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…

Impeaching Trump: An Empty Gesture

Since his inauguration, there has been extensive chatter surrounding impeaching Donald Trump. This conversation frequents many conversations between blacks, and amongst whites in a desperate pursuit to appear liberal in comparison to the American conservative. To the conscious gaze, the white liberal and conservative are indistinguishable and rightfully so. For this reason, the conscious gaze…

The Plight for Pro-Blackness in an Anti-Black World Part I

I recently read an article regarding the most recent example of white terrorism cast onto black bodies– the vicious car-ramming in Charlottesville, Virginia. Before beginning my analysis, I want to take a moment and grieve any member of the black collective, or anyone standing for a black cause, who was injured by the calculated efforts…

Remembering the late Jonathan P. Jackson

Many lament today in commemoration of Jonathan Jackson, the younger sibling of Soledad Brother George Jackson. To many today marks his death. But to truly commemorate today and the life of a young man transitioned too soon, it is imperative to acknowledge that Jackson lived more in his seventeen years than most  do a lifetime….

The Hell in Healthcare

Healthcare is a topic that dominates much of contemporary conversation. The Obama administration appeared particularly instrumental in generating more opinions on the topic from the black community and other demographics “othered” by ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. Notably, Obamacare, in execution and name, implies that Obama cared about his constituency—an ideal countered by the…