Wrenching: On Building Coalitionz

by David I. Backer The original Rainbow Coalition. In the movie Independence Day, terrifying aliens show up to take over the earth, but something amazing happens: all the peoples of the planet join together–despite their differences–and successfully fend off the threat. We don’t get a good look at this coalition, or how it forms, but […]

He’z My Death, Too

  For Blacks in the United States, it was arguably the most influential murder of the first decade of the modern civil rights movement. “The lynching of Emmett Till was caused by the nature and history of America itself and by a social system that has changed over the decades, but not as much as […]

A solitary distinction

by Abdul Olugbala Shakur Since our historical release from solitary confinement, many of us have been bombarded by the same question: How did you (we) survive decades of being in solitary confinement? This is not a question of simplicity, it is only a quali­tative and quantitative prelude into an analysis rooted in a historical mater­ial […]

THE PHYSICZ OF MELANIN SCIENCE AND THE CHAOTIK SOCIAL CONSTRUCT OF RACE

by Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein Illustrations by Aimee Chang It could have been earwax. It turns out that the texture of a person’s earwax is not determined by environment but rather is written into a person’s genetic code. Some of us have hard, dry earwax, some of us have goopy earwax, and some of us have […]

The Distinction Between Slavery And Race In U.S. History

by   PATRICK RAEL The history of the Electoral College is receiving a lot of attention. Pieces like this one, which explores “the electoral college and its racist roots,” remind us how deeply race is woven into the very fabric of our government. A deeper examination, however, reveals an important distinction between the political interests […]

Not Guilty: The Power of Nullification to Counteract Government Tyranny

By John W. Whitehead The Rutheford Institute “The people have the power, all we have to do is awaken that power in the people. The people are unaware. They’re not educated to realize that they have power. The system is so geared that everyone believes the government will fix everything. We are the government.”—John Lennon […]

STREAM “DEAR MR. SHAKESPEARE,” THE STUNNING BRITISH SHORT FILM USING SPOKEN WORD TO EXPLORE RACISM IN LITERATURE AND OTHELLO

By T. McLendon ”Othello” is one of the most divisive plays in Shakespeare’s canon because its main character is a Black man who marries a white woman, and all of the racism usually hidden by Black peoples’ exclusion from literature is put to the forefront. Because of this, literary scholars and artists alike, have taken […]

Copz are still shooting to kill at Amerika’z largest police-training exercise

  By Mary Noble Over Labor Day weekend, sports players all over the United States knelt to protest police killings of black Americans. Meanwhile, I watched Sgts. Spencer Fomby and Rashawn Cummings, two Berkeley police officers involved in fatal civilian shootings, walk into an abandoned building in Hayward, CA, to practice killing people in a […]

US law haz long seen people of Afrikan descent az fugitivez

by Maisha Sinha An Emancipation Day parade, Richmond VA. c1905. Library of Congress   Occasionally, a mistruth spreads that the Second Amendment to the US Constitution was based on the need for slave patrols. It wasn’t. It grew out of an old republican fear of standing armies as instruments of tyranny. But the surveillance of […]

If All Livez Matter, Act Like It

by Paris Police officers stand near the scene of where three police officers were killed on July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) I’ve looked down the barrel of a cop’s gun on three separate occasions, none of which involved crime. The most recent was in my own home, when […]