This is a very serious disease* so I gladly accept the “bucket challenge”
*My heart goes out to all those who struggle with ALS but I am, of course, talking about the disease of apathy. If (and hopefully when) Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice and convicted of 1st degree murder, it still won’t prevent this from happening again. We cannot accept this as the status quo. We MUST continue the fight at the ballot box, in the media and by working to create systemic change. I’m not naive to the dirty politics (redistricting, voter ID requirements, etc) that will try to prevent us from our goal. But I refuse to give up hope. My “bullet bucket challenge” is not about pointing fingers and it’s not about being angry. Every shell casing in that bucket represents the life of someone who fought and died in the goal for civil rights and human dignity. As a member of law enforcement (yes I really am a reserve sheriff) I will not stand idly by while others violate civil and human rights under the cover of authority and I will insist that other good cops rise to the same standard as well. As a black man I will demand more from myself and my community. I will not allow outsiders to co-opt our struggle in order to commit violence in our name. I’m channeling my outrage into action so I no longer feel powerless. It’s not about black or white. It’s not about rich or poor. It’s about us vs. them. There are more of us — from all races, genders and identities — then there will ever be of them. And we will be victorious.
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality"
My kids thought they were beads in the bucket, or ball bearings. I explained what they were, and why Orlando was pouring those instead of ice.
I know the degree of privilege I have - we have - to not know what shell casings are - I’d never seen them myself until I was 14 and paid a visit to a military base - and God willing I hope my kids never see them In Real Life. In this context, they’re something to think about, and they hopefully will spur action.
nooo why am i feeling these feelings rio why stop it
im so sorry i cant help the feels
you is perfect. also i maybe love kenyon 3/4 as much as you do but i’m still hella nervy help me learn the ways of the rio
if u feel nervy just think abt infinimilk and so much free food
and the existence of the KAC and the BFEC and the entire ohio countryside
and everyone being nice and sex-positive and so many people caring about eradicating casual misogyny
and the way the air smells at night in early november crisp and daring
and the conversations that start in class and continue and mutate all the way into peirce where you sit and debate and laugh by the tall tall windows in new side gazing out at the rolls of ohio countryside like waves of grass
and the ice plains of middle path that tie us in empathetic misery and precarious imbalance
and the sight of a yellow-orange moon brushing the tops of the trees at 2 AM on a late-april saturday when you’re tipsy and skipping through the freshman quad
and the clouds of frozen breath when you leave an apartment filled with the best people you have ever met to get some air because inside it is all crowded and warm and laughter and music and sometimes you get a bit overwhelmed, not necessarily by the sensory overload, but by how happy you find yourself all of a sudden