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Apparently, Medium Supports Rapists.

I’m going to go ahead and say publicly the name of the sexual predator that a few internet posts have been exposing with screen shots and evidence, but who previously were withholding his name because he’s been threatening everyone with lawsuits. His name is Dan Broadbent and he runs the A Science Enthusiast Page on Facebook. I’m not afraid of this dumpsterfuck asshole though. Come at me, Bro.

I’m not one of his victims, and luckily, I have not had to deal with him so far. I have friends who were his victims though and several have spoken out simply because one person was brave enough to do so and so the others suddenly felt no longer alone and able to tell their stories in solidarity and courage. There is currently an assload of drama, which again, I’m glad to not be a part of. But if a man has several victims coming forward, they’re not all lying. TRUST ME.

In fact, this whole situation is a classic example of how rape culture operates in our society. The very fact victims are afraid to come forward and as soon as they do, are not believed, are harassed, and the sexual predator threatening lawsuits and dragging them through another type of hell is all part of the rape culture pattern. The predator is also often very careful about how he chooses his victims. The pattern I’ve seen with the testimonies is his victims are dealing with life trauma, self-medicating with alcohol at the time, and able to be coerced into supposed consensual sexual contact.  Dick pics were sent under supposed consensual circumstances. Coercion and fake support during a time of need is not consent. Predators know this. Dan Broadbent knows this. He knows because he IS a predator. Some victims still blame themselves for what happened to them. THIS IS WHAT RAPE CULTURE IS.

This blog post though, is to publicly expose Medium in its support of rape culture. Luckily, the internet is able to keep a copy of the deleted Medium post here.

After that Medium post, clearly Dan and his minions took to Medium’s support to complain. And supposedly, he’s being doxxed. Boohoo, Dan. Perhaps you shouldn’t be a rapist sexual predator dumpsterfuck.

Here are the screen shots of Medium’s justification for removing the Medium post about Dan:

 

So, Medium is all concerned that exposing a sexual predator is a threat to his personal safety. But clearly has not a single fuck to give about the fact the post was necessary because Dan Broadbent is calling all his victims liars and is encouraging people to come to him directly for his “evidence” that they’re all lying.

So here is my letter to Medium and I’m writing this blog post so that they can’t just shove my letter and others under the rug and pretend they don’t support rape culture.

If you didn’t want to pick a side, Medium, you should have left the post alone. But you picked a side. And you picked the side of supporting rape culture. May whatever God(s) you pray too have mercy on your pathetic fucking excuse for a soul.

medium supports dan broadbent

 

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Confronting White Supremacy in Everyday Life

It is important to confront White Supremacy in every day life. It may even be more important than arguing with racists on the internet. Racists on the internet have their script in hand and they’re ready to go. When you confront it in every day life, it may have a better effect. People don’t expect your response and then they have to think about this interaction they had. I’m sharing this because it is now a part of my story and I want it to be an example of how my white friends and family should be in their lives.

Often, other white people make comments to me they wouldn’t make in front of someone else because they assume that because I’m white, they can confide in me and receive validation. They have no idea before they open their mouths they’re not going to get the validation they’re looking for. Such an occurrence happened today when I went to the post office to drop off some packages for Etsy orders. In line to ship a package Express International was a black muslim. And he had the most adorable twins with him in their hijabs.  One was wearing a purple hijab and the other pink, both with gold embellishment designs on them. The white male clerk asked him if he was sure he wanted to ship it Express International (because of how expensive it is, but also because he’s black. The clerk would not have asked a white person this question). Of course, the man said yes. Then the man had to fill out the paperwork again because there was something wrong with it that would have prevented processing, so he went off to the side to fill it out again. Then it was my turn to be helped.
The white male clerk to me: “he speaks really good English for a guy who is from Tanzania.”

Me, acting like a black Muslim from Tanzania speaking English is no big deal nor a shock: “A lot of people have to learn English as a second language.”

