And recall, Donald Trump is on record saying that only guilty people and mobsters take the 5th...so...yeah...
But remember, Trump only works with the "best people..."
"If the state of maternal care in the U.S. is abysmal for America’s women, the health care system fails black mothers and their babies the most."
So in addition to the shooter's father giving him his guns back, despite the quite obvious fact he suffered from serious mental illness (paranoid delusions for years among other things), now come to find out his mom (if not the dad too) was a pretty hardcore fundamentalist/evangelical Christian who blames mass shootings on taking Jesus out of school (though apparently all the Jesus-y stuff she taught her boy didn't take, so...). Couple thoughts:
1. If a parent of a mass kille...r like this had been posting all kinds of Muslim memes on FB, I think we all know the right would be losing their minds right now...
2. I'd be willing to bet that this family's fundamentalism likely played a part in why this guy was never really treated for his mental illness (so far as we can tell). I meet these kinds of folks all the time: people who think Jesus will cure their mental illness or the mental illness of their family member. They think mental illness is just "the devil" getting hold of you, and you can pray it away, or that they can pray it away for you. Literally all the way back to at least 2014 they knew he was having delusions and acting out in ways that are classic signs of untreated schizophrenia. But they probably don't believe in mental illness, again, because it's all just Satan or some such thing.
These parents are guilty as hell. Their son pulled the trigger, but they literally put the gun in his hand and likely ensured by their inaction that he would do something exactly like this someday.
I hope the families of the victims sue this family for everything they have. Say goodbye to the crane company Jeff...
Watch this video and learn more about the continued practice of shackling incarcerated pregnant women before, during, and after giving birth - an issue that MomsRising.org is working to change around the country. This video and this week's Speak Out with Tim Wise podcast features Monifa Bandele, the Vice President and Chief Partnership & Equity Officer for Moms Rising. Learn more about the critical work she and her organization are doing by listening to the latest episode: http://bit.ly/Ep32SOWTW
Pregnant women are still shackled while they give birth in most U.S. prisons
A new episode of Speak Out with Tim Wise is up! Details below...
On today’s episode, Tim speaks with Monifa Bandele, Vice President and Chief Partnership & Eq...uity Officer for MomsRising.org: an organization committed to amplifying women's voices within the national public policy dialogue and media.
Tim and Monifa discuss Mom’s Rising’s campaign to address the disturbing maternal health disparities between black and white women in America, including distressing rates of maternal mortality for African American women irrespective of their socioeconomic status. Why are black women dying at much higher rates, and how does racism — implicit and institutional — contribute to the problem? How do stereotypes of black women, often held even by white physicians, endanger their lives? And what policy changes are needed to address the problem?
They’ll also discuss last week’s removal of the statue of J. Marion Sims from Central Park in New York City. Sims, often called the “father of gynecology” (itself a rather absurd term given the long history of midwifery), developed many of his gynecological methods after submitting enslaved black women to torturous techniques, against their will and without anesthesia. Why is the removal of the statue important, and not only at a symbolic level?
Finally, this episode includes a commentary by Tim about the implicit white nationalism at the heart of a number of recent incidents, in which black bodies were presumed not to belong in certain spaces, including that Philadelphia Starbucks we’ve all heard about. While many think of white nationalism as something that comes with burning crosses and marching around with tiki torches (as in Charlottesville last August), the presumption that black folks (and other people of color) simply don’t belong “here” (meaning our neighborhood, our school, our businesses, etc) is all too common and ingrained in the fabric of America.
Listen at the link above, or on Patreon by clicking the "Learn More" button at the top of this page (where you can get more information on how to support the podcast and help keep it going). Also available on GooglePlay, iTunes, Otto Radio, and Podknife.
Had a wonderful event in St Paul with the St Paul Public Schools yesterday, and a great and inspiring dinner Friday night with Brother Ali and his incredible wi...fe Tiffany at one of the hottest new spots in the Twin Cities: Grand Catch, where we had amazing shrimp and crawfish boil. I appreciate them for the hospitality, for hooking me up with some very authentic Louisiana seafood, and of course to Myla Pope and everyone at SPPS for the event yesterday...
