Taking Freedom: Yes, Black Amerika Fears the Police. Here’s Why

On the historic role of policing in reinforcing racial inequality and how it has led to black Americans’ fear of police.  by NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES   Nearly every so-called race riot in the United States since 1935 has been sparked by a police incident. Police, because they interact in black communities every day, are often seen […]

Racial Terror by the Rules: On Anti-Black Psychic Violence as a Kind of Governmentality

by Zoe Samudzi Illustration from ‘The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo’ by Tom Feelings One of the most egregious but canonically crucial colonial acts was to make God and Jesus white men. Jesus, in this imagination, is not a brown-skinned Jewish man from Judea (today’s Occupied Palestine): he’s a fair complected man with reddish or brown […]

I’m not interested in alleviating the fear white people have of Black strangers

By Hari Ziyad October 26, 2017 To all the Black men who tell the exact same story about white women clutching their purses: Niggas be lyin. I’m not saying you’re lying when you claim to be greeted by white women clutching their purses when you walk down streets. I’m just saying that, as a filmmaker, I […]

The Rise of Incarceration in Los Angeles: An Interview with Kelly Lytle Hernandez

By Erica Sterling In today’s post, Erica Sterling, a PhD student in the Department of History at Harvard University, interviews Kelly Lytle Hernandez about her new book City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). Hernandez is Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Ralph J. Bunche […]

Race, Necropower, and Natural Disasters

By Dan Royles Flooded homes are shown near Lake Houston following Hurricane Harvey August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images. In the last month, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastated Texas and Florida, killing scores of people and leaving many more homeless. Residents in the Miami area also faced a mandatory evacuation order, […]

FREE SPEECH THE OLDEST, WHITEST MAGIC TRICK

In the name of free speech, let’s get real. The ACLU defended the civil rights of Nazis in 1934 and their argument remains the same: The basic right to free speech must be defended even if the words spoken (and the speaker) are despicable. When the ACLU finally decided that they wouldn’t represent armed hate groups, it felt […]

The Invention of the White People

There are no white people. There are no black people. There are no red, yellow, brown, blue, purple, crimson or any other colour people. These are all socially constructed delusions. Delusions though with real, frightful, murderous, and genocidal consequences. None of these facts have been hidden to us. There is a vast body of scholarly […]

Civil rights activist Gloria Richardson Dandridge had no time for the madness

Gloria Richardson Dandridge is a civil rights icon best known for leading the 1960s Cambridge Movement in Cambridge, Maryland. Dandridge, who was initially reluctant to join actions organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) because she disagreed with their non-violence regulations, became the spokesperson for and helped create the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee, the […]

Caricatures: A Societal View On Race

  A history of Nubian-Melaninite caricatures in the United States The nature of caricatures show, to a great extent, what the racial societal views are of that time period. The coon caricature is one of the most dehumanizing of all of the insulting figures invented to describe Nubian-Melaninites in the United States. The coon was […]