The white male clerk said no more. Then after I got my receipt and before I headed out the door, I stopped at the Muslim and said “the girls’ headscarves are beautiful.” He looked up and looked me straight in the eyes with his bright blue eyes and then I said  “and blessings to you”. He replied, “thank you. thank you very much…. I appreciate it.”

I felt he needed to know that at least some of us white people view him and his daughters or granddaughters as beautiful and that I wished blessings for him……not fear, not deportation, nor death.

How are you confronting white supremacy in your every day life?

There is a different way we can be white. Have the courage to do so.

Ocean of Emotion

I have a weird way of listening to music that most people probably find annoying. I will listen to the same group of songs over and over again for sometimes weeks at a time and then move on to another group of songs. I’ll revisit my favorites several times and blast that shit for weeks at a time again. I don’t know why I do this, but thank God for headphones, because I’m pretty sure my listening style would make other peoples’ heads explode.

Lately, I’ve been listening Rap and Hip Hop from the 90’s/early 2000’s. Since my education of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and what all that encompasses for black people and what they experience on a daily basis, I’ve felt this need to revisit some of the music I grew up on (though I had to hide it from my parents at the time), because I feel that until recently I could never really understand or relate to it. This time around I knew I would be further educated by it. I added some Tupac, NWA, TLC, En Vogue & Salt N Peppa to my playlist. I know there’s much more to that genre, but those were people I was familiar with. I grew up in an area where this music was popular, but a bunch of sheltered white northern kids had no fucking clue what they were listening to.

There is one particular song by TLC that really overwhelms me with deep thought and emotion. It’s off their Crazysexycool album and its called Sumthin’ Wicked This Way Comes. The whole song is excellent, but every time I hear this part I have waves of emotion wash over me:

“I just don’t understand the ways of the world today; Sometimes I feel like there’s nothing to live for.”

God. That encompasses so much of how I feel right now. I feel like the world is crushing me. I’m not trying to define what TLC meant with their song. I can only say how it speaks to me. Recently, my husband and I decided our kids were done with brick and mortar school buildings after this year and especially after the Vice Principal of the ARTS ACADEMY used the word “authority” multiple times on me in a phone conversation. The system is looking to crush anyone into submission that isn’t part of the ruling class. So, though I’m a privileged white person, the wheels of greed of the top corporate rulers and politicians consider me a fail because I’m not like them and I don’t support their shit. They would just as soon crush me under their wheels of greed right next to my black brothers & sisters, my Native American brothers & sisters, even though the color of my skin fools the local cops from automatically labeling me suspicious in some way. Black and brown people are born into this burden and reality and they are reminded of it every day. For a middle aged white woman, the eye opening is overwhelming on so many levels since its not blasted into our faces forcefully.

As a now awake white person, you literally have to redefine your purpose in life. It’s no longer about chillin’ in your ignorant tight knit white community with cute middle class homes, nice yards, decent jobs, and the ability to puff your chest out in pride as you look down at other people from your self-made pedestal when in reality your little middle class ain’t shit in the grand scheme of things. The world isn’t really any better from your existence as you help the collective use up the world’s resources.

Now as an awake white person, you find yourself not knowing in what way you personally can fight against the system machine. Crying at injustices – the deaths of unarmed black people while the cops go free without consequence. Reading about a college student who was beaten by cops for literally no just cause. Reading about the world losing its water supply while millions of gallons are wasted on fracking. Reading about entire communities in the Alaskan island who have to relocate because climate change is literally washing their islands away after their ancestors settled there hundreds of years ago. Reading about politicians and their stupid ass-judgmental-out of touch-bullshit they are apparently allowed to spew from their ignorant fucking mouths without consequence. “I just don’t understand the ways of the world today…sometimes I feel like there’s nothing to live for.” Except I don’t long for the days of yesterday. The days of yesterday would leave me ignorant of the plight of others who don’t share my privilege. The days of yesterday would have me helping the wheels of greed turn for my corporate and political overlords. No, I cannot help them do that anymore.

