Well Don’t Read it Then!: An Accidental Lesson in Communal Ethics

  Last week, I was assigned the task of editing a manuscript of a now popular piece of literature or poetry. The assignment failed to satiate my desire to be consumed in blackness by offering no black authored texts for edit. Although certainly not in the same position as my privileged peers, the assignment awoke…

The Apple or The Tree? A Black Female Perspective on the White Male Predator Image

With regard to the Harvey Weinstein “scandal”my perspective deviates from the narrative produced by said exposure. The narrative that encouraged many to come forward with hashtags like #metoo, twists the horror of white male supremacy into a platform for feminism. This was almost as predictable as when Harvey Weinstein became Kevin Spacey, who will eventually…

White Delinquency and the Black Scapegoat

I write from a place of extreme frustration. I will eschew implementing the term anger as my term of choice, because “angry” has become synonymous with black emotion. Particularly, “anger” has become banal in compartmentalizing justified black emotion/action, and white extremism in “response” to what conventionally functions as anger.  I  write this piece as an…

“We all Know This,” OJ’s release and Superficial Black Thought

The day has come. NFL legend and possibly the most popular defendant of all time—OJ Simpson was finally freed  from prison yesterday following a nine year sentence. While the charges may read “armed robbery,” Simpson served time for the murders of Ron Goldman and ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson— a statement I made to a relative…

Seizing the Black Narrative

Much emphasis has been placed on overt appropriators like Rachel Dolezal and Miley Cyrus—white women who have overtly appropriated attributes of black femininity to their own advantage. Yet, the more subtle means of appropiation are too often unnoticed and even supported by members of the oppressed faction. Case in point:  Appropriation of the black narrative,…

The Miseducation of Pro-Blackness Part 2

As Dr. King wrote in A Stride Toward Freedom: “Our concern would not be to put the bus company out of business, but to put justice in business.” Being pro-black it is not about destroying white people, but ensuring that the black collective is not fatally weathered by the wrath of white supremacy. This ideal…

A Reddit Read: The Woes of Whitewomaning Part 2

I admit that I am not particularly sensitive to the woes of white femininity. Nevertheless, I do acknowledge that said woes do exist. I understand the woes of white femininity with the following analogy: a heist took place centuries ago, a heist that included white women. White women received a portion of the profit, a…

How Natural are Natural Disasters?

I apologize if my silence on the Texas disaster strikes anyone as indifference. My thoughts are always with black people as we collectively experience disaster daily—be it financial, educational, familial, or otherwise. My silence reflects my intellectual meditation on a so-called natural disaster that is not unlike anything we as a collective have seen or…

Kordale and Kaleb: A Portrait of the Modern Black Family?

Black couple Kordale and Kaleb made headlines a few years back when images of them combing their daughter’s hair went viral. The image seemingly resonated most profoundly with black women proving nostalgic in mirroring a shared experience—having our hair combed and braided by a loved one. Thus, most black women probably viewed the images as…

What to say to a dying man or woman: Weighing Life, Loss, and Love

Much thought has been placed onto the black bodies that populate death row, who proceed each day knowing when they will die. These so called criminals are thought to bear the ultimate punishment for grisly crimes, despite being the victims of the greatest crime to affect civilization–racism. I have thought extensively about what to say…

Contemplating Kaepernick and Lukewarm Activism

I would like to begin by saying that I do believe people should stand and place their hands over their heart during the pledge of allegiance and national anthem. That is, if those people are white. If you are white, America presents opportunity. If you’re black, America proves opportunistic. To stand for the pledge of…