Tag: race

A Piece of Fiction

I am not only working on the blog right now; I am also working on a collection of speculative short stories called Narratives. These narratives are futuristic slave stories that reveal what happened to the black people sold by America to China in exchange for China's US Treasuries in 2081. Right now, I have eight plans … Continue reading A Piece of Fiction

I Almost Got Kicked Out of Macedonia Cinemark Taking Notes on This Movie, so, However Many Weeks Later, This is What I Thought About While Watching ‘Hidden Figures’

I live in a house located at the intersection of American Citizenship Avenue right before it turns into Black Woman Boulevard, where it crosses Motherhood Mount, right before it turns into Writers Way. It's an exhausting place to live sometimes. American is a ridiculously busy street where the traffic moves at an excruciatingly slow pace, and the … Continue reading I Almost Got Kicked Out of Macedonia Cinemark Taking Notes on This Movie, so, However Many Weeks Later, This is What I Thought About While Watching ‘Hidden Figures’

Fathers, Fairy Tales, and Lies: Why We Can & Should Hold Black Male Celebrities Accountable for Their Crimes

I wrote this back in May of last year, but all the Bishop Eddie Long apologists I'm reading on Facebook brought it back to my mind and renewed its relevancy, at least to my thinking. I will say the same thing here that I said on Facebook about some people's refusal to be silent about … Continue reading Fathers, Fairy Tales, and Lies: Why We Can & Should Hold Black Male Celebrities Accountable for Their Crimes

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

An Attitude About Gratitude: On Colin Kaepernick, Paul Finebaum, & What Black People Do Not Owe America

ESPN commentator Paul Finebaum has his panties in a bunch about what he perceives as Colin Kaepernick's "attitude" toward America and the NFL. He actually said the following during a panel discussion of Kaep's refusal to stand during the playing of the National Anthem at games, in protest of police brutality against black people in … Continue reading An Attitude About Gratitude: On Colin Kaepernick, Paul Finebaum, & What Black People Do Not Owe America

Do They or Don’t They?: On Black Lives, Fruitless Sacrifices, and What It Really Means to Be a Warrior

No. No. No. No. No. No. I will not. That is all I could think when I finished reading the article on Feministing.com about Korryn Gaines. No. In the article, Jacqui German writes: She loved her son enough to teach him not to be afraid, to know the truth of American anti-Black violence and stand … Continue reading Do They or Don’t They?: On Black Lives, Fruitless Sacrifices, and What It Really Means to Be a Warrior