I will gladly stand with the other rejects of society and lend my strength to learning sustainable living and helping others to do the same. We don’t need your system and the Earth doesn’t need it either. I stand for myself. I stand for black and brown people. I stand for the trees. I stand for the animals. I stand for the melting ice caps, the thawing permafrost, the sinkholes in Siberia. We must heal or die. Otherwise there will be literally nothing left to live for.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjzmGKXngjg

Faith Without Works is Dead like American Christianity

This past summer the church I attend went over this series of exploring various types of “spiritual disciplines”. I missed some of them, but they touched on some typical stuff. Praying. Reading the Bible. Some in refreshing ways, others pretty boring. In many ways, our church, even in its uniqueness, is a typcal white person church.

Sometimes I ask myself why I go to a church at all and then I remind myself I go for the community and the spiritual family I have there. If it wasn’t for specific people, I wouldn’t be in church at all (they know who they are). But nobody asked me what my favorite spiritual discipline is. It’s not praying. It’s not reading the Bible. I’m about to get really cynical here, but I’m in a bad place right now with my view of humanity, so bear with me. There’s a 5 gallon water jug at church to put loose change in and once a year the change is gathered together with all the other places that gathered loose change and the money all goes to building wells in places where they don’t have clean water. They partake in auctions that raise money for other humanitarian efforts worldwide. Sounds fantastic, right? It’s comfortable though, to throw change in a jug. It’s comfortable to make a quilt if its something you already do for an auction. It’s easy to attend an auction, spend your money for a good cause and eat delicious food. It’s the feel good type of Faith Works. It keeps you comfortable.

This past Sunday, I asked my church during an open mic time to join me in writing letters to leaders of the City of Cleveland and the State of Ohio to ask for justice for Tamir Rice. Only two people came up to me interested in helping. Here we are, an urban Mennonite Church with a side ministry dedicated to helping the children of the neighborhood and city with educational support to help kids succeed and only two people wanted to help me write letters. Racism is in our backyard LITERALLY – here is a chance for every white person in the congregation (all of them) to use their privilege for good for a 12 year old boy who no longer has a voice. But it feels better to drop pennies in a water jug for a far away place.

James 2:15-17 (NASB) If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.”

Matthew 5:43-44,46-47 (NASB) “You have heard that it was said ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy’. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you… For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?”

Matthew 25:34-40 (NASB) “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited me in; naked, and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or thirsty and give you something to drink and when did we see you a stranger and invite you in or naked and clothe you? The King will answer and say to them, ‘truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of mine, even the least of them, you did it Me.”

I don’t want to call every single person in my congregation a hypocrite. Some ARE providing emotional support, articles, conversation, lending their voice of support for the revolution #BlackLivesMatter But most of them are silent. And its deafening.

And though the majority of white people simply do not understand how different their experiences with police officers differ from black people, I expect people who claim to follow the words of the man I posted above to have better awareness. I am not naïve, however. From my extensive background with fundamental Baptists and an evangelical college, I am well aware of how many Christians believe that saying a prayer for their sins and having intellectual conversations about the meaning of the Bible, dropping change into water jugs, and reading the Bible at home, and praying every day is following Jesus. But here’s a fucking newsflash: IT’S NOT. Christians spend so much focus on events like a virgin birth and death on a cross for significance and skip all the red letters in between. Faith without works is dead. Jesus calls us to reach out to those not in our comfort zone. He calls us to do good deeds to the least of the people on earth because it is the same as doing those good deeds directly to him. DIRECTLY. Black people don’t need white people as a savior, but they need us to walk hand in hand with them and tell our version of Rome that we will not stand for injustice. Samaria Rice doesn’t need a white savior, she just needs us to cry with her. It doesn’t matter what her past is. She is your sister, your neighbor. She is Jesus. But you just go ahead and lecture me after church about how people need to just obey the law as you drop your pennies in the water jug. WHATEVER HELPS YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT, CHRISTIANS.

