1. Justify or police our rage. We have the right to feel and express our rage in a manner we deem appropriate. My only ask is that Black folk aren’t harmed by other Black folk. 2. Apologize for our trauma or...
For the past year, folks have been out in the streets protesting the lawlessness of this country’s police forces. Since the Black Lives Matter Movement started, every unarmed Black person killed by a cop has had their name turned...
After the racist executions of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, many white people are reaching out to Black folk asking us what it is they need to do. These sentiments are not sincere; a quick Google search will tell...
To be a woman who loves hip hop at times is to be in love with your abuser. Because the music was and is that. And yet the culture is ours. — Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) August 16, 2015 Robert Kelly is...

Uncle Don Gotta Go

Last night, CNN anchor Don Lemon — in his latest anti-Black stunt — justified the racist and violent actions of Sr. Deputy Ben Fields, the officer seen on camera assaulting a Black female-bodied student at Spring Valley High School...
Who is the real Jesus? In Jesus and the Disinherited, Howard Thurman opens with a discussion he’s having with the principal of the University of Colombo about Jesus’s identity. The Hindu principal accuses Thurman of being a traitor to...
Respectability will not save us … No matter how much we wish it would. So now that James Blake, a Harvard grad and former tennis superstar en route to the U.S. Open, was violently tackled to the ground by five...
There was a shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal. There was a shooting, a massacre, and a tragedy at AME. Calling it anything else — especially a #CharlestonShooting is a function of white supremacy. The erasure, the inability or...
To be pro-Black does not mean to be anti-white. To be pro-Black means to be anti-white supremacy. I wrote these words in a piece about interracial dating some months ago. The piece argues that being pro-Black means to affirm Black...
I’m not writing about Rachel Dolezal. There’s no need for her — and her lies, cultural theft, violence, and overall fuckery — to take up any more space. But since we’re all so transfixed with Black women now, can we perhaps channel...

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