoken About Ferguson, Jesse Williams May be This Generation’s Harry Belafonte

Outspoken About Ferguson, Jesse Williams May be This Generation’s Harry Belafonte
(The Washington Post)-There are many ways to get celebrity activism wrong when it comes to a situation like the one that has emerged in Ferguson, Mo.
 
Appearing to be uninformed is a huge no-no, as is calling for a plan when you don’t have one — sorry Nelly. But if one can offer fiery rhetoric absent sanctimony and full of razor-sharp opinions, well, people take notice.

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Sybrina Fulton writes letter to family of Michael Brown

Sybrina Fulton writes letter to family of Michael Brown
The mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin has written a letter expressing support for the family of Michael Brown.
 
In an exclusive letter published Monday for TIME, Sybrina Fulton offers Brown’s relatives her personal recommendations on how to cope with pain and advice for moving forward. In her more than 800-word letter, Fulton writes she will “pray for you then share my continuing journey as you  begin yours.” She continues:

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What They Saw: 5 Eyewitnesses to the Michael Brown Shooting

What They Saw: 5 Eyewitnesses to the Michael Brown Shooting
 
As of press time, at least five eyewitnesses in the Michael Brown shooting case have come forward. All five witnesses had distinct vantage points: One person was with Brown during the incident, one woman was inside her vehicle, another woman observed the incident from her apartment balcony, one man was inside his apartment and another man was standing outside.
 
None of the eyewitnesses in this roundup—save for two—knew each other prior to the shooting. They could not have imagined that their lives would forever be intertwined as a result of what they allegedly witnessed that sunny afternoon in Ferguson, Mo.

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Blacks Lead Social Justice Charge on Social Media

Blacks Lead Social Justice Charge on Social Media
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – What do “Bring Back Our Girls,” “Justice for Trayvon” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” have in common? They’re all rallying cries that began on social media. And when big things happen through social media, Black people usually lead the charge.
 
Internet activism, also called “hashtag activism,” is an emerging side effect of the digital age, as ordinary people take to social media websites to organize and agitate. Today, Black people use sites such as Twitter and Facebook at higher rates than other groups. Last year, the Pew Research Center found that 29 percent of all Black Americans who are online use Twitter, and 76 percent use Facebook, compared to 16 percent and 71 percent of Whites, respectively.

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