Tamir Rice Justice: Indict Timothy Loehmann For Murder

I’ve not received any replies from my first letter to the leadership of the city of Cleveland or the Cuyahoga County’s Prosecutor’s office yet except for one city councilman who simply said “Thank you for your comments.” With the announcement Tamir Rice’s death was ruled as a homicide, I’ve written a new letter. It is pasted below. Some of it is copied from my first letter simply because I didn’t include Mike DeWine, John Kasich or Mary Taylor. I did not send the news links or surveillance video this time around either, but I have them pasted in this blog for your information. This blog isn’t to receive a pat on the back. The purpose is to educate and inspire YOU to write your own letter to these people and demand justice where justice failed for Eric Garner, John Crawford, Mike Brown and others. Don’t let Tamir Rice be another victim of his murderer getting off free!!! The contact info for everyone I sent this letter too is at the bottom.

Hello! White woman here. Why do I tell you I’m white? Because I want you to know that black people are not the only ones outraged at humans with badges getting away with murdering citizens for crimes where capital punishment without a trial isn’t the lawful consequence. In some cases, the citizens murdered by the human with the badge were committing no crime at all.

On Friday December 12th, it was announced Tamir Rice’s death was ruled as a homicide. That means the gun shot wound he died from is murder. That means Timothy Loehmann needs to be charged with murder. He needs to lose his badge without pay. There is no need to present all the evidence and let Timothy testify in front of a Grand Jury and bring up old laws that were declared unconstitutional like McColluch did in Missouri to somehow protect him from facing the consequences of his flawed decision.

It’s extremely clear in the surveillance video Timothy exited the police car with his gun already drawn at Tamir and shots fired within seconds. There is no way possible he told Tamir to put his hands up three times in such a short amount of time. There is no way Tamir had enough time to process in his mind what was even happening at that moment before he was shot by Timothy’s gun. There is no way possible you can justify Timothy Loehmann’s actions in those moments. So let’s just go ahead right now and consider the story put out by the police before the video was released was just another cover up to protect police officers from being held accountable for their actions. Let’s just go ahead and bust out the honest truth of the matter.

Don’t be on the wrong side of history just to protect police officers and your politics. No amount of money in the world will make people forget that you allowed a cop to murder a 12 year old child who was not committing a crime. Do you really want to go to sleep at night knowing his blood is on your hands? Have some integrity and do what is just and morally correct for this HUMAN whose life was extinguished without just cause.

The country waits for your morally correct decision.

Regards,

Becky Murphy

The 7 minute surveillance video:

http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/local/cleveland/2014/11/26/tamir-rice-shooting-video-released/19530745/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/02/1348833/-Tamir-Rice-The-story-behind-the-execution-character-assassination-coverup-of-a-senseless-murder

Contact information:

Mayor Frank G Jackson

Cleveland City Hall

601 Lakeside Ave Room 122

Cleveland, OH 44114
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office

The Justice Centers, Courts Tower

1200 Ontario St, 9th Floor

Cleveland, OH 44113

Division of Police

Calvin D Williams

Chief of Police

1300 Ontario St

Cleveland, OH 44113

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

30 E Broad St, 14th Floor

Columbus, OH 43215

Governor John Kasich

Riffe Center, 30th Floor

77 South High Street

Columbus, OH 43215

Lt Governor Mary Taylor

Riffe Center, 30th Floor

77 South High Street

Columbus, OH 43215

I am White. And I am Angry.

In light of the three failed indictments for the police officers that killed John Crawford III, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, I decided to take my anger and write to several people who work for the city of Cleveland, OH. I’ve lived in NE Ohio since I was 4 years old. I call upon the city of Cleveland to do what is right. Below is the letter I sent to the Mayor, the city’s Law Director, Cuyahoga County’s Prosecutor, the Civilian Police Review Board, the Chief of Police, and all 17 members of the Cleveland City Council. Below my letter, I have listed the contact information of all the individuals I sent the letter too. I searched Cleveland’s city website for this information. You are able to email the city council members. Everyone else has one of those online forms to fill out, so I chose to put my Harvey Milk stamps to use other than mailing bills. Use your voice. Make Cleveland hear you. Demand justice. #BlackLivesMatter

The letter:

12/4/2014

I am white. And I am angry.

