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Twitter post about the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
What's happening in Ferguson right now should be unbelievable. Should being the operative word.

Horribly, it's not.

Tear gas. Riot gear. Swat teams. Snipers. Mace. Dogs. Tanks. All against a group of unarmed protesters fighting for justice against the murder of an innocent child.

And what does the national media say about this?

Nothing.

We are in the dark.

It's only because of heroic citizens on social media that we know anything at all about what's happening right now. And make no mistake, heroes they are. They're risking arrest and their very lives to report the truth... which is far more than any traditional media is willing to do. The television, the newspapers, the radio reports? They're lying to us. They've been bought and sold, and they don't dare question their orders... but the truth is spreading on the Internet. One look on Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram should tell you all you need to know.

The stories and pictures coming out of Ferguson are horrifying. They should be horrifying beyond belief for anyone with a conscience.

But beyond belief, they're not.

After Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, John Crawford, and Ezell Ford, it's become all too easy to believe.

This is reality. This is the country we live in.

A country where the police can prohibit our constitutional right to freedom of speech. Where they can murder children and get away with it. Where they can lie to the media without being called on it. Where they can commit atrocity after atrocity, and only outrage a select few.

We should be outraged. If there's anything that should cut through the veneer of apathy that's settled over this country, it's this.

We need to wake up.

We need to stop this madness.

We need to stand in solidarity with the heroes in Ferguson.

There's a national moment of silence tonight at 7:00 EST. I'll be placing candles in our windows. It tears my heart apart that I can't be there, that I can't escape my home and do something about this... a candle and this article are all I can do.

May it cast a light into the darkness.

5:25 AM PT: Thank you to everyone informing me of the arrested reporters from the Washington and Huffington Post, and the other brave journalists who are willing to do their jobs. I apologize for belittling their efforts.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    "If nothing we do matters, all that matters is what we do." - Angel

    by BHSDesk on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 04:42:39 AM PDT

  •  Whether or not you feel (7+ / 0-)

    press coverage is adequate, please note national media reporters are not only risking arrest to tell this story, they are actually being arrested.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 04:50:23 AM PDT

  •  Police Tear gassed Aljazeera America (4+ / 0-)
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    press and then "disassembled" their cameras. D:
    https://twitter.com/...

    I'm what Willis is talking about.

    by pitbullgirl65 on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 04:55:22 AM PDT

  •  It is undeclared martial law (7+ / 0-)

    by an undeclared army.

    Our militarized police are high on homeland security steroids.

    Welcome to the brave new world of watered down constitutional protections.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 05:06:04 AM PDT

  •  Call McCaskill, Blunt, and Lacy Clay (4+ / 0-)

    These are the Senators and Congressional Rep. for Ferguson.

    Tell them to go to Ferguson City Hall / Police HDQ and DEMAND answers.
    Do not leave until the cop who killed Brown is IDed, and the military force in Ferguson is pulled off the streets.

  •  Antonio French was arrested last night (4+ / 0-)
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    http://www.slate.com/...

    St. Louis alderman Antonio French has been a regular presence in Ferguson, Missouri in recent days as protests over the police killing of Michael Brown have been ongoing. Tonight, BuzzFeed's Joel Anderson reports, French was arrested.

    I'm what Willis is talking about.

    by pitbullgirl65 on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 05:14:17 AM PDT

  •  The progress is that white people don't call (4+ / 0-)
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    us n***er to our face.

    Otherwise, nothing is different.

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 05:32:05 AM PDT

    •  It's generalizations like this which provoke (1+ / 0-)
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      division.
      The election of a person of color to be President has brought to the forefront some serious issues, but one issue seems to be forgotten.
      It took votes from every color and sexual persuasion to elect President Obama,(Twice), and statements like this do nothing but breed resentment, aside from being untrue.
      We need to stick closely to the truth if the nation is to survive and mature.
      One positive out of this and other incidents is the willingness of bigots to expose themselves and be identified, either through action or inaction.
      The Senators and the Congresspersons who represent this district and State should be there demanding answers.
      Rather than suing the President, the Senate should be holding hearings on all of the racially biased killings and arrests. They won't, because the answers and questions are not what they want to hear and they might be called upon to do something.
      People will say the Senate has no jurisdiction, but if it's steroids in Baseball they would have a hearing tomorrow.

      "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

      by Cruzankenny on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 06:10:52 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed however, oppressors are still (2+ / 0-)
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        oppressing. Superficially to have a black POTUS is good, but his election has only exposed the deep near fatal wound of racial inequality, oppression, & a lack of respect.

        This country knows that black men are disposable. We need to let people know to not mess with us.

        I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

        by a2nite on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 06:20:50 AM PDT

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        •  I agree his Presidency appears to have given tacit (1+ / 0-)
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          permission for racists and bigots to spout their garbage.
          We should be paying attention to who they are and who condones this behavior, either by omission or permission.
          This country knows no such thing as blacks being disposable, because it has not been on the radar.
          What is on the radar is B vs B crime and not oppression by the privileged of all colors.

          "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

          by Cruzankenny on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 06:46:42 AM PDT

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          •  Doen't matter who knows, what matters is what is & (0+ / 0-)

            it continues to this day ever since the evil monsters whom kidnapped us and brought us into the evil wilderness of N. America.

            I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

            by a2nite on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 09:23:27 AM PDT

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            •  I disagree, regarding having knowledge or not. (0+ / 0-)

              Right now, because those in power are not willing to alienate the base of their power structure, many people are opening their mouths who wouldn't before.
              Some of these people are going to run for election or re-election. Remembering what they said during a time when they should have been quiet will assure a much harder battle to be elected for any national office or to be appointed as federal judges.
              Right now it's a siege mentality and those in authority are condoning it. This is loosening lips and making people feel it is safe and even desirable to utter this crap.
              The tide will turn.

              "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

              by Cruzankenny on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 10:19:28 AM PDT

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  •  Let's Be Careful Out There. (3+ / 0-)
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    Careful about fooling around with these forces, either ourselves or encouraging others. These are not our parents' Bull Connor cops with dogs and batons, these are soldiers that could take out the infamous 1970 Kent State national guard squad in seconds.

    But your Black friends and colleagues will tell you that, lethality aside, this hostility from police is much the same they've always faced. White Americans of the 60's got more involved in protests as the Vietnam War became an issue, often in university campus or civic center settings where bright spotlights shone on crowds of police and white faces.

    In the streets and alleys of ghettos though, the careless violence we're seeing today thanks to social media has always threatened minorities who found themselves in a place or time some authority deemed wrong.

    So the civil rights demonstrations and, more frequently, forcible exercises of rights, grew out of a strong networked system of national and local organizations with thousands of leaders and extensive strategizing on tactics, messages and choice of venues and moments.

    We are nowhere near that organized today, we don't have a clear narrow policy goal such as voting rights or ending the draft. There's a lot of evidence we might need broader citizen impoliteness but let's not individually rush into confrontations that have some serious risks our history doesn't fully inform us about.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 05:33:19 AM PDT

  •  The story on every front page in the country (2+ / 0-)
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    should be the murder, not the riot.
    BHSdesk is right.

    I buy and sell well trained riding mules and American Mammoth Jack Stock.

    by old mule on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 06:43:43 AM PDT

  •  Wasn't a reporter from InfoWars also arrested? (0+ / 0-)

    Now that's irony.

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    by pucklady on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 07:30:09 AM PDT

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