An Open Letter to the Executive Producers and Writers of Arrow:
“She was my sister. I couldn’t be angry because she was dead. I couldn’t grieve because I was so angry.” - Dinah Laurel Lance, 1x01
There is no better way to describe how countless viewers felt as they finished watching Arrow’s season three premiere, “The Calm.” That’s what happens when the writers of your favorite show quietly murder their canonically bisexual female hero.
We find it hard to believe that when you all sat down to decide the direction this season would go, that you imagined how the fans would take you murdering Sara Lance. If you had paused to consider it, we doubt we would be writing this letter.
Please go here - please read the letter and consider signing. You don’t have to be an Arrow fan, or even a Black Canary fan. You just have to be tired of female superheroes being disposable material to further the male hero’s “development” and understand what it means for such a rare example of female, queer representation to be worth no more to her creators than what her death can provide the more valuable characters..
Finally, candidates I can support 100%
Black Teen With White Parents Mistaken For Burglar, Assaulted By Cops In His Own Home
‘Put your hands on the door, I was like, ‘For what? This is my house.’ Police pointed at photos of white people hanging on the wall and told him that he was lying.
A North Carolina teen was recently assaulted and pepper sprayed by police in his own home, after he was mistaken for a burglar. 18-year-old DeShawn Currie has been living with foster parents Ricky and Stacy Tyler in Wake County, North Carolina for about a year.
The Tylers love DeShawn as their own son and they have taken him into their home, in hopes to provide him the safe and loving environment that he needs to thrive in the most important years of his life.
Unfortunately, some of the Tyler’s neighbors were not familiar with the family dynamics of the home, and decided to call the police to report a burglary when they saw the young man entering his home after school one day. DeShawn did not climb through a window or struggle to get inside, but simply walked through the unlocked door of the home. The only thing that actually made his neighbors suspicious, was the color of his skin.
When police arrived on the scene they treated DeShawn like a criminal without asking any questions.
“They was like, ‘Put your hands on the door, I was like, ‘For what? This is my house.’ I was like, ‘Why are y’all in here?” DeShawn said in an interview.
When DeShawn asked the officers why they were in his home, they pointed at photos of white people hanging on the wall and told him that he was lying.
“I’m feeling comfortable, I had moved into my room, and I’m feeling like I’m loved. And then when they come in and they just profile me and say that I’m not who I am. And that I do not stay here because there was white kids on the wall, that really made me mad,” DeShawn later told reporters.
During the entire altercation, police were shouting profanity at the young man, and pointing multiple guns at his face. When DeShawn stood firm and insisted that he was in fact in his own home, police attacked him with pepper spray.
When Stacy Tyler came home from work she saw her son DeShawn in the driveway being treated by paramedics for the injuries that police had inflicted.
“My 5-year-old last night, she looked at me and said, ‘Mama I don’t understand why they hated our brother, and they had to come in and hurt him,” Stay Tyler told reporters.
“Everything that we’ve worked so hard for in the past years was stripped away yesterday in just a matter of moments,” father Ricky Tyler added.
The police department has defended their actions, saying that that DeShawn did not obey the officer’s orders to the letter, despite the fact that they were intruders in his home and had no right to be there barking orders at him.
Now this is something to bring attention to.
im ashamed i live in this county
Burn it all down.
When people say they hate the police and don’t trust them and think they’re racist it’s not always because of a shooting (though that is part of it), incidents like this certainly add to it. And before anyone is like “not all police officers are like that” while that may be true we need to also acknowledge that some police officers ARE like that and stop trying to excuse their actions with, “but they were just doing their jobs,” and, “you don’t know the whole story yet,” when stuff like this comes up.
Also, stop with this whole “it’s not always about race” thing because clearly this was about race when neighbors decide to call the cops because a black kid walks into his home. He was living with his white foster parents for almost a year you mean to tell me that in an entire year these neighbors didn’t know who he was? Right. But I’m sure someone will spin this in an, “Police work is hard and adrenaline gets going and they just react,” sort of way. I hope this young man’s parents really go up to bat for him, maybe their voices will be heard since they’re white. Harsh? Yeah. Truthful? Double yeah.
I am very fortunate that my being bisexual has never been an issue with any of my family or friends.
As for work, our world headquarters in the Hague flew a rainbow flag on Thursday to celebrate National Coming Out Day. I hope that next year my office in Florida will do the same.
It breaks my heart that so many people still feel they have to hide their sexuality in fear of the reaction of their family, friends, community, or work.
I will continue to speak out. I will continue to live my life in the open to help pave the way for those still in hiding.
Why did Fall Out Boy not make this an actual thing?
Pete’s vocals at the beginning are magical.
the harmonies oh m gy g od
how are they so majestic
ughh love this so much
Ok, this is really good.
I’d love to hear just the vocals for “my song’s know what you do in the dark”
"Don’t celebrate Halloween, Christians!! It is based in a pagan holiday!"
Boy have I got some news for you concerning Christmas.
Also, I always giggle when I see a church having a “Fall Festival” instead of a Halloween celebration to distance themselves from the pagans. Dude, what’s more pagan than celebrating the seasons found in nature?
(I tagged those of you who I think may really like as much as I did or maybe even more)
This is glorious
#Ferguson: Reports that 18 year-old Vonderrick Myer shot & killed by off duty #STL cop. Cops say Myer was armed but witnesses say he was only holding a sandwich when he was tased, fell over & then was shot #16times. Needless to say, tensions are high. Photo via @search4swag on twitter
what the FUCK
The “witness” was his cousin who was NOT present.
And unless that sandwich fired 3 shots at the off duty officer, that is not how this went down.
The off duty officer was working his second job as security. He was doing his rounds and came across three young men who started to flee.
Then one of the young men turned around and came back toward the off duty officer. That young man pulled a gun and fired 3 times before his gun jammed.
The off duty officer returned fire, emptying his clip of 16 bullets, killed the young man.
It is sad that a young man is dead, but this is NOT like Michael Brown.
This is NOT an unarmed man being shot down in the streets.
We need to use our energy and protests for when officers are gunning down unarmed civilians - not when they are in fear for their lives and returning fire.
HAPPENING NOW (10.9.14): Another young black man, 18-year old Vonderrick Myers, has been killed by a police officer, miles away from Ferguson. St Louis (STL) is turnt the fuck up right now. They literally ran the police out of the neighborhood, and are currently marching around the city. Details are still emerging, but from eye witness accounts, the young man was shot 16 times after the cop mistook a sandwich for a gun. My heart and soul are with the people of STL tonight. See you on Friday for #FergusonOctober. #staywoke #blacklivesmatter
RIP Vonderrick Myer, the victim of tonight’s police shooting. We fighting for you now too.
Unless that sandwich fired 3 bullets at the police officer - there was no mistake.
I am sorry that another young man is dead. But if you fire a gun at someone 3 times, they have the right to shoot back.
This was NOT an unarmed, young, black man being gunned down by the cops. There are plenty of times that has happened - and as a community that is where we should focus our protests and demands for change.
In this case: the police officer was off duty and working security.
As he did his rounds 3 young men ran off. Then one of the young men turned back around and moved towards the off duty officer. That young reached back and took a gun out of his waistband.
He then fired 3 times at the off duty officer. He would have continued firing but his gun jammed.
The off duty officer returned fire and the young man was killed.
It is sad. But this is NOT the same a the Michael Brown shooting. This is NOT an unarmed man being gunned down in the streets.