Sikivu Hutchinson: While Jonestown as cultural “artifact” is perversely sexy—the object of near necrophilic projection and fantasy—Peoples Temple is a historical stepchild; its legacy an unwelcome reflection of the race, gender and class divide in “New Jim Crow” America.
Sikivu Hutchinson: The criminal justice system, the police, and ordinary white citizens have played in preserving the purity of white womanhood by both promoting the image of the insatiable black rapist and the out of control, hypersexual black “bitch.”
Sikivu Hutchinson: These days, unarmed black children rank higher than mass murderers with semi-automatic weapons as public enemy number one on American school campuses.
Sikivu Hutchinson: As the economic climate worsens for communities of color, generalized white feminist shibboleths on women’s rights won’t cut it for women of color.
im Davis. Ben Carson. Donald Trump. The GOP clown car. The Planned Parenthood attacks. The Pope’s misogynistic anti-abortion “forgiveness” gesture. After a brief holding pattern, the resurgence of aggressive Christian fascist dogma and moral policing of women’s bodies is back on the rise. The GOP’s full-throated embrace of its reactionary standard bearers—God, gays, guns and […]
Sikivu Hutchinson: Trump’s tirades on anchor babies and repealing the 14th amendment’s birthright citizenship clause have the GOP presidential campaign clown car in overdrive. As the rest of the field scrambles to double down on its racist appeal to red meat Middle America all people of color are targeted by this rhetoric of criminalization.
Sikivu Hutchinson: While early reviews have lauded the “prescience” of the group’s fierce critique of anti-black state violence and criminalization—epitomized by its de facto theme song “F– Tha Police”—they fail to highlight how the group’s multi-million dollar empire was built on black women’s backs.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Getting behind the wheel, Bland had three strikes against her. She was black, female and fearless, a combination that is antithetical to white-centered narratives of driving and freedom in the U.S.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Here’s one more reason to rally against the candidacy of rabid Christian fundamentalist, college dropout and newly declared GOP presidential hopeful Governor Scott Walker—Wisconsin boasts the highest rates of suspension and incarceration for African Americans in the country.
Sikivu Hutchinson: While black folk are the most religiously devout group in the nation, “God”, it seems, has never had to answer, nor be called to account nor be indicted for black suffering.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Although many commentators have drawn parallels between former Spokane NAACP head Rachel Dolezal’s passing-in-reverse minstrelsy and white pop culture icons, the historical example of Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple church is more germane.
Sikivu Hutchinson: The videotaped assault and sexual harassment of 15-year-old Dajerria Becton by a rampaging white police officer after a pool party in McKinney, Texas makes it clear that it continues to be open season on black women and girls.
Sikivu Hutchinson: When white women and women of color continue to receive a barrage of social messages and cues that they are not fit to be scientists, tech specialists, and engineers, their tendency to “choose” non-STEM disciplines and careers becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.