In case you’ve missed national news over the past two weeks, Marilyn J. Mosby is the recently elected State’s Attorney for Baltimore, Maryland. She is a shero, and a rather unlikely one. At just 35-years old, she is the youngest … Continue reading Why We Must Support Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby
It disturbs me that nearly two decades into the 21st century, so many of us believe that having a Black president, or thousands of Black elected officials, translates to actual Black political power. This article will briefly address that misunderstanding. Famous figures like Karl Marx, Michel Foucault, Ho Chi Minh, Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X theorized on about political power. Their thoughts are all a matter of public record via speeches, books and websites, which I encourage everyone to explore. I define as “The ability to meet objectives, secure goods, services, and support for one’s group/constituents, and to protect and … Continue reading Why We have a Black President, and Black Voter Participation, But No Political Power
As Black History Month approaches,we face the typical avalanche of Black firsts, Black trivia facts, and a roll-call of all-too-familiar heroes and sheroes. Based on where you are in knowledge of self, these things have their place. I already wrote … Continue reading Making Black History Month Relevant Part II
When word came that Chokwe Lumumba -the recently elected Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi – died of heart failure on February 25, 2014, most Black people hadn’t even heard of him. Those who were familiar with Lumumba, knew him as a … Continue reading Tribute to Chokwe Lumumba: The Brother You Never Heard Of
My distaste for national party politics and its relevance for Blacks in the United States is well-documented. I am skeptical of whether our votes in national elections translate to real advantages/gains for our community. Everything I learned about political power I learned by watching “The Godfather” I and II and studying Black grassroots activism throughout the last 5 decades. If I support any politics at all, it is the grassroots version (organizing our community, building independent institutions, radical journalism, protest movements) and local politics like those of the late, great Chokwe Lumumba in Jackson, Mississippi. For the most part, I believe national elections are … Continue reading Black Empowerment Series: How To Evaluate a Presidential Candidate in 5 Steps
Greetings all! In light of the Nelson Mandela’s recent death, and the typical revisionist media surrounding revolutionary leaders upon their demise, I wanted to write an article reminding us of Mandela’s true politics. I noticed that nearly all media personalities and outlets highlight Mandela’s “willingness and ability to overcome bitterness and reconcile with his former oppressors.” While this is true, the overwhelming focus on this one aspect of his leadership serves to obscure his revolutionary politics of resistance to the former rulers of South Africa and his longstanding relationship with nations/leaders deemed enemies of the state by the American government. … Continue reading A Word About Mandela’s True Politics
Peace and blessings, dear readers. I come to you today with a very serious question for you to ponder. Our understanding of this question and our collective answer to it, will have major ramifications for our liberation/civil rights/Black Power agenda going forward. Our answer to this question and our implementation of those answers, will partly determine the future of our people. Quite simply, the question is, “What is the prize?” To provide some historical context and perspective, our enslaved ancestors might have seen the prize as the ending of enslavement in America. But they inevitably saw the limitations of this … Continue reading I Ask Black People: What is the Prize?
So I heard the President’s press conference remarks regarding Trayvon Martin’s murder and the Zimmerman verdict. I’ve also reviewed various people’s remarks to Obama’s latest statement on the incident. Some are relieved to hear the President speak more deeply to the issues of race, racial injustice, the unfair treatment Black men receive in this society and how the legacy of anti-black violence and oppression have colored the way Black people view the criminal justice system. Others were impressed with the President’s sober and personal statements including his recognition of how Blacks continue to be mistreated and mischaracterized. Finally, there was … Continue reading Why the President Changed His Tune
Earlier today I posted the following quote on my Facebook page, which was generally well-received: The construct of “race” was specifically created by the minority white elite for the purposes of justifying their false notions of having superior intellect, ethics, and abilities. It was also used to keep poor Blacks and whites fighting among each other and allowing the elite whites to maintain their power and wealth, unscathed. That this strategy has been overwhelmingly effective is perhaps best illustrated by the alarmingly uncritical support AND rejection the American public shows for president Obama despite his actual record. Therefore, many whites … Continue reading What The President Can Do….
As if the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial was not insulting and hurtful enough, President Obama, one day after the verdict, gave the following official statement: ___________________________________________________________________ The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from … Continue reading Regarding Obama’s Statement on the Zimmerman Verdict