mitakita:

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Anonymous said: Hima, I'd really like to get educated about positive energy. Are there any books you can suggest?

nehrujackets:

YOU COULD CHECK OUT BOOKS ON MINDFULNESS BUT POSITIVE ENERGY IS ABOUT MORE THAN READING BOOKS THE CLOSEST WE HAVE TO IT IN EARTH MORE THAN ANY HUMAN CAN SHINE IS THE OCEAN, THE GREATEST BOOK THERE IS, WRITTEN IN A LANGUAGE OF WAVES, STROKES STRUCK WITH THE PEN OF GOD HERSELF

deathbomb:

Our new track “Knees On The Ground” might benefit from an explanation. This is the most unguarded I ever intend to be when writing about Clipping.

What had happened was this: our very brief UK/Europe trip got called-off the day before we were supposed to get on a plane to London. Since we didn’t have any other plans, we met up in the studio with an idea to crank out a new track. On our list of songs to finish was one particular piece aimed directly at the club (or, at least, our twisted idea of what clubs should play). But none of us were in the mood for it. Each of us had spent the previous several days following the news of protests in Ferguson, MO. It was the only thing on our minds. We couldn’t bring ourselves to think about anything else, so we decided to direct our fear, our revulsion, our heartbreak into a new track.

The problem was that we’d defined our band — in interviews and to each other — as decidedly-not-an-activist-project. Diggs’s lyrics have been criticized for seeming apolitical, at least in comparison to what many listeners (perhaps rightly) expect to hear from an ‘experimental’ rap group. I have many times said (perhaps naïvely) that our politics lie in our structures, in our formal engagement with the rap genre. We love its conventions, its clichés, and we’re not above them. We see our participation in rap as something resembling an old punk flyer — an out-of-context collage of charged images with an fractured, contradictory, multiple point-of-view. I hope that our more dedicated listeners hear this and understand that we’re not interested in spoon-feeding them a position. At the same time, I’ve always assumed that they pretty much agree with us on most issues anyway. (We have yet to meet the misogynist, homophobic, white supremacist Clipping fan with an MBA and an NRA mebership).

So what do we do when all we can think about, all we can feel, is a profound injustice — yet another young unarmed person of color is murdered by a police officer? How does a band, which overtly rejects affect and the emotions, address something that is, for its authors, a deeply felt, deeply affecting topic? Well, we don’t entirely know. But the fact is: there’s more truth in Diggs’s lyrics than we generally let on. “Inside Out” describes a drive-by shooting in Oakland, “Chain” is about three stick-ups. They are presented with a lot of detail and specificity (perhaps the result of personal experience). But at the same time, they represent archetypal scenarios within rap music. One trope we had yet to explore as Clipping was the anti-police rap — the lineage of Public Enemy, NWA and Paris, straight through The Coup, and all the way into the ‘stop snitching’ panic of the early 2000s. “Knees On The Ground” is a paradigmatic white-cop-kills-an-unarmed-black-kid-and-gets-away-with-it tale — a story that happens all the fucking time in the US. What we have learned — from our first hand experience in Oakland in 2009, and from the media coverage of Ferguson in 2014 — is that the second part of this story involves a police response better suited to a war zone than to an American city. Cops think they’re playing Call Of Duty when they’re supposed to be part of a community. If Ferguson were in Iraq, Obama would have sent in an airstrike already.

This is the least obtuse Diggs’s lyrics will ever get. We’re embarrassed by the timeliness of this track. We do not intend to capitalize on what is, undoubtedly, a terrible tragedy. But journalists make think-pieces and we make songs. Writers write what they know, and this is what we know right fucking now.

Tags: clipping.

noiserap:

CLIPPING. “GOD GIVEN TONGUE (FEAT. BRYAN LEWIS SAUNDERS)”

shotarokaneda:

riannafinch:

somebody put this in a time capsule because it is so important that future generations see this

how can this much occur in three seconds

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chickensnack:

OK HERE’S MY WHOLE BUNTAIN SIMPSON COMIC from LAMEZINE (which you should buy because it’s good!!!)

dynastylnoire:

jspark3000:

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Ryo Oyamada, a 24 year old student from Japan, was struck and killed by an NYPD vehicle in a hit & run.  Witnesses say the police car had no lights or sirens on and was going over 70 mph.  The released footage by NYPD was proven to be heavily altered in a cover-up, showing “lights” on the vehicle, when compared to footage from the NY Housing Authority on the same street with the same timestamp. 

On a personal note: I know that this will probably not be shared or reblogged very much, because Asians are not very prominent in American culture.  I understand this, because Asians (like me) are partially at fault for being so passive.  But I am begging you to please consider signing this petition out of human decency.  Ryo was just a student walking home, then struck by a nearly silent police cruiser going at excess speed, and the NYPD covered it up. 

