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POLICE BRUTALITY/TERRORISM STRIKES AGAIN: Witnesses Say A Utah African-American Man Was Running Away From Police When They Shot & Murdered Him [TW: Racism, Ethnocentrism, White Privilege]
An attorney for the family of the 22-year-old black man who was fatally shot by Utah police last week says the evidence suggests he was running away—contradicting earlier reports that he had “lunged” at the police officers.
Darrien Hunt attracted police attention Wednesday morning outside Saratoga Springs when he allegedly began walking around with a samurai sword. His family later described the sword as a “harmless 3-foot souvenir sword with a rounded edge” purchased at a gift shop, the AP reports.
Hunt was reportedly shot at least four times and died on the street outside a Panda Expressrestaurant.
Police initially claimed they shot him after he “brandished the sword and lunged toward the officers with the sword,” Utah County Chief Deputy Attorney Tim Taylor told reporters.
But Hunt’s mother—and some witnesses—say otherwise.
"They killed my son because he’s black. No white boy with a little sword would they shoot while he’s running away," Susan Hunt told the Deseret Times. “Those stupid cops thought they had to murder over a toy. This is my baby. This is my family. And they ruined my family.”
According to the LA Times, there’s evidence that suggests the shooting may not have been warranted:

According to Salt Lake City attorney Randall K. Edwards, an independent autopsy conducted Saturday at the behest of Hunt’s family showed Hunt had been shot “numerous times,” none from the front. 
"This is consistent with statements made by witnesses on the scene, who report that Darrien was shot to death while running away from the police," Edwards said in a statement provided to the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. "It would appear difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile these facts with the story released by the Utah County Attorney’s Office that Darrien was lunging toward the officers when he was shot. We continue to hope that a full investigation will reveal the whole truth about this tragedy."

The LA Times does note, however, that Edwards declined to identify the pathologist or provide reporters with a copy of the report.
[image via ABC 4 Utah]
Source: Gabrielle Bluestone for Gawker

You know shit cray when a white mom’s black son can’t even make it to 30. 

they don’t care if your mom is white when you look black
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Me in front of two of my pieces


50-year anniversary of the 9/15/1963 murder of four African-American girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.

Their names are Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robinson, Addie Mae Collins and Denise McNair.
  • white people: this is SO spicy
  • me: it's water

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people on my dash are comparing the architecture of the pro-bending arena to buckingham palace

buckingham palace

um honey


this is the arena


this is the Harmandir Sahib (a Sikh gurdwara in Amritsar, India)


this is republic city hall


this is the green mosque of Xinjiang, China

It’s astonishing to me that people honestly believe that a show consisting entirely of Asians and a pan-Asian diaspora would have buildings reminiscent of 18th century England

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Favorite books: The Plague by Albert Camus (although the book is harder to comprehend once it has been translated, I suppose once I become more fluent in French, I’ll read the original), Howl by Allen Ginsberg (I use to read it a lot while I was high in tenth grade, so it’s a personal one), Cairo trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz, Miqad Alley by Naguib Mahfouz. I’ve Khaled Houssani’s books too, which is more of my “pleasure reads”, but I haven’t quite finished his recent book “And the Mountains Echoed”. I’m almost done though. Sometimes I have issues with his style of writing though. I read the Bell Jar twice last summer, but I don’t really know if I like it. Sometimes I need to read something more than once before I decide whether or not I like the book.


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You lived inside someone for 9 months so it’s a lie when they say people can’t be homes.”

أنك عشت داخل إنسان مدة 9 أشهر، لذلك فهي كذبة حين يقولون،لا تستطيع الناس أن تكون أوطانا.”

— Key Ballah

Key Ballah, translated by ayoubsalhi (via keywrites)

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Long Beach, California 
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