For two weeks now, the nation has heard two cops not get indicted for any crime in two cases where at the very LEAST, excessive force was used that could have resulted in at least involuntary manslaughter charges and for the police officers to lose their badges. In a previous case in Beaver Creek, OH the cops that shot down John Crawford, who was not committing any crime, also were not indicted. I’m writing to you today in hopes Cleveland will not repeat the mistakes of Beaver Creek, Ferguson, and New York City.

Timothy Loehmann needs to lose his badge. Timothy Loehmann needs to be indicted on criminal charges for murder. I have three internet links at the end of this letter, just to show you there is clear evidence to support the statement I’ve just made.

First of all, it’s extremely clear in the surveillance video Timothy exited the police car with his gun already drawn at Tamir and shots fired within seconds of that moment. There is no way possible he told Tamir to put his hands up three times in such a short amount of time. There is no way Tamir had enough time to process in his mind what was even happening at that moment before he was shot by Timothy’s gun. There is no way possible you can justify Timothy Loehmann’s actions in those moments. So let’s just go ahead right now and consider the story put out by the police before the video was released was just another cover up to protect police officers from being held accountable for their actions. Let’s just go ahead and bust out the honest truth of the matter since there are literally thousands of people across the country protesting the last two botched police cover ups and subsequent media victim blaming/shamings that made national headlines.

It is also clear now that Timothy Loehmann shouldn’t even be a police officer per what happened to him when he was a cop for the city of Independence. How is it that normal businesses can background check people, check their references, and verify employers from an application or resume, but cops moving from one city to another don’t seem to have to go through any kind of review before they’re hired? This makes zero sense to me.

The internet links below contain information you may already be aware of, but I want you to know, I am aware. Millions of people are now aware. There are many issues plaguing Cleveland for decades and the lack of care for black citizens as if they’re less than human appears to be yet another issue. Don’t be on the wrong side of history just to protect police officers and your politics. People are getting fed up and you WILL be held accountable for your decisions through the voting booths. No amount of money in the world will make people forget that you allowed a cop to murder a 12 year old child who was not committing a crime. Do you really want to go to sleep at night knowing his blood is on your hands? Have some integrity and do what is just and morally correct for this HUMAN whose life you extinguished without just cause.

The country waits.

Regards,

Becky Murphy

The 7 minute surveillance video:

http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/local/cleveland/2014/11/26/tamir-rice-shooting-video-released/19530745/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/02/1348833/-Tamir-Rice-The-story-behind-the-execution-character-assassination-coverup-of-a-senseless-murder

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/03/timothy-loehmann-unfit-for-police-service_n_6264992.html

Contact Information:

Mayor Frank G Jackson

Cleveland City Hall

601 Lakeside Ave Room 122

Cleveland, OH 44114

Dept of Law

Barbara A Langhenry, Director

Cleveland City Hall

601 Lakeside Ave Room 106

Cleveland, OH 44114
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office

The Justice Centers, Courts Tower

1200 Ontario St, 9th Floor

Cleveland, OH 44113

Office of Professional Standards

Civilian Police Review Board

205 West St Clair Ave

Cleveland, OH 44113

Division of Police

Calvin D Williams

Chief of Police

1300 Ontario St

Cleveland, OH 44113

Webpage of the City of Cleveland City Council Members and email addresses:

http://www.clevelandcitycouncil.org/council-directory.aspx

A Poor White Woman’s Perspective on Michael Brown and Ferguson, MO

I am here to tell you that cops are people. They read and watch the same news the rest of us read and watch. They hear and read the same media slams on poor people. We’re lazy. We all sell or do drugs. If we would have made better life choices, we wouldn’t be where we are. We’re unintelligent. Food Stamps are supposed to be a supplement to our income. If McDonald’s is the only job we could get, we shouldn’t expect to get living wages for a low skilled job.

