When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong: Militant Speech in the Age of “Domestic Terrorism”

Two events in 2015 should attract the attention of Black social justice and anti-racist organizers/activists throughout the United States. Both involve Black women who used social media platforms to express their militant anger with rampant police brutality. Both ended with … Continue reading When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong: Militant Speech in the Age of “Domestic Terrorism”

In Memory of Brother Malcolm X on His 90th Birthday

Today – May 19, 2015 – marks what might have been brother Malcolm’s 90th birthday. That possibility ended when assassins comprised of misled Black folk and U.S. government intelligence/law enforcement agencies, killed brother Malcolm on February 21, 1965. Malcolm X was … Continue reading In Memory of Brother Malcolm X on His 90th Birthday

Black Suffering and White Reassurance

As I mentioned in my previous article, Black people currently live in perilous times. Statistics detailing unemployment, education, mass imprisonment, police brutality, mental and physical health, and poverty all bear witness to this fact. As if these societal issues weren’t enough to contend with, some members of our own community take curious positions that enable our oppressors to continue their mischief in good conscience. For example, I’ve heard the following comments from some Black folk concerning police brutality: “Some Black police officers participate in police brutality and some whites are attacked by police, so police brutality is race-neutral (not based … Continue reading Black Suffering and White Reassurance