Confederate Monuments Celebrate Yesterday’s Slavery and Racism, U.S. Prisons Practice Slavery and Racism Today (2017)

Assailing Slavery and White Supremacy today On August 11, white supremacists rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia against the removal of the statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee. In the wake of that rally, which turned deadly when a rally-goer plowed his car into a group of counter-demonstrators, killing one and injuring 19 others, there have […]

Black Panther Cubs commemorate 51 years of struggle

The Black Panther Cubs and the Black Panther Alumni Association commemorated the 51st anniversary of the Black Panther Party’s founding last weekend with several local events. The Panther Cubs—Keepers of the Flame/Raise High the Torch: A Three-Day Legacy of Generational Resistance, Struggle, Liberation and Solidarity Weekend Conference, commemorated the efforts of several offspring of some […]

Songs of struggle, then and now

By Jennie Josephson Picture dated October 22, 1991, of legendary jazz and blues singer Nina Simone in concert at the Olympia music hall in Paris.  – Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/justjenniej/playlist/1WQlaRgoFpkre0d4lrUt21 The musical bridges in this week’s episode of Make Me Smart are examples of music that emerged from populist movements in the United States. “The Farmer is the […]

How to Fight White Backlash

by Robert Greene  Harold Cruse, Stokely Carmichael, and Martin Luther King, Jr. all offered acute diagnoses of the backlash to civil rights legislation The problem of white backlash in American politics isn’t new. Every instance of black political advancement—Reconstruction, the civil rights movement, or Barack Obama’s rise to the presidency—has provoked it. Backlash politics define moments […]

An Introductory Critical Media Literacy (Video) Mixtape

by Jared Ball The iMWiL! Introductory Critical Media Literacy (Video) Mixtape features interviews with Janine Jackson, Kali Akuno, Joy James, Claude Marks, Safiya Umoja Noble, Morgan Maxwell, music from Hec Dolo, The Cornel West Theory, The Welfare Poets, Big L, DJ Premier plus Kwame Ture, bell hooks, Paula Giddings and more! The video outlines some of the key concepts involved in developing an understanding of our media environment including […]