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

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

With Her or Against Ourselves

It pains me to have to say this, but I have to say it because I believe it, top to bottom. The fallout from this "hot mic" Trump scandal isn't going to lead him to drop out of the Presidential race. It won't lose him a significant number of male voters, and it won't stop him … Continue reading With Her or Against Ourselves

You Have Nothing to Fear But Yourselves: A Retort to the GOP

Three days ago, at the end of the agonizing political shit show that was the 2016 RNC, Connie Schultz posted a really insightful analysis of the convention titled "RNC Message: Be Very Afraid." The gist of the convention, and Trump's platform, are captured plainly and rather perfectly in the following lines from the article: The Republican … Continue reading You Have Nothing to Fear But Yourselves: A Retort to the GOP

The Lesser of Two (D)Evils

There is a saying: "Better the devil you know . . ." It's an old saying, and older people tend to say it. "Better the devil you know" than some unbeknownst evil. Younger people, when they hear older people say this--when they're issued this warning--hear complacency, not caution. "Why any devil?" they demand to know. "Why can't we hold … Continue reading The Lesser of Two (D)Evils