Actor and director LeVar Burton explained Monday on CNN that he follows a particular procedure every time he is stopped by police to avoid a potentially deadly confrontation. He removes his hat and sunglasses, rolls down his window, and puts out his hands to show he is not armed.
“I do that because I live in America,” Burton added.
He’s not exactly known for bad behavior, but even the former host of the children’s show Reading Rainbow, and Star Trek the Next Generation actor, fears he will be mistreated by police because of his skin color.
And this guy has been rich for 30 years.
Let that sink in.
#yoda #death #starwars
I'M WAKING UP: Tumblr makes you an easy target to harass without offering any legitimate form of protection.
For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, Tumblr just added a feature that allows people who don’t follow you to access your entire blog from their dash.
For years, Tumblr has never once been able to implement a logical, decent block feature. People you block can still reblog you, as well as follow you from blogs under the same email. On top of that, you won’t see their notes on your blog, meaning that you won’t even be notified of the things they’re doing that Tumblr allows under their terrible “ignore feature”, a term I do use so very lightly. Harassed users have been trying to keep track of those that follow them by using IP addresses and blanking their blogs, which has never worked for mobile users, but was at least some form of protection to the many, and largely non-white, queer groups of people here on Tumblr who are harassed by people for pure amusement.
This new feature undoes everything blanking your blog and tracking IP addresses can do. Not only does any IP blocking or tracking feature now rendered completely useless, people who you have blocked can now check your blog as much as they want without needing to go through the hassle of making a new blog just to harass. They can follow your every word from the comfort of their normal blogs and there is nothing you can do to stop them. Normally, blocking would at least prevent people from making a blog just to follow you. No more of even that mediocre, base protection!
Tell Tumblr that this is an awful feature that they should eliminate immediately. Tell Tumblr that people here are getting rape and death threats, tell Tumblr that making it easier for stalking and harassing, without showing a single sign of a decent, worthwhile block feature, is the exact opposite of what they should be doing.
EMAIL TUMBLR NOW, AND TELL THEM THAT WE WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS.
You can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell them that we will be glad for them to bring this feature back…when their blocking works!