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When People Say, 'But What About The Riots?' Just Show Them This

This metaphor might be the one thing that makes talking about Ferguson not horrible. It's not anti-police or pro-riot. It's a super-interesting walk through how unrest has brought change in the world. Cameos from MLK's and President Snow's thoughts on rioters. Who do you think you'll agree with?



WAIT. Is she saying the rioters are doing something good!??!

Nah.


Understanding the place of riots in history is *not* an endorsement! She's just saying that nonviolent political actions have had big impacts throughout history. But so have *less polite" forms of protests. Like these:

If Martin Luther King Jr. could empathize with rioters, why can't everyone else?


Encouraging nonviolent methods of protests is still important. MLK understood riots, but the man didn't really like 'em!

"The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility."
-Martin Luther King Jr.

OUCH.

Still, don't allow yourself to be baited into letting the actions of a few bad actors distract from the true purpose of the recent uprising: #BlackLivesMatter.

Laci Green here is using "The Hunger Games" to keep us ALL from being tricked by the narrative of the mass media.

"They're all radical troublemakers!"
— Bad guys from "The Hunger Games" OR most 24-hour news in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury announcement

It's a real problem.

News outlets have been painting a picture of chaos despite the fact that the vast majority of the protests and protesters have been peaceful.

The protesters just want all people to acknowledge this so that as a society we can work to change it.

And may the odds be ever in their favor. RIP Mike Brown.

Hold on, Frankie! Mama's coming!

How do you explain motherhood in a nutshell? Thanks to Cait Oakley, who stopped a preying bald eagle from capturing her pet goose as she breastfed her daughter, we have it summed up in one gloriously hilarious TikTok.

The now viral video shows the family’s pet goose, Frankie, frantically squawking as it gets dragged off the porch by a bald eagle—likely another mom taking care of her own kiddos.

Wearing nothing but her husband’s boxers while holding on to her newborn, Willow, Oakley dashes out of the house and successfully comes to Frankie's rescue while yelling “hey, hey hey!”

The video’s caption revealed that the Oakleys had already lost three chickens due to hungry birds of prey, so nothing was going to stop “Mama bear” from protecting “sweet Frankie.” Not even a breastfeeding session.

Oakley told TODAY Parents, “It was just a split second reaction ...There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point.” Sometimes being a mom means feeding your child and saving your pet all at the same time.

As for how she feels about running around topless in her underwear on camera, Oakley declared, “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘whatever, I’m feeding my baby.’”

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10/10. The Mayyas dance.

We can almost always expect to see amazing acts and rare skills on “America’s Got Talent.” But sometimes, we get even more than that.

The Mayyas, a Lebanese women’s dance troupe whose name means “proud walk of a lioness,” delivered a performance so mesmerizing that judge Simon Cowell called it the “best dance act” the show has ever seen, winning them an almost instant golden buzzer.

Perhaps this victory comes as no surprise, considering that the Mayyas had previously won “Arab’s Got Talent” in 2019 and competed on “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.” But truly, it’s what motivates them to take to the stage that’s remarkable.

“Lebanon is a very beautiful country, but we live a daily struggle," one of the dancers said to the judges just moments before their audition. Another explained, “being a dancer as a female Arab is not fully supported yet.”

Nadim Cherfan, the team’s choreographer, added that “Lebanon is not considered a place where you can build a career out of dancing, so it’s really hard, and harder for women.”

Still, Cherfan shared that it was a previous “AGT” star who inspired the Mayyas to defy the odds and audition anyway. Nightbirde, a breakout singer who also earned a golden buzzer before tragically passing away in February 2021 due to cancer, had told the audience, “You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” The dance team took the advice to heart.

For the Mayyas, coming onto the “AGT” stage became more than an audition opportunity. Getting emotional, one of the dancers declared that it was “our only chance to prove to the world what Arab women can do, the art we can create, the fights we fight.”

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