America 101: The Cabinet

All the big-name news sources are talking back-and-forth this week about Trump's cabinet picks as he prepares to take office in a little more than ten days. In what has become typical Trump fashion, he has done completely away with the customary practices of all his Presidential predecessors and waited until the absolute last minute … Continue reading America 101: The Cabinet

Daily Prompt: Cling

via Daily Prompt: Cling So my favorite Internet provocateur, Jill Is Black, has this really smart video about "the revolution" in which she skewers those black people that imagine themselves in be in the cultural vanguard for using respectability politics--which are really just a set of behavioral expectations black people have compiled based on how … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Cling

America 101: Democracy

  I'm starting my first special series of posts on this blog--dedicated to the inauguration of Donald Trump (what a surreal phrase to have to type)--with the supposed foundational concept of our government, and that it is a democracy. Isn't that the primary civics lesson we all receive in grade school? That America is the … Continue reading America 101: Democracy

Maybe We Do Need White History Month or Millennials Don’t Know Shit About Slavery or Picking Appropriate Essay Topics or Being a Black English Adjunct Sucks Sometimes–Merry Christmas

So, I have to go with the salutation that one of my favorite IG personalities, Jill Is Black, often uses in the opening of her videos-- Dear White People-- And then I have to say something touchy, that I almost regret, but not quite because it's necessary-- Please get your kids. If you are a … Continue reading Maybe We Do Need White History Month or Millennials Don’t Know Shit About Slavery or Picking Appropriate Essay Topics or Being a Black English Adjunct Sucks Sometimes–Merry Christmas

Daily Prompt: Maddening

via Daily Prompt: Maddening In his elegy to Barack Obama's beatific presidency, "My President Was Black," Ta-Nehisi Coates talks deeply and broadly about the President's "innate optimism and unwavering faith in the ultimate wisdom of the American people." These sentiments, he says, are undoubtedly what allowed Obama to go from the Illinois State Senate to the … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Maddening

Daily Prompt: Flee

via Daily Prompt: Flee Sometimes, I really do seriously think about leaving this place. America, that is. I look around at the mess that we have all collectively made of it, and I wonder if it can ever be improved upon in any real and permanent way. Sometimes, I think that it can't. But where … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Flee

It’s Not Them; It’s Us: On Martin, Malcolm, Then, and Now

The last post I wrote for the blog, on Van Jones, got more traffic than any post I've ever written previously. In two days, over 30,000 people viewed it, and a few dozen people even commented, which has also never happened before. I read every single comment. I felt honored that people had taken the … Continue reading It’s Not Them; It’s Us: On Martin, Malcolm, Then, and Now

Love Deez Nutz, or Why Van Jones Is Wrong and Maybe Even a Bit of a Bullshitting Magical Negro, or Happy Friday from My Corner of Trump’s America–Whatever You Like–I’m Tired

One of the reasons that I dislike the way that black people deify Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is that it makes a lot of us adopt a passive way of dealing with racism and racist white people that is really fucking unproductive. MLK was a Christian minister. He advocated for nonviolent protest and civil disobedience … Continue reading Love Deez Nutz, or Why Van Jones Is Wrong and Maybe Even a Bit of a Bullshitting Magical Negro, or Happy Friday from My Corner of Trump’s America–Whatever You Like–I’m Tired

Daily Prompt: Anticipation

via Daily Prompt: Anticipation I didn't always know that black people had such a fraught relationship to the United States. When I was really little, it was simply my home country. A place to which I was proud to belong. I never questioned that belonging, either. I learned--like most Gen-Xers--the Pledge of Allegiance before I … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Anticipation

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Me & My Indoctrination: On Trump’s Election

I have been trying to write a response to Trump's election, over the last few days, that is an actual reflection of what I think. I've sat down at my computer at least three different times, typed for at least an hour each time, and come back each time and deleted what I wrote because … Continue reading Me & My Indoctrination: On Trump’s Election