I often look around my classrooms and think “well SOMEONE has to be gay in here, statistically!”
Then I realize that it’s me.
fuck-giving level: honey badger
you can be a fan of a show and point out its flaws
you can enjoy something and still criticize it
discussing issues which are necessary to be talked about is as much part of a fandom as anything else and has nothing to do with fighting
the idea of a fandom is that you are more than a passive consumer who accepts things mindlessly
idealizing things is unhealthy and gives you a skewed view of reality
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Welcome to “Black-President, Therefore Post-Racial America.” Ready to toss salt in the wound of the George Zimmerman verdict (white man kills black teen, has been arrested for violence at least 2 times before then, and is still not holed up in prison) and the Marissa Alexander verdict (black woman fires handgun at attacker, injures nobody, gets 20 years), we have another black person being punished by Florida’s “totally not racist” Stand Your Ground law. Michael Giles has been sentenced 25 years in prison for defending himself against an aggravated attack using a registered weapon.
Oh, did I mention? The handgun that he fired struck his assailant in the leg and caused no serious damage, nor did it kill anyone?
But he was black, so he pays the price for the crime of Being Black. Just like Alexander.
Just like Marissa Alexander, Michael Giles stood his ground against an unprovoked attacker, and today this military veteran is behind bars, sentenced to 25 years in prison!
Michael Giles’ mother writes the following, in his petition, which you are all encouraged to sign…
Three years ago my son Michael was attacked outside of a club in Tallahassee, FL. His attacker admitted in open court that he attacked Michael with no provocation.
Michael’s attacker admitted he was angry that someone had interrupted his dance, and wanted to hurt the next person he saw. That next person standing to the side, not partaking in the violence, was Michael. His attacker was not fighting alone, state witnesses testified that there were between 30-40 people involved in the brawl. The state’s own witnesses also testified that the aggressor instigated several other fights that night, and was acting erratically and violently. His attacker’s own friend testified she was worried the aggressor would kill or seriously injure someone. In comparison, state witnesses testified that Michael, was calmly standing to the side, and did nothing to provoke the attack.
My husband and I are proud military veterans, with a combined 40 years of service, and we were proud when our son also chose to serve his country. Michael completed a tour in Iraq and Kuwait and was looking forward to furthering his career in the military, but now all of that has changed. We believe that we have raised a good man. He had no prior criminal offenses, no history of violence, and was a outstanding father and Airman. So we do not understand how the state of Florida could sentence him to a mandatory 25 years for defending himself.
Michael has been trained to analyze threats and believed at that moment he needed to defend himself. He realized that his attacker and his attacker’s friends had the upper-hand in numbers and he could have been seriously injured or killed. In his desperate attempt to gain the opportunity to get to his feet and flee, he fired his legally registered weapon and accidentally struck, but did not seriously injure, his attacker in the leg. Despite overwhelming evidence from state witnesses that Michael was attacked first without provocation, and the fact that he did not continue firing, and removed himself from the immediate area as soon as he could. Michael was not offered a plea from the state. He was thus charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon causing bodily harm & sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison. His Judge stated “Frankly, I think the 25-year mandatory is overly harsh based on the facts of this case, but that’s what the law requires I do and I intend to follow the law.” The officer who prepared Michael’s sentencing recommendation, recommended Michael be given probation due to her investigation. She felt that Michael would be an ideal candidate for probation, thus saving tax payers money. The state rejected her professional recommendation and pushed for the 25 years.
Michael is a good man, he is honest, he is hard working and through all of this he is our rock and confidence we need to keep fighting. He is afraid that he will miss his children grow up.
Our family just does not understand how a man who proudly fought for his country, and spent 6 years proudly serving as a U.S Airman, could lose the right to live his life for defending himself. The fact is, Michael was attacked, and he was afraid the group fighting would kill him. He fired his legally registered weapon to gain the opportunity to run, from somewhere he had the legal right to be. His attacker not only attacked him but he admitted to attacking others that night.
This sentence has destroyed our family and we hope you will sign this petition to ask Governor Rick Scott and the Clemency Board to commute the sentence of Michael Giles.
Post-racial America my ass.
- “Eat” the damn Play-doh cookies.
- Slurp the invisible soup.
- Pretend that they’re not causing grievous bodily harm as they “brush” your hair.
- Always be serious when asked what you’d like for dinner, and never say something silly like rabbit soup. Because they will go get their stuffed one off the bed, put it in your best pot, and fill said pot with water. Then place it on your desk.
- Greet their make believe friends and ask how their day was.
- Always kiss the teddy bear goodnight. It has feelings too.
- Always pretend to die when they shoot you.
- If you are having a fake war with them and you shoot them and they say they can’t die because they are invincible, you don’t shoot them again, because they are invincible.
- Yes, their drawing does look like a butterfly, not a bunch of jumbled up lines.
- Them pounding on the piano is the best thing you have ever heard.
no but seriously it’s very important to a child’s development to not be shut down by parents and other caregivers
Yesterday, this dude (of German and Asian(?) descent), who self-identifies as white, greeted me like:
"What’s up, my nigga?"
And immediately, I said:
"Never again. In your life. Ever."
And I was pretty stern when I said it because it felt like all of our previous actions were leading to this moment. He consistently disrespected me and was under the impression that it was all in good fun. It seems that the other people around him were all gravy with his remarks, but I’m not having it. When I called him out on his shit, he said:
"I’m not racist. I was just greeting you in the language of your people."
And proceeded to be offended at the notion when I told him he was only further proving his racism. Today, he asked me how he could make amends. I told him:
"I don’t know. I’m not here to teach you how to be a decent human being."
Now, some may wonder why I didn’t tell him step-by-step how to correct his behavior. I will say this: it is not my job to take privileged, white, straight, cis people by the hand and sing them a lullaby about how to not abuse me. Dude didn’t even think to make an actual apology. He continued to be upset that I said he was racist. I continued to keep him at arms length and be indifferent to his presence.
People have been telling me I wasn’t “man enough” or that I acted like a girl or a bitch all my damn life but when I realized yes I am girl that’s when they tell me I’m a man. I doesn’t make any damn sense smh.