Ferguson: Ten Bloggers Speak Out

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Many details about the violent death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, remain unclear. What is beyond doubt is the intensity of reactions to this story — in the media and in neighborhoods all over the US (and beyond). Here are ten personal perspectives on this event and its aftermath, from writers representing a diverse cross-section of the WordPress.com community.

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Writer and scholar Keguro Macharia reacts with his usual incisiveness to one of the signature chants of post-Ferguson protests :

If “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” is an expression of “humanity,” as one tweet has it, we must ask for whom that humanity is available. In fact, the insistent repetition of “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” by black bodies across the U.S. might offer a less promising narrative: it might suggest the banality with which black life forms can never gain access to the vernaculars of the human.

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COMMERCIAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE MAJOR /CITY WORLD AUTO GROUP HERE IN NEW YORK CITY, SERVICING THE ENTIRE TRI-STATE AREA. BASED IN LONG ISLAND CITY. I HANDLE ALL THE AMERICAN BRANDS(FORD,LINCOLN, CHEVY, DODGE, JEEP, CHRYSLER) PLUS, TOYOTA, HYUNDAI INCLUDING HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE. I HAVE BEEN IN THE BUSINESS FOR OVER 25 YEARS LAST 16 IN COMMERCIAL SALES.
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One Response to Ferguson: Ten Bloggers Speak Out

  1. You know as a car salesman I sell vehicles to many different types of people from many different ethenticities . As in all the other industries the perception of the black person or family is always highly suspect and a people to be taken advantage of price wise. Then of course the look can you afford this or why should a person like you drive this type of vehicle? When will the judging and snickering stop behind ones back both as a buyer and consumer.

    I have been lucky no serious incidents with the law as far as stop and frisk or just stop while black in a neighborhood. But I do lose business at times because of black all you do is deliver, let me speak to the salesperson or do you have someone else I might be able to speak with about my needs. It is strange how even over woman we have to fight to get through that glass ceiling sometimes and don’t be of a certain sexual persuasion then it is all for not at times.

    It is a point when will it stop. As we say we are Americans with all kinds of freedoms we fight for around the world. But yet we show the world here in the USA we don’t practice what we preach.
    It is a case of do what I say not what I do! You all remember those words from our parents growing up. We make jokes and brush it off and that is just how it is for the black man. But we can do so much more. MLK laid the down the rules and showed how to do it. We just have come back together and do it.

    We need to start with our young people understanding terms like myn””””***er are not acceptable in any form at anytime. When we show proper respect to ourselves and those around us we will gain it. Will it ever totally go away I think not but like they say 2 wrongs donot make a right. At some point someone or group has to take the high road to mave to more change I the right direction a lot faster.

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