Trying my hand at voices
mini-comic. Trying to break out of my old “thick hatching” thing courtesy of micron 02 and careful planning.
By now I hope at least some of you have heard of Javier Payne, a 14-year-old black boy from the Bronx who was attacked by the NYPD last weekend as he was walking home from a hookah shop in his neighborhood.
Cops said he was fighting with another boy, a 13-year-old neighbor in the area.
So what do you do when two boys are fighting?
Well, if you’re the NYPD, and the boys in question are black, you throw one of them through a window, puncturing his lung. As he lies there with blood filling his lungs, you handcuff him and refuse to call an ambulance. When you do call an ambulance, you enter the protocol for an adult drunk, instead of a dying child. When the ambulance comes, you refuse to let the paramedics uncuff him. Even as the paramedics explain that this boy is dying, you argue that he’s faking it and that he deserves to die there on the street for fighting with another boy. When you finally do let the paramedics uncuff him and take him to the hospital, you fail to report that you threw him through a glass window despite dozens of eye-witnesses reporting the opposite. When you are called upon by the community to account for your actions, you decide to do an “internal investigation” - therefore being accountable to no one outside your division. You encourage the deregulation of police conduct and refuse to let outsiders investigate how you train your officers.
And what do you do, if you’re a concerned citizen who is tired of seeing this? You write Bill de Blasio and you ask him to start an outside investigation into police brutality. Or at least that’s what I did. And if you want to cosign what I wrote him, you can do that here. And if you want to signal boost that for Javier Payne, you can do that too. You can sign my petition letter here.
Nicolas Burrows - Untitled (2010)
This is how me and my family are living these months.
My mom has a great job but doesn’t make enough to support all five of us. She’s working extra hours but it isn’t enough and with school starting for my brothers and them needing over priced uniforms, we’ve all reached the end of our rope.
On top of this, my mom also has diabetes and sometimes has trouble getting the money for her medication. And as people who have/are dealing with this kind of disease you know that everything is so much more harder for her. When she gets a paper cut it can last a month and when she gets caught in the rain, she is guaranteed to get sick and as she says so many times “[she] cannot afford to get sick”.
Right now we are trying to move from this house into a smaller, more affordable one but the chances of that happening anytime soon are dwindling. In addition to this, my mom wants to visit our sick grandfather in New York who has multiple myeloma. If anyone who has heard of this would know that it affects your organs and there is no cure for it. We are all hoping for one last visit before he passes on.
I’m asking that you please help us. I don’t like this life for my brothers who have to wonder if it was okay that they are ramen for breakfast or that my mother can’t see her father one last time. Anything and everything you donate will be used to help my brothers and mother have an easier more enjoyable life.
SIGNAL BOOST THIS PLEASE
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The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition presents its fifth international conference: Collective Degradation: Slavery and the Construction of Race [aka PDFs GALORE!!!!!!!!!] →
While scholars have largely accepted the view that race is a socially-constructed concept, the complex processes of its formation are not well understood — in large part because of the wide and diverse range of contributing factors. The fifth international conference of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition will explore the relationship between the enslavement of Africans and the construction of early and modern conceptions of race and racial hierarchies. The conference will bring together scholars of Graeco-Roman and Biblical antiquity, medieval Europe and early Islam, with authorities on Enlightenment, 19th- and early 20th-century European and American racial thought, with the goal of exchanging and combining insights from a wide range of historical periods and disciplines.
The schedule for the conference is as follows:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7
9:00-11:45 Session 1:
Benjamin Isaac, Tel Aviv University: Slavery and Proto-racism in Graeco-Roman Antiquity
David Goldenberg, University of Pennsylvania: Early Christian & Jewish Views of Blacks
Comment: James Brewer Stewart, Macalester College
12:45-3:30 Session 2:
Benjamin Braude, Boston College: Ham and Noah: Sexuality, Servitudinism, and Ethnicity
Peter Biller, University of York, U.K.: The “Black” in Medieval European Scientific Discussions of Regions & Peoples
Comment: Matthew Jacobson, Yale University
3:30-6:00 Session 3:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
8:00-10:45 Session 4:
Nell Irvin Painter, Princeton University: Why White People Are Called “Caucasian”
George Fredrickson, Stanford University: Race & Ethnicity in the U.S. and France
Comment: Clarence Walker, University of California, Davis
10:45-1:15 Session 5:
Patrick J. Rael, Bowdoin College: Black Responses to Scientific Racism in the Antebellum North
Stanley Engerman, University of Rochester: Racism Without Slavery and Slavery Without Racism in the Mainland North America
Comment: Jennifer Baszile, Yale University
2:00-4:30 Session 6:
Lacy K. Ford, University of South Carolina: Slavery and Racist Thought in the American South, 1789-1865
John Stauffer, Harvard University: White Abolitionists and Antebellum Racism
Comment: Kariann Yokota, Yale University
Tom Holt, University of Chicago
Oh, wow! Resources galore!
This shit is cool.