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What is The Ferguson Moment?

We call on artists across the nation to share their responses to the oppression, violence, and resistance to racially motivated police brutality

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Marcia Chatelain, an assistant professor in the Department of History, created the #FergusonSyllabus in response to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

BLXPLTN futurepunk

Shared from: Alexander Billet March 14 at 1:17pm on Ferguson Moment Facebook group

"This group is pretty damned brilliant in my opinion. Both for their words and their music" Alexander Billet


BLXPLTN are probably one of the best and most original bands to come out of the large, diverse-yet-disparate Afropunk milieu over the past year. Not quite punk rock, not quite industrial, not quite IDM, the band label themselves "futurepunk." This is both fitting and of obvious interest for anyone tiring of art and politics that use retreads of the past as a rote blueprint. While I certainly wouldn't call BLXPLTN's music utopian, their sound and outlook see utopia's mirror opposite, dystopia, not as some warning but something very much already in existence in the here and now. That's a subtle difference from the way in which popular culture tends to treat the subject of dystopia, but a fairly powerful one if you ask me. Add the lyrics to that equation (a fairly blunt tying together of the racism faced by Muslims and Arabs and that faced by Black people) and there's a real sense of an intersectional attempt to grapple with the notion that there can and must be something beyond the repressive impasse of "post-racialism."

"There is a tangible shift when one realizes he or she is not alone. For us, stories of police brutality, institutional injustice and inherent racism aren't just something to glance over in the news feed; this is every day of our lives. The boot that pushes down on your back is the same boot that pushes down on ours. The only hope we have is in standing together against an unjust, inequitable system. Perhaps that's why the music of rebellion touches us in a different way. The dismantling and reimagining of these systems takes bodies. Bodies organizing, bodies marching, bodies put in harm's way. This frenzy of protest parallels the organized chaos of a punk show. The black body is a beautiful thing, yet it is feared rather than revered. To that end, can we say the same for black music?"

Read More Here: http://www.redwedgemagazine.com/atonal-notes/new-track-and-new-words-from-blxpltn

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ferguson to Madison: the Arc Completed

Shared by Angela Kariotis on The Ferguson Moment Group

"How we talk and write about events like these matters."

Ferguson to Madison: the Arc Completed

Tony Robinson was murdered. But some people, almost all of them white, have complained about using that word, “murder.” It is the appropriate word if you believe that Tony Robinson did not deserve to die. It is appropriate if you allow that black people are human beings. It is appropriate insomuch as the killing of an unarmed person is immoral even when perpetrated by state power. To withhold applying the term murder in this case is a significant step towards justifying the killing.

Source: http://www.madmutualdrift.org/2015/03/ferguson-to-madison-the-arc-completed.html#sthash.R9Fs3II8.dpuf