You realize that everything the police are doing in Ferguson is carefully calculated, right? They’re purposely turning peaceful protests into riots. They’re purposely committing violence to incite violence. From saying ‘We won’t be answering 911 calls,’ which is a very clever way to set themselves up to be able to say, ‘We were afraid for our safety - any call could really be an ambush, our lives were in danger’ right down to the camouflage and the military tanks and wearing more body armor than a soldier in a war zone. Its exactly why they’re going for a media blackout - yet allowing certain photos through - they WANT you to see their tanks. They want you to see their riot gear. They WANT you to see a war-zone. They’re trying to sell the world the idea that this community is inherently and constantly a source of violence and turmoil - they want you to think that they [the police] are being attacked daily in a place so vicious they need full body armor. You know why? Because then, at the end of the day, you might just be able to believe the story they’re going to spin. They’re going to tell you that this (white) officer goes to work in this war zone every day - that he spends every working moment in constant fear for his life. They’re going to tell you that Michael Brown attacked this officer. And then they’re going to bring up everything that has happened in the aftermath and try to use it to convince you that he shot that little boy because he was afraid for his life. They’re setting up a defense. You mark my words, they’re trying to set up a defense.
― My mom’s take on what’s going on in Ferguson (via actualbanshee)
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there was this awful post that became really popular on tumblr a while back that said something like “love is giving someone the power to destroy you but trusting them not to” or something along those lines…and it was honestly very very concerning…that really isn’t good enough

that’s not what relationships are about at all and please don’t let anyone tell you otherwise

relationships are about feeling safe, comfortable, and respected. you should feel at home with this person. you should feel like you’re best friends. you should be able to talk about whatever you want and to always feel secure and be able to communicate your feelings with this person

they’re not about giving or having “power” or about “destroying” anyone. they’re not based on negativity or fear. relationships should never be guided by power or fear, ever

you deserve so much better than that

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I learned that people can easily forget that others are human.
― "Prisoner" from the Stanford Prison Experiment (1971)

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