Irene Monroe: Sikivu Hutchinson’s novel White NIghts, Black Paradise disturbingly shows the complexity of a repackaged and unexamined black religious idealism espoused from the mouth of a white megalomaniacal messiah alongside the harsh reality of a supposed utopia.
Abre’ Conner and Novella Coleman: ACLU lawyers are used to taking on injustice and speaking out on behalf of our clients. This time the discrimination happened to us.
David A. Love: One in three Black males and one in six Latino males can expect to go to prison in their lifetime – and we know this was no accident. War on Drugs Targeted Blacks
Frank Fear: The reality is that college attendance hasn’t translated into high levels of academic attainment for Blacks who play revenue-generating sports at major US universities. NCAA Discrimination
ince Chicago activists forced cancellation of a Donald Trump rally on the University of Illinois, Chicago campus, pundits have been questioning the strategic savvy and fairness of such action. I wrote The Activist’s Handbook and other books assessing social change strategies. I am struck by the importance of the protests and the wrongness of the pundits’ […]
Jeremy Adam Smith: Donald Trump is giving voice to a tribe of white people who felt unheard. Now that he’s helped them find their voice, I don’t think they’ll fall silent once he’s been defeated. If he is defeated.
Steve Hochstadt: Today’s oldest Americans lived through a time when blacks here were treated like the Nazis treated Jews. Long after the world recognized the deadly consequences of racial discrimination and hatred in the wake of the Holocaust, America’s laws and institutions continued to brutalize black citizens.
David Love: Malcolm X believed the black struggle for civil rights must be expanded to the level of human rights, a message which the Black Lives Matter movement should incorporate into the current public discussion on race in order to move it forward. Malcolm X Black Lives Matter
David Love: One Tennessee sheriff even blamed Beyoncé for a shooting outside his home and the deaths of seven law enforcers. Cops Afraid of Beyonce
David A. Love: Kanye—who recently dropped his new album The Life of Pablo, asked Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg for a $1 billion investment to help with his financial issues. The prolific tweeter claimed he is $53 million in debt.
Vijay Prashad: Sanders borrows the vocabulary of the Occupy Movement, pointing fingers at the 1 per cent and its domination of the economy and polity through a corrupt campaign finance system and tax code. Bernie and Occupy
Janaya Khan: What happened in the treatment of Beyonce and Kendrick is a microcosm of how Black women are treated in the movement as a whole. Critiquing and coming for Black women under the pretense of ‘holding her accountable’ or ‘checking her’ is framed as necessary, but when it is a Black man being critiqued, or gender dynamics being challenged, it is being divisive. Dissing the Sisters
Arica L. Coleman: We who are on the front lines of black activism must not ignore the psychological consequences of activism and seek ways to buffer ourselves from the trauma resulting from society’s continuous denigration and dehumanization as we engage in the never ending struggle of social activism.