Dear friends, Last week the New York State Board of Parole granted Herman Bell release. Since the Board’s decision, there has been significant backlash from the Police Benevolent Association, other unions, Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo. They are demanding that Herman be held indefinitely, the Parole Commissioners who voted for his release be fired, … Continue reading You can help free Herman Bell!
Sometimes, during my daily forays into Twitter and Instagram and Facebook, I wonder why people get angry at certain things and not at others. Obviously, emotional triggers depend on a range of factors. Personally, my blood tends to boil much faster if I am hungry, tired, or upset. The objects of my anger also tend … Continue reading This White Person Says: Please Stop Saying “Not all White people”
In the current climate, where people liken Black Lives Matter to the KKK, the truth becomes difficult to parse. The glamor of hyperbole and exaggeration takes the place of nuanced discussion and complexity. One of the most prevalent indications of this flight from complexity is the idea that you must pick one ideological side and … Continue reading Standing With Black Lives Matter Does Not Mean Standing Against Cops
These days, it doesn't take much to encounter evidence of the fact that we in the West are living in a White supremacist's world. Take this snippet of conversation from a right-wing extremist on 4chan. The screenshot below appeared on the Black Revolution's Twitter timeline: It says: "Don't get trapped in an echo chamber where … Continue reading The Machinations of White Supremacy
Underground, a fictional television series based on Harriet Tubman and the famous railroad resistance, was recently cancelled. Despite the star power of actress Jurnee Smollett and executive producer John Legend, both vocal activists against injustice in various ways, the show only enjoyed two seasons. Whether it was a question of lack of ratings or opposition … Continue reading Are We Sick Of Slavery On Screen?
I wear the color of my skin like armor. Like a knight caught in constant battle, I fight not only for my individualism, but for recognition as a human being every day. People all over the world say that they are tired of hearing about the struggles of black people; they’re tired of hearing about … Continue reading To be black in South Africa
A thief walks into a bank. He goes up to the teller, hands her a piece of paper on which he’s scrawled “I have a gun, give me your cash.” The teller immediately gives him approximately $3000USD in cash. The thief then strolls over to a seat in the lobby and engages the security guard … Continue reading Guy robs bank…Guess what happens next
Part 1 - For White People Part 2 - For Black People (coming soon!) (Yes you can read both. This ain’t apartheid South Africa. ) PART 1 While waiting for the train in the small town of Sete, Southern France, I broke into song, as I tend to do sometimes. “I see you driving … Continue reading The Nuances of the N word
The rise of the Alt-Right represents a unique dilemma in the fight against racism and global inequality. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Alternative Right is “a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that white identity is under attack by multicultural forces using “political correctness” and “social justice” … Continue reading The Alt-Right is NOT Alright
“God forgives murder and he forgives adultery, but he is very angry and he actually curses all who do integrate.” Uttered by a representative of the well-meaning white women of the post-racial 1950’s America concerning the abomination of desegregation. I am Not Your Negro, directed by Raoul Peck, narrated by Samuel Jackson, combines such salient … Continue reading The Story of America through James Baldwin’s eyes