Do Black Activists Have An Obligation To Tone Down Their Rhetoric ?

  Whenever the oppressed in general, and Black people in particular, raise strong — even militant — objections to their treatment, there are always those who say “Tone it down.”  Many people — both Black and White — are uncomfortable when forced to confront the issues of race and racism: Many Whites don’t want to […]

BLACK FARMER: “WHITE WOMEN IN YOGA PANTS WITH ‘I’M WITH HER’ STICKERS” ARE THE ONES CALLING THE POLICE ON ME

In the age of Donald Trump, we hear a lot about overt displays of racism. But though the effects are just as harmful, rarely are white liberals and progressives called out for their shit. Chris Newman, the owner of Sylvanaqua Farms in Albemarle County, Va., just put these experiences in contrast to highlight just that, […]

Cops complain about white people wasting police time calling 911 with irrational fears of Black people

We know the way that Blackness is inherently seen as a threat makes even living while Black a dangerous activity, but what does the irrational and deadly fear of Black people actually sound like when communicated in words? On a Reddit law enforcement forum called “ProtectAndServe“, a verified police officer going by the name sf7was […]

Police Forces Are Sending A Message To Black Suburban Residents: You’re Not Wanted

Michael M. Santiago for BuzzFeed News Places like Troy used to be lily-white, and most of their police departments still are. That’s a problem for the black and brown people moving from big cities like LA and New York in search of quieter places to raise families. by  Albert Samaha It started with a noise […]

Malcolm X in the 21st century

Credits:File by  Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali   The revolutionary pan-Africanist would have been 92 years this week. His struggles for the liberation of Black people from imperialism and its twin, racism, remain as relevant and inspirational as ever. Many have wondered out loud, “What would El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X be doing at 92 […]

A history of Amerikan lynchings

A soil collection project is commemorating the forgotten victims of lynching and helping to tell their stories. by Ruth Hopkins [Illustration by Jawahir Al-Naimi/Al Jazeera] Alabama, United States – It’s a sunny day in early May, in Thorsby, a small town in rural Alabama. As we make our way down Peachtree Drive, the houses begin to give […]

Sixty-eight Years Later, Apologies in Lake County

by  GILBERT KING For the lives ruined, for justice denied, sorry. From left, Sheriff Willis McCall, jailer Reuben Hatcher, Walter Irvin, Charles Greenlee and Samuel Shepherd, at the Lake County Jail in 1949. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRINTS & PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION, VISUAL MATERIALS FROM THE NAACP RECORDS This story was published in partnership with The Atlantic. […]

The Erasure of People of Afrikan Descent in Nazi Germany

By Jaimee A. Swift  Recently, Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer made some peculiar and offensive comments comparing Syrian leader President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical attacks to those of Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler. In attempts to justify Trump’s random missile strikes against Assad, Spicer asserted that what Assad did was completely inhumane—so inhumane that he […]

The Poetic Address to the Nation

  The Poetic Address to the Nation was an event that brought together poets to speak out and against the current administration. The event featured poets Cam Awkward, Guillermo Gomez Peña, Michelle ‘Mush’ Lee, Chinaka Hodge, and many others to share pieces from immigration, to trans violence, to activism. Making Contact is broadcasting an abridged version […]

Civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer: her unstoppable war against Jim Crow

by Claudia Li   “I guess if I’d had any sense I’d a been a little scared, but what was the point of being scared? The only thing they could do to me was kill me, and it seemed like they’ve been trying to do that ever since I could remember.” That was the ringing […]