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”

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

Preparing for Black Survival in a Time of Peril

“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Two Towers” _________________________________________ Many moons ago – during my first two years as an undergraduate student at Syracuse University, I found myself in a dilemma. After stumbling around unfulfilled in the university’s famed school of public communications, I searched feverishly for a major and academic discipline that was a good fit for me. I wasn’t seeking status, material wealth, or to accumulate innumerable gadgets or trinkets. I simply wanted to … Continue reading Preparing for Black Survival in a Time of Peril

Who are the Real Thugs in Baltimore?

The brutal beating of 25-year old Freddie Gray by Baltimore police on April 12th, and his subsequent death from spinal injuries on April 19th, has created a whirlwind of discussion, protest, and rebellion in the port city known for it delicious seafood and sports franchises. Sadly, Gray’s death is the most recent in a decades’-long line of Black murder by the hands of racist police. In fact, such treatment has occurred for centuries, if we include the horrors of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, enslavement of our ancestors, brutal treatment by organized Southern slave patrols, and lynching by racist white vigilante groups like the … Continue reading Who are the Real Thugs in Baltimore?

Calling the Black Church: Take a Stand Against Police Brutality!

My appreciation for the Black church is well-documented, as are my critiques. Among other things, sound scholarship requires a balanced and nuanced approach, the ability and willingness to appreciate one side of a debate even while taking a valid opposing position. Discussing the … Continue reading Calling the Black Church: Take a Stand Against Police Brutality!

Lessons From the Ferguson Decision and Repeated Police Brutality

As Thanksgiving approaches in three days, it would be sacrilegious for me to suggest that Black people in the U.S. have little for which we are thankful. Yet, when it comes to our experience under racist and irresponsible policing in our communities, this sentiment is valid. This is one of those posts that really disturbs me. It disturbs me to write this post simply because I shouldn’t have to write it. It disturbs me that many fellow Black people will call me a “fanatic” or “irresponsible militant” for drawing conclusions and making suggestions that are logical,  effective, and drawn from a … Continue reading Lessons From the Ferguson Decision and Repeated Police Brutality

Racist Police Brutality Part I: History of The American Police State

[Because I want to give important elements of this issue the attention they deserve, this will be a two-part series on racist police brutality in the United States. This article will address the history, role and sociopolitical function of American police as they relate to Black people. The second article will explore traditional methods we’ve used to confront police brutality, and offer new or alternative  ideas. ] With the escalation and reemergence of racist police brutality in the United States, the media, civil rights groups, and concerned Black citizens find themselves discussing and organizing to confront the American terrorist police state. … Continue reading Racist Police Brutality Part I: History of The American Police State