Jamala Rogers: There’s only one thing worse than a fat-ass empowered black woman. That’s a fat-ass empowered black woman who’s got public reins in her hands.
Sharon Kyle: Aspiring to achieve solidarity takes you on a path beyond tokenism. It involves an investment in relationship building.
Steve Hochstadt: Today hope means believing that we will soon stop going backwards, that this moment is just a hesitation on the journey toward the unity we seek. Sometimes hope makes way for despair about how things might get worse.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Our children across America are being humiliated and punished because of racist rules and policies that discriminate against their hair texture and natural hairstyles.
Wim Laven: The annual tradition of sharing favorite MLK quotes, which enters into full swing during the celebration of his birthday, is so fashionable that everyone but the most extreme racists will participate, and even many of them will too.
Buck Down: It’s possible no single person in American history posed a greater existential threat to every pillar of white supremacist orthodoxy than Barack Hussein Obama, and that’s when they realized it was time to up their game.
Leslie D. Gregory and Tom H. Hastings: For the first time in years, the numbers of uninsured Americans are again on the rise under Trump’s regime, up more than seven million Americans without health insurance last year.
Melina Abdullah: By having a presence in spaces of White affluence, Black Lives Matter intends to compel those who have bought their way out of state violence, through White privilege and wealth, to face the pain and horror of the system that has been built to protect their status.
Rebecca Gordon: The roots of much of the turmoil in the current Republican Party are, however, centuries old. They go back, in fact, to the twin crimes that have helped shape this country from its very beginning: slavery and imperial expansion.
Berry Craig: Kentucky is more 87 percent white; so is our county. I wish I could see evidence hereabouts that many white folks who voted for Trump are abandoning their Great White Hope. I can’t.
Irene Monroe: We are a country that doesn’t want to confront race. Halloween, an activity that’s masked with tricks and treats and playful mischief, ironically unmasks the face of America’s troubled history with race.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Inglewood (once dubbed Ingle-Watts and now on the precipice of two new multi-billion dollar stadium developments that community activists have pushed back on), has become the new “jam” of Becky and Biff with 2.5 kids and a $500k starter home loan to burn on planting white picket fences in the hood.
Berry Craig: While Trump brags on his bromance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he’s called American Jews ignorant and traitors.