STILL BITCHING

When rioting broke out in the Watts section of Los Angeles in the summer of 1965, African-Americans didn’t — couldn’t — know it yet, but the next three decades would turn out to be a period of sustained gains in terms of income, jobs, education and the status of blacks relative to whites.

The rioting this past week in Ferguson, Mo., by contrast, follows more than a decade of economic stagnation and worse for many black Americans, a trend that appears unlikely to be reversed in the foreseeable future.

The Watts riots – set off by the traffic arrest of a 21-year-old black driver by a white police officer — left 34 dead, 1,032 people injured, and 600 buildings damaged or destroyed.

The week of violence in L.A. began just five days after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and 13 months after he had signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – the impact of which had not yet been felt in the daily lives of African-Americans.

During the decades following this landmark legislation, African-Americans made immense progress. The percentage of blacks over the age 25 with a high school degree more than tripled, going from just under 20 percent, or less than half the white rate, to more than 70 percent, nearly matching the white rate. The percentage of blacks over 25 with a college degree quadrupled from 3 to 12 percent over the same period.

Similarly, black median household income grew, in inflation-adjusted dollars, from $22,974 in 1967 to $30,439 in 2000, a 32.5 percent increase, more than double the 14.2 percent increase for whites. Although black household income remained well below white levels in 2000 – 66.3 percent of the white median – it was significantly better than it had been in 1967, when it was 57.1 percent of white median income.

Things went off track, however, as the 21st century approached. The riots in Ferguson follow a period of setback for African-Americans, despite the fact that we have a sitting black president in the White House.

Robert Pattinson takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Robert Pattinson takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenege from Zac Efron

katy677:

Ready Rob?

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He gets the ice…..

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Every last cube and …..

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He gets soaked (California Drought approved attached jet nozzle) with a hose over and over.

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 And the ice cubes, water, and cups just keep coming.

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Best Ever.

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Top that Guy and Mia

katy677:

Robert Pattinson takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Improvisation has never been a bad thing.

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shortformblog:

thesoftghetto:

Protesters upset about the smearing of Mike Brown converged at CNN headquarters.

“When it started raining and lightning and the crowd didn’t disperse, my energy level shot up,” said Kwame Thompson, an attorney in Atlanta and St. Louis. “It was a peaceful demonstration that was against police brutality and in support of Mike Brown and his family.”

This feels unprecedented. 

I’m tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don’t give a f**k if it’s by police or peers. This s**t is not normal.

Rapper J. Cole, in a statement on his blog about police brutality in Ferguson, Mo. (via dailydot)

Be sure to read this article while listening to his new song about all this, “Be Free.”

(via bookoisseur)

bethrevis:

US Constitution, First Amendment: The right to assemble, to have free speech, to have freedom of the press.

Ferguson Police: Kicks out media and limits protestors to a “First Amendment Area”image

cognitivedissonance:

Tonight in Ferguson, Mo. Even CNN is calling out police brutality.

We are watching history unfold. Do not stand down. Spread the word.

No justice, no peace.

fratboysegs:

my favorite tweet at the moment

fratboysegs:

my favorite tweet at the moment

think-progress:

Finally: Major court ruling clears the way to let renewables into the grid.

think-progress:

Finally: Major court ruling clears the way to let renewables into the grid.

Ferguson from my TL- August 18th (1/3)
Your coverage of Ferguson has been so useful and great and I just want to thank you for spending the time to compile all the tweets and information that you've shared because it's been a wonderful and much appreciated resource.

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iwriteaboutfeminism:

I really appreciate you saying that. I’m exhausted

In case you haven’t already seen it come through your dashboard, iwriteaboutfeminism is doing a fine job of rounding up on-the-ground coverage of the events in Ferguson.

Pair this with links from the venerable shortformblog, fantastic as usual. 

katy677:

I am doing this all for you tumblr.

This is what you really want. Admit it.