Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot (via observando)
'It's been, like, two months, now. Can we please get over the Ferguson stuff?'
Remember, all the police need is for everyone outside of Ferguson to get really tired of, bored with, and “over” this protest stuff. Then they (and other police departments) go back to treating black human beings like nothing more than insects.
Just stop looking, reading, caring, and the corrupt ones can win. The odds are on the side of the oppressors. They know we have short attention spans and our own problems.
Eventually, all you will hear is, “Yeah, it was bad what happened to that kid, but all the rioting and looting and violence only made it worse. Can you blame the cops for shooting first when those people always act like that?” [Extra points to my fellow white folks if you’ve already seen that on your Facebook feed and said nothing. It was probably right after the words “I’m not racist, but…” and right before something about how MLK would have been ashamed].
Swallowing the lies and looking away is so easy. So, so easy.
The bad guys are counting on you to take the easy way out. They have the time and the money to hang in there until the rest of the world stops watching.
They aren’t planning to give up.