On this #EarthDay, listen to this great talk from Rinku Sen on environmentalism and racial justice.
Happy Earth Day everyone! This year, I've decided to repost my Bioneers speech from 2015, and I really hope you'll check it out. I speak most directly to white ...environmentalists here, but the lessons are for all of us. I'm immodestly proud of this talk and really grateful that Bioneers gave me the chance to share it with their community. It's one of the most personal lectures I've ever given, and I cried while listening to it again now. We're all connected, folks! To the earth and to each other. Grateful for that too.
My speech from last month at Mount Saint Vincent University for Nova Scotia's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, sponsored by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs. (Video begins at 5:30, my talk starts around 16:00).
My recent appearance on the Chauncey DeVega Show...check it out! Always an engaging conversation...one of the best podcasts out there!
Yeah, that's just a "thanks but that would be the end of your career" kinda moment...this teacher should not be allowed in any classroom ever again...
When the cost of maintaining white supremacy is raised sufficiently, to a point where white folks are harmed by their/our bullshit, it will end. I believe in raising that cost exponentially and making those who cling to the fantasy of their own superiority scream in collective pain at the end of the world as they knew and preferred it...I want them to go into that good night, not quietly, but painfully, with gnashed teeth and knotted stomachs. White supremacy deserves to die. Those persons CALLED white have a choice: race or humanity. If we choose the latter we can create a better world for everyone, including those white folks...if we choose the former, we deserve whatever befalls us. Literally, whatever befalls us...choose humanity
These cos-playing losers were never capable of building a political movement...they are the best evidence of how NOT superior white people are. White supremacy is disproved every time one of its adherents opens their mouths...We need to obviously keep monitoring them, and infiltrating their groups and ratting them out to employers, friends, family and neighbors...but also mocking them, mercilessly, for how pathetic they are. Ridicule...ceaseless and persistent is a weapon to use against these guys. I know, I know, it won't bring people already in the movement out of it necessarily...but it sure as shit can deter others from getting into it if they understand the consequences... this is about deterrence and inoculation more so than conversion...oh, that, and just defeating them, by any means necessary
It is time for everyone like this to be turned in, by family, by friends, by colleagues...these are terrorists and they deserve to be stopped now. Infiltrate, disrupt, gather intel and lock them up when they plan things like this...I would prefer this intel be gathered by private citizens than by the state, personally, because I know how easily the state can be used against progressive forces (and generally is)...but someone needs to be rounding up all these guys, exposing them, wrecking their careers, letting everyone know who they are, and letting the chips fall where they may...if you promote fascism or white nationalism, or advocate "ethnic cleansing," everyone in your neighborhood, workplace, school or family should know about it...
Racist, homophobic bigots are never too old to be taught a painful lesson: your business, shuttered, your teaching gig, gone...your reputation wrecked forever..welcome to the modern world. This will be her legacy. I hope her grandchildren are humiliated to even be around their pathetic racist grandma, though I'm sure they won't be...they'll probably celebrate her ignorance at the next family gathering... The days of keeping your ignorance secret are gone...and thank goodness ...for that...eventually white folks will learn that the psychological wage of our whiteness isn't really paying the bills...people like this are so desperate to feel superior to someone, anyone -- because their lives are such miserable failures -- that they will risk permanent ignominy just to vent their frustrations and feel like an important person for a couple of minutes of vitriol...this is pathological. Only when white folks suffer real consequences for our nonsense will anything change...I have no sympathy for her, and no desire to reach out to her or correct her thinking...I just want the society to steamroll her and everyone who thinks like her...leave them wondering "what happened to my country?" Yeah, it changed and you're an anachronism. Be gone...
Watch this powerful CNN documentary about the work that this week's #SpeakOutwithTimWise guest Taina Vargas-Edmond's partner, Initiate Justice co-founder #Richi...eReseda, is doing to #endmassincarceration through organizing and teaching other prisoners about #toxicmasculinity.
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