Tag Archives: African-American

We can’t just remove icons of Confederate glorification — we must add representations of Black empowerment, too

Hey, look, I know I post a lot, especially lately. But this essay is ESSENTIAL READING. Save it for later if you must. But please, please read it! There is so much to chew on here! This piece offers a … Continue reading

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Slavery, in all its context and shame, should be taught in U.S. schools

I will 100% support slavery education on par with Holocaust education. Empathy building for everyone! The Nazis’ attempt to eradicate Jews, queers, the disabled, nonconformists and ethnic minorities is one of Europe’s great sins … generational chattel slavery is certainly … Continue reading

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A war criminal in the civil rights struggle escapes justice — and we learn this on Holocaust Remembrance Day?!

White supremacy is pure evil. It is toxic and poisons us all. The Emmett Till murder has long been a prime example. First there was the miscarriage of justice in his murderers’ trial. Then later, they confessed their guilt, and … Continue reading

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Saying “hi” while black

Witness! This 15-minute video (embedded in article that sums up encounter) is very uncomfortable to sit through, but must be viewed especially by those of us who don’t experience routine racist abuse of police power. No violence (this time) — just disrespectful, … Continue reading

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Being an ally means denouncing “our” dangerous people, not just “theirs”

Social media threats by a white supremacist non-student result in one arrest, great. What about the assholes riding around in pickup trucks last night shouting “White Power!” like the newfangled KKK? Oh and here’s another roundup of this shit. But … Continue reading

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Alabama demonstrates inherent injustice of “voter ID” laws — first requiring driver licenses, then closing DMV offices in key black-majority counties

Alabama just decided to close 31 DMV satellite offices. Nobody will miss the DMV, amirite? Wrong! Last year, Alabama also decided that a driver’s license or a “special ID” (list included here) is required for all voters. And what demographic … Continue reading

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Black students’ lives matter!! Being a teenager is not a crime!

Lots of horrible news coming at me about school/campus violence today. On the one hand, increasing mass shootings make military-style defense sound sensible. Maybe. (I’m waiting for more details out of Oregon before I comment.) On the other hand, Birmingham … Continue reading

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