Joe Biden and White Re-presentation

Joe Biden and White Re-presentation

Notably, Biden illuminates how white “allies” weaponize their proximity to black people for their own gains.

Say What? Youse A Savage? Decoding “Savage” and its Popular Appeal

Say What? Youse A Savage? Decoding “Savage” and its Popular Appeal

I wrote a post a few weeks ago that listed words colloquialized as weapons against the black community. A word I did not include on this list was the word “savage,” whose nuanced use mirrors what the black community continues to see with the n-word. The word savage, like the n-word, illuminates the use of [...]

Stacy Abrams, the Anita Hill Effect, and The Farce of American Democracy

Stacy Abrams, the Anita Hill Effect, and The Farce of American Democracy

It was the last Wednesday in April when Stacy Abrams, in an interview with Don Lemon, defended Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden against rape allegations. Biden, of course, recently faced lukewarm censure for allegations of sexual assault from former aide Tara Reade. Abrams’ words "I believe Joe Biden" undercut her assertion that “women deserve to [...]

The Colloquial Casualty: 3 Words that Function Colloquially but Should Not

The Colloquial Casualty: 3 Words that Function Colloquially but Should Not

Colloquialism, or casual speech functions as a stage for societal anxieties reproduced through seemingly innocuous word use. It is an art that only deters from its attack in image not intention. Those who say that words are just words do not internalize the reality that words are an exterior force. This force reflects an anti-black [...]

Explanatory Abjection: Why No Black Woman Owes the White World ANY Explanation

Explanatory Abjection: Why No Black Woman Owes the White World ANY Explanation

A few weeks ago, U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley made headlines, not for conventional politics, but the black female body politic. To be specific, Pressley made headlines for her hair. Pressley released a video that delineated her hair journey, and the footage ends with a completely hairless Pressley. Pressley undoubtedly exuded a unique courage in completely [...]

A Maddox kind of Mastery: Alton Maddox and the Silenced Story

A Maddox kind of Mastery: Alton Maddox and the Silenced Story

In pondering or even celebrating Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy’s transition from a book into a film, it is imperative to acknowledge that Stevenson’s contribution is one of many. Here, I reference the reality that Stevenson embodies a single attempt to actualize justice for those too often deemed beyond its reach. In considering others who [...]