Here is the side-by-side comparison of the released video footage, including updates from the case.  *Edit*  This article contains a link to a graphic video moments after the crash, showing the body of Ryo Oyamada and NY citizens yelling at the police.  Please advise, it is highly disturbing. 

And the following is an excerpt from the petition, which as of now only has 286 signatures.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST

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duskball:

lame-waves:

i guess i recorded an ice bucket challenge today after i got my wisdom teeth out ??

Holy fuxki shit

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saccharinescorpion:

neyruto:

reddit is so weird…

*points at someone’s figure drawings* what is this, some kind of tumblr social justice bullshit??

saccharinescorpion:

neyruto:

reddit is so weird…

*points at someone’s figure drawings* what is this, some kind of tumblr social justice bullshit??

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mdthwomp:

Unfriendly reminder that in America it’s reasonable to say an unarmed black kid deserved to be shot six times because he might have robbed a convenience store, but a white kid shouldn’t be kicked off the high school football team just because he violently raped a girl.

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thepageofhopes:

antisjwyellowfang:

Just your daily reminders:

  • Racists are a problem
  • White people are not
  • Homophobes are a problem
  • Straight people are not
  • Transphobes are a problem
  • Cis people are not
  • Sexists are a problem
  • Men are not

And most importantly,

  • Hating an innocent person solely because of their race, sexuality, or gender makes you a fucking asshole

Just some actual daily reminders:

  • All white people do racist things without being aware they are
  • All straight people do homophobic things without being aware that they are.
  • All Cis people do transphobic things without being aware that they are.
  • All men do sexist things without being aware that they are.
  • Saying things like ‘some men’, ‘some cis people’ absolves the blame of individuals and only seeks to comfort those with privilege and power.
  • When a post says ‘some X’, the X will always assume that they are not because THEY ARE NOT AWARE.

And most importantly,

  • It’s called metonymy, when anyone who is oppressed makes an exasperated statement like ‘i hate straight people’, they are substituting straight people for the concept of a system and a culture that teaches, incentives, and legitimizes homophobic acts and normalizes homophobic acts so that straight people constantly do homophobic things without realizing it and that’s really fucking annoying.

And just as important,

  • The concept of sjws dehumanizes marginalized people and categorizes them as an ‘angry and emotional’ stereotype and only adds to the oppression of marginalized people under the guise of being ‘fair’, while the only thing you are doing is cushioning privileged people from their own ignorance and privilege.

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pushinghoopswithsticks:

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Heems – New York City Cops | mp3

A few weeks ago Heems of Das Racist covered The Strokes “New York City Cops” in tribute to Is This It’s 10th anniversary. His version has been called an ‘anti-cover’ and ‘politically aggressive’ and ‘outrageously good’. All of which is true, but forget that for a second and recognize the history of abuse staining NYPD badges. The following were mentioned by name in the song, here’s why:

Eleanor Bumpurs - shot twice by an officer called to assist her city ordered eviction, she was behind on her rent

Timothy Stansbury- 19 years old and unarmed, fatally shot in the chest on his way back from a party with friends

Anthony Baez-choked to death by a police officer who was attempting to arrest him for “disorderly  conduct” because Baez and his friends didn’t stop playing football near a police car

Clifford Glover-10 years old, shot dead, the policeman was acquitted

Fermin Arzu- shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in the Bronx

Ousmane Zongo-shot four times, twice in the back, and killed by New York City Police Department officers while unarmed in a chance run-in with police during a warehouse raid

Amadou Diallo-hit with 19 bullets while reaching for his wallet when four policemen came to his door searching for a rape suspect

Randolph Evans- 15 years old, shot point blank in the head in Brooklyn by an officer responding to a report that a man with a gun had been seen in the area

Sean Bell-three men were shot a total of fifty times by a team of both plainclothes and undercover NYPD officers, killing one of the men, Sean Bell, on the morning after his bachelor party, and severely wounding two of his friends

Alberta Spruill57-year-old Harlem woman who died after the police threw a stun grenade into her apartment during a mistaken raid

Abner Louima- was assaulted, brutalized and forcibly sodomized with the handle of a bathroom plunger by New York City police officers after being arrested outside a Brooklyn nightclub in 1997

Patrick Dorismond- 26 year old security guard shot and killed by undercover narcotics officers, Giuliani released sealed juvenile delinquency record immediately after the shooting  to prove that Dorismond was “no altar boy.” In fact, Dorismond had attended the same Catholic school as Giuliani and had been an altar boy

Michael Stewart-graffiti artist from NYC who was arrested on September 15th 1983, was admitted to hospital about half an hour after his arrest in a coma from which he never awoke, dying on September 28th. His death was from cardiac arrest caused by strangulation.

Each of these victims was black. Studies have repeatedly proven officers are more likely to shoot unarmed black men than white. How many more deaths must communities suffer before police training accounts for and eventually eliminates this bias?