The moment we are in, whether we are rising to meet it or not, is demanding a complete re-envisioning of the social contract in the United States — especially as it relates to low-income Black, Indigenous, and Brown communities. We can’t even have an honest conversation about what needs to happen, though, without a White conservative (from either party) shouting it down with one word: Socialism.
Do you want to make sure people have healthcare during a pandemic? Socialism! Do you want low-income people to have shelter? Socialism! Do you think humans should eat even if they are unable to…
51% of the population in the United States is comprised of women. 60% of those women are white. 55% of these white women voted for Trump. In other words, the majority of women in the United States are white women, and a majority of those women are white supremacists. And they have power.
A common buzzword amongst communities and individuals involved in attempting to analyze and address racial disparities is “bias.” It presumes a preference for one thing over another. The biased actors in these discussions are often protected by the linguistic blanket term “implicit.” This assumes that the biased…
The Mayor of Portland is currently in the position to put an end to the Trump Administration’s bid for the White House.
Trump’s use of Federal force against peaceful protesters in Portland and his plans to use similar force in places like Philadelphia and Chicago has garnered global attention not only for its brazenly aggressive advancement of authoritarian rule and martial law in the United States, but also for the Administration’s violation of Constitutional law.
Reparations isn’t just about slavery. It isn’t just about broken promises following the Civil War. It might be rooted in the need to repair the damages done by these atrocities, but that’s not where it ends. The damage done to Black Americans has been continuous and ongoing for centuries. And this damage not only needs to be ended, but it needs to be repaired.
The current debate over the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, or the 1994 Crime Bill as it is commonly referred to, might offer the opportunity for us to do this.
There is a law designed to prevent traitors that kill Americans and aid and abet our enemies from taking office. It was designed to keep Confederates out of office after the Civil War, but it can and should be invoked today. Immediately. You can find the Disqualification Clause under the 14th Amendment. It reads:
“No person shall…hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an…
It took 381 days, from December 5, 1955 to December 20, 1956, for the Montgomery Bus Boycotts to end segregation on busses in the United States. It began with Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat, and it ended with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that segregation was unconstitutional. But it took 381 days for our elders and predecessors to desegregate the transportation system.
We have less than five months to save the nation — and ourselves.
We have taken the first step. We have put our bodies in the streets and stood strong against retaliation from law enforcement…
In the era of COVID-19, Mother’s Day just might be one of the greatest hypocrisies of all.
The United States doesn’t celebrate motherhood and honor mothers. It punishes women for having children and puts their bodies on the frontlines of a pandemic.
One in six workers are women with children under the age of 18. That’s 25 million women in the workforce. 41% of these women are the sole or main earners in their families. And they make 69 cents for every dollar a man earns. But Happy Mother’s Day, right?
No. Especially if you aren’t a white mother.
Smallpox used to be a Black people disease. It was God’s punishment for undeserved freedom. It was Natural selection weeding out the genetically inferior. It was the disease of the filthy Black man that refused to keep himself clean. Smallpox was just for Black people. At least that’s what white people said.
Low estimates suggest that at least 60,000 freed men and women died of smallpox following the Civil War. Hospitals were overwhelmed, though, and Black lives were considered expendable. Physicians were unable to keep adequate records. Current research suggests the death toll was much higher.
White people, historically speaking, have been very comfortable building their economies on top of Black, Brown, and Indigenous bodies. This nation was born of genocide and slavery. It was raised on exploitation and exclusion. And in the face of death, Whiteness will feed Black, Brown, and Indigenous bodies to the beast long before it protects us as Brothers and Sisters from a common enemy.
And that is what’s happening now.
White people have figured out how to protect themselves from the Coronavirus — for the most part.
The saying goes, “You don’t have to be faster than the bear. You…
Donald Trump is a wartime President. And he has declared war on the American people.
Trump, his Administration, and the Senate Republicans want to do us harm. They enjoy it. It serves them. They want to dissolve our government, destroy our economy, and divide our society. They want to see our people in pain and impoverished. They want to capitalize on our weakest moments in order to do us greater harm.
That’s what enemies do.
The Trump Administration and his Senate Republicans will use the Coronavirus to drive this nation into the ground — if we don’t stop them. Just…
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