And judging by the videos I’ve been watching lately of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, I get the feeling the calculated and purposeful put downs of poor people has been going on for at least decades or maybe even longer.

I have been a victim of being bullied by a cop. TWICE. In both incidents, I committed no crime. For fucks sakes, the only trouble I’ve ever been in was a detention in 11th grade for tardiness, a citation in an accident, and a speeding ticket. I am not anyone who is trying to hide illegal activity. But you better believe when the State Highway Patrol asked me where I was going, I told him it was none of his business. If I was black and said that, I know I would have been arrested, my car probably searched and a simple speeding ticket would have been blown up out of proportion because I gave the cop an “attitude”. The cops came and tested a shot spotter system at 10:30-11:00pm on a school night in our neighborhood last year by shooting bullets into a truck of sand and threatened residents with arrest for messing with official police business. I surveyed all residents in the area a few nights before I went to City Council and complained and only a handful on one particular street that is the one bright spot of middle classism were told they were about to conduct the test. The rest of us perceived by our housing to be poor weren’t told jack shit. So yes, as a person who has been poor for about 6 years now, I have directly observed how cops have a disdain for poor people in general.

However, if you think being poor and white is bad, it is NOTHING compared to being poor and black.

One night I called the cops because this black dude was yelling drunk in the street about “Just shoot me! Just shoot me! Fuck you, n****!” I had no idea what was going on, but obviously somebody ELSE had a gun. I knew it was out because somebody else was talking about not pointing the pistol at him. Even though he’s drunk, I’m fearing for his life. I don’t want somebody dying on the streets of my neighborhood. The cops come immediately since I mentioned a gun. The person who supposedly had a gun is white. Instead of the cops finding out who had a gun, they arrest the black guy. He was released within hours because he committed no crime. Even drunk, he knew exactly how to react to the cops to not get killed that night. When you live in inner city Canton, OH, you learn that shit.

When you are an intelligent poor person who is simply surviving a rough economy, you learn to observe everything. You see the world in a different light. No longer does everyone look at you with a respectful eye as a fellow upstanding citizen. And its even worse if you’re black. I’ve seen it in grocery stores, in my street, the way cops handle situations in this poor section of the city. And for all the opinions white people seem to have about Ferguson, MO and Michael Brown, all I know is that I see a place better than Canton, OH since they have a lower crime rate than us, and yet because they are 70% black with a poverty rate of over 20% now, those people face the discrimination of being black and poor every…..fucking….day…..of…..their…..lives.

Yes. Cops are people too. Its too bad their training does not include diffusing situations and psychology. Its too bad they don’t learn to treat all people as equals. Its too bad some of them get a hard on when they abuse their authority.

I understand this isn’t everyone’s experience or observation. I understand cops have a tough job. They are under high stress, the adrenal glands are always on high output… and quite frankly that’s not a healthy way to live.

But that does not excuse a teenager being shot 6 fucking times for jaywalking. Attitude or not – the cop escalated the situation. He is a person. An arm of authority. The way I see it, he didn’t like the attitude he was given. No, Darren Wilson did not start work that day intending to murder somebody. But he did. And all the messages he’s been given his whole life about poor people and black people played into his interaction with Michael Brown that day. Black people have known it their entire lives and for generations. Some poor white people are awake to what that means, but still not on the same level.

The protests are against a system that has been discriminating and bullying the people of color in that community for a very long time. Michael Brown was simply the straw that broke the camel’s back.

You may have heard that respect is a two way street. You have to give it to get it. Cops have been demanding respect from all citizens while they get to treat us however the fuck they please.

I think its about time that changes.

In communities that require cops to have cameras, police complaints have gone down by 88%.

It’s time for all cops to have cameras and its time for people to shut off their TVs and stop believing what the media says about black people and poor people. And if you can’t figure out what’s wrong with the media portrayal of the poor and minorities, then this blog will be lost on you. The propaganda machine is in full swing to keep us fighting amongst ourselves. Are you going to continue to defend the system? Or are you going to wake up and be a part of change?