“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”—
I feel like this is just an appropriate quote for today, considering what is happening in Iran right now.
Guys, I know it’s hard to envision what it’s like to be an Iranian right now. But read the reports and put yourself in their shoes as much as you can for just a minute. Do this daily, not just whenever a big news report comes out. Never forget that the world isn’t as it appears on the news. Things are much more dire and there are people out there that need our help.
We have a responsibility to speak out because we’re lucky enough to have the freedom to do so.
* There are more African Americans under correctional control today — in prison or jail, on probation or parole — than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.
* As of 2004, more African American men were disenfranchised (due to felon disenfranchisement laws) than in 1870, the year the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified prohibiting laws that explicitly deny the right to vote on the basis of race.
* If you take into account prisoners, a large majority of African American men in some urban areas, like Chicago, have been labeled felons for life. These men are part of a growing undercaste — not class, caste — a group of people who are permanently relegated, by law, to an inferior second-class status. They can be denied the right to vote, automatically excluded from juries, and legally discriminated against in employment, housing, access to education, and public benefits — much as their grandparents and great-grandparents once were during the Jim Crow era.
“If those in charge of our society — politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television — can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.”—Howard Zinn (via jaeboogie)